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Did you know that it’s almost Indiana’s birthday? Indiana became a state on December 11, 1816! We’ll be celebrating at the Willennar Genealogy Center with an open house on Friday, December 9.

The open house, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will feature displays showcasing DeKalb County’s history and highlighting some of the Bicentennial events that have taken place this year. There will also be several short films playing throughout the day capturing DeKalb County’s part in the history of the state. Refreshments will be served.

At noon, Kari Ackerman will give a brief presentation on the ACD Festival and the Hoosier Car Tour. The Willennar Genealogy Center is currently partnering with the Randinelli-Ackerman family to digitize a collection of materials on the development of classic car organization and events in Auburn, including the festival and the car tour. (The photo above is from the collection!) The collection was compiled by Ackerman’s father, the late Jack Randinelli. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Here’s what is happening at the library this week:

  • Neon Readers Teen Book Club: We will be taking a break from our movie project and creating a group entry for the Gingerbread Festival contest. Monday, December 5, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Mason Jar Gifts: Make simple and unique gifts (custom soup mix, custom bath soak, and cocoa mix) using common kitchen and household items. Register by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or by emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Monday, December 5, 6:30-7:30, Close Community Room.
  • Cocoa and Crafty Tuesdays at Teen: Join us every Tuesday in December to drink some cocoa and make some Christmas gifts for your family and friends. Brought to you by the Teen Advisory Board. Tuesday, December 6, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Pokemon Club for Teens: 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.  Pokemon club is free and no sign up is required. Tuesday, December 6, 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. These classes are designed to help children reach their full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Classes are free, and a library card is not needed to attend. Tuesday, December 6, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – Time Travelers: The Time Travelers will be learning about Rolly Muhn, one of Santa’s best helpers. This program will include a brief presentation on Rolly, building “gingerbread” houses, and a visit from Santa. Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs are for children in grades 1-5. Wednesday, December 7, 4-4:45 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – STEM Challenge: Using a limited amount of supplies you will be challenged to build the tallest, free standing snowman. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, December 8, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Bicentennial Open House: The Willennar Genealogy Center will be hosting an open house to celebrate the Indiana State Bicentennial. The event will feature displays showcasing DeKalb County’s history and highlighting some of the Bicentennial events that have taken place this year. There will also be several short films playing throughout the day capturing DeKalb County’s part in the history of the state. Kari Ackerman will be giving a brief presentation on the ACD Festival and the Hoosier Car Tour at noon. Refreshments will be served. Call 925-2414 ext. 420 for more information. Friday, December 9, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. These classes are designed to help children reach their full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Classes are free, and a library card is not needed to attend. Friday, December 9, 11:45 a.m.-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 up. Playing board games is a great way for children to develop good character, as well as teaching in problem solving, reasoning, sharing, social and language skills. Friday, December 9, 4-6 p.m., Secret Garden
  • Friday Magic – The Gathering: Eckhart Teen Library will host a time for Magic card game fans to come play. Anyone in grades 6-12 is welcome, and no registration is required. Friday, December 9, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Register now for Repurposed Gifts: ‘Tis the season to get crafty! Stop by Eckhart Public Library and make holiday decorations and gifts using old books. Enjoy hot cocoa and holiday treats. Please register by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or by emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Monday, December 12, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.