Are you looking for a place to meet with your group or club? How about the Library?
The Elkhart Public Library Board of Trustees invites any group of community members to use our meeting rooms at the Main Library, 300 S. Second St., downtown Elkhart. The rooms vary in size and may be reserved, subject to availability, using the Library’s application process. An application can be submitted via email (email@example.com) or FAX (574-522-2174) in advance of the meeting as described in our Meeting Room Policy. The person who signs the meeting room application must be at least 18 years old and have an Elkhart Public Library Resident Card in good standing. Please see the Library’s Meeting Room Policy for full details.
We have a small meeting room on the second floor which will accommodate up to 3 people. This room may not be reserved and is available on a first come, first served basis. Please check with the staff at the Reference Desk for availability.
If you have questions, please feel free to call us at 522-2665.
“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it.
It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”
Discover the magical world of Le Cirque des Rêves!
Erin Morgenstern’s 2011 debut novel, THE NIGHT CIRCUS, is this year’s selection for
One Book, One Michiana, a month-long, community-wide series of events centered on a single book selected by the St. Joseph County Public Library. THE NIGHT CIRCUS is an “utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.”
The Circus is Coming!
We will kick off our One Book, One Michiana festivities at the Main Library with A Day at the (Night) Circus on Saturday, March 28, from 9 am to 1 pm. Join us for games, prizes, balloon animals, face painting, and a magician! Throughout April, you will be treated to magic shows, circus & steampunk projects, special movies, dress-up photo ops, and a fantastical array of activities to amaze and amuse the child in each of us.
Welcome to the Big Top!
“You’re in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that’s enough.”
Main Library Young People’s Services
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).
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!)
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.
NIGHT CIRCUS Marble Magnets
Tuesday, April 21 • 4:00 pm • Ages 12-18
An awesome craft project! Turn magic & circus-themed art into marble magnets.
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.
Movies at Main: Illusions of Grandeur
Wednesday, April 1, 6-8 pm — Midweek Movie
The Illusionist 2006 (PG-13)
Wednesday, April 9, 11 am-1:08 pm — Family Movie
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.
Monday, April 13, 4:30-6 pm
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (PG)
Wednesday, April 15, 6-8 pm — Midweek Movie
The Prestige (PG-13)
Wednesday, April 29, 6-8 pm — Midweek Movie
The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste) 2010 (PG)
At the Branches: Magic, Circus & Steampunk
Tuesday, April 7 • 6:00 pm Ages 12-adult
Create an amazing illusion with paper!
Foiled by You, Part 1
Thursday, April 9 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
You don’t have to be a blacksmith to create this metal art.
Big Top Family Movie Night
Tuesday, April 14 • 6:00 pm • All ages
Madagascar III (PG)
Foiled By You, Part 2
Thursday, April 16 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
Create a metal masterpiece worthy of framing.
Guys and Gals, Goggles and Gears
Tuesday, April 21 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
Makers of Things unite! Make goggles and hair gear.
Grand Finale: NIGHT CIRCUS Top Hat
Thursday, April 30 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
Make your own top hat — steampunk style
Monday, April 6 • 6:15 pm • Adults
We will be discussing THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern
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!
Steampunk Cross Necklace
Tuesday, March 31 • 2:00-8:00 pm • Ages 12-adult
Drop in anytime between 2 & 8 to create a unique necklace. The craft will be available until the materials run out.
Thursday, April 2 • 6:30 pm • All ages
Illusions and tricks in the stacks!
Circus Games Galore
Tuesday, April 7 • 1:00 pm • 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 pm • 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!
Trivia Night at the Circus
Wednesday, April 22 • 7:30 pm • Ages 12-adult
An after-hours program that will have you jumping through mental hoops. Come with a team, or come alone and we will introduce you to your teammates. Prizes will be awarded.
Family Carnival Night
Thursday, April 16 • 6-8 pm • All ages
Games, prizes, tarot readings, and a magic show!
Steampunk Make-it, Take-it Craft
April 1-28 • Ages 12-adult
Drop in any time during April to create your very own steampunk accessory.
Circus fun at many of our Story Time programs, too!
Story Time Schedule
Main Library • Thursdays, April 2, 23, 30 • 10:00 am
Main Library Family Story Time • Monday, April 6 • 6:30 pm
Cleveland Branch • Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 • 10:00 am
Dunlap Branch • Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 • 10:00 am
Osolo Branch • Tuesdays, April 14, 21, 28 • 10:00 am
Pierre Moran Branch • Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21 • 10:00 am
Tarot art by EPL Graphic Artist Chris Hunsberger
Header image designed by Moxie Robinson
Elkhart and Goshen Libraries Extending Services
Goshen News editorial
Library Agreement a Good Idea that should be Expanded Countywide
South Bend Tribune
Elkhart, Goshen Libraries Forge New Partnership
WSBT (video above)
Elkhart, Goshen Public Libraries Now Sharing Resources
Did you know you can check out Art Prints from the Elkhart Public Library? AND you can browse our collection on Flickr. The description for each Flickr image includes title, artist and size, as well as a link to its EPL Public Access Catalog (PAC) listing. Each PAC listing includes a link to its corresponding Flickr image. Art prints are available at the Main Library and the Dunlap Branch, but can be transferred to other EPL locations for pickup.
To see a gallery of EPL Art Prints on Flickr, go to tinyurl.com/EPL-ArtPrints.
Click on any image in the gallery for an individual view of that print.
Each image will include title, artist, size, and a link to its PAC listing.
PAC (Public Access Catalog)
If you are searching the PAC for a specific print, and you know the title or artist, simply search the same way you would for books, movies, etc.
To browse the Art Print collection in the PAC:
- In Limit by, click on the triangle at the right end of the box.
- Select “Art Prints” from the drop-down menu.
- An asterisk (*) will appear in the Keyword search box.
- Click the Go! button.
To link to an image from the catalog listing:
- Select the “View the picture here.”
- This will open a new window containing an image of the print.
Art Print check-out information:
- Loan period: 6 weeks
- Limit of 4 per cardholder
- May be placed on hold
- May be renewed one time
- May be checked out by cardholders age 12 and older
We’re coming out from behind the desk to better serve you!
Our Reference and Computer Services staff members are wandering about the Main Library to assist you in locating and using Library resources. On weekdays, during the Library’s busiest times (M-F, 11:00-1:00 and 3:00-5:00), a roving librarian will move between the 1st and 2nd floors, offering assistance wherever needed. Roving Reference librarians encourage you to approach them with any questions you may have. Look for the person in the navy blue vest, carrying an iPad. We’re here to help!
Roving Reference is an innovative way to assist people at their point of need — wherever that may be in the Library — and expand the personalized service patrons are accustomed to receiving at the Elkhart Public Library.