East Chicago Public Library to Celebrate National Library Week April 9-15

East Chicago Public Library to Celebrate National Library Week April 9-15

National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It celebrates the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians, and promotes library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate. This year's theme is "Libraries Transform".
The East Chicago Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by offering the following free programs:
Monday, April 10 to Saturday, April 15 National Library Kick off – (Main Library)
Check it and Guess it! A jar of candy will be located at the front desk all day. Throughout the week, each time a patron checks out materials they are eligible to guess the number of candies in the jar. The first correct answer drawn will win the jar of delicious sweets. In addition, during National Library Week the Reference Department is offering the chance to win some awesome pries by answering, “How has the library transformed you?” Entry slips may be picked up at the Reference desk. Drawings will be held on Monday, April 17.
Monday, April 10 – Transform Your Garden (Main Library)
Join us for a presentation on caring for houseplants. Families are welcome to attend, so bring the kids!
Tuesday, April 11 – National Library Workers Day (Main Library & Pastrick Branch)
Join us in celebrating National Library Worker’s Day. Stop by the circulation desk at the Main Library or Pastrick Branch and complete a brief questionnaire and receive a thank you gift. Entries with correct answers will be eligible for a prize. Drawing will be held on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. One winner per location.
Wednesday, April 12 – Create Your Own Bookmark (Main Library)
Enjoy light refreshments and create your own stylish bookmark. Refreshments will be served from 10am to 4pm. in the Reference area.
Thursday, 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 lobby from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. We invite you to take a picture and share it on Facebook or Instagram with the #ECPLtransforms hashtag and a comment about how the Library has transformed your life. Readers of all ages are welcome! We will raffle a gift basket as well.
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In addition to this celebration, the library sponsors a number of monthly programs for all ages. Join the Knitting and Crocheting Club or the Adult Coloring Group, take part in Storytime or Cinema Nights. Check out the calendar at www.ecpl.org and get to know your local library. For more information visit any one of six locations: Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive; Pastrick Branch, 1008 W. Chicago Ave.; King Center, 4802 Melville; Penn Center, 3550 Pennsylvania Ave.; Owens Center, 4001 Alexander Ave. and Clemente Center, 3616 Elm Street. 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 S. 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

Preschool Round-up

Preschool Round-up
                The East Chicago Public Library is happy to announce a Preschool Round-Up.  The Preschool Round-up will be at the Robert A. Pastrick Branch on Tuesday, April 11 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm.  The Pastrick Branch is located at 1008 W. Chicago Avenue, East Chicago, Indiana.  The second Preschool Round-Up will take place at the Main Library located at 2401 E. Columbus Drive, East Chicago, Indiana on Thursday, April 27 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm.
                The purpose of the Preschool Round-Up is an opportunity for parents to meet 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 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.  
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Children of Steel: Short Story Project

Children of Steel: Short Story Project

    Everybody is co-owner of this project so stay tuned for dates of meetings.

    EVENT: Talk and get acquainted coffee social at East Chicago Public Library – Main Library │ 2401 E. Columbus Drive
    East Chicago, IN
    DATE: Thursday March 30, 2017

    TIME: 6:30 to 7:30 PM

    Free Admission State Park Pass

    East Chicago Public Library Offers Free Admission State Park Pass for Check Out Throughout 2017 Year

    A state park admission pass is now available for checkout at the East Chicago Public Library Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive throughout the 2017-year. Visit some of the most beautiful and geographically diverse parks in the state of Indiana for up to seven (7) days. The pass allows residents to gain free access into 32 state parks and state forest recreation areas. Witness a piece of history, view fascinating landscapes and gain solitude by visiting the unique sceneries. The only request is that each borrower completes a copy of the Annual Pass Program Survey. Stop in at the East Chicago Public Library today for more information on this wonderful opportunity. The State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-Out Program is a partnership between Indiana State Parks and the Indiana State Library.

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    Free Tax Preperation

    For Immediate Release

    EAST CHICAGO – Volunteers from the VITA Program will be available at the Main Library beginning February 2 through March 30 to prepare taxes free of charge for all eligible patrons and members of the community. Although the service is free, appointments are required. Appointments can be made by calling the Reference Department at (219.397.2453 Ext. 12) starting Monday, January 9th. Appointments are on a first come/call, first serve basis. Any calls or walk-ins for appointments should be directed to the reference desk. Before an appointment is made, reference staff will conduct a small questioner. Please bring your completed tax forms from last year and any pertinent forms or statements that have been mailed to you this year when you come to your appointment.
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