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December 11, 2013

4, 3, 2, 1 Happy New Year! for Kids

 It is the last day of 2013, and school age children who cannot stay awake until midnight are invited to come to a special celebration. Come enjoy a story, make a special craft and enjoy making some noise. The "countdown" will end at noon with snacks.

Please register online or by calling the Children's Department 925-2414 extension 320. Registration is limited to the first 30 children.

December 02, 2013

Santa Letters

It's time to write letters to Santa! We have Santa's mailbox here in the Children's Department. Bring your letters in by December 17 and you will receive a letter back from Santa. Be sure to include your name and address.

November 07, 2013

Auburn Christmas Parade

Want to be in the Auburn Christmas parade with us? It’s happening Tuesday November 26, 2013 at 7 pm.  We will be singing Winter Wonderland, holding large book covers, passing out bookmarks and some people will be dressed up as Frosty.  To sign up stop by the Children’s Patron Service Desk, or give us a call at 925-2414 ext. 320.

November 05, 2013

1940's Christmas Celebration

Girls in 3rd grade and up are invited to a 1940’s Christmas Celebration December 14 from 2-4 pm here at the library. This will be an afternoon of food, crafts and entertainment. Girls may register in the Children’s Department, or by calling 925-2414 ext 301.  The registration deadline is December 4th and space is limited.

November 04, 2013

Grandma Goose Cancelled For November

Grandma Goose storytime has been cancelled for the month of November. Be sure to join her for storytime again in January.

October 28, 2013

Thank You

A BIG THANKS to the Community Foundation DeKalb County for awarding our Charlie's Chapters book club money to buy books. These funds will be used to buy graphic novel and nonfiction titles.

October 01, 2013

Preschool Storytimes and Fire Station Visit

This week (October 1- 4) all of our preschool storytimes will be meeting at the Auburn Fire Department on Grandstaff. We hope to see all our storytime friends there.

September 16, 2013

Big Library Read: Fancy Nancy, Super Sleuth


From September 16th-30th, Eckhart Public Library will be offering Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth as both an eBook and a downloadable audiobook as part of Big Library Read.


There will be no waiting lists or holds for this item!


Find out more about Big Library Read!

September 04, 2013

Cereal Boxes Needed

We need some cereal boxes for the Auburn Christmas Parade, which happens in November. We're going to have a program in October where gradeschool children will create winter themed book covers that will be used for the parade. If you have any empty cereal boxes please drop them off at the Children's Department.

August 26, 2013

Introducing A.T.L.A.S.

 This fall, starting September 5, we are introducing A.T.L.A.S.  (At The Library After School), our newly restructured afterschool program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.  As in the past, when it had been known as After School Special, the program will be held on Thursdays from 3:00-3:45 pm.


First Thursday – “A.T.L.A.S. Club”
 Children’s staff or an outside presenter will plan a large group activity to be held in the Close Community Room.


Second Thursday – “A.T.L.A.S. Charlie’s Chapters”
 A book club that will meet twice monthly and be divided by grade level.
  K-2nd grade and 3rd – 5th


Third Thursday – “A.T.L.A.S. Blast”
 Students will play games, do puzzles or art activities in the Close Community Room.


Fourth Thursday – “A.T.L.A.S. Charlie’s Chapters”
A book club that will meet twice monthly and be divided by grade level:  
K-2nd grade and 3rd – 5th


Fifth Thursday – “A.T.L.A.S. Movie Day”  
 We will show a movie and serve popcorn.  There will only be a few of these sessions.


For more information click here.

July 22, 2013

Storytime Registration and Toddler Friends 1,2,3 Starts TODAY

Registration for our Toddler Friends 1,2,3,  Infant and Preschool storytimes have begun. For more information about Toddler Friends click here. For more information about Infant and Preschool storytimes click here.

To register for these programs online click here. You can also give us a call at 925-2414 ext. 320 to register.

July 12, 2013

Summer Reading Club Grand Finale

This event will be held Thursday July 18 from 10-12 at the DeKalb Outdoor Theatre.                                                   Address: South Center Street, Auburn, IN
(If there is inclement weather, meet at Middaugh Hall, South Union Street & 14th Street, Auburn)

Plan to attend this year’s summer reading club celebration that includes fun and games for the while family. There will be classic cars for those who would like to pose for a photo as if they were going for drive in a vintage vehicle or win a favorite read in the book walk. Come enjoy live music and hands on activities sponsored by local organizations and businesses.

