Blogs & Staff Picks

You see their faces, you may know their names, but it’s time to really get to know your local librarians and library staff! Meet Brianna Harting, Teen Librarian. Q: What brought you to HEPL? A: My bachelor’s degree is actually in graphic design, and that’s......

By Rachel Ratajski The fifth HEPL Teen Writing Challenge has concluded, and three winners were chosen out of ten 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 Laura Hoffman The HEPL Adult Writing Challenge has concluded, and three winners were chosen out of ten entries from patrons. The August 2023 Adult Writing Contest challenged patrons to write an original short story twisting one of their beloved classics. Some of the tales......

By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian As Fishers builds the Arts & Municipal Complex, its newest city building, it’s interesting to look back and see how the local seat of municipal government has changed through the years. Since Salathiel Fisher died soon after platting the......

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. This year’s featured books are classic stories reimagined. For adult readers, the......

By Laura Hoffman, Public Services Librarian Did you know that National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated between two months? From September 15th to October 15th, cities nationwide celebrate our community members who identify as Hispanic. These dates align with when many Central American countries celebrate......

By Kris Hurst, Arts Engagement Coordinator Ignite Studio at the Hamilton East Public Library in Fishers has opened a call for art for our next juried exhibit, “The Sustenance Show,” with cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. We are seeking original art that......

By Tori Rumschlag, Public Services Librarian It is easy to neglect caring for yourself. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “self-care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy.” This September, for Self-Care Awareness Month, let’s consider......

By Heidi Herald, Public Services Librarian In 2019, HEPL (Hamilton East Public Library) opened the Seed Library, which allows patrons to select seeds to grow in their gardens or in pots. The Seed Library has flower, fruit/vegetable, and herb seeds available that are carefully selected......

By Ron Ackerman 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 Kris Hurst, Arts Engagement Coordinator Ignite Studio invites central Indiana artists to serve as a Maker-in-Residence in 2024. Ignite Studio is an arts-focused makerspace designed to offer broad access to the Hamilton County community to a variety of art and making practices. We help patrons......

By Kris Hurst, Arts Engagement Coordinator Contribute to the Ignite Art, Poetry, and Short Story Anthology Project! An anthology is a collection of selected literary pieces, passages, or works of art, usually highlighting a theme. Rue Sparks, our Maker-in-Residence for Fall 2023, is collecting work for......

By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Hamilton County’s participation in the arts began fairly early, and part of that was due to a man named Robert Lindsey “Lins” Carlin (1832-1914). Carlin was born in Hamilton County, and while his first job was driving a wagon,......

By Kris Hurst, Arts Engagement Coordinator Ignite Studio welcomes our next Maker-in-Residence, Rue Sparks. Visit Ignite Studio between September-December 2023 to meet them. Artist, poet, animator, author, designer, professor—Rue Sparks has worn a lot of labels, but the one thing they’ve always aspired to be......

By Jessica Layman, Local History and Genealogy Librarian As you gear up for the first weeks of the school year, remember that there’s some things all kids in Hamilton County have in common, no matter how old they are or when they went to school.......

The vision of the Hamilton East Public Library is to be “A connected library in a connected community.” From book clubs to writing groups, maker gatherings, ENL classes, and more, the library organizes, hosts, and participates in a variety of club and group meetings in......

By Chaise Carter, Director of Youth Services While children may not learn to read until they’ve started school, there are many things that caregivers can do to help develop their child’s pre-reading skills and get them ready to learn to read! Easy ways to introduce......

By Shengchu Xu 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: 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 Fix Me A Plate: Traditional and New School......

By Rachel Ratajski   The theme for HEPL’s next Teen Writing Challenge is reimagined classics! Put your own unique twist on a classic fairy tale, myth, or story from classic literature. Teen writers can submit an original, reimagined classics-themed short story for HEPL’s 5th Teen......

By Laura Hoffman   Hamilton East Public Library is pleased to announce this year’s Adult Writing Challenge! The theme for this Adult Writing Challenge is Classics Reimagined! This can be a fairy tale, myth, or classic literature from any culture, just recreated in your own......

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. This year’s featured books are classic stories reimagined. For adult readers, the......

There’s still two weeks left to complete your summer reading challenge! Looking for some book recommendations to keep your kids motivated and interested in the final days of summer? Check out these curated booklists from ALSC (Association for Library Services to Children)! “These lists are......

By Amy Weigel, Public Services Librarian Disability Pride Month is celebrated every year during the month of July, in honor of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Officially passed on July 26, 1990, this year is the 33rd anniversary of the ADA, which......

