NIGHT CIRCUS: One Book, Many Magical Activities

SL-OBOM 2015

“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, dress-up photo ops, and a fantastical array of activities to amaze and amuse the child in each of us.

Welcome to the Big Top!

“You’re in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that’s enough.”

 Main Library Young People’s Services

Tarot 02Adventure: Circus Time
Monday, April 6 • 4:30 pm • All ages
Play games, show off your circus skills, perform a circus story, do circus crafts. You can even dress up as your favorite circus performer if you want (prizes awarded).

Gears and Whatnot Art
Thursday, April 9 • 3:00 pm • Ages 5 and up
Create punk art metal and whatnot art with screws and bolts and other fantastical parts. (Prizes!)

Super Reader’s Book Club
Thursdays, April 16, 23, 30, and May 7 • 4:30 pm • All ages
We will read MAGIC TREE HOUSE books together, play games, and create edible tree houses. Bring a friend!

 Adventure: Clocks and Trains
Monday, April 20 • 4:30 pm • All ages
An Elkhart Parks Department presentation about clocks and trains, followed by games, a wishing bracelet craft, and a great train story.

NIGHT CIRCUS Marble Magnets
Tuesday, April 21 • 4:00 pm • Ages 12-18
An awesome craft project! Turn magic & circus-themed art into marble magnets.

Circus in a Box
Saturday, April 25 • 11:30 am • All ages
Create a circus to take home with you! This is a one-hour project.

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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)


 At the Branches: Magic, Circus & Steampunk 

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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.

Big Top Family Movie Night
Tuesday, April 14 • 6:00 pm • All ages
Madagascar III (PG)

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


Dunlap Bookworms
Monday, April 6 • 6:15 pm • Adults
We will be discussing THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

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!


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 pm • All ages
Popcorn, tattoos, painting, carnival games (with prizes), and more. Fun for the whole family.

Afternoon @ the Movies
Wednesday, April 8 • 1:00 pm • All ages
Dumbo (1941)

Evening @ the Movies
Thursday, April 9 • 6:30 pm • All ages
Maleficent (PG)

Art of Illusion
Wednesday, April 15 • 4:30 pm • Ages 6 and up
Your eyes won’t believe what your hands have created!

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

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 any time during April to create your very own steampunk accessory.

Story Time

Circus fun at many of our Story Time programs, too!

Story Time Schedule

Main Library • Thursdays, April 2, 23, 30 • 10:00 am
Main Library Family Story Time • Monday, April 6 • 6:30 pm
Cleveland Branch • Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 • 10:00 am
Dunlap Branch • Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 • 10:00 am
Osolo Branch • Tuesdays, April 14, 21, 28 • 10:00 am
Pierre Moran Branch • Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21 • 10:00 am

Tarot art by EPL Graphic Artist Chris Hunsberger
Header image designed by Moxie Robinson


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