The Circus is Coming!
All over Michiana, adults and teens are reading a book called THE NIGHT CIRCUS. To go along with the theme of the book, we have a delightful line-up of family and children’s activities planned. We will start with A Day at the (Night) Circus on Saturday, March 28, from 9 am to 1 pm. Come to the Main Library for games, prizes, balloon animals, face painting, magic, and a few surprises! Throughout April, you will be treated to magic shows, circus crafts, special movies, dress-up photo ops, and lots of fantastical fun for everyone!
Welcome to the Big Top!
Programs, crafts and activities for children and families
(To see what we have planned for ALL ages – children, teens and adults –
see NIGHT CIRCUS: One Book, Many Magical Activities)
A Day at the (Night) Circus
Saturday, March 28, 9 am-1 pm • All ages
We will turn are turning the Main Library into a big top! Come and join the fun.
Adventure: Circus Time
Monday, April 6 • 4:30 pm • All ages
Play games, show off your circus skills, perform a circus story, do circus crafts. You can even dress up as your favorite circus performer if you want (prizes awarded).
Wednesday, April 9 • 11 am-1:08 pm • All ages
An enchanting tale set in 1930s Paris, about an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station. (PG) Call 522-2223 for the title.
Gears and Whatnot Art
Thursday, April 9 • 3:00 pm • Ages 5 and up
Create punk art metal and whatnot art with screws and bolts and other fantastical parts. (Prizes!)
Monday, April 13 • 4:30-6 pm • All ages
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (PG)
Super Reader’s Book Club
Thursdays, April 16, 23, 30, and May 7 • 4:30 pm • All ages
We will read MAGIC TREE HOUSE books together, play games, and create edible tree houses. Bring a friend!
Adventure: Clocks and Trains
Monday, April 20 • 4:30 pm • All ages
An Elkhart Parks Department presentation about clocks and trains, followed by games, a wishing bracelet craft, and a great train story.
Circus in a Box
Saturday, April 25 • 11:30 am • All ages
Create a circus to take home with you! This is a one-hour project.
Big Top Family Movie Night
Tuesday, April 14 • 6:00 pm • All ages
Madagascar III (PG)
Cleveland Story Times
Wednesdays, 10:00 am • Ages 2-6 (not yet in kindergarten)
April 1: Be a Clown… Be a Clown
April 8: Lions & Elephants
April 15: Come One, Come All!
April 22: Presto-Chango, It’s Magic
April 13-17 • All ages
Ladieeeees and Gentlemen! Step right up! Become a circus animal photo op. Get your “book” future told. Learn to juggle and perform magic tricks. Create illusion art. A week of wonders… with free popcorn!
Thursday, April 16 • 6:00 pm • All ages
For your amazement and amusement; a roving magician!
Thursday, April 2 • 6:30 pm • All ages
Illusions and tricks in the stacks!
Circus Games Galore
Tuesday, April 7 • 1:00 • All ages
Popcorn, tattoos, painting, carnival games (with prizes), and more. Fun for the whole family.
Afternoon @ the Movies
Wednesday, April 8 • 1:00 pm • All ages
Evening @ the Movies
Thursday, April 9 • 6:30 • All ages
Art of Illusion
Wednesday, April 15 • 4:30 pm • Ages 6 and up
Your eyes won’t believe what your hands have created!
Family Carnival Night
Thursday, April 16 • 6-8 pm • All ages
Games, prizes, tarot readings, and a magic show!
Valentine’s Day is Take Your Child to the Library Day at EPL! Bring your children to the Elkhart Public Library on Saturday, February 14, for stories, crafts, and some extra special reading activities. Saturday hours are from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Crafts & Prizes
♥ Create a special Valentine at any of our locations.
♥ When you check out one or more items at the Main Library, your name will be entered in a prize drawing.
Paws to Read
♥ In the Main Library Children’s Room, between 10:00 & noon, read to Barney or Amber, trained therapy dogs from Pet Partners. Children can sign-up for a 15-minute time slot and have fun reading with a dog! Parents, this is an excellent opportunity for your children to improve their reading skills and gain self-confidence. There are only 8 slots available, so sign up soon by calling 522-2223! Paws to Read is for children 5 years and older.
Mr. Pieri Reads Aloud
♥ Branch Children’s Librarian, Mr. Pieri, will be at the Main Library reading Valentine stories to warm your heart. Mr. Pieri’s interactive stories and music are always a treat! Story times start at 10:30 and 11:30 am.