During the restoration of Eckhart Public Library’s Main Building, you may be wondering how to place your holds, as well as where to pick them up. This step-by-step guide will help you figure out how to place a hold like usual, with a few minor adjustments!


  • Go to the Evergreen Indiana page as usual. Search for items as you normally would.
  • Once you’ve found a great item, click the “Place Hold” button as usual.
  • If you’re Evergreen Indiana’s preferred pickup location is the Eckhart Public Library’s Main Building, you will need to change your library pick-up location. This is done by simply clicking on the drop-down menu. holds2
  • For the duration of main library repairs, holds will be available at the Eckhart Teen Library, also known as The Third Place. If you still wish to pick up your holds through our library, click on this option. You can also choose to pick up items at another Evergreen Indiana Library, if it is more convenient.holds3
  • Click “Submit” once you’ve selected the library and verified your information.
  • When you receive a notification through phone, text, or email that you item is available, head to the Eckhart Teen Library. Your holds will be on a shelf right next to the front desk.
  • The librarian will assist you in checking out your hold as usual.
  • Once you’ve finished your item, return it to our outdoor drop-box, the Willennar Genealogy Center, the Eckhart Teen Library, or any other Evergreen Indiana library!

Golden_girls.jpgThis year marks the 25th anniversary of the series finale of The Golden Girls. Help Eckhart Public Library celebrate the iconic series by demonstrating your knowledge of all things Golden Girls on Tuesday, May 30, from 6-7:30 p.m. 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 (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.

Here’s what’s happening around the library campus during the week of May 22:

  • 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 22, 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 23, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – Movie Makers: Students in first through fifth grade are invited to bring their imaginations and star in their very own movie! Wednesday, May 24, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Preservation with Ethan Bowers and Sam Grate: Ethan Bowers and Sam Grate, from the ACD Automobile Museum, will be presenting a program on preservation of family photos and documents. Wednesday, May 24, 6-7 p.m., Learning Lab.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Game On!: We will play yard games outside in the library park. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, May 25, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Register for Eckhart Summer Read: Register for Eckhart Summer Read and pick up your first tally sheet and reading material on Friday before Memorial Day! Everything you read over Memorial Day Weekend counts toward Eckhart Summer Read! Friday, May 26.
  • Friday Night Magic – The Gathering: Come play Magic: The Gathering! Anyone in grades 6-12 is welcome, and no registration is required. Friday, May 26, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Memorial Day Closing: Eckhart Public Library campus buildings will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday from Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29. Campus buildings will reopen with regular summer hours on Tuesday, May 30.

4 Staff Professional Development April

Eckhart Public Library will be closed on Thursday, April 20, for a staff development day.

The majority of library staff members will attend the Indiana Library Federation District 3 conference at Kendallville Public Library.

Attending the all-day conference will allow staff the opportunity to learn about a wide array of topics, including customer service, community engagement, and Evergreen Indiana. The afternoon will be dedicated to a conversation about the future of libraries.

Eckhart Public Library Assistant Director Jenny Kobiela-Mondor is a member of the planning committee for the conference, and she is excited about the wealth of educational experiences staff will receive at the conference.

“This conference gives Eckhart Public Library staff the opportunity to engage in a variety of educational opportunities,” Kobiela-Mondor said. “Every staff member who attends will learn something that will help us progressively and proactively serve the community’s evolving needs.”

Staff who attend the conference will also earn continuing education credits that are required of all certified public librarians.

Ready to read about cooking, job hunting, and self-improvement? Eckhart Public Library has a great new selection of nonfiction books that might be right up your alley! Stop in today or place a hold through
Evergreen Indiana!

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Looking for a new book to read with the child in your life, or to find a book that will get them excited about reading? We’ve got some great new fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels for kids! Stop in today to pick one up, or click on any title to place a hold on Evergreen Indiana!

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Ready for a movie night? Eckhart Public Library has in a great new selection of movie titles, including Oscar winners and popular titles! Stop in to see us or place a hold through Evergreen Indiana by clicking on any cover!

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It’s the first week of April, and we’re celebrating National Poetry Month here at Eckhart Public Library! National Poetry Month first began in 1996, and is used to celebrate creating, reading, and appreciating poetry. We have some great ideas for ways to celebrate!embassy-1492980_1920

  • Memorize a poem
  • Learn more about poets from Indiana
  • Find a poetry reading near you
  • Chalk a poem on the sidewalk
  • Write a short poem yourself, or read more about how to write poetry
  • Check out a poetry book from the library!

We would be glad to help you find more information on poetry you may like, or how to write your own. Stop in to visit us and we will be happy to help!

To learn more about celebrating National Poetry Month, click here.