We’ve always got something new for our patrons to read! Take a moment to stop in and check out these new adult fiction books from Eckhart Public Library! You can also put items on hold through Evergreen Indiana!

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April is National Car Care Month, and what better way to celebrate than by checking into some library resources on car care?  Eckhart Public Library is proud to offer Chilton Library, an online resource containing a wealth of authoritative car repair and maintenance information.

You need your library card or computer card number to access this resource on your own computers, or you can use a library computer to search for repair manuals, maintenance schedules, how-to videos, labor time estimators, and recalls for your vehicle.  Simply search by make, model, and year to see what options are available to search.

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Don’t have a library card?  No problem!  Anyone with a photo ID can register for a Computer Use Only card at no cost.  Residents and property owners in Union Township can obtain a library card at no additional cost, or you can see if options for reciprocal borrowing or subscriptions are right for you.

terc-web Attention job seekers: Eckhart Public Library will be participating in the Career Development Expo, Thursday, March 12, from 12-4 PM at the ACD Automobile Museum in Auburn.  According to the expo’s sponsors, interested participants can “learn about current and upcoming job opportunities in manufacturing, healthcare, finance, skilled trades, and more.”  Additionally, a series of panels is schedules to help job seekers fine-tune interview techniques and resume writing. Eckhart Public Library will be among the exhibitors demonstrating library databases that can help patrons in their job and college search with resume development, research skills, and career-specific practice tests.  Stop by and see us! If you can’t make it but would like to learn more about the databases we offer, click here and here.  You need a library card or computer use card number to access many of these databases.  Please ask a staff member for more information about obtaining a library card, a computer use only card, or accessing databases. The Career Development Expo is presented by the DeKalb Chamber Partnership, DeKalb County Economic Development Partnership, WorkOne Northeast, Freedom Academy, Learning Link DeKalb County, and DeKalb Molded Plastics.

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The term “imperial presidency” crops up a lot on political blogs and 24-hour cable news shows, but what does it really mean?  Manchester University political science professor Dr. Leonard Williams will join Eckhart Public Library Tuesday, February 24, at 7 PM, for a look at the institution of the presidency.  We’ll explore what the Constitution actually says about the presidency and the historical development of presidential power.

At the end of the program, guests will have the opportunity to evaluate the presidency of current U.S. President Barack Obama.  Presidential refreshments will be served.

Registration is suggested but not required.  Please register by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or be emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us .

If you can’t make it to the program, check out some of these resources on the presidency, American history, and current affairs.

We heard your concerns about 7-day checkouts for New Fiction titles for adults and we took action!

As we are experiencing a shrinking budget for print titles, Eckhart Public Library will now be offering two check out options to make the most of our available titles for all library users. We now have two categories of New Fiction for adults: Express Fiction and Non-Express (regular) Fiction.

Express Fiction consists of new fiction titles for adults, particularly new bestsellers. Here’s what you need to know about Express Fiction:

  • It is for Patrons who want a faster turn around time on the newest hot titles.
  • Express Fiction titles will check out for 7 Days.
  • If there are no Holds on an Express Fiction title, you may renew it once for an additional 7 days.
  • Express Fiction titles have a late fee of 50¢ per day!

Non-Express will function like our former New Fiction system.  Here’s what you need to know about Non-Express Fiction:

  • Non-Express New Fiction is for patrons who do not mind a longer wait.
  • Non-Express Fiction titles will check out for 14 days.
  • If there are no holds on a Non-Express Fiction title, you may renew it once for an additional 14 days.
  • Non-Express fiction titles will accrue late fees at 10¢ per day.

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Look for Express Fiction titles with the bright orange neon stickers. Non-Express Fiction titles will still have the red New stickers.

Are you tired of waiting for new fiction? Starting Monday, September 30th, the library’s Holds lists will start moving faster as all new fiction in the Adult Department will have a 7-day lending period. This change means that Holds will reach you twice as fast as they did in the past. Anyone who remembers the long Hold lists for books like Gillian Flynn’s  Gone Girl and Mary Higgins Clark’s  Daddy’s Gone A Hunting will love the shorter wait for high-demand books.

This change only affects new fiction in the Adult Department. As always, if there are no holds on a new item, you may renew it once.

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