american-flags-1835400_1920.jpgEckhart Public Library will be closed on Monday, July 3, for maintenance, and Tuesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.

The library’s Technology & Maintenance Department plans to work on a project related to the library’s servers on July 3, as well as other physical maintenance projects that need to be completed.

The library will observe Independence Day on July 4.

Eckhart Public Library campus buildings will reopen with regular hours on Wednesday, July 5, for the final stretch of Eckhart Summer Read. The annual summer reading program is an opportunity for children, teens, and adults to participate in a wide variety of programs, classes, and events, and to earn the chance to win prizes by reading or researching at the Willennar Genealogy Center. All programs are free, and a library card is not required to attend.

People of all ages can sign up for Summer Read through Saturday, July 15, the last day of the program. July 15 is also the date of the library’s annual Eckhart Summer Read Grand Finale, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Library Park.

For more information about Eckhart Summer Read, visit epl.lib.in.us or speak with an Eckhart Public Library staff member.

Here’s what’s happening July 5-8:

  • Library Closed Monday, July 3-Tuesday, July 4
  • Family Storytime: Bring a blanket and join us on the library lawn for stories, activities, and fun! Family Storytime is designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Wednesday, July 5, 10:15-11 a.m., Library Park.
  • Meet a Librarian at the Park – Forrest Park: Meet a librarian at Forrest Park for stories, games, and building activities. Wednesday, July 5, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Forrest Park (1609 Park St.).
  • Tweens/Teens with Tools: Teens in grades 6-12 can join us to build a variety of items to be used around the Eckhart Public Library campus. Wednesday, July 5, 12-1:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Summer Pokemon Club: Do you love Pokemon? Children in grades 1-5 are welcome, and do not need to bring cards to enjoy all of our Pokemon-related activities. However, you are welcome to bring your cards and battle other enthusiasts. Participants go home with all their cards. Trading is not encouraged. Wednesday, July 5, 2-3 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Creative Writing Group: All writers 18 and older are encouraged to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. Wednesday, July 5, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Summer Food Program: Come have lunch at the library! Lunch will be served free for children and at a small cost for adults in partnership with the Summer Food Service Program. Thursday, July 6, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Library Park.
  • Kids in the Kitchen: During each hands-on session this summer, we’ll explore the wonderful world of food and cooking. We will create and eat a variety of dishes. Thursday, July 6, 2-2:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Throwback Thursday: The Genealogy Staff will be joining the Teens every Thursday during the summer to see what new finds we have at the Genealogy Center. Pictures, documents, and other interesting items will be on display. Thursday, July 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Build a Luminary: Build a better backyard space with an addition of homemade luminaries. All materials will be provided. Registration is required. Register by calling (260) 925-2414 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.usThursday, July 6, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Knifty Knitters—Knit a Better World: So many charitable organizations accept knitted donations. Learn how to give back by knitting. Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available! Thursday, July 6, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Eckhart Summer Read Family Programs—Touch A Truck: Join us for an evening in partnership with the Auburn Parks Department! Thursday, July 6, 6-8 p.m., Rieke Park.
  • Art in Action: Children can join us this summer as we create artwork through the power of movement. We will stomp, walk, roll, and shake our way towards a masterpiece. Friday, July 7, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Library Park.
  • Time Travelers—The 80’s: We will continue to look at DeKalb County in the 1980’s. We will look at what was in the news, have fun activities, and enjoy a snack. Friday, July 7, 2-2:45 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Magic: The Gathering at Teen: Magic: The Gathering enthusiasts in grades 6-12 can join us to play every Friday afternoon. Friday, July 7, 3-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Play & Connect Summer Construction Zone: Join us each week this summer in our Play & Connect Construction Zone. 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. You are welcome to come and go any time. Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Settling DeKalb County: Join Chelsea Dant as she shares the life and times of some of our DeKalb County settlers and how they built up our county. Saturday, July 8, 2-3 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.

Logo BABW OnlyEckhart Public Library is encouraging people to Build a Better World at Eckhart Summer Read.

