FrankenTeens: One Book, One Michiana Activities

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Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN  is this year’s selection for One Book, One Michiana.  Everybody in the community is invited to read the book and participate in FRANKENSTEIN-themed discussions and activities.

Check out our electrifying line-up of  FRANKENSTEIN activities for ages 12-adult!

Special Events & Activities

For a list of all activities, see FrankenTimes: One Book, One Michiana Activities by Date.

Is it Really Possible to Create a Frankenstein Monster?

Join us at the Main Library on Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 pm, when we will welcome Elkhart County Coroner Dr. John White, who will tell us whether or not an actual Frankenstein monster is possible. He will also fill us in on what he does all day, which generally does not include re-animating corpses.

Van de Graaff Generator Demonstration
Come see electrifying experiments conducted by Library staff.  You could even say they are hair-raising! Bring the family, enjoy, be amazed, and maybe even assist. See the Van de Graff generator at these times and locations:

  • Thursday, April 10, 6:30 pm – Osolo Branch
  • Monday, April 14, 5:00 pm – Main Library
  • Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 pm – Dunlap Branch
  • Friday, April 18, 4:00 pm Pierre Moran Branch

Make Your Own Monster
Assemble your own monster. We provide the body parts. Monsters may be displayed so the public can vote on their favorites. All ages are invited to participate. (Children under 13 must be actively supervised by an adult.) The monster lab will be at the Main Library all month, and the “traveling” lab will be at each branch for a week.

  • April 1-30 – Main Library
  • April 7-11 – Cleveland Branch
  • April 14-18 – Dunlap Branch
  • April 21-25 – Osolo Branch
  • April 28-May 2 – Pierre Moran Branch

Frankenstein-themed Movies*

Main Library:

  • April 4, 3:00 pm – Classic First Fridays
    • (1948) Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr.
    • Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man. Not rated – All ages are welcome.
  • April 16, 6:00 pm – Midweek Movie
    • (1994) Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter
    • When Victor Frankenstein rejects the artificial man he just created, the monster escapes and later swears revenge. Rated R
  • April 30, 6:00 pm – Midweek Movie
    •  (2014) Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto
    • Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. Rated PG-13
  • May 2, 3:00 pm – Classic First Fridays
    • (1939) Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi
    • One of Frankenstein’s sons finds his father’s monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge. Not rated rated – All ages are welcome

 * Licensing restrictions prevent us from naming the movies or studios. They all have “Frankenstein” in their titles. Our descriptions are taken from IMDb.

 Games and Quizzes

At All EPL Locations
•  April 7-11:  Frankenstein Trivia Quiz 1
•  April 14-18:  Which actor portrayed which Frankenstein? quiz
•  April 21-25:  Craft – Draw the other half of Frankenstein
•  April 28-May 2:  Trivia Quiz 2

 But wait, there’s more!

Besides Library-wide activities there is lots FrankenFun to be found at individual locations.

Main Library Young People’s Services

Exquisite Corpse
Tuesday, April 22 • 4:00 pm • Ages 12-18
In a tribute to the classic Frankenstein monster, we will create unique monsters of our own. Exquisite Corpse is a fun way to work as a team and draw your own creepy monster.

Cleveland Branch

Frankenstein Kits
Each week during the month of April, stop by the Cleveland Branch and pick up that week’s Frankenstein kit. The kit will contain a Frankenstein craft and handouts.

Dunlap Branch

Book Talk: FRANKENSTEIN
Wednesday, April 30 • 7:00 pm • High school & up
Join Kyle Schlabach, Assistant Professor of English at Goshen College, for a lively discussion of FRANKENSTEIN! This is an after-hours program. Doors open at 6:45.

Osolo Branch

Monstercraft
Create your own monster! Make it at the Branch or take it home. Self guided instructions and materials will be provided.
April 7, 9 & 11 • All day • All ages

  • Monday, April 7:  Monster Craft 1
  • Wednesday, April 9:  Monster Craft 2
  • Friday, April 11: Monster Craft 3

Book Talk: FRANKENSTEIN
Wednesday, April 23 • 7:00 pm • High school & up
Join Kyle Schlabach, Assistant Professor of English at Goshen College, for a lively discussion of FRANKENSTEIN! This is an after-hours program. Doors open at 6:45.

Trivia Night
Tuesday, April 29 • 6:30 pm • High School & Up
To wrap up One Book, One Michiana, we’re having a Trivia Night.  Bring your team and join us for a fun-filled hour of questions and answers. Door Prizes and popcorn!

