We’re sending Summer Reading out with a party as Reading Rocks comes to an end.
From 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at the Pierre Moran branch, we’re going to have an epic party to end Reading Rocks with a live band, games and a drawing of a grand prize winner.
U-93 is going to broadcasting live, there will be live music and more before we draw the grand prize winner of the Taylor Swift concert tickets or Nintendo Switch just after 5:30 p.m. live on-air.
Local rock band Lalo Cura will be performing from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be games, a slime making station, facepainting, balloon making, giveaways and more.
This is going to be a summer spectacular that will be a rocking good time.
We’ll choose the winner of our grand prizes: two pairs of Taylor Swift concert tickets and a Nintendo Switch.
So far the finalists are:
-Aveson Lou Evers
While some of Ted Drake’s artwork is recognized worldwide, his name is not.
But bringing recognition to the artist behind some of the most famous logos in sports through the exhibit Ted Drake: Art, Commerce, History from Elkhart Public Library and Elkhart County Historical Museum has meant a lot to Jacquie Friend, Drake’s daughter.
“I very much appreciate the Historical Museum putting together the exhibit and the library for housing it,” she said from her home in Washington state.
“Ted never really got the recognition that he should have and any way that his name and his work can receive that now is great.”
Historical museum archivist Amy Christiansen will be giving a talk on Drake, his career and life at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at the downtown library.
“His work covered such a large period of time, I would characterize (the exhibit) as primarily his commercial work,” said Friend.
According to her, her father wanted to be known as a fine artist but ended up spending much of his career doing commercial work in order to provide for his family.
“It wasn’t until later in life that he was able to do (fine art),” she said. “He never realized how unusual it was for an artist to provide for his family.”
Friend said she’s glad that a new generation of people will understand the man behind the art, as well as associate a name with iconic sports logos such as Notre Dame and the Chicago Bulls.
“The magnitude of what he did and what people identify with him, there’s a whole generation that know his work and I would like that to continue on,” Friend said.
When doing family genealogy research, it is easy to think that all of the information is online but backing that up with hard copy proof can be just as important.
EPL has hundreds of resources and the expert help to find the information that family history researchers need to verify or prove the pieces that they find online, according to reference librarian Amy Pfifferling-Irons.
“Many of these sites, its people just putting it on there, so then you want to go and check it,” she said.
“You want to have proof that, whatever it is, actually happened.”
That is where the books, magazines and in-house web resources of EPL come into play.
From Ancestry that can be accessed only inside the library to city directories and published obituaries stretching back to the 1860s, the items here can help set family history straight.
EPL has cemetery records and obituary indices going back over 150 years in some cases. Using an index, people can find the publication that an obit ran in and then using a microfilm machine, email it or save it to a thumb drive.
If a researcher is having trouble locating an item, the expert library staff is always on hand to point people in the right direction.
“There’s always somewhere here to help you,” said Pfifferling-Irons. “Coming here, we’ll help get them to the next step.”
Most help is free but if someone is outside of the area, for just a librarian will do 30 minutes of research and email it to the person making the request.
Librarians can even help find other agencies that can assist, including foreign libraries.
“We can suggest another resource, another library,” she said.
As for advice, Pfifferling-Irons said Ancestry is a great place to start.
“The best thing for people to do is to come into the library and start out with Ancestry,” she said.
She also advises that when searching for the women in a family, land records are a great place to look.
“Finding the women in your family can be difficult,” she said. “Surprisingly it’s the land records because you would think ‘oh jus the men had to sign off on that’ but the spouse and the children all had to be documented on those items.”
EPL has thousands of land records, she added.
Links to check out:
Ancestry Library Edition: Accessible only inside EPL buildings but a fantastic starting point for genealogy
Heritage Quest: A good place to find the military history of a family member, Pfifferling-Irons said.
Newspaper Archive: Billions of articles from the U.S. and around the globe
Local History Index: Search the library’s index of articles from the Elkhart Truth
Local Obituary Index: Search for Elkhart Truth obituary from 1921 to the present
Visitors to the Wellfield Botantic Gardens can enjoy the beautiful flora and get a great story during Story Walk.
The ongoing program pieces out a children’s book onto stands around the gardens where visitors can walk up and read them as they make their way around the grounds.
The current book is “My Garden” by Kevin Henkes, which is a book about a girl who helps her mother in their garden and then daydreams of her own garden with candy growing.
According to Wellfield Gardens Visitors Cottage Manager Nina Cunningham, the program has been a successful partnership between the library and the gardens.
“It’s been really successful, the way that we’ve been able to measure that is that the books we order for the shop have sold out,” she said.
She noted that the books have been re-ordered and that all three of the books from Story Walk, “Best in Snow” by April Pulley Sayre, “Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story” by Will Hillenbrand and”Shh! We Have a Plan” are all available at the Vistors Cottage.
“We’ve really enjoyed the collaboration with the library,” Cunningham said. “I feel like we’ve really taken it to the next level with the storyboards.”
The library and Wellfield have also worked together on the summertime Stories in the Gardens program and the Little Sprouts program during the winter months.
Wellfield Gardens is a non-profit created with help from the Elkhart Rotary Club on land leased from the City of Elkhart. The 36-acre site comprised of 25 themed gardens, event space and more. For more information visit their website.
Because Reading Rocks and all, Elkhart Public Library is giving you a chance to see professional musicians on a different stage – storytime!
At 4 p.m. Thursdays starting June 14, we’re delivering some familiar names to play a couple of numbers and read a story. These all-ages storytimes will be free and fun for all, taking place in the atrium of our downtown location, 300 S. Second St., Elkhart.
July 5 will feature Elkhart percussionist Jim Catalano, who plays in a number of groups, including VibeNation.
The rest of the July performers will be announced soon.
Reading Rocks, this year’s summer reading program presented by Welch Packaging, is showcasing the ways music and books are connected. Kids can read what they want, and enter to win prizes they want – including tickets to see Taylor Swift in concert, a Nintendo Switch, and Elkhart County 4-H Fair experiences.
For complete info and info on other live performances, visit ElkhartRocks.com.