FrankenFun: One Book, One Michiana

SL-OBOM 2014

Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN  is this year’s selection for One Book, One Michiana, a month-long, community-wide series of discussions centered on a single title, which is selected by the St. Joseph County Public Library.

The Elkhart Public Library has a lively, electrifying line-up of activities and events.

Special Events & Activities

For a list of activities in date/time order, see FrankenTimes: One Book, One Michiana.

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. 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.

Fun Family Movie (several locations)
Bring the family, have some popcorn and enjoy! Featuring the voices of Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara & Martin Short, this film is about young Victor, who conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. Rated PG

  • Osolo Branch: Thursday, April 3, 6:30
  • Dunlap Branch: Wednesday, April 9, 6:15 pm
  • Cleveland Branch: Thursday, April 17, 5:30
  • Main Library: Monday, April 21, 5:00

 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!

In addition to Library-wide activities and events, be sure to check out all the FrankenFun at individual locations.

Main Library Young People’s Services

Frankenstein Adventure
Monday, April 14 • 5:00 pm • Ages 5 & up
Put on your best Monster face and join us for a spine tingling good time, with monsterific stories and games, and a Tesla machine! I dare you to sign up.

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.

Super Readers Book Club: FRANNY K. STEIN
Wednesdays, April 23, 30; May 7, 14  • 5:00 pm• Ages 5 & up
Enjoy reading together from one of the FRANNY K. STEIN: MAD SCIENTIST books. Club time includes reading-enhancement games and activities, and discussing books with friends.

Make it, Take it Frankenstein Craft
 Monday, April 28 – Wednesday, April 30 • All day • All ages

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 15 & April 22 • 4:30 pm • Ages 8 & up
Join in the fun and read FRANTASTIC VOYAGE one of the books in the FRANNY K. STEIN: MAD SCIENTIST series.  During the sessions, readers are encouraged to read aloud. Besides gaining reading skills members will participate in other fun activities to enhance their reading. Space is limited. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Frankenstein’s Creature Treat
Wednesday, April 16 • 4:30pm • Ages 8 & up
Frankenstein’s creature was really just a softy. We will be making marshmallow treats to show and eat.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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.

It’s Electrifying!
Thursday, April 24 • 4:30pm • Ages 6 & up
You may get a jolt from this program — We will be learning about, and experimenting with electricity. You may have a hair-raising experience. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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

Frankenstein Make-It-Take-It Craft
Monday, April  7 – Friday, April 11 • All day • All ages
Stop by the Pierre Moran Branch Library to create your very own monster! Only this time it will be out of toilet paper rolls, construction paper, and googly eyes. This craft lasts the entire week so stop by when it is convenient.

Family Movie Night
Friday, April 25 • 4:00 pm • All ages
Bring the family, have some popcorn and enjoy an animated film. Directed by Tim Burton;  this movie features 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

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