Blogs & Staff Picks

By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian   As part of Black History Month, I would like to look at two individuals who represent two important eras in Noblesville’s race relations – the post-Civil War reconstruction era and the twentieth-century Civil Rights era. It’s important to......

By Pooja Thakkar 2023 is the year of stories at Hamilton East Public Library. Every month on our blog, we’re featuring a guest writer from our community to share in their own words what the library means to them. We hope these stories will demonstrate......

By Jessica Layman, Local History and Genealogy Librarian   Are you interested in the Civil War? Does your genealogy journey include Civil War ancestors? Are you interested in African American history? In the Indiana Room, we make the effort to offer resources and classes that......

By: Heidi Herald Welcome back to What’s Cooking @ HEPL! I am Heidi Herald, a Public Services Librarian at Hamilton East Public Library, and I review one of the library’s cookbooks quarterly. This month, I am reviewing Budmo! Recipes from a Ukrainian Kitchen by Anna......

By Rachel Ratajski The theme for HEPL’s next Teen Writing Challenge is love! This can be any kind of love – friendship, family, pets, romance. Teen writers can submit an original, love-themed short story for HEPL’s 4th Teen Writing Challenge! WHO: Teens living in or......

By Kris Hurst Every 1st quarter of the year, Ignite Studio focuses on a specific medium or technique. This year, we’ve selected an everyday art material that can be used as canvas, sculpted, folded, woven, cut, pasted, sewn, embroidered and quilled. Guessed it yet? PAPER!......

By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and influence and in observance of MLK Day 2023, we will be looking at a local person who was an active participant in an important event of the Civil Rights movement.......

By Allison Kartman Why do you LOVE reading books? Is it escapism? How about feeling the world fade away and the thrill of taking a vacation inside your own head?   Do you enjoy learning something new or the challenge of understanding different points of view?......

By Stephanie Perry 2023 is the year of stories at Hamilton East Public Library. Every month on our blog, we’re featuring a guest writer from our community to share in their own words what the library means to them. We hope these stories will demonstrate......

BY KATELYN COYNE Ignite Studio at the Hamilton East Public Library has opened a call for art for our annual exhibit “The 700 Collection.” We are seeking art in a variety of mediums for this juried group exhibit with cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.......

The Hamilton East Public Library (HEPL) is excited to announce the date for the annual Local Author Fair in 2023. The HEPL Local Author Fair will take place on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 1:00 to 4:00pm at the FORUM Events Center (11313 USA Pkwy,......

Ignite Studio and Nickel Plate Arts are teaming up once again for Comic Book in a Day 2023. Celebrating 10 years, Comic Book in a Day has become a fixture in the local illustration community each year. Join us for workshops with professional comic book artists, sign-up......

The Hamilton East Public Library is proud to present our Best Books of 2022! Explore our annual recommendations for kids and adults, curated by our expert librarians. The books on these lists are perfect for gifting, book club selections, or personal reading. They include fiction,......

By: Heidi Herald Welcome back to What’s Cooking @ HEPL! I am Heidi Herald, a Public Services Librarian at Hamilton East Public Library. I review one of the library’s cookbooks each month. This month, I am reviewing The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof......

We are loving the Season of Giving celebrations happening at the library during this time of year! You’re helping us raise funds and supplies for HamCoLove and our local townships, pack meals for IDES, create handmade gifts, and more. Every year, you also give to......

By: Heidi Herald Welcome back to What’s Cooking @ HEPL! I am Heidi Herald, a Public Services Librarian at Hamilton East Public Library. I review one of the library’s cookbooks each month. This month, I am reviewing Wintersweet:  Seasonal Desserts to Warm the Home by......

The Creation of a Myth By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In Hamilton County, as in other places in the United States, the study of Native American life can be cluttered by myths. As if the interactions between settlers and Natives were not complex enough,......

As we draw near to the end of the year, many in our community will turn their focus to celebrations and times of giving. This year, the library will celebrate that spirit of giving in November and December with our initiative “Season of Giving.” Happenings......

By: Heidi Herald Welcome back to What’s Cooking @ HEPL! I am Heidi Herald, a Public Services Librarian at Hamilton East Public Library. I will be reviewing one of the library’s cookbooks each month. This month, I selected Saka Saka: Adventures in African Cooking, South......

By Erin Weir The third HEPL Teen Writing Challenge has concluded and 3 winners were chosen out of 23 entries from teens. The Teen Writing Challenge was the idea of a student who shared it with the library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB). The TAB loved......

By: Heidi Herald Welcome back to What’s Cooking @ HEPL! I am Heidi Herald, a Public Services Librarian at Hamilton East Public Library. I will be reviewing one of the library’s cookbooks each month. This month, I selected My Korea by Hooni Kim with Aki......

By: Heidi Herald Welcome back to What’s Cooking @ HEPL! I am Heidi Herald, a Public Services Librarian at Hamilton East Public Library. I will be reviewing one of the library’s cookbooks each month. This month, I selected Indian(-ish) by Priya Krishna. I really enjoyed......

By: Heidi Herald Welcome back to What’s Cooking @ HEPL! I am Heidi Herald, a Public Services Librarian at Hamilton East Public Library. I will be reviewing one of the library’s cookbooks each month. To celebrate the 2022 Summer Reading theme—Oceans of Possibilities—I selected a......

By Danielle Acton Books Build Bridges is a community read program hosted by Hamilton East Public Library each fall to build community through shared experience, provide diverse reading opportunities and engage our community with noted authors. The featured books this year are Hotel on the......

By Erin Weir The theme for HEPL’s next Teen Writing Challenge is fantasy! Think spells and fairies and dragons galore! Aspiring teen writers can submit an original, fantasy themed short story for HEPL’s 3rd Teen Writing Challenge! Let wonder and magic inspire your work! WHO:......

