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May 30, 2014

Library Jobs

Want to work at the library? Eckhart Public Library is accepting resumes for a Volunteer Services Coordinator. 

For more information about this position and other library job opportunities, visit the Library Jobs page.

May 16, 2014

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Join us May 14th - May 16th, to support Friends of Eckhart Public Library, Inc. and get some great deals on gently used books, movies, and more!

 

Exclusive to EPL Friends of the Library
(Memberships available at the door)

Wednesday, May 14, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.


Open to the Public

Thursday, May 15, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 16, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ($1 a Bag)

May 14, 2014

Garret Public Library: Closed

Garrett Public Library will be closed April 14th to May 14th for their library renovation. We wanted to remind all Garrett patrons that you can become reciprocal borrowers and check out materials at EPL with your Garrett Public Library card.


To become a reciprocal borrower, a form must be filled out at your home library (GPL).
Please bring the following things to EPL:
  • Completed Reciprocal Borrowing Form from home library
  • Valid Photo ID*
  • Home Library Card


*If your ID does not have your current address, you will need a piece of mail that has your name and current address.


If you have any questions, please contact our Circulation Desk by email or phone.
circulation@epl.lib.in.us
260-925-2414 ext. 220

April 15, 2014

Need Tax Forms?

 The IRS Tax filing deadline is Tuesday, April 15, 2014. 


Need forms? We do have physical tax forms available at the main library. However, quantities are limited, and we cannot guarantee which forms are available. All forms can be found online at the links below.


Tax Forms (Federal)

This site allows you to download tax forms directly from the IRS.


Tax Forms (State)

This site allows you to download tax forms directly from the state of Indiana.

 

April 05, 2014

Job Opening

Eckhart Public Library is now accepting applications for an Assistant Genealogy Supervisor position.

More information about the position and how to apply can by found here.

March 19, 2014

Lucky Library Friends Sale

Get some amazing deals on books and movies while supporting Friends of Eckhart Public Library, Inc. at the same time!

Exclusive to EPL Friends of the Library
(Memberships available at the door)
Wednesday, March 19, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Open to the Public
Thursday, March 20, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 21, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.($1 a Bag)

March 15, 2014

Testing & Education Reference Center

Need to practice for the big test, get information about college, or look into possible careers? The Testing & Education Reference Center can help.

Practice tests and research exams include: SAT, ACT, GRE, Praxis, and more.

March 11, 2014

Meet the Author: Monica Koldyke Miller

Monica Koldyke Miller (Indiana), published author of the historical romance novel Threads of Betrayal, will share how she became interested in writing, who her mentors were, and how she got published. She will also speak on the lessons and symbolism in her writing, as well as how the town of Decatur influenced her book cover. Following her talk, books will be available for purchase.

Feel free to invite a friend and register for this program online or by calling the Information Desk, 925-2414 extension 120.

March 05, 2014

Big Library Read: Keys to the Kitchen


Celebrate Big Library Read with Aida Mollenkamp's Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook! From now until March 5th, the Keys to the Kitchen eBook will be available to download on our virtual branch - no holds, no waiting!


Get cooking today!






March 01, 2014

Winter Reading Club

Winter Reading Club (WRC) will begin Monday, January 6th and run through Saturday, March 1st. Children, Teens, and Adults can check out books at EPL, and the more you read, the more prizes you win! Books can be checked out at the main library, teen library, and virtual library

Download WRC Sheets for:

Children: Books and Minutes

Teens

Adults

February 07, 2014

Love Your Library Books Sale

Get some amazing deals on gently used books, audiobooks, movies, and CDs!


Wednesday, February 5th
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Friends Members Only & Chocolate Give-away!
(Friends Memberships will be available at the door)  


Thursday, February 6th

10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Open to the Public

Friday, February 7th
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Open to the Public & Buck-a-Bag special!
(Bags Provided)


January 18, 2014

It's Time to Renew Friends Memberships

Membership to Friends of Eckhart Public Library, Inc. expires on December 31. Thank you for your support through the years. We are inviting you to renew your membership for 2014. You may also want to consider giving a Friends' membership as a gift to family members or friends.

Did you know that 27% of funds raised for programming come from membership? The Friends Board has pledged $12,875 to support the many varied programs offered for all ages at Eckhart Public Library. Thank you for considering renewal to the Friends and supporting your library.

Memberships forms for the Friends of the Library organization are currently available online or at the library.

