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.

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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!

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.