This Week at Eckhart Public Library: March 30-April 4

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We had a wonderful week of Spring Break activities last week, even though Mother Nature didn’t want to cooperate!

Please note that the Eckhart Public Library campus will be closed one day this week, on Friday, April 3, for our own Spring Break. We will reopen with regular hours on Saturday, April 4.

Also, you can register now for Family History Boot Camp Part One! This free, four-session class is for beginning researchers interested in working on family history and genealogy. Previous classes have filled up quickly; register by calling 925-2414 ext. 420 or emailing genealogy@epl.lib.in.us.

Here’s what else is happening at Eckhart Public Library this week:

  • March Madness: It’s the final week to vote for your picks in our March Madness book tournament! Cast your vote through April 4 at the Main Library, and your ballot will go into a drawing for a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.
  • ATLAS – Charlie’s Chapters: Children in kindergarten through second grade will read “Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World” and explore some optical illusions. Children in grades 3-5 will begin reading “The Graveyard Book v. 1” by Neil Gaiman and make tombstones out of a variety of materials. Thursday, April 2, 3-3:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Crocheters are also welcome to attend. Help is available from this group. Thursday, April 2, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Pick up book club books: Turn a Page with Anni will discuss “Where the Heart Is” by Billie Letts on Wednesday, April 15, at 1 p.m. in the JHG Room. Better Off Read will discuss “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings. Pick up books at the Information Desk at the Main Library.
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Throwback Thursday (Saturday Edition): The Postal Service in DeKalb County

Willennar Genealogy Center’s collection is full of Throwback Thursday potential, but we were having so much fun at EPL Spring Break, we didn’t have time to throwback until today! So, let’s get our #TBT on … on Saturday!

The postal service in DeKalb County has been around since the county’s early years. Today, let’s take a look at the history behind this important service.

Auburn

On March 5, 1839, DeKalb County’s first post office was established in Auburn. In July, another post office was installed at Newville, and by November, Spencerville had one as well. In these early days, there was no delivery service—instead, there were many small post offices throughout the county. Money order services were established at some of these offices starting in 1868, which made financial transactions much easier in a time when currency and checks weren’t generally accepted outside one’s own community.

Delivery

The first postal carrier service in the county was established in Auburn on February 1, 1906. The institution of “Rural Free Delivery” made things easier for those living outside of town, allowing them to order from catalogs and purchase money orders and stamps from their mail carrier. According to John Martin Smith, it wasn’t unusual for carriers in rural areas to become like “one of the family,” often receiving treats like baked goods, fresh eggs and other items.

Waterloo

Before the 1950s, when trucks began handling most of the delivery, the railroad system played an important role in transporting mail. Trains could stop at Butler, Waterloo, and Garrett up to about 26 times a day, picking up and dropping off mail each time they stopped. The mail was sorted en route in a special postal car so it was ready for the post office to deliver when it arrived. A letter sent from Butler might be delivered in Waterloo later that day!

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New Audiobooks

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Goodviews: With Honors

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With Honors was a new movie for me. Even if it came out in 1994.

Montgomery “Monty” Kessler (Brendan Fraser) is a Harvard student working on his thesis paper. He’s just gotten approval for the first part from his advising professor and he goes to the home he shares with three other students to finish typing his thesis that’s already 88 pages long when his computer dies during a sudden power outage! Paranoid that something is going to happen to his only printed copy he rushes to make copies. Roommate Courtney Blumenthal (Moira Kelly) rushes after Monty to make sure he’s okay. When Monty taunts Courtney for falling behind he trips over a bike rack and breaks his ankle, dropping his thesis paper into a steam vent leading into the Widener Library boiler room.

Courtney distracts the night security guard and Monty sneaks into the boiler room to find his thesis paper in the hands of a bum named Simon Wilder (Joe Pesci). Simon will give Monty back his thesis paper, after a few favors. He refuses a check that Monty writes, asking only for glazed donuts and clean underwear. Monty goes back home and seeks guidance from roommates Courtney, Everett Calloway (Patrick Dempsey), and Jeffrey Hawks (Josh Hamilton). Monty calls campus security and Simon is taken away, but the paper is nowhere to be found. Monty bails Simon from going to jail, and the pair strike a sort of bargain. For every favor that Monty does for Simon, he will gain back one page of his paper. And this bum is a creative one.

The casting is fantastic in this movie and is definitely one I will watch again. It’s emotional, heartwarming, and a brilliant comedy that shows there is more to life than what we focus on.

I’ll admit, this movie caught my eye because of Patrick Dempsey’s hair. From the beginning Everett is my favorite character because of his humor.

Heather: Is there a movie in the Eckhart Public Library collection you’d like to recommend for the Goodviews category? Contact the library and let us know.

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library: March 23-28 (Spring Break)

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Don’t have big spring break travel plans? No problem – come in to Eckhart Public Library all week for fun activities for all ages!

