beautiful-15728_1920DeKalb Central students working to complete their eLearning assignments from Friday, February 17 – Monday, February 27 can do so at Eckhart Public Library!

Chromebooks will be available in the Children’s Department and Teen Library during this time period.

Eckhart Public Library will be closed on Monday, February 20th in President’s Day.

Eckhart Public Library is part of Evergreen Indiana, and students in need of computers and WiFi during our closed dates are able to utilize other Evergreen Indiana libraries during their operating hours.

The following DeKalb Evergreen Libraries will be open on Monday, February 20th.

Waterloo Public Library

In need of WiFi? Hotspots are available to checkout with your library card.

Information about the computer lab availability at DeKalb Central Schools and the eLearning Tech Hotline can be found on their eLearning website.

Teens: looking for an interesting new read? Stop by the Eckhart Teen Library and check out these new nonfiction titles! Click on any cover to place a hold through Evergreen Indiana today!

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Leonard Peacock, an ordinary young man, Senior in high school. Life should be good, right?

Wrong.

Book Jacket for: Forgive me, Leonard Peacock : a novel

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is the story of, as the title suggests, Leonard Peacock. “Today” is Leonard’s 18th birthday. Leonard has a plan. He’s going to give one gift each to the four people who mean the most to him. His neighbor, a classmate who plays the violin, a home-schooled girl who Leonard has a crush on, and his history teacher. Then Leonard plans to kill his former best friend and then himself with a P-38 pistol that belonged to his grandfather.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is one of those books that’s hard to read, but easy at the same time because it captures you. Matthew Quick did an amazing job with this book and this book shows just how much one person’s life can be affected by another person’s actions, words, and even inaction.

Heather: This book reminds me of when I was in high school. Normally a book this size would take me somewhere between three and seven days to read. When I sat down and read this book I could not put it down. I finished this book in somewhere around the time frame of four hours. I’ve known people who have committed suicide and people who have tried and, thankfully, did not succeed. Please, if you know someone who is struggling mention the Suicide Hotline (link is to Suicide Hotline website). If you don’t want to go that route, contact a close friend, family member, or trusted adult. You never know. Maybe you’ll save someone’s life. If you do try reaching out to someone, please, be careful.

“I AM A COWARD.”

Thus starts Queenie’s account of her work as a British spy during WW II. Her story, written as a confession of her crimes as she’s being tortured by Nazis in Occupied France, comprises the first half of a taut WW II thriller about war and friendship in Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity.  Hands down, this is one of the best books I’ve read during the past year.  This novel has been wildly popular among Eckhart Public Library’s staff and patrons who have read it.  I was particularly pleased that it passed the Bechdel Test and maintained its focus on the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) and the perils of spy work during wartime.

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If you are interested in something a little different from traditional historical novels, why not try one set in an alternate history. Terry Pratchett’s Dodger is set in a simulacrum of Victorian England, and features Dodger, a witty tosher, who embarks on a grand adventure both above and below ground after helping a mysterious young woman escape her captors. Along the way, he encounters Charles Dickens (who feverishly writes down characters lines for his own future use), Benjamin Disraeli,  Sweeney Todd, and others. Some of you will already be familiar with Pratchett’s comedic fantasy novels set in Discworld. If you haven’t read Pratchett before, Brandon Sanderson’s recent article at Tor.com provides a great introduction to his work.

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Eckhart Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs start Wednesday, May 29th.  In addition to the chance to read for prizes, the children’s department and the teen library are planning great programs this summer. Summer Reading Club ends July 20th this year, so start reading soon.

The library’s summer reading programs for children and teens kick off this Thursday, May 30th, with a joint program: Astronomy For Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe. Astrophysicist Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, has always been
passionate about astronomy, and wants to share his excitement! Dr. Manning will
demonstrate the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial
wonders using hands on activities and assorted visuals.  Register online or call the library at 925-2414 to register ahead for this all-ages program. This program will be held in the Close Community Room at 2:00 pm.

Dig Into Reading this summer with The Children’s Department.
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There is still time to sign up for our American Girl and American Boy summer camps! You can register online at our website or register by calling the children’s department at 925-2414 (EXT 320). Other summer reading programs include Toddler Friends, 123 on Mondays (registration required), Preschool and grade-school craft programs on Tuesdays, and Storytimes on Wednesdays from 11:15 to 12:00 in our park (registration required).

On Thursday, you can attend our Family Programs from 10:15 to 11:00 (no registration required).  On June 6th, Ronald McDonald will be here.  On June 13th, Professor Steve will explore the wonders of science with us.  Join us for musical fun on June 20th when award-winning children’s songwriter James Coffey visits the library.  June 27th brings the Dumpster Drummers to the library park where they will play music on recycled instruments.  July 11th is BINGO!  Join us for fun and prizes.  Be sure to join us at the DeKalb Outdoor Theatre on July 18th from 10:00 am to 12:00 for our Reading Club Grand Finale.

Delve Beneath The Surface with The Third Place’s summer reading program.
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This year’s Teen Grand prize is the chance to enter a drawing for $50 amazon gift card!  The Teen Library will host programs all summer long.

June 10th kicks off superheroes week! Teens may stop by all week to design super alter-egos that have been hiding beneath their surface by using a variety of crafting supplies. Check out books from the superhero display and catch a screening of some favorite super hero movies like Batman, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and The Avengers. Craft activities are available all week during open hours. Daily film screenings will be 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in the upper level of the teen library.

Join us on June 17th for underground art.  Teens can explore the world beneath the surface of the earth and create a mural of things that live underground. On July 18th, teens can explore graffiti and other underground art forms at the Teen Library. On August 8th, author Mike Mullin will join us at 6:00 pm to discuss writing and his books.

We hope you have a chance to join us for some of these great summer programs. Have fun and keep on reading!