Storytimes at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens are so much fun we’ll be doing it again this year! We will meet in the English Cottage Garden on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, May through October, from 6:00-6:30 p.m. (In case of rain we will meet in the tented area.) Someone from the Elkhart Public Library will be there to share stories and songs and lots of fun. Tuesdays are free at the Wellfield, so you will not have to pay to get in. Bring the whole family and a blanket to share. If it rains, the Wellfield will have a tent for shelter.
For One Book, One Michiana 2014, people in our area are reading FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley. There are many Frankenstein activities planned. The Elkhart Public Library has lots of FrankenFun in store for you. These activities are for families and children. For a list of events that includes teens and grownups, too, see Elkhart Public Library Blog post FrankenFun: One Book, One Michiana.
Van de Graaff Generator Demonstration
Come see electrifying, even hair-raising experiments. Bring the family, enjoy, be amazed, and maybe even assist. See the Van de Graff generator at these times and places:
- Thursday, April 10, 6:30 pm – Osolo Branch
- Monday, April 14, 5:00 pm – Main Library
- Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 pm – Dunlap Branch
- Friday, April 18, 4:00 pm Pierre Moran Branch
Make Your Own Monster
Use parts from stuffed toys to make your own FrankenMonster. Monsters may be displayed so the public can vote on their favorites. Children under 13 must be actively supervised by an adult. The monster lab will be at the Main Library all month, and the “traveling” lab will be at each branch for a week.
- April 1-30 – Main Library
- April 7-11 – Cleveland Branch
- April 14-18 – Dunlap Branch
- April 21-25 – Osolo Branch
- April 28-May 2 – Pierre Moran Branch
Fun Family Movie
Bring the family, have some popcorn and enjoy! This movie is about young Victor, who conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. Rated PG
- Osolo Branch: Thursday, April 3, 6:30
- Dunlap Branch: Wednesday, April 9, 6:15 pm
- Cleveland Branch: Thursday, April 17, 5:30
- Main Library: Monday, April 21, 5:00
Frankenstein Adventure at the Main Library
Monday, April 14 • 5:00 pm • Ages 5 & up
Put on your best Monster face and join us for a spine tingling good time, with monsterific stories and games, and a Tesla machine! I dare you to sign up.
Main Library Super Readers Book Club: FRANNY K. STEIN
Wednesdays, April 23, 30; May 7, 14 • 5:00 pm• Ages 5 & up
Enjoy reading together from one of the FRANNY K. STEIN: MAD SCIENTIST books. Club time includes reading-enhancement games and activities, and discussing books with friends.
Make-it, Take-it Frankenstein Craft at the Main Library
Monday, April 28 – Wednesday, April 30 • All day • All ages
Frankenstein Kits at the Cleveland Branch
Each week during the month of April, stop by the Cleveland Branch and pick up that week’s Frankenstein kit. The kit will contain a Frankenstein craft and handouts.
- Monday, April 7: Monster Craft 1
- Wednesday, April 9: Monster Craft 2
- Friday, April 11: Monster Craft 3
Osolo Branch Kids’ Book Club: FRANNY K. STEIN: FRANTASTIC VOYAGE
Tuesday, April 15 & April 22 • 4:30 pm • Ages 8 & up
Join in the fun and read FRANTASTIC VOYAGE one of the books in the FRANNY K. STEIN: MAD SCIENTIST series. During the sessions, readers are encouraged to read aloud. Besides gaining reading skills, members will participate in other fun activities to enhance their reading. Space is limited. Registration is required.
Frankenstein’s Creature Treat at the Osolo Branch
Wednesday, April 16 • 4:30pm • Ages 8 & up
Frankenstein’s creature was really just a softy. We will be making marshmallow treats to show and eat. Registration is required.
It’s Electrifying! at the Osolo Branch
Thursday, April 24 • 4:30pm • Ages 6 & up
You may get a jolt from this program — We will be learning about, and experimenting, with electricity. You may have a hair-raising experience. Registration is required.
Frankenstein Make-It-Take-It Craft at the Pierre Moran Branch
Monday, April 7 – Friday, April 11 • All day • All ages
Stop by the Pierre Moran Branch Library to create your very own monster! Only this time it will be out of toilet paper rolls, construction paper, and googly eyes. This craft lasts the entire week so stop by when it is convenient.
Family Movie Night at the Pierre Moran Branch
Friday, April 25 • 4:00 pm • All ages
Bring the family, have some popcorn and enjoy an animated film featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emily Watson. When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. Rated PG.
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