New DVDs at Eckhart Public Library

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New Teen Items at Eckhart Teen Library

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Library Receives Grant for Technology Disaster Planning

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Eckhart Public Library’s Technology & Maintenance Manager Alan Sweeny and Assistant Director Jenny Kobiela-Mondor are preparing to make the library’s data safer with the help of a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Eckhart Public Library is making its data safer, with the help of a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant.

The library received a $7,850 LSTA Grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library, to assist with the project, “Back (Up) To the Future: Preparing Eckhart Public Library Data for Disaster.” Grant funds will help the library purchase network attached storage hardware and external hard drives and configure the equipment to provide adequate backups to help protect against data loss. This will allow the library to spread out storage of data throughout the library campus, as well as store backed-up data offsite. The project will also include an updated technology disaster plan. This will better protect research data, including several terabytes of digitized material from the library’s Willennar Genealogy Center. Circulating books and materials data is already stored offsite due to the library’s participation in Evergreen Indiana.

Technology & Maintenance Manager Alan Sweeny and Assistant Director Jenny Kobiela-Mondor were inspired to create the project after considering how to better respond to catastrophic events after the July 2, 2017, arson fire that damaged the interior of the historic Main Library. The library’s board, administration, and management team are not only working to rebuild the library, but also are working to identify ways that the library’s leadership can help ensure that future disasters cause the least possible disruption to library services for Eckhart Public Library’s patrons.

For more information about how to assist the library’s restoration efforts and invest in the future of Eckhart Public Library, please visit foreverycitizen.org.

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This Week at EPL – August 13-18

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We carry on with finding out how to protect wildlife! A representative from Black Pine Animal Sanctuary will be visiting us on Thursday, August 16, from 6-7 p.m. at the Auburn Plaza Location. They will give us a presentation on how captive exotic animals have the right to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care. Great for those who love animals and are passionate about protecting them!

Main Library Restoration Update

While continuing to work on construction planning at the historic main library, our capital campaign is still going strong! Your investment in the For Every Citizen Campaign will help restore the main library, expand on library programs and services, and create an endowment fund to protect and guide Eckhart Public Library toward the future.  Interested in how you can help the main library? Visit ForEveryCitizen.org to find out how you can help.

 

Weekly Happenings

  • Early Settlers of DeKalb County: Join Willennar Genealogy Center’s Cathy Vick for a presentation on the Early Settlers of Dekalb County. From the dangers and difficulties of the early settlers, to notable early settlers like John Houlton, Sr. and Wesley Park (among others) and the development of the community, this presentation celebrates the history of our historic county seat. Sunday, August 12, 2-3 p.m., Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum (1600 Wayne St.).
  • Frankenstein Mondays – Teen Book Club: Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join a book club held at the Teen Library on Mondays. For the month of August, the group will be reading “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. This novel is on The Great American Read list, and 2018 marks the the bicentennial of Frankenstein. Books will be available to check out at our first meeting on August 6. August meeting dates include August 6,13, 20 and 27. Each meeting will also have great Frankenstein-themed food or activities! Monday, August 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Teen Writing Club: Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a writing club held at the Teen Library on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Monday, August 13, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Turn a Page Book Club: Turn a Page Book Club will meet to discuss “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. Wednesday, August 15, 12-1 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • LEGO Club: Come to LEGO Club! Work alone in our individual challenges, or work with others during our collaborative sessions. Stroke your creativity and discover new ideas. We provide the LEGOs. Wednesday, August 15, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Kids in the Kitchen: Kids and teens can learn their way around food prep, food from other cultures, and what goes into good eating! This week, we will be making sweet corn and potato salad! We are happy to work with our friends with dietary concerns or restrictions, so let us know if there is a recipe we can change to help create a food you can enjoy! Thursday, August 16, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Black Pine Presentation: A representative from Black Pine Animal Sanctuary will do a presentation about how captive exotic animals have the right to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care. Thursday, August 16, 6-7 p.m., Auburn Plaza Location.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, August 16, 6-7:45 p.m., Auburn Plaza Location.
  • Teen Magic: The Gathering Club: Magic: The Gathering (MTG) Club is held every Friday at the Teen Library for its teenage patrons. This is a time to talk about the game, its strategy, things happening in the MTG world, and just to play some games. Formats include a mix of Standard/Modern, Commander, and Pauper. If you’re just starting, don’t worry – we have extra card decks for you to play with. New members, beginners and experts alike, are always welcome! Friday, August 17, 5-7 p.m. Teen Library.
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New Fiction, Graphic Novels, and Manga at Eckhart Public Library

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This Week at EPL – August 6-12

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We carry on with great chances to find your new favorite author! Debut author Lisa Brandenburg will be joining us for a discussion and book signing for her new novel, Run, on Tuesday, August 7, from 6-7 p.m. at the Auburn Plaza Location. Books will be available for purchase.

Main Library Restoration Update

On Tuesday, July 31, construction crews prepared to transport our beautiful fountain to Robinson Iron Corporation in Alexander City, Alabama, where it will be safely stored during the renovation and restoration of the Main Library. During this time, it will also receive a fresh coat of protective paint. This company also restored the fountain in 2016. While this historic fountain is in excellent condition, a number of pipes and the fountain’s basin, that developed significant leaks, will be replaced. Once construction on the Historic Main Library is completed, the fountain will be reassembled.  Interested in how you can help the main library? Visit ForEveryCitizen.org to find out how you can help.

Weekly Happenings

  • Frankenstein Mondays – Teen Book Club: Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join a book club held at the Teen Library on Mondays. For the month of August, the group will be reading “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. This novel is on The Great American Read list, and 2018 marks the the bicentennial of Frankenstein. Books will be available to check out at our first meeting on August 6. August meeting dates include August 6,13, 20 and 27. Each meeting will also have great Frankenstein-themed food or activities! Monday, August 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Book and Author Talk Featuring Lisa Brandenburg: Lisa will be joining us to discuss her debut novel, Run. Run is a coming of age story about a young woman who is strong yet longs to find someone to sweep her off her feet. Is she desperate enough to forego her own dreams to live out an expectation of her life, or will she have the courage to choose the path less taken? Lisa will be signing and selling copies of her book after the discussion. Tuesday, August 7, 6-7 p.m., Auburn Plaza Location.
  • Kids in the Kitchen: Kids and teens can learn they way around food prep, food from other cultures and what goes into good eating! This week, we will be making sweet corn and potato salad! We are happy to work with our friends with dietary concerns or restrictions, so let us know if there is a recipe we can change to help create a food you can enjoy! Thursday, August 9, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Dog Tales: Patrons of all ages are invited to help service dogs in training by reading a book to our furry friends. Saturday, August 11, 9:45-10:30 a.m., Auburn Plaza Location.
  • Early Settlers of DeKalb County: Join Willennar Genealogy Center’s Cathy Vick for a presentation on the Early Settlers of Dekalb County. From the dangers and difficulties of the early settlers, to notable early settlers like John Houlton, Sr. and Wesley Park (among others) and the development of the community, this presentation celebrates the history of our historic county seat. Sunday, August 12, 2-3 p.m., Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum (1600 Wayne St.).
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