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Latest News From The Library

Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library Promotes Stephanie Maggart to Community Engagement Coordinator

The Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library is pleased to announce the promotion of Stephanie Maggart to the position of Community Engagement Coordinator.

Beloved Rabbit is Back on Display at Mishawaka Library

No matter if you called it bunny, rabbit, bunny rabbit or something else - there is no doubting the marble statue has been a fixture in the children’s section at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library for decades.

Saturday, December 4 MPHPL Hosts Peter De Kever's Book-Signing Event

On Saturday, December 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., MPHPL will host a book-signing event for author Peter De Kever in the atrium of the downtown Mishawaka Library. 

Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library Promotes Veteran Programming Coordinator to Director of Patron Services

The Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library is pleased to announce veteran employee Jennifer Ludwig has been promoted to Director of Patron Services.

Mishawaka Library Partners with the South Bend Area Genealogical Society to Host First-ever Scan-a-Thon

On Saturday, Nov. 13, Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library, in partnership with the South Bend Area Genealogical Society, will host a Scan-a-Thon at the downtown Mishawaka Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join Author and Historian Robert Mueller Live on Veterans Day via Zoom

Veterans Day is a special day to remember and thank veterans who served honorably during war or peacetime. This Veterans Day 2021, we invite the community to come together online via Zoom as we welcome author and historian Robert Mueller as our special Veterans Day MPHPL guest speaker. 

Heritage Room at Mishawaka Library Opens Monday, Oct. 25

The Heritage Room at the downtown Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library will open on Monday, October 25. The doors were closed to the room in March of 2020, and Monday will be the first time that library-goers will be able to step foot back in the room, which has a new name and a new purpose. 

Renovated Common Area at Mishawaka Library Reopens Monday, Sept. 13

The Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library is excited to announce renovations to the Common Area inside the Mishawaka Library are complete.

Digital PressReader App Now Available to MPHPL Cardholders

The Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library is excited to announce the popular digital PressReader app is now available for all library card holders!  

Refurbished Newspaper Boxes Transformed into MPHPL Book Boxes 

Three Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library Community Book Boxes are now open to serve the public, 24/7, with no strings attached.

MPHPL Staff Saddened by Passing of Board Member Roland Morin

Roland Morin passed away on Friday, August 27. He faithfully served on the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library’s Board since 2008.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Signing up for a library card provides access to technology, multimedia content and educational programming that transforms lives and strengthens communities.

17th Annual River Bend Quilt Show to be Held at the Mishawaka Library Aug. 26-28

The River Bend Quilt Guild will be hosting their 17th annual Quilt Show at the Mishawaka Library over a three-day period next week starting on Thursday, Aug. 26. 

Recap of Roz Puppets - George and the Dragon

Six performances of Roz Puppets - George and the Dragon was a spectacular hit at our Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library last week.

Digital hoopla App Now Available to MPHPL Cardholders

Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library is excited to announce the availability of thousands of movies, comics, graphic novels and television programs through the digital app hoopla.

ROAD TRIP! Audiobooks: How They Might Improve Your Life

Audiobooks are accessible and remove barriers to entertaining and, potentially, life-improving content. Listening to audiobooks may prove beneficial to you, whether it be on your next road trip or throughout the larger journey of your life. 

Books with a Twist: Unreliable Narrators

When reading, can you really trust your narrator?  Sometimes yes.  Other times, though, you may begin to question the one telling the story based on a clue here or an odd remark there.  In these cases, you may be dealing with what’s known as an unreliable narrator.

Reading Children’s and Young Adult Literature as an Adult

Life for adults is often busy and complicated, and finding the time and energy to read isn't easy. Consider revisiting the books, images, and tales from your childhood. Reading children's and young adult literature as an adult, whether the stories are old familiars or new, can refresh your imagination, while evoking a sense of nostalgia and the undefinable comfort that comes from immersing oneself in a good story. 

Family Recipes & Food Heritage

Learn more about women's, community, and family history by exploring how food history can help recreate and understand their lives.

Ancestry Library Edition Access Extended to September 30, 2021

Ancestry Library Edition access has been extended to September 30, 2021!  We are so pleased to offer this service to Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library’s patrons.

Financial Assistance Available for Internet Service

We’re spreading the word about FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit!