Prices are:

Individual - $10

Family - $15

Silver - $25

Gold - $50

Platinum - $100

Please make checks payable to Friends of EPL, Inc. and return payment and the form to the library's circulation desk, or mail to: 

Friends of EPL, Inc.

PO Box 838

Auburn, IN  46706

 

December 31, 2013

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 at the main library. A library staff member will collect and record the donation. Donations of non-perishable food items will be donated 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 30, 2013

Tis the Season to be Giving

Patrons are invited to help decorate our tree with mittens, hats, scarves, and gloves for children and adults. This is not just any tree; this tree is a special tree. It is fondly called The Giving Tree.

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 2014. Since needs are so great during the winter months, this is a helpful way to assist agencies as they begin the new year. Remember, 'tis the season to be giving!

November 20, 2013

Eckhart Public Library Friends of the Library Fair

Come to the Friends Fair this Saturday November 23 from 2:00-4:30 pm! This will be held in the Close Community Room at the main library. See how contributions are used. Learn how the Friends Board works with its members to support the library. Visit the exhibits and enjoy some light refreshments. Take this time to make that final bid on favorite baskets in the Giving Thanks Silent Auction.

November 18, 2013

The Giving Thanks Silent Auction Starts November 15th!

Amazing themed baskets will be on display to be viewed and bid on in the main library. The winners will be notified on Saturday, November 23. The Friends of the Library and the library staff are truly grateful for the support which helps to fund the many outstanding programs that the library offers to the community. Get a bidding number at the Information Desk.

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!

November 06, 2013

Introducing Express Fiction!

We heard your concerns and have reevaluated the New Fiction check out time of seven days for all new adult 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.


Express Fiction
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.


Standard Fiction
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.


*Only new, adult fiction will have these check-out options.

November 05, 2013

Ins and Outs of Affordable Care Act

Have questions about the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare)? It has been three years since the legislation was enacted in 2010, and many people are still unsure of the specifics of what the legislation will mean to them personally.    


Plan to come to a free informational session on trends in health care that have led Americans to this point as well as information on what the legislation will mean to consumers. This will be presented by DeKalb County Purdue Extension, in conjunction with the Indiana Farm Bureau.

  

Feel free to invite family and friends. Register online or at the information desk, 925-2414 extension 120 for this free event today!

October 25, 2013

Friends Book Sale

It's time for the last Friends of the Library Book Sale of the year!

October 23rd 4:00 to 8:00
Exclusive to Friends of the Library members. Memberships will be available at the door.

October 24th 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Open to the public

October 25th 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Open to the public. $1 a bag special.

The next book sale will take place in 2014. Don't miss out on some great bargains!

October 19, 2013

Enrollment Begins for Affordable Healthcare Act

Starting October 1st, enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins at the Health Insurance Marketplace. Indiana residents will be able to utilize the Marketplace to get information about plans, costs, and other general information. To enroll online, an email address is required. Paper forms can be used to sign up as well, but individuals will be responsible for  the cost of their printing. While library staff can’t give insurance or health care advice, we can help you navigate the technology needed to do so. If you require technology assistance to create an email address or to navigate the Heath Insurance Marketplace, make an appointment at  reference@epl.lib.in.us or 260-925-2414 ext. 120.

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.

October 03, 2013

Tom Clancy 1947 - 2013

Tom Clancy passed away this week at age 66. During his lifetime, Clancy wrote Patriot Games, The Hunt for Red October, and Clear and Present Danger, and many more. 

Clancy had a great following and will be missed.

September 30, 2013

Big Library Read: Fancy Nancy

 








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 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 31, 2013

Enjoy eBooks & more with the all-new OverDrive Media Console v3.0!

 

Reading eBooks from our virtual branch is now easier than ever. The app to enjoy digital titles on your mobile device, OverDrive Media Console (OMC), has been completely redesigned with ease of use top of mind. Some highlighted features include:


·A redesigned user interface with an all-new look, streamlined navigation, and a one-stop reorganized menu.
·Sync bookmarks and reading progress across multiple devices using a free, opt-in registration service called OverDrive One.
·
Variable speed playback for iOS. Audiobook users’ most requested feature.


System Requirements: OMC v3.0 for Android users requires Android OS v4.0 (or newer). OMC for Android v2.6.5 will remain available for download. OMC for iOS requires iOS 6 (or newer).

