Spiderman, Black Panther X-Men, the Avengers and more are all available at your fingertips thanks to Hoopla’s recent addition of Marvel graphic novels to their online collection.
Hoopla has added nearly 70 Marvel titles, from Star Wars to Deadpool and the Guardians of the Galaxy and they are all available for free with your EPL card for download on any device.
Just download the Hoopla app and start surfing titles.
Hoopla features their “Action View” reader that allows for a whole page or an individual panel of a comic or graphic novel to be brought up, allowing for easy reading and viewing.
The app also features DC Comics titles and many other comics and graphic novels, making Hoopla the must-have app for comic fans everywhere.
Check out Hoopla’s selection here.
As the winter weather approaches and animals and trees go into hibernation, so too will the Wellfield Gardens Lil’ Sprouts program, which spends the winter months inside the warm and cozy EPL.
From Nov. to March the environmentally focused education program for preschool aged children will be held at the downtown branch, according to Jodie Papandrea, manager of volunteer and guest services for Wellfield.
“We’re so grateful for the library to partner with us, otherwise we couldn’t hold it through the winter months,” she said.
The next program will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19. Celebrated local author Cheri Hallwood will present a special reading of her 2006 book “Winter’s First Snowflake.”
She said the hour-long program uses stories, music and activities to teach children about the environment.
“We usually have a story, a craft or activity, hands on learning and a couple different activities,” she said.
The dates for the Lil’ Sprouts programs that will be held at the library, in addition to next week’s are:
According to Papandrea, the Dec. program is planning an author visit with a story in addition to an activity.
Preregistration for the program is requested so that enough materials can be provided she said. Registration is available on the Wellfield’s website or by calling the gardens at 574-266-2006.
We asked a few of our librarians what books they’re reading and what warming beverage they are pairing them with.
As lake effect snow falls around the area and the cold weather settles in, it’s a great time of the year to curl up inside with a good book and a warm drink.
What is our staff pairing?
Classic cocoa and a play
“Three Tall Women” by Edward Albee is the play I’m reading right now. It is currently on Broadway starring Allison Pill, Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf. I am pairing this with a peppermint hot chocolate, whipped cream and sprinkles. I have fond memories of going to Broadway shows in the middle of winter with the snow blustering as my friends and I briskly walk to the theatre and then pop into a café after for one of these yummy treats.
-Amy Pfifferling-Irons, reference librarian
Two books is her cup of tea
I’ve got two exciting books going simultaneously: “The Power” by Naomi Alderman and “The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye” by David Lagercrantz. I like to have one book I’m listening to and one I’m reading at all times. I might be getting the plot lines mixed up in my head a little with these two. Strong women characters, traumatic childhoods, hackers, justice and thrills: Check! I think a calming drink is in order. I like to have a mug of hot tea with a cozy blanket and preferably a Christmas tree to sit next to. Earl Grey with honey and cream and Raspberry Zinger are my favorites.
-Vonda Litwiller, reference librarian
Japanese book and drink
Hot sake with Yoko Ogawa’s “The Housekeeper and the Professor.” Unlike her other titles, this is just a sweet, cozy story about a talented math professor who, unfortunately due to an accident, can only remember the past 80 minutes. His sister hires him a housekeeper and every day is new, which definitely presents challenges for all involved. The housekeeper also has a young son, who the professor instantly takes to. They bond over baseball and the professor shows him the beauty of numbers.
This book is great for a snowy day. Every day is new, much like how the snow creates a fresh canvas. The math bits are just this side of complicated; to keep your brain engaged. And the baseball bits make you think of spring. Also, the book is short, so you won’t over indulge on sake.
-Marianne Kruppa, librarian
A hot toddy is the holiday spirit
With the snow, I always think of the hearty Scandanavians who brought us delightful words like Hygge and Kalsarikännit so my first recommendation is to pair either “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaimen or, for those who like a little more youthful adventure, Rick Riodan’s newer “Magnus Chase” series with a hot cup of Glogg (basically mulled wine) for authenticity’s sake.
That is what I would like to tell you but really, I’ll be reading “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie and, like the title character, be drinking my tisane a la Katrina (tea with a tipple of whiskey aka a hot toddy). Actually, who am I kidding, I’ll keep the hot toddy but be curling up with a Christmas romance. All the bells, music, and rosy cheeks, oh my.
Tis the season for joyous celebration.
That’s right, not just for the holidays, but it’s time for another new Star Wars movie premiere.
EPL can get you all set for the debut of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with all kinds of “Star Wars” universe titles.
Come out and get excited for “The Last Jedi” premiering on Thursday.
In the meantime, here are some Star Wars related titles in our collection you can check out to get into the galaxy.
The downtown EPL book club has unveiled their title selections for 2018.
The club meets on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
According to club organizer Mary Ann Dubash, the books are chosen by the group from a list she gets from Indiana Humanities.
“I give that list to the participants and everyone who comes to the meeting can pick out a title,” said Dubash.
She said titles are chosen to span genres, fiction, non-fiction and even a youth title to give something for everybody.
“I’m excited about all of them,” she said. “But as a group everyone enjoys a variety of titles that they would never have chosen on their own.”
Here are the dates and titles for the 2018 book club:
January 15: “The Tenderness of wolves” by Stef Penney
February 19: “The things they carried” by Tim O’Brien
March 19: “A widow for one year” by John Irving
April 16: “Year of wonders” by Geraldine Brooks
August 20: To be determined
September 17: “Monuments men” by Robert M Edsel
December 17: “Vermeer’s daughter” by Barbara Shoup
According to Dubash, even when attendees don’t enjoy the chosen book, they always appreciate the experience.
“Most of the time they will say that they are glad they read it because it’s an experience,” she said.
New attendees are always welcome, Dubash said and that finishing the book isn’t a requirement.
“We’re very accepting and like new people coming and giving their viewpoint and their input,” she said.
“I really hope that if there’s even one book that they’re interested in and even if they just want to come and listen and observe the first time we’re all right with that.”