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We carry on by continuing awesome programming! Be sure to come join us for our Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on August 21!

“Eckhart Public Library will remain strong and carry on, regardless of space or circumstance, to serve our community’s evolving needs as we move forward to enter a new chapter of service.”

Main Library Restoration Update

The Main Library was scanned with a mix of Lidar technology and 360 video. A robot was brought into the building that scans with lasers that are not visible to the human eye. Only 8 of these robots are currently in existence, and we are one of the first organizations to utilize this technology to scan indoor destruction. When the laser hits a surface and bounces back, it creates a “point”. They were able to take 1 billion points for every 10 minutes scanned in the building. These are collected together to make a point cloud, a three dimensional amount of data that can be used to measure distance, document the current state of the building, and create a map that will be used for historical data. The point cloud combined with the 360 video creates a virtual reality scan. A scan of The Willennar Genealogy Center was also taken.

Weekly Happenings

  • Solar Eclipse Viewing Party: For the first time in 99 years, we will be able to see a total solar eclipse, and we will be celebrating this amazing, astronomical event! Eclipse glasses will be made available (while supplies last) to view the eclipse. We will also have snacks, music, and activities. Monday, August 21, 12:30-4 p.m., front lawn of the historic side of the Main Library.
  • Neon Flix and Movie Makers: Students are invited to join us the first and third Monday of each month at the Teen Library. A group that writes, directs, and acts in original films, short stories, and YouTube videos. New members are always welcome! Monday, August 21, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Wee Reads Storytime: 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 Wee Reads Storytime is designed for children ages birth – 2 and their families. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Tuesday, August 22, 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11-11:20 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Pokémon Club: The Pokémon Clubs of both children’s and teens will be combining to participate in fun Pokémon-themed activities and to battle other enthusiasts if you have cards. All will go home with their cards, as trading is not encouraged.
    Pokémon Club is free and no sign up is required! Tuesday, August 22, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Preschool Storytime: 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. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Tuesday, August 22, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Wee Reads Storytime: 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 Wee Reads Storytime is designed for children ages birth – 2 and their families. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Wednesday, August 23, 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11-11:20 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Lego Club: Join us to build something amazing with Lego Club every second, third, and fourth Wednesday of each month. We supply the LEGOs, you create the masterpiece! Wednesday, August 23, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Where do the Stories Go? with Lou Ann Homan: Local storyteller and author, Lou Ann Homan, will be presenting a program on saving you family’s stories. Wednesday, August 23, 6-7 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Preschool Storytime: 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. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Thursday, August 24, 10:15-11 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Game On!: These sessions will be all about games! We will play games, create games, and talk about our favorites! Thursday, August 24, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Wee Reads Storytime: 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 Wee Reads Storytime is designed for children ages birth – 2 and their families. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Thursday, August 24, 6:30-6:50 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Preschool Storytime: 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. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Friday, August 25, 10:15-11 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Magic: The Gathering at Teen: Eckhart Teen Library will host Magic: The Gathering card games for kids and teens to come and play. Don’t have a deck? We have extras. Beginners and experts alike are welcome to join! Friday, August 25, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.

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Public Service Specialist Kelsey Shanabarger reads to one of the Wee Reads Storytime groups. Both Wee Reads and Preschool Storytimes picked up this week after summer break.

“Eckhart Public Library will remain strong and carry on, regardless of space or circumstance, to serve our community’s evolving needs as we move forward to enter a new chapter of service.”

Main Library Restoration Update

We want to send a huge thank you to Ella Nixon, DeKalb Health, and Paper Gourmet for making wonderful donations towards the restoration of the main library! We also want to thank Auburn Family Video for taking a variety of donations on our behalf. We are continuing to evaluate the materials that were in the library during the fire.pjimage.jpg