If you already have OverDrive Media Console installed on your device, you will be prompted to update, or it will happen automatically depending on your device settings. To install OverDrive Media Console, or for more information, visit

http://omc.overdrive.com. Happy reading!

August 28, 2013

Get the most from your EPL account!

Join us on August 28th in the Close Community Room to lean about the online benefits of your library card. Find out how you can place holds, renew items, and download eBooks and audiobooks from your computer, phone, or tablet. Register online or by calling our Information Desk at 260-925-2414 ext. 120.

August 19, 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

August 13, 2013

eBook Maintenance

On Tuesday, August 13th there will be scheduled maintenance on our eBook website

The OverDrive site will be unavailable from 7:00 am to 9:00 am US Eastern Time.

eBooks and audiobooks will be available to download after that maintenance window. Thank you for your patience!

August 08, 2013

Meet the Author: Mike Mullin!

We are thrilled to announce that Mike Mullin, author of the best-selling Ashfall series, will be at the teen library on Thursday, August 8th at 6:00!

Learn how to survive a super volcano eruption, see Mike break a cement block, and ask questions about your favorite group of survivors from Ashfall and Ashen Winter.

Books will be available to purchase and be signed!

Space is limited, so please register!



July 27, 2013

Friends Book Sale

It's time for the Friends of the Library July Book Sale!


July 24th 4:00 to 8:00
Exclusive to Friends of the Library members. Memberships will be available at the door.

July 25th 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Open to the public

July 26th 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Open to the public

July 27th 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Open to the public. $1 a bag special.
The next book sale will take place in October. 


The Friends Book Sale can be found at the Willennar Administrative Annex. Contact us if you have any questions!

July 20, 2013

Summer Reading Club

Keep Reading!

Adults, teens, and children have been busy reading, listening, and downloading books. There's still plenty of time to participate before the program ends on July 20th! Download your record sheets below:

Adult Summer Reading Club

Teen Summer Reading Club

Children's Summer Reading Club

July 13, 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 cgrogg@epl.lib.in.us. Chris can also be contacted for any questions. Jobs will be posted until the position is filled.


Genealogy Supervisor

 

July 12, 2013

Additional eReaders Available for Checkout

Five new eReaders are ready to be checked out! These include Kindle Fire, Kindle DX, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard and Google Nexus 7.  

Brochures and instructions are available at the circulation desk.

 

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 16, 2013

Introducing Debit and Credit Card Payments

Eckhart Public Library is happy to announce that it now accepts credit and debit card payments at the Adult and Teen Service desks.

The library has established an account with “Square,” the popular online register that allows merchants and other services to accept payments via a card reader attached to an iPad, iPhone, etc.


Patrons wishing to use this service to pay overdue fines, lost item charges and other miscellaneous fees will need their actual credit or debit card so that it can be “swiped” for successful processing.


A digital signature is required and a choice of printed or electronic receipts are available.

June 15, 2013

Summer Cards

Summer library cards are back! These cards are available for all students (age 5 - grade 12) who want to read! Summer cards can absolutely be utilized to check out and download books for Summer Reading Club.


Children's Summer Reading Club

Teen Summer Reading Club


Cards are $10.00 per child with a maximum cost of $30.00 per family. Students that receive free or reduced lunches can purchase a summer card for $5.00. Parents or guardians just need to bring in their ID when applying for cards. All summer cards expire September 1st. If you have a card from a previous year we can just renew the old account for you!


Contact us if you have any questions!

May 29, 2013

Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club will begin for adults, teens, and children on May 29th!

To participate, just keep track of the books you're reading from Eckhart Public Library, and be sure to count the eBooks and audiobooks downloaded from our virtual branch!

Record sheets and program information will soon be available on the website as well as  the circulation desks at the main library, children's department, and teen library. Contact us for more information!

 

May 17, 2013

Art Show Reception

Join us Friday, May 17th at 6:00 to celebrate and award the submissions in the 46th Annual Art Show and the 4th Annual Teen Art Show. 

Refreshments will be served at this reception courtesy of Friends of the Library.

May 10, 2013

Friends Book Sale

The Friends Book Sale will take place May 8th through 10th this week at the Willennar Administrative Annex!

Wednesday, May 8th
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Exclusive to Friends of the Library members. Memberships will be available at the door.

Thursday, May 9th
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Open to the public.

Friday, May 10th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Open to the public. $1 a bag special.

The next book sale will take place in July.


