painting-911804_1920.jpgRegistration forms for the Friends of Eckhart Public art shows are now available.

Exhibits and registration will be received on Monday, May 8. The 50th Annual Art Show, 7th Annual Teen Art Show, and 5th Annual Children’s Art Show run Thursday, May 11, through Friday, May 19.

Entries must be an original work of art and produced within the last year. Classifications include oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, fibers, jewelry, black and white photography, color photography, stained glass, woodworking, and mixed media. Monetary prizes will be awarded in each category.

Artists who live or work in DeKalb, Noble, Steuben, and LaGrange counties are eligible for the Annual Art Show, while teens who live in DeKalb County or are enrolled at DeKalb Middle School or DeKalb High School for the 2016-2017 school year are eligible to participate in the Teen Art Show. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade who attend school or are eligible to attend school in DeKalb County may participate in the Children’s Art Show.

More information and registration forms are available around the Eckhart Public Library campus or online at epl.lib.in.us/how-do-i/become-a-friend-of-the-library/.

At Eckhart Public Library the week of April 24-29:

  • Teen Poetry Contest: April is National Poetry Month, and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in our Teen Poetry Contest. Pieces can be submitted April 1st – 30th. All styles are welcome! First Prize: $50 Second Prize: $20 Third Prize: $10 Submissions can be emailed to teens@epl.lib.in.us or dropped off at The Teen Library.
  • Pizza & Paperbacks Teen Book Club: Stop by and enjoy some pizza while talking about a book at this teen book club! Monday, April 24, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Teen Pokemon Club: Pokemon enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to bring their cards to the Teen Library and battle. Participants will go home with all their cards, as trading is not encouraged. Tuesday, April 25, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. The library is proud to offer Storytime Enrichment Classes free of charge for the children and families in our community. Storytime Enrichment Classes are designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Tuesday, April 25, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Club – Movie Makers: Students in first through fifth grade are invited to bring their imaginations and star in their very own movie! Wednesday, April 26, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Game On!: We will create our own version of ping pong using balloons and paper plates. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, April 27, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will read and discuss “Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard” by Laura Bates. Books are available to check out at the Information Desk. Thursday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. The library is proud to offer Storytime Enrichment Classes free of charge for the children and families in our community. Storytime Enrichment Classes are designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Friday, April 28, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friday Magic – The Gathering: Fans of Magic: The Gathering are invited to gather and play. Friday, April 28, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • World Tai Chi Day: Join Sifu Greg Vick to celebrate World Tai Chi Day in the library park. In case of bad weather, we will celebrate in the Close Community Room. Saturday, April 29, 10-11 a.m., Library Park.
  • Play & Connect: Eckhart Public Library’s Play & Connect times are designed for children to interact with each other and engage in age appropriate activities while adults supervise and socialize. Schedule a play date with your regular circle or expand your social network. Activities are designed for all families and caregivers with children ages 5 and younger. Play & Connect is free and meets in the Secret Garden. You are welcome to come and go any time. Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Secret Garden.

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We hope you’ll join us for a new book club for teens in grades 6-12 will feature both pizza and books.

Pizza & Paperbacks will meet on Monday, March 13, from 5-6 p.m. at the Teen Library, 705 S. Jackson St., Auburn.

The book for March is “Crossover” by Kwame Alexander. “With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood. Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

For more information about Pizza & Paperbacks and other Teen Library programs, call 925-2414 ext. 620 or email teens@epl.lib.in.us.

Here’s what else is happening around the library campus during the week of March 13-18:

  • Pokemon Club: Pokemon enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to bring their cards to the teen library every Tuesday and battle. Participants will go home with all their cards, as trading is not encouraged.  Pokemon club is free and no sign up is required. Tuesday, March 14, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Bridge-A-Rama: Learn to play Bridge for free! This series of lessons followed by playing Bridge is on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Space is limited so contact Leslie Hamman at 260-925-9357 or by email at hammanleslie@yahoo.com to register. This program is a partnership with the Auburn Associate Tri Kappa through their Bridge-A-Rama program. Tuesday, March 14, 6-8 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: EPL Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. Storytime Enrichment Classes are designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Our Preschool Storytime is designed for children ages 2 – 6 and their families. It’s free to attend and a library card is not needed. Tuesday, March 14, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Club – Pokemon Battle Zone: Do you love Pokemon? Bring your cards and battle other enthusiasts! Participants go home with all their cards. Trading is not encouraged. Wednesday, March 15, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Creative Writing – Publishing Workshop: Local published authors Barbara Olenyik Morrow and Judy Walker will be at Eckhart Public Library to talk about their publishing journeys. If you’re an aspiring writer interested in traditional, self, or e-publishing, you don’t want to miss this! Please register by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Wednesday, March 15, 6-7:45 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will discuss “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte. Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk. Thursday, March 16, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Creativity and Cookies: We will use tissue paper to create some unique prints. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, March 16, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, March 16, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: EPL Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. Storytime Enrichment Classes are designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Our Preschool Storytime is designed for children ages 2 – 6 and their families. It’s free to attend and a library card is not needed. Friday, March 17, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friday Night Magic: Teens who are fans of Magic: The Gathering can come play each Friday evening. Friday, March 17, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Preschool Music and Movement: We will warm up our muscles, get some wiggles out, and explore different rhythms. Parents are welcome to join in the fun. This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. Saturday, March 18, 10:15-10:45 a.m., Secret Garden.

Do you resolve to read more in the new year? Make a good start by catching up with one or both of Eckhart Public Library’s book clubs this January.

Join Better Off Read on Thursday, January 9th at 6:30 pm at Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings to discuss The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.  You can pick up a copy at the library’s Information Desk.

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On Wednesday, January 15th at Noon, you can join Turn A Page With Anni and discuss Dying For Chocolate by Diane Mott Davis.  We have copies available at the Information Desk, so stop by today to pick one up.

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