July 11, 2013

Kids Computer Camp: Digital Scrapbooking Workshop

Start Date: July 23, 2013 5:30 PM

End Date: July 25, 2013 7:30 PM

One parent/one child teams will create a digital scrapbook using PowerPoint 2010, digital photos/videos on a personal flash drive. Scrapbooks may be uploaded to YouTube to share. Children must be going into grades 4-5. Please reserve a spot as soon as possible by calling the Children’s Department, 925-2414 extension 320. Registration is limited to 10 teams.

July 01, 2013

Dime 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 28, 2013

Still Time to Join Summer Reading Club

There’s still time to join our Summer Reading Club and Dig Into Reading. We have 4 more weeks left.  There are LOTS of ways to read library books and earn prizes: check one out, download one, read one on Tumbebooks or the TumbleBookCloud JR. Click here for more information.

June 21, 2013

August 2012-April 2013 Storytime Families

Did you pick up your copy of the storytime cookbook? We still have paper copies you can pick up here at the Children’s Department. Or you can download a copy of your own. This is the 31st edition of our cookbook!

June 13, 2013

June 13 Family Program: Professor Steve

Due to all the rain we had last night our family program will be held at the Presbyterian Church fellowship hall today. The church is located directly across the street from the library. We hope to see everyone there.

May 29, 2013

Summer Reading Club has Begun

Can you believe school is out? Summer Reading Club starts today, Wednesday, May 29 for adults, teens and children. If you have a student who is going into the 6th grade in the fall she/he will be a part the Teen reading club this summer. Click here for more information on the Children’s summer reading club. We’re going to have a great summer “Digging into Reading.”

May 22, 2013

Size and Scale of the Universe

Astrophysicist Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, has always been passionate about astronomy, and wants to share his excitement! Dr. Manning will demonstrate the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands on activities and assorted visuals.


Thursday May 30 from 2-4pm in the Close Community Room. Click here to register for this program.

May 01, 2013

Coming Soon: Children's Art Show

Know any kids in grades k-5 in DeKalb County who love creating artwork? We’re having a children’s art show from May 17-24. This art show is sponsored by the Friends of the Eckhart Public Library and is held in conjunction with the Adult and Teen art shows. Click here for an entry form and more information. Click here to see some of the entries from last year's show.

April 30, 2013

Summer Program Registration

You can now register for our American Girl Grades 3-4, American Girl Camp Grades 5-up and American Boy Camp Grades 3-6, Summer Storytime and Toddler Friends 1,2,3. You can register online by clicking on the title of the program, going to our calendar of events, calling the children’s department, or in person. Don’t wait; reserve your place in a program today.

April 23, 2013

Storytime Graduation

Reminder to our storytime families: this is our last week of storytime until the fall. This week we will be having graduation parties for each of our storytime sessions. Feel free to bring a snack to share with your storytime friends. Don’t forget to bring in your child’s favorite recipe so we can add it to our annual storytime cookbook.

April 22, 2013

TumbleBookCloud Jr.

TumbleBookCloud Junior aligns with the Common Core Curriculum and features content for grade-school readers. It provides students with a vast collection of titles from a variety of formats and genres available in one place. There are audio books, National Geographic videos and our popular read-alongs which have audio narration and highlighting of the text – to name a few.

April 16, 2013

National Library Week

This week we’re celebrating National Library Week. Children decorated paper t-shirts with the things they love about the library and we posted them on a bulletin board. Click here to view photos of the display.

March 28, 2013

PBS KIDS Go Writing Contest

Do you like to write your own stories? PBS Kids is having a writing contest for grades k-3. Entry forms can be picked up at the library or downloaded here. All entries must be dropped off at the library by Saturday, April 13.

February 21, 2013

New Magazines

No more 3 day loans for children’s new magazines. Now all of our magazines check out for 2 weeks. We have some new magazines for you to check out.

Faces brings world cultures to your doorstep. 

