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Children & Teens: New Ways to Dig into Reading

Administrator : May 21, 2013 2:42 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Kids, Teens

This year’s Summer Reading Program is all new and exciting! Children will track minutes instead of titles, and teens get to explore different reading genres.  

Dig into Reading

Dig into Reading (children, ages 0-12)

If you have taken part in our Summer Reading Program before, be ready for a change. This year all you have to do is read at least fifteen minutes a day for four days and do two other activities to earn a prize. The activities are fun and simple, like checking out a book at the Library or drawing a picture about summer. When you sign up, you will receive a reading log to keep track of how many minutes you read. The best part of the new program is that you can earn a prize every week! For every reading log you turn in, you win a small prize. When you fill up three logs, you win a book. Complete all eight reading logs and you get another book.

There will also be a grand prize drawing. For each reading log you turn in, you get an entry into the drawing. We have five bicycles to give away to five lucky readers!

Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface (teens, ages 12 and up)

Teens, when you sign up, you get a Bingo Card to fill in. There are different genres of books to read and various reading and library-related activities on the card.  For each row you fill, you earn a prize. For the teen grand prize drawing we will give away a Kindle Fire and a Nook Color.

Summer Reading runs from June 1 to July 27. Prizes can be claimed through August 3.

 

“Underground” Activities

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As always, we have plenty of theme-related summer fun lined up.

Kids can look forward to a visit from Silly Safaris and their wild animal show, a Pirates and Treasure program, Digging for Dinosaur Bones and more, including our traditional end-of-summer Ice Cream Social!

Summer Fun: Cleveland Branch

Summer Fun: Dunlap Branch

Summer Fun: Main Library

Summer Fun: Osolo Branch

Summer Fun: Pierre Moran Branch

 

Activities for teens include designing your own surfboard, creating rock art,  gaming, a pizza party and more!

Just for Teens: Summer Activities

 

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Big Library Read eBook Club

Administrator : May 16, 2013 9:46 am : Elkhart Public Library

big library read 2Join thousands of libraries around the world for the Big Library Read, global eBook reading club. Beginning on May 15th, patrons can download Michael Malone’s novel The Four Corners of the Sky in OverDrive Read, Kindle, EPUB, and PDF formats via the library’s OverDrive eBook catalog.  There will be unlimited access to the eBook from May 15th through June 1st.  No holds or waiting lists!  You will need your resident Elkhart Public Library card and an Internet connected electronic device such as a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

The Four Corners of the Sky is described as a novel of love, family, and forgiveness.  Annie is a Navy pilot now but once she was a motherless child, abandoned by her con artist father to live with family she’d never met.   When her father’s dying wish is the return of a precious gift in exchange for her mother’s name, Annie embarks on an unforgettable adventure.

Share your thoughts on Twitter at #BigLibraryRead and “Like” Michael Malone on Facebook. Leave a response below and let us know that you’ve joined the Big Library Read!

There will be a Facebook chat with Michael Malone on Thursday, May 23rd, 8 p.m. ET.

Big Library Read is a pilot program in which libraries worldwide offer a single eBook to their patrons. In addition to creating a global “library book club,” Big Library Read is designed to demonstrate the positive exposure and sales influence library eBook catalogs provide to authors and publishers. It will spotlight one title for a set time period for library patrons around the world to read simultaneously. The program is sponsored by OverDrive, a global distributor of eBooks and audiobooks, with initial support and participation from Sourcebooks, Inc., a leading US independent publisher.

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Summer Reading 2013! (video)

Administrator : May 7, 2013 9:57 am : Elkhart Public Library



DIG INTO READING this summer at the Elkhart Public Library!

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New Air Handler for the Main Library

Administrator : May 2, 2013 3:42 pm : Elkhart Public Library



DIG INTO READING this summer at the Elkhart Public Library!

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Lemonade Day

Administrator : April 24, 2013 7:29 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Kids

Lemonade Day

For one day in early May, lemonade stands will pop up all around Elkhart.  Saturday, May 4 is Elkhart’s second annual Lemonade Day.  In her eTruth blog post It’s almost time for Lemonade Day Elkhart, Marlys Weaver-Stoesz reports that about 500 Elkhart students participated last year and that the organizers are hoping for 1000 this year.

Lemonade Day is held in communities across the country to help children learn how to start their own businesses. In the process they also learn about handling money and other valuable life skills.

We have made a Lemonade Day book list especially for kids who want to know more about starting a business. Included are “getting started” guides for young entrepreneurs,  matching interests with opportunities, handling money and more. All of the titles are available from the Elkhart Public Library.

For more information about Lemonade Day, and to register, visit the Lemonade Day Elkhart website. Regular updates are posted on Lemonade Day Elkhart’s Facebook page

Lemonade Day backpacks can be picked up at the following Elkhart locations:

The backpacks include the materials and information needed to set up a lemonade stand. Registration forms are also enclosed for those who have not already registered online.

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