amazon_logo_RGB.jpgEckhart Public Library has another way for the public to help after a damaging arson fire closed the Main Library building on July 2.

The library has set up a wishlist on Amazon for needed items, including craft supplies, toys, games, DVDs, and more. The wishlist can be found by clicking here. There is also a link on the library’s website.

There is also a fund set up at the Community Foundation of DeKalb County to help defray costs associated with the library’s renovation and restoration that will not be covered by insurance. Visit cfdekalb.org for more information.

Visiting the library, checking out items, and participating in programming are other ways to help support the library during this time. Adult fiction, nonfiction, audiobooks, graphic novels, DVDs, museum and park passes, Wi-Fi hotspots and CDs can be checked out from the Willennar Genealogy Center, 700 S. Jackson St., with teen and children’s items, including fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, video games, and puppets, can be checked out from the Teen Library, 705 S. Jackson St. Both areas have computer labs, research assistance, and free Wi-Fi. Both buildings are open: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Here are the programs happening during the week of July 24:

  • Pizza & Paperbacks: Teens in 6th-12th grade can join us the 2nd and 4th Mondays of July to enjoy some pizza and listen to a great book. We are currently reading “Holes” by Louis Sachar. Monday, July 24, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Pokemon Club: The Pokemon Clubs of both children’s and teens will be combining to participate in fun Pokemon-themed activities and to battle other enthusiasts if you have cards. All will go home with their cards, as trading is not encouraged. Pokemon Club is free and no sign up is required! Tuesday, July 25, 12-2 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Teen Gardening: Join us in the Not-So-Secret Garden to water, weed, and harvest fresh produce. We’ll take what we’ve grown and learn to create delicious homemade snacks!. Tuesday, July 25, 3-4 p.m., Teen Library.
  • LEGO Club: Let’s build! We will be using LEGOs to build marble runs and mazes. Bring your creativity! Wednesday, July 26, 2-2:45 p.m., Teen Library.
  • STEAM Challenge: During our STEAM Challenges, we will explore the exciting world of science, technology, art, and math. We’ll create chemical reactions, explosions, and create new things. STEAM Challenges are designed for children up through 5th grade. Children younger that 7 will need to be accompanied by a caregiver. Thursday, July 27, 2-2:45 p.m., Teen Library.
  • 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 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Time Travelers—The 80’s: The Time Travelers History Club will meet to explore the totally tubular 1980’s! We will look at DeKalb County and national news in the 80’s. There will be rad activities and snacks! Friday, July 28, 2-2:45 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Magic: The Gathering at Teen: Magic: The Gathering enthusiasts in grades 6-12 can join us to play every Friday afternoon. Friday, July 28, 3-7 p.m., Teen Library.

Have a great week!

19956661_10155157200002107_9214550957277683616_o (1).jpgEckhart Public Library staff is encouraging the public to visit the library and attend programs as the best way to help the library recover from its July 2 fire.

Services for teens and children are housed in the Teen Library, 705 S. Jackson St., with a computer lab and items geared toward adults in the Willennar Genealogy Center, 700 S. Jackson St. The library is building a browsing collection of books for children and adults, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs, since many items are currently unusable due to the fire.

The library also will have a variety of programs during the week of July 17-22. Staff members are excited to see people come into the library and enjoy the space.

Other ways to help the library recover are to join the Friends of the Eckhart Public Library, with memberships starting at $10 per year; and to donate to the Eckhart Public Library Restoration Fund through the Community Foundation of DeKalb County. While the library was adequately insured, there will still be additional costs associated with the library’s renovation. Donations to the fund can be made in person at the Community Foundation of DeKalb County’s office at 700 S. Main St., or online at cfdekalb.org.

