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December 18, 2013

12 Days of Cookies

Love cookies and contests? Join in on EPL's 12 Days of Cookies!
Just bake a cookie recipe from a book borrowed from the library, send the book title and a picture of the cookies baked, and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a cooking basket!

To enter, send the following information to and use the subject, "12 Cookies":
1) Book title and page(s) used
2) Name of cookie recipe
3) Attached photo of baked cookies taken by the contestant
4) Name, email address, and phone number so we can contact the winner!

Entries must be received by midnight on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

More than one entry may be sent per person, but names will only be entered once. By entering, participants agree that if their cookies are chosen to appear on the library's Facebook page, they will allow their first name to be posted along with the entry. Personal information will not be used for any purpose other than this contest.

Happy baking!

November 16, 2013

Celebrate the Life of Dr. Leasure

Dr. Leasure also played a key role in the founding of the public library in Auburn and the erection of the Eckhart Public Library. She was a popular public persona in the community, taking an active role in the Women's Christian Temperance Union and literary circles. She was also a published author, poet and speaker. 

The DeKalb County Historian, John Bry, has located the modern day descendants of this remarkable and honorable woman. Join the library in welcoming the Leasure family back to Auburn and celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Lida Leasure. Local history lovers will want to attend this special event.  

Register today!


October 31, 2013

Introducing Express Fiction

We heard your concerns and have reevaluated the New Fiction check out time of seven days for all new fiction. As we are experiencing a shrinking print budget, Eckhart Public Library will now be offering two check out options to make the most of our available titles for all library users.

For patrons who want a faster turn over on the newest hot titles, Express Fiction is now available! Each Express Fiction book will check out for seven days and, if no one is on hold for the item, have one renewal. After that, there will be a charge of fifty cents a day for late Express items.

We will still have the standard 14 day check out available, with a late charge of ten cents a day, for non Express items for those who would like their items a little longer.

October 04, 2013

Balancing Act: The Artwork of Karen McArdle

During her lifetime, she explored a variety of media including ceramics, painting, metalcraft and printmaking. Karen’s passion and experimentation with ceramics was a constant throughout her life. Karen was an incredibly talented artist who truly enjoyed her craft and her students, and her artwork will be displayed at the main library through October 30th. 

Join us for a reception honoring her and her work on Friday, October 4th in the Close Community Room from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.


September 17, 2013

Architectural Walking Tour of EPL Historic District

 Who would have imagined that town benefactor Charles Eckhart was not happy how the citizens of Auburn were “abusing” his gift of the library’s beautiful historic fountain? Or, that Auburn’s last historic school building is a great example of Art Deco architecture?

Join DeKalb Historian John Bry to learn about these and other colorful stories as he leads a historic walking tour of the Eckhart Historic District. The neighborhood surrounding the library contains a wealth of fascinating stories and architecture of the Classic City. 

Click here for more information and to register for this event!

August 01, 2013

Pianos on the Square

Come enjoy dramatic and impressive performances of delightful and interesting concerts by passionate pianists. Other piano-related events include films, a play, a reading and a lecture. The Auburn Arts Commission is collaborating with Trine University and Eckhart Public Library on this exciting six week project! Please bring a blanket or lawn chairs for personal comfort for concerts in the library park.

Pianos on the Square Schedule

July 16, 2013

Beat the Heat

Join Mary for another delicious cooking class! Cool off by sampling a few smoothies, and help prepare a variety of toppings for homemade vanilla ice cream, including basil peach. Class size is limited. 

Please register for Cooking with Mary: Cool Treats to Beat the Heat online or by calling 925-2414 extension 120.

July 11, 2013

Evening Novel Readers with Jandra

Evening Novel Readers will now be meeting at Jeremiah's Brewed Awakenings! This book club will meet the second Thursday of every month.

This month, they will be reading The Paris Wife.

July 01, 2013

Dine a Day

It’s on the way,  just a dime a day!

