Winterfest: Ten Days of Fun and Festivities

mrobinso : November 28, 2012 5:18 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Winterfest is a 10-day community-wide celebration coordinated by Santa’s Pantry.  The festivities begin with a holiday dance at the Matterhorn on Friday, November 30, and end with a 5K benefit walk on Sunday, Dec 9. The days between will be filled with  family- friendly fun, including a parade, breakfast with Santa, ice sculpting,  local high school choirs, Museum tours and much more!  Click here for a complete schedule of events.

Nearly forty businesses, groups and individuals are involved, (see the list here).  Twelve nonprofit organizations, as well as the entire community will benefit!

The  Downtown Parade steps off  at 6:00 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 1.  This year’s theme is “Big City, Bright Lights.”  Watch for the Elkhart Public Library float!  Following the parade, there will be a tree lighting on the Civic Plaza.

The following Saturday, December 8, will be Winterfest Family Day at the Main Library in Downtown Elkhart. Our activities from 9:00-1:00 will include face painting, puppet shows, a holiday centerpiece craft demonstration, an eBook buyer’s guide/demo, scavenger hunts, music, giveaways and much more. Santa Claus and the Snow Queen will be here, and you can make an ornament for our Commemorative Community Tree!

An after-hours showing of the movie
Arthur Christmas (PG) begins at 1:30 p.m. 

Sunday, December 9 will feature a Mini HealthFair at the High Dive Pavilion, featuring Biggest Loser contestant Roy Pickler, followed by a 5k Santa Fun Stroll.  Winterfest 2012, November 30-December 12,  has something for almost everyone.  We look forward to seeing you!



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New Holiday Books @ Your EPL

mrobinso : November 27, 2012 9:29 am : Elkhart Public Library

New Holiday Nonfiction

New Holiday Fiction

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December Holiday Links

mrobinso : November 20, 2012 3:48 pm : Elkhart Public Library

December Holiday Links

Useful resources and interesting information
about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa



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Winterfest Family Fun

mrobinso : November 16, 2012 2:02 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Wrap up Winterfest Week with a day of Festive Family Fun
Saturday, December 8, 2012, 9am to 1pm,
AND a special after-hours showing of the movie Arthur Christmas at 1:30 

  • Face Painting
  • Puppet Shows 
  • Live Music
  • eReader Gift Advice/Demos
  • Visit Santa & the Snow Queen
  • Holiday Centerpiece Craft Demo 
  • Giveaways
  • Food for Fines
  • Commemorative Community Tree
  • Additional Activities at EPL Branches!
  • Arthur Christmas 1:30 PM at the Main Library


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Downloading Library eBooks & eAudiobooks

cmacieje : November 15, 2012 1:19 pm : Elkhart Public Library

OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooksWhat you’ll need to download titles from Elkhart Public Library’s eBook collection:

  • An Internet connected computer or mobile device
  • A resident Elkhart Public Library Card, in good standing, & PIN number
  • Free software:
    For EPUB format eBooks, you will need Adobe Digital
    Editions to authorize digital rights management on your eReader. Computers will need the Google Chrome
    browser or a Chrome plug-in if you use Internet Explorer, Firefox, or another browser.  Adobe Digital Editions will ask you to create an Adobe ID which requires you to have an email account.
    For Kindle format eBooks, you will need an account and a Kindle, a Kindle app, or an Internet browser.
    For Audiobooks, you will need OverDrive Media Console downloaded to your computer or mobile device.
    For smartphones or tablets, OverDrive Media Console apps are available. Adobe Digital Editions is also needed to authorize these devices.

 How it works:

  • Browse the digital media catalog:
  • Checkout titles: you may have three titles at a time checked out to your account
  • You may have three holds placed at a time
  • A wish list is available to record future choices
  • Titles automatically expire after the due date
  • Titles may be returned early
  • Download to your computer or mobile device

 Help is available:

Nonfiction eBooks for research and reference:

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)  Titles include: Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia, Novels for Students, Encyclopedia of Small Business, Grzimek’s Student Animal Life Resource, Encyclopedia of the Great Depression, West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, Blackbirch Kid’s Visual Reference of the United States, International Directory of Company Histories, and History Behind the Headlines: The Origins of Conflicts Worldwide, as well as a broad collection of health and medical sources.   Download, print, email or listen to articles!
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