Here is a list of area fireworks displays courtesy of WNDU.
Akron – July 4, Dusk – Pike Memorial Park
Baroda – July 3, Dusk – American Legion #345
Bremen – July 4, Dusk – Sunnyside Park
Chapman Lake – July 5, Dusk – Lake Chapman
Dowagiac – July 3, Dusk – Russom Park
Eau Claire – July 4, 10 p.m. – Veterans Park
Elkhart – July 4, 10 p.m. – Rice Field
Goshen – July 6, 8 p.m. – Black Squirrel Golf Course
Knox – July 5, Dusk – Starke Co. Airport
Lagrange – July 5, 10 p.m. – County Fairgrounds
Lake Tippecanoe – July 5, 10:30 p.m. – Lake Tippecanoe
Lake Wawasee – July 5, Dusk – Lake Wawasee
Lakeville – July 4, Dusk – Newton Park
LaPorte – July 4, Dusk – Fox Park, over Clear Lake
Mishawaka – July 4, Dusk – Beutter Park
Nappanee – July 4, 10 p.m. – Stauffer Park
Niles – July 3, Dusk – Apple Festival Fairgrounds
New Buffalo – July 3rd, 8:30 p.m. – Lions Pavilion Park
North Liberty – July 4, Dusk – North Liberty Elementary
North Webster – July 5, Dusk – Webster Lake
Plymouth – July 5, Dusk – Swan Lake Resort
South Bend – July 3, Dusk – Island Park, Century Center
South Bend – July 4 & 5, following the game – Four Winds Field
St. Joseph – July 4, 10:30 p.m. – Shadowland Pavilion
Syracuse – July 4, Dusk – Lakeside Park
Topeka – July 4, 10 p.m. – Topeka
Walkerton – July 4, 10 p.m. – John Glenn High School
Wanatah – July 5, Dusk – Wanatah American Legion
Warsaw – July 4, Dusk – Winona Lake
Winamac – July 3, Dusk – Winamac Town Hall
This list is current as of July 1, 2014.
Check the WNDU website for changes or cancellations.
Late April and early May, staff reading slowed down as we shook off the long winter and spent time on outdoor activities. By mid-May, we were back to our books, and the titles started pouring in.
ANGEL’S COMMAND: A TALE FROM THE CASTAWAYS OF THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, Brian Jacques (J FIC)
BLOOD KING, Gail Martin (PFAN)
BLUE HYDRANGEAS, Marianne Sciucco (FIC) • This book has been such a pleasure to read. It is written by a new author who has published it independently. From page one you care about this couple, who are dealing with Alzheimer’s, and are seeing the day-to-day struggles faced by a loving couple. It is very timely, as Alzheimer’s is a major issue in today’s world. I’m sure this book will be remembered long after the last page is read. ~ Debbie, Popular Materials
BRIDGE TO HAVEN, Francine Rivers (IF; Audiobook; eBook) • I always enjoy her books! ~ Judi, Newspapers & Magazines
CASTAWAYS OF THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, Brian Jacques (J FIC)
DARK HAVEN, Gail Martin (PFAN)
THE DEVIL OF CLAN SINCLAIR, Karen Ranney (PROM)
DREAMS OF LILACS, Lynn Kurland (PROM)
THE HERO’S GUIDE TO BEING AN OUTLAW, Christopher Healy (J FIC)
HOW TO LOSE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS, Laura Lee Guhrke (PROM)
MARIEL OF REDWALL, Brian Jacques (J FAN)
MATTIMEO, Brian Jacques (J FIC; YA FIC)
MY MANTELPIECE: A MEMOIR OF SURVIVAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, Carolyn Goodman (305.4092 G653)
|ONE LIGHT STILL SHINES: MY LIFE BEYOND THE SHADOW OF THE AMISH SCHOOLHOUSE SHOOTING, Marie Roberts Monville (277.3083 M815) • The author is the wife of Charlie Roberts, the man who shot and killed 5 innocent Amish girls in Pennsylvania. This is her story and how God shines his light into this tragedy. The grace and love that are given to Marie and her family, the Amish and the community are miracles from God. This book affirms my faith! ~ Erika, Newspapers and Magazines|
RAGING STAR, Moira Young (YA FIC)
REBEL HEART, Moira Young (YA FIC)
SPACE SONGS, Myra Livingston (J 811.54 L)
SPLINTERED, A. G. Howard (YA FIC)
SUMMONER, Gail Martin (PFAN)
TRENTON LORD OF LOSS, Grace Burrowes
TRULY WINNIE, Jennifer Jacobson (J FIC)
TWILIGHT OF THE ELITE: AMERICA AFTER MERITOCRACY, Christopher Hayes (305.5209 H417; Audio eBook) I got it from The Elkhart Public Library digital collection. You can find this and thousands of other titles at search.overdrive.com. ~ Celine, Reference
WING NUTS: SCREWY HAIKU, Paul Janeczko (J 811.54 J33w)
WINNIE AT HER BEST, Jennifer Jacobson (J FIC)
WINNIE (DANCING) ON HER OWN, Jennifer Jacobson (J FIC)
THE WITCH OF CLAN SINCLAIR, Karen Ranney (PROM)
WORTH: LORD OF RECKONING, Grace Burrowes (PROM)
THE LOST LORDS series, Mary Jo Putney, in order:
• LOVING A LOST LORD (PROM; eBook)
• NEVER LESS THAN A LADY (ROM)
• NOWHERE NEAR RESPECTABLE (PROM)
• NO LONGER A GENTLEMAN (PROM)
• SOMETIMES A ROGUE (ROM; PROM)
• NOT QUITE A WIFE (ROM)
Every April I choose a section of our Picture Books collection, and read every book on the shelf. It is a “Shelf Challenge” for school librarians, but many public library children’s librarians participate as well. This year I read 149 books of authors starting with J. Highlights included PAPA DO YOU LOVE ME by Barbara Joose (JE), WATER IN THE PARK by Emily Jenkins (JE) and SNOW SOUND: AN ONOMATOPOEIC STORY by David Johnson (JE). ~ Cheryl, YPS
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.