This Week at Eckhart Public Library: March 2-7

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It’s finally March! Dare we hope that spring-like weather is around the corner?

Here is what is happening at Eckhart Public Library this week:

  • Neon Readers Teen Book Club: The Neon Readers will begin reading volume 2 of the graphic novel “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman. We’ll discuss what we liked and disliked about the story. Then we will play a few rounds of Bingo, complete with small prizes. Monday, March 2, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Essential Oils – Essential Questions: Essential oils are being used and talked about more and more. Join a discussion about the many uses of essentials hosted by Marci Thacker and sample commonly used essential oils. Register by calling the Information Desk at 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing references@epl.lib.in.us. Monday, March 2, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • ATLAS (At the Library After School) – Charlie’s Chapters: Children in kindergarten through second grade will become authors by participating in the PBS Kids Writer’s Contest. Children in third through fifth grades will begin reading “Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood” and make some Civil War cornbread. Thursday, March 5, 3-3:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters are welcome. Crocheters are also welcome to attend. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, March 5, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Register for Safe Sitter: Eckhart Public Library, in partnership with DeKalb Health, will offer a Safe Sitter course for teens ages 11-14 on Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Safe Sitter is a medically-accurate program that provides hands-on practice in lifesaving techniques designed to prepare babysitters to act in an emergency. Babysitters also receive instruction on how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior and how to run their own babysitting business. They also learn basic first aid as well as how to perform infant and child choking rescue. The cost of the course is $20. Register by Thursday, March 5, by visiting the Children’s Department or calling 925-2414 ext. 320.
  • Pick Up Your Book Club Books: Turn a Page With Anni will discuss “S is For Silence” by Sue Grafton on Wednesday, March 18, at noon in the JHG Room at the Main Library. Better Off Read will discuss “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” by Shirley Jackson on Thursday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m., at Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.

Also, be sure to mark your calendars for a week of fun coming up later this month! We will be having our own Spring Break at Eckhart Public Library March 23-27. Each day will have a theme: Space Day (Monday), Beach Day (Tuesday), Time-Travel Day (Wednesday), Art Gallery Day (Thursday), and Staycation Day (Friday). You won’t want to miss it!

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In memory of Gloria Fink

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Today, on what would have been her 91st birthday, Eckhart Public Library recognizes one of its most faithful supporters.

Gloria Fink passed away Aug. 4, 2014, leaving behind a legacy that will help the library fulfill its mission to foster lifelong learning and literacy for years to come. Late last year, a substantial gift established the Gloria Fink Eckhart Public Library Endowment at the Community Foundation of DeKalb County.

Eckhart Public Library Director Janelle H. Graber hadn’t met Gloria Fink when she took the job in 1992.

“I got to know her first as someone who cared about the library, and then, along the way, we became friends,” Graber said.

Fink, as an engaged citizen of her community, took a proactive interest in the causes she supported, and believed strongly in the importance of the library to the community.

For example, Fink read in the newspaper that the library needed to change its hours because of budget reductions.

“She called and said, ‘I want to help,’” Graber recalled.

Fink also was one of the first to step forward in the mid-1990s to support the library’s renovation and expansion.

Graber describes Fink as “a quiet, thoughtful giver” – one she never had to ask for gifts for the library, and one who didn’t want recognition for her philanthropy.

Author Barbara Olenyik Morrow, a library board member, had this remembrance:

“Some people say they appreciate good literature. Gloria Fink could say so – and you knew that she meant it.  She was extremely well-read, and her mastery of classical literature, especially her knowledge of Greek and Roman mythology, was truly impressive. When she referenced books or literary matters, I listened carefully. And I always walked away better informed.”

Son David Fink, one of her four children, said Gloria Fink’s family is still learning about the causes she supported. Nearly all were local, and reflected what she loved, such as animals, literature, education, and music.

In most cases, her support and philanthropy lasted decades. She began singing in the Auburn Presbyterian Church choir as a child in the 1930s, when her mother was choir director, and kept up her participation until recent years.

Music was a huge part of her life, and she was a long-time supporter of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and recently Heartland Sings. She also brought music to the Auburn community by sponsoring local concerts.

Other long-term causes included the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Automobile Museum and the DeKalb Humane Society.

David Fink described his mother as very self-effacing, but also very independent.

She loved travel, and her age didn’t slow her down until a few years ago. In her late 80s, she took trips with family to Argentina and Patagonia, Hawaii, and a cruise. Over her lifetime, she visited all the continents except Antarctica, he said.

She respected other people and their privacy, and she believed in good citizenship. In fact, she never had a single traffic citation, her son said.

In that way – through simply showing, not necessarily telling – she imparted lessons.

“Your parents teach you, in many respects, how to live life,” he said. “She was certainly a very good role model for all of us.”

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Remembering Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, most famous for playing Mr. Spock in several iterations of “Star Trek,” died today at the age of 83.

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You can remember Nimoy’s life and work by checking out some of the movies in which he appeared, including “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier,” “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” and “Star Trek” (2009 reboot).

You can also learn more about the history and production of “Star Trek” in the documentary “Star Trek: The Captain’s Summit,” also featuring William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and Jonathan Frakes.

Or, you can always remember Nimoy’s lighter side with “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins,” a bizarre and very fun music video from the 1960s. Nimoy certainly was multi-talented!

Staff at Eckhart Public Library have been reminiscing about Nimoy and his work since we heard of his passing. What’s your favorite memory of Leonard Nimoy?

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Throwback Thursday: The National Horse Thief Detective Association

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

You may have heard of horse thieves, but what about horse thief detectives? Today, let’s take a look at these unusual law enforcers and their connection to Indiana.

