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.

painting-911804_1920.jpgRegistration forms for the Friends of Eckhart Public art shows are now available.

Exhibits and registration will be received on Monday, May 8. The 50th Annual Art Show, 7th Annual Teen Art Show, and 5th Annual Children’s Art Show run Thursday, May 11, through Friday, May 19.

Entries must be an original work of art and produced within the last year. Classifications include oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, fibers, jewelry, black and white photography, color photography, stained glass, woodworking, and mixed media. Monetary prizes will be awarded in each category.

Artists who live or work in DeKalb, Noble, Steuben, and LaGrange counties are eligible for the Annual Art Show, while teens who live in DeKalb County or are enrolled at DeKalb Middle School or DeKalb High School for the 2016-2017 school year are eligible to participate in the Teen Art Show. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade who attend school or are eligible to attend school in DeKalb County may participate in the Children’s Art Show.

More information and registration forms are available around the Eckhart Public Library campus or online at epl.lib.in.us/how-do-i/become-a-friend-of-the-library/.

At Eckhart Public Library the week of April 24-29:

  • 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.
  • Pizza & Paperbacks Teen Book Club: Stop by and enjoy some pizza while talking about a book at this teen book club! Monday, April 24, 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 25, 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 25, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Club – Movie Makers: Students in first through fifth grade are invited to bring their imaginations and star in their very own movie! Wednesday, April 26, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Game On!: We will create our own version of ping pong using balloons and paper plates. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, April 27, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will read and discuss “Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard” by Laura Bates. Books are available to check out at the Information Desk. Thursday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • 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 28, 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 28, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • World Tai Chi Day: Join Sifu Greg Vick to celebrate World Tai Chi Day in the library park. In case of bad weather, we will celebrate in the Close Community Room. Saturday, April 29, 10-11 a.m., Library Park.
  • 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 and meets in the Secret Garden. You are welcome to come and go any time. Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Secret Garden.

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.

 

 

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.

recycle-29227_1280.pngThe Time Traveler’s Club will explore the history of recycling in Auburn on Wednesday, April 5, from 4-4:45 p.m., at the Willennar Genealogy Center.

Karen Farlow will share how recycling was started in Auburn. Farlow was instrumental in bringing recycling service to the town.

Time Travelers is part of the library’s Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs, a weekly program for children in first through fifth grades. Other Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs in April are LEGO Club on Wednesday, April 12; Pokemon Battle Zone on Wednesday, April 19; and Movie Makers on Wednesday, April 26.

Here’s the schedule of programs for the week of April 3 at Eckhart Public Library:

  • 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 is $50, second prize is $20, and third prize is $10. Submissions can be emailed to teens@epl.lib.in.us or dropped off at The 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 4, 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 4, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Club Time Travelers – Auburn’s Recycling History: Karen Farlow will be sharing how recycling was started in Auburn, Indiana. This program is for children in first through fifth grades. Wednesday, April 5, 4-4:45 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Poetry Reading: To celebrate National Poetry Month, Creative Writing Group is hosting a poetry reading at Eckhart Public Library featuring music and food. The public is welcome to attend and read their original poetry or simply enjoy the poetry of others. Wednesday, April 5, 6:30-8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Kids in the Kitchen: We’ll create some grilled cheese sandwiches using a waffle maker. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, April 6, 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, April 6, 6-7:45 p.m., Main 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. Friday, April 7, 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 7, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Genealogy 101: Learn how to get started researching your family history. The Genealogy staff will be reviewing the basics in how to research you family history. Saturday, April 8, 2-3 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.

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.