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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1935564_100359158628_5654263_nMemorial Day is the traditional start of summer, and it’s also the beginning of Eckhart Summer Read.

Eckhart Public Library will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday from Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29, but that doesn’t mean that readers can’t get started on Eckhart Summer Read.

Friday, May 26, is the first day to register to participate in Eckhart Summer Read and pick up Eckhart Summer Read tally sheets, and all items read over the Memorial Day weekend count toward Eckhart Summer Read totals.

This year, children, teens, and adults will track the number of hours that they read, and each hour that a person reads earns them a ticket in a grand prize drawing. Once a week, participants can also pick up a prize book and community coupon. Grand prize drawings, prize books, and community coupons will be available beginning on Tuesday, May 30. People of all ages can also earn grand prize tickets for every hour of research at the Willennar Genealogy Center. Grand prizes will be drawn at the end of Eckhart Summer Read, which ends on July 15.

Grand prizes are:

· For children (birth to fifth grade): LEGO set, architecture kit, one-year family pass to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, a MEGA Blocks table and blocks, American Girl set, Kindle Fire tablet, and tool set and belt.

· For teens (sixth to twelfth grade): Guardians of the Galaxy LEGO set, Kindle Fire tablet, art set, movie and pizza gift card, and window garden with seeds.

· For adults: LEGO architecture set, Kindle Fire tablet, dinner and a movie, and Home Depot gift card.

· For genealogy researchers: 1980s time capsule, puzzle with mat, and Kindle Fire tablet.

In addition, everybody can vote once per day on a community prize to be purchased for the library. The community prize choices are a collapsible wagon to check out, a bicycle to check out, and an outdoor movie screen used to show movies in the Library Park.

Logo BABW Only.jpgWe will celebrate the beginning of Eckhart Summer Read with an ice cream social on Friday, June 2, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Library Park. There will be ice cream from Cranberry Cottage, fun ice cream-related activities, and an opportunity to get photos taken by Marcee from The Studio on Main Street. The photos will be printed on-site and can be taken home by participants.

A booklet of Eckhart Summer Read activities and information is available at all Eckhart Public Library campus locations.

Here’s what is happening during the first week of Eckhart Summer Read:

· 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. Tuesday, May 30, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.

· Eckhart Summer Read Family Programs – Indiana Wild: 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 1, 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 1, 2-2:45 p.m., Secret Garden.

· 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 1, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library

· Magic: The Gathering at Teen: Magic: The Gathering enthusiasts in grades 6-12 can join us to play every Friday afternoon. Friday, June 2, 3-7 p.m., Teen Library.

· Ice Cream Social Kick Off: Kick off Eckhart Summer Read with our annual Ice Cream Social Kick-Off! Come enjoy tasty ice cream and toppings, participate in fun activities, and, of course, celebrate the beginning of Eckhart Summer Read! Friday, June 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Library Park.

· 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 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Secret Garden.

18664733_10155453402848629_1480016965544401354_n.jpg· Book Walk: Eckhart Public Library’s Summer Read activities are building a better world. EPL librarians are again partnering with the Auburn Parks Department to offer a fun way for families to get out and enjoy their world. Starting June 3, Eckhart Park (located at the south end of Cedar Street) will host EPL’s second Book Walk! Laminated pages from Mac Barnett’s Telephone are displayed along the path. Each sign encourages readers to act out the story as they walk to the next page.

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.

May 15-21.jpgLook for Eckhart Public Library out and about in Auburn during the week of May 15.

Eckhart Public Library is proud to partner with Tri-Kappa for their annual Pink Out event on Thursday, May 18.

The library will hold its second annual Pink Lemonade Social and Pink Parade. The library will serve pink lemonade and cookies at 6 p.m. in the Library Park, and then have a parade from the library to the James Cultural Plaza for the Tribute Ceremony at 7 p.m., where Dr. Trina Chapman-Smith and Nina Bennett will speak. People of all ages are invited to wear their best pink outfits for the event.

In addition, the library will have a table at the Health and Wellness Fair at the James Cultural Plaza from 4-7 p.m.

Pink Out focuses on education and detection of breast cancer.

The library will also participate in Discovering Historic Auburn on Sunday, May 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Auburn. Library staff will be handing out Eckhart Summer Read booklets and will present a display about Martha Falka, Auburn’s Popcorn Lady.