Overdue fines will be a dime a day beginning Monday, July 1, 2013. There will be an increase for all print and audio materials. Items not included are movies, concept kits, and digital materials.

June 20, 2013

Job Opportunities at the Library

Eckhart Public Library is currently accepting applicants for the position(s) listed below. Click on the job title for the job description. 

If you're interested in applying, send your resume to Chris Grogg at Chris can also be contacted for any questions. Jobs will be posted until the position is filled.

Genealogy Supervisor



June 13, 2013

Extreme Couponing

Who wants to save money on their grocery bill? These days everyone wants to save money, but how? Let successful couponer, Stephanie Vargo, share her secrets and knowledge of couponing during this free class. Learn how to find coupons, organize them, combine sales, stack them, maximize savings and how use planning tools to make the couponing experience effortless. StephanieVargo is passionate about couponing!  

Please register online or at the information desk, 925-2414 extension 120.

May 06, 2013

Meet the Author: Troy Bigelow

6:00 pm.-6:30 p.m.– Meeting with Creative Writing Group                              
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.– Program in Close Community Room

Resuscitivity is Troy Bigelow’s first full-length collection of poems. Bigelow, winner of the Transcontinental Award, worked for more than a decade as a blue-collar factory worker. After being laid off on Christmas Day of 2006, he earned a MA in English from Indiana University at IPFW in 2009. Currently, he teaches writing and literature at Ivy Tech Community College, Northeast.

Books will be available for purchase and will be signed by the author.


May 04, 2013

What's going on?

See what's happening at EPL this week!

May 01, 2013

Adult, Teen and Children's Art Shows Coming Soon!

Our 46th Annual Adult Art Show, 4th Annual Teen Art Show and the Children's Art Show will be here in May. This is a great opportunity to showcase your talent, win cash prizes and sell your artwork. It's never to early to start working on an entry. Click the links below for entry forms, rules, and specific information.

Adult Art Show Entry Form (2013)

Teen Art Show Entry Form (2013)

Children's Art Show Entry Form (2013)

April 27, 2013

Events at EPL

Don't miss these upcoming events!

Contact us for more information.

April 27, 2013

A Retrospective Photography Exhibit: The Work of Ellen England

The beautiful photography of Ellen England is currently on display in the Close Community Room.

Ellen is affected by a connective tissue disorder called Marfan Syndrome. Health issues hinder her ability to pursue many activities, including photography, as energetically as she would like. Ellen has volunteered for the National Marfan Foundation (NMF) for many years, and she donates a percentage of all her photo sales to NMF.

Those interested in purchasing her artwork can contact her directly at 260-925-4041 or

Ellen will be at EPL to sell her artwork and cards on Saturday, April 27 from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

February 21, 2013

DeKalb County Career Fair

Explore career options; network with employers; and learn how to prepare yourself for high demand careers with apprenticeships, certifications, or degree programs!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

LaQuinta Inn, Auburn

February 19, 2013

Cooking with Chef Janie

Come enjoy cooking with Janie as she shares some delicious recipes that will be great for making for someone special! Learn how to make chocolate strawberry-filled filo dough, tossed salad with chocolate covered cherry vinaigrette, chicken with cherry sauce, s’mores parfait using chocolate sauce, marshmallow cream and graham crackers.

Plan to attend this yummy program! Feel free to sign up with a friend. Please register online or at the
Information Desk, 925-2414 extension 120.

January 30, 2013

Find us on Goodreads!

Adult Services joined Goodreads

Join us to talk about books, read staff reviews, and see our lists!

December 28, 2012

Food for Fines

The library will waive patron overdue fines with a donation of non-perishable food items.

To participate in the amnesty program,library patrons must bring their donated non-perishable food items to the circulation desk. A library staff member will collect and record the donation. Donations of non-perishable food items will be given to area food banks for community distribution. If a patron has a large fine to be waived, we suggest donating several food items. Charges for lost items, as well as postage and processing fees, are not included in this offer.

