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Book Sale and FRIENDship

Administrator : April 14, 2014 4:15 pm : Elkhart Public Library

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 Thank a Friend.  Be a Friend.

Have you enjoyed the free movies and popcorn at EPL? Rested on the benches in the nonfiction stacks at Main? Have your children received “halfway” Summer Reading prizes, or even a grand prize? Thank a Friend!

The Friends of the Elkhart Public Library is a group of generous volunteers who provide funding for special programs and “extras” that would not be possible on the Library’s limited budget.

Events made possible by the Friends last year included visits from “Abe Lincoln” and “Mark Twain,” an entry in the United Way’s fundraising Cardboard Boat Race, and the delightful Silly Safaris that kicked off Summer Reading. They have donated projectors for movie programs, children’s furniture, a toddler bookcase, a popcorn machine, and much more — funded by book sales and membership dues.

• If the Friends are to continue, they need members! The Elkhart Public Library needs the Friends!
• An annual membership can be purchased for as little as $10.00 ($5.00 for seniors and youth).
• Friends of EPL get to see book sale items first, and purchase them for half price. What a deal!

Gigantic Spring Book Sale

Books • CDs • DVDs • Magazines
All newly withdrawn or donated since the last sale

EPL Main Library • 300 S. 2nd Street • Elkhart, IN

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 • 1 – 6 pm

Open to Friends of EPL • All items half-price for Friends
Membership can be purchased at the sale

Friday, May 2, 2014 • 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday, May 3, 2014 • 9 am – 1 pm
Open to everyone

 

 

 

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National Library Week – Prize Drawings

Administrator : April 10, 2014 10:12 am : Elkhart Public Library

NLW14_LivesChange_LOGO-ed Lives Change @ Your Library is this year’s theme for National Library Week. To celebrate, we are giving away life-changing books. Stop in at any EPL location to enter our drawing. We will have a winner at each of our locations. Each winner will receive a set of “life-changing” titles spanning from childhood to adult:

  • Caldecott winner – LOCOMOTIVE by Brian Floga
  • Newberry winner – FLORA & ULYSSES by Kate DiCamillo
  • Printz winner – MIDWINTER BLOOD by Marcus Sedgewick
  • A reader’s choice adult title
  • A $25 Amazon gift card

Prizes are provided by the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library.

You are also invited to fill out a display card with the title of a book (movie, CD, DVD…) that changed your life.

Here is what author Judy Blume has to say about libraries.


In honor of National Library Week, April 13-19, all
Oxford University Press online resources will be completely free for everyone in the US! [Learn More >>]

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Wedding Cakes, from Simple to Spectacular

Administrator : April 2, 2014 3:04 pm : Elkhart Public Library

CookbookNew600-ContrastBrides and grooms on a budget, and those with creative family and friends, may opt to skip the bakery in favor of something with a more personal touch. The do-it-yourself concept takes on major significance when the task is baking and decorating a wedding cake. The Elkhart Public Library has a variety of books that can guide the determined and talented baker through just such a project. These titles offer cakes from the traditional to the unique, and embellishments such as sugar-crafted flowers and fondant creations.

THE ART OF THE CAKE: THE ULTIMATE STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO BAKING AND DECORATING PERFECTION by Mich Turner.  Universe Pub., c2011. 641.8653 T949ar

CAKE COUTURE: MODERN SUGAR-CRAFT FOR THE STYLISH BAKER by Annie Dam.  Firefly Books, 2011. 641.86539 D154

CHIC & UNIQUE WEDDING CAKES: 30 MODERN DESIGNS FOR ROMANTIC CELEBRATIONS by Zoe Clark.  David & Charles, 2012. 641.8653 C596

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DECORATING CAKES. Sterling, 2013. 641.86539 D296

FONDANT MODELING FOR CAKE DECORATORS by Helen Penman.  Firefly Books, 2011. 641.86539 P411

GREAT CAKE DECORATING: SWEET DESIGNS FOR CAKES & CUPCAKES by Erin Gardner.  Taunton Press, 2014. 641.86539 G226

