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

PRESS RELEASE
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 (www.ecpl.org). 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 www.ecpl.org 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
www.ecpl.org 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
www.lhicks@ecpl.org www.facebook.com/ECPLibrary

ECPL Introduces New Patron Loyalty Rewards Program beginning March 1, 2018

PRESS RELEASE
March 7, 2018

For Immediate Release
ECPL Introduces New Patron Loyalty Rewards Program beginning March 1, 2018

The East Chicago Public Library has announced its new punch card incentive program for patrons. The new patron rewards program will allow good standing library cardholders to receive a loyalty punch card that earns a stamp after every visit.

Showing your library card or signing up for a library card can earn the first punch. Whether you’re checking out materials, attending an event, or taking out an interlibrary loan, punch rewards can be earned every visit. During this time, patrons can learn more about the incentive that will be offered once their punch card is filled.

After receiving ten (10) punches patrons can redeem their points and receive a chance to spin the Library Rewards Wheel. The wheel will have various free incentives and offers to encourage patrons to keep utilizing the library and its services. After each punch card is filled, we will provide patrons with a new card to begin earning points again.

Patrons can also receive a punch by “liking” the East Chicago Public Library social media Facebook page. Proof must be shown of review and “like.”

The overall goal is to push and urge residents to own and use their library card frequently. This program is a great way to promote resources and literacy, enhance community engagement and build patron loyalty. There is a world of resources that the East Chicago Public Library offers. All access is granted with the use of one’s library card.

Check with the Circulation Desk staff for a full list of eligible punch card incentives.


The East Chicago Public Library is committed to meeting the diverse needs of its patrons and all of the East Chicago citizens through the exemplary provision of a full range of high quality and informational, educational and recreational materials, services and resources.


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
www.lhicks@ecpl.org
www.facebook.com/ECPLibrary

ECPL to Host The Black Experience Program

ECPL to Host The Black Experience Program

The East Chicago Public Library will wrap up a month long celebration of events and activities with a program titled, “The Black Experience,” on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 5pm at the Main Library located at 2401 E. Columbus Dr. The event will focus on the history and culture of blacks in East Chicago that have made a lasting impact in the area. The program will feature poetry, music, dance and song from local talent in an effort to give an all-around experience of the Black community. There will be guest performances as well as a spotlight to honor the achievements of some of East Chicago’s most prestigious local leaders. The goal is to remember the past, examine the present and look to the future with hopes that the ongoing legacies will be embraced and remembered. The event is free and open to the public.

Guests are also invited to tour the Black History exhibit in the John C. Templeton Gallery, which is housed in the Main Library.  Featured in the exhibit are many of East Chicago’s black leaders and influences, including a list of the “first blacks” and their accomplishments in East Chicago. The exhibit also contains many historical photos memorabilia that represent the well-rounded black culture. The exhibit can be viewed throughout February during regular library hours.

Black History Month is an integral part of the African American community. It is a time to reflect on the hard fought progress of powerful historians and exemplary leaders.
The East Chicago Public Library System is committed to meeting the diverse needs of its patrons and all of East Chicago's citizens through the exemplary provision of a full range of high quality informational, educational and recreational materials, services, and resources.

MLK Exhibit at ECPL Encourages Community Participation

MLK Exhibit at ECPL Encourages Community Participation

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and legacy, the East Chicago Public Library will offer a display that honors the life of Dr. King. The display will be assembled in the John C. Templeton Gallery at the Main Library located at 2401 E. Columbus Dr. It is set to run from January 8th until January 31st. The educational display will be comprised of historical artifacts, important books and essential data that will highlight important dates in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It will also offer information that will give viewers a more in depth look into his life and journey.
As an incentive, visitors who view the display can fill out a six (6) question multiple choice quiz for a chance to win a $25 gift card. The answers to the quiz can be found throughout the exhibit. More than one winner will be named in the educational display.
The purpose of the exhibit is to create an atmosphere that educates the public on the important timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The display will serve as a collection-based attempt to embrace his influential life and legacy through knowledge and research. The goal is to create a greater public understanding and appreciation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his seismic impact.
Winners of the MLK quiz competition will be named on February 1
st. The free exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours.

The East Chicago Public Library System is committed to meeting the diverse needs of its patrons and all of East Chicago's citizens through the exemplary provision of a full range of high quality informational, educational and recreational materials, services, and resources.
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