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April 30, 2015

Teen Poetry Contest

The Teen Library is accepting submissions for their annual Teen Poetry Contest! Submissions will be accepted April 1- April 30, 2015. Entries can either be dropped off at The Teen Library or submitted online.

1st Prize: $50
2nd Prize: 20
3rd Prize: $10

Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12) entries will be judged separately.

April 13, 2015

eLearning at EPL

Working on eLearning? You can access your Google Classroom here!

We have computers and WiFi available for students that need to complete their eLearning assignments or other homework.

Students living in the city of Auburn or Union township are eligible to receive a library card for no additional charge. Students living outside of our service area can purchase a Student Card for $10 or sign up for a Computer Use Only Card for no additional charge. 

If students are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian needs to fill out the sign-up card with a photo ID/proof of address.


March 14, 2015

Safe Sitter® Class Offered

Students Learn Babysitting Basics & More
Eckhart Public Library in partnership with DeKalb Health will offer a Safe Sitter® course for young teens ages 11-14 on Saturday, March 14 at the Eckhart Public Library from 10:00-4:45. Students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Parents are invited to attend a ceremony at 4:35. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 5.

Over 650,000 adolescent babysitters have graduated from the medically-accurate
program which instills students with confidence as they learn how, why and where
injuries can happen so they can be prevented. The cost of the course is $20.

Call 925-2414 ext. 300 to register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter.
The up-to-date curriculum provides hands-on practice in lifesaving techniques designed to prepare babysitters to act in an emergency. Babysitters also receive instruction on how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior and how to run their own babysitting business. They also learn basic first aid as well as how to perform infant and child choking rescue.

February 14, 2015

Eckhart Winter Read

Are you looking for something to warm up your winter? Make reading and research your winter sports at Eckhart Public Library.

Readers and researchers of all ages can earn prizes for six weeks as part of Eckhart Winter Read, Monday, January 5, through Saturday, February 14.

More information about Eckhart Winter Read can be found on Charlie Chat!

January 10, 2015

Literary “Doctor Who” Series

Hop into the TARDIS and take a trip through time to meet famous authors through the BBC TV series “Doctor Who” at Eckhart Public Library!

The library will offer a three-episode series in January and February featuring episodes of the popular television series that feature writers. After watching the episode, you can discuss the episode and how it relates to the author being portrayed. You are invited to read a piece or two by the author before watching each episode, but it is not a requirement. You are not required to come to all three episode showings to participate in the series.

Episodes being shown are:

  • January 10: “The Unquiet Dead,” featuring Charles Dickens.
  • January 24: “The Shakespeare Code,” featuring William Shakespeare.
  • February 7: “The Unicorn and the Wasp,” featuring Agatha Christie.

The showings and discussions will be from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Close Community Room.

More information can be found on Charlie Chat!


October 17, 2014

Teen Open 12-8 During Fall Break!

The Teen Library will be open from 12:00 to 8:00 pm October 14th - 17th for Fall Break!

August 04, 2014

Fall Hours

Starting on August 4th, we will be resuming our fall hours.

Beginning then, we will be open from 4:00 to 8:00 on Monday through Friday.
This is a slight change from previous years, but our Saturday hours will continue to be 12:00 to 5:00.

August 01, 2014

Summer Hours

Our summer hours are here! Until August 1st, we will be open from 12:00 to 8:00 from Monday-Friday.

Our Saturday hours will remain the same: 12:00 to 5:00

July 26, 2014

Batman Week

It's Batman Week! Join us all week to celebrate 75 years of The Dark Knight!

We'll be watching a different Batman movie every day at 2:00pm

You can also do your best Batman impression and enter it in our contest!

July 09, 2014

Meet the Author: Laurie Gray

Laurie Gray, author of Maybe I Will and Summer Sanctuary, will be at The Teen Library for a book signing on Wednesday, July 9th at 12:00 pm!

More information can be found on Charlie Chat.


June 14, 2014


Join us on Saturday, June 14th at 10:00 am for Quidditch!

More information is available on Charlie Chat.

June 01, 2014

Garden at The Teen Library

Get in tune with nature this summer at the teen library!

We are always looking for volunteers willing to get their hands dirty and help our not-so-secret garden grow. You can help plant, water, weed, and enjoy all of the literal and figurative fruits of your labor. 

Items grown in the teen garden will be used in cooking programs or donated to those in need. Last year, we made strawberry pancakes, mint tea, salsa, pizzas, and more!

Check out our garden in previous years! 

Interested in helping? Talk to a teen staff member.

