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Throwback Thursday: Dillinger & the 1933 Auburn Police Station Raid

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

Known as “Jackrabbit” and eventually, “Public Enemy No. 1,” gangster and bank robber John Dillinger stands out as one of the U.S.A.’s most infamous criminals. Dillinger was also a Hoosier: he was born in Indianapolis, and spent much of his life in or around the state.

It seems he may have even had a connection to DeKalb County. On the evening of Saturday, October 14, 1933, three armed men raided the Auburn Police Department. Two of the men were identified as Walter Deitrich and Harry Copeland. The third man was believed to be Dillinger, who had escaped from jail in Allen County, Ohio, two days before.

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According to the October 16, 1933 issue of the Evening Star, officers Fred Krueger and Henry West were on duty at the time of the raid. Officer West was seated at his desk, “when Officer Krueger entered at 11:20 o’clock, carrying a sack of popcorn. Mr. Krueger sat down, his back towards the door. Immediately afterwards two well dressed men about thirty years old strode into the room, each brandishing two revolvers, one in each hand.”

The two officers were forced to give up their guns, as well as the key to the gun cabinet. Officer Krueger attempted to get a look at their getaway car through the window, but one of the criminals noticed, and ordered the two policemen to face the wall, eventually locking them up in a cell.

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They only caught a glance of the third man, believed to be Dillinger, “who was was in the hallway, evidently posted to handle any visitors.”

The men made off with a Thompson machine gun, several bullet-proof vests, and a number of other weapons and some ammunition. However, no useful fingerprints could be found on the gun case or elsewhere at the station.

Though most of the stolen items were never recovered, the Thompson machine gun was tracked down and returned to Auburn two years ago.

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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NIDL Brings You: Bite Me

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Young, urban vampires. Not Twilight. Sarcasm and romance. Christopher Moore brings it all in this book. Bite Me.

There’s not a ton I can say about this story without giving some really cool things away. What I can say is this book is funny. It was the first of Moore’s work that I read and whenever I think about it I laugh. Vampires and want-to-be vampires (yes, wanting to be vampires) in San Francisco trying to figure things out. The perspective is weird, but it works.

Christopher Moore writes with sarcasm and a lot of hilarious happenings. His stories are dark, but you’ll smile reading them. Give him a try.

Heather: This is one of my favorite stories. I read it years ago and back then I was not the type of person who would laugh out loud in public at a book. This changed that. Without a doubt one of the weirder things I’ve read it’s something that makes me laugh when I think about it. Great for Halloween!

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This Week At Eckhart Public Library – July 25-30, 2016

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It’s the last week before Eckhart Public Library makes the big transition to Evergreen Indiana!

Evergreen Indiana is a statewide library circulation system. Joining EI gives Eckhart and Garrett patrons access to approximately 110 other library systems across the state and the nearly 7 million items that they own.

To prepare for the transition, both libraries closed on Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30. During this time the staff will be trained on the new software and will make final arrangements for the migration. The library’s e-book and e-audiobooks collection, offered through the Northeast Indiana Digital Library at nidl.lib.overdrive.com, is expected to be available during the migration.

Eckhart Public Library and Garrett Public Library both will open at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 1, as Evergreen Indiana libraries. The first step will be to get a new library card. There is no additional charge for those who live in the Eckhart or Garrett Public Library service areas, or those who live outside the service areas and have already purchased a subscription card this year. If your photo ID (driver’s license or state ID card) lists your current address, you will be able to get a new card right away and immediately start taking advantage of all Evergreen Indiana has to offer. If your photo ID does not have the correct address, you will need to bring one additional form of identification with your current address. Those options include: a valid voter registration card, valid government issued ID, recent bank statement (within 30 days), recent utility bill (within 30 days), and a tax receipt.