The annual summer reading program is an opportunity for children, teens, and adults to participate in a wide variety of programs, classes, and events, and to earn the chance to win prizes by reading or researching at the Willennar Genealogy Center. All programs are free, and a library card is not required to attend. For more information about Eckhart Summer Read, visit epl.lib.in.us or speak with an Eckhart Public Library staff member.

Here’s what is happening during the week of June 26:

  • Preschool Music and Movement: We will use movement to build our muscles, build rhythms and build friendships. Monday, June 26, 10:15-10:45 a.m., Close Community Room.
  • Play & Connect Summer Construction Zone: Join us each week this summer in our Play & Connect Construction Zone. 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. You are welcome to come and go any time. Monday, June 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Pizza & Paperbacks: Students entering 6th-12th grade are invited to enjoy a slice of pizza while listening to Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newbery winner “The Giver.” Monday, June 26, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Build a Better World: Take the Challenge: Families are invited to stop by EPL and take our building challenge! Monday, June 26, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Wee Reads – Build a Better World: This drop-in storytime is designed for children age birth to 2 years and their families. No registration required! Tuesday, June 27, 10:15-10:35 a.m., Secret Garden.
  • Pokémon Club for Tweens/Teens: People in grades 6-12 are invited to bring their cards every week and battle. Players go home with all of their cards, as trading is not encouraged. Tuesday, June 27, 12-3 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Books & Beyond Book Group: Call out to all children entering 3rd & 4th grade who want to have fun this summer! Come join EPL’s new book group. We will meet on Tuesday afternoons this summer to discuss great books. You won’t want to miss the action this summer—stop in to find out what we are all about. No registration required. Tuesday, June 27, 1-1:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Yak, Snack, & Read Book Group: Calling all children entering 5th grade who want to be part of something bigger—join our summer book group! You will have the opportunity to share with others what you like to read, as well as offer ideas and suggestions for our book group. This is no ordinary book group; join us whenever it meets your schedule! No registration required. Tuesday, June 27, 2:30-3:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Tween/Teen Gardening: People in grades 6-12 can join us to water plants, do someweeding, harvest produce, and create some snacks using fresh garden ingredients. Tuesday, June 27, 3-4 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Family Storytime: Bring a blanket and join us on the library lawn for stories, activities, and fun! Family Storytime is designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Tuesday, June 27, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Library Park.
  • Family Storytime: Bring a blanket and join us on the library lawn for stories, activities, and fun! Family Storytime is designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Wednesday, June 28, 10:15-11 a.m., Library Park.
  • Meet a Librarian at the Park – Thomas Park: Meet a librarian at Thomas Park for stories, games, and building activities. Wednesday, June 28, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Thomas Park, 720 N. Union St.
  • Tweens/Teens with Tools: People in grades 6-12 can join us to build a variety of items to be used around the Eckhart Public Library campus. Wednesday, June 28, 12-1:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Eckhart Summer Read Family Programs – Ronald McDonald: Join us on Thursdays at 10:15 for our Eckhart Summer Read Family Programs. All ages are welcome. Shortly after the program, lunch will be served free for children and at a small cost for adults in partnership with the Summer Food Service Program. Thursday, June 29, 10:15-11 a.m., Library Park.
  • Throwback Thursday: The Genealogy Staff will be joining the Teens every Thursday during the summer to see what new finds we have at the Genealogy Center. Pictures, documents, and other interesting items. Thursday, June 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Art in Action: Children can join us this summer as we create artwork through the power of movement. We will stomp, walk, roll, and shake our way towards a masterpiece. Friday, June 30, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Library Park.
  • Time Travelers – The ’80s: We will continue to look at DeKalb County in the 1980s. We will look at what was in the news, have fun activities, and enjoy a snack. Friday, June 30, 2-2:45 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Magic: The Gathering at Teen: Magic: The Gathering enthusiasts in grades 6-12 can join us to play every Friday afternoon. Friday, June 30, 3-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Library Closed – Summer Maintenance and Independence Day: Eckhart Public Library will be closed for maintenance and to observe Independence Day on July 3-4. The library will reopen with regular hours on Wednesday, July 5.

watercolors-161310_1280.pngEckhart Public Library is trying to build a better world this summer in a variety of ways – including through art.

