This Week at Eckhart Public Library – August 29-September 3, 2016

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It’s Labor Day week, and the Willennar Genealogy Center: A Service of Eckhart Public Library has a great ACD-themed open house planned!

The open house on Friday, September 2, will allow people to see some of the items being digitized by the Eckhart Public Library from the Jack Randinelli Collection and the John Martin Smith Collection. The open house, at the Willennar Genealogy Center at 700 S. Jackson St., will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a short program at noon.

The Randinelli Collection is the focus of a project called “All Things Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg: The Early Years,” which explores the foundational years of four major ACD organizations and events – the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club, the ACD Festival, the ACD Museum, and the ACD Hoosier Car Tour. The collection, which is on loan by Randinelli’s daughter Kari Randinelli Ackerman, contains several decades’ worth of behind-the- scenes history by way of letters, meeting minutes, photographs, financial records and other items.

The Smith Collection includes items of local, state and national importance, including many items relating to Auburn’s automotive history. The collection is on loan by the Smith family. Digitization of these collections is made possible by grants from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Also for Labor Day weekend, the Friends of the Eckhart Public Library will be hosting a Classic Collection Sale on Thursday, September 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, September 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. The sale will feature a variety of like-new, unique, and collectible items. One such item is a dark blue 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera SL with only 49,500 miles on it. A number of designer shoes have also been donated to the sale as well. In addition to other items, there will also be a variety of books available for purchase.

In observance of Labor Day, the library campus buildings will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day, and will remain closed Saturday, September 3, through Monday, September 5. The campus buildings will reopen on Tuesday, September 6, with regular hours. The Teen Library will not open on Friday, September 2.

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

  • Register for Storytime: Eckhart Public Library Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. Eckhart Public Library is proud to offer Storytime Enrichment Classes free of charge for the children and families in our community. Storytime Enrichment Classes are designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Eckhart Public Library offers Wee Reads storytimes for children from birth to age 2 and their families on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Registration is required. Preschool Storytime Enrichment classes are designed for children 2-6 years old. Registration is required for storytimes on Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning, Thursday evening, and Friday morning. Register for Storytime Enrichment Classes by calling 925-2414 ext. 320 or emailing childrens@epl.lib.in.us. Eckhart Public Library also offers drop-in storytimes which require no registration on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:15 p.m. and Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Read a Romance Month Craft Night and Discussion: Celebrate Read a Romance Month with romance novel cover crafts and book discussion. Make crafts with old-school romance covers while we discuss our favorite romance novels and love stories. There will be materials for crafts, or bring your own materials to make a variety of romance novel cover items. Tuesday, August 30, 6:30-8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Kids in the Kitchen: We will create our own frozen lemonade drinks. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, September 1, 4-4:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group! Thursday, September 1, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Jack Randinelli and John Martin Smith Collections Open House: Come see some of the items being digitized by the Eckhart Public Library from the Jack Randinelli Collection and the John Martin Smith Collection. Digitization of these collections is made possible by grants from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library. Friday, September 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a short program at noon, Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Labor Day Holiday: Eckhart Public Library campus buildings will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 2, and be closed Saturday, September 3, through Monday, September 5. The library campus will reopen on Tuesday, September 6, with regular hours. Please note that the Teen Library will be closed on Friday, September 2.
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Throwback Thursday: Trade Cards

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

In one of our earliest Throwback Thursday posts, I wrote about unique advertisements in the John Martin Smith Collection, one of which was a Victorian trade card for Acorn Stoves and Ranges. The card was made of heavy card stock cut in the shape of an acorn; an illustration in the center of the card depicted a young girl holding a doll.Acorn Stoves and Ranges

Trade cards like this were used by businesses from the late 1800s up through the turn of the century to promote their various goods and services. Some cards were custom-ordered designs made for specific companies, while others were mass-produced with blank backs which businesses could use to print their own information. The cards were then distributed by businesses; customers often received a trade card when they made a purchase.

Though usually rectangular, trade cards could come in a variety of shapes, and featured illustrations which often had nothing to do with the product they were advertising (though that was not always the case). Because of their illustrations, which ranged from beautiful and thoughtful to comic and whimsical, Victorian trade cards were very popular to collect. Some Victorians kept scrapbooks full of their collections.

We actually have a number of these trade cards in the John Martin Smith Collection; below is a small sampling of some of the pieces in the collection, which includes trade cards from Auburn, Butler, Waterloo, Corunna, and Spencerville.

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

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library – August 22-27, 2016

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The Willennar Genealogy Center: A Service of Eckhart Public Library is going to hold two classes this week to help you learn to research your family history!

On Wednesday, August 24, at 6 p.m., staff will present Genealogy 101 – Introduction & First Steps. This class will give you the basics of getting started researching their family history, including interviewing relatives and gathering data.