Here are programs happening during the week of July 17:

  • Neon Flix Teen Movie Club: Neon Flix is a teen movie club that writes, directs, and acts in original films, short stories, and YouTube videos. New members are always welcome! Monday, July 17, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Auburn Parks & Recreation Summer Carnival: Library staff will be on hand at the Auburn Parks & Recreation Summer Carnival. There will be carnival games, face painting, balloon animals, crafts, and more. Tuesday, July 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Eckhart Park.
  • Pokemon Club: Pokemon enthusiasts 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, July 18, 12-2 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Teen Gardening: Join us in the Not-So-Secret Garden to water, weed, and harvest fresh produce. We’ll take what we’ve grown and learn to create delicious homemade snacks! Tuesday, July 18, 3-4 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Family Storytime: Bring a blanket and join us for family storytime! Family Storytime is designed to help children reach their full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills, and there will be fun for the whole family! Tuesday, July 18, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Family Storytime: Bring a blanket and join us for family storytime! Family Storytime is designed to help children reach their full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills, and there will be fun for the whole family! Wednesday, July 19, 10-11:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Turn a Page with Anni Book Club: This book club will discuss “Two Family House” by Lynda Cohen Loigman. Wednesday, July 19, 12-1 p.m., call 926-2414 ext. 420 for location.
  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will discuss “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara. Thursday, July 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Kids in the Kitchen: We are excited to explore the wonderful world of food and cooking! When we meet we will create a variety of dishes and enhance our cooking skills! Thursday, July 20, 1:30-3 p.m., Teen Library.
  • 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, July 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Time Travelers: The Time Travelers History Club will meet to explore the totally tubular 1980s! We will look at DeKalb County and the national news in the 80’s. There will be rad activities and snacks! Friday, July 21, 1:30-3 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Magic – The Gathering: Teens interested in playing Magic: The Gathering are welcome to join us to gather and play. If you’re new or if you are crazy about Magic, all are welcome! Feel free to bring your own deck, but The Teen Library has one as well. Friday, July 21, 3-7 p.m., Teen Library.

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.

madupsized.pngEckhart Public Library has plans for two fun, food-and-fun centered programs during the week of June 19.

People can test their knowledge of books and authors while enjoying some delicious local food and beer on Monday, June 19, from 6-8:30 p.m. Adults 21 and over can register in teams of 2-6 players for a chance to win prizes including gift cards and books. Teams can register at Eckhart Public Library by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. This is one night the librarian won’t help you find the answer!

The library also plans to help people Build a Better Dinner on Thursday, June 22, from 5-7:30 p.m. across the library campus.

People are invited to venture across the Eckhart Public Library campus for a progressive dinner, featuring throwback appetizers from local, historical cookbooks at the Willennar Genealogy Center, 700 S. Jackson St.; a salad bar with a variety of options for proteins, vegetables, fruits, and dressings in the Close Community Room at the Main Library, 603 S. Jackson St.; dessert featuring an item grown in the Not-So-Secret Garden at the Teen Library, 705 S. Jackson St.,; and lemonade infused with herbs in the Library Park. Registration is not required.

Literary Pub Trivia and Build a Better Dinner is one of many programs presented as part of Eckhart Summer Read, Eckhart Public Library’s summer program for all ages. The theme of Eckhart Summer Read is Build a Better World. All programs are free, and a library card is not required to attend. 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 around the library campus this week:

  • Preschool Music and Movement: We will use movement to build our muscles, build rhythms and build friendships. Monday, June 19, 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 19, 11 a.m. to noon, 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 19, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Literary Pub Trivia: Test your knowledge of books and authors while enjoying some delicious local food and beer. Adults 21 and over can register in teams of 2-6 players for a chance to win prizes including gift cards and books. Teams can register at Eckhart Public Library by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. This is one night the librarian won’t help you find the answer! Monday, June 19, 6-8:30 p.m., Mad Anthony’s.
  • 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 2:30-3:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Tween/Teen Gardening: People 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 20, 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 20, 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 21, 10:15-11 a.m., Library Park.
  • Meet a Librarian at the Park – Eckhart Park: Meet a librarian at Eckhart Park for stories, games, and building activities. Wednesday, June 21, 11 a.m. to noon, Eckhart Park, 1500 S. Cedar 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 21, 12-1:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Turn a Page With Anni Book Club: This adult book club will be discussing “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk. Wednesday, June 21, 12-1 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • 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 21, 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 21, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Eckhart Summer Read Family Programs – Turtle Town Jump Roping: 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 22, 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 22, 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. Thursday, June 22, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Progressive Dinner: Venture across the EPL campus for a progressive dinner including appetizers, a main course, and dessert. Thursday, June 22, 5-7:30 p.m., all across EPL campus.
  • 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Secret Garden.

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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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.

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.