The library will host Sip & Create on Thursday, June 15, at 6 p.m. in the Close Community Room. People can create a unique painting while enjoying some fresh fruit juice.

Registration is required, and people can register by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us.

Sip & Create is one of many programs presented as part of Eckhart Summer Read, Eckhart Public Library’s summer program for all ages. In addition to a variety of programs, classes, events, and activities, people of all ages can earn chances to win grand prizes by reading items checked out from Eckhart Public Library and researching at the Willennar Genealogy Center. For more information about Eckhart Summer Read, visit epl.lib.in.us or speak with an Eckhart Public Library staff member.

Here’s what is happening at Eckhart Public Library during the week of June 12:

· Preschool Music and Movement: We will use movement to build our muscles, build rhythms, and build friendships. Monday, June 12, 10:15-10:45 a.m., Close Community Room

· Play & Connect Summer Construction Zone: Join us each week this summer in our Play & Connect Construction Zone. 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. You are welcome to come and go any time. Monday, June 12, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Secret Garden

· Pizza & Paperbacks: Students entering 6th-12th grade are invited to enjoy a slice of pizza while listening to Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newbery winner “The Giver.” Monday, June 12, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.

· Wee Reads – Build a Better World: This drop-in storytime is designed for children age birth to 2 years and their families. No registration required! Tuesday, June 13, 10:15-10:35 a.m., Secret Garden.

· Pokémon Club for Tweens/Teens: Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to bring their cards every week and battle. Players go home with all of their cards, as trading is not encouraged. Tuesday, June 13, 12-3 p.m., Teen Library.

· Books & Beyond Book Group: Call out to all children entering 3rd & 4th grade who want to have fun this summer! Come join EPL’s new book group. We will meet on Tuesday afternoons this summer to discuss great books. You won’t want to miss the action this summer. Stop in to find out what we are all about. No registration required. Tuesday, June 13, 1-1:45 p.m., Secret Garden.

· Yak, Snack, & Read Book Group: Calling all children entering 5th grade who want to be part of something bigger—join our summer book group! You will have the opportunity to share with others what you like to read, as well as offer ideas and suggestions for our book group. This is no ordinary book group; join us whenever it meets your schedule! No registration required. Tuesday, June 13, 2:30-3:15 p.m., Secret Garden.

· Tween/Teen Gardening: Teens in grades 6-12 can join us to water plants, do some weeding, harvest produce, and create some snacks using fresh garden ingredients. Tuesday, June 13, 3-4 p.m., Teen Library.

· Family Storytime: Bring a blanket and join us on the library lawn for stories, activities, and fun! Family Storytime is designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Tuesday, June 13, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Library Park.

· Family Storytime: Bring a blanket and join us on the library lawn for stories, activities, and fun! Family Storytime is designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Wednesday, June 14, 10:15-11 a.m., Library Park.

· Meet a Librarian at the Park – Don Lash Park: Meet a librarian at Don Lash Park for stories, games, and building activities. Wednesday, June 14, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Don Lash Park, 2005 Portage Pass.

· Tweens/Teens with Tools: People in grades 6-12 can join us to build a variety of items to be used around the Eckhart Public Library campus. Wednesday, June 14, 12-1:30 p.m., Teen Library.

· LEGO Club: We will be using LEGOs to build marble runs and mazes. Come show us how it is done! LEGO Club is for children in grades 1-5. Wednesday, June 14, 2-2:45 p.m., Secret Garden.

· Eckhart Summer Read Family Programs – Dumpster Drummers: Join us on Thursdays at 10:15 for our Eckhart Summer Read Family Programs. All ages are welcome. Shortly after the program, lunch will be served free for children and at a small cost for adults in partnership with the Summer Food Service Program. Thursday, June 15, 10:15-11 a.m., Library Park.

