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The Teen Library’s new Cultural Connection program will start with an old favorite – Taco Tuesday.

Youth in sixth through twelfth grades are invited to explore Mexican culture and eat tacos through hands-on activities and cooking on Tuesday, March 21, from 3-4 p.m., at the Teen Library: A Service of Eckhart Public Library.

Cultural Connection activities are designed to help teens explore different people, places and food.

Here’s what else is happening around the Eckhart Public Library campus during the week of March 20:

  • Button Making at Teen: Stop by anytime we’re open during Spring Break to design and create your very own unique button. Monday, March 20, through Saturday, April 1, Teen Library.
  • Planting Time at Teen: We will set up the greenhouse and start some seeds for the Teen Library Garden. We will also brainstorm ideas for the garden. Monday, March 20, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Neon Flix: We will finalize the ideas for our movie premiere. We will also enjoy some nachos from our Taylor Rental Nacho machine that we won for our gingerbread festival entry. Neon Flix is for teens in sixth through twelfth grades. Monday, March 20, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Cultural Connection – Taco Tuesday: Join us for our first Cultural Connection event for teens, where we’ll explore different people, places and foods. We will have hands-on activities and cooking for everyone. This week we’ll explore tacos and Mexican culture. Tuesday, March 21, 3-4 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, March 21, 4-5 p.m., Teen 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. Tuesday, March 21, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Turn a Page with Anni Book Club: This book club will discuss “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk. Wednesday, March 22, noon to 1 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – Movie Makers Club: Students in first through fifth grade are invited to bring their imaginations and star in their very own movie! Wednesday, March 22, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Game On!: We’ll be playing library games! Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, March 23, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • 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 24, 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 24, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • 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. You are welcome to come and go any time. Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Pick Up Spring Break Booklet: Eckhart Public Library will have lots of Spring Break activities during the week of March 27-April 1. Pick up a booklet full of Spring Break activities on the Eckhart Public Library campus, or visit epl.lib.in.us/calendar to see what’s happening.

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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.

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Food For Fines Returning this December at
Eckhart Public Library

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Have a few fines from the Eckhart Public Library on late item returns that you’d rather not pay? Take to opportunity to get these fines forgiven with Eckhart Public Library’s Food for Fines event.

During the month of December, bring in nonperishable food items and your fines incurred at Eckhart Public Library will be forgiven!* This event only happens once a year, so don’t miss out to give back to the community and  forget about those fees!

*Please note that only fines incurred the Eckhart Public Library will be forgiven. Fines through other Evergreen Indiana libraries do not apply. Fines not covered through the Food for Fines event include lost or damaged items, collection agencies, or postage. If you have any questions, please ask an Eckhart Public Library staff member.

Eragon is the first book to the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. The book focuses on 15-year-old farm boy Eragon, who thinks farming is all he’s ever going to be able to do. Until one day when he finds a dragon egg. Later on when the egg hatches he’s paired up with a dragon. As events turn he learns he’s destined to be a dragon rider and to help save many.

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This feels like many other popular fantasy titles and while the books get thicker as you go along, the story just keeps getting better. There are dragons here, and not all of them friendly. If you like fantasy and dragons as well as war, give this book a try.

Heather: I started the series years ago, but never finished it. I still haven’t finished it, but I’m halfway there and I’ve got a copy of book three sitting on my shelves at home. One of these days I’ll get around to actually reading the thing.

This time, rather than highlighting some books, I’m just highlighting the author in general. Mr. King has too many books to choose from. Not that other authors don’t, I just can’t choose.

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Photo used under Creative Commons licensing. Credit and copyright to Flickr user Anne Ruthmann.

Stephen King is best known for his works of horror and psychological thriller/horror. With works such as Cujo, a story about a dog that gets rabies, Under the Dome, a story about a town that gets trapped under a giant dome without prior knowledge that it was going to happen, and It, a story that makes readers rethink what fear really is and how we face our fears (that led the way for the movie that gives us all reason to fear clowns), when you hear the name Stephen King you think horror.

In the mood for a little scare this summer? Check out one of his books from our NIDL collection or stop by the library and pick one up. They’re almost sure to terrify you.

Heather: I didn’t start reading King myself until after a friend let me borrow her copy of On Writing, King’s memoir and book about writing. Before that I’d watched the movie for his book It, but that was about it. Once I read his memoir I wanted to read his work. I think Cujo was my first official King read. I recommend the book, but while I recommend the movie if you really want to watch it, I highly recommend reading the book long before you watch the movie. And if you have a dog, keep an eye on him or her while watching. Mine sat on the couch and watched with me. Only slightly creepy.

Goosebumps is a series originally written by R.L. Stine, a man frequently called the “Stephen King of children’s literature”. While he does have other books and series out there, he’s most known for the Goosebumps books.

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Of the ones we have in our NIDL collection, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp is one I always recommend. Grady and his sister have just moved with their parents and they’re right next to a swamp and not so close to town. Why did they move? So their dad can do scientist work on studying swamp deer.

One day Grady finds a dog that looks a lot like a wolf. The dog quickly becomes his best friend and Grady’s mood starts to improve. Especially once his parents let him keep the dog when no one in town answers their found dog flyers.

But suddenly there’s a rabbit that’s found mutilated. And swamp deer start getting spooked a lot more frequently. And there’s this awful howling at night. Especially during the full moon. Grady meets another kid who seems to come out of the swamp, but something doesn’t seem quite right. Especially when he starts telling Grady stories of the werewolf in the swamp. Is Grady’s new dog the werewolf? Is there a werewolf?

Sound interesting? Why not read it? Or another of Stine’s other books.

Heather: I was easily scared as a child and R.L. Stine was the first “scary” author I could read. And I could read him at night before bed and not have intense nightmares. I was thrilled to watch the T.V. show Goosebumps because I knew the books so well by the time I started watching it. Now, I’m a bit of a horror nut. I still love reading Goosebumps books. Thank you, Mr. Stine.

You’ve never seen a library like this. At least, I don’t think you have. The Unshelved books are collections of the comic strip by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum. Bill is a cartoonist, Gene is a librarian, and they’ve been publishing this strip since 2002. And that information comes straight from the website unshelved.com.

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I don’t remember how I came across this comic, but I’m glad I did. Whenever there’s a new strip it makes me laugh. That’s what it’s meant to do! Main character Dewey (doomed from birth, perhaps?) is the Mallville Library Teen Librarian (according to his character description on the website, at least). Tamara is the extremely bubbly Children’s Librarian, and Mel is the manager. Mel deals with all the insanity that Dewey brings her way. She also can’t state an opinion without the opposite happening (“It’s so quiet today.” and suddenly there’s a marching band through the library).

The strip is hilarious and if you like comics give it a try. Or you can visit their website and start at the beginning.

Heather: I do enjoy this strip and I signed up for getting e-mails. On Fridays they have book recommendations. It’s a total blast and the Eckhart Public Library does have some of the books that they’ve recommended over the years. I’ve noticed it just browsing along the shelves or even looking up titles if I’m really curious. They recommend a variety of materials.