May 31, 2014

Student Library Cards

We are excited to announce that Student Library Cards are now available to all students who are Indiana residents and are eligible to attend DeKalb County Central United School District schools but do not live within the library’s service area.

Student Cards are $10 per student with a maximum cost of $30 per family.

Find out more information on Charlie Chat!


May 27, 2014

Teen Library hosts 5th Grade Open House

The teen library will be hosting a 5th Grade Open house for all fifth graders, parents, and teachers interested in learning about the teen library and all it has to offer! There will be information about Summer Reading Club, snacks, and more!

More information about the open house is available on Charlie Chat.

May 17, 2014

5th Annual Teen Art Show

The 5th Annual Teen Art show is on display this week, and there are some amazing pieces to see! Be sure to stop in to see everything, and vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award!

Take a look!

April 30, 2014

Teen Poetry and Cover Art Contest

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to submit their poetry and artwork for our Annual Teen Poetry and Cover Art Contest!

Check out the event for more information. We can't wait to read your submissions!

March 19, 2014

5th Annual Teen Art Show

Will you be entering the teen art show this May? This is a great opportunity to showcase your talent, win cash prizes and sell your artwork. It's never to early to start working on an entry. Click the link below for entry forms, rules, and specific information.

 Click here for an entry form and click here to check out some of the artwork from last year's show.

January 08, 2014

Winter Reading Club Begins!

Winter Reading Club has begun. Read and earn fun prizes. Check out library books OR download them from our virtual branch. For more information about winter reading club click here.

January 03, 2014

Holiday Hours

The teen library will have extended hours of 12:00 to 8:00 on the following days:

Monday, December 23rd

Friday, December 27th

Monday December 30th

Tuesday, December 31st (CLOSING AT 5:00)

Thursday, January 2nd

Friday, January 3rd

Happy Holidays!


December 31, 2013

Food for Fines

The library will waive patron overdue fines with a donation of non-perishable food items. To participate in the amnesty program, library patrons must bring their donated, non-perishable food items to the circulation desk at the main library. A library staff member will collect and record the donation. Donations of non-perishable food items will be donated to area food banks for community distribution. If a patron has a large fine to be waived, we suggest donating several food items. Charges for lost items, as well as postage and processing fees, are not included in this offer. The goal of this program is two-fold: returning all lost, misplaced or recently found materials belonging to the library, and helping those less fortunate during the holidays.

Happy Holidays!


November 30, 2013

Vote for your Favorite YA Novel!

Entertainment Weekly is wants your vote to determine the best YA novel of all time!

Warning- there are some tough choices.

Vote here!

October 31, 2013

All Hallow's Read

Stop by the teen library on Halloween for some candy and to check out ghost story or two!

October 11, 2013

Zombies Invade Downtown Auburn!

Do not miss the zombies invade downtown Auburn. The teen library will have a booth where one can zombify a Barbie and get a gross zombie bite to make any costume complete.

October 11th 5pm to 10pm!

August 13, 2013

Hours Changing

Starting Tuesday, August 13th, the teen library will resume our fall hours. We will be open:

Monday - Friday
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

On previously scheduled days off of school we are open from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Our hours do not change for weather-related delays and/or closings. 

Contact us if you have any questions!

August 08, 2013

Meet the Author: Mike Mullin!

We are thrilled to announce that Mike Mullin, author of the best-selling Ashfall series, will be at the teen library on Thursday, August 8th at 6:00!

Learn how to survive a super volcano eruption, see Mike break a cement block, and ask questions about your favorite group of survivors from Ashfall and Ashen Winter.

Books will be available to purchase and be signed!

Space is limited, so please register!

July 13, 2013

Chess Club

Chess Club will be this Saturday at 2:00! Feel to bring your own board if you'd like.

July 01, 2013

Dime a Day

It’s on the way,  just a dime a day!

Overdue fines will be a dime a day beginning Monday, July 1, 2013. There will be an increase for all print and audio materials. Items not included are movies, concept kits, and digital materials.

June 15, 2013


Stop by the teen library June 10th - 15th for Superhero week! Create you own persona and origin story then design your costume. If you'd rather come dressed as an evil villain, you can do that too! Dress up and bring a sidekick. We'll be watching a superhero movie every day starting at 2:00!

May 30, 2013

Size and 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.


Thursday May 30 from 2-4pm in the Close Community Room. Click here to register for this program.

May 29, 2013

Summer Hours!

Our Summer Hours will begin on Wednesday, May 29th! 

On Mondays - Fridays, we will be open from 12:00 to 8:00.
Saturdays will stay the same (12:00 to 5:00).

Summer Reading Club will also begin on the 29th! The more you read, the more you win!