· Kids in the Kitchen: During each hands-on session this summer we’ll explore the wonderful world of food and cooking. We will create and eat a variety of dishes. Thursday, June 15, 2-2:45 p.m., Secret Garden.

· Throwback Thursday: The Genealogy Staff will be joining the Teens every Thursday during the summer to see what new finds we have at the Genealogy Center, including pictures, documents, and other interesting items. Thursday, June 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Library.

· Sip and Create – Build a Better World: Build a better world through art. Create a unique painting while enjoying some refreshing fruit juice. Registration is required. Register by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Thursday, June 15, 6-8:30 p.m., Close Community Room.

· Knifty Knitters – Knit a Better World: So many charitable organizations accept knitted donations. Learn how to give back by knitting. Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available. Thursday, June 15, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.

· Art in Action: Children can join us this summer as we create artwork through the power of movement. We will stomp, walk, roll, and shake our way towards a masterpiece. Friday, June 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Library Park.

· Time Travelers – The 80’s: We will continue to look at DeKalb County in the 1980’s. We will look at what was in the news, have fun activities, and enjoy a snack. Friday, June 16, 2-2:45 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.

· Magic: The Gathering at Teen: Magic: The Gathering enthusiasts in grades 6-12 can join us toplay every Friday afternoon. Friday, June 16, 3-7 p.m., Teen Library.

· Play & Connect Summer Construction Zone: Join us each week this summer in our Play & Connect Construction Zone. 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. You are welcome to come and go any time. Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Secret Garden.

· Architecture of Auburn: Join John Bry, DeKalb County Historian, as he talks about Auburn’s architecture. Saturday, June 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.

rubiks-cube-157058_1280.pngEckhart Public Library’s Eckhart Summer Read continues with gardening, hypertufa pots, and retro fun.

Gardening in the Teen Library’s Not-So-Secret Garden will get started on Tuesday, June 6, from 3-4 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 can join us to water plants, do some weeding, harvest produce, and create some snacks using fresh garden ingredients.

Also on Tuesday, June 6, the library will hold a class on hypertufa. People can make a unique decorative pot out of hypertufa to add beauty to an outdoor or indoor space. All materials will be provided. Register by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us.

The Time Travelers History Camp, for elementary-aged children, will travel to the 1980s on June 5-9 from 1-3 p.m. in the Close Community Room. Educator Ryan Lengacher will lead children through the 1980s and beyond, including learning about the 1980s tech boom, toys and games from the era, and the Berlin Wall. Register by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us.

The 1980s retro fun will continue on Saturday, June 10, from noon to 4 p.m. with Tetris Day. Help Eckhart Public Library celebrate all things Tetris: play the classic NES game, make a Tetris magnet, and enjoy Tetris snacks. From 1-3 p.m., the documentary “The Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters” will be shown. No registration is required.

Logo BABW OnlyEckhart Summer Read is Eckhart Public Library’s summer program for all ages. In addition to a variety of programs, classes, events, and activities, people of all ages can earn chances to win grand prizes by reading items checked out from Eckhart Public Library and researching at the Willennar Genealogy Center. For more information about Eckhart Summer Read, visit epl.lib.in.us or speak with an Eckhart Public Library staff member.

Here’s what’s happening at Eckhart Public Library during the week of June 5-10:

  • Time Travelers History Camp: Time Travelers will be discovering the 1980s with Ryan Lengacher. Join Ryan to learn what was going on in national and local history during the 1980s. There will be games, activities, and fun! We will meet every day June 5-9 from 1-3 p.m. Register by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or by emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. June 5-9, 1-3 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Preschool Music and Movement: We will use movement to build our muscles, build rhythms and build friendships. Monday, June 5, 10:15-10:45 a.m., Close Community Room.
  • Play & Connect Summer Construction Zone: Join us each week this summer in our Play & Connect Construction Zone. 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. You are welcome to come and go any time. Monday, June 5, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Neon Flix Tween/Teen Movie Club: This teen group writes, directs, and acts in original films, short stories and YouTube videos. New members are always welcome. Monday, June 5, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Wee Reads – Build a Better World: This drop-in storytime is designed for children age birth to 2 years and their families. No registration required! Tuesday, June 6, 10:15-10:35 a.m., Secret Garden.
  • Pokémon Club for Tweens/Teens: People in grades 6-12 are invited to bring their cards every week and battle. Players go home with all of their cards, as trading is not encouraged. Tuesday, June 6, 12-3 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Books & Beyond Book Group: Call out to all children entering third and fourt grade who want to have fun this summer! Come join EPL’s new book group. We will meet on Tuesday afternoons this summer to discuss great books. You won’t want to miss the action this summer. Stop in to find out what we are all about. No registration required. Tuesday, June 6, 1-1:45 p.m., Secret Garden .
  • Yak, Snack, & Read Book Group: Calling all children entering 5th grade who want to be part of something bigger—join our summer book group! You will have the opportunity to share with others what you like to read, as well as offer ideas and suggestions for our book group. This is no ordinary book group; join us whenever it meets your schedule! No registration required. Tuesday, June 6, 2:30-3:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Tween/Teen Gardening: Teens in grades 6-12 can join us to water plants, do some weeding, harvest produce, and create some snacks using fresh garden ingredients. Tuesday, June 6, 3-4 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Hypertufa Pots: Make a unique decorative pot out of hypertufa to add beauty to your outdoor or indoor space. All materials will be provided. Registration is required. Register by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Tuesday, June 6, 6-7:30 p.m., Library Park.
  • Family Storytime: Bring a blanket and join us on the library lawn for stories, activities, and fun! Family Storytime is designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Tuesday, June 6, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Library Park.
  • Family Storytime: Bring a blanket and join us on the library lawn for stories, activities, and fun! Family Storytime is designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Wednesday, June 7, 10:15-11 a.m., Library Park.
  • Meet a Librarian at the Park – Rieke Park: Meet a librarian at Rieke Park for stories, games, and building activities. Wednesday, June 7, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Rieke Park, 1800 N. Indiana Ave.
  • Teens with Tools: Teens in grades 6-12 can join us to build a variety of items to be used around the Eckhart Public Library campus. Wednesday, June 7, 12-1:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Summer Pokémon Club: Do you love Pokémon? Children in grades 1-5 are welcome, and do not need to bring cards to enjoy all of our Pokémon-related activities. However, you are welcome to bring your cards and battle other enthusiasts. Participants go home with all their cards. Trading is not encouraged. Wednesday, June 7, 2-3 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Creative Writing Group: All writers 18 and older are encouraged to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. Wednesday, June 7, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Eckhart Summer Read Family Programs – Cup Stacking with Jim Merrills: Join us on Thursdays at 10:15 for our Eckhart Summer Read Family Programs. All ages are welcome. Shortly after the program, lunch will be served free for children and at a small cost for adults in partnership with the Summer Food Service Program. Thursday, June 8, 10:15-11 a.m., Library Park.
  • STEAM Challenge: During each hands-on session we’ll explore the wonderful world of science, technology, and math. There will be reactions, explosions and fun for children through fifth grade. Thursday, June 8, 2-2:45 p.m., Secret Garden or Library Park.
  • Throwback Thursday: The Genealogy Staff will be joining the Teens every Thursday during the summer to see what new finds we have at the Genealogy Center. Pictures, documents, and other interesting items will be on display. Thursday, June 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Art in Action: Children can join us this summer as we create artwork through the power of movement. We will stomp, walk, roll, and shake our way towards a masterpiece. Friday, June 9, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Library Park.
  • Magic: The Gathering at Teen: Magic: The Gathering enthusiasts in grades 6-12 can join us to play every Friday afternoon. Friday, June 9, 3-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Play & Connect Summer Construction Zone: Join us each week this summer in our Play & Connect Construction Zone. 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. You are welcome to come and go any time. Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Tetris Day: Help Eckhart Public Library celebrate all things Tetris: play the classic NES game, make a Tetris magnet, and enjoy Tetris snacks. From 1-3 pm, the documentary “The Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters” will be shown. Saturday, June 10, 12-4 p.m., Close Community Room.

