This Week at EPL – March 2-7

A book with the main library logo and the main library's opening date: March 15, 2020

Eckhart Public Library has been thrilled at the response we have received for the main library’s reopening on Sunday, March 15. We hope you’ll join us sometime during the week to check out the beautiful new space, ask staff questions, and take some time to explore our collection!

To make sure everything is in working order on that day, all Eckhart Public Library locations will be closed Monday, March 8, through Saturday, March 14, to allow all staff to dedicate that time to helping shelf the final books, prepare our desks, and do some final housekeeping for our reopening! All locations will reopen on Monday, March 16, with new hours, which will be posted around campus and online very soon.

Photo of our new fiction shelves on the main floor, with the library's stained glass windows in the back.

If you’d like to read or see more information on the main library’s reopening, check out articles or news clips on KPC News, The Journal Gazette, WPTA 21 ABC Fort Wayne, and WFFT 55 FOX Fort Wayne.

For more information on the main library, please visit ForEveryCitizen.org

Weekly Happenings

  • Eckhart Envoys Homeschool Program: Every Monday morning, take part in this opportunity for homeschool students in grade school or middle school to learn about countries and cultures from around the world. Monday, March 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Learning STEAM Through LEGOS: Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM), and interact with your peers during Learning STEAM Through LEGOs! Monday, March 2, 1-2 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Reader’s Delight Book Club: Life is hard; books don’t have to be! Join us every month to discuss a book. Pick up the book club book at Willennar Genealogy Center/Main Library and come prepared to discuss it. This month, we’ll be discussing “The Eyre Affair” b7y Jasper Fforde. Tuesday, March 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s (101 E 9th St.).
  • Babies and Books – A Little Listeners Storytime: Babies and Books, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for our youngest library friends to access a world of creativity and discovery. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creating, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Babies and Books is aimed for children ages 0-2 years, but please come to whichever storytime best fits your schedule and child! No registration necessary. Wednesday, March 4, 10-10:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Time Travelers Club: We invite kids and teens to join us on the first Wednesday of every month for our Time Travelers Club. Attendees can expect at each meeting to have a brief presentation presented to them, an activity, and a snack. Our topics differ each month and consistently mesh together history, stories, and relevant topics in present time. History is many things: a tradition; a story; a memory. But learning about history can help us learn more about today’s world. March is National Women’s History Month. We’ll examine photographs and other primary sources as we put together a timeline of women’s history. Wednesday, March 4, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Family Storytime – A Little Listeners Storytime: Family Storytime, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for children of all ages to access a world of creativity and discovery. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creating, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Family Storytime is open to all ages, but please come to the storytime that best fits your schedule and child. We also offer Babies and Books (aimed for ages 0-2 years) and Story Explorers (aimed for ages 2-6). No registration necessary. Wednesday, March 4, 6-6:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Creative 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 up. Wednesday March 4, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Jeremiah’s (101 E 9th St.).
  • Story Explorers – A Little Listeners Storytime: Story Explorers, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for our growing and learning library friends to access a world of creativity and discovery before heading to preschool. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creativing, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Story Explorers is aimed for children ages 2-6 years, but please come to whichever storytime best fits your schedule and child! No registration necessary. Thursday, March 5, 10-10:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Kids in the Kitchen: Kids and teens can learn their way around food prep, food from other cultures, and what goes into good eating! Kids under the age of 7 will need a parent or guardian present. Thursday, March 5, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, March 5, 6-7:45 p.m., Jeremiah’s (101 E 9th St.).
  • Teen Magic The Gathering Club: Teens are invited to join a Magic: The Gathering Club each Friday at the Teen Library. Participants, both beginners and experts alike, are invited to play, learn, and discuss this exciting card game! Most games are played in Commander format, but Standard games are also played as well. Don’t have any Magic cards? No worries; we have some decks you can borrow while at the club so you can learn! There will also be a Cube Draft (a special format to create random decks) on the first Friday of each month, so hopeful players are encouraged to stop by a little earlier! We hope to see you there with your creatures, spells, and lands! Friday, March 6, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
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This Week at EPL – February 24-29

A blue graphic with small snowflakes saying "Read. Do. Explore. Winter Edition had 762 Grand Prize Entries!"

