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Staff Reads: October 2014

Administrator : October 24, 2014 10:16 am : Elkhart Public Library

Staff Reads-300-Graphic OnlyOctober brings a vibrant variety of colors to our area, and an eclectic array of “reads” from our staff. Here are the books we are reading and listening to this month.

ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer (FAN; Audio eBook)

BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg (YF)

BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING by Malcolm Gladwell (153.44 G543; Audiobook; Large Print)

THE BONE COLLECTOR  by Jeffery Deaver (FIC) • So many twists and turns to the plot. Even if you are an old hand at suspense this will surprise you!
~Deb, Dunlap Branch

CLOSE YOUR EYES, HOLD HANDS by Chris Bohjalian (FIC; Audiobook; Large Print)

DEADLOCKED by Charlaine Harris (MYS; Audiobook; Large Print)

DEVIL’S WAKE by Steven Barnes (HOR)

sr-drama yearsTHE DRAMA YEARS:  REAL GIRLS TALK ABOUT SURVIVING MIDDLE SCHOOL – BULLIES, BRANDS, BODY IMAGE, AND MORE by Haley Kilpatrick (305.235 K48) • As a parent of twin seventh grade girls, this book is especially timely for me, with helpful information for parents and their daughters, as well as for anyone who works with middle schoolers.  ~Annette, Outreach

EVERY LAST SECRET: A MYSTERY by Linda Rodriguez (MYS)

THE FAMILY OF JESUS by Karen Kingsbury (IF; Audiobook) • Kingsbury is a very popular Inspirational Fiction author, and usually writes books in a series. This is a fictional book about those close to Jesus including Joseph, Zechariah, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, James, and Mary, his mother. I’m enjoying it very much; it puts you right there with these people.
~Judi, Newspapers & Magazines

FESTIVE IN DEATH by J. D. Robb (MYS; Audiobook; Large Print)

sr-getting lifeGETTING LIFE:  AN INNOCENT MAN’S 25 YEAR JOURNEY FROM PRISON TO PEACE:  A MEMOIR by Michael Morton (365.6092 M891) • This is a story of a young father who was convicted of his wife’s murder and spent 25 years in prison.  Michael’s only child was 3 at the time of his wife’s death and after his conviction, his son lived with his wife’s sister.  This book is filled with heart-wrenching emotions and ups and downs as Michael continued to proclaim his innocence while he tried to survive prison life.  I began reading this book as a skeptic (“the husband did it” was my mind set), but as time went on and solid evidence was presented, I had a change of heart.  The saddest part of this book for me was that Michael lost all those years with his little boy, who was taught that his father was a killer.  There is hope in the end!  ~Erika, Newspapers & Magazines

THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON by Stephen King (HOR; Audiobook; Large Print)

GLASS SENTENCE by S.E. Grove (JF)

GRIMM: THE CHOPPING BLOCK, by John Passarella (PHOR)

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE by J. K. Rowling (FAN, Audiobook, eBook, Large Print, JFIC, YFIC, Spanish)

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IF HE’S DARING by Hannah Howell (PROM)

KILLING ORDERS by Sara Paretsky (MYS; Large Print)

L IS FOR LAWLESS by Sue Grafton (MYS; Large Print)

LOOT: HOW TO STEAL A FORTUNE by Jude Watson (JF)

THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner (SF; YF; Audiobook)

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs (YF; eBook; GN)

MR. CHURCHILL’S SECRETARY by Susan Elia MacNeal (MYS)

MURDER ON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT by Kerry Greenwood (MYS)

MY SISTER’S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult (FIC; Audiobook; Large Print; Spanish)

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NIGHTINGALE’S NEST by Nikki Loftin (JF)

OUTLAW by Ted Decker (IF)

PETE THE CAT AND THE NEW GUY by James Dean (JE)

POISONED APPLES: POEMS FOR YOU, MY PRETTY by Christine Heppermann (811.6 H529)

PRINCESS ELIZABETH’S SPY by Susan Elia MacNeal (MYS)

RECKONING by Kerry Wilkinson (YF)

SANDCASTLE GIRLS by Chris Bohjalian (FIC; Audiobook; Large Print)

SLAVES OF SOCORRO by John Flanagan (JF)

SON OF NO ONE by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (FIC)

UNDER A GRAVEYARD SKY by John Ringo (SF)

WATER WALKER by Ted Dekker (IF)

THE WEIRD SISTERS by Eleanor Brown (FIC; Audiobook; eBook) • At first, this book is a bit disconcerting because it is narrated in first person plural (we, us, our) with no clear notion which sister is actually telling the tale. It didn’t take long, though, to get into the rhythm. Three sisters, daughters of a Shakespearean professor, reunite in their home town when their mother is diagnosed with cancer. Each brings her own set of struggles. Their relationships with each other are complicated and somewhat adversarial, but loving. Brown’s gift for description and witty dialogue pulled me in. The sisters’ quirky, but real-lifelike stories had me caring about them, and hoping for for positive outcomes. The Shakespearean references are delightful, but you do not have to be a Shakespeare aficionado (or a sister) to love this book.  ~Moxie, Computer Services

WHAT CAN’T WAIT by Ashley Hope Perez (YF)

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Art Prints!

Administrator : October 17, 2014 4:36 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

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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.

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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.

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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:

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  • 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:

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  • 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

Happy browsing!

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Paws to Read

Administrator : October 15, 2014 9:40 am : Elkhart Public Library, Kids

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Kids, ages 5 and up! Come to the Main Library on Saturday, October 25 from 11:00-12:00 and read to Amber, a trained therapy dog from Pet Partners. Kids can sign-up for 15 minutes of reading time with Amber!

Parents, this is an excellent opportunity for your children to improve their reading skills and gain self-confidence.

Sign-up today by calling 522-2223!

 

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Roving Reference

Administrator : October 14, 2014 5:01 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

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Head of Reference Mary Beth Schlabach assisting a patron on the 1st floor

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.

This project is supported by a grant from the Indiana State Library in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Big Library Read: Anatomy of a Misfit

Administrator : October 13, 2014 8:56 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature, Teens

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OverDrive’s latest Big Library Read  is  ANATOMY  OF A MISFIT,  a Young Adult novel by bestselling author Andrea Portes. This global reading event will run from October 13-28.

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.

About the book

Andrea Portes is best known for her adult fiction.  ANATOMY OF A MISFIT is her first Young Adult novel.

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 OFA MISFIT is based on Andrea Portes’ real-life experiences as a teenager.

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.

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