Documentaries Have a New Home

Our documentaries have found a new home in the collection. Now, the nonfiction DVDs will be located near the rest of the DVD collection, next to the nonfiction audiobooks.

Take a look at some of the great titles available in this collection – they do not count against entertainment DVD check out limits!

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Celebrating the Life of James Garner

As most of you already know, well-known TV and movie actor James Garner died over the weekend.

Eckhart Public Library would like to help you celebrate his life and achievements.

You can read his biography, “The Garner Files.”

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(It’s also available in Large Print.)

You can also check out a few of his movies:

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What is your favorite James Garner TV show or movie?

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Hours are Changing at Teen!

Summer is coming to a close, and The Teen Library’s hours are set to reflect this. Starting August 4th, The Teen Library will be open from 4-8 Monday-Friday and 12-5 on Saturday. Note that this is a slight change from previous hours during the school year. On scheduled days off school (according to the DeKalb Central calendar), The Teen Library will be open from 12-8. photo(3)


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This Week at Eckhart Public Library: July 21-26


It’s hard to believe that Summer Reading Club is already over. That means summer is winding down and school is getting ready to start back up!

It also means it’s time to think about signing up for storytimes in the Children’s Department! Here are some of the fall offerings:

  • 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.; and 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. Sessions are Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. from September through April.

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. And keep an eye on Charlie Chat – there will be more information about fall activities in all of our departments soon!

But even though summer is winding down, there’s still plenty of summer fun to be had at Eckhart Public Library. Here’s what’s going on this week:

  • Dinosaur Footprints: Auburn resident Dr. James Farlow, professor of geology at IPFW, will present his research on dinosaur footprints. Refreshments will be served. Tuesday, July 22, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room. Read more about the program by clicking here.
  • Friends of the Eckhart Public Library Book Sale: Support the Friends of the Library! This group supports the mission of Eckhart Public Library, including programs, services, and more! Wednesday, July 23, 4-8 p.m. (Friends Preview); Thursday July 24 and Friday, July 25, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($1 per bag), Willennar Administrative Annex. Read more about the book sale and the Friends by clicking here.
  • Grilled Creations: Teens can create grilled pizzas using fresh ingredients from the teen garden. Friday, July 25, 2-4 p.m., Teen Library. Read more about the program by clicking here.
  • Game Day: Teens can bring a friend and enjoy video games or board games of their choice! Friday, July 25, 12:30-8 p.m., Teen Library.
  • 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 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.

Keep up-to-date about Eckhart Public Library’s activities by signing up for our email newsletter, sponsored by the Friends of Eckhart Public Library. To start the sign up process, click here.

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It’s A Beautiful Day

It’s a perfect day for reading in the library park. Don’t forget that our free Wi-Fi is available in the park, as well. DSC_1879

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Throwback Thursday: John Martin Smith Collection Display at Willennar

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

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If you’re curious about the John Martin Smith Collection, you should swing by the Willennar Genealogy Center for a sneak peek! We’ve updated our display case with a variety of items from the collection. If looking’s not enough to satisfy your curiosity, you can also read a little bit about each piece and the story behind it. Learn about horse thief detectives, Auburn’s very first movie theatre, and more.

- By Chelsea Molin, Genealogy Intern

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Friends of the Library Plan July Book Sale

The Friends of the Eckhart Public Library will hold a book sale July 23-26 in the Willennar Administrative Annex (across from Eckhart Public Library).

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Books! Books! AND MORE BOOKS!

The Friends of the Library Book Sale  is a great way to support the library. The money raised at the book sale goes to the Friends, a nonprofit organization that sponsors a variety of activities, programs, and other initiatives at Eckhart Public Library!

Wednesday, July 23, the book sale is open from 4-8 p.m. for Friends members only. Yep, the Friends get first crack at the sale! But don’t worry if you’re not a Friend yet! You can become a Friend anytime – just stop in at any Eckhart Public Library campus location, or become a Friend at the door of the book sale. Memberships start at just $10. It’s a bargain!

Thursday, July 24, and Friday, July 25, the book sale is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Stop in anytime and check out all the great books for sale.

Saturday, July 26, though, is the best day for deal-lovers. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the book sale is open and it’s $1 BAG DAY! The Friends provide a plastic bag, and you fill it up with books. Then, you pay just $1 for the whole thing!

If you’re out of town or not much for used books, you can still support the Friends another way: through Amazon Smile! Instead of shopping through regular ol’ Amazon, type in and choose Friends of Eckhart Public Library, Inc., as your charity. Then, for everything you buy, a portion of the purchase goes toward the Friends! It works with all Amazon accounts, including Amazon Prime memberships!

Learn more about the Friends of the Eckhart Public Library by clicking here.

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