Jazz fans and jazz legends will come together this weekend for the 27th Annual Elkhart Jazz Festival. The festivities will kick off Friday, June 20 with a New Orleans-flavored Mardi Gras parade at 5:00. The parade will begin at Jackson & Waterfall, head south on Waterfall and up Franklin to the Civic Plaza on Main. (Watch for the EPL contingent.) The festival runs from June 20-22, with a free “appetizer” concert on Thursday, the 19th.
We have compiled some links to help you navigate, prepare for, learn about and/or enjoy the festival:
The Elkhart Jazz Festival website is your gateway to the event, with information about schedules, venues, artists, volunteering, tickets, etc.
For updates, highlights and tidbits, you can follow the Festival’s Facebook page.
Books, DVDs & CDs
Interested in reading about about jazz, its history, and legends? Check out the Elkhart Public Library’s Jazz Book List. You may also enjoy the DVDs on our Jazz Videos list. And we have lots and lots of music! Come on in and browse the 781.65 section in our music CD area.
Jazz Festival App
The Elkhart Jazz Festival has released a new smartphone app! You can use this nifty app to navigate the venues, customize your schedule, learn about the artists, buy tickets, and more. Read about it in this Elkhart Truth article published May 31. The app is available for Android and iOS.
Instagram & YouTube
The Festival’s Instagram page has a nice array of photos from last year’s event. Undoubtedly, more will be added for this year. And just for fun, we found a few YouTube videos from 2012 & 2013. Enjoy!
Beautiful but Deadly
Many beautiful medicinal plants are poisonous and can be used for good or evil. Do you know which plants to avoid?
Join us Monday, June 23, 6:30 pm at the Main Library for a fascinating presentation about poisonous plants in literature.
Our presenter, Emma Wynn, studied botany in England before moving to Elkhart. Emma is a Master Gardener.
You can help the Elkhart Public Library to win $2500 just by downloading eBooks and audiobooks during the month of June.
To raise awareness of library eBook lending, Overdrive, EPL’s eBook distributor, will award prizes to libraries for increasing their digital circulation by 25% or 50% during June. We could win as much as $2500 in content credit toward building our eBook collection.
Ask us today, how you can borrow eBooks with your library card! We can get you started reading and listening to books on your tablet, phone, laptop, or home computer, whether on the go, or in the comfort of your home. Check out our selection at downloads.myepl.org
The more you download, the more we win. The more we win, the more you win — more eBook titles available for check-out!
You may also enjoy participating in Overdrive’s Big Library Read. The eBook A PEDIGREE TO DIE FOR by Laurien Berenson will be available to library cardholders everywhere. No limits; no waiting lists! [Learn more…]
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.