Circus Meets Steampunk: One Book, One Michiana

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“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it.
It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

Discover the magical world of Le Cirque des Rêves!

Erin Morgenstern’s 2011 debut novel, THE NIGHT CIRCUS, is this year’s selection for
One Book, One Michiana, a month-long, community-wide series of events centered on a single book selected by the St. Joseph County Public Library. THE NIGHT CIRCUS is an “utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.”

The Circus is Coming!

We will kick off our One Book, One Michiana festivities at the Main Library with A Day at the (Night) Circus on Saturday, March 28, from 9 am to 1 pm. Join us for games, prizes, balloon animals, face painting, and a magician! Throughout April, you will be treated to magic shows, circus & steampunk projects, special movies, photo ops, and a fantastical array of activities to amaze and amuse.

Magic, Circus & Steampunk 

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Cleveland Branch

Urchin Illusion
Tuesday, April 7 • 6:00 pm Ages 12-adult
Create an amazing illusion with paper!

Foiled by You, Part 1
Thursday, April 9 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
You don’t have to be a blacksmith to create this metal art.

Foiled By You, Part 2
Thursday, April 16 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
Create a metal masterpiece worthy of framing.

Guys and Gals, Goggles and Gears
Tuesday, April 21 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
Makers of Things unite! Make goggles and hair gear.

Grand Finale: NIGHT CIRCUS Top Hat
Thursday, April 30 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
Make your own top hat — steampunk style

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Circus Week
April 13-17 • All ages
Ladieeeees and Gentlemen! Step right up! Become a circus animal photo op. Get your “book” future told. Learn to juggle and perform magic tricks. Create illusion art. A week of wonders… with free popcorn!

Family Magic
Thursday, April 16 • 6:00 pm • All ages
For your amazement and amusement; a roving magician!

Osolo Branch

Steampunk Cross Necklace
Tuesday, March 31 • 2:00-8:00 pm • Ages 12-adult
Drop in anytime between 2 & 8 to create a unique necklace. The craft will be available until the materials run out.

Roving Magician
Thursday, April 2 • 6:30 pm • All ages
Illusions and tricks in the stacks!

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Tuesday, April 7 • 1:00 • All ages
Popcorn, tattoos, painting, carnival games (with prizes), and more. Fun for the whole family.

Trivia Night at the Circus
Wednesday, April 22 • 7:30 pm • Ages 12-adult
An after-hours program that will have you jumping through mental hoops. Come with a team, or come alone and we will introduce you to your teammates. Prizes will be awarded.

Pierre Moran Branch

Family Carnival Night
Thursday, April 16 • 6-8 pm • All ages
Games, prizes, tarot readings, and a magic show!

Steampunk Make-it, Take-it Craft
April 1-28 • Ages 12-adult
Drop in anytime during April to create your very own steampunk accessory.

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Movies at Main: Illusions of Grandeur

Wednesday, April 1, 6-8 pm — Midweek Movie
The Illusionist 2006 (PG-13)

Wednesday, April 9, 11 am-1:08 pm — Family Movie
An enchanting tale set in 1930s Paris, about an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station. (PG) Call 522-2223 for the title.

Monday, April 13, 4:30-6 pm
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (PG)

Wednesday, April 15, 6-8 pm — Midweek Movie
The Prestige (PG-13)

Wednesday, April 29, 6-8 pm — Midweek Movie
The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste) 2010 (PG)

Tarot art by EPL Graphic Artist Chris Hunsberger
Header image designed by Moxie Robinson

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Week Two

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The Challenge is on! Enter the Library’s Photo Scavenger Hunt for teens!

Step 1. Take a picture interpreting one of the phrases below.

Step 2. Upload your picture to Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #myeplteen. Or email your picture to yps@myepl.org.

Step 3. We will award a prize each week to the most creative entry.

Week Two Phrases

Raining Cats and Dogs

In Like a Lion

Bookworm

The deadline for this week is Wednesday, March 25 at 8:00 pm. Now put those stellar photography skills to use and show us your artwork! Check back next week for an all new challenge.

Announcing Battle of the Books Winners!

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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!

Teens’ Top Ten: Your Choice!

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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!

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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:

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.

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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.

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.