Pop Culture Librarians: Library Ghost

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The Library Ghost a.k.a. The Grey Lady is the ghost of librarian Eleanor Twitty and doesn’t seem to mind making both patrons and library staff nervous. She just minds her own business until someone calls in the Ghostbusters. A few floating piles of books here, a mysterious floating half lady there and the staff have had enough.

The Library Ghost is the first ghost the Ghostbusters run into. And she puts them in their place. Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) have no experience with ghosts until meeting her and she gives them experience. And a really good fright.

The Grey Lady is played by Ruth Oliver and while it’s a small part at the same time it’s huge. Without meeting the Grey Lady the Ghostbusters wouldn’t realize that shouting “Get her!” won’t work for catching a ghost. The movie is full of great comedy and the library scene is one of my favorites. Why? The Grey Lady is the villain for her scene and she wins! It’s a small part, but once you see the movie the images stick with you. I get tired of the stories where the good guy always defeats his/her opponent, so when the Grey Lady chases the Ghostbusters out of the library it’s that moment of pure awe for me where you realize the good guys aren’t always going to come out on top.

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Get her!

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Library Website Down

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Oh no! Our website is down! We are very sorry for the inconvenience. We are working diligently to fix the problem, but in the meantime, here are some of vital links for you:

Look up books, renew items, and place holds on the Public Access Catalog.

Request items on our Item Request Form.

Request a meeting room on our Room Request Form.

Our eBooks and downloadable audiobooks are available on our virtual branch.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Eckhart Public Library at 260-925-2414 ext. 120, or email reference@epl.lib.in.us, and we will do our best to help you!

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Pop Culture Librarians: Ook! A Meditation on Discworld’s Librarian

The Librarian in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series manages the often dangerous grimoires at Unseen University while frequently navigating L-Space (Library -Space).  In L-Space [represented as Books = Knowledge = Power = (Force x Distance^2) ÷ Time], the collection of many magical books acts as a power source that opens a portal connecting all libraries that allows librarians to traverse time and space to fulfill library functions such as retrieving books and scrolls from long lost libraries, as seen briefly in Small Gods. While The Librarian can bend space and time to gather books, he, like all librarians, must abide by the following rules:

  1. Silence
  2. Books must be returned by the last date stamped
  3. Do not interfere with the nature of causality

Once upon a time, The Librarian was human, but a magical accident in The Light Fantastic turned him into an orangutan and he found he preferred this form. It’s much easier to reach the high shelves when one is an orangutan. Don’t even think of trying to change him back! Despite the fact that The Librarian at Unseen University communicates through a series of Ooks and Eeks, all of his colleagues understand him and know, above all else, to never refer to this orangutan as a monkey.  He might go all librarian-poo on them.

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“Librarian (Discworld)” by Paul Kidby – Scanned from The Pratchett PortfolioCopyright Terry Pratchett and Paul Kidby. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia –

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Throwback Thursday: The Empire Theater in the John Martin Smith Collection

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 one of DeKalb County’s earliest movie theaters: the Empire.

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Located on W. 7th Street, between Main and Jackson, the Empire offered its patrons a different program every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday—or at least it did in its early days. “No repeaters,” warns an advertisement from 1909, making sure to add that the Empire has a “talented singer and pianist” to accompany its silent pictures, which included serials like “The Master Key,” as pictured in the above photo.

Unfortunately, we don’t have much information about the Empire, or what happened to it. The theater was listed in city directories until 1933, and in 1936, a few issues of The Waterloo Press mentioned that the Empire was about to undergo renovations, resulting in a new front, more seating, and new sound equipment.

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Apparently a name change came with the renovations—a 1940 directory lists “The Smart Theatre” at the Empire’s address. The theater continued to show films until sometime between 1945 and 1952, when it was converted into a storefront for Auburn TV & Appliances. By 1974, both the TV store and the building to the east of it had been demolished.

To learn more about movie theaters in DeKalb County, check out our post on Garrett’s Gala Theater, or click here, and search for “theater.”

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Pop Culture Librarians: Flo from “Timmy Failure”

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Stephen Pastis’ wildly popular Timmy Failure series features one of our favorite pop culture librarians, Flo.

From Timmy Failure:

That’s an unhappy Flo. And Flo isn’t short for Florence. It’s short for “Misshelve my books and the blood may FLOw.” So people do not misshelve books at my library. They do not tear pages out of magazines.”

Flo has attitude, but at the end of the day, he shows up and supports Timmy Failure when he needs him. And, along with Timmy Failure himself, Flo makes us giggle.

Katy and Jan both appreciate the absurdity of Timmy Failure and Pastis’ transgressive take on the traditional image of the librarian.

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Thank you, volunteers!

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In addition to National Library Week, it’s also National Volunteer Week – and what a perfect combination that is! Eckhart Public Library has lots of wonderful volunteers who help us accomplish all that we do here at Eckhart Public Library.

The volunteers at Eckhart Public Library help in a variety of different ways to assist the library in serving our patrons. Last year 150 volunteers contributed over 4000 hours to the library. During the course of the year ​individual volunteers gave two hours to 200 hours. All of those hours were vital to the many projects and programs that take place here at the library.

Our volunteers help in all of our departments. In Children’s they assist with Story Hour, ATLAS, LEGO Club, Shelving, and Concept kits to name a few. Adult Services has volunteers help with the EMOS program, the patron count, programing, and other special projects. The Teen Library has a great group of teens that serve on the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and a few adult volunteers that assist in the evening. The volunteers at the Genealogy Center are helping with indexing, digitizing, entering meta data, and researching. Volunteers in Tech Services help with the processing of incoming books.

Eckhart Public Library has a wonderful group of people that are volunteering. We want to take a moment to say thank you to all of our volunteers. They are a great group of people and we enjoy having them here at the library!

And as an extra thanks, we created a short slideshow video thanking our volunteers. The video is also running on the screens around the library campus today (Wednesday):

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Pop Culture Librarian: Flynn Carson

Flynn CarsonFlynn Carson is the fictional librarian of the Librarian trilogy and the new TV series The Librarians, which airs on TNT. The Librarian in this setting is kind of like Batman. It’s a role that is filled by different people as time passes. In the Librarian Flynn doesn’t set out to be a librarian. He has spent his adult life as a professional student and has obtained 22 degrees. There comes a point when the university kicks him out and tells him to get some real life experience.

Then he receives a special invitation for a job interview as a librarian at the Metropolitan Library. He arrives for the interview to find a long line of candidates already there. Despite the odds, he ends up getting the job and it’s not what he expects at all. He discovers that this library has a special, magical collection of items, think Excalibur, the philosophers stone and the Judas Chalice just to name a few, that the Librarian is in charge of protecting from evil. The Librarian is also in charge of procuring new items for the collection before the bad guys get them. What ensues is an Indiana Jones style adventure that turn the traditional tropes of being a librarian inside out and upside down.

Click here to see the Librarian movies that we have in our library collection.

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