May 01, 2013

Art Show 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 30, 2013

Ellen England Feature

Việt nam hacker

April 26, 2013

Meet the Author: Dr. Trina Chapman-Smith

Who: Dr. Trina Chapman-Smith, longtime local physician
What: Two book signings of Chapman-Smith’s new collection of nonfiction short stories, We Laughed, We Cried -- The Days that Shaped a Doctor
When: Friday, April 26, and Thursday, May 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

For months, Dr. Trina Chapman-Smith had a nightly ritual after the dinner dishes were cleared. She put on some music, sat at her dining room table with pen and paper and wrote about her 20-year career practicing medicine. The result is We Laughed, We Cried -- The Days that Shaped a Doctor, a collection of more than 50 short stories. Chapman-Smith will sign copies of the book at two events in Eckhart Public Library’s Close Community Room, Friday, April 26, and Thursday, May 9. Both events are from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


She describes the stories as ranging from "poignantly tear-jerking to outrageously humorous." Chapman-Smith has been a writer as long as she can recall, and the roots of this book formed about 15 years ago when she began taking notes about people and events that touched her. Guiding two children into adulthood was her priority then. Now that her children are grown, she said she wanted to cross the book off her “bucket list” before she turns 50 this year. Her storytelling style has been compared to the British veterinarian and writer, James Herriot, which Chapman-Smith calls “the ultimate compliment.” Her goal in writing the book was to show a more human side to being a doctor and explore how relationships with patients have shaped her life. “Most doctors are doctors because they love people,” she said.

About Dr. Trina-Chapman Smith: A graduate of Manchester College and Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Chapman-Smith has been practicing medicine at DeKalb Health for 20 years. Born in Fort Wayne, she has been married to Roger Smith, a farmer, for 25 years. Their son is a first-year teacher and coach at East Noble Middle School. Their daughter studies pre-medicine at Manchester University. Dr. Chapman-Smith previously published a memoir, 33 Days at Lead Walls, that detailed her fight against breast cancer.

April 15, 2013

OverDrive's Next Generation

Eckhart Public Library’s digital collection is getting a facelift with OverDrive’s Next Generation website.

See a Preview!


Some of the key features include:


·One-Step Checkout™: Once you’ve logged in with your library card number, it just takes one click to borrow a title.
·OverDrive Read™: Browser-based technology enables instant access to eBooks, online or offline, with no software or downloading required. All you’ll need is a computer or device with a modern web browser. If the title is available to borrow, you can download the title–as you’ve always been able to–or you can choose to start reading right away in your web browser. If you choose browser-based reading, your progression will sync across devices. For example, if you leave off at page 47 on your computer, you’ll start at page 47 on your iPad®!
·A new responsive design optimizes the website for mobile and desktop use. So regardless of what device you use, the experience will be the same.
·
Powerful discovery tools enable you to find your next book fast with filtered search, personalized title recommendations and more. It’s just like online shopping!


We look forward to providing our community with this fast and easy new experience. If you have any questions, be sure to contact us directly!

April 15, 2013

National Library Week

It's National Library Week!

Thank you to all of our patrons for being part of Eckhart Public Library!

April 11, 2013

Art Exhibit Reception Honoring Ellen England

Meet the artist and celebrate her exhibit at a reception in her honor. 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@eeengland.com

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

April 09, 2013

March Madness: WINNERS

Home Front by Kristin Hannah won the Final Round, by beating Lone Wolf by only one point!
 
Winner of the $25 Amazon Gift Card – Tiffany Gallagher
 
Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all who voted.








March 31, 2013

Coming Soon: LS2 PAC 2.0!

We're excited to announce that on March 31st our catalog will be upgraded! The upgrade will change the look of the catalog to fill up more of the screen in addition to adding some additional features, including how you can manage your account online. This upgrade will also allow you to make different lists!


If you need additional help using the catalog, contact us!





March 30, 2013

March Madness: Round 3

We "hoop" you will vote in EPL March Madness. The competing books are the top 16 fiction books checked out from the library from March 1, 2012-March 1, 2013. Each ballot will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. Enter as many rounds as you wish. Book winner and prize winner will be announced Tuesday, April 9. Click on "EPL March Madness" during each round to vote.


Round 3- March 28-April 2

Round 4- April 3-April 8

 




March 14, 2013

Kindle App Bug

Kindle users, there is a bug in the iOS update that can delete entire libraries.

