Goodviews: The Devil Wears Prada

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The Devil Wears Prada might come off as a fashion movie, but it’s deeper than that. A lot deeper.

On one hand you’ve got Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway). Young, eager to please, looking for a new job, and her idea of fashion is throwing on a pair of jeans and a good shirt. On the other hand you have Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) who heads up a very high-fashion magazine.

Somehow Andy gets herself hired at Runway as second assistant to Miranda. She’s basically doing grunt work and getting looked down upon not only by Miranda, but by everyone at the company, save one. Nigel (Stanley Tucci) works in the fashion department helping put together outfits for the models. He’s the only person shown within Runway who is willing to give Andy a real chance and he helps her by getting her a makeover so others will at least think she knows a fair amount of fashion (or that she’s learned it). Everyone is impressed with the change, except Andy’s boyfriend who isn’t sure he likes the person Andy is becoming.

Change can be a good thing, but how far will Andy go to impress Miranda? Will she lose her friends and boyfriend along the way?

Want to know more? The movie is based off of a book by the same title and even has a sequel.

Heather: This movie came out back in 2006 and I watched it with a group of friends. Sometimes I just want to put it on for the background music and to hear the banter between Andy and Nigel.

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library – April 25-30, 2016

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Eckhart Public Library’s historic fountain is currently undergoing renovation. We plan to bring it back to Eckhart Public Library this summer, but we need your help!

You can donate online through the Community Foundation of DeKalb County’s online giving portal at; be sure to designate your gift for the EPL Fountain Fund. You may also download a pledge card at or pick up a pledge card at the library. All gifts will be matched up to $100,000 through a generous donation by Rick and Vicki James.

You’re also invited to share your memories of the library fountain by submitting photos (like the one above). Photos will be shared on the library website and social media, and some will be displayed inside the library. Photos will be collected throughout April and displayed during the month of May. Photos of any era are encouraged!

Digital photos may be sent to Other photos may be dropped off at the library or sent to Eckhart Public Library, 603 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN 46706. Please have your contact information clearly printed on the back of any photos that you want returned. Photos cannot be mailed back, but may be picked up at the Willennar Genealogy Center, 700 S. Jackson St., May 31 or after. By submitting photos, participants are allowing the library to use them in any form.

Here’s what else is happening at the library this week:

  • Teen Poetry Contest: April is National Poetry Month, and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in our Teen Poetry Contest. Pieces can be submitted April 1st – 30th. All styles are welcome! First Prize wins $50; Second Prize is $20; and Third Prize is $10. Submissions can be emailed to or dropped off at The Teen Library.
  • Planting Time for Teens: We will begin planting early vegetables in our Not-So-Secret Garden. Monday, April 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Where Does Your Money Go? For Teens: How do I track expense and plan a budget? Find out (and enjoy some delicious snacks) at Where Does My Money Go for Teens, a project of the Purdue Extension Office. Tuesday, April 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • The Life and Work of Arthur Franklin Mapes: Join Eckhart Public Library in celebrating Arthur Franklin Mapes, author of the official Indiana State Poem, Indiana. Angela Mapes Turner, Mapes’ granddaughter and curator of, will talk about the life, work, and Hoosier influences of this former Indiana State Poet Laureate. Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Creative Writing Group: Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. All writers, no matter what genre, age 18 and older, are encouraged to attend. Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Game Time: If the weather is nice, we will go outside and play some lawn games. If the weather isn’t nice we will move the games inside. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, April 28, 3-3:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Tabletop Game Night: Come play your favorite games at Eckhart Public Library! Bring your favorite board game, card game, tile game, or other tabletop game, or join in a game with fellow gamers. Thursday, April 28, 6-8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Teen Game Night: Bring a friend, and enjoy some video games or board games of your choice! Friday, April 29, 4-8 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Your Ancestors in Ship Passenger Lists: In this video lecture Professor John Philip Colletta will explore passenger arrival records which can help to reconstruct your ancestors’ journey to North America. Please join the Genealogy staff as we look at ship passenger lists. Register at the Willennar Genealogy Center by calling 925-2414 ext. 420 or emailing Saturday, April 30, 2-3 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
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Goodviews: Nightmare Before Christmas


Somewhat scary, claymation, lead character with black and white pattern clothing. Nightmare Before Christmas has Tim Burton written all over it.

One of the best ways to describe Nightmare Before Christmas is to call it a holiday musical horror. Scary for younger viewers, filled with wonderful music, and interesting characters it fits all three categories to some extent.

Meet Jack Skellington. He’s the king of Halloween with the best scares and he’s the man (er… skeleton?) with the plan! But something’s not quite right with our bony friend. He’s getting tired of routine and no one seems to understand.

