Sierra Software Update to Halt Card Catalog System

For Immediate Release
Sierra Software Update to Halt Card Catalog System at ECPL on Thursday, May 23rd
The East Chicago Public Library will be updating its Sierra software on Thursday May 23rd causing an inconvenience for patrons who use the card catalog system. The library system will be unavailable for most of the day while the upgrade is taking place. The delay will affect both library locations, as well as the library website, starting at 8:00 am. Guest passes will be issued for computer usage and if a patron needs to locate an item on the shelf, they may ask one of our reference librarians for assistance. We apologize for the inconvenience during this transition. For additional information, please contact the ILS Administrator, Michael Acsbok at 397.2453 Ext. 14.

Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13

Libraries strengthen their communities: celebrate National Library Week April 7-13
(EAST CHICAGO, IN) –The East Chicago Public Library joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise.
April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.
The East Chicago Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting the following programs:
  • Monday, April 8 - 6:00 p.m. (Main Library) - The History of Jazz with Billy Foster. Respected pianist, composer, educator and producer Billy Foster will present a program on the history of jazz.
  • Tuesday, April 9 (Main Library & Pastrick Branch) Galaxy of Stars: To show appreciation for library workers and the work they do throughout the year, library users are invited to nominate a Stellar Library Employee.
  • Wednesday, April 10 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Main Library & Pastrick Branch) - Stop by the reference department at either location and enjoy some goodies. The youth services department will hold a Scavenger Hunt at the Main Library and at the Pastrick Branch from 3 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 11 - 5:00 p.m. (Main Library) - Sip, Snack & Paint. Become an artist in a couple of hours. Join us for canvas painting. Take home your very own masterpiece that you created! Relax with sparkling juice, good friends, and painting! Class is limited to 10. Registration is required.
  • Friday, April 12 - 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Main Library) – Patron Appreciation Day. Stop by and have your photo taken in our library photo booth, have your caricature drawn by our Caricature Artist, Donna Upshaw and enjoy music by a live DJ. Refreshments will be served.
In addition to this celebration, the library sponsors a number of monthly programs for all ages. Join the Knitting and Crocheting Club, Adult Coloring Group or Get Crafty take part in a Storytime, Chair Yoga, Cinema Nights. Check out the calendar at and get to know your local library. 
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 Drive; Pastrick Branch, 1008 W. Chicago Ave.; Owens Center, 4001 Alexander; Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, 4802 Melville Ave; Roxana Center 900 Shell 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

Online Meeting Room Reservations at the Library

Online Meeting Room Reservations at the Library
Patrons may now reserve meeting rooms at the East Chicago Public Library online through the library website. If you wish to reserve a room, or read our meeting room reservation policy, go to and choose Meeting Rooms from the Services menu. The public meeting rooms of the East Chicago Public Library are operated by the library as part of its community services. The online reservations are meant to be a convenience for the public, but patrons may still reserve a room by inquiring at the circulation or reference desks. If you have any questions about the online reservation system you may call Angela for assistance at 219-397-2453 Ext. 15.   
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.

We Love Our Library Campaign Starts April 7th

For Immediate Release

We Love Our Library Campaign Starts April 7th

(EAST CHICAGO, IN) – Join us as we embark on a statewide We Love Our Library campaign in East Chicago. This statewide initiative brings awareness to each community that libraries are important. We are asking members of the community to place a sign in your front yard to show your support and advocacy for The East Chicago Public Library. The We Love Our Library campaign will run for approximately two weeks. The campaign is set to commence on Sunday, April 7 and will end on Saturday, April 20. This event is timed perfectly with the final weeks of the Indiana General Assembly, where legislators are making final decisions about support for libraries. Yard signs may be picked up beginning Monday, April 1 through Saturday, April 6 at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive or at the Pastrick Branch, 1008 W. Chicago Avenue. Yard signs are free of charge. Please spread the word and join us in this very important initiative.

Holiday Closing – President’s Day

Holiday Closing – President’s Day

The East Chicago Public Library system will be closed Monday, February 18 in observance of President’s Day.
The closing applies to both the Main Library, 2401 Columbus Drive, and the Pastrick Branch Library, 1008 W. Chicago Ave. The closing also applies to the library’s community centers: Owens, King, Marktown, and Roxana.
Regular library hours will resume Tuesday, February 19 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.