“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

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

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