April 30, 2013

Teen Poetry Contest

Today is the last day for the Teen Poetry Contest! If you'd like to enter, just email us your entry at!

April 22, 2013

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

Do you want to do your part to help out Mother Earth? Find out what those codes and symbols mean when it comes to recycling!

Join us tonight at 5:00 to watch Earth Days!

April 18, 2013

We love Teen Lit!

The Thursday of National Library Week is Teen Literature Day! Check out some of our newest titles.

April 08, 2013

Craftastic Postponed

Craftastic has been postponed. Fear not! Craft stations will be set up later this week. 

Need a creative outlet? Feel free to make some art using our iPad!

March 31, 2013

Google Science Fair

Participate in Google's Global Science Fair and you can win some amazing prizes, scholarship money, and LEGO trophies! 

March 29, 2013

Spring Break

The teen library will be open from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday, March 25th through Friday, March 29th for spring break! Stop by for crafts, games, movies, and books!

March 10, 2013

Tweet your Poems to NYPL

The New York Public Library launched a Twitter-based poetry contest, and anyone can participate!  

Once you register, just Tweet your poems to @NYPL anytime between now and March 10th. Be sure to check out how it works on their poetry contest page for specifics.

February 23, 2013

Winter Reading Club Extended!

Good news! 

We have extended the date for Winter Reading Club. You can keep reading until February 23rd for prizes and to enter the grand prize drawing for an gift card!

February 21, 2013

DeKalb County Career Fair

Explore career options; network with employers; and learn how to prepare yourself for high demand careers with apprenticeships, certifications, or degree programs!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

LaQuinta Inn, Auburn

February 15, 2013

Extended Hours

The teen library will be open from 12:00pm to 8:00pm Friday, February 15th!

Be sure to come in and stock up on books, video games, and CDs because we'll be closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents' Day!

January 31, 2013

Congratulations, Nick Lake!


His book In Darkness won the 2013 Michael L. Printz Award!

You can put it on hold at the teen library.

December 31, 2012

Staff Favorites of 2012

The teen library staff picked our favorite books that we read in 2012!

Check out the results!

December 31, 2012

Winter Reading Club Begins!

Winter Reading Club starts TODAY. Read and earn fun prizes. Check out library books OR download them from our virtual branch. For more information about winter reading club click here.

December 30, 2012

Science in Context


If you're working on a science fair project (or just love science), Gale's Science in Context is an awesome resource! You can search for biographies of scientists, watch videos, or find articles on the topic you need. Categories include: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental & Earth Science, General Science, Health & Medicine, Math & Technology, and Physics & Astronomy.

Check out Science in Context and find information everything from enzymes to computer hacking!

December 28, 2012

Food for Fines

The library will waive patron overdue fines with a donation of non-perishable food items.

To participate in the amnesty program,library patrons must bring their donated non-perishable food items to the circulation desk. A library staff member will collect and record the donation. Donations of non-perishable food items will be given to area food banks for community distribution. If a patron has a large fine to be waived, we suggest donating several food items. Charges for lost items, as well as postage and processing fees, are not included in this offer.

The goal of this program is two-fold: returning all lost, misplaced or recently found materials belonging to the library, and helping those less fortunate during the holidays.

Happy Holidays!

December 08, 2012

Best Teen Books of 2012

Amazon has created their list of the Best Teen Books of 2012! We'll be posting more lists as they are released, and be sure to check out the ones that look the most awesome at the teen library!

December 04, 2012

The Teen Library Gets Festive

Check out some of our repurposed Christmas decorations!

Book trees, paper snowflakes, and lights!

October 12, 2012

2nd Annual Quidditch Tournament

Thank you to all of our quidditch participants! We had a blast! Take a sneak peak at our footage; more will be coming soon.

September 30, 2012

Scholarship Opportunity!

High school students in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply for the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest.

Write an essay about political courage and you can win $5,000 cash and $5,000 for a college savings account!

September 20, 2012

Quidditch Call-Out

Join us on Thursday, September 20th for the Quidditch call-out meeting!

Click here for more information!

August 23, 2012

Best Movie Ever!

What's your favorite movie? We want to watch it! Let us know what movie you think is the greatest movie ever, and we'll screen it at the teen library on Thursday, August 23rd with snacks!

August 14, 2012

Fall Hours

As we say goodbye summer and a crisp, crunchy hello to fall, we'll also be saying hello to our fall hours at the teen library. Starting on August 14th, we will be opened from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Monday through Friday. Saturdays will remain the same. 

If you just love seeing us at noon, you can stop in to see us on August 13th! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

August 09, 2012

"This is the worst movie I've ever seen!"