Here’s what’s happening this week:

  • March Madness: Eckhart Public Library invites you to make your picks – for best book. You can cast your vote for the best fiction and nonfiction of the year. Keep coming back to vote each week through April 4, as titles are eliminated. Ballots will go into a drawing for a $25 Barnes and Noble gift certificate. The winner will be notified Monday, April 6.
  • Spring Break Space Day – Explore the Final Frontier: Check out NASA’s live feed and breathtaking pictures of space. Monday, March 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Spring Break Space Day – Let’s Make Some Aliens: Make aliens out of recycled materials. For teens in grades 6-12. Monday, March 23, 12:30-7:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Spring Break Space Day – Fabric of the Cosmos: Get a closer look at our elegant universe with this documentary. Monday, March 23, 2-4 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Spring Break Space Day – Science Fiction movie: Attendees can pick a sci-fi movie to watch. Monday, March 23, 4-6:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Spring Break Space Day – Explore the Stars: See the stars in library park, with help from tablet computers. Monday, March 23, 6:30-8 p.m., Library Park.
  • Spring Break Beach Day – Beach Paradise & Sandcastle Contest: Drop in to enjoy tropical beverages, beach sounds, and playing in the sand. Build a sandcastle for a chance to win a library beach bag. Tuesday, March 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Spring Break Beach Day – Busy Builders: Build with LEGOs, K’NEX, Lincoln Logs, Duplo Blocks, Mega Blocks, & Better Blocks. For families with children age 3 through fifth grade; children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Tuesday, March 24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Spring Break Beach Day – Seashell Art: Make seashell art using seashells, glue, and other materials. For teens in grades 6-12. Tuesday, March 24, 12:30-7:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Writing Group: All writers, no matter what genre, are encouraged to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. This group is for adults 18 and above. Tuesday, March 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Spring Break Time Travel Day – Historical Fiction Lunch: Bring your lunch and talk about what makes great historical fiction, and share your favorite historical fiction titles. Wednesday, March 25, 12-1 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Spring Break Time Travel Day – Family History Boot Camp for Kids: Learn to start researching your family history and find your family’s claim to fame. Register by calling the Willennar Genealogy Center at 925-2414 ext. 420 or emailing genealogy@epl.lib.in.us. For children in grades 1-5. Wednesday, March 25, 2-4 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Spring Break Time Travel Day – Time Travel Movies: Watch a movie about time travel. Wednesday, March 25, 5-7 p.m., Close Community Room & Teen Library.
  • Spring Break Art Gallery Day – Art Tours: Take a virtual trip through the Louvre and other art galleries. Thursday, March 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Spring Break Art Gallery Day – Cookies & Canvas: Explore Kandinsky’s art and create your own masterpiece. Cookies will be served. For children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, March 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Secret Garden.
  • Spring Break Art Gallery Day – Create-Your-Own Art: Materials will be available to create your own masterpieces. Thursday, March 26, 12-4 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Spring Break Art Gallery Day – Teen Art: Materials will be available for you to make your own art pieces. For teens in grades 6-12. Thursday, March 26, 12:30-7:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Tabletop Game Night: Enjoy board games, tile games, and card games. Bring your favorite games, or play one of the provided games. Thursday, March 26, 6-8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Spring Break Staycation Day – Green Beauty Treatments: Transform your home into a spa with simple beauty and relaxation treatments, and make a facial or body scrub or mask. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Register by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Friday, March 27, 12-1 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Spring Break Staycation Day – Teen Game Day: Play board games and Wii games with friends. For teens in grades 6-12. Friday, March 27, 12:30-7:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Spring Break Staycation Day – Be A Tourist In DeKalb County: Learn about fun, historical activities to do in Auburn and DeKalb County. Register by calling the Willennar Genealogy Center at 925-2414 ext. 420 or emailing genealogy@epl.lib.in.us. Friday, March 27, 2-3 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Spring Break Staycation Day – Family Movie Day: Watch “Big Hero 6” and eat popcorn. For children through fifth grade; children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Friday, March 27, 4-6:30 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Spring Break Staycation Day – Green Beauty Treatments: Transform your home into a spa with simple beauty and relaxation treatments, and make a facial or body scrub or mask. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Register by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Friday March 27, 6-7 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Examining the KKK Collection: Join the Willennar Genealogy Center staff as we examine the historical Ku Klux Klan portion of the John Martin Smith Collection. Saturday, March 28, 2-3 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
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KKK is focus of history presentation on March 28

Eckhart KKK Presentation The last weekend in March, the Willennar Genealogy Center: A Service of Eckhart Public Library will be holding an educational presentation on the history of the Ku Klux Klan. Attendees will learn about Klan history, with a specific focus on the Indiana Klan in the 1920s. Genealogy intern Chelsea Molin will give the presentation, which will feature both Klan and anti-Klan items from the John Martin Smith Collection. The event will be held in the Learning Lab at the Willennar Genealogy Center on March 28, and will run from 2-3 p. m. All historical pieces to be featured are from the John Martin Smith Collection, which contains many items of local, state, and national significance. The Smith family has given Eckhart Public Library digitization rights to the collection. Registration is available, as space is limited. To register for the event, please call 925-2414 ext. 420, or email genealogy@epl.lib.in.us.

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New Fiction

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