This Week at EPL – December 18-23

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We carry on by listening to our patron’s needs. Beginning January 2, Eckhart Public Library’s Auburn Plaza location will open at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday! Stay tuned to our emails and social media for more details.

“Eckhart Public Library will remain strong and carry on, regardless of space or circumstance, to serve our community’s evolving needs as we move forward to enter a new chapter of service.”

Main Library Restoration Update

In order to help ease patron access and to create more room near the Main Library, EPL’s bright green book drop will be moving across the street to the parking lot. You can read more about it here. Wondering how you can help? Visit eckhartstrong.org for more information.

Weekly Happenings

  • Neon Flix: Students are invited to join us the first and third Monday of each month at the Teen Library. A group that writes, directs, and acts in original films, short stories, and YouTube Videos. New members are always welcome! Monday, December 18, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Bridge-a-Rama Bridge Lessons: Learn to play Bridge for free! Space is limited, so please register with Eckhart Public Library by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. This program is a partnership with the Auburn Associate Tri Kappa through their Bridge-A-Rama program. Monday, December 18, 6-8 p.m., Auburn Plaza Location.
  • Wee Reads Storytime: 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. Our Wee Reads Storytime is designed for children ages birth – 2 and their families. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Tuesday, December 19, 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11-11:20 a.m, Teen Library; Wednesday, December 20, 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11-11:20 a.m., Teen Library; and Thursday, December 21, 6:30-6:50 p.m., Auburn Plaza Location.
  • Pokémon Club: The Pokémon Clubs of both children’s and teens will be combining to participate in fun Pokémon-themed activities and to battle other enthusiasts if you have cards. All will go home with their cards, as trading is not encouraged. Pokémon Club is free and no sign up is required! Tuesday, December 19, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Preschool Storytime: 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. Our Preschool Storytime is designed for children ages 2 – 6 and their families.  A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Tuesday, December 19, 6:30-7:15 p.m.; Thursday, December 21, 10:15-11 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m.; and Friday, December 22, 10:15-11 a.m. Teen Library.
  • Turn a Page Book Club: Make new friends and participate in engaging, thought-provoking discussions on each month’s book! We will be reading “13th Day of Christmas by Jason Wright. Pick up a copy at the Willennar Genealogy Center. Wednesday, December 20, 12-1 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Lego Club: Join us to build something amazing with Lego Club every second, third, and fourth Wednesday of each month. We supply the LEGOs, you create the masterpiece! Wednesday, December 20, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Creativity and Cookies: During each session, we will use our imaginations and a variety of supplies to create our very own masterpieces. There will also be cookies for hungry artists. Thursday, December 21, 4-5 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, December 21, 6-7:45 p.m., Auburn Plaza Location.
  • Closing at 5:00: Eckhart Public Library will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22, and will remain closed through Tuesday, December 26, in observance of the Christmas Holiday. We will reopen Wednesday, December 27. We will be closing at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27 through Saturday, December 30. We will be closed on Monday, January 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. We will reopen Tuesday, January 2, with our regular hours. Happy Holidays!
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Eckhart Public Library Opens Earlier, Encourages Patrons to Come Back; New Storytime Survey

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A sneak peek at EPL’s new marketing campaign encouraging you to come and visit us!

After reviewing results from a survey conducted in September, Eckhart Public Library’s board and staff have decided to open the Auburn Plaza Temporary Location (1029 W. 7th St.) an hour earlier.

Beginning Tuesday, January 2, the Temporary Location will be opening at 9:00 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Closing hours will remain the same, and as of now, there will be no changes to Eckhart Teen Library or Willennar Genealogy Center’s operating hours.

Eckhart Public Library staff hopes that listening to the needs of its patrons will make community members feel welcomed back. In the immediate aftermath of July’s fire, the library had a limited supply of materials, but as the library has received numerous donations and have continued to order new items, they hope to see community members coming in regularly and checking out materials once again. The library’s new marketing campaign will focus on inviting people back to the library.heather happy

Assistant Director Jenny Kobiela-Mondor says “We love that people have been thinking of the staff and their fellow patrons, visiting other Evergreen libraries, and checking out fewer books so that everybody has books to check out. But now that our shelves are finally getting fuller […] the absolute best way to support us is just to come in and see us! Check out items, attend a program, or use our computers or WiFi!”