Eckhart Public Library wants to thank patrons for their participation in the Winter 2020 Read. Do. Explore. The program had great attendance at events and the grand prize submission form had 762 entries in just over a month and a half! Thank you for your participation, and we can’t wait to show you what summer’s program will bring!

Main Library Opening Date

A book with the main library logo and the main library's opening date: March 15, 2020

You’ve asked, anticipated, and been excited for it…and at last, we can say it! Eckhart Public Library is proud to announce that the main library will officially be open on March 15, 2020, and will kick off with an open house from 1-5 p.m. that day. Parking will be available at the McKenney Harrison Elementary School and Auburn First Presbyterian Church. After this date, all library locations will have new hours, which will be posted online shortly.

All library locations will be closed March 9-14 for moving of the final items to their new home. For more information on the main library, please visit ForEveryCitizen.org

Weekly Happenings

  • Eckhart Envoys Homeschool Program: Every Monday morning, take part in this opportunity for homeschool students in grade school or middle school to learn about countries and cultures from around the world. Monday, February 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Learning STEAM Through LEGOS: Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM), and interact with your peers during Learning STEAM Through LEGOs! Monday, February 24, 1-2 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Bridge-a-Rama Bridge Lessons: Learn to play Bridge for free! This series of lessons followed by playing Bridge is every other Monday from 5:45-7:45 p.m. Space is limited; please contact Leslie Hamman at 260-925-9357 or by email at hammanleslie@yahoo.com to register. This program is a partnership with Auburn Associate Tri Kappa through their Bridge-A-Rama program. Monday, February 24, 5:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Community Foundation of DeKalb County (700 Main St.).
  • Babies and Books – A Little Listeners Storytime: Babies and Books, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for our youngest library friends to access a world of creativity and discovery. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creating, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Babies and Books is aimed for children ages 0-2 years, but please come to whichever storytime best fits your schedule and child! No registration necessary. Wednesday, February 26, 10-10:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • LEGO Club: Explore science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and art, and interact with your peers at LEGO Club! Wednesday, February 26, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Family Storytime – A Little Listeners Storytime: Family Storytime, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for children of all ages to access a world of creativity and discovery. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creating, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Family Storytime is open to all ages, but please come to the storytime that best fits your schedule and child. We also offer Babies and Books (aimed for ages 0-2 years) and Story Explorers (aimed for ages 2-6). No registration necessary. Wednesday, February 26, 6-6:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Story Explorers – A Little Listeners Storytime: Story Explorers, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for our growing and learning library friends to access a world of creativity and discovery before heading to preschool. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creativing, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Story Explorers is aimed for children ages 2-6 years, but please come to whichever storytime best fits your schedule and child! No registration necessary. Thursday, February 27, 10-10:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Kids in the Kitchen: Kids and teens can learn their way around food prep, food from other cultures, and what goes into good eating! Kids under the age of 7 will need a parent or guardian present. Thursday, February 27, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Teen Magic The Gathering Club: Teens are invited to join a Magic: The Gathering Club each Friday at the Teen Library. Participants, both beginners and experts alike, are invited to play, learn, and discuss this exciting card game! Most games are played in Commander format, but Standard games are also played as well. Don’t have any Magic cards? No worries; we have some decks you can borrow while at the club so you can learn! There will also be a Cube Draft (a special format to create random decks) on the first Friday of each month, so hopeful players are encouraged to stop by a little earlier! We hope to see you there with your creatures, spells, and lands! Friday, February 28, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
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This Week at EPL – February 17-22

Read. Do. Explore. Winter Edition Signage saying "Thank you!"