Tech Cruch has more information.

March 13, 2013

Learn a Language at the Library!

 





Increased interest in learning a new language has inspired the Eckhart Public Library to renew their annual subscription to a language-learning database. Powerspeak is available through the library’s public subscription and is free to EPL library card holders and onsite computer users.

It is an interactive bowser-based program, that makes language learning accessible to all library patrons. Library card holders can access it from anywhere with Internet service, and authentication is verified through a library card number, and then, once registered, a username and password.

Languages currently offered are Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, and English as a Second Language (ESL) for Spanish and Mandarin speaking individuals.

Individuals who are not Eckhart Public Library patrons may use Powerspeak by visiting the library and presenting photo identification to gain access to a public computer. Individual library subscriptions may be purchased to access all library databases from anywhere, in addition to borrowing books, audiobooks, magazines, music CDs, entertainment and nonfiction DVDs and more!

Interested in learning how to use Powerspeak? Join us on March 13th!

March 12, 2013

Tax Information

Eckhart Public Library will have tax forms, instructions, and booklets available at the main library. We can not guarantee the the quantity or arrival date of specific forms but will provide as much information as we can.

Taxes can be eFiled, if you would prefer to file online.

Federal Tax Forms and State Tax Forms are also available online.


Unsure of what you need? The IRS has a portion of their website devoted to Latest News and information.


We, at Eckhart Public Library, are not able to offer any tax advice. If you require assistance, we suggest contacting a professional.

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 09, 2013

Snow is Falling Books are Calling

Winter Reading Club is here!

Adult Tally Sheet

Teen Tally Sheet

Children's Tally Sheet

Check out library books, or download them from our virtual branch, and win! All adults, teens and children are invited to participate! Winter Reading Club will run through February 23.

January 23, 2013

Fun With Photos

Join the library staff to learn how to upload, store and share holiday photos and more. Flickr provides a safe and simple way to share treasured memories with friends and family. Bring digital photos on an SD card or a flash drive or bring a digital camera if assistance is required. Bring a personal laptop or use one provided by the library to upload photos.

Register for this program by calling 925-2414 extension 505.

January 12, 2013

News for Nook Users!

OverDrive Media Console now available for use on NOOK Color, NOOK HD and HD+, and the NOOK TABLET! This means no more tethering your NOOK device to your computer to download digital titles from EPL! Just download the OverDrive Media Console app then click on the icon to locate Eckhart Public Library. Insert the zip code in the search box, then tap ‘Get Books,’ to  browse EPL’s digital collection on the web. Check out a title with a valid library card and PIN. Titles download directly to your NOOK.

Both eBooks and audiobook titles will play on these devices. As always EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks have a lending period. The title automatically expires in the app at the end of the lending period, so there’s never a late fee. There’s even a handy countdown clock built into the app so you know how long you have to read or listen before the title expires.
 
What happens if a digital title is already checked out?
 
Just like with physical material from the library, you can join a waiting list. All you need to do is enter your email address when placing a hold. You will  receive an alert when the title is available for check out.
 
Don’t want to wait? Our library also offers thousands of EPUB eBook downloads that are always available. Just check for the ‘Additional eBooks’ link at the bottom of the digital collection homepage and you can get free eBooks that are yours to keep—without a lending period. You’ll discover timeless books and find yourself reading more than ever before with this diverse collection.
 
You can also download DRM-free EPUB eBooks from other online sources to read using the OverDrive Media Console app.

Happy Reading!

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 accepted through December 28th and 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.

December 01, 2012

December is Learn a Foreign Language Month!

 









Click the banner for lessons in Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Ingles (ESL), and Mandarin (ESL)!

November 30, 2012

Nook Error Message

If you receive this error message on your Nook, "User Not Activated" try the following steps to resolve the issue: 

1.Download the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions 2.0
2.Migrate all books to the new version. (Just answer YES to the question posed by the install software).
3.
Uninstall the old version (the install package leads them through this step also, just answer YES).
4.Re-boot computer.
5.
Restart device.
6.
Connect device to computer.
7.Re-authorize if prompted. (make sure BARNES AND NOBLE username and PW match the ones used for authorization.)
8.Try a new download.

If this solution did not work for you, try deautorizing and reauthorizing Adobe Digital Editions and your computer.

If you need additional assistance, please contact us.

