We’re sending Summer Reading out with a party as Reading Rocks comes to an end.
From 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at the Pierre Moran branch, we’re going to have an epic party to end Reading Rocks with a live band, games and a drawing of a grand prize winner.
U-93 is going to broadcasting live, there will be live music and more before we draw the grand prize winner of the Taylor Swift concert tickets or Nintendo Switch just after 5:30 p.m. live on-air.
Local rock band Lalo Cura will be performing from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be games, a slime making station, facepainting, balloon making, giveaways and more.
This is going to be a summer spectacular that will be a rocking good time.
We’ll choose the winner of our grand prizes: two pairs of Taylor Swift concert tickets and a Nintendo Switch.
So far the finalists are:
-Aveson Lou Evers
When doing family genealogy research, it is easy to think that all of the information is online but backing that up with hard copy proof can be just as important.
EPL has hundreds of resources and the expert help to find the information that family history researchers need to verify or prove the pieces that they find online, according to reference librarian Amy Pfifferling-Irons.
“Many of these sites, its people just putting it on there, so then you want to go and check it,” she said.
“You want to have proof that, whatever it is, actually happened.”
That is where the books, magazines and in-house web resources of EPL come into play.
From Ancestry that can be accessed only inside the library to city directories and published obituaries stretching back to the 1860s, the items here can help set family history straight.
EPL has cemetery records and obituary indices going back over 150 years in some cases. Using an index, people can find the publication that an obit ran in and then using a microfilm machine, email it or save it to a thumb drive.
If a researcher is having trouble locating an item, the expert library staff is always on hand to point people in the right direction.
“There’s always somewhere here to help you,” said Pfifferling-Irons. “Coming here, we’ll help get them to the next step.”
Most help is free but if someone is outside of the area, for just $5 a librarian will do 30 minutes of research and email it to the person making the request.
Librarians can even help find other agencies that can assist, including foreign libraries.
“We can suggest another resource, another library,” she said.
As for advice, Pfifferling-Irons said Ancestry is a great place to start.
“The best thing for people to do is to come into the library and start out with Ancestry,” she said.
She also advises that when searching for the women in a family, land records are a great place to look.
“Finding the women in your family can be difficult,” she said. “Surprisingly it’s the land records because you would think ‘oh jus the men had to sign off on that’ but the spouse and the children all had to be documented on those items.”
EPL has thousands of land records, she added.
Links to check out:
Ancestry Library Edition: Accessible only inside EPL buildings but a fantastic starting point for genealogy
Heritage Quest: A good place to find the military history of a family member, Pfifferling-Irons said.
Newspaper Archive: Billions of articles from the U.S. and around the globe
Local History Index: Search the library’s index of articles from the Elkhart Truth
Local Obituary Index: Search for Elkhart Truth obituary from 1921 to the present
Visitors to the Wellfield Botantic Gardens can enjoy the beautiful flora and get a great story during Story Walk.
The ongoing program pieces out a children’s book onto stands around the gardens where visitors can walk up and read them as they make their way around the grounds.
The current book is “My Garden” by Kevin Henkes, which is a book about a girl who helps her mother in their garden and then daydreams of her own garden with candy growing.
According to Wellfield Gardens Visitors Cottage Manager Nina Cunningham, the program has been a successful partnership between the library and the gardens.
“It’s been really successful, the way that we’ve been able to measure that is that the books we order for the shop have sold out,” she said.
She noted that the books have been re-ordered and that all three of the books from Story Walk, “Best in Snow” by April Pulley Sayre, “Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story” by Will Hillenbrand and”Shh! We Have a Plan” are all available at the Vistors Cottage.
“We’ve really enjoyed the collaboration with the library,” Cunningham said. “I feel like we’ve really taken it to the next level with the storyboards.”
The library and Wellfield have also worked together on the summertime Stories in the Gardens program and the Little Sprouts program during the winter months.
Wellfield Gardens is a non-profit created with help from the Elkhart Rotary Club on land leased from the City of Elkhart. The 36-acre site comprised of 25 themed gardens, event space and more. For more information visit their website.
The most famous logo in the sports world earned the artist $50. Ted Drake’s legacy, though, is priceless and goes far beyond the Notre Dame leprechaun.
This summer, the Elkhart County Historical Museum is celebrating the late Elkhart artist and illustrator with a special exhibit at Elkhart Public Library’s downtown location. Original artwork, reproductions and photos will be accompanied by interpretive materials throughout the library June 1-July 27.
A special gallery talk by archivist Amy Christiansen will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in the downtown library atrium.
Museum staff prepared the exhibit with financial support of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County.
And, yes, the famous leprechaun drawn in 1964 will be on display.
“Elkhart has a strong connection with the arts, and this exhibit tells the story of a local man whose works became known around the world,” says Amy Christiansen, research archivist for the Elkhart County Historical Museum. “We hope this exhibit adds to the appreciation of Drake’s distinctive style and inspires people to learn more about local history.”
Elkhart Public Library became the perfect spot to showcase the collection. Two large Drake wood carvings – rare examples of his work in this medium – hang in the atrium on either side of the High Street windows. And, while the old entry into the children’s room from Second Street was removed during a recent building renovation, a Drake-painted mural celebrating human innovation is preserved in the storytime room.
Other famous works by the Elkhart artist include the Chicago Bulls logo, portraits of professional and amateur golfers commissioned by the PGA, cartoons drawn during his service in World War II, and television graphics for the children’s show, “Kukla, Fran and Ollie.” Drake, who died in 2000 at the age of 92, also enjoyed creating landscapes and works depicting Amish culture.
Throughout the summer families are invited to a special story time held outside in the Wellfield Botanic Gardens.
At 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, join an Elkhart Public Library storyteller for Stories in the Garden. Bring a blanket to the English Cottage Garden for an evening of stories and music and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Wellfield Gardens.
Dates for Stories in the Garden are June 19 | July 17 | Aug. 21 | Sept. 18
Stories in the Garden are free and open to the public. No registration necessary, just show up and enjoy some outdoor family time. If it’s raining, come anyway – Wellfield will have a tent for shelter.