Everyone at Eckhart Public Library wants to say thank you to the many of you that participated in our Winter 2020 Read. Do. Explore. We received over 600 prize entries and had so many people come to our programs over the month and a half! We can’t wait to show you what Summer Read. Do. Explore. will bring!

Main Library Restoration Update

New website teaser image of a girl with heart shaped suckers over her eyes. Text says "It's okay...we love the new website, too. Click to check out the new site!"

In the midst of construction at the Eckhart Public Library’s historic main building, staff have been working behind the scenes to bring patrons a new and improved website! The new homepage for the library, which launched February 14, features a more minimalistic design and cleaned up menu. The goal of this redesign was to do away with features that were slowing down the former home page, as well as create a page where information could be found more quickly and efficiently. The library’s page can still be found at epl.lib.in.us, so please take a moment to visit our page when you can! If you notice any issues or hiccups, please let us know. For more information on the main library, please visit ForEveryCitizen.org

Weekly Happenings

  • Eckhart Envoys Homeschool Program: Every Monday morning, take part in this opportunity for homeschool students in grade school or middle school to learn about countries and cultures from around the world. Monday, February 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Learning STEAM Through LEGOS: Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM), and interact with your peers during Learning STEAM Through LEGOs! Monday, February 17, 1-2 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Babies and Books – A Little Listeners Storytime: Babies and Books, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for our youngest library friends to access a world of creativity and discovery. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creating, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Babies and Books is aimed for children ages 0-2 years, but please come to whichever storytime best fits your schedule and child! No registration necessary. Wednesday, February 19, 10-10:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Classic City Reader’s Book Club: Join us as we dive into a new book coupled with conversation and ideas. Classic City Readers will be reading a diverse variety of titles and topics on our journey through books. This month, we’ll be discussing “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper” by Phaedra Patrick. Wednesday, February 19, 12-1 p.m., Community Foundation of DeKalb County (700 Main St.).
  • LEGO Club: Explore science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and art, and interact with your peers at LEGO Club! Wednesday, February 19, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Family Storytime – A Little Listeners Storytime: Family Storytime, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for children of all ages to access a world of creativity and discovery. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creating, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Family Storytime is open to all ages, but please come to the storytime that best fits your schedule and child. We also offer Babies and Books (aimed for ages 0-2 years) and Story Explorers (aimed for ages 2-6). No registration necessary. Wednesday, February 19, 6-6:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Creative 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. Wednesday, February 19, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Jeremiah’s (101 E 9th St.).
  • Story Explorers – A Little Listeners Storytime: Story Explorers, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for our growing and learning library friends to access a world of creativity and discovery before heading to preschool. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creativing, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Story Explorers is aimed for children ages 2-6 years, but please come to whichever storytime best fits your schedule and child! No registration necessary. Thursday, February 20, 10-10:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Kids in the Kitchen: Kids and teens can learn their way around food prep, food from other cultures, and what goes into good eating! Kids under the age of 7 will need a parent or guardian present. Thursday, February 20, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, January 20, 6-7:45 p.m., Jeremiah’s (101 E 9th St.).
  • Teen Magic The Gathering Club: Teens are invited to join a Magic: The Gathering Club each Friday at the Teen Library. Participants, both beginners and experts alike, are invited to play, learn, and discuss this exciting card game! Most games are played in Commander format, but Standard games are also played as well. Don’t have any Magic cards? No worries; we have some decks you can borrow while at the club so you can learn! There will also be a Cube Draft (a special format to create random decks) on the first Friday of each month, so hopeful players are encouraged to stop by a little earlier! We hope to see you there with your creatures, spells, and lands! Friday, February 21, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
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10 Great Romance Reads for Valentine’s Day – No Matter Your Relationship Status

Written by Jenny Kobiela Mondor, Eckhart Public Library Assistant Director

No matter your relationship status on Valentine’s Day, romance novels are there for you – and we have some great books at Eckhart Public Library to get you in the mood for the most romantic of holidays!

