Grownups, we have a Summer Reading Program for you, too! Play Element Bingo! Each element on your bingo card is paired with a type of book or library service. Explore different books and authors, and participate in fun, interesting library activities! Play the game by reading, attending programs, and using library services. Weekly prizes will be awarded at each location; then one grand prize at the end of summer.
How it works
- Pick up an Element Bingo card at any EPL location.
- When you read a book or complete an activity, enter it on your card.
- Once you have 5 in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) turn in your card to be entered in a weekly prize drawing.
- The fun isn’t over, yet! Get another card and do it again!
But wait! There’s more! Every bingo card you turn in is also an entry for our end-of-summer grand prize drawing. Don’t feel like playing bingo? We will also have a different activity sheet each week. Correctly completing one of these also enters you in the drawings.
What type of beverage do you prefer? When you think of cookbooks to check out from the Library, did you realize what a variety of titles are available that are all about beverages? Enhance your refreshment and try something different, learn more about your favorite libation, or experiment by trying a different twist on your preferred potable. Cheers!
DRINK THIS, NOT THAT!: THE NO-DIET WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTION by David Zinczenko. Rodale, c 2010. 613.2 Z77d
WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO PAIRING FOOD WITH WINE, BEER, SPIRITS, COFFEE, TEA — EVEN WATER — BASED ON EXPERT ADVICE FROM AMERICA’S BEST SOMMELIERS by Andrew Dornenburg. Bulfinch Press, 2006. 641.5 D713
THE BLUE BOTTLE CRAFT OF COFFEE: GROWING, ROASTING, AND DRINKING, WITH RECIPES by James Freeman. Ten Speed Press, c2012. 641.3373 F855
COFFEE TALK: THE STIMULATING STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR BREW by Morton Satin. Prometheus Books, 2011. 641.3373 S253
HOME COFFEE ROASTING: ROMANCE & REVIVAL by Kenneth Davids. Rev. updated ed. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2003. 641.3373 D251h
FRUIT & VEGGIES
THE EVERYTHING HARD CIDER BOOK: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MAKING HARD CIDER AT HOME by Drew Beechum. Adams Media, 2013.641.87 B414
THE HEALTHY GREEN DRINK DIET: ADVICE AND RECIPES FOR HAPPY JUICING by Jason Manheim. Skyhorse Pub., c2012. 641.875 M277h
LEMONADE: 50 COOL RECIPES FOR CLASSIC, FLAVORED, AND HARD LEMONADES AND SPARKLERS by Fred Thompson. Harvard Common Press, c2002. 641.87 T471
THE NEW CIDER MAKER’S HANDBOOK: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE FOR CRAFT PRODUCERS by Claude Jolicoeur. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013.663.63 J75
SLUSHED!: MORE THAN 150 FROZEN, BOOZY TREATS FOR THE COOLEST HAPPY HOUR EVER: PLUS INTOXICATING ICE CREAM SANDWICHES! by Jessie Cross. Adams Media, c2012. 641.862 C951
MILK: THE SURPRISING STORY OF MILK THROUGH THE AGES: WITH 120 ADVENTUROUS RECIPES THAT EXPLORE THE RICHES OF OUR FIRST FOOD by Anne Mendelson. Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. 641.371 M537
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILKSHAKES by Adam Ried. W. W. Norton & Co., c2009. 641.875 R551
MORE HOT DRINKS
HOT CHOCOLATE: 50 HEAVENLY CUPS OF COMFORT by Fred Thompson. Harvard Common Press, c2006. 641.875 T471
HOT DRINKS: CIDER, COFFEE, TEA, HOT CHOCOLATE, SPICED PUNCH, SPIRITS by Mary Lou Heiss. Ten Speed Press, c2007.641.87 H473
PARTY PUNCHES: PUNCH RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WORLD by Tim Page. Overmountain Press, c2004. 641.87 P133
PITCHERS & PUNCHES: 50 CROWD-PLEASING DRINKS by Allan Gage. Whitecap, 2006. 641.87 G132
PUNCH by Colleen Mullaney. Chronicle Books, 2005. 641.87 M958
THE ARTISAN SODA WORKSHOP: 70 HOMEMADE RECIPES FROM FOUNTAIN CLASSICS TO PLUM VANILLA, RHUBARB BASIL, SEA SALT LIME & MUCH MUCH MORE by Andrea Lynn. Ulysses Press: Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2012. 641.875 L989
FIZZ: HOW SODA SHOOK UP THE WORLD by Tristan Donovan. Chicago Review Press, 2013.663.62 D687
HOMEMADE SODA by Andrew Schloss. Storey Pub., c2011. 641.875 S345
MAKE YOUR OWN SODA: SYRUP RECIPES FOR ALL-NATURAL POP, FLOATS, COCKTAILS AND MORE by Anton Nocito. Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2013.641.875 N758
GREEN SMOOTHIES & PROTEIN DRINKS: MORE THAN 50 RECIPES TO GET FIT, LOSE WEIGHT, AND LOOK GREAT byJason Manheim. Skyhorse Pub., c2013. 641.875 M277
SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIES: 100 DELICIOUS, ENERGIZING & NUTRIENT-DENSE RECIPES by Julie Morris. Sterling, c2013. 641.875 M876
201 HEALTHY SMOOTHIES & JUICES FOR KIDS: FRESH, WHOLESOME, NO-SUGAR-ADDED DRINKS YOUR CHILD WILL LOVE byAmy Roskelley. Adams Media, c2012. 641.875 R821
HOMEGROWN TEA: AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO PLANTING, HARVESTING, AND BLENDING TEAS AND TISANES by Cassie Liversidge. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2014. 635.7 L785
ICED TEA: 50 RECIPES FOR REFRESHING TISANES, INFUSIONS, COOLERS, AND SPIKED TEAS by Fred Thompson. Harvard Common Press, c2002. 641.6372 T471
THE TEA ENTHUSIAST’S HANDBOOK: A GUIDE TO ENJOYING THE WORLD’S BEST TEAS by Mary Lou Heiss. Ten Speed Press, c2010. 641.3372 H473te
THE WAY OF TEA: REFLECTIONS ON A LIFE WITH TEA by Aaron Fisher. Tuttle Pub., c2010. 641.3372 F533
Read, Learn, Win!