Join us on Thursday to watch the worst movie ever! We're compiling your votes to find the baddest of the bad.  It will be a hilariously good time!

July 30, 2012

Best-Ever Teen Novels

Vote for your ten favorite teen novels of all time! Warning: It can cause extreme amounts of stress narrowing it down to ten!

Vote Here

July 23, 2012

Art & Agriculture

Join us on July 23rd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to see, photograph, and display the beauty of nature. 

Click here for more information.

July 23, 2012

Summer Reading Club

Congratulations to all of our amazing Summer Reading Club participants! We did the math and together you read 1,195 hours! That translates to:

71,700 Minutes
4,302,000 Seconds
Watching 3,259 episodes of The Big Bang Theory
Watching 1,667 episodes of Vampire Diaries
Watching The Avengers 501 times
Reading for over 7 weeks straight


July 16, 2012

Zombie Art

Would zombies use the style of Picasso or Monet? Come into Teen on the 16th, channel your inner zombie, and make some art!  Express your brains!

July 16, 2012

CANCELLED: Safe Sitter Babysitting Class

Parents are invited to register their children, ages 11-13, beginning Monday, July 16. A class fee of $35 cash is payable at the time of registration at the Information Desk.

For more information, click here!

July 09, 2012

Read your Favorite Movie!

Did you love The Avengers, wait in line to see Amazing Spider-Man, and can't wait to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

We have books and graphic novels available at teen that these movies, and more, were based on!

June 18, 2012

Summer Reading Club

It's not too late to join Summer Reading Club!

Keep track of how many hours you read on this sheet, and bring it in to win prizes like books and flash drives. If you make it to our grand prize drawing, you can win a $50 gift card!

June 12, 2012

Morse Code

Come learn a little bit about communicating without facial expressions, words, or even the Internet. We'll be doing an overview of Morse Code and signing up to learn more. Join us at 2:00 on the 12th!

May 29, 2012

Summer Reading Club

Summer reading club starts today! Check books out from the library or download them to earn prizes. Pick your record sheet up from the library or download one from our website. Click here for more information.

May 24, 2012

Summer Hours

Our summer hours will begin on Thursday, May 24th and last through Monday, August 13th!

Monday - Friday: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Saturday: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

May 14, 2012

Art Show

Stop by the teen library this week to see the fantastic art that will be displayed, and don't forget to vote for your favorite! 

If you are planning on participating in the art show, remember that your artwork needs to be at the teen library on May 15th starting at 4:30. If you have any questions or need any additional information, contact us!

Check out the entries in the 2011 Teen Art Show.

May 04, 2012

Can't Get Enough of the Avengers?!

Can't get enough of the Avengers? Assemble and check out our super hero arsenal.

The Avengers v. 1

The Avengers v. 2

The Marvel Encyclopedia

Our Gods Wear Spandex

Iron Man

April 23, 2012


We want to congratulate the winners of the 2012 Teen Poetry Contest! 

High School

1st: Megan Burrage, Grade 11
2nd: Annie Ebert, Grade 9
3rd: William Ray Brocher, Grade 10

Middle School

1st: Logan Petrie, Grade 6
2nd: Makenzie Myers, Grade 7
3rd: Cameron Bell, Grade 8

Thank you to all of our participants! We absolutely loved reading all of your entries!

April 12, 2012

What's in the Teen Library?

Do you want to know more about what the teen library has to offer? Click here to find out!

Stop by and see us!

April 04, 2012

Steampunk Jewelry: Date Change

The date of the Steampunk Jewelry making program has changed from April 5th to April 12th. For more information about the program, click here.


If you want to get some ideas for your jewlery in the meantime, check out some of the fantastic steampunk creations on Etsy!

April 02, 2012

World Book Night

 The teen library is a proud participant in World Book Night 2012! All of the participants will be sharing the books that they love with friends and family that aren't active readers. We will be giving out copies of Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian on April 23, 2012. If you know someone that you'd love to see reading or if you would like to help with World Book Night, contact us!

March 31, 2012

3rd Annual Teen Art Show

Will you be entering the teen art show this May? Click here for an entry form and click here to check out some of the artwork from last year's show.

March 28, 2012

New Books

Click here new books, video games, and CD's! If you see an item you're interested in, click the picture for more information.

March 12, 2012

Hunger Games Tickets

For those of you interested in attending The Hunger Games with us, we still have tickets available! Contact us or come into the teen library to sign up if you're interested. We will need your parent or guardian's consent if you're under the age of 18.

We'll be going to the 6:15 showing on March 23rd.

March 08, 2012

New Clues!

