Cheer on seven teams from local schools during the third Battle of the Books competition
Battle of the Books will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, with seven teams answering questions about the books they’ve read to claim glory for their team.
The fifth and sixth graders had 10 weeks to read 10 books, Allison McLean, children’s librarian said, emphasizing that team members may divide the reading up however they want. The winning team getting a trophy and bragging rights.
Seven teams from six Elkhart elementary schools will be competing in three rounds of questions. Teams will be representing Mary Beck, Mary Daly, Beardsley, Roosevelt, Pinewood and Cleveland elementary schools. The competition is about keeping young readers engaged and bringing a competition element to reading, an academic activity not often thought of as a competitive event.
Here are the books of the 2018 Battle of the Books:
“It’s really awesome because in fifth and sixth grade, kids lose the will to read for fun and this is a great way to keep them engaged in it,” McLean said.
“For kids that continue to read for fun this a great way for them to get recognition, children in sports are often get recognition, this is a chance for readers to get in the spotlight.”
The books will be provided by the library and returned after the program, so that it may continue in future years.
St. Patrick’s Day is really a holiday to commemorate Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, who is widely credited with mainstreaming Christianity on the island.
Popular legend is that he banished all the snakes from Ireland, but he was much more that.
Most in the world celebrate March 17 as a reason to drink and wear green.
Libations have been around for thousands and thousands of years in its many forms.
Here are some books about how to make drinks, how to drink drinks and about the adventures that the drinks can take you on.
Never developed a taste for wine? Don’t understand ABV or IBUs? Maybe it’s those ales, sours, IPAs and stouts that cause confusion. Or that all whiskey tastes like burning.
Here are a few books to help get any novice sorted and tasting like a pro.
Tasting Wine and Cheese by Adam Centamore – With the subtitle “An Insider’s Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing,” this book will help anyone understand their taste palate and make them an expert for the next wine and cheese party they attend, as well as set them up to make pairings of their own.
Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammock – Creators of the eponymous website put their expertise into a book to give people an approachable introduction to wine through beautiful and informative graphics.
Tasting Whiskey by Lew Bryson – Refine your whiskey tasting skills as Bryson takes you through the different whiskey regions and helps point the unique characteristics.
The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth – Everything, literally everything, from the history, to how its made, the many, many varieties of beer, the stories and, of course, the enjoyment of it all.
Whether homebrewing or mead making has always been something you’ve wanted to try or something you’ve been doing for years, these books will get you some new recipes or just learn how to do it.
Craft Beer for the Homebrewer by Michael Agnew – Homebrewing is growing in popularity and this book shares production craft brews that are modified to be made in a kitchen, garage or basement by any homebrewer. Different styles and explanations of those styles is included.
Make Mead Like a Viking by Jereme Zimmerman – Mead is a honey-based fermented beverage with a variety of flavors ranging from wine-like to more carbonated like beer or sparkling like champagne. Zimmerman walks through the natural process, using herbs, unpasteurized honey and other items to make chemical free, healthy beverages.
The Irish Spirit by Margaret M. Johnson – Taking some of Ireland’s classic recipes and adding a new spin with Irish beverages and different flavors. Be inspired to cook with Irish drinks.
How to Brew by John J. Palmer – A definitive guide for making beers at home, the fourth edition of this book is sure to give you everything from simple recipes to brew for a first timer to working with more advanced multi-grain recipes.
Experimental Homebrewing by Drew Beechum and Denny Conn – If it’s the stranger concoctions you’re after, this book covers making beers with ingredients such as bacon, peanut butter and more. Delve into experimental recipes and even learn how to tweak and experiment on your own.
Grab a book to read while you’re sipping on your favorite beverage.
Oh, Beautiful Beer by Harvey Shepard – A collection of the best looking and most innovative craft beer label and logo designs. Each one tells the story of the brewery, its location and together help shape the history of beer.
A Hedonist in the Cellar by Jay McInerney – Called the ‘best wine writer in America’ this book is a collection of McInerney’s essays and writings about wines around the world. Full of wit, wisdom and opinions, this book will surely entertain and delight any wine or literary enthusiast.
Everyday Drinking by Kingsley Amis – A volume of three of Amis’s works on drinks, it includes recipes and thoughts on hangovers, eating and drinking and of course, the writer’s famous comic wit.
Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die by Chris Santella – The author talked to world beer experts to build trips to the best places to drink beer in numerous countries and even right here in the USA. It includes suggestions for tours, airports, the best time to visit and even hotels.
Studying for a test or looking for homework help? Brainfuse has your answer.
Brainfuse is a free service offered to Elkhart Public Library users – don’t have a card? Get this card.
It’s available online or as an app, and will get you quick access to live help on lots of subjects – everything from social studies to calculus. Brainfuse also offers writing and language labs so you can make sure you’re getting the right words across on that last paper.
Brainfuse’s live tutors are available from 2 to 11 p.m., seven days a week. You can submit questions 24/7 for extended explanations of tricky questions, or get together with friends in an online study group.
And for adults, Brainfuse offers practice tests and prep for high school equivalency exams, U.S. citizenship tests, business writing like resumes and letters, and much more.
Go from playing video games to creating them during the Coding: Game Design programming series for children.
Starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the downtown library, kids taking part in Coding Game Design will begin learning how to use programming skills to make eight different games from a simple racing game to a quest-type game, children can learn programming and building a video game like ones they’ve played.
Coding Game Design will take place every Thursday until the final afternoon May 3.
Kids will build eight complete projects while they learn vital computer science concepts and techniques. Registration is expected to ensure enough computers are available for everyone. Participants are encouraged to commit to all eight weeks, otherwise they won’t be able to get the full experience.
“We hope kids will be excited about this opportunity to learn about coding,” said Allison McLean, head of the library’s Young People’s Services.
In addition to learning coding and exploring computer science, students will be able to learn more about how technology is used to make their favorite games.
Those signing up do not need any prior computer experience.
Prolific readers can find their next ebook or audiobook on Libby.
Libby, a newer version of the Overdrive app, allows a more user-friendly approach to get patrons reading quicker than ever.
Simply download the Libby app on your device or access it through the library website and enter your card information and that is it. The app will save the login information so that it should only need to be entered once.
Kindle users can click the “borrow to Kindle” option when checking a book out as well.
Libby users can borrow up to three items at once, but unlike other apps that limit borrows on a monthly basis, borrowers can return an item early and check out a new item, according to librarian Marianne Kruppa.
“And it works anywhere in the world,” she said.
The unlimited borrowing is big for very prolific readers according to reference librarian Katrina Maust.
“There’s no waiting until the end of the month,” Maust said. “There’s unlimited swap outs.”
Kruppa said that the app offers many of the newest and bestselling books and authors.
“Libby has the stuff you want to read,” she said.
Maust and Kruppa both said that if a borrower is looking for something that isn’t available on there, to contact a librarian and they will buy it.
“We love being able to buy items for patrons,” Maust said.