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!
Dear Harry Potter Fan, We are pleased to inform you that you have been invited to a Night at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The evening begins Tuesday, September 23 at 4:00 pm at the Main Library. Yours sincerely, Minerva McGonagall
Experience the magical world of Harry Potter! This special library event for all Harry Potter fans ages 10-17 will be a night to remember. Please register in advance.
Summer Reading for Teens (ages 12-18)
Teens, read and discover this summer with Summer Reading Bingo! You will have the chance to explore different kinds of books and authors. When you sign up, you get a “Bingo Card” with different genres of books to read and various library-related activities.
How it works:
- Do the activities and fill in the boxes.
- When you have 5 in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) bring your card to the library.
- For each row you fill you will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire (courtesy of Friends of the Elkhart Public Library).
- That’s not all! — Fill in 3 rows to finish the card! Finish up to 3 cards total. (That’s a lot of prizes, and a lot of entries for the grand prize!)
Teen Summer Activities
Click on any event for details and to sign up (if required).
Doctor Who Celebration
Tuesday, June 3 – 4-5 pm • Ages 12-18
Win a prize if you dress as your favorite Doctor!
Art & Science Mashup
Tuesday, June 10 – 4-5 pm • Ages 12-18
John Green Book Club
Tuesday, June 17 – 4-5 pm •Ages 12-18
Discuss your favorite John Green books, especially The Fault in our Stars. Is the movie as good as the book?
Tuesday, July 8 – 4-5 pm • Ages 12-18
Art & Science Mashup 2.0
Tuesday, July 15 – 4-5 pm • Ages 12-18
Tuesday, July 29 – 4-5 pm • Ages 12-18
Tweens to Teens: Loom Bandz Bracelets
Wednesday, June 18 – 2-3 pm • Ages 10-16
Tweens to Teens: Pre-Wrap Headbands
Wednesday, July 16 – 2-3 pm • Ages 10-16
Marshmallow Domes, Science Stuff, & Slime
Monday, June 9 – 3-4 pm • Ages 13 and up
Wednesday, July 2 – 3-4 pm • Ages 13 and up
End of Summer Face Painting
Tuesday, July 29 – 10-11 am • All ages
Thursday, June 12 – 2-3 pm • Ages 12 and up
Wednesday, June 18 – 2-3 pm • ages 12 and up
Thursday, June 26 – 2-3 pm • Ages 12 and up
“Mind blowing!… Coolest art project EVER!! I have been excitedly waiting to do this with you. Seriously, YOU WILL LOVE IT.” ~Donna
Refrigerator Magnet Art
Tuesday, July 8 – 2-3 pm • Ages 12 and up
Book Lover’s Necklace
Wednesday, July 23 – 2-3 pm • Ages 12 and up
When you register, let us know the title of a book that you really enjoy.
Pierre Moran Branch
Monday, June 16 – 3:30-4:30 pm • Ages 12-17
Monday, July 21 – 2:30-3:30 pm • Ages 12-17
Build a bridge using only glue and Popsicle sticks!
Water and Pollution
Wednesday, July 30 – 2:30-3:30 pm • Ages 12-17