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

  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will read and discuss “Ms. Marvel Vol. 1” by G. Willow Wilson and “Stitches” by David Small. Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk. Thursday, July 28, 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Tabletop Game Night: Come play tabletop games with other board game enthusiasts! Bring your favorite, or play one of our many options. Thursday, July 28, 6-8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Library Closed: The Eckhart Public Library Campus will be closed to transition to the Evergreen Indiana system on Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30. The campus will reopen on Monday, August 1, at 1 p.m.
  • Teen Fall Hours: Teen fall hours begin on Monday, August 1. The Teen Library will be open 3:30-8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; 3:30-7 p.m. on Fridays; and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Pokemon Go!: Pokemon Trainers are welcome at Eckhart Public Library! There are several Poke Stops around the Eckhart Public Library, and charging stations are available for your devices. Share your best Pokemon Go pictures with us on social media; we love to see what Pokemon show up at the library!
  • Register now for “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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This Week Around the Eckhart Public Library Campus – July 18-23

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The library’s historic fountain is Back Home Again in Auburn, Indiana! The fountain, which was renovated thanks to community support, was reinstalled on Wednesday, July 13.

We’re thrilled to have the fountain home, and we want to celebrate with the community on Sunday, July 24, from 2-4 p.m. The celebration, which is proudly supported by Ambassador Enterprises and the Friends of the Eckhart Public Library, will include complimentary family photos by The Studio on Main Street, children’s activities, the Auburn Community Band, Cranberry Cottage and Ice Cream Parlor, and Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.

Please also note that the library campus buildings will be closed for maintenance on Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23.

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

  • Get out and Grow: 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. We will create delicious snacks out of the fruits and vegetables as they ripen all summer long. Tuesday, July 19, 1-2 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Turn a Page with Anni Book Club: This book club will read and discuss “Sometimes Daughter” by Sherri Woods Emmons. Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk. Wednesday, July 20, noon to 1 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Bead Sculpting for Teens: The Auburn Arts Commission presents an opportunity for teens to experiment with sculpting beads. The beads will be baked and used to create unique pieces of jewelry. All supplies are provided by the Auburn Arts Commission. No registration is required. Wednesday, July 20, 1 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, July 21, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Library Closed: The Eckhart Public Library Campus will be closed for maintenance on Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23. The campus will reopen with regular hours on Monday, July 25.
  • Register Now for “Love Between the Covers” Screening & Director Skype: Help us celebrate Read a Romance Month with a special screening of the recent documentary about writing in the romance genre. The screening will be followed by a Skype session with Producer/Writer/Director Laurie Kahn. Chocolate and fruit will be served. “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.” Please register to ensure a spot by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. For more information, visit the website http://www.lovebetweenthecovers.com/. Saturday, August 20, 1-4:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
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We’re Getting Ready for Evergreen Indiana!

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In just about two weeks, the Eckhart Public Library will make the transition to Evergreen Indiana (EI), along with our friends at Garrett Public Library.

Evergreen Indiana is a statewide library circulation system. Joining EI gives our cardholders access to approximately 110 other library systems across the state and the nearly 7 million items that they own.

To prepare for the transition, both libraries will be closed on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30. During this time the staff will be trained on the new software and will make final arrangements for the migration.

On the evening of Thursday, July 28, online catalog and account links will be removed from the libraries’ websites. We ask that those who have the links bookmarked disable them at that time, because any holds placed on items after those links are removed from the website may not transfer to the Evergreen Indiana software.

The libraries will open at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 1 as Evergreen Indiana libraries! The first step will be to get a new library card. There is no additional charge for those who live in the Eckhart or Garrett Public Library service areas, or those who live outside the service areas and have already purchased a subscription card this year. If your photo ID (driver’s license or state ID card) list your current address, you will be able to get a new card right away and immediately start taking advantage of all Evergreen Indiana has to offer. If your photo ID does not have the correct address, you will need to bring one additional form of identification with your current address. Those options include:

  • a valid voter registration card
  • valid government issued ID
  • recent bank statement (within 30 days)
  • recent utility bill (within 30 days)
  • a tax receipt.

Once the required documents are received, we can issue a new library card immediately!

To get patrons comfortable with Evergreen Indiana, we are offering handy tips and tutorials on how to use the online catalog, access a patron account, place holds and more. Check out our tips by clicking here – we’ll add more as we get closer to August 1!

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