This Week at Eckhart Public Library – December 5-10, 2016

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Did you know that it’s almost Indiana’s birthday? Indiana became a state on December 11, 1816! We’ll be celebrating at the Willennar Genealogy Center with an open house on Friday, December 9.

The open house, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will feature displays showcasing DeKalb County’s history and highlighting some of the Bicentennial events that have taken place this year. There will also be several short films playing throughout the day capturing DeKalb County’s part in the history of the state. Refreshments will be served.

At noon, Kari Ackerman will give a brief presentation on the ACD Festival and the Hoosier Car Tour. The Willennar Genealogy Center is currently partnering with the Randinelli-Ackerman family to digitize a collection of materials on the development of classic car organization and events in Auburn, including the festival and the car tour. (The photo above is from the collection!) The collection was compiled by Ackerman’s father, the late Jack Randinelli. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

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

  • Neon Readers Teen Book Club: We will be taking a break from our movie project and creating a group entry for the Gingerbread Festival contest. Monday, December 5, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Mason Jar Gifts: Make simple and unique gifts (custom soup mix, custom bath soak, and cocoa mix) using common kitchen and household items. Register by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or by emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Monday, December 5, 6:30-7:30, Close Community Room.
  • Cocoa and Crafty Tuesdays at Teen: Join us every Tuesday in December to drink some cocoa and make some Christmas gifts for your family and friends. Brought to you by the Teen Advisory Board. Tuesday, December 6, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Pokemon Club for Teens: Pokemon enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to bring their cards to the teen library and battle. Participants will go home with all their cards, as trading is not encouraged.  Pokemon club is free and no sign up is required. Tuesday, December 6, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. These classes are designed to help children reach their full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Classes are free, and a library card is not needed to attend. Tuesday, December 6, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – Time Travelers: The Time Travelers will be learning about Rolly Muhn, one of Santa’s best helpers. This program will include a brief presentation on Rolly, building “gingerbread” houses, and a visit from Santa. Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs are for children in grades 1-5. Wednesday, December 7, 4-4:45 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – STEM Challenge: Using a limited amount of supplies you will be challenged to build the tallest, free standing snowman. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, December 8, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Bicentennial Open House: The Willennar Genealogy Center will be hosting an open house to celebrate the Indiana State Bicentennial. The event will feature displays showcasing DeKalb County’s history and highlighting some of the Bicentennial events that have taken place this year. There will also be several short films playing throughout the day capturing DeKalb County’s part in the history of the state. Kari Ackerman will be giving a brief presentation on the ACD Festival and the Hoosier Car Tour at noon. Refreshments will be served. Call 925-2414 ext. 420 for more information. Friday, December 9, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. These classes are designed to help children reach their full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Classes are free, and a library card is not needed to attend. Friday, December 9, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Family Game Night: Stop in for some game time at the library! This drop-in family program is recommended for families with children ages three and up. Playing board games is a great way for children to develop good character, as well as teaching in problem solving, reasoning, sharing, social and language skills. Friday, December 9, 4-6 p.m., Secret Garden
  • Friday Magic – The Gathering: Eckhart Teen Library will host a time for Magic card game fans to come play. Anyone in grades 6-12 is welcome, and no registration is required. Friday, December 9, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Register now for Repurposed Gifts: ‘Tis the season to get crafty! Stop by Eckhart Public Library and make holiday decorations and gifts using old books. Enjoy hot cocoa and holiday treats. Please register by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or by emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Monday, December 12, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
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Food For Fines in December

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Food For Fines Returning this December at
Eckhart Public Library

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Have a few fines from the Eckhart Public Library on late item returns that you’d rather not pay? Take to opportunity to get these fines forgiven with Eckhart Public Library’s Food for Fines event.

During the month of December, bring in nonperishable food items and your fines incurred at Eckhart Public Library will be forgiven!* This event only happens once a year, so don’t miss out to give back to the community and  forget about those fees!