Mental Health Awareness

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but don’t forget about your mental health too.  Since 1949, May has been Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a great opportunity to normalize and talk openly regarding psychological health concerns and to share resources available. 

Size-Acceptance Nonfiction

A growing movement is changing the way people think about their bodies thanks to body positivity, Health At Every Size, and a closer look at cultural attitudes toward non-thin people and where those attitudes come from. Click to read more.

Reader’s Resources

Check out all the services at MPHPL to help you choose your next book!

National Poetry Month

April 2021 marks the 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry.

College Basketball's March Madness

The Madness is about to begin!

Women's Suffrage is 100 Years Old!

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage, MPHPL invites you to tell the stories of local suffragettes!

Celebrate Read an eBook Week!

Read about the benefits of eBooks and some great titles MPHPL has to offer!


MPHPL is now offering Books-by-Mail to patrons who cannot visit the library due to physical limitations. 

Local and Family History

Changes are afoot at the library! The Heritage Center and its contents have moved, and it is now known as Local and Family History.

Bundle Up and Read

Learn about fun and creative ways to get children to read.

William C. Morris Award 2021

The William C. Morris award is given to a debut author in teen literature. Read further to learn about the 2021 winners.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

A summary of COVID-19 vaccine information for Indiana residents

Helpful Tax Resources & Information

Need some help navigating tax season this year?  Checkout this information for helpful hints and resources to make this tax season a little easier.  As always, feel free to stop by or contact the library at (574) 259-5277 if you have any questions.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is back in 2022! Six Books, One Battle for 5th Grades.

Curbside Pick Up is Here to Stay!

All three MPHPL locations are offering Curbside Carry-out & Pick-up and Document Services.

Happy Thanksgiving!

At the end of November, we come together with our families or with friends for a “Friendsgiving” and stuff ourselves silly. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. With the Covid-19 Pandemic still hanging around, Thanksgiving may look different for most of us, but it’s still a great time to remember to count our blessings and be truly thankful for who is included at our table, even if the table is virtual this year.

How Do I Use the New MPHPL App?

Whether it is helping you better access our eBooks or learn about how to access your account in our new catalog, MPHPL is here to help make access to information and services a little easier!

The Haunting Season

The haunting season has arrived! October brings with it the celebration of all things ghoulish and undead.

Let's Get Ready To Vote!

Did you know that September 22nd is National Voter Registration Day?

Pandemic Reads

Even though many restaurants and stores have reopened, people are still home more than usual as the pandemic continues.  During this extra time at home, you may be looking for reading to keep you occupied and entertained.  Here are some popular trends that may give you some ideas.

Happy 4th of July!

Back in 1776, a group of colonists got together to declare independence from King George III of England.  The colonists didn’t think it was fair that they had to pay taxes to a government in which they had no say. They decided to form a new government instead. Representatives from all 13 colonies met for days.  On July 4th, 1776, the historic Declaration of Independence was approved.

Bookish Pet Peeves

Every bookworm has pet peeves.

Return Anywhere Program

The Indiana State Library and the Academic Libraries of Indiana are joining forces in a wonderful program termed “ Re

Sensational Salads

Read on to learn about the benefits of adding a daily salad to your menu at home – and check out some delicious recipes available in MPHPL’s ebook collection.

Be an Eco-Conscious Reader!

With Earth Day just around the corner on April 22nd, why not take this opportunity to show Mother Earth some extra love? 

Bye, Bye, Boredom!

Many of us are finding ourselves at a loose end while staying home.  Here are links to some great free activities, including music concerts, operas, online classes, and more.  This list may updated as we learn about new links.  Please enjoy and stay safe!

National Credit Education Month

National Credit Education Month is a great time to sit down and learn about your credit – and, more importantly, to find out what can affect your credit score and how to improve it.

Black History Month

February is Black History Month.  A great way to celebrate is to read a memoir by an African-American author.  Memoirs bring history to life because they recount the experiences of real people who lived through and contributed to history.

Self-Acceptance in the New Year

On December 31st it is tradition to set a New Year’s resolution to kick things off right.

Handcrafted Gifts

If you are interested in crafting gifts this season, but are running low on ideas – MPHPL can help! Read on for DIY food, candle, yarn, and paper crafting suggestions, along with news about four upcoming MPHPL crafting events.