Weekly Happenings

  • Pizza and Paperbacks: Students are invited to enjoy a slice of pizza while listening to one of our great paperbacks. We’ll eat, read, discuss, and enjoy! Monday, August 14, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Wee Reads Storytime: 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 Wee Reads Storytime is designed for children ages birth – 2 and their families. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Tuesday, August 15, 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11-11:20 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Pokémon Club: The Pokémon Clubs of both children’s and teens will be combining to participate in fun Pokémon-themed activities and to battle other enthusiasts if you have cards. All will go home with their cards, as trading is not encouraged.
    Pokémon Club is free and no sign up is required! Tuesday, August 15, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Preschool Storytime: 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. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Tuesday, August 15, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Wee Reads Storytime: 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 Wee Reads Storytime is designed for children ages birth – 2 and their families. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Wednesday, August 16, 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11-11:20 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Turn a Page with Anni: This book club will be reading “Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin. Wednesday, August 16, 12-1 p.m., call (260) 925-2414 ext. 420 for address.
  • Lego Club: Join us to build something amazing with Lego Club every second, third, and fourth Wednesday of each month. We supply the LEGOs, you create the masterpiece! Wednesday, August 16, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Preschool Storytime: 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. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Thursday, August 17, 10:15-11 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will be reading “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. Thursday, August 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Creativity and Cookies: During each session, we will use our imaginations and a variety of supplies to create our very own masterpieces. There will also be cookies for hungry artists. Thursday, August 17, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Genealogy 103: 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. Thursday, August 17, 6-7 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center Research Room.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Sturggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group! Thursday, August 17, 6-7:45 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Wee Reads Storytime: 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 Wee Reads Storytime is designed for children ages birth – 2 and their families. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Thursday, August 17, 6:30-6:50 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Preschool Storytime: 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. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Friday, August 18, 10:15-11 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Magic: The Gathering at Teen: Eckhart Teen Library will host Magic: The Gathering card games for kids and teens to come and play. Don’t have a deck? We have extras. Beginners and experts alike are welcome to join! Friday, August 18, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.

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Youth Services programming will take place in The Teen Library while The Main Library is closed for repairs. Preschool Storytimes and Wee Reads Storytimes will begin this week!

“Eckhart Public Library will remain strong and carry on, regardless of space or circumstance, to serve our community’s evolving needs as we move forward to enter a new chapter of service.”

Main Library Restoration Update

Our teams are making progress as they continue to evaluate the contents of The Main Library. Byler Lane Winery generously donated $2500 from their Christmas in July Event, and many supporting EPL by purchasing items from our Fire Recovery Wishlist. Pictured from left to right: Jan Hewitt, Jamie Long, Jenny Kobiela-Mondor, Rachel Byler, Eldon Byler, Cara Lane, and Larry Lane.

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Weekly Happenings

  • Neon Flix and Movie Makers: Students are invited to join us the first and third Monday of each month at the Teen Library. A group that writes, directs, and acts in original films, short stories, and YouTube videos. New members are always welcome! Monday, August 7, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Wee Reads Storytime: 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 Wee Reads Storytime is designed for children ages birth – 2 and their families. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Tuesday, August 8, 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11-11:20 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Pokémon Club: The Pokémon Clubs of both children’s and teens will be combining to participate in fun Pokémon-themed activities and to battle other enthusiasts if you have cards. All will go home with their cards, as trading is not encouraged.
    Pokémon Club is free and no sign up is required! Tuesday, August 8, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Preschool Storytime: 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. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Tuesday, August 8, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Wee Reads Storytime: 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 Wee Reads Storytime is designed for children ages birth – 2 and their families. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Wednesday, August 9, 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11-11:20 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Lego Club: Join us to build something amazing with Lego Club every second, third, and fourth Wednesday of each month. We supply the LEGOs, you create the masterpiece! Wednesday, August 9, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Preschool Storytime: 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. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Thursday, August 10, 10:15-11 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m., Teen Library.
  • STEAM Challenge: During each hands on session, we’ll explore the wonderful world of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. There will be reactions, explosions, and fun for all! Thursday, August 10, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Genealogy 102: Join the Genealogy staff as we take a look at the different websites that can help you with your family history research. Thursday, August 10, 6-7 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center Research Room.
  • Wee Reads Storytime: 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 Wee Reads Storytime is designed for children ages birth – 2 and their families. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Thursday, August 10, 6:30-6:50 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Preschool Storytime: 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. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Friday, August 11, 10:15-11 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Magic: The Gathering at Teen: Eckhart Teen Library will host Magic: The Gathering card games for kids and teens to come and play. Don’t have a deck? We have extras. Beginners and experts alike are welcome to join! Friday, August 11, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.

