New Teen Books at EPL

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Visit from author Ray Boomhower

C4JandLWIAAEHqGHoosier author Ray Boomhower will speak about World War II reporter Robert L. Sherrod at two events sponsored by Eckhart Public Library.

Boomhower, the senior editor at the Indiana Historical Society Press, will speak about his new book, “Dispatches from the Pacific: The World War II Reporting of Robert L. Sherrod,” on Tuesday, August 29. He will speak at the Community Foundation of DeKalb County, 700 S. Main St., at 2 p.m., and at Smith Farms Manor, 406 Smith Drive., at 6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

The book, an intimate account of World War II and the journalists who risked their lives to cover it, chronicles the career of Time and Life correspondent Robert L. Sherrod. In the fall of 1943, armed with only his notebooks and pencils, Sherrod leapt from the safety of a landing craft and waded through neck-deep water and a hail of bullets to reach the shores of the Tarawa Atoll with the U.S. Marine Corps. Living shoulder to shoulder with the marines, Sherrod chronicled combat and the marines’ day-to-day struggles as they leapfrogged across the Central Pacific, battling the Japanese on Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. While the marines courageously and doggedly confronted an enemy that at times seemed invincible, those left behind on the American home front desperately scanned Sherrod’s columns for news of their loved ones.

Boomhower has previously written books on the lives of Ernie Pyle, Lew Wallace, Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, May Wright Sewall, and John Bartlow Martin. In 2010 he was named winner of the Regional Award in the annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards.

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New Adult Nonfiction at EPL

Please note: all adult nonfiction are available at the Willennar Genealogy Center.

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This Week at EPL – August 14-19

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Public Service Specialist Kelsey Shanabarger reads to one of the Wee Reads Storytime groups. Both Wee Reads and Preschool Storytimes picked up this week after summer break.

“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

We want to send a huge thank you to Ella Nixon, DeKalb Health, and Paper Gourmet for making wonderful donations towards the restoration of the main library! We also want to thank Auburn Family Video for taking a variety of donations on our behalf. We are continuing to evaluate the materials that were in the library during the fire.pjimage.jpg

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, August 14, 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, August 15, 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11-11:20 a.m., Teen Library.
  • 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, August 15, 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, August 15, 6:30-7:15 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! Wednesday, August 16, 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11-11:20 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Turn a Page with Anni: This book club will be reading “Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin. Wednesday, August 16, 12-1 p.m., call (260) 925-2414 ext. 420 for address.
  • 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, August 16, 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! Thursday, August 17, 10:15-11 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will be reading “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. Thursday, August 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • 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, August 17, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Genealogy 103: This class will explore the use of the Willennar Genealogy Center’s Makerspace. You will learn about digitizing photos, documents, slides and negatives. This will be a hands-on event so please bring an item or two to scan and a flash drive to save digital images. Thursday, August 17, 6-7 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center Research Room.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Sturggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group! Thursday, August 17, 6-7:45 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • 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! Thursday, August 17, 6:30-6:50 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! Friday, August 18, 10:15-11 a.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, August 18, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
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New Adult Fiction at EPL

Please note: all of our adult fiction is located at the Willennar Genealogy Center.

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New Children’s Books at EPL

Please note: children’s books are available at the Eckhart Teen Library.

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This Week at EPL – August 7-12

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Youth Services programming will take place in The Teen Library while The Main Library is closed for repairs. Preschool Storytimes and Wee Reads Storytimes will begin this week!

“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

Our teams are making progress as they continue to evaluate the contents of The Main Library. Byler Lane Winery generously donated $2500 from their Christmas in July Event, and many supporting EPL by purchasing items from our Fire Recovery Wishlist. Pictured from left to right: Jan Hewitt, Jamie Long, Jenny Kobiela-Mondor, Rachel Byler, Eldon Byler, Cara Lane, and Larry Lane.

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Weekly Happenings

  • Neon Flix and Movie Makers: 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, August 7, 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, August 8, 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11-11:20 a.m., Teen Library.
  • 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, August 8, 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, August 8, 6:30-7:15 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! Wednesday, August 9, 10:15-10:35 a.m. and 11-11:20 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, August 9, 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! Thursday, August 10, 10:15-11 a.m. and 1-1:45 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, August 10, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Genealogy 102: Join the Genealogy staff as we take a look at the different websites that can help you with your family history research. Thursday, August 10, 6-7 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center Research Room.
  • 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! Thursday, August 10, 6:30-6:50 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! Friday, August 11, 10:15-11 a.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, August 11, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
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