Thanksgiving Food and Fun

Thanksgiving began in 1621 as a shared meal between English colonists and Native Americans, and the expression of gratitude for their feast and successful harvest.  Today, people enjoy this holiday in many different ways.

Banned Books!

Caution: Banned books discussed in this post!

Back to School Already?

Back to school already? The summer seems to have flown by. Ready or not school has started.

Happiness Happens

Succeeding at work that we feel passionate about has a significant positive impact on how we feel about ourselves and our lives.  There have been several recent and very popular books on this important topic.  Because August is Happiness Happens Month, we will take a look at how to make happiness happen at work by looking at these recent, and a few less recent, books that discuss how to find meaningful work, and how to succeed professionally.

Don't Be Bored This Summer

With children and teens off from school and many adults taking staycations, the summer months can start to feel a bit empty.  That is why July has become National Anti-Boredom Month.  If you are in need of fun activities to fill your and your family’s leisure time, your library can help. 

LISTEN UP! June is National Audiobook Month

Kick off your summer with an audiobook!

Spring Cleaning!

Spring cleaning is the annual practice of deep-cleaning a living space when the weather gets warmer, particularly in colder climates.

During the 19th century, many people would deep clean their homes in the spring because the winter would leave their homes a big mess.  Homes were lit with kerosene or oil and were heated with coal or wood, leaving soot and grime throughout the house. Proper cleaning would require opening the windows to let the dirt and soot out, which, could only happen in warmer weather.

While we don’t clean off coal soot from our walls anymore, spring cleaning is still a widely practiced activity.

Need some reading material to motivate you and help get you started?  Check these out!

Great Read Alouds and Audiobooks for Families

Whether it's reading a book aloud together or listening to an audiobook, listening to a story can be great fun for ev

Newbery & Caldecott Winners & Honors

Did you know that the annual Newbery and Caldecott winners are selected by the American Library Association?

BOOM! BANG! POW! - Graphic Novels at MPHPL

If you like comic books and graphic novels, we have good news for you!


Mad Lib Challenge

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month! Try your hand at this all-ages mad lib and tune in on Facebook Live September 29 @ 6:30 pm as we read aloud some of our favorite entries!

Celebrate Valentine's Day or not.....

It’s February and you know what that means:  Valentine's Day.

Popular and Notable Books of 2018

As the days get colder and snowier, you may be looking to settle down in a cozy spot with a hot drink and some good books.  Winter is a great time to catch up on your reading, so here are some great reads from 2018 that you might want to take a look at.

National Novel Writing Month

Have you been thinking about writing a novel?  If so, now might be a good time to give it a try.

Happy Halloween!

One day a year children pretend to be monsters, knock on our doors, threaten us, and we give out candy for their efforts.  Why?


Listening to stories can increase a child’s vocabulary, feed their imagination, help them to have the confidence to read to others, and increase their narrative skills (the ability to retell a story).

The MPHPL Storytime Team is ready to share stories and music with you and your child! Storytimes begin on Tuesday, September 18 and can be experienced at each of our branches every week until Thursday, October 25.

The Great American Read

Are you looking for a great book to read?  Are you curious to know which books have made an impact on other readers across the country?  If so, you might want to visit PBS's The Great American Read website.

Celebrate the St. Joe!

The Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library is honored to partner with WNIT Public Television this month in anticipation of their premiere documentary.

Back to School!

Each new school year brings a mix of opportunities, excitement and struggles for our children. In the mad rush to make sure that supplies are bought, clothes are ready, and lunches are planned, it’s easy to forget that our little ones may be hiding nervousness about their newest adventure.

Happy Father's Day!

Father’s Day.  A day where we honor the Father Figures in our lives.  A day where we break out the grill, give neck ties and shop-vacs, and tell “dad-jokes”.

For example: “Why couldn't the bike stand up by itself? It was two tired!”

Nice one, Dad.

Let's Go Outside!

June has days to celebrate mud, picnics, trails, and weeding your garden. What a great month to get outside and explore!

It’s not all about the outdoors though: doughnuts, chocolate ice cream, hugs, yo-yos, and peanut butter cookies - June is full of silly celebrations! Which ones would your family enjoy?

Happy Mother's Day!