Cricket feeds the minds and imaginations of kids. Every issue of Cricket is filled with stories, poems, puzzles, recipes, and science and nature articles.

Spider weaves a web of wonder for kids who are excited about reading on their own.

February 01, 2013

Winter Reading Club Extended

Good news! We have extended the date for Winter Reading Club. You can keep reading until February 23rd for prizes and to enter the grand prize drawings.

January 31, 2013

BeginINbooks Starts Monday

BeginINbooks starts Monday, February 4 from 6:30-7:30 pm. This program is for children who are eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2013. It is designed to encourage the development and improvement of skills that children will need as they begin kindergarten. To register call 925-2414 ext. 320. Click here for more information.

January 08, 2013


 Our infant and preschool storytimes will start back up next week. We can’t wait to see all of our storytime friends!

December 17, 2012

Winter Reading Club!

Winter Reading Club starts today and ends February 9, 2013! Snow is Falling…Books are Calling. Patrons of all ages are invited to read library books and earn prizes. Books must be checked out from the library, read on Tumble Books, Tumble Readables or downloaded from our website. Click here for more information.

November 19, 2012

No Storytime This Week

There will be no infant or preschool storytimes this week since we are closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. There will be a grandma goose storytime Saturday the 24 that all are welcome to attend. Infant and preschool storytimes will resume the following week.

November 06, 2012

PBS Kids Library Corner

This month our PBS Kids corner features Sesame Street. There are Sesame Street Alphabet Coloring pages to color. Watch a Sesame Street video clip on the PBS Kids Raising Readers Library corner computer and then write compliment cards to send to your friends. Test your tossing abilities after watching the Sesame Street Video “Toss.” Write a holiday word on our “Holiday Wooly Web of Words.” Come in and check it out!

October 19, 2012

Storytime: Halloween Party

All of our preschool storytimes will be celebrating Halloween next week (October 23-26)  with a party! If you signed up for treats, drinks, plates, baggies, or napkins don't forget to bring them. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume.

October 09, 2012

PBS Library Corner

Come check out our new PBS KIDS Raising Readers Library Corner, a dedicated space in the children’s department where children can improve their literacy skills through engaging multimedia resources.

The collaboration between the library and WFWA PBS39 is the first of its kind in northeast Indiana. Representatives of PBS39 and DeKalb Health, the initiative’s sponsor in Auburn, toured the corner for the first time last Thursday.

The Library Corner gives children ages 2 to 8 a place to play computer games and read books that link nationally recognized literary framework with popular PBS children’s programming. Popular programs include “Sesame Street,” Martha Speaks” and “Super Why!”  

Click here for pictures.

September 07, 2012

Grandma Goose Storytime

Don’t have time to attend a storytime through the week? Check out our Grandma Goose storytime that happens every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. This storytime takes place in the Secret Garden and no registration is required. For more information click here.

September 04, 2012

Storytime Begins

Our preschool and infant storytimes will begin this week. We can't wait to see our storytime friends again!

August 20, 2012

TumbleBookCloud Junior

Check out the new and improved TumbleBookCloud. With over 600 titles and reading levels from grades 3-8, it’s a great option for adventurous young readers who wish to go beyond the picture book collection in TumbleBookLibrary! TumbleBookCloud Junior contains early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audio books and new National Geographic videos.

July 31, 2012

Kids Computer Camp

We will be having a Kids Computer Camp July 31-August 2nd from 9:30-11:30 am. The camp will take place at the Third Place Teen Library. It will be for kids going into 3-5 grades. Kids will learn about internet safety, keyboarding and using the mouse, basic research and search skills, and basic word processing. A parent/guardian will need to sign a permission form. Click here to download the form.Registration is limited to 12, so sign up soon!

July 16, 2012

CANCELLED: Safe Sitter Babysitting Class

Parents are invited to register their children, ages 11-13, beginning Monday, July 16. A class fee of $35 cash is payable at the time of registration at the Information Desk.

For more information, click here!

July 15, 2012

Carnival Cake Walk: Donations Needed

Our Carnival Cake Walk will be taking place Thursday, July 19. We are in need of some items for our Cake Walk. We need: cakes, cookies, brownies, bars, trail mix, puppy chow etc... If you donate items the requirements are as follows:
1. Place approximately 6 items in a closeable sandwich bag.
2. No frosting please.
3. Have your items at the library by Wednesday, July 18.