Eckhart Public Library’s Auburn Plaza Temporary Location has the newest children’s books, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels. It also contains sections representing the Genealogy and Teen Departments.

We are also conducting a new survey to reassess the times and dates of both Wee Reads and Preschool Storytimes. To participate in this survey, click here or visit any EPL Location.

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Book Drop Moving Late December

Book DropEckhart Public Library’s book drop on 12th St. will be moving to a new location. Our bright green book drop will be making a slight shift over to our parking lot across the street for ease of patron usage and to move the book drop for construction purposes during the main library’s restoration. You’ll now be able to return library items without even getting out of your car!

As usual, items can also be returned at our Auburn Plaza Location, Teen Library, and Willennar Genealogy Center. See the below map to see the exact location of book drop and let us know if you have questions! (Map Image from Google Maps)

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New Adult Fiction and Comics available at EPL

New adult fiction can be found at the Eckhart Public Library Auburn Plaza Location.

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New Teen Books Available at EPL

New teen books are available at the Eckhart Teen Library.

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New Children’s Books at EPL

New children’s books can be found at the Eckhart Public Library Auburn Plaza Location.

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This Week at EPL – December 11-16

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We carry on with a visit from a very special guest: Santa Claus! Join us Saturday to hear him tell his favorite Christmas story and enjoy some cookies and milk with him!

“Eckhart Public Library will remain strong and carry on, regardless of space or circumstance, to serve our community’s evolving needs as we move forward to enter a new chapter of service.”

Main Library Restoration Update

Crews are continuing to clean and prepare surfaces within the library for a special sealant that will retain any smoke odors. The Building Committee will continue to meet with the architects. Wondering how you can help? Visit eckhartstrong.org for more information.

Weekly Happenings

  • Pizza and Paperbacks: Students are invited to enjoy a slice of pizza while listening to one of our great paperbacks. We’ll eat, read, discuss, and enjoy! Monday, December 11, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Wee Reads Storytime: 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. Our Wee Reads Storytime is designed for children ages birth – 2 and their families. A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Tuesday, December 12, 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11-11:20 a.m, Teen Library; Wednesday, December 13, 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11-11:20 a.m., Teen Library; and Thursday, December 14, 6:30-6:50 p.m., Auburn Plaza Location.
  • Pokémon Club: The Pokémon Clubs of both children’s and teens will be combining to participate in fun Pokémon-themed activities and to battle other enthusiasts if you have cards. All will go home with their cards, as trading is not encouraged. Pokémon Club is free and no sign up is required! Tuesday, December 12, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Preschool Storytime: 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. Our Preschool Storytime is designed for children ages 2 – 6 and their families.  A library card is not needed to attend these classes. No registration required! Tuesday, December 12, 6:30-7:15 p.m.; Thursday, December 14, 10:15-11 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m.; and Friday, December 15, 10:15-11 a.m. Teen Library.
  • Lego Club: Join us to build something amazing with Lego Club every second, third, and fourth Wednesday of each month. We supply the LEGOs, you create the masterpiece! Wednesday, December 13, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • STEAM Challenge: During each hands on session, we’ll explore the wonderful world of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. There will be reactions, explosions, and fun for all! Thursday, December 14, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Magic: The Gathering at Teen: Eckhart Teen Library will host Magic: The Gathering card games for kids and teens to come and play. Don’t have a deck? We have extras. Beginners and experts alike are welcome to join! Friday, December 15, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Cookies and Milk with Santa, Santa’s Workshop: Everyone is invited to hear Santa read his favorite story, enjoy some cookies and milk, then enjoy some fun activities in Santa’s workshop! Saturday, December 16, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.

 

 

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