Pierre Moran Branch

Family Movie Night

Friday, April 25 • 4:00 pm • All ages
Bring the family, have some popcorn and enjoy an animated film featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emily Watson. When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. Rated PG.

For Quick links to FRANKENSTEIN and related books, see FrankenLists

 

 

 

 

Zinio: Download Magazines with your Library Card!

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Now you can use your Elkhart Public Library card to download magazines to your computer, tablet or phone! No waiting list, no returns, no expiration date!

What you’ll need:

  • A computer or mobile device (tablet or smartphone) and an Internet connection
  • An email account
  • An Elkhart Public Library card in good standing
  • A free account at EPL’s Zinio Magazine Collection (myepl.org/zinio)
  • A free account at Zinio.com
  • Note:  You must have a total of TWO (2) accounts; an EPL Zinio Magazine Collection account to check out magazines; and a Zinio.com Reader account to read checked out magazines via streaming online with computers and/or downloaded offline via mobile apps.

How it works:

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Zinio Apps are available for PCMaciPhoneiPadAndroidKindle Fire and Blackberry Playbook.  Note: The Zinio app is not available for the NOOK Color or Tablet. Barnes & Noble does not allow Zinio to be downloaded from their app store. Zinio may be accessible through the NOOK browser depending on the memory of your NOOK.

Kindle Fire users, if you are unable to access the Zinio app from your device, refer to this alternate download method and/or view our brief video tutorial for the Kindle Fire only:


Questions?

We would love to hear your thoughts on this new EPL service. Let us know in Speak Your Mind at the end of this post.

 

Lights, Camera, Language

Want to learn a language, but lack the motivation?
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone – and you’re in luck.

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Say hello to Elkhart Public Library’s newest language-learning resource:
Mango Premiere™. Mango Premiere™ is the first and only language-learning program
to combine education and entertainment to teach language through foreign films.

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To access Language Learning through film:

  • Go to myepl.org/info247.
  • Find “Language” on the list.
  • Click on the plus sign and choose Mango Languages.
  • Create a profile. You will be asked to sign in each time you use Mango so you can track your progress;
    • OR Click the “Start Learning” button to use Mango without creating a profile.
  • Select the “Courses” tab.
  • Choose “Language Learning through film” on the left side.

There are currently only a few films available, including one Chinese, one  Japanese, and two English for Spanish speakers. More will be added in the coming months.

Homework Blues? Help is Available!

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Homework Assistance at all EPL Locations

Homework Assistance is available to all students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. National Honor Society students from Elkhart Central and Memorial High Schools will be on hand to help with just about any subject.  Help is available on a first come, first served basis.

Homework Assistance is offered from September through early May.

Times and Locations:

For more information contact us by email or phone at (574) 522-2223.

Mobile eReading Easier with Overdrive Media Console v3.0!

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Borrowing eBooks from downloads.myepl.org was simplified last spring. (Read about it here.) Now reading eBooks from our digital library is easier than ever, too!  The OverDrive Media Console (OMC) app for reading digital titles on your mobile device has been completely redesigned with ease of use as top priority. The new version will be available on August 20 for Android and iOS (Apple) devices. Check out a preview of the new app:

 

Some highlighted features include:

  • A redesigned user interface with an all-new look, streamlined navigation, and a one-stop reorganized menu.
  • Sync bookmarks and reading progress across multiple devices using a free, opt-in registration service called OverDrive One.
  • Variable speed playback for iOS, audiobook users’ most requested feature.

System Requirements: OMC v3.0 for Android users requires Android OS v4.0 (or newer). OMC for Android v2.6.5 will remain available for download. OMC for iOS requires iOS 6 (or newer).

If you already have OverDrive Media Console installed on your device, you will be prompted to update, or it will happen automatically, depending on your device settings. To install OverDrive Media Console, or for more information, visit http://omc.overdrive.com. Happy reading!

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Check Out with Your Smartphone!

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Forget your library card? Now we can scan it from your smartphone! Just download an app and photograph your card. Voila! You have your Library barcode wherever you have your phone.

There are a number of “loyalty” or “rewards” card apps available.  Key Ring is one of them. It is well-reviewed, user-friendly and available for most smartphones. Go to www.keyringapp.com for more information, and to download it to your Android or iPhone. Key Ring is also available for Blackberry and Windows phones:

Key Ring – Blackberry
Key Ring – Windows

For other “loyalty” or “rewards” card apps, check Google Play (Android), the App Store (iPhone), Blackberry App World or the Windows App Store. These are generally accessible directly from your phone.

Once your barcode is on your phone, you can use it just as you would your Elkhart Public Library card.