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Special Guests Bring History to Life

Administrator : April 1, 2013 11:08 am : Elkhart Public Library, Kids, Teens

 

Killer Angels book coverOne Book, One Michiana, created by the St. Joseph County Public Library, is an annual event during which the entire Michiana community reads the same book. Themed events and activities are planned by participating libraries and community organizations. This year’s book is THE KILLER ANGELS, Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the four days before and during the Battle of Gettysburg, as seen through the eyes of four generals and their men.

You can find THE KILLER ANGELS at local bookstores and libraries. EPL has multiple copies. Check our online Public Access Catalog for availability.

One Book, One Michiana 2013 runs from April 1 – May 11.  We have an exciting array of program and events for you, including visits from a historian, Union and Confederate soldiers, a president and a first lady.

  Special Guests

Civil War (Union) Soldier

The Civil War comes alive as a uniformed Union soldier visits each of our locations. He will guide you through the trials and tribulations of the Civil War, on the battlefield and on the home front in Elkhart County. The program will presented by Frank Fisher from the Elkhart County Historical Museum.

April 9, 6:30 p.m.  — Pierre Moran Branch
April 11, 6:30 p.m. — Cleveland Branch
April 16, 6:30 p.m. — Osolo Branch
April 17,  6:30 p.m. — Main Library
April 18, 6:30 p.m. — Dunlap Branch
Adults and children are welcome.

Life of the Civil War Soldier: a Confederate Perspective

Duane Clark of the Elkhart Police Department brings 14 years experience of Civil War reenactment to life.  Told from the perspective of a Confederate soldier, he brings his insights into the peril of the average soldier on either side of the war.

April 23 — Pierre Moran Branch, 6:30 p.m.
April 30 — Dunlap Branch, 6:30 p.m.
May 7 — Cleveland Branch, 6:30 p.m.
For grade school children through adult.

Historian’s View

April 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Osolo Branch:
Don Parker will present an overview of the book, KILLER ANGELS. Mr. Parker has deep ancestral ties to the war and has been researching it for 20 years. He will share what he has learned of events leading up to the war, major battles, and the impact the war had on the American people. Ages High School and up.  Though this is a combined gathering of  the Osolo Branch 2nd Monday Night Page Turners and the Main Library Book Club, everyone (high school age and older) is invited to attend.

President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln

April 22, 5:30 p.m.at the Main Library
Have you ever wondered what it is like to grow up in a cabin? What makes Mrs. Lincoln’s dress stand out? Come and find out when President & Mrs. Lincoln come for a visit, sponsored by the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library.  The Lincolns cordially request the presence of both children and adults.

 One Book, Many Events

We have a wide variety of other One Book, One Michiana activities planned, too, including a Civil War-era movie series, pioneer crafts and a musical performance by the Promissory Notes. For a location-by-location lineup, see Library News blog One Book, Many Events or, if you prefer a calendar view, check our Events Calendar.

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LINCOLN to SHENANDOAH: Civil War Era Movie Series

Administrator : April 1, 2013 10:04 am : Elkhart Public Library, Kids, Teens

Among the many One Book, One Michiana events scheduled for this spring will be a Civil War era-themed movie series at the Main Library.  It begins with LINCOLN on April 3 and culminates May 1 with the James Stewart classic SHENANDOAH. Enjoy!

GWTW posterMain Library Civil War Movie Series

One Book, One Michiana runs from April 1 – May 11. The 2013 selection is Michael Shaara’s KILLER ANGELS. Elkhart Public Library has an exciting line-up of programs and events centered around this year’s Civil War era theme.
Click here for a complete schedule of EPL’s One Book, One Michiana activities.