November 12, 2012

New Materials

New Materials: Do you want to know the newest items added to our collection? Just click the icon to the right, or click here and you'll be able to see our newest fiction, nonfiction, movies, audiobooks and more! Check back each month!

November 11, 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 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 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.

October 24, 2012

Friends Book Sale

The Friends of Eckhart Public Library will be having their book sale October 24th-26th!

October 24th: Exclusive to Friends Members (Memberships available at the door)
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

October 25th: Open to Public
10:00 am to 7:00 pm

October 26th: Open to Public
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
$1 a bag special.
The next book sale will take place in February 2013


The book sales will take place at Willennar Administrative Annex.

September 30, 2012

National Library Card Sign Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month- a time to remind adults and children that a library card is the smartest card in a wallet. Visit the library today!

It is a community hub of activity. In tough economic times, a library card gives free access to books and computers. The Eckhart Public Library offers homework help, assistance with resumes and job searches, one-on-one free computer assistance, educational activities, music, movies, magazines, downloadable books and much more. New library card holders will be mailed a coupon for a free book! The book should be picked up at the Information Desk by the end of October.

September 17, 2012

ReferenceUSA

Did you know that ReferenceUSA's business profiles link to jobs posted by Indeed.com, 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 01, 2012

Libraries and eBooks

Libraries, eBooks, and Publishers were the topic of NPR's The Diane Rehm show on August 28th. There was a great discussion, and it's available for listening online!


Click here to listen.

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 25, 2012

Need help learning a foreign language?

Powerspeak Languages can help you get started with Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, and ESL. Just visit the Gale Databases page and scroll down to Powerspeak Languages.

Check out our Resources page for other databases, Chiltons, Legal Forms, and more!

August 23, 2012

Concert in the Park

Join us on Thursday at 6:30 in the library park for live music! The very talented Auburn Community Band will be performing.

Check our library calendar for more upcoming programs and activities!

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.

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 25, 2012

Friends Book Sale

Plan to pick up plenty of bargains. The book sale will be held in the Willennar Administrative Annex, located at 212 West Twelfth Street in Auburn. The hours for the July sidewalk sale are as follows: 

Exclusive to EPL Friends of the Library:
(Memberships available at the door)
Wednesday, July 25, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Open to the Public:

Thursday, July 26, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 27, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 28, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.  ($2 per bag)

Anyone who would like to assist at the July book sale should contact Emily Drayna, 925-3117

July 18, 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 16, 2012

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 02, 2012

Share Your Stories

The creative writing group will be meeting on July 2nd. Click here for more information!

June 25, 2012

Basic Computer Use: Starting, Steering and Stopping

"Learning to use a computer is much like learning to drive."

Volunteer and long-time computer educator, Bob Gehring, will be presenting on beginner computer use on Monday, June 25th . This program will cover basic keyboarding, using a mouse and an introduction to Internet safety. Bobbie Lee, Digital Literacy Coordinator, will be available after these sessions to answer questions concerning technology learning opportunities available at Eckhart Public Library.

For more information and to register, click here.

June 11, 2012

Win a Flip Video Camera!

The Friends of Eckhart Public Library are going green. You can help them reduce the cost of printing and postage by signing up for EPL's eNewsletter and library updates! Click here to sign up.

If you sign up before June 30th, you'll be entered to win a Flip video camera!

June 05, 2012

EPL & Facebook

Eckhart Public Library, the Children’s Department, the teen library, and Willennar Genealogy Center all have Facebook pages. Subscribe to each page for library updates, reminders, and pictures.

May 29, 2012

Summer is for Reading

Summer reading club for all ages begins Tuesday, May 29. Look for program information at the main library, the Children's Department and the teen library.

May 18, 2012

Art Show

The 45th Annual Art Show and 3rd Annual Teen Art Show are now on display at the main and teen library. Everyone is welcome to come see the fantastic entries and vote for their favorite for the People's Choice Award!

Artwork from McKenney-Harrison Elementary students will also be on display in the Children's Department.

May 10, 2012

Take Books from the Library Home - For Keeps!

The Friends of the Library book sale opens to the public Thursday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $2 per bag. Sales are held at the Willennar Administrative Annex, 212 W. 12th St. A preview sale for Friends only will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, with memberships available at the door.

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. Check out our Children's Department page for more information about this and other activities!

May 05, 2012

Gadget Galleries Coming Soon

Join us on Saturday for Pick a Downloadable Bouquet! In addition to the new Sony Reader, come view and try Apple, Kindle and Nook devices. Discover the advantages of each. One-on-one demonstrations and help will be available. Learn how to download books from the library’s website. 


