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.

 

 

IMG_2130Items from the new “Library of Things” will debut during the week of March 27. “Things” will be available for people to check out, including a Kitchen-Aid mixer, metal detector, GPS, cookie press, microscope, cameras, projectors, and telescopes. The library will also continue to circulate items such as Wi-Fi hotspots, museum passes, state park passes, and Take and Play kits.

The library will hold two programs to highlight some of the new items. All ages are invited to a cookie decorating contest on Tuesday, March 27, from 1-3 p.m. in the Close Community Room. People can test out the new cookie press and frosting tip set that will be available for checkout. All items will be provided by Eckhart Public Library. On Saturday, April 1, from 1-2 p.m., members of the Fort Wayne Metal Detectors will hold a metal detecting demonstration.

The library is also holding classes, programs, and events for people of all ages throughout the week. A full listing of events can be picked up at any public service desk around the Eckhart Public Library, or by visiting epl.lib.in.us/calendar. Programs being offered are:

  • Button Making at Teen: Stop by anytime we’re open during Spring Break to design and create your very own unique button. All week, Teen Library.
  • Spring Break – Women of DeKalb County Scavenger Hunt: Come celebrate Women’s History Month with a scavenger hunt at the Willennar Genealogy Center. Search for some of DeKalb County’s Notable Women. The Genealogy staff will be available with helpful hints. Upon completing this event you will receive a ticket for one free book at the Friends of the Library sale on March 31. The scavenger hunt will take place March 28-31 during regular hours. All week, Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Spring Break – Close Community Beach: The Close Community Room will be transformed into a beach for Spring Break fun! Come play in the sand or chill in a beach chair. We will have beachy music and movies playing as well. Monday, March 27, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Spring Break – 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. Play & Connect is free and meets in EPL’s Secret Garden. You are welcome to come and go any time. The theme for Play & Connect is Weather! Monday, March 27, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Pizza & Paperbacks: Stop by and enjoy some pizza during our new teen book club! The book for March is “Crossover” by Kwame Alexander. “With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” announces dread-locked, 12-year-old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood. Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family. All teen programs are for students in sixth through twelfth grades. Monday, March 27, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Cookie Decorating Contest: Eckhart Public Library invites all ages to stop in and decorate cookies to enter in the cookie decorating contest. Test out the new cookie press and frosting tip set that will soon be available for checkout. All items will be provided by Eckhart Public Library. Materials will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Tuesday, March 28, 1-3 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Spring Break – Close Community Beach: The Close Community Room will be transformed into a beach for Spring Break fun! Come play in the sand or chill in a beach chair. We will have beachy music and movies playing as well. Tuesday, March 28, 3-8 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, March 28, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Spring Break – Family Storytime: Stop in for a fun family storytime, and find out how libraries transform the community through books! 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. No registration required. Tuesday, March 28, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friends of the Eckhart Public Library Presents “The Auburn Automobile Administration and Engineering Building – The Story Behind the Landmark”: Jon Bill, the Curator at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, will present information about the Auburn Automobile Administration and Engineering Building, which now houses the museum. A graduate of Purdue University, he majored in Industrial Education. Jon taught Technology Education for 34 years before joining the museum staff in June of 2001.  He has a lifelong interest in automobiles and industry.  Jon is the author of four books on Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs for the Iconografix Photo Archive Series.  He is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club and the Antique Automobile Club of America.  He resides in Auburn, Indiana, and owns a 1936 Auburn sedan. This presentation is part of the Friends of the Eckhart Public Library Annual Meeting. The event will also include a Friends business meeting and election of officers. Tuesday, March 28, 6:30-8 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center
  • Bridge-A-Rama: Learn to play Bridge for free! This series of lessons followed by playing Bridge is on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. Space is limited so contact Leslie Hamman at 260-925-9357 or by email at hammanleslie@yahoo.com to register. This program is a partnership with the Auburn Associate Tri Kappa through their Bridge-A-Rama program. Tuesday, March 28, 6-8 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Spring Break – Close Community Beach: The Close Community Room will be transformed into a beach for Spring Break fun! Come play in the sand or chill in a beach chair. We will have beachy music and movies playing as well. Wednesday, March 29, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Spring Break Wild Wednesday Adventure Club – Mad About Science: What better way is there to celebrate being off of school and on spring break than making slime at the library? Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to stop in and find out how much fun science can be! Wednesday, March 29, 2-3:45, Secret Garden.