 

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One Book, Many Events

Administrator : April 1, 2013 8:57 am : Elkhart Public Library, Kids, Teens

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 One Book, One Michiana

THE KILLER ANGELS by Michael Shaara is this year’s One Book, One Michiana selection. The Pulitzer Prize winning novel depicts the Battle of Gettysburg as seen through the eyes of four generals and their men.  You can find THE KILLER ANGELS at local bookstores and libraries. EPL has multiple copies. You can check our online Public Access Catalog for availability.

One Book, One Michiana 2013 runs from April 1 – May 11.  Elkhart Public Library has an exciting line-up of programs and activities with Civil War era themes. Here is a schedule of events by location. If you prefer a calendar view this link will take you to our  Events Calendar.

 

Cleveland Branch

 Civil War Crafts for Kids:

  • April 2, 3:30 p.m. — Make a quilt from colored paper
  • April 9, 3:30 p.m. — Create a message using codes
  • April 16, 3:30 p.m. — Make a Civil War housewife sewing kit
  • April 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Create a thaumatrope
  • April 30, 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Make a Union or Confederate flag.

Civil War (Union) Soldier 
April 11, 6:30 p.m.
(Description below) All ages, adults and children

Life of the Civil War Soldier: a Confederate Perspective
May 7, 6:30 p.m.
(Description below) Ages: Grade school through adult

Throughout April:

  • Stop in and put some pieces into an ongoing jigsaw puzzle
  • Handouts for adults and teens:
    • Civil War Word Search
    • KILLER ANGELS crossword puzzle
    • KILLER ANGELS trivia quiz
  • Handouts for children:
    • Civil War word searches
    • Civil War word puzzles
    • Coloring sheets

Dunlap Branch

Civil War (Union) Soldier 
April 18, 6:30 p.m.
(Description below) All ages: adults and children

Pioneer Crafts
April 23, 4:00  p.m.
Learn how to make butter and a braided rug for a dollhouse, planter or hot dish.  Grades K-4

Life of the Civil War Soldier: a Confederate Perspective
April 30, 6:30 p.m.
(Description below) Ages: Grade school through adult

 

Main Library

Civil War Activities
April 4, 2:00 p.m.
Explore the experiences of the Civil War with real hands on activities in a soldier’s life like drills, fixing food, and learning about medicine while caring for a wounded soldier.  Children – all ages

Civil War (Union) Soldier 
April 17, 6:30 p.m. (Description below) All ages, adults and children

President & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln
April 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to grow up in a cabin? What makes Mrs. Lincoln’s dress stand out? Come and find out when President & Mrs. Lincoln come for a visit. Sponsored by the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library. All ages, adults and children

Promissory Notes Performance
April 29, 6-7:30 p.m.
The Promissory Notes folk band will play selections from the Civil War era. They will also discuss the type of instruments used during that time. All ages, adults and children

Main Library Civil War Movie Series

 

Osolo Branch

KILLER ANGELS Presentation
April 8, 6:30 p.m.
The  Osolo Branch 2nd Monday Night Page Turners Book Club invites you to experience the Civil War from the perspective of local historian Don Parker. He will present an overview of KILLER ANGELS and share what he has learned of the war and its impact the war had on the American people.  Mr. Parker has deep ancestral ties to the war and has been researching it for 20 years.  The Main Library Book Club members will attend this event in lieu of their usual April meeting.  Adults and high school-aged teens are welcome.

Kids Book Club: CIVIL WAR ON SUNDAY (Magic Tree House) 
April 9 & 16, 3:30 p.m.  — Ages 8 years and up

Civil War (Union) Soldier 
April 16, 6:30 p.m. (Description below) Ages: adults and children

Kids Book Club: MEET ADDY (American Girl)
April 23 & 30, 3:30 p.m. — Ages 8 years and up

Thursday Night Movie
April 11, 6:00 p.m. —  Ages 13 and up
DOG JACK (PG-13)

 

Pierre Moran Branch

Civil War Challenge
April 3, All day (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Test your Civil War knowledge and win a prize! Grades 3 and up.

