A Celebration of Mexican Culture

September 13, 2018

For Immediate Release
A Celebration of Mexican Culture at the East Chicago Public Library
            EAST CHICAGO (September 13, 2018) – The community is invited to join the East Chicago Public Library on Wednesday, September 26th for a free program highlighting East Chicago’s Mexican heritage.  Held in conjunction with the library’s observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, the program is set to begin at 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive.
            The event will feature a special presentation by “Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo,” Mr. Joseph Verduzco, former folkloric dance instructor, is the featured guest speaker and Ms. Eve Gomez, Community Leader/Radio Personality,
will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.
            Guests also are invited to tour the current exhibit in the Main Library’s Templeton Gallery, titled “Mexico en la Piel.”   A variety of costumes and artifacts are featured in the festive display. Refreshments will be served.
            Area residents may view the exhibit through October 15 during regular library hours.  The Main Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The program is sponsored in part by the Foundations of East Chicago.

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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

Closed Labor Day

The East Chicago Public Library system will be closed Monday, September 3, 2018 in observance of Labor Day.
The closing applies to both the Main Library, located at 2401 Columbus Drive, and the Pastrick Branch Library, located at 1008 W. Chicago Ave. The closing also applies to the library reading rooms located in the community centers: Marktown and Owens.
Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Main and Pastrick Branch hours are from 9 A
.M. to 8 P.M., Monday through Thursday, and 9 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Friday and Saturday.  Please call the library for hours of service for the reading rooms in the community centers.

Knitting and Crochet Club

For Immediate Release

Knitting and Crochet Club to Put on Exhibit in the Gallery at the ECPL in August

Throughout the month of August, the Knitting & Crochet Club will display their work at the East Chicago Public Library. The club, which meets regularly at the library, will exhibit their handmade items in the John C. Templeton Gallery located in the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive throughout the entire month of August. Stop in and view their custom yarn crafts that will be assembled in different patterns and designs. Exhibit contributors are: Lorraine Long, Jeanette Starykowicz, JoAnn Starykowicz, Lorraine Upshaw, Tatia Massalene Tee, Mary Brokemond, Carolyn Terry, Pat Williams, Clovis Perkins, Rebbeca Mack, Brandie Walker, Qiana Williams and Lasandra. Be inspired to even join the crochet group that offers yarn therapy every Thursday at the Main Library from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and every Tuesday at the Pastrick Branch, 1008 W. Chicago Ave. at 4:00 p.m. Research and science suggests that knitting and crocheting has been linked to many health benefits that can soothe your body and mend your mind. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter, come out and discover the joy of crochet and knitting. The unique creations and designs can be viewed during regular library hours from now until August 31. For more information, contact the Reference Department at 219.297.2453 ext. 12

Puerto Rican pride and heritage as the East Chicago Public Library

EAST CHICAGO (July 16, 2018) – Come celebrate Puerto Rican pride and heritage as the East Chicago Public Library hosts a free program on Wednesday, July 25. This year’s theme is “Viva Puerto Rico! – A Community Reborn.” The program, slated for 5 to 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive will feature music and dance presentations with performances by Los Romanticos and La Salsera with Jose Serrano. The event will also include an awards presentation to highlight Puerto Rican pillars that have made an outstanding impact in the East Chicago community.
Guests also are invited to tour an educational exhibit, which features before and after photos of towns in Puerto Rico that were affected by Hurricane Maria. In addition, a variety of artifacts from Puerto Rico rounds out the exhibit. Featured in the display are traditional costumes, musical instruments, cooking utensils and much more. The exhibit will be on display in the Templeton Gallery through July 30. This event is free and open to the public. The program is funded in part by the Foundations of East Chicago. All are welcome to attend.
For more information, contact the Public Relations Department staff at 219.397.2453.

The Family of Toni M. Smith to Announce Scholarship Recipients

The Family of Toni M. Smith to Announce Scholarship Recipients

EAST CHICAGO (July 3, 2018) – The family of Toni M. Blasingame Smith will host a scholarship presentation for the Toni M. Smith Scholarship Award. The event will be held at the East Chicago Public Library located at 2401 E. Columbus Dr. on Saturday, July 14 from 1-3pm. During the event, ten female incoming college freshmen from Northwest Indiana will be presented with a scholarship in honor of Toni M. Smith’s legacy.
The scholarship award succeeds the Toni M. Smith Scholarship Announcement that was held on her birthday in March. During the reception, donors gathered to celebrate Toni’s life and impact she has made on her community and across the world.
Toni passed away suddenly in 2017 but had a passion for mentoring young ladies about the importance of receiving a quality education. The scholarship will reward each recipient for their academic achievements, commitment to success and their positive outlook on society. Each recipient met the scholarship criteria and also completed an essay.
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