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In the 1800s, to steal a family’s horse was to steal their livelihood, a loss that could make surviving outside of a city incredibly difficult. Unfortunately, due to sparse rural populations and the fact that horses could be moved so quickly, catching horse thieves was difficult, too. In an effort to bring more of these criminals to justice, the nation’s first horse thief detective association was founded in 1845 near Wingate, Indiana, known as the Council Grove Minute Men.

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Similar organizations sprang up across the nation, all of the Indiana groups eventually being brought under the umbrella organization of the National Horse Thief Detective Association (NHTDA). State laws concerning the NHTDA went on the books in 1848, laws which granted NHTDA members a surprising amount of power. For example, NHTDA constables were allowed to cross county lines to catch criminals, something which was denied to sheriffs and deputies.

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As time went on, the NHDTA branched out, dealing with missing carriages, livestock, poultry, and even people. They were a powerful group until the 1920s, when their image was tainted by a growing association with the KKK. By 1933, Indiana lawmakers had taken away all their enforcement powers, although some chapters still met. In 1957, the Council Grove Minute Men finally disbanded, long after horse thieves has ceased being a problem.

Want to see more? Click here and search “National Horse Thief Detective Association.”

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An Introduction to Essential Oils: Monday March 2 at 6 PM

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Lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus smell heavenly, but the essential oils derived from these plants are good for more than just candles and perfume.  Many people are incorporating essential oils into their health and beauty routines with surprising results.  Marci Thacker of Young Living Essential Oils will be at Eckhart Public Library Monday, March 2 from 6 – 7:30 PM to talk about essential oils and their uses.

For more information on essential oils, check out these books The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils and Essential Oils for Beginners, or this thorough website.  For more information on incorporating natural ingredients into your life, check out Homemade Cleaners, Beauty Green, and The Organically Clean Home.

Registration is recommended but not required.  Please register by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or by emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us.

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library: February 23-28

Eckhart Literary Love

Spring is just around the corner, but don’t forget – you still have time to find your literary love with Blind Date with a Book. Check out a “date,” and let us know how it went, or how it’s going! Return the slip found in your book, and you’ll be eligible to win chocolate! The drawing is on March 2.

Cozy up at Eckhart Public Library with these fun events:

  • Neon Readers: The Neon Readers will finish reading the graphic novel “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman. We’ll discuss what we liked and disliked about the story. Then we will repurpose old CDs into something new. Monday, February 23, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Oscar Party – Rescheduled!: It was too cold to walk the red carpet last week, so we’re going to have our Oscar party on Monday night. Come talk about the winners, the ceremony, the fashion, and more! There will also be Oscar trivia, refreshments, and a chance to win an Eckhart Public Library swag bag! Monday, February 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Read more by clicking here.
  • Is Barack Obama An Imperial President?: A Look at America’s Top Office: In honor of President’s Day, Manchester University political science professor Dr. Leonard Williams will join Eckhart Public Library for a look at the institution of the presidency. We’ll explore what the Constitution actually says about the presidency and the historical development of presidential power. At the end of the talk, guests will have the opportunity to evaluate the presidency of current U.S. President Barack Obama. Themed refreshments will be served. Tuesday, February 24, 7 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • ATLAS – Let’s Go To the Tropics: There will be stories, music, dancing and crafts for all at our tropical celebration. Thursday, February 26, 3-3:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Tabletop Game Night: Come play tabletop games! Bring your favorite board game, card game, tile game, or other tabletop game, or join in a game with fellow gamers. Thursday, February 26, 6-8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Teen Game Day: Bring a friend, and enjoy some video games or board games of your choice. Friday, February 27, Teen Library.
  • Taking Care of Yourself: This class for girls in fourth through sixth grades will teach them how to take care of their hair, skin and more. A pediatric nurse practitioner will be presenting a short program, followed by a craft, games and refreshments. Girls can register in the Children’s or Teen Department and space is limited. Register by Thursday, February 26. Saturday, February 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Close Community Room.
  • Register now for Safe Sitter: Eckhart Public Library, in partnership with DeKalb Health, will offer a Safe Sitter course for teens ages 11-14 on Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Safe Sitter is a medically-accurate program that provides hands-on practice in lifesaving techniques designed to prepare babysitters to act in an emergency. Babysitters also receive instruction on how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior and how to run their own babysitting business. They also learn basic first aid as well as how to perform infant and child choking rescue. The cost of the course is $20. Register by Thursday, March 5, by visiting the Children’s Department or calling 925-2414 ext. 320.
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Library’s Oscar Party Now Set for Monday!

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Eckhart Public Library’s Oscar Party has become an Oscar After-Party! The library will have its Oscar Party on Monday, February 23, at 6 p.m. in the Close Community Room at the Main Library. The party will include discussions of the winners, losers, fashion, and fun of the ceremony; Oscar trivia; refreshments; and the chance to win an Eckhart Public Library “swag bag.” It’s going to be a fun time – don’t miss it!

Not up on the Oscar nominees? Not a problem! Associate Director Jenny Kobiela-Mondor, who will lead the discussions at the Oscar party, has seen all eight Best Pictures nominees and reviewed them for KPC Media Group. Read her reviews here:

‘Boyhood’ has winning concept, good execution

‘Whiplash’ a perfect name for unconventional student-teacher story

‘The Theory of Everything’ tells delightful, fleshed-out tale

Acting takes center stage in ‘The Imitation Game’

‘Selma’ gives human portrayal of larger-than-life figure

‘American Sniper’ tense, harrowing – and incredible

Ambitious, artistic ‘Birdman’ deserving of Oscar buzz

Madcap ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ a quirky delight

Image Credit: “Academy Award trophy” by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia

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