Civil War (Union) Soldier 
April 9, 6:30 p.m.
(Description below) Ages: adults and children

Life of the Civil War Soldier: a Confederate Perspective
April 23, 6:30 p.m.
(Description below) Ages: Grade school through adult 

 

Multiple Locations

Civil War (Union) Soldier
The Civil War comes alive as a uniformed Union soldier guides you through the trials and tribulations of the Civil War on the battlefield and on the home front in Elkhart County. The program will presented by Frank Fisher from the Elkhart County Historical Museum.  All ages: Children and adults.
Appearing at the Main Library and all four Branches.

 

Life of the Civil War Soldier: a Confederate Perspective
Duane Clark of the Elkhart Police Department brings 14 years experience of Civil War reenactment to life.  Told from the perspective of a Confederate soldier, he brings his insights into the peril of the average soldier on either side of the war. Ages: Grade school through adult
Appearing at the Dunlap, Cleveland and Pierre Moran Branches.

 

 

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Adventures @ Your EPL March 25-30

Administrator : March 25, 2013 8:28 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Kids, Teens

Activities and programs for the week of March 18-23, 2013. Click on an event for details and sign-up information.

 

CLEVELAND BRANCH

Thursday
6:30 p.m. — Bedtime Stories (all ages)

Friday
All day — Take It and Make It  (all ages)

Saturday
All day – Take It and Make It  (all ages)

DUNLAP BRANCH

Tuesday
10:00 a.m. — Preschool Time (ages 4-6)
4:00 p.m. — After School Special (grades K-4)

Thursday
10:00 a.m. — Toddler Time (ages 2-3)

MAIN LIBRARY

Monday
12 -5 p.m. — Free Tax Assistance (VITA)

Tuesday
4:00 p.m. — Scratch Computer Class (ages 8-11)

Wednesday
2-7 p.m. — Free Tax Assistance (VITA)
6:00 p.m. — Movie: RED DAWN (PG-13)

Thursday
11:00 a.m. — Computer Class: Email
4:00 p.m. — Adventure Discoveries: Easter Extravaganza (all ages)

Saturday
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Free Tax Assistance (VITA)

OSOLO BRANCH

Tuesday
4-7 p.m. — Old School Gaming (ages 12 and up)

Wednesday
10:00 a.m. — Story Time (ages 2-5)

Saturday
9 a.m.-1 p.m. — Free Tax Assistance (AARP)

PIERRE MORAN BRANCH

Tuesday
10:00 a.m. — Story Time (ages 2-6)

Thursday
5:00 p.m. — Art Attack! (ages 10-18)

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Find Funding with GrantSelect

Administrator : March 25, 2013 12:33 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Teens

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Are you seeking funding for your organization, project, education or research? You can simplify your search with our newest Online Resource, GrantSelect.

GrantSelect is a comprehensive database that connects you directly to available grants, awards, and fellowships. It features a broad range of up-to-date funding opportunities, including support for arts and culture, humanities, children and youth, community development, education, faith-based groups, minority populations and research.

Access to GrantSelect is FREE for Elkhart Public Library resident card holders and can also be accessed free at any EPL location.

To access GrantSelect:

  1. Go to myepl.org/info247
  2. Click +Grants
  3. Click Access from Home*
  4. Enter your library card number

*If you are using an Elkhart Public Library computer, choose GrantSelect. You will not be asked for your card number.

User-friendly, easily searchable and updated daily, GrantSelect is a highly effective fund-finding tool for any grant seeker.

If you are new to the grant process, you may be interested in reading Jack Kraicer’s The Art of Grantsmanship on Grantseekers’ Café.**  Kraicer provides step-by-step guidelines on preparing grant applications from the moment of conception to the final proposal.

**Grantseekers’ Café, a blog featuring “news, information, advice, tutorials and networking for anyone seeking a grant” is published by Schoolhouse Partners, owner and operator of the GrantSelect database.

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