“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 • 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!
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 anytime 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
Preparing your income taxes may never be fun, but we hope the resources available at the Elkhart Public Library will help to make it a bit less stressful.
EPL Online Tax Information links
1040.com (IRS forms, instructions and publications)
Local IRS offices and contact information
Indiana forms and publications
Indiana district offices contact information
VITA Tax Prep/Filing Appointments
Forms & Publications
The Elkhart Public Library will continue to make paper tax forms available – to the extent that the IRS and the Indiana Dept. of Revenue make them available to us. As both organizations continue to promote online filing, they send fewer forms every year. The IRS has supplied us with a limited selection of federal forms, including a relatively small supply of 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms. Unfortunately, they are not sending the booklets this year.
If we do not have the paper forms you need, they can be accessed at any EPL location, and printed for 15¢ a page. The Main Library has a tax form print station located near the Information Desk. Forms & publications can also be accessed on other computers in the Main Library and at all of the branches.
We have many “paper-and-ink” resources, too! Check our Reference and Nonfiction collections for books covering a wide variety of tax-related topics. J.K. LASSER’S YOUR INCOME TAXES is available at all EPL Locations. It is a comprehensive and comprehensible guide to tax preparation.
Volunteers from United Way’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program will have scheduled hours at the Main Library to assist in free tax preparation and e-filing.
- Mondays • 12:00-5:30 pm • January 26 – April 6
- Wednesdays • 2:00-7:30 pm • January 21 – April 8
- Saturdays • 9:30 am-12:30 pm • January 24 – April 11
Appointments are booked through United Way. You can schedule an appointment by calling 211 or online at United Way’s VITA web page: uwsjc.org/vita. The site can be accessed under Featured Links on the EPL website. The site is accessible from any Online Resource or Library catalog computer at any EPL location. No card needed.
Other Volunteer Assistance
Volunteers from AARP will be available at the Elkhart Youth and Community Center (formerly the YMCA).* To make a reservation call the EYCC at 574-389-7878.
* Update: The EYCC will be closing on March 31, after which AARP assistance will be at Steve’s Gym, 1120 West Bristol Street; 574-389-0333. Appointments will be scheduled through April 9.
This year’s filing deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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.