Romance Novels – Defined:

Romance novels must have two things – a love story, and a happy ending. That’s it! Romances can take place in the past, the present, or the future. They can feature supernatural creatures. They can include an element of mysteries or thrillers. They can take place in outer space or a fantasy world. They can be sweet or spicy – or sometimes both at the same time! 

Ten Excellent Romances for Valentine’s Day (Or Any Day): 

“A Princess in Theory” by Alyssa Cole (Book 1 in the Reluctant Royals series)

"A Princess in Theory" by Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole’s delightful Reluctant Royals series starts out with “A Princess in Theory” – the story of a seemingly scammy email that ends in true love. NYC grad student Naledi Smith keeps getting messages that she’s betrothed to an African prince. She ignores them, like any good internet citizen, but it turns out that she really is the missing fiance to Prince Tabiso, sole heir to the throne of Thesolo. Once they meet, the sparks start to fly! Note: The Readers Delight Book Club plans to read this book for Read a Romance Month in August! Readers Delight meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Jeremiah’s in downtown Auburn, and features cozy books with happy endings. 

Audiobook available now via Hoopla!

“Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors” by Sonali Dev

"Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors" by Sonali Dev

Sonali Dev takes elements of the beloved Jane Austen classic “Pride & Prejudice,” swaps the genders of the leads, sets it in San Francisco, and mixes it up with Indian American flavors. The result is the story of a snobby neurosurgeon, an up-and-coming chef, and the way that their culture clashes turn into true love. Dev takes some of the best elements of Austen’s story and creates a delicious treat that everybody can enjoy. Just be sure to order some Indian food before you start reading, because this book will make you hungry!

“The Kiss Quotient” by Helen Hoang

"The Kiss Quotient" by Helen Hoang

Stella Lane understands math in a way I could never hope to, but when it comes to love, she’s lost. Stella decides that what she needs is a little practice. She finds it – she thinks – in the form of escort Michael Phan. In a delightful example of a fake relationship turned very, very real, Stella and Michael navigate their relationship with humor, heart, and a lot of spice! Warning: This book is almost impossible to put down!

Audiobook available now via Hoopla!

“Forbidden” by Beverly Jenkins (Book 1 in the Old West series)

"Forbidden" by Beverly Jenkins

Ms. Bev, as she’s known in the romance community, writes romance in several subgenres, but her historical romances are chock-full of compelling characters and brimming with American stories that have been largely left out of our history books. In “Forbidden,” she tells the sizzling love story of former slave Rhine and Eddy, the beautiful woman he rescues from the desert, and teaches us a thing or two about the black and biracial people who helped settle the Old West. 

E-book and audiobook available now via Hoopla!

“Wicked and the Wallflower” by Sarah MacLean (Book 1 in the Bareknuckle Bastards series)

"Wicked and the Wallflower" by Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean writes steamy regency romance with exceptionally strong female characters. The first book in her Bareknuckle Bastards features wallflower Lady Felicity Faircloth, who enlists the help of Devil, the bastard son of a nobleman, to find her a husband. Felicity realizes that the man she really wants is Devil, but Devil is conflicted between his plan to use Felicity to ruin a nobleman’s life and his desire for her. The plot twists and turns as the compelling hero and heroine hurtle toward their happily-ever-after.

Audiobook available now via Hoopla!

“Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston

"Red, White & Royal Blue" by Casey McQuiston

Widely considered one of the best books of 2019 (capturing honors from Library Journal, Kirkus, NPR, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the American Library Association, among others), Casey McQuiston’s debut novel tells the heartwrenchingly sweet story of First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz and his relationship with Henry, Prince of Wales. After their mutual dislike causes problems, the fake friendship cooked up for the cameras becomes something much deeper. It is an absolute delight from cover to cover.

