R.I.P. Robin Williams

Well-known actor/comedian Robin Williams died back in August this year and many people are still feeling the loss. The Eckhart Public Library has these titles and more will Robin Williams. Each movie is linked in DVD format, but you can click here to see all the movies that pull up in a search for Robin Williams.

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Heather: Growing up I didn’t know who Robin Williams was by name, and then I saw this movie and that movie and his work became something that always made me laugh. I still haven’t seen them all. If you want help finding his movies any staff member at the Eckhart Public Library can help you navigate the public access catalog and get you headed in the right direction.

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Throwback Thursday: Houlton Family in the John Martin Smith Collection

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

It’s family history month, so today we’re taking a look at a DeKalb County family: the Houltons.

John Houlton Sr.

John Houlton Sr. was one of the earliest settlers of DeKalb County—possibly the first. He’s at least the best documented early settler of the county, and is recorded as building his family’s cabin in what is now Franklin Township on September 4, 1833.

Jink and Dode Houlton

Aside from being early settlers, the Houltons are known for the M. K. Houlton Circus. John Houlton Sr.’s son Matthew Kilgore (known as “M. K.”) operated the circus, which traveled throughout Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio in the 1880s. The group advertised as “An amusement organization without parallel, coming on its own special wagon train and keeping all its appointments.”

Entertainment ranged from “Joe E. Sawyer, the Acknowledged High-Kicker of the World,” to “Mondiana, King of the Swinging Slack Wire,” to M. K. Houlton’s own sons, Jink and Dode, who are pictured here with their instruments.


The circus disbanded in 1893 when the circus equipment, tents, and costumes were lost in a fire. However, the family continued to gather for reunions like this one for many years afterward.

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New Nonfiction At The Library

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Watch Again October

The leaves are changing colors, the temperature is getting cooler, and the Eckhart Public Library has pulled up some movies for spooktacular watching! We’ve mixed some scary kids movies, frighteningly fun family movies, classically creepy movies, and more for a terrifyingly good time.

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Looking for more? Click here for a search on “horror films” in the Eckhart Public Library catalog.


Heather: October is one of my favorite months for many reasons. The colors, the weather, that it’s right before a writing activity I participate in, and the movies. Got a favorite spooky movie to share? Leave a comment or let me know at the desk. Happy watching!


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New Children’s Picture Books

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library: October 14-18

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The days are getting cooler – fall is here! Come enjoy the beautiful foliage on the Eckhart Public Library Campus!

Here’s what’s happening this week:

  • Fall Break Hours: During DeKalb Central Schools’ fall break on October 14-17, the Teen Library will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Stop by for games, books, and more!
  • The Neon Readers Bookclub: Join our newly formed teen bookclub. We will discuss what book we should read in November and vote on a logo designed by bookclub members. Also, feel free to come dressed up as your favorite book character, historical figure, superhero etc.. We will create short videos about our characters and the voting will begin for the best one. There will also be snacks and a sack race. Tuesday, October 14, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library
  • ATLAS: School Break BINGO! Join us for a game of BINGO, fun prizes, freshly popped popcorn and lemonade in the Secret Garden. Wednesday, October 15, 2-3:30 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Creative Writing Group: All writers, no matter what genre, are encouraged to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. This group is for adults 18 and above. Thursday, October 16, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
  • 1950s Day: Travel back to a time of letterman jackets, sock hops, and American Bandstand. Teens can stop by all day to make root beer floats, dance, watch popular drive-in movies, and check out what DeKalb County was like in the 1950s. Thursday, October 16, noon to 7:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • ATLAS: School Break Board Games & Legos! Join us to play board games and build with Legos in the Secret Garden. Thursday, October 16, 2-3:30 p.m., Secret Garden
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Crocheters are also welcome to attend. Help is available from this group. Thursday, October 16, 6-7:45 p.m.
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Amazon Smile Helps Friends of Eckhart Public Library

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The Friends of Eckhart Public Library have received their first payment from the Amazon Smile program, through Amazon.com. For the first quarter, the Friends received $25. Pretty impressive when you consider that the Friends only receives .5% of each purchase made through Amazon Smile! That’s a lot of purchases by a lot of library supporters!

You can get involved in this great initiative by making your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile! It’s easy, safe, and free for you. Just go to smile.amazon.com to get started. If you’re an Amazon shopper already, all you have to do is sign in with your normal Amazon account and choose Friends of Eckhart Public Library as the group you want to support. If you’re not an Amazon shopper, you just have to have an email address and choose a password to get started!

Eckhart Public Library is extremely fortunate to have a wonderful Friends group that supports library services, events, and programs with thousands of dollars and many hours of volunteer manpower.

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