This Week at Eckhart Public Library – January 16-21, 2017

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The library will be closed two days during the week of January 16 – once for a holiday, and once for a staff development day.

All library campus buildings will be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Campus buildings also will be closed on Thursday, January 19, for a staff development day. Library staff will receive training on customer service and communication from Kelly Krieg-Sigman, director of the LaCrosse Public Library. The training aligns with goals and strategies within the library’s strategic plan, including providing a welcoming library campus and improving customer service. Krieg-Sigman has been a library manager for more than 30 years, and presents frequently on library management issues at libraries and conferences.

Here’s what else is happening around the library campus during the week of January 16:

  • Eckhart Winter Read: Earn prizes and chances to win grand prizes by reading items checked out from the Eckhart Public Library through February 11. All ages are eligible to participate. Pick up a tally sheet at any public service desk on the Eckhart Public Library. Prizes can also be earned by researching at the Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Library Closed: All buildings on the Eckhart Public Library campus will be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Library buildings will reopen on Tuesday, January 17, with regular hours.
  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will be discussing “Trigger Warning” by Neil Gaiman. Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk. Tuesday, January 17, 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Drop-In Storytime: Families are invited to join us for storytime fun! No registration required. Tuesday, January 17, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • ‘80s Games and More at Teen: Drop in anytime for ‘80s-inspired games, pastels, scratch art, and paper folding. Tuesday, January 17-Friday, January 20, 4-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Turn a Page with Anni: This book club will discuss “Home to Harmony” by Philip Gulley. Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk. Wednesday, January 18, noon to 1 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – Pokemon Battle Zone: Do you love Pokemon? Bring your cards and battle other enthusiasts! Participants go home with all their cards. Trading is not encouraged. Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs are for children in grades 1-5. Wednesday, January 18, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Genealogy 102 – Navigating the Internet: Does using websites for family research seem a little difficult? During this class we will look at how to search for clues about your ancestors online. We will also discuss the different websites that are available through the library. Wednesday, January 18, 6-7 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Library Closed: All buildings on the Eckhart Public Library campus will be closed on Thursday, January 19, for a Staff Development Day. Library buildings will reopen on Friday, January 20, with regular hours.
  • Drop-In Storytime: Families are invited to join us for storytime fun! No registration required. Friday, January 20, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friday Magic at Teen: Magic: The Gathering fans are invited to play at the Teen Library on Fridays. No registration is required. Friday, January 20, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Music and Movement: Preschoolers and their parents are welcome to join us to warm up our muscles, get some wiggles out, and explore different rhythms. No registration is required. Saturday, January 21, 10:15-10:45 a.m., Secret Garden.
  • Excellent Adventure at Teen: We will watch “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and have an ‘80s bash. Saturday, January 21, 2-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Register for Cocoa & Canvas – Time Travel: Enjoy a warm beverage while completing a painting led by artists from The Window Nook Studio. Cost is free, but registration is limited to 25 people. Please register by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or by emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Tuesday, February 7, 6-8 p.m., Close Community Room.
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DeKalb eLearning at Eckhart Public Library

business-15822_1920DeKalb Central students working to complete their eLearning assignments from Friday, January 13, through Monday, January 23, can do so at Eckhart Public Library!

Chromebooks will be available in the Children’s Department and Teen Library on Friday, January 13; Tuesday, January 17; Wednesday, January 18; Friday, January 20; Saturday, January 21; and Monday, January 23.

Eckhart Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Thursday, January 19, for professional development and maintenance.

evergreen_bb_rdax_100Eckhart Public Library is part of Evergreen Indiana, and students in need of computers and WiFi during our closed dates are able to utilize other Evergreen Indiana libraries during their operating hours.

The following DeKalb Evergreen Libraries will be open on Monday, January 16:
Garrett Public Library
Waterloo Public Library

The following DeKalb Evergreen libraries will be open on Thursday, January 19:
Butler Public Library
Garrett Public Library
Waterloo Public Library

wifi-1633666_1920.jpgIn need of WiFi? Hotspots are available to checkout with your library card.

Information about the computer lab availability at DeKalb Central Schools and the eLearning Tech Hotline can be found on their eLearning website.

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New Children’s Books at Eckhart Public Library

Check out these new books hitting the shelves at the Eckhart Public Library, including Dog Man Unleashed! Click on a cover to place a hold through Evergreen Indiana today!

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New Fiction Novels at Eckhart Public Library

Looking for a new fiction book or graphic novel? Check out these new fiction novels now available at the Eckhart Public Library! Click to place your hold through Evergreen Indiana today!

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library – January 9-14, 2017

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Auburn Automobile at the Eckhart Public Library

Are you looking for a new hobby for the new year? The Willennar Genealogy Center can help!

Genealogy staff will offer three genealogy classes in January to help you get started on researching genealogy and family history.

Genealogy 101 – Getting Started is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11, from 6-7 p.m. This class will review the basics to help you get started.

On Wednesday, January 18, from 6-7 p.m., we’ll hold Genealogy 102 – Navigating the Internet. The class will focus on how to search for clues about ancestors online, and discuss websites and databases available through the library. The final class will be Genealogy 103 – Digitization on Wednesday, January 25, from 6-7 p.m. This class will explore the use of the Willennar Genealogy Center’s Makerspace. You can learn about digitizing photos, documents, slides and negatives. This will be a hands-on event so please bring an item or two to scan and a flash drive to save digital images.

All classes will be in the Learning Lab at the Willennar Genealogy Center, 700 S. Jackson St.