There have been new clues and updates added to our Steampunk Community Read! Click here for more information!

March 02, 2012

Steampunk Community Read

Our Steampunk Community Read has begun, friends! For more information about the community read, click here or stop in at the teen library!

Here are the first clues to the first books' whereabouts.

1) Seek me at the place where you would dig the roots for your family tree.
2)Two of us are right where you’d expect.
3)Look for me where you might have sought us four years ago this month.

February 21, 2012

Meet Margaret McMullan

Margaret McMullan, award winning author of How I Found Strong and Sources of Light, will be in Auburn on Monday, April 23, 2012! 

Click here for more information!

February 16, 2012


We're going to be adding some things to our snack cafe, and we want to know what you want! Go to our Facebook page and vote for what you want us to stock. If you don't see what you want, just let us know!

February 06, 2012

New Books!

Click here to check out our new books! If you see one you like, click it for more

January 31, 2012

Teen Art Show Coming Soon!

Our 3rd Annual Teen Art Show will be coming in May. This is a great opportunity to showcase your talent, win cash prizes and sell your artwork. It's never to early to start working on an entry. Click here for an entry form with specific dates and guidelines.

January 30, 2012

Repurposed Books Moved to Thursday

The Repurposed Books program will now be on Thursday, February 2nd instead of Tuesday, January 31st. We will be making bookmarks and artwork out of old books. For more information, click here.

January 09, 2012

Winter Reading Club 2012

Winter Reading Club starts today! Just count the time you spend reading, and once you've read for five hours, you get a prize! This year you can enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card or a Flip Video camera after you've completed the other prize levels. To be counted, your books need to either be checked out from Eckhart Public Library or downloaded from our website. 

You can pick up a tally sheet at main and teen library or click here to download one.

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please don't hesitate to contact us!

December 30, 2011

Starry, Starry Night

Join us Tuesday, January 3 from 7-9 pm for some stargazing. We will check out the winter sky using iPad apps and iPod touch apps. Come find constellations and locate the Quadrantids Meteor Shower. It will be out of this world! Snacks will be served.

December 19, 2011

Chocolate Art Cafe

We will explore art by using chocolate as the medium today from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Chocolate will be brushed, colored, sculpted, molded and the best part consumed by all. Hot chocolate will also be available for all hard working artists.

December 08, 2011

Microwave Cooking: Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Is the thought of Christmas making you hungry? 

Stop by Monday, December 12 at 5:00 p.m. to create your own holiday treat.  

We will be making delicious, chocolate dipped pretzels. You may choose to share your treat or save it all for yourself.

December 05, 2011

Make Your Own Gifts

Are you behind on your shopping and in need of gifts for the holidays? Stop by the teen library tomorrow at 4:30, and you will be able to make gifts for friends and family! These gifts will be easy to make and free of charge. For more information, click here.

November 28, 2011

Repurposed Books

Stop by tomorrow, November 29th, at 4:30 to turn some old books into new, holiday ornaments!

November 15, 2011

We Geek Zombies

Congratulations to all of our zombie costume contest winner and thanks to all of our voters and zombie enthusiasts! To see the winners, click here.

November 09, 2011

Library Closed

The Eckhart Public Library campus will be closed on Friday, November 11th. We will be open again on Saturday, November 12th.

November 01, 2011

Vote for your Favorite Zombie!

The 1st Annual Zombie Walk was on Saturday, now you have the chance to vote for your favorite zombie! Click here to see the contestants and then vote in the poll on the right-hand side.

Check out the footage from the zombie walk below!

October 24, 2011

New Books, Games, and CDs

Check out some of our newest titles!

October 22, 2011


Join us next week to zombify yourself! There will be makeup, costumes, and even some dancing. 

Zombie Workshop: October 25th

Dance Like a Zombie: October 27th

Zombie Walk: October 29th

For more information, click the events above.

October 19, 2011

Design the Cover of John Green's Book!

Due to the remarkable fan-made covers that have been created in anticipation of his new book, The Fault in our Stars, John Green's publishers have decided to select a fan-made cover for the next printing of An Abundance of Katherines. Find out more, here!

September 28, 2011

New Books

See these titles in our catalog

September 05, 2011

Important Updates

The Eckhart Public Library is currently updating its website and the web pages of each department.  Any suggestions you have to help us with this process should be passed to Jamie Long, EPL Webmaster.  This webpage upgrade is being made possible through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant.  LSTA grants are a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Funds are used to support statewide initiatives through competitive grant programs.  The Indiana State Library oversees the LSTA program for our state.  Funds have been allocated to provide support for digitization of Indiana’s historical documents and further development of the Indiana Memory Program.