Read It Now, Watch It Later!

This August, Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular Outlander series is coming to STARZ.

The library has the series available as books and eBooks. Check it out today!

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New Books At Teen

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Hot Fiction!

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Eckhart Public Library Offers Student Cards

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Eckhart Public Library now offers Student Cards for just $10!

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, can purchase a card for this low price. The cards expire after one year.

Cards cost a maximum of $30 per family. Those who receive free and reduced lunches can get a card for just $5!

With your library card, you can check out books, movies, audiobooks, e-books, e-audiobooks, and more, and you can use Eckhart Public Library computers, too! It’s the best bargain in town!

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library: July 28-August 2

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It’s the last week of July! Soon, kids will be going back to school. Make sure you take advantage of the beautiful Eckhart Public Library campus while it’s still nice out. Before you know it, the days will be shorter and chillier.

In case you missed it, the Teen Library will have slightly different hours when school starts. The building will be open from 4-8 p.m. on weekdays during the school year. Read more about it by clicking here.

Also, as fall approaches, those of you with children from 12 months to 6 years old should be thinking about signing up for activities! Learn more about Preschool Storytime, Wee Read Storytime, and Toddler Friends 1 2 3 by clicking here, and visit the Children’s Department or call them at 260-925-2414 ext. 320 to sign up!

You should also consider joining one of our book clubs! You can pick up book club selections at the Information Desk in the Main Library. This month’s selections:

  • Better Off Read will be reading “The Chatham School Affair” by Thomas H. Cook. From “Publisher’s Weekly:” “Like the best of his crime-writing colleagues, Cook (Breakheart Hill) uses the genre to open a window onto the human condition. In this literate, compelling novel, he observes the lives of people doomed to fates beyond their control and imagination.” Better Off Read will discuss the novel Thursday, August 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Turn a Page With Anni will be reading “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” by Hoosier satirist Jean Shepherd. Readers will recognize some of the stories from “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” – Shepherd co-wrote the beloved holiday movie “A Christmas Story” from this book. Turn a Page with Anni will discuss the book Wednesday, August 20 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Main Library.

Here’s what else is going on this week:

  • Solar Cooking: Build your own solar cookers out of pizza boxes and learn how to survive during a natural disaster or the zombie apocalypse. Monday, July 28, 12:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Library Read and Roll Fun Skate: This event celebrates library summer reading programs in DeKalb County. Thursday, July 31, 5-7 p.m., Skatin’ Station in Auburn.
  • Technology Tutoring: If you need help getting started with computer basics like navigating operating systems and Internet browsers or getting better acquainted with your tech devices, book an hour with a technology tutor. Library staff will help you get started and recommend resources to enrich your technology skills. Visit epl.lib.in.us or call 925-2414 ext. 120 to book a time.
  • Book the Digital Lab: Do you have photos, documents, scrapbooks, or other such items that mean a lot to you? We can help you capture and save a digital copy! A Willennar Genealogy Center staff member will guide you through the process of scanning your items using Willennar Genealogy Center equipment. Appointments are on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at the Willennar Genealogy Center. Call 925-2414 ext. 420 or visit our website to book a slot.
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Sign Up Now for Children’s Department Activities!

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The Children’s Department at Eckhart Public Library offers several great opportunities for children starting this fall! To learn more or sign up, visit the Children’s Department in the lower level of the Eckhart Public Library main building or call 925-2414 ext. 320.

  • Preschool Storytime: Preschool storytime, for children 2-6 years old, meets once a week to explore a different theme with books, songs, fingerplays, games, and crafts. Storytimes are:
    • Tuesdays from 1-1:45 p.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m.
    • Wednesdays from 1-1:45 p.m.
    • Thursdays from 10:15-11 a.m., 11:30-12:15 p.m., and 6:30-7:15 p.m.
    • Fridays from 10:15-11 a.m. and 11:30-12:15 p.m.
  • Toddler Friends 1 2 3: At Toddler Friends, children 18 months to 3 years old and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers participate in center-based learning, story, music, and fingerplays. Families also receive age-appropriate materials and parent ideas. Toddler Friends 1 2 3 meets the first Saturday of each month, September through May, at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wee Reads Storytime: This storytime is for children 12-24 months old and their caregivers, and includes books, songs, action rhymes, and fingerplays. Each 20-minute session ends with everyone blowing bubbles. From September to April, sessions are:
    • Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.
    • Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m.
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Throwback Thursday: Advertising from the John Martin Smith Collection

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

Before TV and radio, businesses tried several creative approaches to getting (and keeping) their customers’ attention. Let’s look at some of their ideas from the JMS Collection.

  Victorian Trading Card

The spread of color lithography in the 1870s brought the rise of Victorian trade cards, colorful illustrations used by businesses to promote their goods and services. Collecting trade cards was a common pastime, and Victorians often kept scrapbooks of their collections. The cards remained popular until the early 1900s, when it became more cost-effective to run color advertisements in magazines.

Pocket Mirror

During the early 1900s, salesmen presented potential customers with “giveaways,” practical gifts that served the dual purpose of advertising for a particular good or service. Pocket mirrors like this, with their customizable celluloid backings, were especially popular.

Letter

More ordinary forms of advertising had their moments, too. This letter was supposedly sent from an Auburn car to its owner, requesting to be taken into the Stuehringer Arnett Company for servicing.

The Willenar Genealogy Center also has several advertising postcards in the collection. To check out them out, click here and search for “advertisement postcard.”

-Written by Genealogy Intern Chelsea

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