On Saturday, August 27, at 2 p.m., you can learn about the genealogy and family history information that can be found in military records and homestead files. This is part of a video series called “Discovering Your Roots” by Dr. John Phillip Colletta.

Both classes will be in the Learning Lab at the Willennar Genealogy Center, 700 S. Jackson St. For more information, call 925-2414 ext. 420 or email genealogy@epl.lib.in.us.

Here’s what else is happening this week:

  • Register for Storytime Enrichment Classes: The Children’s Department is currently registering children from Storytime Enrichment Classes. Speak with the Children’s Department staff, call 925-2414 ext. 320, or email childrens@epl.lib.in.us for more information.
  • Creative Writing Group: All writers 18 and older, no matter the genre, are encouraged to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. Tuesday, August 23, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Genealogy 101 – Introduction & First Steps: Learn the basics of getting started researching your family history with the Genealogy staff. We will be looking at interviewing relatives and gathering data. Wednesday, August 24, 6-7 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Game On!: We will play Summer Olympics-themed games and see who will be crowned the winners. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, August 25, 4-4:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Tabletop Game Night: Come play tabletop games! Bring your favorite board game, card game, or other tabletop game, or join in a game with fellow gamers. Thursday, August 25, 6-8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Teen Game Day: Bring a friend to the Teen Library and enjoy some video games or board games of your choice! Friday, August 26, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Pokemon Club: Pokemon enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to bring their cards to the teen library every Friday and battle. Participants will go home with all their cards, as trading is not encouraged.  Pokemon Club is free and no signup required. Friday, August 26, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Friday Magic: Magic: The Gathering players in grades 6-12 are invited to play. Friday Magic is free and no signup is required. Friday, August 26, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Military Service and Homestead Records: This is a lecture from the video series with Professor John Phillip Colletta, Discovering Your Roots. Two types of records will be discussed in this video: military records and homestead files. Saturday, August 27, 2-3 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
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NIDL Brings You: Eragon

Eragon is the first book to the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. The book focuses on 15-year-old farm boy Eragon, who thinks farming is all he’s ever going to be able to do. Until one day when he finds a dragon egg. Later on when the egg hatches he’s paired up with a dragon. As events turn he learns he’s destined to be a dragon rider and to help save many.

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This feels like many other popular fantasy titles and while the books get thicker as you go along, the story just keeps getting better. There are dragons here, and not all of them friendly. If you like fantasy and dragons as well as war, give this book a try.

Heather: I started the series years ago, but never finished it. I still haven’t finished it, but I’m halfway there and I’ve got a copy of book three sitting on my shelves at home. One of these days I’ll get around to actually reading the thing.

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Throwback Thursday: Wild Bill Fitzsimmons

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

DeKalb County has seen its share of adventurous spirits, especially in the realm of transportation, from aviators to designers and drivers of automobiles. One DeKalb County resident had a background in both of those fields: “Wild Bill” Fitzsimmons.

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Guy “Wild Bill” Fitzsimmons (right) & friend

He was born Guy P. Fitzsimmons on October 2, 1891. It was a name he never cared for, later shedding it in favor of “Bill.”

According to late historian John Martin Smith, Bill was “intensely interested in automobiles, motorcycles, and airplanes” from a young age, learning to drive at age 14 and acquiring his own Wagner motorcycle. In 1905, he and a friend assisted with setup and tear-down for a Wright Brothers demonstration and were asked to continue on with the crew—an idea that Bill said was promptly shot down by his father, Enos Fitzsimmons.

“Set my flying back several years,” he said of the decision in John Martin Smith’s 1987 DeKalb County History.

Wild Bill Fitzsimmons

He stayed on the ground for several years after that, road-testing automobiles for various people and companies in Indiana, including Haynes-Apperson, Premier, and the Auburn Automobile Company. A job as automobile dealer Bill Eikenberry’s chauffeur earned him his new name. According to Fitzsimmons, when he came to Auburn to do road-testing for the Auburn Automobile Company, “They didn’t know my name, and I didn’t tell them because I didn’t care for it, so they called me ‘Bill’…” because of his association with Bill Eikenberry, a friend of Morris Eckhart.

In 1921, his interest in flying returned, and he began taking flying lessons in secret, “because in those days, it was thought that anybody who flew an airplane was crazy.” Eventually he started to do stunt flying, the reason for the “Wild” in Wild Bill Fitzsimmons. It was a pursuit he got into for safety reasons, oddly enough.

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Air Mail delivered by Bill Fitzsimmons

As Bill put it, “I taught myself acrobatics to try to see if I could get an airplane in a position that I couldn’t recover. . . . They thought I’d lost my mind, but it wasn’t that—I wanted to feel that I couldn’t get an airplane in a position I couldn’t get out of.”

Over the years, Bill taught a few others to fly, took up sky-writing, and began working full-time flying for Rieke. He retired as their chief pilot in 1955, though he continued to fly for fun. He died on September 13, 1985.

