Attention writers!

Are you looking for a challenge? Are you looking for a group to meet with? Have you heard of National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo)?

The short of it is that NaNoWriMo is a challenge for anyone 13 years of age or older and the challenge is to write a full novel in November. You can do all your planning,  plotting, and character creation prior to November, but the novel writing doesn’t start until the clock says it’s November 1st! For those ages 18 and above your goal is 50,000 words. If you want a day-by-day breakdown that’s 1,667 words a day. If you’re using a computer with a size 12 font and either Times New Roman or Arial font type 1,000 words is about 4 pages double-spaced. It’s doable. In 2013, over 300,000 people took part in NaNoWriMo.

For those ages 13 to 17, you can participate in a branch of NaNoWriMo called the Young Writers Program (or YWP) and create your own goal.

If you have questions click here for the frequently asked questions of NaNoWriMo and here for the questions often asked about the Young Writers Program.

The Eckhart Public Library is having two meetings in November for NaNoWriMo.

Monday, Nov. 3rd, 6:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. we’re having a kickoff. Ask questions, brainstorm with other writers. You can sign up for NaNoWriMo at and share information about your novel, find writing buddies, find your local region, and so much more.

Monday, Nov. 24th, 6:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. is the library’s Final Stretch event. It doesn’t matter if you’re on track, ahead, or behind, we want to hear about your experiences. You never know, maybe someone there can help give you that little grain of inspiration that you’ve needed.

The creative writing group that meets at the library is for those 18 and older. The November meetings are Tuesday, Nov. 4th and Tuesday Nov. 25th both from 6:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M.

The library has a lot of great books on writing, including the book No Plot? No Problem! by NaNoWriMo’s founder, Chris Baty.

Heather: I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo since 2010. This will make my 5th year participating in NaNoWriMo. If you have questions we’ll be glad to answer what we can here at the library. The local region for our area is from Fort Wayne and there is a Facebook group for the region. You can find much more about this on the NaNoWriMo website under the region forums once you set your region. I hope to see you at the NaNoWriMo meet ups at the Eckhart Public Library.

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Throwback Thursday: Dr. Bonnell M. Souder in the John Martin Smith Collection

Willennar Genealogy Center’s collection is full of Throwback Thursday potential, so let’s get our #TBT on!

Today, let’s look at an important person from DeKalb County history, Dr. Bonnell M. Souder.


Affectionately known as “Dr. Bonnell,” Bonnell M. Souder was the daughter of Dr. Ulysses Grant Souder of Auburn. Following in her father’s footsteps, Bonnell earned her M.D. degree from the University of Illinois before returning to practice medicine in Auburn.

In 1915, the two founded Souder Hospital, which was a pioneer in using X-ray equipment and also featured one of the first fully equipped surgeries in the state.


Dr. Bonnell herself was a pioneer in maternity healthcare, and because of her efforts, Souder Hospital became the first in northern Indiana to offer maternity care.

Though she never married or had children of her own, Dr. Bonnell considered the many babies she’d delivered her family. She often took home movies of “her babies” and their mothers when they visited for examinations.


Souder Hospital closed in 1964, after the new DeKalb Memorial Hospital opened. Dr. Bonnell served on the new hospital’s first board of directors, and donated much of her equipment to the new facility.

To see more of Dr. Bonnell, click here and search “John Martin Smith” and “Souder.”

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New Nonfiction At The Library

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Friends Book Sale Features Special Section

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(Just a few of the books ready for you to purchase!)

The Friends of the Eckhart Public Library are holding a book sale this week! The book sales are a great way to boost your personal library and help your public library in the process!

This is an extra special sale, too. In addition to the normal books, there will be a special section of the sale on Wednesday and Thursday that features large, beautiful coffee table and art books!

The book sale starts on Wednesday evening with a Friends-only preview from 4-8 p.m. This is the chance for Friends of the Eckhart Public Library to get “first dibs” on the books in the sale. If you’re not a Friends member but you want to shop on Wednesday night, don’t worry – all you have to do to join the Friends! For as low as $10, you can be a Friend too!

Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the sale is open to the public. And Friday is a very special day – it’s $1-a-bag day! You can load books into the provided plastic bags and take them home for just $1! It’s the best bargain in town!!

What are the Friends of the Eckhart Public Library, anyway?

So, what does this Friends group do, anyway?

Well, the Friends support a variety of activities, events, and collections at the library. Without the Friends, Eckhart Public Library wouldn’t be able to do nearly as much! The Friends support the library financially. Money from the Friends is used to give honorariums to people who come to the library for special events, provide materials for craft and cooking programs, offer snacks at selected events and classes, and more! They also give money for collections, including a significant part of the budget to purchase DVDs at Eckhart Public Library.

The Friends are also a solid volunteer core. The library relies on hundreds of hours of volunteer work to function, and our Friends are a provider of volunteers! They keep the library running efficiently and effectively.

Friends of the Eckhart Public Library is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

For more information about the Friends, click here. If you’d like to join, stop in at the book sale, or visit the circulation desk at the main library building!

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New Books at Teen

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Beyond Texting Addison Stone

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Participate in EPL’s Yummy Poll and Win A Pie!

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It’s just over a month until Thanksgiving, which means our thoughts are turning to pie!

So, we’re having a Pie Poll!

Beginning Monday, October 20, you can vote for your favorite kind of pie! When you vote, you will be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate so you can buy your very own pie or other treat from Dutch Heritage Baking and Catering. Voting ends on November 9, and we’ll do the drawing on November 10 so that you have time to place your order before Thanksgiving. We’ll also release the results of the poll – in pie chart form, of course – that day!

You can vote in the Pie Poll by clicking here. You can vote only once – we don’t want the results of this important poll to be skewed!

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library: October 20-25

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The Eckhart Public Library campus is a riot of color! Fall is such a beautiful time of year. Come visit this week and enjoy the autumn leaves.

Here’s what’s happening around the campus this week:

  • Halloween & Christmas Celebration: Celebrate these two unique holidays at the Teen Library. Crafts include monsters made out of recycled materials and Christmas present costumes for the Auburn Christmas Parade in November. Fall snacks will be served. Monday, October 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Lunch Bunch: Talk about genealogy, family history, and local history with Willennar Genealogy Center staff and fellow genealogy and history buffs! Tuesday, October 21, noon to 1 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Turn a Page with Anni: This book club will be discussing “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. Wednesday, October 22, noon to 1 p.m., JHG Room at the Main Library.
  • Understanding Your Whole Child: Parents and caregivers of children from birth to five years are invited to join at Eckhart Public Library for a conversation about how children learn, grow, and develop. Register by calling the Children’s Department at 925-2414 ext. 320. Wednesday, October 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Secret Garden at the Main Library.
  • Friends of Eckhart Public Library Book Sale: The Friends of the Eckhart Public Library will hold a book sale on October 22-24 at the Willennar Administrative Annex, across the street from the Main Library. The sale will include a special section of beautiful coffee table and art picture books. Hours are Wednesday, October 22, 4-8 p.m. (special Friends preview sale, with memberships available at the door); Thursday, October 23, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday, October 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($1 per bag). Proceeds from the sale support Eckhart Public Library program, services, and collections.
  • ATLAS (At the Library After School): Build a Monster! We will use an assortment of recycled materials to create our very own monsters. Thursday, October 23, 3-3:45 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Genealogy and Local History Fair at the Indiana State Library: The Willennar Genealogy Center: A Service of Eckhart Public Library will be one of more than 30 genealogy, family history, and local history organizations in attendance. Admission is free and open to the public. This year’s theme is “Haunted and Historic Indiana.” Learn more at Saturday, October 25, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis.
  • A Colonial Christmas Celebration: Girls in third grade and older can sign up now for an afternoon of food, crafts, and entertainment. Space is limited! Call the children’s department at 925-2414 ext. 320 to register. Saturday, December 6, 2-4 p.m.
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