There might be one person who understands (besides Jack’s ghost dog Zero) and that’s Sally, a creation of the evil scientist that might keep poisoning him (sleeping potion here, knockout draft there) so she can get out and see just a little of the town.

While walking to clear his head, and hopefully his heart, Jack finds himself in a place outside of town where he’s never been. There are trees forming a circle and each tree has what looks like a door, with a decoration. A turkey, a rabbit, a green tree with decorations… what’s this that Jack’s found?

After going through one of the trees Jack finds himself in Christmas land! Everything is so different from the world he’s known that he’s getting ideas for how to improve Halloween. Make it more like Christmas.

He takes the information back to his friends of Halloween, but Sally feels that something’s not quite right with this plan. Will she get Jack to listen? Or will Christmas and Halloween become one scary cold holiday?

Heather: I had a friend who was really into Tim Burton films and he ended up pointing out to me that the main characters in the films are almost always dressed in black and white. Jack is a skeleton in a black and white suit, Frankenweenie is entirely black and white, Beetlejuice wears the black and white suit, Sweeney Todd wears black and white and his hair is black with a white streak to it… Makes for an interesting Easter egg in his work, I think.

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Throwback Thursday: Egbert Mott’s Portrait

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

We come across a lot of names in our work at the Willennar Genealogy Center, names in newspaper articles, graduation programs, letters, and so on. But the earlier in DeKalb history these names appear, the less likely it is we’ll ever have faces to go with them (or vice versa!)

Luckily, this is not always the case. In fact, sometimes, we may even get a good story thrown in with a photograph—or in this particular instance, a portrait.

Egbert Mott Portrait

Thanks to the Smith family, we were recently able to photograph this portrait of Judge Egbert Benson Mott, which had been recovered by the late DeKalb County Historian, John Martin Smith. The painting is life-sized, and used to hang up above the mantle at the Greenhurst Country Club.

There is, however, a little bit more to the painting than meets the eye. First, it was painted several years after his death in 1865, on commission by his youngest son, Grenville Mott.

In a letter written from Grenville in 1879 to his mother, Mary Winterbottom Mott, he expressed his determination to have a portrait of Egbert made in order to fulfill Mary’s promise “to the Bar-Association of DeKalb Co., and present them with the picture of father which they asked for.”

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The image in question?

He commissioned an artist in Boston to make a portrait based off of a photograph which Grenville had of his father—a photograph he did not particularly want to immortalize as a painting, apparently.

In his letter to Mary, Grenville writes:

“Unfortunately, there is no picture of father extant which I would wish perpetuated of life size to be gazed up on by his successors on the bench perhaps a century or two hence. If, at the time he had his picture taken, he had had his hair and beard carefully trimmed and brushed and had donned a low buttoning best, it would have been all right.”

So how do we have the painting featured at the top? In the end, Grenville requested the portrait artist to “amend the defects hinted at above,” and the painter obliged.

Want to see more? You can search our online photo database here, or head on over here to check out the Genealogy Center’s official Facebook page.

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NIDL Brings You: Anna Banks

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Until I started driving a lot more than I used to I didn’t think I could ever get into Audiobooks. This was one of the first series to prove me wrong on that.

In Of Poseidon you meet Emma and her friend Chloe while they’re on vacation in Florida. Suddenly Emma runs right into this gorgeous guy and they both feel sparks.

Emma has a special gift that she isn’t fully aware of and her mom hides a secret from her about who she is.

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Of Triton continues the series and dives deeper into things that while I want to give you details about would spoil the story if I said them now.

The story line keeps you wanting more, but it doesn’t get super crazy or start talking about things that are beyond confusing. They’re just fun to read.

While we might not have book 3 on NIDL, we do have the physical books at the Eckhart Public Library.

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NIDL Brings You: Pioneer Woman

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Ree Drummond (better known as The Pioneer Woman) is well-known for her cooking show and books, but something she’s not as well-known for involves the dog, Charlie.

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That’s right, Ree Drummond not only cooks, but she writes Children’s books too!

On NIDL you can find some of the cookbooks as eBooks and some Charlie the Ranch Dog books in Audio format.

For those wondering, the Eckhart Public Library does have her cookbooks in the collection if you prefer physical cookbooks to digital ones.

Heather: I learned about the Pioneer Woman through my mother who is always looking for a new recipe to try. Sometimes the recipes Ree shows aren’t what we’re into, but she does have some great recipes and she shares amazing tips not only on cooking and baking, but on family life and homeschooling her kids.

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