*Please note that only fines incurred the Eckhart Public Library will be forgiven. Fines through other Evergreen Indiana libraries do not apply. Fines not covered through the Food for Fines event include lost or damaged items, collection agencies, or postage. If you have any questions, please ask an Eckhart Public Library staff member.

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Throwback Thursday: The Vienna Library

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

The community of Vienna (now known as Newville) is one of the oldest settlements in DeKalb County; it was platted in 1837, the county’s official birth year. Though we don’t have many Vienna records on hand, we did recently scan a ledger from the settlement’s past.

The ledger, which is part of the John Martin Smith Collection, is dated 1855, and contains the by-laws from the Vienna Library, as well as multiple patrons records.

The library was organized by “the inhabitants of Newville Township,” resulting in the formation of the Vienna Library Association and the election of a board of directors. R. Faurot was chosen as the association’s president.

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Anyone could become a patron of the library, though the library’s “cardholder” policy was a bit different from what you might experience today.

Instead of owning a library card, patrons of the Vienna Library owned shares in the library itself, the shares costing five dollars apiece.

Books could be checked out for 30 days at a time, any day of the week except for Sunday. Unless they stopped by on a Saturday afternoon, patrons were charged 5 cents for every check-out and every return.

Originally, there was also a rule that patrons could only check out one library book per share they owned in the library (up to ten books at a time), but it appears to have been overturned by the Vienna Library Association at some point, as someone has written “rejected” over that section in cursive.

Because library members owned shares in the library itself, they could sell or otherwise transfer those shares to other people—something you certainly can’t do with a library card!

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“. . . I have sold my share of said library to F. M. Thompson.”

Popular books (as per the patron records) included Uncle Tom’s Cabin, biographies of Daniel Boone and P. T. Barnum, and Popery! As It Was and As It Is.

Other materials available at the Vienna Library included works by Shakespeare, Longfellow, Poe, and Dickens, as well as books titled The Shady Side, Elementary Geology, Female Poets of America, The Price of a Crown, and This, That & the Other.

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

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New Nonfiction at Eckhart Public Library

As the weather turns colder, it’s time to bundle up at home. Grab one of the new nonfiction titles at Eckhart Public Library to enjoy! Click on any cover to place your hold through Evergreen Indiana today!

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library: November 28-December 3, 2016

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National Novel Writing Month will soon be over, and we want to celebrate writers’ successes – whether you hit 50,000 words in November or not!

We will hold a Thank Goodness It’s Over Party on Thursday, December 1, from 6-7 p.m. at the Main Library. Creative fiction writers are invited to come and share their work or advice with other writers. There will be door prizes, and everybody – whether they hit their NaNoWriMo goal or not – can have cake.

According to the NaNoWriMo website, NaNoWriMo participants work toward a goal of writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. “Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel,” the website says.

Here’s what else is happening this week:

  • Play & Connect: Play & Connect is designed for children to interact with each other and engage in age appropriate activities while adults supervise and socialize. Schedule a play date with your regular circle or expand your social network. Activities are designed for all families and caregivers with children ages 5 and younger. Play & Connect is free, and you are welcome to come and go any time. Monday, November 28, 10 a.m. to noon, Secret Garden.
  • Photography Club for Teens: This social group, for teens in sixth through twelfth grades, promotes sharing photography experiences, ideas, knowledge, and most of all, fun! We will discuss a multitude of topics along with assigning weekly photography challenges. In addition to our regular club meetings, we will showcase members’ photographs in the lower level of the teen library. Monday, November 28, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Pokemon Club: Pokemon enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to bring their cards and battle. Participants will go home with all their cards, as trading is not encouraged. Pokemon Club is free and no registration is required. Tuesday, November 29, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Drop-in Storytime Enrichment Class: EPL Storytime Enrichment Classes are 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. Tuesday, November 29, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – Movie Makers: Children in first through fifth grades are invited to bring their imaginations and star in their very own movie! Wednesday, November 30, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • The Skeptic’s Guide to American History – Andrew Jackson, An Odd Symbol of Democracy: Come to the Genealogy Center for a look at American history and the long accepted beliefs about the past events of this nation. In the coming weeks we will be viewing some video lectures by Dr. Mark Stoler, who holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin, is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Vermont. He is an expert in U.S. foreign relations and military history. A discussion will follow each video. Wednesday, November 30, 6 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • NaNoWriMo – Thank Goodness It’s Over Party: Celebrate the end of National Novel Writing month with cake whether or not you reached 50,000 words! Creative fiction writers are invited to come and share their work or advice with other writers. There will be door prizes. Thursday, December 1, 6-7 p.m., Board Room.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, December 1, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Kids in the Kitchen: We will create gingerbread houses using graham crackers and a variety of toppings. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, December 1, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. These classes are designed to help children reach their full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Classes are free, and a library card is not needed to attend. Friday, December 2, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friday Magic – The Gathering: Eckhart Teen Library will host a time for Magic card game fans to come play. Anyone in grades 6-12 is welcome, and no registration is required. Friday, December 2, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Register now for holiday programs: Register for Mason Jar Gifts on Monday, December 5, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Make simple and unique gifts (custom soup mix, custom bath soak, and cocoa mix) using common kitchen and household items. Registration is also open for Repurposed Gifts on Monday, December 12, from 6-7:30. Stop by Eckhart Public Library and make holiday decorations and gifts using old books. Enjoy hot cocoa and holiday treats. Register by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us.
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Throwback Thursday: 1913 Courthouse Fire

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

Sometimes delving into local history seems like following up on an endless list of questions and loose ends.

Almost inevitably, there is always some bit of information that has slipped through the cracks, some answer or clue that has been lost—temporarily, perhaps, but possibly forever.

One of the most notable instances of this in DeKalb County History is in the 1913 “courthouse fire,” which resulted in the loss of a number of records which could have been used for research today. auburn-fire-hard-to-fight

In February of 1913, the construction of our current DeKalb County courthouse was well under way. More than 80 workmen were on the job, overseen by the foremen and project contractor J. B. Goodall, and the exterior appears to have been completed, though the first floor was covered in stack after stack of hundreds of bags of cement, according to the Garrett Clipper.

The county offices, of course, still needed to function, and had been given a temporary home away from all of the hustle and bustle of construction in the McIntyre Building. In December 1910, the county commissioners began renting offices there for the treasurer, auditor, recorder, clerk, sheriff, commissioners, surveyor, and county assessor, as well as space for court rooms. The Double-Fabric Tire Company and the offices of the Auburn Courier were also housed in the building, which stood between 8th & 9th Streets, with Jackson Street just to the west.

For two years, the McIntyre Building housed the “temporary courthouse.”

On Saturday, February 8, 1913, a fire mysteriously started in the offices of the Auburn Courier. The flames were believed to have broken out around 6:30, and within minutes, could be seen all the way from Garrett, according to the February 13th issue of the Garrett Clipper. The fire department was called, but though they fought the fire for hours, they were unable to save the buildings. Low water pressure—”a weakness that has long existed [in Auburn],” according to the Angola Herald—was blamed for the loss.

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Standing in the rubble

The cause of the fire was unknown, though one theory held that some “inflammable material” from the Double-Fabric Tire Company had fallen down an elevator shaft to the rear of the Courier office and caught fire, setting the newspaper office ablaze as well.

The losses were enormous. Though two typewriters were rescued by a Courier reporter, the newspaper office and the tire company lost practically everything housed in the building. Fortunately, many court records were saved; almost all of the books from the treasurer’s, recorder’s, auditor’s, and sheriff’s offices were carried out. Only 40 of over 200 court records, however, were saved, making it nearly “impossible to carry on any court business which is unfinished,” according to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

The total loss was estimated to be between $75,000 to $100,000 at the time.

Curious about 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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New Adult Fiction at Eckhart Public Library

Ready to spend some time away from the cold with a good book? Take a look at these new adult fiction titles now available at Eckhart Public Library! Click on the cover to place your hold through Evergreen Indiana today!

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