MAKE, BAKE & CELEBRATE!: HOW TO CREATE BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED CAKES FOR EVERY OCCASION by Annie Rigg.  Ryland Peters & Small, 2012. 641.8653 R569

MARTHA STEWART’S WEDDING CAKES by Martha Stewart.  Clarkson Potter/Publishers, c2007. 641.8653 S851

1000 IDEAS FOR DECORATING CUPCAKES, COOKIES & CAKES by Sandra Salamony.  Quarry Books, c2010. 641.86539 S159

PROFESSIONAL CAKE DECORATING by Toba Garrett.  2nd ed.  Wiley, c2012. 641.86539 G239p

PrintQUICK & EASY WEDDING CAKES by Karen Goble.  New Holland, 2006. 641.8653 G575

SIMPLY SPECTACULAR CAKES: BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS FOR IRRESISTIBLE CAKES AND COOKIES by Peggy Porschen.  Clarkson Potter/Publishers, c2009. 641.86539 P838si

SUGARCRAFT FLOWERS: 25 STEP-BY-STEP PROJECTS FOR SIMPLE GARDEN FLOWERS by Claire Webb.  New Holland, 2006. 641.86539 W365

WEDDING CUPCAKES by Joanna Farrow.  Hachette Book Group, 2012. 641.8653 F246w

WHAT’S NEW, CUPCAKE?: INGENIOUSLY SIMPLE DESIGNS FOR EVERY OCCASION by Alan Richardson.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. 641.8653 R521w

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FrankenTimes: One Book, One Michiana Activities by Date

Administrator : March 31, 2014 5:34 pm : Elkhart Public Library

frankcoverMary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN  is this year’s selection for One Book, One Michiana, a month-long, community-wide series of discussions and events centered on a single title selected by the St. Joseph County Public Library.

The Elkhart Public Library has an electrifying array of activities in store for you. Here is the monster list of events by date.
For an overview and descriptions of all activities, see FrankenFun: One Book, One Michiana.

One Book, One Michiana runs from March 28-April 3, 2014.

CB = Cleveland BranchDB = Dunlap BranchM = Main Library;  OB = Osolo Branch
PM = Pierre Moran BranchYPS = Main Library Young People’s Services
Click on any event for details.

M • April 1-30 Make Your Own Monster lab*
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 • April 2, 6:30 pm — Is it Really Possible to Create a Frankenstein Monster?
OB • April 3, 6:30 pm — Fun Family Movie (PG)
M • April 4, 3:00 pm — Classic First Fridays Movie (Not Rated)

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OB • April 7, all day — Monster Craft 1
OB • April 9, all day — Monster Craft 2
DB  • April 9, 6:15 pm — Fun Family Movie (PG)
OB • April 10, 6:30 pm — Van de Graaff Generator Demonstration
OB • April 11, all day — Monster Craft 3
YPS • April 7-9, all day — Make-it, Take-it-Frankenstein’s Dog
PM • April 7-11, all day — Make-it, Take-it Craft
CB • April 7-11 — Make Your Own Monster traveling lab*

FrankenClipart-01M • April 14, 5:00 pm — Van de Graaff Generator Demonstration
YPS • April 14, 5:00 pm — Frankenstein Adventure (ages 5 & up)
OB • April 15, 4:30 pm — Kids’ Book Club (ages 8 & up)
DB • April 16, 4:30 pm — Van de Graaff Generator Demonstration
OB • April 16, 4:30 pm — Frankenstein’s Creature Treat (ages 8 & up)
M • April 16, 6:00 pm — Midweek Movie (R)
CB • April 17, 5:30 pm — Fun Family Movie (PG)
PM • April 18, 4:00 pm — Van de Graaff Generator Demonstration
DB • April 14-18 — Make Your Own Monster traveling lab*

FrankenClipart-01M • April 21, 5:00 pm — Fun Family Movie (PG)
YPS • April 22, 4:00 pm — Exquisite Corpse (ages 12-18)
OB • April 22, 4:30 pm — Kids’ Book Club (ages 8 & up)
YPS • April 23, 5:00 pm — Super Readers Book Club (ages 5 & up)
OB • April 23, 7:00 pm — Book Talk: FRANKENSTEIN (high school & up)
OB • April 24, 4:30 pm — It’s Electrifying! (ages 6 & up)
PM • April 25, 4:00 pm — Family Movie (PG)
OB • April 21-25 — Make Your Own Monster traveling lab*