The goal of this program is two-fold: returning all lost, misplaced or recently found materials belonging to the library, and helping those less fortunate during the holidays.

Happy Holidays!

December 28, 2012

The Giving Tree

This is not just any tree; this tree is a special tree. It is fondly called The Giving Tree. Patrons are invited to decorate the tree with mittens, hats, scarves, and gloves for children and adults. Brilliantly wrapped boxes will be beneath the tree. Families are urged to share their bounty with those less fortunate by donating canned goods and other non-perishables.

Items will be delivered the first week of 2013. Since needs are so great during the winter months, this is a helpful way to assist agencies as they begin the new year.

November 28, 2012

Gadget Gallery

Thinking of buying an eReader for a special someone this Christmas, but unsure what device will be the best fit for him or her? Come to the Eckhart Public Library for a Gadget Gallery on Wednesday, November 28, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to try a Nook Color, Nook 1st Generation, iPad, KOBO, Kindle or MP3 Player!

Library staff will provide an overview of the download process using OverDrive in the Close Community Room followed by one-on-one assistance with a personal device or come try one owned by the library! Current EPL card holders in good standing may download audio and eBooks from the library collection.

Can't make this event? No problem! Library staff will be visiting Walmart Saturday, December 1, 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. to demonstrate digital downloads and to answer questions in the Electronics Department.

"BOOK A LIBRARIAN" on Monday or Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the library for one-on-one assistance with a digital device! For more information, call 925-2414 extension 120.

November 12, 2012

Giving Thanks Silent Auction

Donated baskets containing themed collections may be viewed by the pubic and sold to the highest bidder. The bidding begins on Friday, November 9th at 10:00 am, and the winners will be announced on Saturday, November 17th. Community participation in this fund-raising enterprise would be appreciated. Click here to see the baskets.  Click here for a flyer.

The Friends of the Library and the library staff are truly grateful for support which helps to fund, in part, the many outstanding programs that the library offers to the community.

November 11, 2012

Digital Gifts Photo Workshop

November 17, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Create cherished photo gifts for family and friends, which may include: personalized books, greeting cards, digital scrapbooks and more. Attendees will see a variety of completed books and other projects for ideas. Then, follow steps to create a Shutterfly account, learn to navigate Shutterfly’s website, upload photos and work to complete one or more photo projects. Space is limited to 10 participants, aged 18 and above.To register for this program and for more information click here.


November 10, 2012

VanHorne Retrospective Extended


A retrospective art exhibit honoring local artist and teacher Andrea VanHorne has been extended because of ongoing interest. A Retrospective Watercolor Exhibit:The Artistic Life of Andrea VanHorne 1940-2000 can be seen through Nov. 10 at Eckhart Public Library. The exhibit was curated by Laura (Fischer) Freeze, VanHorne’s niece, and originally was scheduled to last through October. Library director Janelle Graber said the library has continued to receive requests for more time to view the nearly 50 pieces on display. “Many of Andrea VanHorne’s former students have come in,” Graber said. “They’ve thanked staff at the library for hosting the exhibit and shared how she impacted their lives.” The show is the library’s largest individual artist exhibition and its first retrospective.

October 31, 2012

2012 National Book Award Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists for the 2012 National Book Award! 

If you're interested in reading some of the contenders, they're available at the library!

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

Find out more information about the National Book Award.

October 27, 2012

Celebrate the Artistic Life of Andrea VanHorne

Eckhart Public Library is proud to display A Retrospective Watercolor Exhibit:The Artistic Life of Andrea VanHorne 1940-2000 in the Close Community Room starting October 5th through the end of the month.

Throughout her life Andrea VanHorne created many works of art. After her death in 2000, her husband, Grant VanHorne had her existing works catalogued. He commissioned his niece, Laura Freeze, to locate, document and organize nearly 200 pieces of art. During the month of October, over 40 of VanHorne's paintings will be exhibited.    

