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

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

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

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

  • Pizza & Paperbacks Teen Book Club: Stop by and enjoy some pizza while talking about a book at this teen book club! Monday, April 10, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Teen Pokemon Club: Pokemon enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to bring their cards to the Teen Library and battle. Participants will go home with all their cards, as trading is not encouraged. Tuesday, April 11, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. The library is proud to offer Storytime Enrichment Classes free of charge for the children and families in our community. Storytime Enrichment Classes are designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Tuesday, April 11, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – LEGO Club: Join us in the Secret Garden for LEGO fun. We supply the LEGOs and you create the masterpiece. Wednesday, April 12, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – STEAM Challenge: How strong are spaghetti noodles? We’ll see who can make spaghetti hold the most weight. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, April 13, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. The library is proud to offer Storytime Enrichment Classes free of charge for the children and families in our community. Storytime Enrichment Classes are designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Friday, April 14, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Family Game Night: Stop in for some game time at the library. This drop-in family program is recommended for families with children ages three and older. Playing board games has a variety of benefits for children, including developing good character and skills in problem-solving, reasoning, sharing, and language. Friday, April 14, 4-6 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friday Magic – The Gathering: Fans of Magic: The Gathering are invited to gather and play. Friday, April 14, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Preschool Music and Movement: We will warm up our muscles, get some wiggles out, and explore different rhythms. Parents are welcome to join in the fun! No registration is required. Saturday, April 15, 10:15-10:45 a.m., Secret Garden.
  • Bike Repair and Troubleshooting for Teens: Come learn some bike repair skills from Connor and Oskar, two members of the Teen Advisory Board. Feel free to bring your bikes and your questions. Saturday, April 15, noon to 2 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Genealogy 102 – Navigating the Internet: Join the Genealogy staff as we take a look at the different websites that can help you with your family history research. Saturday, April 15, 2-3 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.

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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.