Movie buffs who have missed a chance to see some of the Academy Award nominated movies before the ceremony will get a chance at EPL next week.
The downtown library will be showing three Oscar nominated movies with three chances to see them March 1-3.
The movies will be screen simultaneously at the library on projector screens for a theater experience. The movies being shown are “Darkest Hour,” “Get Out,” and “Dunkirk.”
Thursday, March 1 – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 – 10:30 a.m.
Free popcorn will be available during all showings.
Celebrate the life and works of one of the most famous children’s authors of all time at EPL next week.
At 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, the downtown library will host a Seuss-abration, including a craft, stories, a Seuss hip-hop battle and an appearance by the Cat in the Hat himself.
At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, the Osolo branch will hold their Seuss-abration with snacks, games and of course stories from the famed author.
Theodor Geisel, known by his pen name Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904. He wrote over 60 books in his lifetime and has been a favorite of both new and seasoned readers alike with classics such as “Cat in the Hat,” “Hop on Pop,” “Horton Hears a Who” and “Oh! The Places You’ll Go,” among others.
National Read Across America Day was created in 1997 by the National Education Association as a day to promote literacy and is typically observed in school classrooms.
According to Chuck Pieri, children’s librarian, Seuss’s legacy is in his words and the way he was able to flow rhymes together. Pieri likened it to music.
“He’s the original hip hop artist,” Pieri said. “He makes reading so fun and cool, it’s musical, it’s rhyming and flowing.”
That style is what makes Seuss books so popular, even decades after his death, and among both the young and old.
When I changed my major to political science after my freshman year of college, friends wished me luck in the field my degree would allow me to pursue: construction.
Several large loans and interesting professors later, I emerged with a piece of paper and a neverending interest in perspectives on the U.S. presidency. Eventually, despite what my friends said, my employment choices gave me an opportunity to get paid while seeing each of the last three presidents speak.
None of this, of course, makes me an expert. Maybe you’ll quit reading here. But I do have a bookcase full of great books – and some clunkers – about most of those guys represented between the numbers 1 and 44. (I live in the moment on 45.)
On Presidents Day 2018, here is a six-pack (plus one!) to get you through the weekend.
An assassin’s bullet! The probing dirty fingers of physicians! Alexander Graham Bell inventing a metal detector! Read Candice Millard’s “The Destiny of the Republic” about James Garfield, and keep in mind that – really – it wasn’t that long ago this all went down.
The Making of the President
I have the whole collection of Ted White’s historical recaps of mid-20th century elections. But I think the best inside baseball campaign book ever written is David Plouffe’s “The Audacity to Win.” All politics aside, the first 150 pages of this thing should be required reading for anyone trying to organize and execute an idea.
A Comedy of Errors
“Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72” also should be required reading, for so many different reasons. In my perfect world, Hunter would have lived long enough to write a sequel in 2016.
The Original “Fake News”
Journalist gets story. Journalist publishes story. White House gets evasive. White House launches campaign to discredit journalist. And people couldn’t even share it on Facebook, because it was 1893. “The President is a Sick Man” by Matthew Algeo volleys Grover Cleveland’s own words back at him: “Tell the truth.”
Always an Adventure
Teddy Roosevelt was larger than life in lots of ways, but his post-White House exploration of the Amazon chronicled in “River of Doubt” nearly killed him. (And, PS, that’s two on this list of six by Candice Millard. She must be good at what she does.)
Wise Men Working Together
It’s not surprising political animus can drive a wedge between the current leader and his predecessor. But few understand the intricacies of the job, and the commander-in-chief has been known to rely on the counsel – and, sometimes, salesmanship – of presidents past. “The Presidents Club” helped recast my perspectives on the complicated role of former presidents.
Probably due to the popularity of “American Lion,” my favorite biography on Andrew Jackson often is overlooked. H.W. Brands’ work was the first I read on Ol’ Hickory, and it’s a thorough study of a complicated man.
February is Black History Month and now is a great time to pick up some books and read some of the thoughtful, inspirational and funny books from African-American authors.
These are just a selection of the titles in the EPL system, so stop in and pick out a book.
- “Defining moments in Black history: reading between the lies” BY Dick Gregory
- “Chocolate cities: the black map of American life” by Marcus Anthony Hunter
- “‘Feel Free'” by Zadie Smith
- “‘Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing'” – Collected essays
- “This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America” by Morgan Jerkins
- “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
- “And still I rise: black America since MLK: an illustrated chronology” by Henry Louis Gates
- “The Fire This Time: A New Generation speaks about race” – Collected essays
- “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine
- “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- “You Can’t Touch My Hair: And other things I still have to explain” by Phoebe Robinson
- “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” by Issa Rae
- “I’m judging you: the do-better manual” by Luvvie Ajayi
- “A child’s introduction to African American history” by Jabari Asim
- “Little leaders: bold women in black history” by Harrison, Vashti
Taxes are as certain as, well, you know.
With tax season ramping up, a lot of people are looking for where to go to get assistance and forms for their taxes.
Elkhart Public Library has a limited amount of tax forms from the federal government and Indiana.
The government has limited the number of forms they are distributing, so once the library runs out, they are unlikely to get more.
Forms are available on the first floor of the downtown library, behind the large print books, near the elevator.
The forms available are:
- Indiana state 2017 tax instruction booklet
- Federal government 2017 tax instruction booklet
- Federal 1040A forms
- Federal 1040EZ forms
- Indiana state forms
Links to other IRS tax forms are available through the Public Computer Center at EPL and can be printed for $0.15 per sheet or $0.30 per double-sided sheet.
EPL staff CANNOT give tax advice of any kind OR tell which form someone may or may not need. EPL staff are NOT tax professionals and do not know which form is needed.
EPL reference staff can direct patrons to available books about filing taxes but cannot help fill out forms. That is the sole responsibility of an individual.
For real help filing taxes and filling out forms, please check out these links:
- IRS filing website: https://www.irs.gov/filing
- IRS provides free tax software for incomes below $66,000 – https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free
- IRS phone number: Individuals: 800-829-1040
TTY/TDD for people with hearing impairments: 800-829-4059
- Local IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/jsp/vita.jsp?zip=46516&lat=41.6792072&lng=-85.9406745&radius=10
Salvation Army of Elkhart – call 211 to schedule an appointment