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Picture it: Eckhart Public Library, 2017.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the series finale of The Golden Girls. Help EPL celebrate the iconic series by demonstrating your knowledge of all things Golden Girls on Tuesday, May 30, from 6-7:30 in the Close Community Room!

Register in teams of up to four friends. The winning team will receive gift baskets including books, chocolate, and gift cards. Refreshments, snacks, and of course, cheesecake will be served.

Register for Golden Girls Trivia Night no later than Monday, May 29, by calling (260) 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Registration is free, though there will be a freewill donation benefiting The Friends of the Library. See you there!

colored-pencils-686679_1920.jpgThe 50th Annual Friends of the Eckhart Public Library Art Show, 7th Annual Teen Art Show, and 5th Annual Children’s Art Show opens to the public on Thursday, May 11, on the Eckhart Public Library campus.

The art show runs Thursday, May 11, through Friday, May 19. Art by adults and children will be on display at the Main Library, 603 S. Jackson St., during regular hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Art by teens will be on display at the Teen Library, 705 S. Jackson St., during regular hours, 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 3:30-7 p.m. Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

A reception for artists will be Thursday, May 11, from 6:30-7:45 p.m., at the Main Library.

The mission of the Friends of the Eckhart Public Library Art Show is to encourage and support artists in DeKalb, Noble, Steuben, and LaGrange counties, in a not-for-profit exhibition. The goal is to provide a showcase where art created by amateur and professional artists can be displayed and judged in a non-juried format.

The Friends of the Eckhart Public Library is a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes library programs and services.

Here’s what else is happening around the library campus:

  • Pizza & Paperbacks: In May we’ll begin our next book, “Ghost” by Jason Reynolds. Come enjoy pizza while listening to a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. “Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds.” Monday, May 8, 5-5:45 p.m., Teen Library.
  • 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, May 9, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – Busy Builders: Let’s Build Together: Stop in the Secret Garden to build and create a town that will be displayed throughout the summer. We will have various boxes of all shapes and sizes to help you get started. Let’s work together to build a 100 cup structure. How long will it take, how many times will it fall over? Wednesday, May 10, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • The History of ACRES with Kelly Shepherd: The ACRES presentations include stories and photographs from preserves throughout our region: Wildlife, wildflowers, land donor stories, scenic vistas, preserve histories, and more. Founded in 1960, ACRES preserves land forever. Wednesday, May 10, 6-7 p.m., Learning Lab.
  • Friends of the Eckhart Public Library Annual Art Show: See art by local artists on display at the 50th Annual Art Show, 7th Annual Teen Art Show, and 5th Annual Children’s Art Show. Art is on display during regular building hours. Thursday, May 11-Friday, May 19.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – STEAM Challenge: We’ll find out how strong spaghetti is by putting it to the test. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, May 11, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friends of the Eckhart Public Library Annual Art Show Awards Reception: Local artists will be honored during this reception. Thursday, May 11, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Family Game Night: Stop in for some game time at the library! This drop in family program is recommended for families with children ages 3 and older. Playing board games is shown to help children develop good character, problem solving and reasoning skills, sharing skills by taking turns, social skills, and language skills. Friday, May 12, 4-6 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friday Night Magic – The Gathering: Come play Magic: The Gathering! Anyone in grades 6-12 is welcome, and no registration is required. Friday, May 12, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Register now for Golden Girls Trivia Night: 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the series finale of The Golden Girls. Help EPL celebrate the iconic series by demonstrating your knowledge of all things Golden Girls. Register in teams of up to four friends. The winning team will receive gift baskets including books, chocolate, and gift cards. Refreshments (including cheesecake) will be served. Register for Golden Girls Trivia Night no later than Monday, May 29, by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Registration is free, though there will be a freewill donation benefiting The Friends of the Library. Tuesday, May 30, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.