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.

New Year Holiday Hours

For Immediate Release

New Year Holiday Hours


In observance of the holiday season, the East Chicago Public Library will be closed Friday, December 29, and Monday, January 1.

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 reading rooms located at the community centers: Penn, Owens, Marktown, and Roberto Clemente.

Regular library hours will resume Saturday, December 30 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.

Soup for Fines

For Immediate Release


Soup for Fines @ the East Chicago Public Library

EAST CHICAGO, IN (December 1, 2017) – Patrons can wipe their slate clean of overdue fines by contributing to the library’s annual food drive. Cans of soup that are not expired will be accepted as payment for fines from December 1 to December 28. The cans of soup collected will be donated to a local food pantry for distributions. One can of soup must be turned in for each overdue book. The offer does not apply to items checked out from the Audio-Visual Department. Fees for lost or damaged materials will not be forgiven. Donations will be accepted at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive and at the Pastrick Branch Library, 1008 W. Chicago Ave. East Chicago Library Director Marla Spann hopes this activity will encourage patrons to return their overdue items. It is also an opportunity for the library to share the spirit of the holiday season with others in the community.

ECPL Offers Food for Fines

ECPL Offers Food for Fines Program during December

The Board of Trustees has declared December “Food for Fines Month” at the East Chicago Public Library.
Library patrons who have unpaid or overdue fines on library materials can wipe their slate clean by contributing to the East Chicago Public Library’s annual food drive.
The Food for Fines Program is scheduled to run from December 1st through December 28th. Canned goods and other non-perishable items will be accepted as payment for fines. One can or box of food will be exchanged for the fine of one library item.
Fees for lost or damaged materials will not be forgiven and the month long offer does not apply to items checked out from the Audio-Visual Department.  Only non-perishable items will be accepted during the drive. Donated items must not be damaged, expired, previously opened, glass jars, home made goods or USDA commodities. This offer applies only to items checked out from the East Chicago Public Library.
Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted throughout the month of December at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive, and the Pastrick Branch Library, 1008 W. Chicago Ave.  Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
All food items collected will be donated to a local food pantry to assist those in need during the holiday season.
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