Researching genealogy can be daunting enough, but throwing the new DNA technology into things can really make it complicated.
Before wading into the genetic testing waters, come out to DNA and Genealogy at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. The event will take place at the library’s downtown location.
Charise Markin, an experienced amateur genealogy researcher, will present the program. She says her hope is to help people considering genealogical DNA testing find the service that best fits their needs.
“I’ll go over what DNA can do and cannot do for you,” she said. “I’ll give some examples from when I did my own DNA test.”
Markin said she has been interested in her own genealogy since she was a child, listening to stories of her family from her grandfather. She has been doing her own research for about 25 years.
She said that different tests are better for certain results.
“DNA is fascinating to me,” she said. ”Depending on what you’re looking for, different tests are better for certain things.”
Markin has been able to trace her family back, in some cases, back to Europe or the Revolutionary War, she said.
“I enjoy history. For me, it’s a dive into … getting to know that person. I want to know the people that the bloodline is comprised of,” she said.
And with DNA testing, she can find the makeup of the bloodline, as well.
Amish fiction author Sarah Price has traveled around the world visiting Amish communities but will return to her favorite here in Indiana during a visit next month.
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Dunlap Branch, Price will talk with fans and sign books.
“The Indiana Amish are my favorite,” Price said. “I almost don’t want to say that because I don’t want the tourists to flock out to them.”
Price, best-selling author of over 25 Amish fiction books will be promoting her latest books, “Sadie: An Amish adaptation of Snow White” and “The Amish Christmas Letters,” which she co-wrote with authors Patricia Davids and Jennier Beckstrand.
Price said that “Sadie” finishes a series of fairy tales she’s re-imagined as novels for adults. She said her goal was to show that classic stories can be retold in new and exciting ways that are realistic.
“They are fairy tales told in an Amish setting, you can retell someone in a new way that is realistic to adults,” Price said.
Price was raised Mennonite in New Jersey and became interested in the Amish way of life when her grandparents took her to visit Amish country in Pennsylvania when she was a child.
She was able to befriend and live with Amish families over the years and uses those connections and visits to get an understanding of their way of life.
“I think that it’s my Mennonite background and my respect for their culture and their religion that they accept me and respect my work,” she said. “I strive for true authenticity and accuracy, I try to portray them as real people, not just caricatures. They have emotions, likes and dislikes, people think they’re all the same but they’re not, they’re real people.”
Price said that she tries to take her readers along for a journey with her characters, so that the readers feel a connection and feel like they were along for the ride with the characters.
She said she’s looking forward to meeting people during her visit and hopes to meet some readers.
“It’s so nice to get a hands on experience with the people that are reading the books and interacting with them,” she said.
An opportunity for a free SAT practice test and advice on improvement is coming to Elkhart Public Library.
Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the downtown library, a limited number of practice SAT tests will be administered by Sylvan Learning Center tutors. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, those that took the test will return to the library to receive their results.
According to librarian Allison McLean, this is a chance for high school students to start thinking about college admissions and preparing for the tests that many will take.
“Preparing students for academic success is part of the library’s mission,” she said. “We hope to be a resource for students, especially those where they might be the first in their family to think about going to college.”
Taking the test in an environment designed to simulate the actual test will help students know what to expect and going over their results with a tutor will give them strategies for improving scores, McLean said.
“We modeled the partnership with Sylvan Learning on a program that has been successful at the Mishawaka Penn-Harris-Madison Library,” she said.
Prep courses for these tests can cost hundreds of dollars, but with book resources in the EPL collection, as well as the practice test and strategies, this is a chance to get help for no cost.
Space is limited so register now.
Launch into the school year and the fall with a day of fun.
From 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, the Cleveland Branch will be hosting Library Launchpad with the ETHOS Science 2 Go Bus and loads of activities for children.
This will be a day of fun with a photo booth, a chance to safely look at the sun with a solar telescope and more.
Library Launchpad will be full of science and space related activities to showcase what’s coming up with EPL’s next round of NASA @ My Library programs coming later this year.
Throughout the summer families are invited to a special story time held outside in the Wellfield Botanic Gardens.
At 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, join an Elkhart Public Library storyteller for Stories in the Garden. Bring a blanket to the English Cottage Garden for an evening of stories and music and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Wellfield Gardens.
Dates for Stories in the Garden are June 19 | July 17 | Aug. 21 | Sept. 18
Stories in the Garden are free and open to the public. No registration necessary, just show up and enjoy some outdoor family time. If it’s raining, come anyway – Wellfield will have a tent for shelter.