Want to see more local history? Feel free to search our online photo database, or head on over to the Genealogy Center’s official Facebook page. You can also check out our “Fitzbob” Collection of c. 1940s aerial photographs taken by Bob Close while Wild Bill piloted the plane.

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NIDL Brings You: Stephen King

This time, rather than highlighting some books, I’m just highlighting the author in general. Mr. King has too many books to choose from. Not that other authors don’t, I just can’t choose.

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Photo used under Creative Commons licensing. Credit and copyright to Flickr user Anne Ruthmann.

Stephen King is best known for his works of horror and psychological thriller/horror. With works such as Cujo, a story about a dog that gets rabies, Under the Dome, a story about a town that gets trapped under a giant dome without prior knowledge that it was going to happen, and It, a story that makes readers rethink what fear really is and how we face our fears (that led the way for the movie that gives us all reason to fear clowns), when you hear the name Stephen King you think horror.

In the mood for a little scare this summer? Check out one of his books from our NIDL collection or stop by the library and pick one up. They’re almost sure to terrify you.

Heather: I didn’t start reading King myself until after a friend let me borrow her copy of On Writing, King’s memoir and book about writing. Before that I’d watched the movie for his book It, but that was about it. Once I read his memoir I wanted to read his work. I think Cujo was my first official King read. I recommend the book, but while I recommend the movie if you really want to watch it, I highly recommend reading the book long before you watch the movie. And if you have a dog, keep an eye on him or her while watching. Mine sat on the couch and watched with me. Only slightly creepy.

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library -August 15-20, 2016

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Eckhart Public Library became a member of Evergreen Indiana on August 1. Have you registered for your new Evergreen Indiana card yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Once you have your card, you will have access to 110 libraries and 7 million items from around the state.

Eckhart Public Library will hold information sessions about the Evergreen Indiana system on Monday, August 15. The sessions will be at 11 a.m. in the Close Community Room and 6 p.m. in the Board Room at the Main Library.

Current Eckhart Public Library cardholders must register for their new Evergreen cards. There is no additional charge for those who live in the Eckhart Public Library service area of the City of Auburn and Union township, or to those who live outside the service area and have a current subscription card. Those registering for an Evergreen Indiana card must bring a valid photo ID with a current address. If the photo ID does not have the correct address, the person registering must bring an additional form of identification with a current address, such as a valid voter registration card, recent bank statement, recent utility bill, or tax receipt.

Here’s what else is happening at Eckhart Public Library:

  • Read a Romance Month: August is Read a Romance Month! For every romance novel you check out from Eckhart Public Library and read during the month of August, enter a drawing to win a Read a Romance Month prize pack! We will have a display of romance novels to get you started. We will also have a weekly Romance Cover Caption Contest on Facebook and Instagram. Weekly winners will receive a copy of the book and a chocolate bar.
  • Evergreen Information Session: Learn about Evergreen Indiana and have your questions about this new system answered! Monday, August 16, 11 a.m., Close Community Room.
  • Neon Readers Teen Book Club: We will talk about the books we are currently reading and then work on our movie project. Monday, August 15, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Evergreen Information Session: Learn about Evergreen Indiana and have your questions about this new system answered! Monday, August 16, 6 p.m., Board Room.
  • Turn a Page with Anni Book Club: This book club will read and discuss “Deep End” by Julie Mulhern. Pick up a copy at the Information Desk. Wednesday, August 17, noon to 1 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Ancestry, Fold3, and Other Online Sources: Join the Genealogy staff as we explore the different websites available to research your family history. You may find some of your family along the way! Wednesday, August 17, 6-7 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will read and discuss “Destiny of the Republic” by Candice Millard. Pick up a copy at the Information Desk. Thursday, August 18, 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Creativity and Cookies: We will use old newspapers, books, and paint to create cityscapes. There will also be cookies for all of the hardworking artists. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, August 18, 4-4:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, August 18, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Pokemon Club: Pokemon enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to bring their cards to the teen library every Friday and battle. Participants will go home with all their cards, as trading is not encouraged.  Pokemon Club is free and no signup required. Friday, August 19, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Friday Magic: Magic: The Gathering players in grades 6-12 are invited to play. Friday Magic is free and no signup is required. Friday, August 19, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • “Love Between the Covers” Film Screening & Director Skype: Romance fans and women’s history enthusiasts do not want to miss this screening of Love Between the Covers followed by a Skype with director Laurie Kahn. About the film: “Love stories are universal. Love stories are powerful. And so are the women who write them. For three years, the filmmakers follow the lives of five published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. Romance is the behemoth of the publishing industry; it outsells mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet no filmmaker has ever taken an honest look at the amazing global community that romance writers and readers have built. Until now.” Find out more about the movie at lovebetweenthecovers.com. Refreshments will be served. Register by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Saturday, August 20, 1-4:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
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