Food For Fines Starts December 1

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Do you have overdue fines? Participate in Eckhart Public Library’s Food for Fines program!

This annual program runs for the entire month of December, and it’s a great way to pay your fines while helping local people in need.

To participate, bring nonperishable food items to the Circulation Desk at Eckhart Public Library and your overdue fees will be waived. Food collection will go to local food pantries.

Only overdue fines are eligible for the Food For Fines program. Fees, postage, charges for lost items, and other such charges are not eligible.

If you have any questions, please call the Circulation Desk at 260-925-2414 ext. 220.

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Come Write In

EPL will be holding a TGIO (Thank Goodness It’s Over) party on Tuesday, December 1st from 6 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. Know someone who participated in NaNo? Bring him/her/them and come celebrate! Friends and participants are welcome to come celebrate the accomplishments NaNoWriMo participants have achieved. Even if you don’t complete your novel you’ve still written something and you’ve tried.

That said, NaNoWriMo is almost over. The par word count for today is just over 40,000. Home stretch! We still have one more Write In scheduled. Monday, November 30th from 5:30 to 7:45 P.M. we’ll be having a lot of talk for support, word wars, and whatever else we can. Positivity is what we’re aiming for!

Heather: A lot of writers have trouble with the home stretch during NaNo, myself included depending on what project I’m working on. There are a lot of tips and tricks out there and there are some really neat art pieces that you can find on image searches and in artist galleries. If you don’t finish it is NOT the be-all-end-all for you, your writing, or anything. You have tried something that many people still aren’t unaware exists. You heard about this different thing, this challenge, and you said ‘I’m going to try that’ and you did. Pat yourself on the back!

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library – November 23-28


Pictured: Fun at ATLAS (At the Library After School)

It’s Thanksgiving Week! Don’t miss Eckhart Public Library in the Christmas Parade on Tuesday, November 24, at 7 p.m., in downtown Auburn.

The library campus buildings will have special holiday hours this week. Buildings will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and will be closed Thursday, November 26, through Sunday, November 29. We will reopen on Monday, November 30, with regular hours.

Here’s what else is happening around the library campus this week:

  • Come Write In: Eckhart Public Library invites all authors to come write in! Every Monday in November, the library will host a supportive space for writers participating or thinking about participating in National Novel Writing Month (and any other writer). Writers and aspiring writers can find a quiet space (with an electrical outlet) to work; coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks; and inspiration and positivity from fellow writers. Expect informal talking points and writing games to help creativity flow around 6 p.m. Monday, November 23, 5:30-7:45 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Creative Writing Group: Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. All writers 18 years old and older, no matter the genre, are invited to participate. Tuesday, November 24, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.

And mark your calendars and register for some of our fun December events:

  • Christmas Jubilee: Join us for a Christmas Jubilee! Sharon Zonker will present an all ages program in the Close Community Room about the Underground Railroad. She will showcase some of the quilts that she made and some that she has collected over the years. Register by calling the Information Desk at 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing Saturday, December 5, 2-3 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Kitchen Gifts: You don’t need to go far to find a unique gift. Stop by the library to make custom hot chocolate blends and dry soup mix perfect for a friend or loved one. Please register to ensure a spot by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing Tuesday, December 8, 6-7 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Charles Dickens Magic Show: Perhaps no person had a bigger impact on the modern Christmas holiday than Charles Dickens and his Christmas Carol. Meet Charles Dickens and explore his world, his work, and some magic in a Victorian setting. Holiday refreshments will be served. Thursday, December 10, 1 p.m., Smith Farms Manor, 406 Smith Drive, Auburn; and 6 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Classic Christmas Movie: Get in the holiday spirit with the classic holiday movie “The Shop Around the Corner.” Saturday, December 12, 2 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • 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. This month, we will play-test games that are perfect for Christmas gifts. Thursday, December 17, 6-8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Santa at Eckhart Public Library: We’ve been very good this year, so Santa will be visiting Eckhart Public Library and sharing a story with everybody who wants to meet him. We will meet on the main level around the fireplace from 1-2 p.m. Children and families can also visit Santa’s workshop from 1:30-3 p.m. to make Christmas crafts for a jolly holiday. No registration is required, but the number of crafts may be limited. Saturday, December 19, 1-3:30 p.m., Main Library.
  • Classic Christmas Movie: Get in the holiday spirit with a classic holiday movie “White Christmas.” Saturday, December 19, 2 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
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New Fiction

all for you  axeman  cold hearted  collector of secrets  fancy dancer  fateful lightning  frankenstein  gift of charm  radiance  when we meet

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Throwback Thursday: M. K. Houlton

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

Willennar Genealogy Center’s “Extraordinary Hoosiers” Project focuses on four individuals from DeKalb County History: Olympian Don Lash, medical pioneer Bonnell Souder, Egbert Mott, DeKalb County’s first practicing lawyer, and M. K. Houlton, the focus of today’s #TBT.