Written by Hamilton County Historian, David Heighway Following up on last year’s Juneteenth Day post, there is new information that has been produced.  The first comprehensive list of African American Civil War soldiers from Hamilton County was put together by Lezli Davis and myself.  It has......

By: Julie Armstrong Calling all witches, wizards and muggles of all ages. Join us for some spellbinding fun during our eighth annual Harry Potter event at the Hamilton East Public Library in Fishers. This year’s theme is Magical Journeys, and I think we can all......

By: Heidi Herald Welcome back to the What’s Cooking @ HEPL blog! I am Heidi Herald, a Public Services Librarian at Hamilton East Public Library. I will be reviewing one of the library’s cookbooks each month. This month, I tried some recipes from Joshua Weissman’s......

Written by: Ally Muterspaw Every year, the United States recognizes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month in June. The celebration commemorates the Stonewall Riots that took place in New York City on June 28th, 1969. Throughout the country, there are numerous parades,......

Save the Date! HEPL’s Books Build Bridges 2022 Featuring Authors Jamie Ford and Kelly Yang Books Build Bridges is a community read program hosted by Hamilton East Public Library each fall to build community through shared experience, provide diverse reading opportunities, and engage the HEPL......

By: Heidi Herald Welcome back to the What’s Cooking @ HEPL blog! I am Heidi Herald, a Public Services Librarian at Hamilton East Public Library. I will be reviewing one of the library’s cookbooks each month. This month, I tried some recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi’s......

Composed By: Allison Kartman, Youth Engagement Coordinator  Join the HEPL community of readers by enrolling in the Oceans of Possibilities 2022 Summer Reading Program! Read and keep an online log during June and July to participate. Registration begins Monday, May 16. Sign up by......

Heading to the park to play in a splash pad, take a walk, or just run off some energy this summer? You might just find Hamilton East Public Library there too!  HEPL on the Move Every Friday May 27-July 22, HEPL will visit a different......

By Christy Franzman The second HEPL Teen Writing Challenge has concluded and 3 winners were chosen out of 46 entries from teens in grades 6-12! The Teen Writing Challenge was the idea of a student who shared it with the library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB).......

By: Heidi Herald Welcome back to the What’s Cooking @ HEPL blog! I am Heidi Herald, a Public Services Librarian at Hamilton East Public Library. I will be reviewing one of the library’s cookbooks each month. This month, we will try some recipes using an......

The Hamilton East Public Library (HEPL) is pleased to announce the return of our local author fair, a free open house-style event for all ages. The event will be held on Sunday, April 10, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at the FORUM Events Center, 11313......

By: Heidi Herald Welcome back to the What’s Cooking @ HEPL blog! I am Heidi Herald, a Public Services Librarian at Hamilton East Public Library. I will be reviewing one of the library’s cookbooks each month. In this third installment, we will look at the......

During the icy chill of late winter, we long for the tentative warmth of early spring and the opening of the 2022 HEPL Seed Library on March 1! In 2021, HEPL lent out more than 55,000 seed packets. That’s more than double what was handed......

March is Disability Awareness Month, sponsored by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. Throughout March, the Hamilton East Public Library will offer an array of programs and resources for individuals, parents, caregivers, and allies to promote awareness of disabilities, provide resources and opportunities......

By: Heidi Herald Welcome to the What’s Cooking @ HEPL blog! I am Heidi Herald, a Public Services Librarian at Hamilton East Public Library. I will be reviewing one of the library’s cookbooks each month. In this second installment, we will look at the popular......

By Christy Franzman The theme for HEPL’s next Teen Writing Challenge is poetry to celebrate the upcoming National Poetry Month in April! Aspiring teen writers, or teens who want the chance to win gift cards (no judgement here!), can submit an original poem for HEPL’s......

By: Lori Holewinski Hamilton East Public Library’s annual Cozy Winter Reading Program runs from February 1-28, 2022. This program gives readers of all ages an incentive to stay cozy and read during this cold winter month. Enroll on Beanstack here or at hepl.beanstack.org/reader365. Readers of......

By: Hamilton County Historian David Heighway As we approach the 93rd anniversary of Martin Luther King’s birth, people are looking at various ways to recognize and celebrate it.  Often that involves trying to find some personal connection with the man and his work.  While King......

By: Heidi Herald Welcome to the very first What’s Cooking @ HEPL blog! I am Heidi Herald, a Public Services Librarian at Hamilton East Public Library (not a social media influencer), so taking on this blog series involves a steep learning curve for me! I......

By Christy Franzman The first HEPL Teen Writing Challenge has concluded and 3 winners were chosen out of 24 entries from teens in grades 6-12. The Teen Writing Challenge was the idea of a student who shared it with the library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB).......

With libraries in Fishers and Noblesville, the Hamilton East Public Library (HEPL) is pleased to announce that effective November 1, 2021 the library will no longer charge overdue fines on late library materials, including books, audiobooks, and DVDs. Overdue fines are the daily charges that......

Practicing gratitude and positivity has been found to have a profound effect on the human brain, helping us make happiness a habit. When we focus on the positive our reality becomes more positive. Gretchen Rubin, Habit researcher and author of The Happiness Project, says, “We......

October in Indiana brings to mind crisp fall days, colorful leaves, pumpkins, and Halloween fun. What better way to celebrate fall than to participate in one of the programs on the October menu at Hamilton East Public Library. From informative, to entertaining, to crafty, to......

By Erin Weir As the Teen Librarian at our Fishers location, I am often asked about what volunteer opportunities the library has to offer teens. The library depends on teens in grades 6-12 to help with all kinds of things! We have different options for......