100 Years Ago Today

One hundred years ago today, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. Read more about her and the extinction of passenger pigeons in Joel Greenberg’s riveting A Feathered River Across The Sky available for check out at the library.

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New Audiobooks

Book Jacket for: Hard Choices : a Memoir [U-sound recording] Book Jacket for: The Family of Jesus  [U-sound recording] Book Jacket for: Rosemary Cottage [U-sound recording] Book Jacket for: Tidewater Inn  [U-sound recording]/ Book Jacket for: Power Play [U-sound recording]/ Book Jacket for: Everybody's Got Something  [U-sound recording]

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Throwback Thursday: The Eckhart Carriage Company in the John Martin Smith Collection

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

The ACD Festival is this week, so let’s go back to the Auburn Automobile Company’s roots: the Eckhart Carriage Company.

Carriage Co.

DeKalb County was well-suited to buggy-making in the 1800s. Materials like oak and hickory wood were abundant; the train tracks crisscrossing the county ensured quick and easy shipment of supplies; and there were plenty of craftsmen looking to improve the buggy, including a wagonmakers’ apprentice named Charles Eckhart.

Charles Eckhart

Charles Eckhart founded the Eckhart Carriage Company in 1874, the same year he built his first buggy—in his father-in-law’s parlor. In 1875, he constructed his own shop, and set about learning all he could about the carriage business. According to John Martin Smith, “Eckhart was his own chief mechanic expert, woodworker, painter, and trimmer for many years.”

Buggy

In 1896, Charles gave his sons control of the business, which was now turning out 35-40 vehicles a day. Company expansion continued, including an extension called the Auburn Automobile Company, incorporated in 1903, which continued on even after the carriage company dissolved in 1918.

To learn more, click here and search “Auburn Automobile Company,” or come to the ACD Open House from 10-3 tomorrow at the Sinclair Station! (Read more about the Open House by clicking here.)

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Happy Labor Day!

In honor of the Labor Day holiday, the Eckhart Public Library campus will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 29. (The Teen Library will not open on Friday.) The campus will be closed on Saturday, August 30, and Monday, September 1. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 2.

While we’re closed, don’t forget that you can check out e-books and e-audiobooks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via OverDrive!

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Enjoy the Labor Day holiday, and the ACD Festival!

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Read It Now, Watch It Later: Hellblazer/Constantine

October 24 is the premiere date for “Constantine” on NBC. (You can see the Comic-Con 2014 trailer here.)

That means that you have a few months to get started reading the books on which the TV show is based: “Hellblazer” (published by DC Comics under its Vertigo imprint).

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“Hellblazer” is a horror comic book series featuring magician John Constantine, who was originally introduced to comic book audiences in “Swamp Thing.” It’s an exciting, intense, edgy series that has influenced a lot of modern TV shows, movies, and books.

Join the discussion of whether the TV show can really live up to the books (fans are skeptical!) by checking out “Hellblazer” from Eckhart Public Library.

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New Children’s Books

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New Fiction

Book Jacket for: On Sunset Beach Book Jacket for: The Directive : a novel Book Jacket for: Hounded Book Jacket for: The Magician's Land : a novel Book Jacket for: The Mistress of Normandy Book Jacket for: Days of Rage Book Jacket for: Ice Shear Book Jacket for: The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit : a novel Book Jacket for: Severed Souls Book Jacket for: A Little Night Murder Book Jacket for: Dollbaby Book Jacket for: How to Tell Toledo from the Night SkyBook Jacket for: The House of Small Shadows

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