“Polaris Rising” by Jessie Mihalik (Book 1 in the Consortium Rebellion series)

"Polaris Rising" by Jessie Mihalik

Yes, even sci-fi can be romance. Space opera romance “Polaris Rising” tells the story of Ada von Hasenberg, a princess who takes off on a daring adventure among the stars with the dangerous – and dangerously attractive – Marcus Loch, an alleged murderer. While the story is heavy on the drama and light on the science, readers who like their adventures in outer space, or who wish that “Star Wars” had more smooching, will be thrilled by this book. 

“The Duke & I” by Julia Quinn (Book 1 in the Bridgertons series)

"The Duke and I" by Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn is the queen of historical romantic comedy, and she made a name for herself with the delightful Bridgertons series. The first book in the series finds Daphne Bridgerton in a fake engagement to Simon, Duke of Hastings. Anybody who has read a romance novel knows how fake relationships turn out, but the journey is well worth it, as you get to meet the delightful Bridgerton clan – who all get their happily-ever-afters in subsequent books! Need an extra incentive to read “The Duke & I”? It will be the basis of the first season of the Shondaland show “Bridgertons” on Netflix later this year! 

“Unmasked by the Marquess” by Cat Sebastian (Book 1 in the Regency Imposters series)

"Unmasked by the Marquess" by Cat Sebastian

Cat Sebastian takes a particular regency trope – a boy who is secretly a woman – and turns it on its head in “Unmasked by the Marquess.” Housemaid Charity Church has enjoyed her years posing as Robert Selby in order to find Robert’s sister an advantageous match, but when she starts a relationship with a proper marquess, all bets are off. The relationship between these unconventional and stubborn people – and Cat Sebastian’s sweet, witty style – makes this a wonderfully cozy read.

Audiobook available now via Hoopla!

“The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne

"The Hating Game" by Sally Thorne

Enemies to lovers is always a popular trope, and few books go from such deep distaste to such glorious attraction as “The Hating Game.” Lucy and Joshua are executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company, and while they’re both great at their jobs, they also spend a not-insignificant amount of their workdays trying to intimidate each other. When they’re both up for a promotion, their games increase in intensity – but things also start to change between them. The book is full of tension and teasing, making it an incredibly fun read. And, bonus, the book is soon being made into a movie starring Lucy Hale and Robbie Amell! 

E-book and audiobook available now via Hoopla!

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This Week at EPL – February 10-15

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Ready for an evening of food, drinks, local history, and all things 1920’s? Then grab your tickets to the second annual Bootlegger’s Ball on Saturday, February 15, from 6-10 p.m. at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum! This collaborative event between the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and the Eckhart Public Library offers an evening of dancing, hors d’oeuvres, access to the museum, a cash bar with period themed cocktails, and special exhibits exploring the city of Auburn’s history during the era. Period appropriate dress is encouraged, but not required!

Tickets are required and this is a 21+ event. Cost is $30 for individuals and $55 for couples, and can be purchased on the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum website at: tinyurl.com/bootlegger2020

Read Do Explore Winter Edition signage

Interested in free books, entries for awesome prizes, and fun events? Eckhart Public Library has you covered with our winter edition of Read. Do. Explore! Starting now, you can set your own goals and fulfill them for chances to win awesome prizes – whether it be through reading, researching, participating in library programs, or just getting a friend in to get their library card! Get started by visiting epl.lib.in.us/eckhart-winter-read and filling out the form each time you fulfill a goal.

And don’t forget – for each week you participate, you can stop by either the Willennar Genealogy Center or the Teen Library to pick up a free prize book that is yours to keep!

Main Library Restoration Update

Marketing Specialist Kaylee Kellogg gets hands-on training on how to extinguish any small fires that may occur.