  • Spring Break – Close Community Beach: The Close Community Room will be transformed into a beach for Spring Break fun! Come play in the sand or chill in a beach chair. We will have beachy music and movies playing as well. Thursday, March 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Spring Break Movie & Popcorn: We will have fresh popcorn and we’ll vote on what movie or TV episode to watch. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, March 30, 2-3:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Martha Falka Day: Come snack on some popcorn and enjoy a look back at one of Auburn’s icons, Martha Falka. We will be looking at the life of Marth Falka and her contributions to Auburn. There is more to Martha than popcorn. Thursday, March 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Friends of the Eckhart Public Library One-Day Book Sale: Pick up your next great read at the Friends of the Eckhart Public Library One-Day Book Sale. Proceeds benefit Eckhart Public Library programs, services, and initiatives. Friday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Willennar Administrative Annex.
  • Spring Break – Coding Corner: Families of all ages are invited to stop in anytime and explore a multitude of coding apps; our Fisher Price Code-a-pilar; Colby, a code & go robot mouse; and other fun coding games. Friday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Spring Break – Close Community Beach: The Close Community Room will be transformed into a beach for Spring Break fun! Come play in the sand or chill in a beach chair. We will have beachy music and movies playing as well. Friday, March 31, 2-7 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Friday Night Magic: Teens who are fans of Magic: The Gathering can come play each Friday evening. Friday, March 31, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Metal Detecting for Beginners: Members of Fort Wayne Metal Detectors will be at Eckhart Public Library for a metal detecting demonstration. Come try Eckhart Public Library’s new metal detector soon available for check out. Saturday, April 1, 1-2 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Prom Formal Wear Exchange: Need something to wear to prom this year? Come to our prom formal wear exchange and pick up something for you or your friends. There will be no charge for any of the items. Don’t have anything to exchange, don’t worry; you can still pick something out. Since our supply of formal wear will be limited, everything will be available on a first come, first served basis. In the weeks leading up to the program, community members are encouraged to donate clean and gently used prom/formal dresses, suits or tuxedos, and any other accessories to the library. Items can be dropped off at either the Main Library or the Teen Library. Saturday, April 1, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Art Show Registration: Registration forms are available for the Friends of the Eckhart Public Library Art Show. Adults who reside or work in DeKalb, Noble, Steuben, or LaGrange counties and teens in sixth through twelfth grades who live in DeKalb County or are enrolled at DeKalb Middle School or DeKalb High School are eligible to participate. Details and entry forms are available at the Main Library and Teen Library and online at epl.lib.in.us. The shows run Thursday, May 11, through Friday, May 19.
  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • Button Making at Teen: Stop by anytime we’re open during Spring Break to design and create your very own unique button. Monday, March 20, through Saturday, April 1, Teen Library.
  • Planting Time at Teen: We will set up the greenhouse and start some seeds for the Teen Library Garden. We will also brainstorm ideas for the garden. Monday, March 20, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Neon Flix: We will finalize the ideas for our movie premiere. We will also enjoy some nachos from our Taylor Rental Nacho machine that we won for our gingerbread festival entry. Neon Flix is for teens in sixth through twelfth grades. Monday, March 20, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Cultural Connection – Taco Tuesday: Join us for our first Cultural Connection event for teens, where we’ll explore different people, places and foods. We will have hands-on activities and cooking for everyone. This week we’ll explore tacos and Mexican culture. Tuesday, March 21, 3-4 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Pokemon Club: Pokemon enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to bring their cards to the teen library every Tuesday and battle. Participants will go home with all their cards, as trading is not encouraged.  Pokemon club is free and no sign up is required. Tuesday, March 21, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: EPL Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. Storytime Enrichment Classes are designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Our Preschool Storytime is designed for children ages 2 – 6 and their families. It’s free to attend and a library card is not needed. Tuesday, March 21, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Turn a Page with Anni Book Club: This book club will discuss “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk. Wednesday, March 22, noon to 1 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – Movie Makers Club: Students in first through fifth grade are invited to bring their imaginations and star in their very own movie! Wednesday, March 22, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Game On!: We’ll be playing library games! Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, March 23, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: EPL Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. Storytime Enrichment Classes are designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Our Preschool Storytime is designed for children ages 2 – 6 and their families. It’s free to attend and a library card is not needed. Friday, March 24, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friday Night Magic: Teens who are fans of Magic: The Gathering can come play each Friday evening. Friday, March 24, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Play & Connect: Eckhart Public Library’s Play & Connect times are designed for children to interact with each other and engage in age appropriate activities while adults supervise and socialize. Schedule a play date with your regular circle or expand your social network. You are welcome to come and go any time. Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Pick Up Spring Break Booklet: Eckhart Public Library will have lots of Spring Break activities during the week of March 27-April 1. Pick up a booklet full of Spring Break activities on the Eckhart Public Library campus, or visit epl.lib.in.us/calendar to see what’s happening.