July 12, 2012


Check out the new and improved TumbleBook Library, now known as the TumbleBookCloud. You can read a variety of books online and watch National Geographic videos. Click here to check it out. There’s also a link on the left side of our webpage.

July 05, 2012


BINGO will be held at the Presbyterian Church fellowship hall today at 10:15 am. The church is across the street from the library.  We’ll play inside where it’s nice and cool.

June 22, 2012

Plastic Lids Needed

We need some plastic lids for one of our summer craft sessions. The lids need to be 3-4 inches round. Do you have any lids like this that you’d like to donate? If so, please drop them off at the Children’s Department before July 3rd.

June 19, 2012

"Arts in Agriculture" Photo Contest

In conjunction with National Geographic Photojournalist Jim Richardson's Exhibit, the Auburn Arts Commission and DeKalb SWCD are excited to present a photo contest to regional photographers. Mr. Richardson will judge all eligible entries in advance. Winning photographs will be framed by the Arts Commission for display with the gallery exhibit. The contest is open to all ages. Click here for more information.

June 14, 2012

Raising Your Spirited Child Lecture

Parents and teachers come hear Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed D., best-selling author, international lecturer and parent educator, discuss raising your spirited child. There will be two lectures; August 24 and August 25. Click here for more information. You can check the book "Raising Your Spirited Child" out from the library.

June 12, 2012

Enjoy Carnivals?

Join the celebration! Join us at the Children’s Summer Reading Club Carnival, the morning of Thursday, July 19!

May 31, 2012

American Girl and Boy Camps

Do you know any girls in grades 5-up or boys in grades 3-6 who love learning about history? If so, tell them about our American Girl and Boy camps happening this summer. We still have openings! Click here for more information.

May 29, 2012

Summer Reading Club

Summer reading club starts today! Check books out from the library and earn reading incentives. Pick up your record sheets at the library or download them from our website. Click here for more information. Dream Big: READ!

May 24, 2012

Storytime Cookbook

Our storytime cookbook is ready for you to take home. Stop in and pick up your copy, or click here to download a copy.You may choose to make a voluntary donation to help underwrite the cost of producing the cookbook. Give any donations to the Children’s Department staff.

May 19, 2012

Children's Art Show 2012

If you missed seeing the children's art show entries click here to view them on flickr. We had entries from McKenney Harrison and DASH homeschool this year. We have some talented grade-schoolers in our community!

May 10, 2012

Calling Pint-sized Picassos

The Children's Department will hold a "chalk walk" at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the library park.

April 23, 2012

After School Special

Join us this Thursday from 3:00-3:45 pm for our after school special "How Does Your Garden Grow." The Auburn Garden Club will be here to help with a gardening experiment. Help with outdoor planting and enjoy a garden-themed treat.

April 20, 2012

Storytime Cookbook

Storytime families: if you would like to email us your recipe for the cookbook click here. Please include your child’s name and the storytime you attend. We hope to see you all next week for graduation!

April 10, 2012

American Girl Birthday Party

Come celebrate Addy's special day with us Saturday, April 14 from 1-3 pm. We will be meeting in the Close Community Room. It will be an afternoon of facts, games, a craft and of course birthday cake. Attendees must be in 3rd grade and up. Please register in the Children's Department or by giving us a call..

March 31, 2012

Storytime Easter Party

This week for storytime we will be having an Easter party. Feel free to bring a treat for your storytime friends. We hope to see everyone there.

March 30, 2012

WRC Storytime and Lego Event Winners

This week the winners of our Winter Reading Club Lego event and Storytime had their personal programs. Click here to check out some of the pictures.

March 27, 2012

No Storytime

There will be no storytime this week because of spring-break. Feel free to visit us and check out some books!

March 21, 2012

TumbleBooks Unplugged

TumbleBooks Unplugged is an offline version of the TumbleBook Library and it is available here at the library. You can read e-books without using the internet. It can be can be downloaded to desktop computers, laptops and netbooks. TumbleBooks Unplugged is installed via a flashdrive that is checked out from the library. It contains 125 TumbleBooks, 25 chapter books and 20 TumbleGames. Check it out today!