By Rafia Khader 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 Ann Grilliot, Genealogy and Local History Coordinator Come celebrate Hamilton County’s Bicentennial with us! Did you know the county was authorized by the State Legislature 200 years ago on April 7, 1823? To mark the occasion, the Hamilton County Bicentennial Commission is leading a year-long......

By Pam Lamberger, Public Services Librarian It’s time to run Old Glory up the flagpole in honor of the grandest of America’s summer celebrations – Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July. The Stars & Stripes symbolizes the patriotism and pride felt by......

You see their faces, you may know their names, but it’s time to really get to know your local librarians and library staff! Meet Donna Warfel, Youth Services Librarian. Q: What brought you to HEPL and how long have you been here? A: I have......

By Chaise Carter and Lisa Glesil, Youth Services Celebrate Independence Day with your kiddos this Fourth of July! Check out these books and digital materials that are available to you with your Hamilton East Public Library card. And, look below for a special craft you......

By Sydney Brink What does the world look like through your camera lens? Ignite Studio is seeking work for our upcoming photography exhibition, “Through Your Lens.” Photography is one of the most accessible forms of art. We all have cameras on our phones, and we’re......

Experience the opportunity to unjudge someone by sitting down together in a safe space to challenge stereotypes and stigmas. HEPL will host its first Human Library event on Saturday, July 15, 2023 from 1pm to 4pm at the Fishers Library. This event for adult readers......

By Julia Welzen, Community Engagement Coordinator One of the most common questions we get at the Hamilton East Public Library Seed Library is, “What can I plant in a container?” For those of us who don’t have yards or who choose to garden with containers,......

By Keyshaun Childs 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 Tori Rumschlag, Public Services Librarian You may already know that spending time outdoors is great for your health. Maybe you read one of the many studies linking nature to positive mental health attributes. Maybe a friend who is really (really, really) into hiking/running/biking/skiing/camping/sporting has......

Want to know what your fellow Hoosiers are reading? “The Indiana Library Federation supports three annual book award programs. The book award programs seek to foster self-selected reading by engaging students and adults in the selection, promotion and recognition of honored books.” Here are the......

By David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian A question that I get asked occasionally as Hamilton County Historian is, “Who is the county’s biggest celebrity?”. Obviously, this is very open to debate. It depends on how you define who is or was an A-list celebrity. We......

By Kris Hurst, Arts Engagement Coordinator Many have asked about our next maker, and we are happy to announce that Addie Hirschten will be working out of the Ignite Maker-in-Residence studio this summer from May-August 2023. Addie is a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author......

By Jessica Layman, Local History and Genealogy Librarian You may have heard – the Indiana Room has moved to the first floor of the Noblesville library! As part of the construction for our improved Crossroads Discovery Center on the second floor, the Indiana Room collection......

By Julia Welzen, Community Engagement Coordinator At Hamilton East Public Library, we love to get out in the community and visit with you outside our buildings! We enjoy meeting you where you are already spending your time in our community. This summer, you’ll find us......

Join with code: alltogethernow Interested in taking on an extra challenge this summer? Join the “Visit the Hamilton County Libraries” Beanstack challenge to earn chances to win a $100 gift card to Moonshot Games! Unlock the power of your library card! Hamilton County residents can......

Join the HEPL community of readers by enrolling in the All Together Now 2023 Summer Reading Program! Readers of all ages can keep an online log of their reading and complete fun activities during June and July to participate. Registration begins Monday, May 8th. Sign......

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 I Am From Here: Stories and Recipes From......

By Tasha Jun 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 Ann Grilliot, Genealogy & Local History Coordinator Mother’s Day is approaching, and that has me thinking of the women in my life. On both sides of my lineage, the family stories have been passed on through the women. They have been the historians and......

By Rachel Ratajski The fourth HEPL Teen Writing Challenge has concluded, and three winners were chosen out of ten entries from teens. The Teen Writing Challenge was the idea of a student who shared it with theTeen Advisory Board (TAB). The TAB loved the suggestion......

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Explore everything going on at HEPL to celebrate this month. Mental Health Resource Guide Download our newly updated mental health resource guide for 2023, featuring links to resources for mental health, well-being, and substance abuse.   Mental Health Awareness......

By Julia Welzen, Community Engagement Coordinator April is National Volunteer Month, and we celebrate and honor the people who give their time to their communities, non-profits, and faith-based organizations! According to the latest Volunteering in America report from Americorps, almost 61 million Americans (about 23.2%......