In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month, a time for the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” It is also known as National African-American History month.
Dunlap “Black History Read”
The Dunlap Branch will offer children and teens a small prize for every Black History book read in February — fiction or nonfiction. Each book you read will also earn an entry for the grand prize drawing to be held the first week in March.
For your convenience, several of our locations have Black History materials on display, or in a special area for easy access.
For a fascinating browsing experience, explore Elkhart Public Library Black History Links, a comprehensive collection of links to history, biographies, images, art, and a wide range of African American accomplishments and contributions to American culture.
- Goodreads: Popular Black History Books
- PBS Parents: Books that Bring the Black Experience to Life
- YALSA Hub (for teens): Reading Black History Month in a Different Way
Photograph: African-American History Monument – State Capitol Grounds Columbia, SC by Ron Cogswell is used with permission under Creative Commons License 2.0.
Guess the Book in the Bottle!
The Osolo Branch has a mystery for you to solve. Guess the title of the shredded book in the bottle. Get clues from reading the scraps of text.
Everyone ages 12 through adult is invited to play. Five prizes will be awarded for discovering the correct title. If more than five people get it right, we will hold a drawing to choose the prizewinners from those with the correct answers.
You have until the end of January to get in on the fun!
On Saturday, November 15, groups of teens were at the Library entrance, waiting for the Library to open. What had drawn so many teens to the Library early on a Saturday morning? It was THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS!
Four Middle Schools in the Elkhart Public Library service area sent a team of students to compete in the event. Concord Junior High, Elkhart Christian Academy, North Side Middle School, and St. Thomas the Apostle School were represented.
The teams had only two months to read a list of ten books and prepare for the competition. During the event, teams competed with one another on their knowledge of the books.
By the end of the morning and after three rounds of competition, a winner had emerged! North Side Middle School took the trophy with 47 points! Elkhart Christian Academy and St. Thomas tied for second, with 45 points each, and Concord followed with an honorable 43 points (impressive for a team of only 2 students!).
Special thanks to The Kroger Co. Foundation for supporting The Battle of the Books. This event was a truly rewarding experience for students who love to read. Congratulations to North Side and to all the schools! It was clear you knew your stuff! We at the Library are excited to see if North Side can defend the title next year or if another team will take the win!
About the Book
Anika is the third most popular girl in her high school–despite feeling she doesn’t fit in with the popular crowd in her small Nebraskan town. To maintain her social status, Anika does whatever Becky Vilhauser (first most popular girl in school) tells her to do. But when loner Logan McDonough returns from summer vacation hotter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika has a hard time staying away–even when Becky forbids her to date him.
Anika’s glimpse into Logan’s troubled home life only draws her closer, but despite her blossoming feelings, Anika breaks up with him. In an emotionally devastating ending, Anika is left in the wake of tragedy, which leaves her with the revelation that we have only one chance to be true to ourselves, and nothing is more important than listening to your own heart. ANATOMY OF A MISFIT is based on the author’s real-life experiences as a teenager.
Big Library Read
Starting October 13, Elkhart Public Library card holders can download ANATOMY OF A MISFIT from our digital library, with unlimited access to the eBook until the morning of October 28. No holds, no waiting!
To borrow the title, you will need a resident Elkhart Public Library card and an Internet-connected electronic device such as a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Go to downloads.myepl.org. ANATOMY OF A MISFIT will be featured prominently on our digital home page, ready for check-out from October 13-28.
OverDrive, EPL’s digital content provider, offers Big Library Read several times a year,
making the same book simultaneously available to cardholders of all participating libraries.
We need your help to solve a murder mystery! Who killed Snow White? Was it Little Red Riding Hood, the Evil Queen, or Captain Hook? You decide! If you want to play one of our suspects, roles are limited, so register now! We need everyone we can get to crack this case.
The Murder Mystery Party is on Friday, October 17 at 4:00. You can find us at the Main Library in Room 7 ready to ferret out the murderer!