Andrea VanHorne graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and Butler University in Indianapolis. She was a teacher in the DeKalb Central United School District for 20 years and taught art at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. VanHorne was known for her watercolors and exhibited them in many local and state art shows. In the 1990s, it was included in the Fort Wayne Museum Of Art rental program. She was an artist member of the Hoosier Salon and Artlink. Forty-five years ago, she was the driving force behind the Tri-Kappa Art Show, which still continues at the library as the Area Annual Art Show.

In 1997, in memory of Doris Longden, Mrs. VanHorne produced and donated to the library her Stained Glass Window watercolor, which is located behind the information desk. Also, VanHorne created a series of smaller stained glass watercolors for all the major donors of the library expansion. As a valued friend of the library over the years, she conducted hour-long luncheon sessions on the arts. At the time of her death in 2000, her work was offered for sale at the Toledo Museum of Art. The library purchased her watercolor, Drifting, with donations in her memory. It hangs behind the circulation desk.

From 1960 to 2000, VanHorne taught, raised a family, was an active volunteer and created nearly 200 works of art. The library is honored to present this retrospective of this remarkable woman.  The exhibit will continue through the month of October.

September 17, 2012


Did you know that ReferenceUSA's business profiles link to jobs posted by, the world's busiest aggregator of employment opportunities? Click here for more information!

To access ReferenceUSA away from the library, have your user ID and PIN ready!

September 13, 2012

Concert in the Park: Wil Frey

Enjoy the concert in the library park. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for personal comfort. Feel free to invite family and friends. In case of rain, concerts will be held in the library’s Close Community Room. Wil Frey will perform a mix of country and pop. Brandon Wilson and Jeff Kempf make up this acoustic duo that will bring a funky beat that will create an excitement in the crowd.

Click here for more information!

August 31, 2012

Info To Go

Starting in October, Eckhart Public Library is proud to introduce Info to Go.

Info to Go is a three station stand up laptop bar located behind the new magazines. This area is designed to meet the needs of patrons who wish to access Internet resources or print from a flash drive or SD card. Info to Go laptops are equipped with Microsoft Office 2007 applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Access.  

Eckhart Mobile Outreach Lab and services are made possible by a LSTA grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded and administered by the Indiana State Library.

August 20, 2012

Book a Librarian

Do you need help with downloading eBooks or using Excel? Librarians will offer one-on-one assistance with computer, tablet or eReader basics, email account set up and use, Internet searches, MS Office software use, as well as library eBook and audiobook downloads. Check our calendar to find upcoming dates and to register!

August 15, 2012

Wanda Brunstetter Visits Library

 New York Times bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter, is stopping at the Eckhart Public Library during her August book signing tour. Wanda will be signing her latest novel, The Struggle. The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club, which premieres as a musical at the Blue Gate Theater  (August 24-December 8) will also be available.

Wanda E. Brunstetter is nationally recognized as an expert on the Amish community, and her book sales have topped the six million mark. A New York Times bestselling author, Brunstetter’s books have also received other honors, including the 2006 Reader’s Choice Award and the CBD Book of the Week. Brunstetter was also named the 2011 Author of the Year by Family Fiction  Magazine. Brunstetter enjoys an  uncommon kinship with the Amish and loves to visit their communities throughout the country.    

Invite family and friends to this special event! Please register for this program at the Information Desk,  925-2414 extension 120.

August 08, 2012

Beach Reads

Join Anni on the August 8th for some relaxation and conversation! Beach Trip by Cathy Holton will be discussed.

August 03, 2012

Find Your Elected Officials

Do you know your elected officials? The state of Indiana has created this website to help. Just enter your location, and you'll see a list of your president, vice president, senators, and representatives and their contact information.

