Announcing Battle of the Books Winners!

Teen SL-BattleBooksWinners

On Saturday, November 15, groups of teens were at the Library entrance, waiting for the Library to open. What had drawn so many teens to the Library early on a Saturday morning? It was THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS!

Four Middle Schools in the Elkhart Public Library service area sent a team of students to compete in the event. Concord Junior High, Elkhart Christian Academy, North Side Middle School, and St. Thomas the Apostle School were represented.

The teams had only two months to read a list of ten books and prepare for the competition. During the event, teams competed with one another on their knowledge of the books.

By the end of the morning and after three rounds of competition, a winner had emerged! North Side Middle School took the trophy with 47 points! Elkhart Christian Academy and St. Thomas tied for second, with 45 points each, and Concord followed with an honorable 43 points (impressive for a team of only 2 students!).

Special thanks to The Kroger Co. Foundation for supporting The Battle of the Books. This event was a truly rewarding experience for students who love to read. Congratulations to North Side and to all the schools! It was clear you knew your stuff! We at the Library are excited to see if North Side can defend the title next year or if another team will take the win!

Homework Help

Teen-sl-Homework-2014Homework 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 in many different subjects, and on a first come, first served basis.

Students should bring their assignments, as well as needed materials and supplies.

Times and Locations:

Homework Assistance is offered from September through early May. For more information, feel free to give us a call.

EPL Links and Online Resources

  •  Teen Links
    • Go to myEPL.org/teen
    • Hover your cursor over Research & Homework on the blue bar
    • Select Links from the drop-down menu
    • OR select from the quick links list on the right side of the page
  • Online Resources (EPL cardholders)
    • Go to  myEPL.org/teen (also accessible from MyEPL.org, or myEPL.org/kids)
    • Hover your cursor over Research & Homework
    • Select Online Resources from the drop-down menu
    • OR select from the quick links list on the right side of the page

For more information, or assistance in using the EPL website, call 522-KNOW (522-5669)

Teens’ Top Ten: Your Choice!

Teen-SL-TopTen 2014

Your votes count! 

* Young Adult Library Services Association

Voting starts on August 15 and will run until Teen Read Week, October 12-18.

Zinio: Download Magazines with your Library Card!

Teen SL-Zinio

 

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:

Zinio for Libraries – New Interface June 2013 from RBdigital from Recorded Books on Vimeo.
 

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.

Teen SL-Mango Premier

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.

mango-premiere-popcorn

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.

Mobile eReading Easier with Overdrive Media Console v3.0!

Sl-Overdrive-icons

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!

Infographic: 95 Books to Read this Summer Instead of Reading Harry Potter AGAIN

From Upworthy.com

Click on the image
YAsummerRead-3

 Click on the image

Check Out with Your Smartphone!

SL-Smartphone Card App - original

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.