ECPL Programs


East Chicago Public Library

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Preschool Story Hour
Children 3-5 years, enjoy stories, finger plays, music, crafts, and films. The children are also exposed to color, numbers, alphabets and other simple concepts.
Toddler Time
Children 18 mos.-3 years enjoy simple stories and finger plays and songs.
Martin Luther King, JR.
Youth Services and Outreach plan activities to share with classes and children in after school programs.
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Library Cinema
Circulation / Audio Visual staff show monthly film programs at both Main and Pastrick Branches. Films are shown for adult and family audiences.
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Class Visits
Classes visit the various library locations to enrich classroom activities. Bibliographic instruction, general information, celebration of various holidays, special assignments are examples of library activities covered.
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International Reading Day
For the past several years we cooperate with Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition and the Indiana Adult Literacy Coalition to "Take time out for reading." 15 minutes of reading at 10:00 am red noses are distributed (Put your nose in a book) to schools and other interested agencies.
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Christmas Around the World
Trees are decorated honoring the different ethic groups who reside(d) in East Chicago. Over the years, the exhibit included a program with a tree lighting ceremony, caroling, storytelling and a visit from Santa.
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Poetry Slam
Junior high students write original poetry in April and a slam is planned in May. A panel of judges selects 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners. Prizes are awarded.
Summer Reading Program
Children of all ages are encouraged to continue reading during the summer months. Activities are planned and implemented by Youth Services and Outreach.
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Prime Time Family Reading
A six-week program of reading, discussion and storytelling which targets at risk families with children ages 6 to 10. The program, designed by LEH utilizes a discussion leader and storyteller. Grant funded.
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Books to Bridge the Region
Region-wide reading event formerly One Book One Region is now under construction with a projected start date of Sept. 7 or 8.
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Cultural Programs
African American, Puerto Rican, Mexican and European Heritage programs, International Day Cinco de Mayo, Day of the Child/Book, and Christmas Around the World are programs that focus on the ethnic groups that settled in East Chicago. Committees consisting of staff and community representatives plan the programs. These programs are funded through the Foundations of East Chicago.
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Read Across America Day
Dr. Suess' birthday is celebrated with a variety of reading programs. The books written especially for children but loved by all ages are the centerpiece for the celebration.
Family Reading Night
An opportunity for families to read and enjoy stories and a variety of activities in the evening. Usually held during March, April, May, September, October, November, and December.
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Absolutely Incredible Kid's Day
It's a day designated to honor our nation's children. It's a simple, meaningful way for adults to let children know how much they are appreciated. In the past, this activity was implemented by Outreach working with the schools.
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Dia de los Ninos /Dia de los Libros--Childrens Day/Book Day
Emphasizes the importance of reading regardless of language and cultural back ground.