Get into a galaxy far, far away with these titles

Sam Householder : December 7, 2017 11:16 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature


Tis the season for joyous celebration.

That’s right, not just for the holidays, but it’s time for another new Star Wars movie premiere.

EPL can get you all set for the debut of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with all kinds of “Star Wars” universe titles.

Not only does the library have a great assortment of materials for checkout but we’re also showing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Come out and get excited for “The Last Jedi” premiering on Thursday.

In the meantime, here are some Star Wars related titles in our collection you can check out to get into the galaxy.


“Sacrifice” by Karen Traviss

“Phasma” by Delilah Dawson

“Empire’s end” by Chuck Wendig

“Star Wars: Thrawn” by Timothy Zahn

“Bloodline” by Claudia Gary


“Join the resistance” by Ben Acker

“The force awakens” by Michel Kogge

Young Adult

“Rebel rising” by Beth Revis

“Leia: Princess of Alderaan” by Claudia Gray


Star Wars Rebels (seasons 1, 2, 3)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Episodes IV, V and VI

Episodes I, II and III

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales and The New Yoda Chronicles

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2018 Book club titles announced

Sam Householder : December 4, 2017 2:16 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

The downtown EPL book club has unveiled their title selections for 2018.

book-clubThe club meets on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

According to club organizer Mary Ann Dubash, the books are chosen by the group from a list she gets from Indiana Humanities.

“I give that list to the participants and everyone who comes to the meeting can pick out a title,” said Dubash.

She said titles are chosen to span genres, fiction, non-fiction and even a youth title to give something for everybody.

“I’m excited about all of them,” she said. “But as a group everyone enjoys a variety of titles that they would never have chosen on their own.”

Here are the dates and titles for the 2018 book club:

January 15: “The Tenderness of wolves” by Stef Penney

February 19: “The things they carried” by Tim O’Brien

March 19: “A widow for one year” by John Irving

April 16: “Year of wonders” by Geraldine Brooks

May 21: “The bluest eye” by Toni Morrison

June 18: “Raintree county” by Ross Lockridge, Jr.

July 16: “Woman warrior” by Maxine Hong Kingston

August 20: To be determined

September 17: “Monuments men” by Robert M Edsel

October 15: “The legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving

November 19: “Black Elk speaks: being the life story of a holy man of Oglala Sioux” by John G. Neihardt

December 17: “Vermeer’s daughter” by Barbara Shoup

According to Dubash, even when attendees don’t enjoy the chosen book, they always appreciate the experience.

“Most of the time they will say that they are glad they read it because it’s an experience,” she said.

New attendees are always welcome, Dubash said and that finishing the book isn’t a requirement.

“We’re very accepting and like new people coming and giving their viewpoint and their input,” she said.

“I really hope that if there’s even one book that they’re interested in and even if they just want to come and listen and observe the first time we’re all right with that.”


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Barney returns to be a reading partner for kids

Administrator : December 4, 2017 9:48 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

Barney the St. Bernard is coming back to be a reading partner for kids this week.

The trained dog, who helps kids gain confidence in their reading, returns for the November Paws to Read session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 16 at Elkhart Public Library’s downtown location.

mkt-171129-paws-screen-100Parents can sign up their children for the 15-minute sessions by calling 574-522-2223.

<<  Space is limited – call 574-522-2223 to get your child time with Barney >>

“The kids get to interact with something that loves unconditionally. He’s just a good listener – he absorbs every word and he doesn’t interrupt or correct or question them,” handler Renee Langdon says. “I’ve been blessed to be able to work with him and watch the children improve.”

Barney’s journey to become a therapy dog was difficult. Langdon rescued him eight years ago after he was abandoned near Wakarusa. He already was blind and had leg injuries consistent with abuse, she says.

“He had to learn to trust again,” Langdon says. “He couldn’t walk on a leash. You couldn’t put him in a car. The injuries to his front left leg weren’t anything that couldn’t be repaired, but it was a rough start.”

He eventually defeated his fears and became a good companion to Drew, Langdon’s first St. Bernard. Despite his blindness, Barney eventually passed the same exam required for certification as a registered Pet Partners therapy dog.

Pet-assistance therapy goes beyond guide dogs. They provide comfort at hospital entrances, Langdon says, and companionship at nursing homes. They have visited schools and libraries regularly, too.

Langdon has committed her volunteer time for years to working with children, particularly those challenged by autism or disability. She worked with Reins of Life for therapeutic horseback riding until, physically, she couldn’t meet the demands of mucking stalls and hauling hay bales.

She says she adopted a St. Bernard because she always wanted one growing up. During her first three years, Langdon volunteered several hours each week making visits. After Drew passed on and with Barney advancing in years, she’s had to scale back to schedule.

“I think this is best described as giving and receiving love. Barney takes it in and he dishes it out – it’s his job to love,” Langdon says.


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Holiday library activities have a little of everything

Sam Householder : December 1, 2017 8:00 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

As the calendar year winds down and the holidays ramp up, EPL has the activities to get everyone into the spirit of the season.

mkt-171129-holiday-screen-100From carols to cards, there are a number of activities going on at all of the branches.

Here are all of the activities going on in December:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Osolo branch, Resounding Glory handbell choir will be holding their first public performance featuring holiday songs.
  • Thursday, Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Pierre Moran Branch, teens are invited to make Christmas cards.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at Dunlap Branch, make a Christmas tree out of recycled magazines.
  • Thursday, Dec. 14 at 4:30 p.m. at Cleveland Branch, you provide the sweater, we’ll provide the decorations to to make yourself an ugly Christmas sweater.
  • Thursday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Dunlap Branch, sing along with Christmas carols and enjoy cocoa and cookies.
  • Thursday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Osolo Branch, bring the whole family to a special evening storytime with crafts, treats and stories, headlined by “The Polar Express.”
  • Monday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. at the downtown library, we’re throwing a Christmas party with games, stories, a craft, treats and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

All of our activities can be found on our events calendar.


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Holiday handbell concert coming to Osolo Branch

Administrator : November 28, 2017 8:02 am : Elkhart Public Library

Ring in the holiday season with a special concert at the Osolo Library.adventist-bell-group-01

At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5 the Resounding Glory handbell choir from the Elkhart Seventh Day Adventist Christian School will hold their first public performance at Osolo, focusing on holiday music.

“Handbells have a unique sound, you don’t hear it frequently and it’s a team sport, it’s just beautiful,” EACS principal Catherine Pfeifle said.

According to Pfeifle, the group is in their first year. She said they formed after the school rented bells last year and the students enjoyed playing them so much they wanted to form a handbell choir.

“I rented a two-octave set of handbells, they played them, they played them beautifully,” she said. “The students wanted to play handbells again this year.”

The group is comprised of the small private school’s five students, former students and the school’s former music director, Pfeifle said.

The choice to make their first public performance at the Osolo Branch was easy, she said, because they are next door neighbors to the library and utilize it for lessons.

“We go over to that library once a week,” Pfeifle said.

The group has performed at their home church and another church but Pfeifle said they are excited to perform for a new audience and bring some holiday music to the area.

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