July 12, 2012

Outdoor Cooking

Foil-wrapped and outdoor Dutch oven recipes are easy, require few cooking utensils, and leave little to cleanup. They can easily be adjusted to feed one person or a crowd. Two chicken main courses will be prepared.   Come enjoy desserts prepared with a Dutch oven and on the grill. Featured desserts that are loved by all will be cupcakes made in an orange, as well as banana boats.    

Join Janie Ebinger as she shares great recipes for cooking outside. Participants will receive copies of the four prepared recipes to take home. Please register by Monday, July 9 for this yummy how-to program at the Information Desk, 925-2414 extension 120.

June 28, 2012

Joel Teeple in the Park

Join us this Thursday for a concert in the library park! Joel Teeple will be playing folk music to entertain all.

Click here for more information.

June 15, 2012

Show-off the Library and Keep in Shape!

How many times has it been said, We have a great library? How about sharing EPL with visitors as a guide on walking tours throughout the library's beautiful campus?  Tours are scheduled as needed, so this is great for someone who wants a flexible volunteer position.  Training will be provided.

Contact EPL's Coordinator of Volunteer Services, George Johnson-Coffey, or 925-2414 extension 507, for more information about these and other library volunteer opportunities.

June 13, 2012

Beach Reads

Anni is always suggesting great books for the patrons to read while she works at the circulation desk. This summer she is leading a light reading book club, Beach Reads. The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux will be discussed on Wednesday, June 13, 12:00 p.m. Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews will be discussed on Wednesday, July 11, 12:00 p.m. There may be a third discussion scheduled for August 8. Books may be picked up at the Information Desk.  Ravenous Readers & Evening Novel Readers book clubs will meet again in September.

May 29, 2012

Summer is for Reading

Summer Reading Club begins on Monday, May 29th!

Dream. Big. Read.

May 21, 2012

Art Show

Stop in and see some beautiful artwork throughout the main library and at the teen library this week! Remember to vote for your favorite!

May 14, 2012

Art Show Coming Soon

Our 45th Annual Art Show for adults will be coming in May. We will also be having our 3rd Annual Teen Art Show in May. This is a great way for adults and teens to showcase their talent, earn cash prizes and sell their artwork. It's never to early to start working on an entry. Adult entry forms can be found on the Adult Services page under Featured Links. Teen entry forms can be found on the Teen Services page under Featured Links.

April 28, 2012

Hoosier Civil War History

Auburn author, Barbara Olenyik Morrow, will discuss her historical fiction children’s book, A Good Night for Freedom on Saturday, April 28th. Freedom is an underground railroad story set in the home of famed Hoosier abolitionists Levi and Catharine Coffin. This book introduces two real-life runaway slaves whose names Barbara learned researching 19th-century court records.  Barbara worked for newspapers for many years and has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial writing. She speaks regularly in schools and libraries and before professional organizations throughout the state.

For more information about this program, including registration opportunities, click here!

April 21, 2012

American Grants & Loans

We are happy to announce that our patrons can now access This site shows available grant and loan opportunities. You can search by subject, government agency, foundations, associations, and student loans. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

April 09, 2012

Slaves and the Civil War

Join Sharon Zonker on April 17th to learn about the Underground Railroad and how Indiana participated. 

Sharon is also a quilter and uses quilts to tell the stories she has gathered. While in Charleston she has attended many seminars, toured several plantations, and become acquainted with slave descendants. She shares their stories through her quilts. Sharon has shared her quilts and stories with groups in Charleston, as well as many quilt and historical societies throughout Indiana. This past year, she has spoken at the Honeywell Center in Wabash, Marion Library, Tippecanoe Quilters and at the Morton Center at Purdue University.

For more information, click here!

April 04, 2012

Civil War and the Sanitary Commission

Stop in for part of our Making Sense of the American Civil War series on Monday, April 9th! Julie Reese DuVall, Civil War re-enactor, will be here to discuss the Sanitary Commision, the forerunner of the American Red Cross. For more information about this program, click here or contact us!

