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Willennar Genealogy Center’s collection is full of Throwback Thursday potential, so let’s get our #TBT on!
Today, let’s take a look at another piece of Garrett’s history: the Sacred Heart Hospital.
It all began with Father August Young in April of 1901. Father Young, who had moved to Garrett after establishing Auburn’s very first Catholic church, saw the growing town’s need for good medical facilities, especially while it was experiencing expansion due to the railroad industry. Wanting to do something about it, he purchased land on the corner of Houston and Ijams Street; here, Sacred Heart Hospital was opened.
A Colonial Revival-style hospital building was constructed in 1902, and the hospital itself was run by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart. According to a 1902 issue of the Auburn Weekly Courier, the building was equipped with “all modern appliances, hot and cold water, steam heat, electric fans and everything modern, elaborate and up-to-date.” An addition was also built in 1918, to help keep up with Garrett’s growth. The Franciscan Sisters continued to operate the hospital until May 1, 1959, when a combination of factors made it too impractical to keep the facilities running.
Since then, the building has gone through several other changes. For a short time, it housed the Garrett Community Hospital, and in 1974, it functioned as an apartment building. After this second phase, the building fell into disrepair and became vacant, but in 1983, Sacred Heart was added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of Garrett’s Historic District. A grant through the Historic Preservation Fund then allowed the building to be restored. It is currently being used for affordable senior housing.
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We’re getting toward the end of a very successful Eckhart Summer Read, and we want to celebrate with you!
We are having a party for all ages at our Eckhart Summer Read Grand Finale on Saturday, July 11, at 2-5 p.m. in Library Park! (If it rains, don’t skip! We will have activities around the library campus – but we’re thinking positive!)
The grand finale is going to have lots of fun things happening. There will be games and crafts, and a photo booth where you can take a heroic (or villainous) picture!
We are also having a costume contest at 3 p.m. Children, teens, and adults can dress up as their favorite heroes. This includes popular superheroes, historical heroes, and original superheroes; use your imaginations! Costumes do not need to be completely homemade, but they will be judged on creativity, workmanship, and authenticity. Winners in each category (children 5 years old-5th grade, teens 6th-12th grade, and adult 18 years old and up) will be featured in character on an Eckhart Read poster and bookmarks. Read more about the costume contest by clicking here.
There will also be snacks, giveaways, and more fun! And, at 4:45 p.m., we will draw the names of the winners of our grand prizes!
We hope you can join us for this fun event!
Ender’s Game is a movie that is not only based on a book, but is based on book one of a series of books.
Alien race the Formics nearly destroyed humanity once, now they’re back and Earth is preparing to defeat them this time. Andrew’s brother and sister were candidates for a soldier-training program, but didn’t make it in. Instead, Andrew “Ender” Wiggins (Asa Butterfield) is drafted and becomes someone to keep an eye on.
Heather: While I’ve never read the books I was persuaded into watching the movie and I deeply enjoyed it. Since watching it I have wanted to read the books, but there’s a lot of reading on my list as is and I’m always adding to it. Some day, Ender. Some day.
You still have a little bit of time to sign up for Eckhart Summer Read! You can earn prizes and chances at grand prizes for reading items checked out from Eckhart Public Library up until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11! Stop in to get signed up!
This week, we will be closed on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. We’ll reopen on Monday, July 6, from We hope everybody has a wonderful and safe holiday! While we’re closed, you can still check out books from our virtual branch. All you need is your library card number, a PIN number, and an Internet connection. If you don’t have a PIN, visit the library before we close to get one set up!
Here’s what is happening around the library campus this week:
- Toddler Friends 1 2 3—Super Foods: Children 18 months to three years old and their parents/caregivers come together to participate in an interactive learning environment. Monday, June 29, 10:15-11 a.m., Library Park.
- Teen Movie: Come pick a movie to watch at the Teen Library. Monday, June 29, 4 p.m., Teen Library.
- Preschool Super Summer Crafts: Super crafts for children kindergarten-aged and younger. Parents need to stay with their preschoolers. Required registration begins June 25; register by calling 925-2414 ext. 320. Tuesday, June 30, 10:30-11:15, Secret Garden.
- Teen Super Gardeners: Stop by the teen library this summer to help out with the Not-So-Secret Garden. Adopt a vegetable/fruit or a row of vegetables/fruit to take care of. Sign up to water the plants each week from the rain in the rain barrels. Tuesday, June 30, 1-2 p.m., Teen Library.
- Literary Heroes: Who’s your hero? Join Eckhart Public Library in welcoming Manchester University English professor Dr. Jonathan Watson for a talk about heroes and villains in literature. Refreshments will be served. Tuesday, June 30, 6:30-8 p.m., Close Community Room.
- Super Summer Stories on the Lawn—Real American Heroes: Our special guest will be veteran Richard Pickard. Families are invited to this fun outdoor storytime. Bring a blanket to sit on. Wednesday, July 1, 6-6:45 p.m., Library Park.
- Summer Family Program – Magic with Mr. Jim: Prepare to be amazed! Thursday, July 2, 10:15 a.m., Library Park.
- Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters & crocheters are welcome. Help is available from this group. Thursday, July 2, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.