IMG_2881“Eckhart Public Library will remain strong and carry on, regardless of space or circumstance, to serve our community’s evolving needs as we move forward to enter a new chapter of service.”

Main Library Restoration Update

We now plan to provide a small update when possible on the Main Library’s restoration process. Right now, professionals are continuing to evaluate the state of our collections, furniture, and other items located in the Main Library to determine our next steps in the recovery process.

Weekly Happenings

  • Pokémon Club: The Pokémon Clubs of both children’s and teens will be combining to participate in fun Pokémon-themed activities and to battle other enthusiasts if you have cards. All will go home with their cards, as trading is not encouraged. Pokémon Club is free and no sign up is required! Tuesday, August 1, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Time Travelers: Join us as we explore the exciting world of DeKalb history the first Wednesday of every month! Wednesday, August 2, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Kids in the Kitchen: Join us as we create tasty foods and learn about the joy of cooking! Thursday, August 3, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Genealogy 101: Learn how to get started researching your family history. The Genealogy staff will be reviewing the basics of how to research your family history. Thursday, August 3, 6-7 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center Research Room.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group! Thursday, August 3, 6-7:45 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center Learning Lab.
  • Magic: The Gathering at Teen: Eckhart Teen Library will host Magic: The Gathering card games for kids and teens to come and play. Don’t have a deck? We have extras. Beginners and experts alike are welcome to join! Friday, August 4, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great week!

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

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

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

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

Here are programs happening during the week of July 17:

  • Neon Flix Teen Movie Club: Neon Flix is a teen movie club that writes, directs, and acts in original films, short stories, and YouTube videos. New members are always welcome! Monday, July 17, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Auburn Parks & Recreation Summer Carnival: Library staff will be on hand at the Auburn Parks & Recreation Summer Carnival. There will be carnival games, face painting, balloon animals, crafts, and more. Tuesday, July 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Eckhart Park.
  • Pokemon Club: Pokemon enthusiasts are invited to bring their cards to the teen library every Tuesday and battle. Participants will go home with all their cards, as trading is not encouraged. Pokemon Club is free and no sign up is required. Tuesday, July 18, 12-2 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Teen Gardening: Join us in the Not-So-Secret Garden to water, weed, and harvest fresh produce. We’ll take what we’ve grown and learn to create delicious homemade snacks! Tuesday, July 18, 3-4 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Family Storytime: Bring a blanket and join us for family storytime! Family Storytime is designed to help children reach their full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills, and there will be fun for the whole family! Tuesday, July 18, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Family Storytime: Bring a blanket and join us for family storytime! Family Storytime is designed to help children reach their full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills, and there will be fun for the whole family! Wednesday, July 19, 10-11:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Turn a Page with Anni Book Club: This book club will discuss “Two Family House” by Lynda Cohen Loigman. Wednesday, July 19, 12-1 p.m., call 926-2414 ext. 420 for location.
  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will discuss “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara. Thursday, July 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Kids in the Kitchen: We are excited to explore the wonderful world of food and cooking! When we meet we will create a variety of dishes and enhance our cooking skills! Thursday, July 20, 1:30-3 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Throwback Thursday: The Genealogy Staff will be joining the Teens every Thursday during the summer to see what new finds we have at the Genealogy Center, including pictures, Documents, and other interesting items. Thursday, July 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Time Travelers: The Time Travelers History Club will meet to explore the totally tubular 1980s! We will look at DeKalb County and the national news in the 80’s. There will be rad activities and snacks! Friday, July 21, 1:30-3 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Magic – The Gathering: Teens interested in playing Magic: The Gathering are welcome to join us to gather and play. If you’re new or if you are crazy about Magic, all are welcome! Feel free to bring your own deck, but The Teen Library has one as well. Friday, July 21, 3-7 p.m., Teen Library.