- Starting June 2, visit any EPL location to sign up and pick up a reading log.
- Read at least 15 minutes a day for 4 days.
- Do 2 fun and simple learning activities.
- Bring your log back to the library for your prize!
You can earn a different prize every week. For every 4 logs you turn in, you win a book! Every time you come back for your next prize, you will be entered in our end-of-summer grand prize drawing for a new bicycle! The more you read, the more prizes you win, and the better your chances for winning the bike.
Fizz Boom Fun!
This year’s theme is Fizz Boom Read, with plenty of opportunities for discovery and delight! You can enter an art contest, conduct science experiments, stack liquids and make robots. Would you like to dress up like an astronaut or a superhero? How about building with marshmallows and spaghetti? And who doesn’t like to eat ICE CREAM? All this, and lots more! Let’s have a Fizz Boom summer!
We are excited to announce that OverDrive’s next Big Library Read event is A PEDIGREE TO DIE FOR by Laurien Berenson, the first book in her Melanie Travis Mystery Series. This global reading event will run from June 3-18, just in time to be your first summer title.
To borrow the title, you will need your resident Elkhart Public Library card and an Internet-connected electronic device such as a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Go to downloads.myepl.org. A PEDIGREE TO DIE FOR is featured prominently on our digital home page, ready for check-out.
About the book
The apparent heart attack that killed kennel owner Max Turnbull has left seven pups in mourning, and his wife Peg suspecting foul play. But the only evidence is their missing prize pooch—a pedigreed poodle named Beau.
Enter Melanie Travis. With her young son happily ensconced in day camp, the 30-something teacher and single mother is talked into investigating her uncle’s death—unofficially, of course. Posing as a poodle breeder in search of the perfect stud, Melanie hounds Connecticut’s elite canine competitions, and finds an ally in fellow breeder Sam Driver. But her affection cools when she’s put on the scent of Sam’s questionable past … and hot on the trail of a poodle-hating neighbor and one elusive murderer who isn’t ready to come to heel.
Help us to win $2500 from Overdrive. [Learn more…]
Lisa Guedea Carreño, director of the Goshen College Harold and Wilma Good library, will become Elkhart Public Library’s director in August, succeeding Deborah Stewart, current director.
Stewart’s retirement created the vacancy, and library trustees have been in the search process for the new director since January.
Carreño comes to the Elkhart position with a strong background in community service and business in addition to her previous library positions.
During Carreño’s time at Goshen College since 2000, ratings of the library’s services, staff and facilities rose significantly. Satisfaction, as measured by a biennial survey of senior students, rose from a rank in the 60s to 86 percent. Strategic planning led to numerous improvements in library services, resources and space.
Active in the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana, Carreño led in the Network’s work in adapting to change and increased implementation of technology. Carreño is also involved in the Goshen community through arts and cultural programs. She is serving on the Goshen Vision 2025 Steering committee.
Bi-lingual, Carreño regularly interacts with Spanish speakers on campus and in the wider community. She is presently leading a group of Goshen College students on a study-service semester in Nicaragua, Central America.
Prior to returning to Goshen College from which she has an undergraduate degree in music performance with an English minor, Carreño was corporate librarian for Highsmith Inc. of Ft. Atkinson, Wis. Earlier, she was law librarian for a firm in Manchester, New Hampshire. She has a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College, Boston.
She says, “The key question that has shaped much of my professional life is ‘What brings people to the library—physically or virtually—and what keeps them here?’ I believe a large part of the answer lies in the three principles that guide my own practice of librarianship: ideas, information, and inspiration. I am delighted to see these concepts mirrored in Elkhart Public Library’s compelling tagline of ‘Educate—Enlighten—Entertain.’”
Stewart has been EPL’s director since 2010. Before that, she was the assistant director, coming to Elkhart as the manager of the Osolo Branch Library. She has led the Library through several technological improvements, budget cuts because of decreases in tax revenues, a staff realignment, policy revisions and upgrades, two strategic planning studies, and renovation of the Main Library in downtown Elkhart.
Reneé Cocanower, vice-president of the trustees and chair of the search committee, which included four library staff members, said, “While the trustees are ever grateful for Stewart’s excellent leadership, we are looking forward to Carreño’s new leadership skills and involvement in the Elkhart community. We anticipate continuing to meet the Elkhart community’s library needs as we grow into new roles with technology and facility usage.”