Matthew Kilgore Houlton was born in Franklin Township on October 4, 1851, in the cabin his father, John Houlton, had built in 1833. Although it’s disputed, John was alleged to be the very first settler of DeKalb County.


Houlton Map

M. K. grew up and was educated in Franklin Township, and he later acquired land there in “Section 12,” which would have been in the northestern part of the township. In 1880, his youngest brother, Roger Rinaldo Houlton, lived just down the street. While living there, M. K. began raising cattle and hogs.

On October 1, 1874, he married Marietta Case of Steuben County. They had two sons, Jink and Rinaldo. Jink was named after the song “Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines,” and Rinaldo was likely named after his uncle Roger Rinaldo.

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In the 1880s he started a circus in DeKalb County. Marietta, Jink, and Rinaldo traveled with M. K. and the rest of the troupe by wagon, and presented their various stunts and performances in a large tent. Although they don’t seem to have had any “circus animals,” the troupe featured many acrobatic acts, an orchestra, and a challenge band.

Jink and Rinaldo were acrobats in their father’s circus, as well as musicians. M. K.’s brother, Roger Rinaldo Houlton directed the orchestra and composed music for the troupe, like this violin music shown below.

The circus did well until 1893, when a fire destroyed the building where the circus’ equipment was being stored.

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M. K. continued his pursuit of agriculture long after his circus days were over, and even opened a broom factory on his property. He died on May 13, 1921, in Franklin Township.

Want to see more local history? Click here to search our online photo database.

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Come Write In

The month is flying by, but there’s still time to join us at the Eckhart Public Library for writing events. Our next write in will be on Monday, November 23rd at 5:30 P.M. and run until 7:45 P.M.

The 50,000 word on par goal for today is just over 30,000 words, but you can do this! Even if you’re behind stay positive. And we’re around for some extra positivity and support.

Don’t forget about our word war possibilities. Come and battle with friends and fellow writers to see who can get the most words within certain time periods. The length of time is up to the writers involved in the wars.

EPL will be holding a TGIO (Thank Goodness It’s Over) party on Tuesday, December 1st from 6 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. Know someone who participated in NaNo? Bring him/her/them and come celebrate! Friends and participants are welcome to come celebrate the accomplishments NaNoWriMo participants have achieved. Even if you don’t complete your novel you’ve still written something and you’ve tried!

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Goodviews: Mamma Mia!

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Mamma Mia is a riot. Young woman Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is with her fiance Sky (Dominic Cooper) on a Greek island counting down the hours until they say “I do”, but Sophie shocks not only Sky, but her own mother by inviting three men to try and find out which one is her father.

Donna (Meryl Streep) has been a single mother for a long time and was a wild child. So wild that it seems she’s not entirely 100% sure who the father of her daughter is. And she’s alright with that. She was the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos and the Dynamos, Rosie and Tanya (Julie Walters and Christine Baranski) are still close with Donna. The trio is unforgettable (and not just for their music!). Donna is thrilled that her daughter has found someone who makes her happy and everything seems perfect. Until Donna finds out that Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Bill (Stellan Skarsgard), and Harry (Colin Firth) are in attendance because Sophie read her journal from years back and believes that one of the three men is her biological father.

Set to the music of Abba, this is one show that stands out and gets the blood pumping with great beats, laughter, and good music. Will Sophie find out who her dad is? Will Donna be able to face the men she thought she’d never see again? Will viewers get the lyrics to Mamma Mia stuck in their heads? If you’re looking for something fun and light, this is a fantastic movie.

Heather: Every time I see the cover for this movie or even think about it I get songs stuck in my head. Sometimes you just need a good laugh-out-loud type of movie. Or you need to visually think about Greece and the warm weather.

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