For more information about the classes, contact the Willennar Genealogy Center at 925-2414 ext. 420 or genealogy@epl.lib.in.us.

Here’s what else is happening at Eckhart Public Library during the week of January 9:

  • Eckhart Winter Read: Earn prizes and chances to win grand prizes by reading items checked out from the library or by researching at the Willennar Genealogy Center! Pick up a tally sheet and a program booklet at any public service desk at the library.
  • Teen Photography Club: This social group for teens in sixth through twelfth grades promotes sharing photography experiences, ideas, knowledge, and most of all, fun! We will discuss a multitude of topics along with assigning weekly photography challenges. Monday, January 9, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Pause, Breathe: Start the year off by learning to relax. Learn some calming breathing techniques and stretches. Make a galactic “calm bottle” or a portable Zen garden. Please register by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or by emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Monday, January 9, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Eckhart Winter Read for Teens – Painting, Bubble Gum, and More: Stop in anytime for abstract painting, bubble gum blowing, jump roping, and hula hooping. Tuesday, January 10-Friday, January 13, 4-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Drop-In Storytime: Families are invited to join us for storytime fun! No registration required. Tuesday, January 10, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Creative Writing Group: All writers over age 18, no matter the genre, are invited to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. Tuesday, January 10, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – LEGO Club: We will learn the history of LEGOs, discover how they have changed throughout time and what has stayed the same. We will also find time for everyone to build with LEGOs. Wednesday, January 11, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Genealogy 101 – Getting Started: Ready to start the new year off with some family research, but not sure where to start? This class will review the basics to help get started. Wednesday, January 11, 6-7 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – STEAM Challenge: Design and build a shock-absorbing lander to protect two aliens during impact on Earth. Only the supplies available on the spacecraft can be used. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, January 12, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Family Game Night: Stop in for some game time at the library! This drop-in family program is recommended for families with children ages 3 & up. Children under age 7 must be accompanied by a caregiver. Playing board games is shown to help children develop good character, problem solving and reasoning skills, sharing skills by taking turns, social skills, and language skills. Friday, January 13, 4-6 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friday Magic at Teen: Magic: The Gathering fans are invited to play at the Teen Library on Fridays. No registration is required. Friday, January 13, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Back to the Future at Teen: We will watch “Back to the Future” and have a sock hop. Saturday, January 14, 2-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Register for Cocoa & Canvas – Time Travel: Enjoy a warm beverage while completing a painting led by artists from The Window Nook Studio. Cost is free, but registration is limited to 25 people. Please register by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or by emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Tuesday, February 7, 6-8 p.m., Close Community Room.

Beginning in 2017, we will be posting our “This Week at Eckhart Public Library” feature the weekend before the week featured. We hope that this will allow you more time to plan to enjoy our library programs and services. Information about library activities is also available on the calendar at our website. You can also receive a weekly email newsletter, featuring library services and activities, by registering here. We have exciting plans to upgrade our newsletter in Spring 2017, so register now to be one of the first people to take advantage of this spring!

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Throwback Thursday: A Letter from Wilbur Hodge

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

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Today, I want to share with you some excerpts from one of the Civil War letters we have in the John Martin Smith Collection. The letter, dated November 15, 1863, was written by Union soldier Wilbur F. Hodge, and appears to be addressed to his sister-in-law Julia Mott Hodge, the daughter of the Hon. Egbert B. Mott.

He first addresses the illness of his father—Julia’s father-in-law:

Dear Sister,

Last evening I received your letter of the 3rd inst. bringing the sad news of the helpless physical condition of our father. It grieves me very much to get such news as this, while I am so situated as not to be able to go to him. It has been my wish that I would be able to get home once more while he lived, but have been expecting, at any time, to hear of his death. For I know that he is getting too old to be spared to us much longer.

Wilbur, who lived in Henry, Illinois, at the time, had spent many years away from his family in Pennsylvania. He writes that financial troubles, and now the war, have made visiting difficult.

I would have been at home long ago, but before I got into the army, money was so scarce with me that I could not get home then, and since I came into the army, we have been so situated that I could not get a leave of absence. . . . No one is better aware of the fact, than I am, that I have not spent as much of my time at home for the past ten years as I ought, but I love my home, my parents, and brothers and sisters, just as much as though I had never been away from them. . . .

Julia’s brother Sheridan was also in poor health, having been wounded at Chickamauga on September 20th that year. It’s likely this is who Wilbur refers to next.

I shall use every exertion, Julia, to get to see your brother. We are camped six miles from the town (Chattanooga) and it is not an easy matter for a person to travel about this country very much just now while the army is [sic] such an unsettled condition. But if it is a possible thing, I will get a pass and go and see him. The majority of the wounded who were here have been taken up to Nashville and, perhaps, he may be one among the number sent there.

We don’t know if Wilbur ever managed the visit, but Sheridan was taken to a hospital in Nashville, where he later died from his injuries.

Wilbur goes on to say that he is in good health, though the weather is cold and his regiment is living on half-rations for the moment. He finishes his writing in a hurry, as he’s about to go on picket duty with his company.

The letter is signed, “Afftly your bro, W.F.H.”

Want to see more local history? Click here to browse our online photo database, or head on over to the Genealogy Center’s official Facebook page.

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New DVDs at Eckhart Public Library

Ready for a movie night with the family or to finally catch up on a season of your favorite show? These new DVDs at Eckhart Public Library should help! Click on any cover to place a hold through Evergreen Indiana today!

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