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Pam Culp (back left), circulation manager at Nappanee Public Library, is shown with top summer readers and grand prize Kindle HD winners Cara Yoder (back right), Andrew Orn (front left) and Micah Jerrell (front right). Readers of all ages read above and beyond during the library’s seven-week Summer Reading Challenge, far surpassing the goal of half a million pages with a total of 1,318,702 pages read. The Kindles were donated by the Friends of the Nappanee Public Library. (Photo Supplied)
Area Public Libraries, Aug. 25, 2013

Posted on Aug. 24, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.


505 W. Vistula St., P.O. Box 789, 848-7458, Fax 848-4391,

Holiday closing: The library will be closed Sept. 2 for Labor Day.

Preschool Storytime begins at 11 a.m. Sept. 9 and at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Registration has begun. Join Miss Desi for stories, songs, crafts and games. Ages 3 to 5 are welcome.

Lapsit Program for Babies and Toddlers begins at 11 a.m. Sept. 13. Registration has begun. Join Miss Desi for stories, rhymes, songs and finger plays. Ages infant-36 months are welcome.

Young Authors Club begins at 5 p.m. Sept. 12. Registration has begun and space is limited. Join Miss Desi and other young authors as they improve their writing skills and receive constructive criticism. Grades 4 to 8 are welcome.

Teen Game Night: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3. Join Miss Desi for a night of card games, board games and video games. Teens are welcome to bring their favorite games or systems to the library. All games must have an ESRB rating of Teen or below.

Calling All Crafters: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27. All ages and crafts are welcome. Bring your current project and craft. Don’t have one? Stop by and learn a new craft or two. Contact Desi for more information.

Soul Ink Writers’ Group: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. Reminder: The meeting date has changed from the first and third Wednesdays of the month to the second and fourth Wednesdays. This writers’ group provides constructive criticism and empathetic support to writers at all levels. All ages and genres are welcome. Join us for food, feedback and fun. Contact Desi or Daryl for more information.

Book Club: Noon Sept. 11. Selection: “Defending Jacob” by William Landay. Stop by the front desk to pick up your copy.


Read Away the Fines: This program allows children and teens, kindergarten through age 17, to read in the library in 15-minute increments for a reduction of 50 cents off their overdue fines. The program is available at all locations.

Holiday closing: The main library and all branches will be closed Sept. 2 for Labor Day.


300 S. Second St., 522-BOOK

Movie: Ages 13 and older, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Aug. 28.




53715 C.R. 1, Elkhart, 266-2030

One-On-One Computer Tutor: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.


58485 C.R. 13, Elkhart, 875-3100


3429 E. Bristol, Elkhart, 264-7234


2400 Benham, Elkhart, 294-6418


300 S. Second St., 294-2619


601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531, Children’s Department, 537-0241,

Holiday closing: The library will be closed Sept. 2 for Labor Day.

Storytime Express: Ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, and Thursday, Aug. 29. Feature: stories about brothers and sisters. Fingerplays, songs and a craft activity are also included.

Series of Series Book Party: Percy Jackson! 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3. Come for activities, trivia and snacks related to the books. Please read at least the first book before attending the party. Attendance is limited, so you must register in advance at the Children’s Desk or by calling.

Second Grade Reading Club: 4 to 5 p.m. every Monday from Sept. 9 through Nov. 4 in the Children’s Story Hour room. Register by calling the Children’s Desk.

Boys and Girls Book Clubs: Each club will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday for boys and every Thursday for girls, Sept. 9 through Nov. 4 in the Children’s Story Hour room. These books clubs are open to children grades 3 through 5. Register by calling the Children’s Desk.


101 E. Winslow, 825-5601,

Holiday closing: The library will be closed Sept. 2 for Labor Day.

Kids fall programs: Fall sign-up has started for Babies and Books, Toddler Time, Story Time and Home School Club. Call or stop by the library to register. Programs start the week of Sept. 3. See Kids homepage for program details.

Cinema Showcase: 1 p.m. Sept. 3. See the engaging comedy “Parental Guidance” about grandparents who agree to baby-sit their three grandkids. Problems arise when Artie (Billy Crystal) and Diane’s (Bette Midler) old-school child-rearing methods don’t sit well with their 21st century grandkids.

Authors’ reading and book signing: Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times best-selling author, and Vannetta Chapman, a popular author of Amish fiction, will give readings from their latest books at 7 p.m. Sept. 11. Copies of their books will be available for purchase.


157 N. Main St., 773-7919; Dial-A-Story information, computer access, 773-7920

Holiday closing: The library will be closed Sept. 2 for Labor Day.

Five-day sale: Thousands of books from every corner of the library as well as surplus programming materials, puzzles, DVDs, records, magazine holders, framed art and more will be available. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 and 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 15. Books will be priced by the inch at 50 cents on Friday, 25 cents on Saturday and 10 cents on Sunday. All remaining books and materials will be available for free from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 16. A presale will be available to all Friends of the Library members from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12. All books will be priced at 50 cents per inch. Not a Friend yet? Purchase your membership at the door. Individuals pay $5 and families are $10. The sale will be in the library meeting rooms, and doors will close 15 minutes before listed closing time. Tag sale items will be priced as marked.

Beginners Internet Class: 7 p.m. Sept. 9. For those unfamiliar with surfing the web. These classes are held the second Monday of each month. Several ways to search for information on the internet are demonstrated.

Cover to Cover Book Club: 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 8. Selection: “A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness — and a Trove of Letters — Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression” by Ted Gup. The book is an inspiring account of America at its worst — and Americans at their best — woven from the stories of Depression-era families who were helped by gifts from the author’s generous and secretive grandfather. Call or go to the website for more information or to reserve a copy. The club meets at the library on the second Sunday of each month.


124 N. Elkhart St., 862-2465, Dial-A-Story 862-4441,

Holiday closing: The library will be closed Sept. 2 for Labor Day.

Book Bites: Ages 3-5, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the children’s area of the library. Participants will hear a story, make a craft or have an activity.

Friends of the Library meeting: 1 p.m. Sept. 3. This is a volunteer nonprofit group that advocates for the library. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Back to School — bingo: Grades K-5, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 10. This afterschool activity will use familiar school items to play bingo. Prizes will be awarded. Registration is required.

Board of Trustees meeting: 7:45 a.m. Sept. 13 in the library meeting room. The public is welcome to attend.

Dial-A-Story: “The Caterpillar’s Surprise.” The happy spring of a caterpillar’s awareness of the bright new world around him.