FrankenClipart-01OB • April 29, 6:30 pm — Trivia Night (high school & up)
YPS • April 30, 5:00 pm — Super Readers Book Club (ages 5 & up)
M • April 30, 6:00 pm — Midweek Movie (PG-13)
DB • April 30, 7:00 pm — Book Talk: FRANKENSTEIN (high school & up)
M • May 2, 3:00 pm — Classic First Fridays Movie (Not Rated)
PM • April 28-May 2 — Make Your Own Monster traveling lab*

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All Locations; All Day
•  April 7-11:  Frankenstein Trivia Quiz 1
•  April 14-18:  Which actor portrayed which Frankenstein? quiz
•  April 21-25:  Craft – Draw the other half of Frankenstein
•  April 28-May 2:  Trivia Quiz 2

* Make Your Own Monster
Assemble your own monster. We provide the body parts. Monsters may be displayed so the public can vote on their favorites. All ages are invited to participate. The monster lab will be at the Main Library all month, and the “traveling” lab will be at each branch for a week.

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FrankenFun: One Book, One Michiana

Administrator : March 27, 2014 5:01 pm : Elkhart Public Library

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Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN  is this year’s selection for One Book, One Michiana, a month-long, community-wide series of discussions centered on a single title, which is selected by the St. Joseph County Public Library.

The Elkhart Public Library has a lively, electrifying line-up of activities and events.

Special Events & Activities

For a list of activities in date/time order, see FrankenTimes: One Book, One Michiana.

Is it Really Possible to Create a Frankenstein Monster?
Join us at the Main Library on Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 pm, when we will welcome Elkhart County Coroner Dr. John White, who will tell us whether or not an actual Frankenstein monster is possible. He will also fill us in on what he does all day, which generally does not include re-animating corpses.

Van de Graaff Generator Demonstration
Come see electrifying experiments conducted by Library staff.  You could even say they are hair-raising! Bring the family, enjoy, be amazed, and maybe even assist. See the Van de Graff generator at these times and locations:

  • Thursday, April 10, 6:30 pm – Osolo Branch
  • Monday, April 14, 5:00 pm – Main Library
  • Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 pm – Dunlap Branch
  • Friday, April 18, 4:00 pm Pierre Moran Branch

Make Your Own Monster
Assemble your own monster. We provide the body parts. Monsters may be displayed so the public can vote on their favorites. Children under 13 must be actively supervised by an adult. The monster lab will be at the Main Library all month, and the “traveling” lab will be at each branch for a week.

  • April 1-30 – Main Library
  • April 7-11 – Cleveland Branch
  • April 14-18 – Dunlap Branch
  • April 21-25 – Osolo Branch
  • April 28-May 2 – Pierre Moran Branch

Frankenstein-themed Movies*

Main Library:

  • April 4, 3:00 pm – Classic First Fridays
    • (1948) Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr.
    • Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man. Not rated – All ages are welcome.
  • April 16, 6:00 pm – Midweek Movie
    • (1994) Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter
    • When Victor Frankenstein rejects the artificial man he just created, the monster escapes and later swears revenge. Rated R
  • April 30, 6:00 pm – Midweek Movie
    •  (2014) Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto
    • Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. Rated PG-13
  • May 2, 3:00 pm – Classic First Fridays
    • (1939) Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi
    • One of Frankenstein’s sons finds his father’s monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge. Not rated rated – All ages are welcome

 * Licensing restrictions prevent us from naming the movies or studios. They all have “Frankenstein” in their titles. Our descriptions are taken from IMDb.

Fun Family Movie (several locations)
Bring the family, have some popcorn and enjoy! Featuring the voices of Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara & Martin Short, this film is about young Victor, who conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. Rated PG

  • Osolo Branch: Thursday, April 3, 6:30
  • Dunlap Branch: Wednesday, April 9, 6:15 pm
  • Cleveland Branch: Thursday, April 17, 5:30
  • Main Library: Monday, April 21, 5:00

 Games and Quizzes

At All EPL Locations
•  April 7-11:  Frankenstein Trivia Quiz 1
•  April 14-18:  Which actor portrayed which Frankenstein? quiz
•  April 21-25:  Craft – Draw the other half of Frankenstein
•  April 28-May 2:  Trivia Quiz 2

 But wait, there’s more!

