New Movies at the Library

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Friends of the Library Sponsor Art Show

One of the many events sponsored by Friends of the Eckhart Public Library is the annual art show, and it’s coming up soon!


This clay art piece, by Jennifer Gilbert, was featured in the 2013 art show.

The show will be held May 8-16 on the library’s campus. Area artists can participate by entering their art, and those who aren’t artistically inclined can come and appreciate the work by talented local people.

Exhibits will be open to the public during the buildings’ regular operating hours. Pieces by adult artists will be will be showcased at the Eckhart Public Library main building. Art exhibits entered by teens will be on display at The Third Place – A Teen Library. Pieces by elementary school children will be on display in the children’s department on the lower level of the Eckhart Public Library.

Artists may enter their work in the art show, and prizes will be awarded.

For the 47th annual adult show, eligible artists must maintain a residence or employment in DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, and Steuben Counties and be 18 years of age or older. Each entry must be an original work of the artist and must have been produced within the past year. Pieces must be finished to hang if necessary. Classifications for entry include oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, fibers, jewelry, black and white photography, stained glass and carving.

The Teen Art Show is in its fifth year. Eligible artists must be attending school or residing in DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, or Steuben counties and be enrolled in middle or high school for the 2013-2014 school year.

An Artists Reception will be held Thursday, May 8, at 6:30-7:45 p.m. and will feature instrumental entertainment.

Entry forms can be picked up at the main library or teen library, or artists can get forms online. Click here for the adult form. Click here for the teen form. Click here for the children’s form.

Exhibit entries must be dropped off Monday, May 5, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the library to be included in the show. Adult exhibits will be released from the main library on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teen exhibits will be released from 2-5 p.m. at The Third Place – A Teen Library.

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Goodviews: Frozen

Book Jacket for: Frozen : [videorecording DVD]

After this winter I didn’t even want to think about snow or ice or cold things, but Frozen is a movie I just couldn’t resist. One of my favorite voices (Idina Menzel, Elsa) being involved? I think yes. While we don’t have the soundtrack at the library we do have a book in our catalog with the sheet music.

The story opens with sisters Elsa and Anna playing and escalates to disaster quickly, resulting in Elsa and Anna’s parents, the king and queen of Arendelle rushing to the stone trolls to save Anna’s life. Anna is made to forget her sister’s snow powers and Elsa is taught to keep them a secret. She can’t tell Anna. Not knowing what else to do, Elsa shuts herself away from her sister and best friend.

Years later Anna and Elsa finally speak Anna still has no idea. Until she falls in love and things just snowball from there.

The movie is adorable and has great music. Kristoff and Sven, Anna, Hans, Elsa, and we can’t forget Olaf. These characters are just… I don’t know if I can find a word for how they interact, but they just go together extremely well.

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EPL Celebrates World Book Night!

Image found on World Book Night (US)

Image found on World Book Night (US)

Image found on World Book Night (US)

Image found on World Book Night (US)

Eckhart Public Library will be celebrating World Book Night on Wednesday, April 23rd! Each year, those participating in World Book Night give out 20 copies of one of the World Book Night selections to spread the love of reading and encourage literacy. Comedian Amy Poehler will be the honorary chairperson for World Book Night this year giving the following statement to UPI: ” “I’m thrilled to be part of World Book Night. People who read are people who dream, and we connect through the stories we live and tell and read”

The Children’s Department will be distributing copies of Hoot by Carl Hiaasen in the community. Hoot is the award-winning story of a young boy named Roy who gets involved with trying to save a group of owls in a Florida construction site.

The teen library will be distributing copies of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs at the teen library from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Miss Peregrine tells the story of Jacob, a boy who discoveries there is more truth than he realized to the stories of peculiar children that were told to him by his grandfather over the years.

This is the third year that the teen library has participated in World Book night; in previous years The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and Looking for Alaska by John Green have been given out with great success.

Questions about World Book Night? Contact Children’s or Teen Services.

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with EPL


When was the last time you read a poem?  When was the last time you wrote a poem?  If the answer is “never” or “poem?” then check out the poetry display on the main floor of the main library.

April is National Poetry Month, founded in 1996 by The Academy of American Poets to celebrate and promote American poetry.  Eckhart Public Library celebrates every year by commemorating poets known and unknown.  Check out our display for a variety of American and international poetry, novels in verse, and books on writing poetry.

There are a number of ways aspiring poets can participate in National Poetry Month at the library.  Comment on this post with your favorite poet or your favorite poem.  Our poets who want to try their hands at brevity can tweet a short, original poem @EckhartPL #poetry.  Additionally, the Teen Library sponsors a poetry contest for middle and high school students every year.  For more information, interested students can click here.


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Goodviews: City of Bones

Remember back when I posted about the Mortal Instruments series and how EPL has the movie?

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie is similar to the books, but there’s a lot of difference. I won’t give spoilers, but I will encourage you to read the book and/or watch the movie. This movie was good enough to make me hope for a sequel.

This hits almost all my movie sweet spots. Action, adventure, little bit of romance, paranormal beings. Want to read it before you see it? Click here for the library catalog for this series.

If you have a movie you’d like to recommend don’t be shy. Leave a comment or stop on by the Eckhart Public Library. I love getting recommendations and I love when people ask for recommendations. Don’t forget we have a number of movies that are based on books if you prefer something more literary based.

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New To The Children’s Department

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