Can't make it to the gadget gallery on Saturday? There are also two opportunities on Monday, May 7th to attend! Click here and here for more information.


Gadget Galleries are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

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 12, 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 06, 2012

Harry Potter Available for Digital Download!

The wait is over. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling is now available in eBook and digital audio format! If you'd like to check one of them out from the library, search "Harry Potter" on the NIDL website or click here for book one!

If you're interesting in purchasing an item in the Harry Potter digital collection you can do so at the Pottermore Store.

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

March 05, 2012

Art Shows Coming Soon!

The 45th Annual Adult Art Show and the 3rd Annual Teen 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 (2012)

Teen Art Show Entry Form (2012)

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!

February 06, 2012

Love Your Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Library book sale will be this week! Those attending can enter to win DeBrand's chocolate!

Wednesday the 8th: Exclusive to Friends members; membership forms will be available at the door.

Thursday the 9th: Open to the public

Friday the 10th: Open to the  public

Check our calendar for more information.

February 06, 2012

Love Your Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Library book sale will be this week! Those attending can enter to win DeBrand's chocolate!

Wednesday the 8th: Exclusive to Friends members; membership forms will be available at the door.

Thursday the 9th: Open to the public

Friday the 10th: Open to the  public

Check our calendar for more information.

February 02, 2012

Why Do You Geek the Library?

February is Library Lovers' Month!

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

January 30, 2012

Did you know?

We have a Technology Services page that provides information on the technology that we have available for our library users. On this page, we have news, guides, and instructional videos. Are you interested in downloading eBooks and audiobooks or purchasing en eReader? You can access tutorials and consumer reports on our site as well!

January 24, 2012

We Geek Winter Reading Club

Adults, Teens, and Children are all eligible to participate in Winter Reading Club at Eckhart Public Library! Keep tracks of the books you read and download from Eckhart Public Library and win! Call 925-2414 ext. 120, stop by the library, or click the links below for more information!

Adults

Teens

Children

January 23, 2012

Making Sense of the Civil War

Eckhart Public Library is pleased to be a recipient of grant, which will be used to sponsor Civil War programming throughout the upcoming year.  During the month of February, display cases at the Eckhart Public Library and Willennar Genealogy Center will feature Civil War artifacts.

Jane Gasineau, the former Lincoln Museum curator, will be the keynote speaker for the kickoff of 2012 Civil War events on Monday, February 6th. Barb Morrow, author of Goodnight for Freedom, will share her story at the Thursday, February 9th at the After School Special. Excerpts from American ’s War will be read during both programs.  

For more information, keep checking our Calendar.

January 05, 2012

Friends Book Sale

The next Friends of the Library book sale will be in February.

 

February 8th: 4 pm to 8 pm (Friends Only)
Memberships will be available at the door. Enter to win DeBrand's chocolate!

February 9th: 10 am to 7 pm (Public)

February 10th 10 am to 2 pm (Public)

December 12, 2011

Gifts that Give Throughout the Year

For library lovers, give the gift of a Friends of the Eckhart Public Library membership.  Forms are available at the library. For someone living in an unserved township, consider giving a library subscription. Give the gift of books, movies, magazines, or CDs for a year!

December 05, 2011

The Giving Tree

EPL's Giving Tree is located at the main library, and it's not just any tree. Patrons are invited to decorate the tree with donations of 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 2012. Since needs are so great during the winter months, this is a helpful way to assist agencies as they begin the new year. Remember, 'tis the season to be giving!

December 01, 2011

Amnesty Program: Food For Fines

From December 1st to December 30th, 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 donated 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.


November 28, 2011

December Closed Dates

In the month of December, the Eckhart Public Library campus will be closed on the following dates:


December 23rd to December 26th

December 31st to January 2nd

November 08, 2011

Browse our Catalog on Your Smartphone

 You can now renew your items, place holds, check your fines, and even just browse our catalog using the new LS2 Mobile application for smartphones. You just need to be in an area that has mobile or Wi-Fi service. To download the LS2 Mobile App, go to your App Store and search "LS2 Mobile". Click below for more information!


 


 


 

October 31, 2011

November Closed Dates

The entire Eckhart Public Library campus will be closed on the following dates: 


November 11th

November 24th

November 25th

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.