March 20, 2012

TumbleBooks and Tumblereadables

You don't need an e-reader to enjoy e-books. Check out TumbleBooks and Tumblereadables, click on the names to be taken to the sites.

March 20, 2012

Lego Club

Kids grades 1-5 are invited to join us for Lego Club tomorrow, Wednesday, March 29, from 4-5:30 pm. We will meet in the Secret Garden. Bring your friends!

March 19, 2012

PBS Kids Writing Contest

Did you know if you enter a story with illustrations for the PBS Writers Go Contest, you will be entered in a drawing to win a set of watercolor pencils with instructions and a practice sketch pad ! Please stop by the library today for more information !

March 06, 2012

Wanted: Displays

Do you have any collections you would like to display here at the library? If so, let the Children's Department know. You can call us at 925-2414 ext. 320 or click here to email us.

February 24, 2012

Winter Reading Club

There’s one week of Winter Reading Club left. But there’s still time to join the fun, read and earn some prizes. Come check out some books today!

February 21, 2012

Meet Margaret McMullan

Margaret McMullan, award winning author of How I Found Strong and Sources of Light, will be in Auburn on Monday, April 23, 2012! 

Click here for more information!

January 30, 2012

Books, Books, Books

We have a book display devoted to the theme of winter. Come check some out to remind yourself that it really is winter time. We also have our Valentines book collection down and ready for you to check out.

January 09, 2012

Winter Reading Club 2012

Winter Reading Club has begun! Read books checked out from the library and earn prizes. You can download books from the library's website, read books on TumbleBooks or Tumble Readables. After reading through several levels you will receive an "I Geek Reading" bookbag. You will also be entered into a drawing for a personalized Geek storytime, a personalized Geek shirt, or a Lego event for you and your friends. For more information click here.

January 04, 2012

Storytime and beginINbooks Openings

Storytime and BeginINbooks will be starting up the week of January 9. We have openings for several of our storytimes and for beginINbooks. Click here for information about our storytimes. Click here for information about beginINbooks. Call us for the specific days and times of these openings.

December 27, 2011

Happy, Happy New Year: A Craft Extravaganza

Join us Thursday, December 29th for a New Year craft open house. It will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Secret Garden. Using the three R's of recycling: reduce, reuse and recycle, we will make New Year crafts. Bring in your old, crinkled up Christmas wrapping paper, ribbons and bows. No registration is required.

December 19, 2011


Join us Wednesday, December 21 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for LEGO Club. Children who are in grades 1-5 and love LEGO toys will want to join this after school group. We will meet in the Secret Garden.

December 08, 2011

Holiday Movie Nights

Join us for our holiday movie nights. Tuesday, December 13 we will be showing "The Muppet Christmas Carol" from 6:00-7:45 p.m. Thursday, December 15 we will be showing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" from 6:00-7:45 p.m. Both movie nights will be held in the Secret Garden and buttery popcorn will be served. Santa is planning on stopping in for "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

December 03, 2011

Christmas Craft Open House

Join us Wednesday December 7 from 10:00-2:00 p.m. or from 5:00-7:00 p.m. We will be building gingerbread houses and doing a craft. This program will take place in the Secret Garden. No registration required.

November 29, 2011

North Pole Express

Send a letter to Santa! Mail your letters at the library by December 13th to receive a reply from Santa Claus.We have a special mailbox for your letters located in the Children's Department by the elevator.

November 28, 2011

Last Week of Storytime

This will be our last official week of storytime. We will be taking a break in December and starting back up the week of January 10, 2012. Join us in December for a variety of holiday activities.

November 21, 2011

Library Closed

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

October 22, 2011

Storytime: Halloween Party

This week for storytime we will be having a Halloween Party. Don’t forget to wear your costumes and bring some treats for your storytime friends.

October 18, 2011


This week all storytimes will be meeting at the fire station on Grandstaff. We hope to see everyone there!

October 18, 2011


Join us Wednesday October 19 for our first official LEGO Club program. It will be from 4-5:30 pm in the Secret Garden. Come build something with us!

This event is open to grades 1-5.

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.