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!

Big Library Read: Anatomy of a Misfit

OverDrive’s October 2014 Big Library Read  is  ANATOMY  OF A MISFIT,  a Young Adult novel by Andrea Portes. This global reading event will run from October 13-28.

About the Book

Teen SL-BLR-Oct2014Anika is the third most popular girl in her high school–despite feeling she doesn’t fit in with the popular crowd in her small Nebraskan town. To maintain her social status, Anika does whatever Becky Vilhauser (first most popular girl in school) tells her to do. But when loner Logan McDonough returns from summer vacation hotter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika has a hard time staying away–even when Becky forbids her to date him.

Anika’s glimpse into Logan’s troubled home life only draws her closer, but despite her blossoming feelings, Anika breaks up with him. In an emotionally devastating ending, Anika is left in the wake of tragedy, which leaves her with the revelation that we have only one chance to be true to ourselves, and nothing is more important than listening to your own heart.  ANATOMY OF A MISFIT is based on the author’s real-life experiences as a teenager.

Andrea Portes is best known for her adult fiction.  ANATOMY OF A MISFIT is her first Young Adult novel.

Big Library Read

Starting October 13, Elkhart Public Library card holders can download ANATOMY OF A MISFIT from our digital library, with unlimited access to the eBook until the morning of October 28. No holds, no waiting!

To borrow the title, you will need a resident Elkhart Public Library card and an Internet-connected electronic device such as a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Go to downloads.myepl.org.  ANATOMY OF A MISFIT will be featured prominently on our digital home page, ready for check-out from October 13-28.

OverDrive, EPL’s digital content provider, offers Big Library Read several times a year,
making the same book simultaneously available to cardholders of all participating libraries.

 

Murder Mystery Party

Murder Mystery PartyWe need your help to solve a murder mystery! Who killed Snow White? Was it Little Red Riding Hood, the Evil Queen, or Captain Hook? You decide! If you want to play one of our suspects, roles are limited, so register now! We need everyone we can get to crack this case.

The Murder Mystery Party is on Friday, October 17 at 4:00. You can find us at the Main Library in Room 7 ready to ferret out the murderer!

A Night at Hogwarts

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Dear Harry Potter Fan,
 
We are pleased to inform you that you have been invited to a Night at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The evening begins Tuesday, September 23 at 4:00 pm at the Main Library.
 
Yours sincerely,
Minerva McGonagall

Experience the magical world of Harry Potter! This special library event for all Harry Potter fans ages 10-17 will be a night to remember. Please register in advance.

Fizz Boom Read: Summer Fun for Teens!

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Summer Reading for Teens (ages 12-18)

Teens,  read and discover this summer with Summer Reading Bingo! You will have the chance to explore different kinds of books and authors. When you sign up, you get a “Bingo Card” with different genres of books to read and various  library-related activities.

How it works:

  1. Do the activities and fill in the boxes.
  2. When you have 5 in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) bring your card to the library.
  3. For each row you fill you will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire (courtesy of Friends of the Elkhart Public Library).
  4. That’s not all! — Fill in 3 rows to finish the card! Finish up to 3 cards total. (That’s a lot of prizes, and a lot of entries for the grand prize!)

 

Teen Summer Activities

Click on any event for details and to sign up (if required).

Main Library

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Doctor Who Celebration
Tuesday, June 3 – 4-5 pm • Ages 12-18
Win a prize if you dress as your favorite Doctor!

Art & Science Mashup
Tuesday, June 10 – 4-5 pm • Ages 12-18

John Green Book Club
Tuesday, June 17 – 4-5 pm •Ages 12-18
Discuss your favorite John Green books, especially The Fault in our Stars. Is the movie as good as the book?

Trivia Night
Tuesday, July 8 – 4-5 pm • Ages 12-18

Art & Science Mashup 2.0
Tuesday, July 15 – 4-5 pm • Ages 12-18

Mythbusters!
Tuesday, July 29 – 4-5 pm • Ages 12-18

 

Youth 01 Robots

Cleveland Branch

Tweens to Teens:  Loom Bandz Bracelets
Wednesday, June 18 – 2-3 pm • Ages 10-16

Tweens to Teens: Pre-Wrap Headbands
Wednesday, July 16  – 2-3 pm • Ages 10-16

Dunlap Branch

Marshmallow Domes, Science Stuff, & Slime
Monday, June 9 – 3-4 pm • Ages 13 and up

T-shirt Stenciling
Wednesday, July 2 – 3-4 pm • Ages 13 and up

End of Summer Face Painting
Tuesday, July 29 – 10-11 am • All ages

Youth 17 Robot Computer

Osolo Branch

T-Shirt Art
Thursday, June 12 – 2-3 pm • Ages 12 and up

Maze Runner
Wednesday, June 18 – 2-3 pm • ages 12 and up

Crayon Melt
Thursday, June 26 – 2-3 pm • Ages 12 and up
“Mind blowing!… Coolest art project EVER!! I have been excitedly waiting to do this with you. Seriously, YOU WILL LOVE IT.” ~Donna

Refrigerator Magnet Art
Tuesday, July 8 – 2-3 pm • Ages 12 and up

Book Lover’s Necklace
Wednesday, July 23 – 2-3 pm • Ages 12 and up
When you register, let us know the title of a book that you really enjoy.

Youth 08 Mad Science

Pierre Moran Branch

Tie Dye
Monday, June 16 – 3:30-4:30 pm • Ages 12-17

Bridge Build-off
Monday, July 21 – 2:30-3:30 pm • Ages 12-17
Build a bridge using only glue and Popsicle sticks!

Water and Pollution
Wednesday, July 30 – 2:30-3:30 pm • Ages 12-17

 

 

Doctor Who Celebration!

Whovians Unite!

A.D. 2014: The TARDIS lands in the library.
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Join your fellow Doctor Who fans at the Main Library for a celebration of all things Who, Tuesday, June 3 from 4-5 in Room 7.  We will have some creative Doctor Who crafts, you can pose for a picture with the TARDIS, and play an exciting game of Weeping Angel tag. Win a prize if you dress as your favorite Doctor!  Ages 12-18.

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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:

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.

 

Black History Month Read

Read some great literature to honor Black History Month at the Dunlap Branch!

america_history_194758Black History Month is in February, but Dunlap is celebrating twice as long with a drawing for children and teens that will last for two months. Every time you read a book about Black History in January or February you can enter a drawing at Dunlap.

The book can be fiction or nonfiction. A collection of Black History books will be on display at Dunlap to make choosing your books easy. There will also be Black History displays in the Children’s Room at the Main Library and at the other locations.

We will have a drawing for kids ages 7-11 years, and one for teens ages 12-18 years.

Need even more help selecting a great book? Here is a list of some that we think are the best.

Teens’ 2013 Favorites (YouTube)

YALSA Official 2013 Teens’ Top 10:

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A frame from the ASHFALL trailer