One Book, Many Events

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 One Book, One Michiana

THE KILLER ANGELS by Michael Shaara is this year’s One Book, One Michiana selection. The Pulitzer Prize winning novel depicts the Battle of Gettysburg as seen through the eyes of four generals and their men.  You can find THE KILLER ANGELS at local bookstores and libraries. EPL has multiple copies. You can check our online Public Access Catalog for availability.

One Book, One Michiana 2013 runs from April 1 – May 11.  Elkhart Public Library has an exciting line-up of programs and activities with Civil War era themes. Here is a schedule of events by location. If you prefer a calendar view this link will take you to our  Events Calendar.


Cleveland Branch

 Civil War Crafts for Kids:

  • April 2, 3:30 p.m. — Make a quilt from colored paper
  • April 9, 3:30 p.m. — Create a message using codes
  • April 16, 3:30 p.m. — Make a Civil War housewife sewing kit
  • April 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Create a thaumatrope
  • April 30, 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Make a Union or Confederate flag.

Civil War (Union) Soldier 
April 11, 6:30 p.m.
(Description below) All ages, adults and children

Life of the Civil War Soldier: a Confederate Perspective
May 7, 6:30 p.m.
(Description below) Ages: Grade school through adult

Throughout April:

  • Stop in and put some pieces into an ongoing jigsaw puzzle
  • Handouts for adults and teens:
    • Civil War Word Search
    • KILLER ANGELS crossword puzzle
    • KILLER ANGELS trivia quiz
  • Handouts for children:
    • Civil War word searches
    • Civil War word puzzles
    • Coloring sheets

Dunlap Branch

Civil War (Union) Soldier 
April 18, 6:30 p.m.
(Description below) All ages: adults and children

Pioneer Crafts
April 23, 4:00  p.m.
Learn how to make butter and a braided rug for a dollhouse, planter or hot dish.  Grades K-4

Life of the Civil War Soldier: a Confederate Perspective
April 30, 6:30 p.m.
(Description below) Ages: Grade school through adult


Main Library

Civil War Activities
April 4, 2:00 p.m.
Explore the experiences of the Civil War with real hands on activities in a soldier’s life like drills, fixing food, and learning about medicine while caring for a wounded soldier.  Children – all ages

Civil War (Union) Soldier 
April 17, 6:30 p.m. (Description below) All ages, adults and children

President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln
April 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to grow up in a cabin? What makes Mrs. Lincoln’s dress stand out? Come and find out when President & Mrs. Lincoln come for a visit. Sponsored by the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library. All ages, adults and children

Promissory Notes Performance
April 29, 6-7:30 p.m.
The Promissory Notes folk band will play selections from the Civil War era. They will also discuss the type of instruments used during that time. All ages, adults and children

Main Library Civil War Movie Series


Osolo Branch

KILLER ANGELS Presentation
April 8, 6:30 p.m.
The  Osolo Branch 2nd Monday Night Page Turners Book Club invites you to experience the Civil War from the perspective of local historian Don Parker. He will present an overview of KILLER ANGELS and share what he has learned of the war and its impact the war had on the American people.  Mr. Parker has deep ancestral ties to the war and has been researching it for 20 years.  The Main Library Book Club members will attend this event in lieu of their usual April meeting.  Adults and high school-aged teens are welcome.

Kids Book Club: CIVIL WAR ON SUNDAY (Magic Tree House) 
April 9 & 16, 3:30 p.m.  — Ages 8 years and up

Civil War (Union) Soldier 
April 16, 6:30 p.m. (Description below) Ages: adults and children

Kids Book Club: MEET ADDY (American Girl)
April 23 & 30, 3:30 p.m. — Ages 8 years and up

Thursday Night Movie
April 11, 6:00 p.m. —  Ages 13 and up


Pierre Moran Branch

Civil War Challenge
April 3, All day (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Test your Civil War knowledge and win a prize! Grades 3 and up.

Civil War (Union) Soldier 
April 9, 6:30 p.m.
(Description below) Ages: adults and children

Life of the Civil War Soldier: a Confederate Perspective
April 23, 6:30 p.m.
(Description below) Ages: Grade school through adult 


Multiple Locations

Civil War (Union) Soldier
The Civil War comes alive as a uniformed Union soldier guides you through the trials and tribulations of the Civil War on the battlefield and on the home front in Elkhart County. The program will presented by Frank Fisher from the Elkhart County Historical Museum.  All ages: Children and adults.
Appearing at the Main Library and all four Branches.


Life of the Civil War Soldier: a Confederate Perspective
Duane Clark of the Elkhart Police Department brings 14 years experience of Civil War reenactment to life.  Told from the perspective of a Confederate soldier, he brings his insights into the peril of the average soldier on either side of the war. Ages: Grade school through adult
Appearing at the Dunlap, Cleveland and Pierre Moran Branches.



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