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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.

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Week One

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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 One Phrases

Flower Power

Luck of the Irish

Ruby Red

The deadline for this week is Wednesday, March 18 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.

 

Black History Month

7917134140_64e7cf42ff_zIn 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month, a time for the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” It is also known as National African-American History month.

Dunlap “Black History Read”

The Dunlap Branch will offer children and teens a small prize for every Black History book read in February — fiction or nonfiction. Each book you read will also earn an entry for the grand prize drawing to be held the first week in March.

Book Displays

For your convenience, several of our locations have Black History materials on display, or in a special area for easy access.

Links

For a fascinating browsing experience, explore Elkhart Public Library Black History Links, a comprehensive collection of links to history, biographies, images, art, and a wide range of African American accomplishments and contributions to American culture.

Book Lists

 Photograph: African-American History Monument – State Capitol Grounds Columbia, SC by Ron Cogswell is used with permission under Creative Commons License 2.0.

Book in a Bottle Contest

Guess the Book in the Bottle!

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The Osolo Branch has a mystery for you to solve. Guess the title of the shredded book in the bottle. Get clues from reading the scraps of text.

Everyone ages 12 through adult is invited to play. Five prizes will be awarded for discovering the correct title. If more than five people get it right, we will hold a drawing to choose the prizewinners from those with the correct answers.

You have until the end of January to get in on the fun!

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.