March 12, 2012

Abraham Lincoln Coming to the Annual Friends of the Library Meeting

Tuesday, March 20th

Close Community Room

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Considered one of the nation's foremost Lincoln actors, Richard F. (Fritz) Klein makes Lincoln and his period of history come alive. Klein was born in 1948 and raised in Southern California. He graduated from Concordia College in Ft. Wayne, Indiana in 1970 and began acting as a hobby in 1975. The first time he was asked to portray Abraham Lincoln was in 1976 at a municipal celebration of the nation's bicentennial. He began acting full-time in 1980. Since then, the role has taken him to some 35 states for film and television, on stage, and as a motivational speaker.He now resides in Springfield, Illinois with his wife and family, where he performs for some of the city's 500,000 annual visitors. From there he also travels to points across the nation on tours, and by special invitation.

Please join the Friends of the Library for a short business meeting, followed by this phenomenal entertainment. Use this great opportunity to join the Friends of the Library. Memberships will be available at the door. Refreshments will be served

February 02, 2012

Why Do You Geek the Library?


Why do you geek the library? Enter the essay or video contest Feb 1-22. For more information about the contest visit our Information Desk, Teen Library, Children's Department, or click here!


January 30, 2012

Love Your iPad, iPod Touch & Nano

Learn how to download eBooks and audiobooks from the the library directly to your Apple device. We'll have staff available for one-on-one assistance in the Close Community Room. There are three opportunities to attend:

Saturday, February 11th 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Monday, February 13th 11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Monday, February 13th 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

For more information on downloading eBooks and audiobook from the library, click here. For additional assistance concerning your digital device, feel free to call, 925-2414 ext. 505 to make an appointment. This is all made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

January 27, 2012

Making Sense of the Civil War

Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. This grant has provided the library with copies of the books: March by Geraldine Brooks, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson, and America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries. These books will be available to book clubs, classrooms, and library patrons.

December 12, 2011

Best Books of 2011

The end of 2011 is growing nearer, and with the end of the year comes top 10, or top 100, lists. The publishing companies are starting to release their lists of the best books of the year. Click on the links below and see how many of the books you've read this year made the cut!

Amazon Editor's Top 100

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2011

Publishers Weekly Top 10

Library Journal Top 10 

Kirkus Best Fiction of 2011

November 28, 2011

Christmas eList Open House


Join us on December 6th from 11 am to 1 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm for our gadget gallery.

This program is features a gallery of electronic gadgets for downloading library books including the new Kindle Fire. Library staff will demonstrate this quick, easy, and free process to download eBooks at EPL. Patrons may bring in their personal devices including Kobo, Nook, MP3 players, and Apple devices for wireless downloads. Kindles may be brought in for wired or wireless downloads.

For more information call 925-2414 ext. 505.


November 10, 2011

Giving Thanks Silent Auction Starts Monday

Auction enthusiasts will enjoy this festive silent auction! Upon entering the library, the items up for auction will be on display for viewing. Many of the library’s outstanding programs, such as the Creative Writing Group, Summer and Winter Reading Clubs, monthly reading groups– Ravenous Readers and Evening Novel Readers, as well as preschool storytimes would not be available without the support from the Friends of the Library. These great gift-giving ideas would be ideal for birthdays, Christmas or friendship. Assortments appealing to all ages will be up for bid. 

Pick up a bidding number at the Information Desk.


November 09, 2011

Library Closed

The Eckhart Public Library campus will be closed on Friday, November 11th. We will be open again on Saturday, November 12th.

September 05, 2011

Important Updates

The Eckhart Public Library is currently updating its website and the web pages of each department.  Any suggestions you have to help us with this process should be passed to Jamie Long, EPL Webmaster.  This webpage upgrade is being made possible through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant.  LSTA grants are a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Funds are used to support statewide initiatives through competitive grant programs.  The Indiana State Library oversees the LSTA program for our state.  Funds have been allocated to provide support for digitization of Indiana’s historical documents and further development of the Indiana Memory Program.