Motherhood is arguably one of the most important jobs in the world.  Mother’s Day is a day specifically for our adoptive mothers, biological mothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, and anyone else serving as a mother figure.

Let's Create Something New!

May is National Inventor’s Month!

How many times have you heard a parent say “They had more fun with the empty box than they did with the toy”? Children have wonderful imaginations, and can brainstorm and create new games with ease. That’s why those cardboard boxes turn into rockets, pirate ships, secret forts, and so much more.

Drop Everything and Read!

April 12th is a national day of celebration, designed to remind families to include reading as a priority in their lives. Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) has been embraced by libraries, schools, and families. Everyone is encouraged to set aside (or drop) all other distractions and dedicate 30 minutes to reading.

Humor Month

April is National Humor Month, a great time to enjoy a book that makes you laugh.  Laughter improves our mood, but The Mayo Clinic, WebMD and other health sources say that it can be good for our mental and physical health as well.  Among other benefits, laughter helps to reduce stress, according to the Mayo Clinic article above, and who doesn't need that?

Women's History Month

Women's History Month celebrates the achievements of women, the history of the women's rights movement, and the diverse lives and experiences of women.  If you are looking for Women's History Month titles, or just simply a great book to read, you might want to take a look at the titles below.

July is National Ice Cream Month!

The happy tune of an ice cream truck in the distance, and the promise of a cold treat on a hot summer day . . . . . and soon the tinkling songs grow louder and ice cream and other frozen treats magically appear near your house in a colorful truck! Did you know that variations of frozen treats have been enjoyed in countries around the world for hundreds (and in some cases thousands!) of years?

Read on to learn more.

Curl Up with A Book You Love

Books can take us to distant lands, help us learn a new skill, and bring our imaginations to life. Stories can have a strong impact on our ideas, our hopes, and even what we want to grow up to be! 

Library Services for Seniors and the Homebound

Seniors are an important and growing part of our community and MPHPL is committed to meeting their unique needs.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Parents can register any child between the age of birth to five (Pre-Kindergarten) for our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program!  Visit your preferred MPHPL location to receive your welcome folder.  You have the option of using a paper log sheet or logging books into ReadSquared, our new online reading program software. Click to learn more about the program.

Building Blocks of Early Learning

Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. These are five fun and easy things we can do with our children every day to get them ready to read!

Invasion of British Suspense Novelists

There has been a recent explosion of riveting, bestselling British suspense novels featuring women protagonists. Many of these novels are dark or gritty, and feature heroines who face significant personal challenges.

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Celebrate National Picture Book Month

Celebrate National Picture Book Month with us at MPHPL! Picture books can evoke memories in us as adults and create new memories for our children as we share great stories. Read on for a listing of some of the MPHPL Youth Services Staff's favorite picture books.

Reader's Advisory: Let Us Help You Find Your Next Favorite Book

It can be a bittersweet moment when you finish your favorite book, especially if you are not sure what to read next. But it doesn't have to be! We can help you find your next favorite book in no time!

Being Bullied is Not Okay

It can be heartbreaking to know a child who is being bullied and feel unable to help them. Bullying is a real problem, and has the potential to ruin a child's school experience. How can you help?

MPHPL Reviews ... "The Rainbow Comes and Goes" by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

A charming and intimate collection of correspondence between #1 New York Times bestselling author Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.

MPHPL Reviews ... "Retire Inspired" by Chris Hogan

Chris Hogan knows a thing or two about retirement – as an instructor in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and a member of the Ramsey Solutions team, he has counselled hundreds in their planning. 

MPHPL Reviews ... "The Road to Little Dribbling" by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson, an American writer who has spent most of his adult life in Britain, covers new ground in studying for the British citizenship test.

MPHPL Reviews ... "Keep Moving" by Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke has been pleasing audiences for the past 70 years and has no intentions of stopping. 

MPHPL Reviews ... "Swiped" by Adam Levin

How safe is your personally-identifiable information?  Have you done everything you can to protect yourself from identity theft?

Summer Food and Fun

It is July, and high temperatures, backyard parties, beach trips and summer vacations have arrived.  If you are looking for something fun to do this summer, something to keep the children entertained, fun food for summer events, or great summer reads, MPHPL can help.  Please take a look at our recommendations below.

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