Library Closed for Maintenance September 25-October 2

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Image by Michelle Glenn Photography for Upstairs Downtown

Eckhart Public Library will be closed from September 25 through October 2, but things won’t be slow behind the scenes!

During the library’s annual maintenance closing, which falls during the week of the DeKalb County Free Fall Fair, we will be installing upgraded cabling and wireless access points. This equipment will help us better take advantage of the high-speed internet coming into the building, which will allow you to connect easier to the library’s Wi-Fi, and will enhance overall network performance.

The library’s Wi-Fi signal may not be available on the library campus, including in the library park, while the new cabling and wireless access points are installed during the week of September 25. However, when you return to the library when it reopens on Monday, October 3, you should see faster internet speeds.

A portion of the expenses for the project will be reimbursed through category two e-rate reimbursement. E-rate is a federal program through the Federal Communications Commission that allows schools and libraries to have a portion of the cost of certain communications and technology projects and services reimbursed.

In addition, the purchase of the 19,000 feet of updated cabling for the Main Library building is made possible by an LSTA grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Some staff members will also be on the library campus during the maintenance closing to complete other behind-the-scenes projects, such as cataloging items, processing returns, rearranging public spaces, and planning library programs and services.

All Eckhart Public Library cardholders can access the library’s e-book and e-audiobook collection through the Northeast Indiana Digital Library while the library is closed for maintenance at nidl.lib.overdrive.com. You will need your library card number and PIN to access this service.

Eckhart Public Library cardholders with green Evergreen Indiana cards can also check out items from other Evergreen libraries during the closure. The other three public libraries in DeKalb County – Butler, Garrett, and Waterloo public libraries – are all Evergreen libraries. A full list of Evergreen libraries is here.

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Meet “The Librarian”

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Say “Hello” to the newest member of the Eckhart Public Library family!

Thanks to the generosity of longtime library patron Ginger Post, Eckhart Public Library is able to add one more “staff member” – “The Librarian,” a stainless steel sculpture by James Havens of Woodville, Ohio.

Post has purchased the sculpture and donated it to the library. The sculpture has been on the library terrace since June, as part of the Auburn Arts Commission’s Sculptures on the Square exhibit.

“The Librarian” was exhibitied in the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2012 and was on loan to Eckhart Public Library.

Eckhart Public Library held a reception on Monday, September 19, to announce the gift and celebrate Sculptures on the Square. Here is the full text of the remarks given by Ginger Post at that event:

The Star newspaper had an article about a horse-driven wagon ride around town pointing out the statues and explaining about them. On the last day it was offered I decided to go do it. When we got to the library I told the narrator that I really liked the statue on the back terrace. She said it was called “The Librarian,” and that it was for sale, and that the library would really like to have it but couldn’t afford to buy it. I asked if she knew how much it was and she gave me the figure she had heard. I went home, thought about it for a day or two, or three or four, and here we are!

For 75 years I have walked through these doors. And I still miss being able to walk through the Jackson Street front door! As a kid I remember riding my bike and taking books home where in nice weather I laid in a hammock on the front porch reading. Other times I read in bed, sometimes pretending to sleep when Mom called me so that I could continue to read under the covers. My favorite books both then and now are mystery books. As a kid my favorite author – I don’t remember her name, but I know her books were on the south wall in the middle. I also remember the Bobbsey Twins, which were not mysteries but had wonderful stories of their adventures. Today my favorite mystery author is David Rosenfelt, especially his Andy Carpenter series. There are too many other “favorite” authors to mention but I look forward to their new books that seem to come out every few months.

I am delighted to meet the artist, James Havens. I like the way he signed his name. My father, a welder, used the same way to weld his initials into some of his work, like the high school baseball field.

I usually come to the library once a week and have been enjoying “The Librarian” each time I visit, and I am so happy to know that because of my donation she will be staying in Auburn forever.

(Image: Eckhart Public Library director Janelle Graber, donor Ginger Post, and artist James Havens pose with “The Librarian.” Image by Marcee Fisher, The Studio on Main Street.)

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New Children’s Picture Books

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New Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy at EPL

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library – September 19-24, 2016

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Eckhart Public Library in autumn

It’s getting a little bit autumn-ish around here, and we’re ready to celebrate the season!

We will hold “All Things Autumn,” with crafts and treats, on Tuesday, September 20, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Close Community Room.

The library will celebrate the season of falling leaves, pumpkin spice, sweaters, and cider with crafts and treats, including chai tea, apple cider, and pumpkin foods. Craft possibilities can be found on the library’s Pinterest page.

Register for All Things Autumn to ensure a spot by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us.

