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The front door and facade to the Buchanan District Library. It's grey stone with glass doors, and a lit overhang.
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The Buchanan District Library has eliminated all fines. It’s following a national trend of libraries going fine-free. Chicago, Kalamazoo, Detroit and other libraries have jumped on board too.

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This spring the Elkhart and Goshen Libraries stopped charging fines on children and young adult materials. Since the change libraries are now seeing more use.

If you check out a children’s book or movie at any library in Elkhart or Goshen and then turn it in late, you won’t be charged a fine. It’s an initiative that the libraries began this spring. 

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South Bend, Mishawaka, and St. Joseph County officials discussed a proposal Thursday night to fund the county’s 911 Dispatch Center by pulling money from other agencies, like local libraries, public transit and the South Bend Airport. 

 

The Elkhart Public Library is hosting a bilingual day of stories, dance and art on Sunday.

El dìa de los libros/El dìa de los niños or just Dìa is a celebration of childhood literacy regardless of language or cultural background. The American Library Association promotes the day annually.

This is the first year the Elkhart Public Library has hosted an event. Sam Householder with the library said it’s a way to bring the diverse communities of the city to the library.

Buttigieg Book Talk In South Bend Tuesday Night

Mar 18, 2019

(SOUTH BEND) - Pete Buttigieg will be at the St. Joseph County Public Library in downtown South Bend Tuesday night at 6:30 to talk about his book entitled "Shortest Way Home." 

The South Bend mayor and possible democratic presidential candidate kicked off his book tour last month at the Century Center at a ticketed event. 

 

The St. Joseph County Public Library has just joined the ‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten,’ a nationwide literacy and school readiness program.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a pretty simple concept. Parents track each book they read to their young children with the goal of reading at least 1000 books before they start school.

That breaks down to just over one book every two days for five years.

Theresa Horn is the Youth Services Manager at SJCPL.