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. (It counts if a parent or caregiver reads a book to you.)
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.
Did you know that you can use your Elkhart Public Library card to download magazines to your computer, tablet or phone? No waiting list, no returns, no expiration date!
What you’ll need:
- A computer or mobile device (tablet or smartphone) and an Internet connection
- An email account
- An Elkhart Public Library card in good standing (Resident and Non-Resident card holders may use Zinio)
- A free account at EPL’s Zinio Magazine Collection (myepl.org/zinio)
- A free account at Zinio.com
- Note: You must have a total of TWO (2) accounts; an EPL Zinio Magazine Collection account to check out magazines; and a Zinio.com Reader account to read checked out magazines via streaming online with computers and/or downloaded offline via mobile apps.
How it works:
Zinio Apps are available for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire* and Blackberry Playbook. Note: The Zinio app is not available for the NOOK Color or Tablet. Barnes & Noble does not allow Zinio to be downloaded from their app store. Zinio may be accessible through the NOOK browser depending on the memory of your NOOK. * Kindle Fire users, if you are unable to access the Zinio app from your device, refer to this alternate download method and/or view our brief video tutorial for the Kindle Fire only:
New Additions in 2015
EPL has added the following magazine titles to our Zinio collection.
- OK! Magazine
- Better Homes and Gardens
- Organic Gardening
- Country Gardening
- HGTV Magazine
- Lonely Planet Traveler
- Family Fun
- Visit our FAQ page (myepl.org/ziniofaq)
- Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call us at 574-522-5669
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.
This year’s filing deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2015
by Marsha Eilers
The holidays have passed, and with them the cooking and baking traditions. On to a new year and new creations from the kitchen! Beginning cooks and cooks aspiring to increase their expertise may well find some great tips, techniques, and skills to acquire in this eclectic selection of cookbooks. These books teach how to cook and the science behind why cooking works — a chef’s chemistry lab in every reader’s kitchen. Experiment!
HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING. THE BASICS: ALL YOU NEED TO MAKE GREAT FOOD: WITH 1,000 PHOTOS by Mark Bittman. Wiley, c2012. 641.5 B624hc (M)
THE STARTER COOK: A BEGINNER HOME COOK’S GUIDE TO BASIC KITCHEN SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES by Linda Johnson Larsen. Lyons Press, c2012. 641.5 L334 (M)
GOOD TO GREAT
AIDA MOLLENKAMPS’S KEYS TO THE KITCHEN: THE ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR BECOMING A MORE ACCOMPLISHED, ADVENTUROUS COOK by Aida Mollencamp. Chronicle Books, 2012. 641.5 M726 (M)
COOKING AT HOME WITH THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA. Revised edition. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. 641.5973 C773hc (M)
200 SKILLS EVERY COOK MUST HAVE: THE STEP-BY-STEP METHODS THAT WILL TURN A GOOD COOK INTO A GREAT COOK
by Clara Paul. Firefly Books, 2013. 641.5 P324 (M,PMB)
SCIENCE OF COOKING
CULINARY REACTIONS: THE EVERYDAY CHEMISTRY OF COOKING by Simon Field. Chicago Review Press, c2012. 664.07 F456 (M)
GREAT KITCHEN SECRETS: + THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SECRETS: GRANDMA’S KITCHEN & COOKING SECRETS by Tony Notaro. Telebrands Press, c2012. 640 N899 (M)
THE KITCHEN AS LABORATORY: REFLECTIONS ON THE SCIENCE OF FOOD AND COOKING. Columbia University Press, c2012. 664.07 K62 (M)
THE SCIENCE OF GOOD COOKING: MASTER 50 SIMPLE CONCEPTS TO ENJOY A LIFETIME OF SUCCESS IN THE KITCHEN. America’s Test Kitchen, c2012. 641.5 S416 (M)
TECHNIQUES & TIPS
THE CHOPPED COOKBOOK: USE WHAT YOU’VE GOT TO COOK SOMETHING GREAT. Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2014. 641.5 C549 (M)
THE HOMEMADE PANTRY: 101 FOODS YOU CAN STOP BUYING & START MAKING by Alana Chernila. Clarkson Potter/Publishers, c2012. 641.5 C521 (M)
HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING FAST: A BETTER WAY TO COOK GREAT FOOD by Mark Bittman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
641.555 B624h (M,DB)
SECRETS OF THE BEST CHEFS: RECIPES, TECHNIQUES, AND TRICKS FROM AMERICA’S GREATEST COOKS by Adam D. Roberts. Artisan, c2012. 641.5 R643se (M,OB)
THE STOCKED KITCHEN: ONE GROCERY LIST, ENDLESS RECIPES by Sarah Kallio. Atria Books, 2011. 640.73 K14 (M)
FROM THE WOOD-FIRED OVEN: NEW AND TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES FOR COOKING AND BAKING WITH FIRE by Richard Miscovich. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013. 641.815 M678 (M)
THE MIXER BIBLE: 300 RECIPES FOR YOUR STAND MIXER PLUS OVER 175 STEP-BY-STEP PHOTOS by Meredith Deeds. Third edition. Robert Rose Inc., 2013. 641.589 D311t (M)
THE NEW CAST IRON SKILLET COOKBOOK: 150 FRESH IDEAS FOR AMERICA’S FAVORITE PAN by Ellen Brown. Sterling Epicure, 2014. 641.589 B877 (M,DB)
PRESSURE COOKER PERFECTION: 100 FOOLPROOF RECIPES THAT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU COOK. America’s Test Kitchen, 2013. 641.587 P935 (M)