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

  • Neon Readers Teen Book Club: We will talk about the books we are currently reading and then work on our movie project. Monday, September 19, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • All Things Autumn: Celebrate the season of falling leaves, pumpkin spice, sweaters, and cider with food and autumn crafts. Please register to ensure a spot by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Chai tea, apple cider, and pumpkin foods will be served. Tuesday, September 20, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Storytime Enrichment Class: Storytime Enrichment Class is a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. No registration is required for this class. Tuesday, September 20, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Turn a Page With Anni: This book club will be discussing “Crossing on the Paris” by Dana Gynther. Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk. Wednesday, September 21, noon to 1 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – Pokemon Battle Zone: Do you love Pokemon? Bring your cards and battle other enthusiasts! Participants go home with all their cards. Trading is not encouraged. Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs are for children in first through fifth grades. Wednesday, September 21, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • The Skeptic’s Guide to American History – The Constitution Did Not Create a Democracy: Come to the Genealogy Center for a look at our American history and the long accepted beliefs about the past events of this nation. We will view a video lecture by Dr. Mark Stoler, who holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin, and 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, September 21, 6 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Game On!: Come and play life sized games with us. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, September 22, 4-4:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Storytime Enrichment Class: Storytime Enrichment Class is a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. No registration is required for this class. Friday, September 23, 11:45-12:30, Secret Garden.
  • Teen Game Night: Come play games at the Teen Library. Bring a friend and enjoy video game or board game of your choice! Friday, September 23, 4-6:30 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, September 23, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Friday Magic: The Teen Library invites fans of Magic: The Gathering to play on Friday nights. No registration is required. Friday, September 23, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • 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 meets in the Secret Garden. You are welcome to come and go any time. Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Maintenance Closing: Eckhart Public Library campus buildings will be closed Monday, September 26, through Sunday, October 2, to upgrade its computer cabling and wireless access points and perform other maintenance duties. The library’s e-book and e-audiobook collection is always available at nidl.lib.overdrive.com; sign in with your library card number and PIN. People with green Evergreen cards may also visit other Evergreen libraries while Eckhart Public Library is closed, including Butler, Garrett, and Waterloo public libraries. The Eckhart Public Library campus will reopen Monday, October 3, with regular hours.
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Sully

Have you seen the new movie Sully featuring Tom Hanks?  Eckhart Public Library has the book the movie is based on in both hardcover and paperback. Chelsey Sullenberger’s memoir, previously  published as Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters, was re-titled Sully for the paperback in anticipation of the feature film’s release. Come in and check out a copy today!

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library – September 12-17, 2016

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Children work on their time machine at Time Travelers on Wednesday, September 7. Time Travelers meets monthly as part of the library’s Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs on Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

We’re continuing “The Skeptic’s Guide to American History” series on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Willennar Genealogy Center. This week’s topic is “Neither American Nor Revolutionary.”

The series looks at American history and the long-accepted beliefs about past events in the nation. The class includes a video lecture by Dr. Mark Stoler, who holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin, and is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Vermont. He is an expert in U.S. foreign relations and military history. We’ll have a discussion after the video.

Here is what else is happening around the Eckhart Public Library campus this week:

  • Photography Club for Teens: This social group for youth 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 on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, we will showcase members’ photographs in the lower level of the Teen Library. Monday, September 12, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Color Café for Adults: Adults are invited to unwind and de-stress with coloring and soothing refreshments. Monday, September 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Main Library.
  • Storytime Enrichment Class: Storytime Enrichment Class is a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. No registration is required for this class. Tuesday, September 13, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Creative Writing Group: All writers 18 and older, no matter the genre, are encouraged to attend. Group members share writing and participate in writing exercises. Tuesday, September 13, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – Busy Builders: Make something fantastic from your imagination with blocks of all kinds! Build bridges, towers, or even a whole city! The possibilities are endless! Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs are for children in first through fifth grades. Wednesday, September 14, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • The Skeptic’s Guide to American History – Neither American Nor Revolutionary: Come to the Genealogy Center for a look at our American history and the long accepted beliefs about the past events of this nation. We will view a video lecture by Dr. Mark Stoler, who holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin, and 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, September 14, 6 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will be discussing “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee. Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk. Thursday, September 15, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Creativity and Cookies: We will use a variety of materials to create our entries for the DeKalb Free Fall Fair.Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, September 15, 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 15, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Storytime Enrichment Class: Storytime Enrichment Class is a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. No registration is required for this class. Friday, September 16, 11:45-12:30, Secret Garden.
  • 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, September 16, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Friday Magic: The Teen Library invites fans of Magic: The Gathering to play on Friday nights. No registration is required. Friday, September 16, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Preschool Music & Movement: This fun monthly program for preschoolers lets us warm up our muscles, get some wiggles out, and explore different rhythms. Parents are welcome to join in the fun! No registration is required. Saturday, September 17th 10:15-10:45 a.m., Secret Garden.
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