EPL Closed May 27-May 29

blue (1)Eckhart Public Library will be closed Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day weekend. We will reopen Tuesday, May 30, with our regular summer hours.

We hope you have a safe and relaxing holiday weekend, and we can’t wait to get Summer Read started with you!

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New Fiction at Eckhart Public Library

Looking to pick up a book to get Summer Read started? Take a look at some of these new fiction titles available at Eckhart Public Library! Stop in to check out our newest titles, or click on any cover to place a hold through Evergreen Indiana!

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Throwback Thursday: Senior Class Wills

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

Another school year is coming to a close, and with it, another group of students will soon be graduated. Here at the Willennar Genealogy Center, our collection of DeKalb County yearbooks hold several decades’ worth of these students’ senior photos, favorite quotes, and dreams and predictions for the future.

Some of them also hold a somewhat lesser-known tradition: the senior class will, a document listing all of the things the graduating students wished to leave behind, often to their younger classmates. These “bequests” ranged from classroom items to things that couldn’t actually be given away, such as physical characteristics, talents, weaknesses, etc.

Student wills could be sweet and sentimental (or even a little bit serious) but most often, they were pretty lighthearted and humorous, with the occasional inside joke or two.

For example, the “class will” often opened with some form of parodied legal speech, such as this excerpt from the 1941 issue of the Rosebud, the Waterloo High School yearbook:

Waterloo Senior Will - Class of 1941

Senior wills seem to have been particularly popular in DeKalb County schools from the 1920s through the 1940s, though they’ve been featured in yearbooks from other decades as well.

Below are some senior-will excerpts (along with photos of the students who wrote them) from the high schools at Garrett, Butler, Waterloo, and Spencerville.

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Want to see more local history? Click here to browse our online photo database or visit the official Genealogy Center Facebook page.

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New Children’s Books at Eckhart Public Library

Are your kids ready for the next installment of their favorite series, or just wanting a picture book to read before bed? The Eckhart Public Library Children’s Department has great new books to meet your needs! Click on any cover to place a hold through Evergreen Indiana!

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New Nonfiction at Eckhart Public Library

Looking for a new book of poetry, a great new cookbook, or another nonfiction title? Our new nonfiction titles may have just what you’re looking for! Click on any cover to place a hold through Evergreen Indiana!

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This Week at EPL – May 22-28

Golden_girls.jpgThis year marks the 25th anniversary of the series finale of The Golden Girls. Help Eckhart Public Library celebrate the iconic series by demonstrating your knowledge of all things Golden Girls on Tuesday, May 30, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Close Community Room.

Register in teams of up to four friends. The winning team will receive gift baskets including books, chocolate, and gift cards. Refreshments (including cheesecake) will be served.

Register for Golden Girls Trivia Night no later than Monday, May 29, by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Registration is free, though there will be a freewill donation benefiting The Friends of the Library.

Here’s what’s happening around the library campus during the week of May 22:

  • Pizza & Paperbacks: In May we’ll begin our next book, “Ghost” by Jason Reynolds. Come enjoy pizza while listening to a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. “Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds.” Monday, May 22, 5-5:45 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Pokemon Club: Pokemon enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to bring their cards to the teen library every Tuesday and battle. Participants will go home with all their cards, as trading is not encouraged. Pokemon club is free and no sign up is required. Tuesday, May 23, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – Movie Makers: Students in first through fifth grade are invited to bring their imaginations and star in their very own movie! Wednesday, May 24, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Preservation with Ethan Bowers and Sam Grate: Ethan Bowers and Sam Grate, from the ACD Automobile Museum, will be presenting a program on preservation of family photos and documents. Wednesday, May 24, 6-7 p.m., Learning Lab.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Game On!: We will play yard games outside in the library park. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, May 25, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Register for Eckhart Summer Read: Register for Eckhart Summer Read and pick up your first tally sheet and reading material on Friday before Memorial Day! Everything you read over Memorial Day Weekend counts toward Eckhart Summer Read! Friday, May 26.
  • Friday Night Magic – The Gathering: Come play Magic: The Gathering! Anyone in grades 6-12 is welcome, and no registration is required. Friday, May 26, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Memorial Day Closing: Eckhart Public Library campus buildings will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday from Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29. Campus buildings will reopen with regular summer hours on Tuesday, May 30.
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