Here’s what is happening around the library campus during the week of May 15:

  • Friends of the Eckhart Public Library 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. Monday, May 15-Friday, May 19.
  • Neon Flix: This group for people in grades 6-12 writes, directs and acts in original films, short stories and YouTube videos. New members are always welcome. Monday, May 15, 5-7 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 16, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Turn a Page with Anni: This book club will discuss “True Blue” by David Baldacci. Pick up a copy of the novel at the Information Desk. Wednesday, May 17, noon to 1 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Club – Pokemon Battle Zone: Do you love Pokemon? Enthusiasts in first through fifth grades can bring cards and battle other enthusiasts! Participants go home with all their cards. Trading is not encouraged. Wednesday, May 17, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friends of the Eckhart Public Library Book Sale: Friends members are invited to this special preview of the Friends Book Sale. Memberships will be available at the door. Proceeds from the sale support library programs, collections, and initiatives. Wednesday, May 17, 4-6 p.m., Willennar Administrative Annex.
  • Creative Writing Group: All writers 18 and older, no matter what genre, are encouraged to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. Wednesday, May 17, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Friends of the Eckhart Public Library Book Sale: The public is invited to shop for their next great read! Proceeds from the sale support library programs, collections, and initiatives. Thursday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Willennar Administrative Annex.
  • Old Auburn Photos with Cathy Vick: A slide presentation of early Auburn photos showcasing downtown Auburn. This will be held at Smith Farms Manor of Auburn. It is open to the public. Thursday, May 18, 3-4 p.m., Smith Farms Manor.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Creativity and Cookies: We will create some ferocious art creatures. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, May 18, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Pink Parade with Tri-Kappa: Join us for a Pink Lemonade Social and Pink Parade as part of Tri-Kappa Pink Out! We will have pink lemonade and cookies at 6 p.m. in the Library Park, and then have a parade from the library to the James Cultural Plaza for the Tribute Ceremony at 7 p.m., where Dr. Trina Chapman-Smith and Nina Bennett will speak. Wear your best pink outfit and join us! Tri-Kappa Pink Out focuses on education and detection of breast cancer. Thursday, May 18, 6-7 p.m., Library Park and James Cultural Plaza.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, May 18, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Friends of the Eckhart Public Library Book Sale: The public is invited to shop for their next great read! Proceeds from the sale support library programs, collections, and initiatives. Friday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Willennar Administrative Annex.
  • Friday Night Magic – The Gathering: Come play Magic: The Gathering! Anyone in grades 6-12 is welcome, and no registration is required. Friday, May 19, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Friends of the Eckhart Public Library Book Sale: The public is invited to shop for their next great read! Most items will be $2 per grocery-style bag. Proceeds from the sale support library programs, collections, and initiatives. Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Willennar Administrative Annex.
  • Discovering Historic Auburn: Come visit the Eckhart Public Library at Discovering Historic Auburn! We’ll be handing out Eckhart Summer Read booklets, and we’ll have a display about Martha Falka, Auburn’s Popcorn Lady! Sunday, May 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown Auburn.

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.

october-pink-1714664_1920In partnership with Tri Kappa Pink Out and DeKalb Health, Eckhart Public Library will hold a Breast Cancer Detection Workshop on Monday, May 1.

The workshop, at 6 p.m. in the Close Community Room, will include information about self breast exams with exam demonstrations using prosthetic models. There will also be a question and answer period about what to expect for mammograms, test results, and additional imaging exams.

The workshop is free, and no registration is required.

Here’s what is happening around the library campus during the week of May 1-6:

  • 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. You are welcome to come and go any time. Monday, May 1, 10 a.m. to noon, Secret Garden.
  • Neon Flix: This group for people in grades 6-12 writes, directs and acts in original films, short stories and YouTube videos. New members are always welcome. Monday, May 1, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Breast Cancer Detection Workshop: In partnership with Tri Kappa Pink Out and DeKalb Health, we will be offering a Breast Cancer Detection Workshop on Monday, May 1st at 6:00 pm. There will be a information about self breast exams with exam demonstrations using prosthetic models. There will also be a question and answer period about what to expect for mammograms, test results, and additional imaging exams. Monday, May 1, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • 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 2, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Mystery Braid Bracelets: Learn to make a bracelet out of a braid with two closed ends while discussing all things mysterious. All materials will be supplied. Register by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Tuesday, May 2, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – Time Travelers: The Time Travelers will be learning about Conglomeration with Mike Littlejohn of Auburn. Conglomeration was a choir at DeKalb High School during the 1970’s. Mike was a member of Conglo during his high school years. Participants will have musical instruments to play and pizza to eat. Wednesday, May 3, 4-4:45 p.m., Learning Lab.
  • Creative Writing Group: All writers 18 and older, no matter what genre, are encouraged to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. Wednesday, May 3, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Kids in the Kitchen: We will use a variety of delicious ingredients to create our very own custom tortilla rollups. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, May 4, 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, May 4, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Friday Night Magic – The Gathering: Come play Magic: The Gathering! Anyone in grades 6-12 is welcome, and no registration is required. Friday, May 5, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.

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.

shakespeare-67698_1920.jpgAside from a wealth of excellent insults, Shakespeare’s work had a lasting effect on modern English. Dr. Damian Fleming, associate professor of English and Linguistics at IPFW, will be at Eckhart Public Library on Tuesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. to talk about the Bard and his influence on how we speak today.

Refreshments will be served.

Here’s what’s happening at Eckhart Public Library during the week of April 17-22:

  • 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 18, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Shakespeare’s Influence on the English Language: “Poisonous bunch-backed toad!” Aside from a wealth of excellent insults, Shakespeare’s work had a lasting effect on modern English. Dr. Damian Fleming, associate professor of English and Linguistics at IPFW, will be at Eckhart Public Library to talk about the Bard and his influence on how we speak today. Refreshments will be served. Tuesday, April 18, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • 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 18, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Turn a Page with Anni: The book club will read and discuss “Prayers and Lies” by Sherri Wood Emmons. Books are available to check out at the Information Desk. Wednesday, April 19, noon to 1 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – 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, April 19, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Creative Writing Group: All writers, no matter what genre, are encouraged to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. This group is for adults 18 and above. Wednesday, April 19, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Library Closed – Staff Development Day: All buildings on the Eckhart Public Library campus will be closed for a staff development day. Thursday, April 20.
  • 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 21, 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 21, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Genealogy 103 – Digitization: This class will explore the use of the Willennar Genealogy Center’s Makerspace. You will learn about digitizing photos, documents, slides and negatives. This will be a hands-on event so please bring an item or two to scan and a flash drive to save digital images. Saturday, April 22, 2-3 p.m. in the Willennar Genealogy Center Research Room.

 

 

stack-of-books-1001655_1920.jpgThe Teen Library is sponsoring its annual Teen Poetry Contest during April, which is National Poetry Month. All styles of poetry are welcome. Pieces are due by the end of the day on April 30.

The first prize winner will win $50, second prize will win $20, and third prize will win $10.

Poems may be dropped off at The Teen Library, 705 S. Jackson St., or emailed to teens@epl.lib.in.us.

Here’s what else is happening around the Eckhart Public Library campus during the week of April 10-15:

  • Pizza & Paperbacks Teen Book Club: Stop by and enjoy some pizza while talking about a book at this teen book club! Monday, April 10, 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 11, 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 11, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – LEGO Club: Join us in the Secret Garden for LEGO fun. We supply the LEGOs and you create the masterpiece. Wednesday, April 12, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – STEAM Challenge: How strong are spaghetti noodles? We’ll see who can make spaghetti hold the most weight. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, April 13, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • 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 14, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Family Game Night: Stop in for some game time at the library. This drop-in family program is recommended for families with children ages three and older. Playing board games has a variety of benefits for children, including developing good character and skills in problem-solving, reasoning, sharing, and language. Friday, April 14, 4-6 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friday Magic – The Gathering: Fans of Magic: The Gathering are invited to gather and play. Friday, April 14, 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! No registration is required. Saturday, April 15, 10:15-10:45 a.m., Secret Garden.
  • Bike Repair and Troubleshooting for Teens: Come learn some bike repair skills from Connor and Oskar, two members of the Teen Advisory Board. Feel free to bring your bikes and your questions. Saturday, April 15, noon to 2 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Genealogy 102 – Navigating the Internet: Join the Genealogy staff as we take a look at the different websites that can help you with your family history research. Saturday, April 15, 2-3 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.