Throughout the month of February, Eckhart Public Library staff will be undergoing new training on procedures, safety, and more that include the main library! Staff began with safety and drills for various scenarios that could happen at the library, including hands-on training for items such as fire extinguishers. For more information on the main library, please visit ForEveryCitizen.org

Weekly Happenings

  • Eckhart Envoys Homeschool Program: Every Monday morning, take part in this opportunity for homeschool students in grade school or middle school to learn about countries and cultures from around the world. Monday, February 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Learning STEAM Through LEGOS: Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM), and interact with your peers during Learning STEAM Through LEGOs! Monday, February 10, 1-2 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Bridge-a-Rama Bridge Lessons: Learn to play Bridge for free! This series of lessons followed by playing Bridge is every other Monday from 5:45-7:45 p.m. Space is limited; please contact Leslie Hamman at 260-925-9357 or by email at hammanleslie@yahoo.com to register. This program is a partnership with Auburn Associate Tri Kappa through their Bridge-A-Rama program. Monday, February 10, 5:45-7:45 p.m., Community Foundation of DeKalb County (700 Main St.).
  • Babies and Books – A Little Listeners Storytime: Babies and Books, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for our youngest library friends to access a world of creativity and discovery. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creating, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Babies and Books is aimed for children ages 0-2 years, but please come to whichever storytime best fits your schedule and child! No registration necessary. Wednesday, February 12, 10-10:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • LEGO Club: Explore science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and art, and interact with your peers at LEGO Club! Wednesday, February 12, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Family Storytime – A Little Listeners Storytime: Family Storytime, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for children of all ages to access a world of creativity and discovery. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creating, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Family Storytime is open to all ages, but please come to the storytime that best fits your schedule and child. We also offer Babies and Books (aimed for ages 0-2 years) and Story Explorers (aimed for ages 2-6). No registration necessary. Wednesday, February 12, 6:30-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Story Explorers – A Little Listeners Storytime: Story Explorers, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for our growing and learning library friends to access a world of creativity and discovery before heading to preschool. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creativing, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Story Explorers is aimed for children ages 2-6 years, but please come to whichever storytime best fits your schedule and child! No registration necessary. Thursday, February 13, 10-10:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Kids in the Kitchen: Kids and teens can learn their way around food prep, food from other cultures, and what goes into good eating! Kids under the age of 7 will need a parent or guardian present. Thursday, February 13, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Brews+Books Book Club: Love an interesting read, great company, and a refreshing beer? Be sure to join us at brews+books book club the second Thursday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at the Auburn Brewing Company. At this meeting, we’ll be discussing “Where the Crawdad’s Sing” by Delia Owens. Thursday, February 13, 6-7 p.m., Auburn Brewing Company (309 N Main St.).
  • Teen Magic The Gathering Club: Teens are invited to join a Magic: The Gathering Club each Friday at the Teen Library. Participants, both beginners and experts alike, are invited to play, learn, and discuss this exciting card game! Most games are played in Commander format, but Standard games are also played as well. Don’t have any Magic cards? No worries; we have some decks you can borrow while at the club so you can learn! There will also be a Cube Draft (a special format to create random decks) on the first Friday of each month, so hopeful players are encouraged to stop by a little earlier! We hope to see you there with your creatures, spells, and lands! Friday, February 14, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Carriage Rides: To celebrate We Love Auburn Month, Auburn Main Street will be partnering with the DeKalb County Horsemen’s Association to offer carriage rides! Rides will take place on Friday, February 14 from 6-8, and Saturday, February 15 from 4-6 p.m. If you’ll be attending the Bootlegger’s Ball, this is a great event to attend beforehand! There are no reservations, and rides will be first come, first serve. Meet at the James Cultural Plaza and take a walk through the Arctic Art Display before your ride. Free will donation to Auburn Main Street. Friday, February 14, 6-8 p.m. OR Saturday, February 15, 4-6 p.m., James Cultural Plaza.
  • The Bootlegger’s Ball: Raise a glass to all things prohibition for an evening of dancing, hors d’oeuvres, access to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a cash bar with period themed cocktails, and a special exhibit exploring the city of Auburn’s history during the era. Period appropriate dress is encouraged but not required. Tickets are required and this is a 21+ event.  Tickets are $30 for individuals and $55 for couples and can be purchased at tinyurl.com/bootlegger2020 Saturday, February 15, 6-10 p.m., Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum (1600 S Wayne St.).
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This Week at EPL – February 3-8

