Summer Reading Kick-off – Star Wars Party

Summer Reading Kick-off – Star Wars Party
EAST CHICAGO (June 5, 2018) – The force will take over the East Chicago Public Library as we set the intergalactic mood with a Star Wars themed party. The celebration is the kick-off of this year’s Summer Reading Club, “Reading Takes You Everywhere.” It urges participants to allow their imagination to take them all over the world through reading. Where, even to a galaxy far, far away!  The Star Wars party will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive. There will be trivia, games, crafts, refreshments, and a special appearance by the Northern Darkness Garrison of the 501st Legion. They might be the “bad guys” but they can’t resist storming the library to share their love of reading.  The event is open to all ages and the event is free. Registration is not required. We’ll have plenty of free activities for participants, and you can use this opportunity to sign up for the 2018 Summer Reading Program! The event is in partnership with the Foundations of East Chicago. Let the Reading Force Be with You!!

“It’s A Mystery” Book Club

East Chicago Public Library invites you to join “It’s A Mystery” Book Club
(EAST CHICAGO) - The East Chicago is excited and thrilled to offer new book club program to adults. Do you love mystery books? Would you like to meet with other book lovers who share the same love for a good mystery? If so, the East Chicago Public Library, Pastrick Branch, is starting a monthly book club for adult readers who enjoy plot twists, crimes, and suspense with other mystery lovers.
The book club will meet every 3
rd Monday of every month. The first meeting of the “It’s a Mystery” Book Club will be held on Monday, May 21 at 6:00 pm, at the Patrick Branch, 1008 W. Chicago Ave.
The book club is free and open to the public. Area residents are invited to join in this initial meeting of the “It’s a Mystery” Book Club and help to get the new club to a great start!
For more information, call the library at 219.397.5505 Ext.13.

Drone presentation by East Chicago Native Miguel Cisneros

Drone presentation by East Chicago Native Miguel Cisneros

(EAST CHICAGO – May 4, 2018) – We are excited to welcome East Chicago Native, Miguel Cisneros for a drone presentation on Tuesday, May 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm, at East Chicago Public Library, located at 2401 E. Columbus Drive.
The presentation will offer a brief overview of basic drone operation. Miguel has acquired much success in the field of cinematography over the past few years. He has also traveled the world and worked with several celebrities and superstars. Attend the free event to learn more about his career in videography and as a drone pilot. He will also give a live presentation with his personal drone.
Participants may also enter for a chance to win a drone. To win a drone, you must have a library card in good standing. If you do not have a library card you may register for one at the circulation desk. The winner will be announced at the end of the program. Winner must be present. Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Preschool Round-up

For Immediate Release

Preschool Round-up
                (EAST CHICAGO, IN) – The East Chicago Public Library is happy to announce our second Preschool Round-Up.  The Preschool Round-up will be held at the Robert A. Pastrick Branch on Thursday, April 19 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm.  The Pastrick Branch is located at 1008 W. Chicago Avenue.  The purpose of the Preschool Round-Up is to provide an opportunity for parents to meet with preschool teachers from the local area preschools and to learn about their programs.  While the parents are busy with the preschool teachers, the preschoolers are invited to participate in a Story Time complete with stories, crafts, and other fun activities.
                Parents will also have an opportunity to learn about the importance of reading aloud to their children.  Preschoolers and their parents will be invited to join a special reading program entitled “1,000 Books to Read Before Kindergarten.”
       Light refreshments will be offered.  Any questions or concerns, please contact Pam Bartusiewicz, Acting Associate Director of Youth Services at 219.397.5505 x 12 or 219.397.2453 x 25.  

National Library Week April

April 6, 2018

For Immediate Release

Embrace leadership at your library: celebrate National Library Week April 8-14

(EAST CHICAGO, IN) – This week, the East Chicago Public Library is excited to highlight National Library Week. We join libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.
It is an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.
Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunities to build skills and confidence through available resources and programming.
The East Chicago Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by offering the following free programs:
Monday, April 9 – Drawing workshop by Dan Laib   (Main Library)
Dan Laib will present a drawing workshop from 4-5 P.M. Learn how to design and draw 2-3 different storybook characters.  It's fun and simple.   All supplies are included and all ages are welcome to attend the free event.
Tuesday, April 10 – There will be a National Library Week Refreshment Table at both locations (Main Library & Pastrick Branch). Stop by the reference department and enjoy some goodies.
Friday, April 13 – Patron Appreciation Day – (Main Library)
Join us for coffee and cake from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get your photo taken for free at the Library Photo Booth in the library’s main meeting room from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. We invite you to take a picture and share it on Facebook or Instagram. Readers of all ages are welcome!

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We will raffle a gift card as well.
During the entire week of National Library week patrons at all outreach locations are invited to learn about the various resources the library has available by searching the library website ( Videos about the Dewey Decimal system will be shown and various worksheets to test your knowledge on this subject will be available.
Members of the community are also urged to join the Friends of Library. Our Friends are dedicated volunteers who advocate for the East Chicago Public Library through fundraisers and activities. There will be a representative at both library locations throughout the week. Memberships are open to all who wish to join.
In addition to the National Library Week celebration, the library sponsors monthly programs for all ages, including our Knitting and Crocheting Club and Adult Coloring. You can also enjoy Storytime and Library Cinema Nights. Check out the 
calendar at and get involved at your local library. 
“The library helps lead our community by advocating for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning,” said Marla Spann, Library Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who seek access to information and technologies that can improve their quality of life.”
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.
For more information visit any one of six locations: Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Dr.; Pastrick Branch, 1008 W. Chicago Ave.; Owens Center, 4001 Alexander; Penn Center, 3550 Pennsylvania Ave.; Clemente Center, 3616 Elm St.. and Marktown Center, 3509 Spruce St. Main and Pastrick Branch Libraries hours are Monday thru Thursday from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. Friday and Saturday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Please call the library for hours of service at the Outreach Reading Rooms. You may also visit the library’s web site at or call the library at 219.397.2453.

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Latonya Hicks
East Chicago Public Library Dept. Head/Public Relations Dept.
2401 E. Columbus Drive
East Chicago, IN 46312
Ph: 219.397.2453 Ext. 17 Fax: 219-397.6715

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