In addition to Library-wide activities and events, be sure to check out all the FrankenFun at individual locations.

Main Library Young People’s Services

Frankenstein Adventure
Monday, April 14 • 5:00 pm • Ages 5 & up
Put on your best Monster face and join us for a spine tingling good time, with monsterific stories and games, and a Tesla machine! I dare you to sign up.

Exquisite Corpse
Tuesday, April 22 • 4:00 pm • Ages 12-18
In a tribute to the classic Frankenstein monster, we will create unique monsters of our own. Exquisite Corpse is a fun way to work as a team and draw your own creepy monster.

Super Readers Book Club: FRANNY K. STEIN
Wednesdays, April 23, 30; May 7, 14  • 5:00 pm• Ages 5 & up
Enjoy reading together from one of the FRANNY K. STEIN: MAD SCIENTIST books. Club time includes reading-enhancement games and activities, and discussing books with friends.

Make it, Take it Frankenstein Craft
 Monday, April 28 – Wednesday, April 30 • All day • All ages

Cleveland Branch

Frankenstein Kits
Each week during the month of April, stop by the Cleveland Branch and pick up that week’s Frankenstein kit. The kit will contain a Frankenstein craft and handouts.

Dunlap Branch

Book Talk: FRANKENSTEIN
Wednesday, April 30 • 7:00 pm • High school & up
Join Kyle Schlabach, Assistant Professor of English at Goshen College, for a lively discussion of FRANKENSTEIN! This is an after-hours program. Doors open at 6:45.

Osolo Branch

Monstercraft
Create your own monster! Make it at the Branch or take it home. Self guided instructions and materials will be provided.
April 7, 9 & 11 • All day • All ages

  • Monday, April 7:  Monster Craft 1
  • Wednesday, April 9:  Monster Craft 2
  • Friday, April 11: Monster Craft 3

Kids’ Book Club: FRANNY K. STEIN: FRANTASTIC VOYAGE
Tuesday, April 15 & April 22 • 4:30 pm • Ages 8 & up
Join in the fun and read FRANTASTIC VOYAGE one of the books in the FRANNY K. STEIN: MAD SCIENTIST series.  During the sessions, readers are encouraged to read aloud. Besides gaining reading skills members will participate in other fun activities to enhance their reading. Space is limited. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Frankenstein’s Creature Treat
Wednesday, April 16 • 4:30pm • Ages 8 & up
Frankenstein’s creature was really just a softy. We will be making marshmallow treats to show and eat.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Book Talk: FRANKENSTEIN
Wednesday, April 23 • 7:00 pm • High school & up
Join Kyle Schlabach, Assistant Professor of English at Goshen College, for a lively discussion of FRANKENSTEIN! This is an after-hours program. Doors open at 6:45.

It’s Electrifying!
Thursday, April 24 • 4:30pm • Ages 6 & up
You may get a jolt from this program — We will be learning about, and experimenting with electricity. You may have a hair-raising experience. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Trivia Night
Tuesday, April 29 • 6:30 pm • High School & Up
To wrap up One Book, One Michiana, we’re having a Trivia Night.  Bring your team and join us for a fun-filled hour of questions and answers. Door Prizes and popcorn!

Pierre Moran Branch

Frankenstein Make-It-Take-It Craft
Monday, April  7 – Friday, April 11 • All day • All ages
Stop by the Pierre Moran Branch Library to create your very own monster! Only this time it will be out of toilet paper rolls, construction paper, and googly eyes. This craft lasts the entire week so stop by when it is convenient.

Family Movie Night
Friday, April 25 • 4:00 pm • All ages
Bring the family, have some popcorn and enjoy an animated film. Directed by Tim Burton;  this movie features the voices of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emily Watson. When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. Rated PG.

For Quick links to FRANKENSTEIN and related books, see FrankenLists

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