This Week at Eckhart Public Library: May 26-30

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Summer has been a long time coming, but we’re hoping that warmer weather is here, just in time for our Eckhart Summer Read kickoff!

That’s right, we’re less than a week from Eckhart Summer Read, our annual summer reading initiative for all ages! This year’s theme is heroes real and fictional – both ordinary heroes and superheroes! Children, teens, and adults can receive prizes for reading items checked out from Eckhart Public Library throughout the summer, while also earning chances to win grand prizes at the end of the summer. Books, magazines, audiobooks, e-books, graphic novels, and manga all count toward Eckhart Summer Read totals. Researchers at the Willennar Genealogy Center can also earn prizes and chances at prizes when researching genealogy, family history, or local history. We will also hold events, activities, classes, and other programs related to the hero theme during Eckhart Summer Read.

Eckhart Summer Read kicks off this Friday, May 29, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Library Park. We will have free premium ice cream and toppings, and you can also get signed up for Eckhart Summer Read and learn how to track your reading for the summer to earn prizes!

Summer also means the start of the Teen Library summer hours, which will begin on Friday, May 29. The Teen Library will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays during DeKalb Central’s summer break.

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

  • Fifth Grade Teen Library Open House: Fifth-grade teachers and students are invited to come check out the Teen Library prior to operating hours! Come in, look around, and have a snack. Parents of soon-to-be sixth graders are also invited. Tuesday, May 26, 2:45-8 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Creative Writing: All writers 18 and older, no matter the genre, are invited to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. Tuesday, May 26, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room at Main Library.
  • Family History Boot Camp Part Two: This four-session class is for genealogy and local history researchers who have completed one of our boot camps or is already experienced in basic research. This boot camp will have tips for digging deeper into your family’s past. There will be a video, followed by discussion and time to do research. The class is on four consecutive Wednesdays – May 27, June 3, June 10, and June 17 – at 6 p.m. at the Willennar Genealogy Center. Register at the Willennar Genealogy Center or by calling 925-2414 ext. 420 or emailing genealogy@epl.lib.in.us.
  • ATLAS – Farewell to ATLAS Until Fall: Children in kindergarten through fourth grade are invited to celebrate the end of ATLAS and the beginning of summer. Play games, do crafts, listen to music, read books, and eat snacks. At the Library After School (ATLAS) is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, May 28, 3-3:45 p.m., Children’s Department at Main Library.
  • ATLAS – Teen Library Open House: Fifth graders at the At the Library After School (ATLAS) program are invited to come learn about the books and activities at the Teen Library. Enjoy a snack from the snack café and an activity that other teens have enjoyed in the past. Thursday, May 28, 3-3:45 p.m., meet in the Children’s Department to walk to the open house.
  • Tabletop Game Night: Come play tabletop games, including board games, card games, tile games, or other games played on a tabletop. Bring your favorite game, or play one of the many games provided. Thursday, May 28, 6-8 p.m., Close Community Room at Main Library.
  • Teen Library Summer Schedule: The Teen Library summer schedule begins on Friday, May 29. The teen library will open from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Teen Game Day: Bring a friend and enjoy some video games or board games of your choice! Friday, May 29, 12:30-7:30 p.m., Teen Library.
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Ice Cream Social Kicks Off Eckhart Summer Read!

Eckhart Summer Read officially starts on June 1, but we’re getting kicked off the Friday before in the best way we know how – with ice cream!

Join us for an ice cream social on Friday, May 29 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Library Park. (If the weather is bad, we will move to the Close Community Room.)

In addition to free premium ice cream and toppings for people of all ages, the ice cream social will give people the opportunity to learn more about Eckhart Summer Read, and to get signed up before the program officially kicks off on Monday, June 1.

Eckhart Summer Read will end on Saturday, July 11, with a Grand Finale from 2-5 p.m. in the Library Park. Mark your calendar!

What is Eckhart Summer Read? Eckhart Summer Read is an annual summer reading initiative for all ages. This year, the theme centers around heroes real and fictional – both ordinary heroes and superheroes. Children, teens, and adults can receive prizes for reading items checked out from Eckhart Public Library throughout the summer, while also earning chances to win grand prizes at the end of the summer. Books, magazines, audiobooks, e-books, graphic novels, and manga all count toward Eckhart Summer Read totals. Researchers at the Willennar Genealogy Center can also earn prizes and chances at prizes when researching genealogy, family history, or local history.