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We hope you’ll join us for a new book club for teens in grades 6-12 will feature both pizza and books.

Pizza & Paperbacks will meet on Monday, March 13, from 5-6 p.m. at the Teen Library, 705 S. Jackson St., Auburn.

The book for March is “Crossover” by Kwame Alexander. “With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood. Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

For more information about Pizza & Paperbacks and other Teen Library programs, call 925-2414 ext. 620 or email teens@epl.lib.in.us.

Here’s what else is happening around the library campus during the week of March 13-18:

  • Pokemon Club: Pokemon enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to bring their cards to the teen library every Tuesday and battle. Participants will go home with all their cards, as trading is not encouraged.  Pokemon club is free and no sign up is required. Tuesday, March 14, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Bridge-A-Rama: Learn to play Bridge for free! This series of lessons followed by playing Bridge is on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Space is limited so contact Leslie Hamman at 260-925-9357 or by email at hammanleslie@yahoo.com to register. This program is a partnership with the Auburn Associate Tri Kappa through their Bridge-A-Rama program. Tuesday, March 14, 6-8 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: EPL Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. Storytime Enrichment Classes are designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Our Preschool Storytime is designed for children ages 2 – 6 and their families. It’s free to attend and a library card is not needed. Tuesday, March 14, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Club – Pokemon Battle Zone: Do you love Pokemon? Bring your cards and battle other enthusiasts! Participants go home with all their cards. Trading is not encouraged. Wednesday, March 15, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Creative Writing – Publishing Workshop: Local published authors Barbara Olenyik Morrow and Judy Walker will be at Eckhart Public Library to talk about their publishing journeys. If you’re an aspiring writer interested in traditional, self, or e-publishing, you don’t want to miss this! Please register by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Wednesday, March 15, 6-7:45 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will discuss “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte. Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk. Thursday, March 16, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Creativity and Cookies: We will use tissue paper to create some unique prints. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, March 16, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, March 16, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: EPL Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. Storytime Enrichment Classes are designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Our Preschool Storytime is designed for children ages 2 – 6 and their families. It’s free to attend and a library card is not needed. Friday, March 17, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friday Night Magic: Teens who are fans of Magic: The Gathering can come play each Friday evening. Friday, March 17, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Preschool Music and Movement: We will warm up our muscles, get some wiggles out, and explore different rhythms. Parents are welcome to join in the fun. This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. Saturday, March 18, 10:15-10:45 a.m., Secret Garden.