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Latest News From The Library

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.

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.

Bundle Up and Read

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

Battle of the Books

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

More information will be coming soon!

Return Anywhere Program

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

Back to School Already?

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

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?

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!

Storytelling

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.

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.

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?

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.

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! 

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!

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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.

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?

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