The library also will hold events, activities, classes, and other programs related to the hero theme during the Eckhart Summer Read. Participants do not need to have a library card to attend activities at Eckhart Public Library, and all events are free except for American Girl & American Boy camps for children in third grade and older.

For more information about Eckhart Summer Read, including event details pick up an Eckhart Summer Read booklet on the Eckhart Public Library Campus or click here.

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Library Closed May 21-25 for Maintenance and Memorial Day

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The Eckhart Public Library Campus will be closed for maintenance, including computer network maintenance, this week.

We will be closed Thursday, May 21, through the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25.

Due to the computer network maintenance, our catalog, your account, and access to the NIDL e-book and e-audiobook collection through OverDrive, may be intermittently unavailable. All computer systems should be back up and running by the time we reopen on Tuesday, May 26.

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library: May 18-23

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Kramer got caught reading! May is Get Caught Reading Month, and we want to see you get caught reading! Post a picture on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #EPLCaughtReading and show us your favorite places to read. Be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram page to see pictures of staff, library users, and even pets getting caught reading, too!

The Eckhart Public Library Campus will be closed on Thursday, May 21; Friday, May 22; Saturday, May 23; and Monday, May 25 for maintenance and for the Memorial Day holiday. The maintenance being performed includes upgrades to our computer network. There may be intermittent outages when trying to access our catalog, your account, and downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks. We expect that everything will be up and running at full capacity by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, when the campus reopens.

Consequently, there is not a lot happening around the Eckhart Public Library Campus. This week, here is what we have happening:

  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will read and discuss “Ladies Auxiliary” by Tova Mirvis. Thursday, May 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Register Now – Family History Boot Camp Part Two: This four-session class is for genealogy and local history researchers who have completed one of our boot camps or is already experienced in basic research. This boot camp will have tips for digging deeper into your family’s past. There will be a video, followed by discussion and time to do research. The class is on four consecutive Wednesdays – May 27, June 3, June 10, and June 17 – at 6 p.m. at the Willennar Genealogy Center. Register at the Willennar Genealogy Center or by calling 925-2414 ext. 420 or emailing genealogy@epl.lib.in.us.
  • Register Now – American Girl & American Boy Camps: Sign up for our weekly American Girl and American Boy camps, for children in third grade and older. Each week, campers explore a different era of American history through food, crafts, games, and reading. This year, children will learn about the Revolutionary War (late 1770s), Southwest expansion (1820s), Civil War (1820s), and World War II (1940s). American Girl camp will be on four Mondays – June 1, 8, 15, and 22. Girls in third and fourth grade will meet from 1:30-3:30 p.m., and girls in fifth grade and up will meet from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. American Boy camp will be on four Wednesdays – June 3, 10, 17, and 24 – from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. American Girl and American Boy also will join together for a grand finale event at the DeKalb County Horsemen’s Association Draft Animal Museum on Monday, June 29. Space is limited to 25 children in each camp. A $15 registration fee is requested to underwrite the cost of the camp. Register by calling the Children’s Department at 925-2414 ext. 320 or visiting the Children’s Department on the lower level of the Main Library, 603 S. Jackson St., Auburn.

However, when we reopen after Memorial Day, we will be just days away from the start of Eckhart Summer Read, which runs June 1-July 11. This year’s theme revolves around heroes. During Eckhart Summer Read, children, teens, and adults can earn prizes and chances at prizes for reading items checked out from Eckhart Public Library. Genealogy researchers can also earn prizes and chances at prizes for doing genealogy, family history, and local history at the Willennar Genealogy Center. A variety of activities, events, classes, and programs for all ages are also planned. Pick up a full schedule of Eckhart Summer Read events on the Eckhart Public Library Campus.

And don’t miss our kickoff ice cream social on Friday, May 29, from 5:30-7 p.m., in Library Park. You can learn how to earn prizes, register to participate, and enjoy ice cream with toppings!

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