Facebook image for The Bootlegger's Ball, happening on Saturday, February 15, from 6-10 p.m. at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Ready for an evening of food, drinks, local history, and all things 1920’s? Then grab your tickets to the second annual Bootlegger’s Ball on Saturday, February 15, from 6-10 p.m. at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum! This collaborative event between the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and the Eckhart Public Library offers an evening of dancing, hors d’oeuvres, access to the museum, a cash bar with period themed cocktails, and special exhibits exploring the city of Auburn’s history during the era. Period appropriate dress is encouraged, but not required!

Tickets are required and this is a 21+ event. Cost is $30 for individuals and $55 for couples, and can be purchased on the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum website at: tinyurl.com/bootlegger2020

Read Do Explore Winter Edition signage

Interested in free books, entries for awesome prizes, and fun events? Eckhart Public Library has you covered with our winter edition of Read. Do. Explore! Starting now, you can set your own goals and fulfill them for chances to win awesome prizes – whether it be through reading, researching, participating in library programs, or just getting a friend in to get their library card! Get started by visiting epl.lib.in.us/eckhart-winter-read and filling out the form each time you fulfill a goal.

And don’t forget – for each week you participate, you can stop by either the Willennar Genealogy Center or the Teen Library to pick up a free prize book that is yours to keep!

Main Library Restoration Update

Image of a computer with data on it saying "Coming Soon"

While furniture is being assembled in the main library, our staff has been working to create a better website for you! We are excited to announce that we will soon be updating our website so it will be cleaner, easier to find the information you are looking for, and will look just as beautiful as the main library is going to be! Stay tuned for an official date in the coming weeks. For more information on the main library, please visit ForEveryCitizen.org

Weekly Happenings

  • Eckhart Envoys Homeschool Program: Every Monday morning, take part in this opportunity for homeschool students in grade school or middle school to learn about countries and cultures from around the world. Monday, February 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Learning STEAM Through LEGOS: Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM), and interact with your peers during Learning STEAM Through LEGOs! Monday, February 3, 1-2 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Reader’s Delight Book Club: Life is hard; books don’t have to be! Join us every month to discuss a fun book. At this meeting, we’ll be discussing “A Place Called Hope” by Philip Gulley. Tuesday, February 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s (101 E 9th St.).
  • Babies and Books – A Little Listeners Storytime: Babies and Books, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for our youngest library friends to access a world of creativity and discovery. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creating, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Babies and Books is aimed for children ages 0-2 years, but please come to whichever storytime best fits your schedule and child! No registration necessary. Wednesday, February 5, 10-10:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Time Travelers: We invite kids and teens to join us on the first Wednesday of every month for our Time Travelers Club. Attendees can expect at each meeting to have a brief presentation presented to them, an activity, and a snack. Our topics differ each month and consistently mesh together history, stories, and relevant topics in present time. History is many things: a tradition; a story; a memory. But learning about history can help us learn more about today’s world. Join us at the Teen Library location for this month’s program! Wednesday, February 5, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Family Storytime – A Little Listeners Storytime: Family Storytime, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for children of all ages to access a world of creativity and discovery. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creating, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Family Storytime is open to all ages, but please come to the storytime that best fits your schedule and child. We also offer Babies and Books (aimed for ages 0-2 years) and Story Explorers (aimed for ages 2-6). No registration necessary. Wednesday, February 5, 6-6:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Creative 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+. Wednesday, February 5, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Jeremiah’s (101 E 9th St.).
  • Story Explorers – A Little Listeners Storytime: Story Explorers, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for our growing and learning library friends to access a world of creativity and discovery before heading to preschool. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creativing, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Story Explorers is aimed for children ages 2-6 years, but please come to whichever storytime best fits your schedule and child! No registration necessary. Thursday, February 6, 10-10:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Kids in the Kitchen: Kids and teens can learn their way around food prep, food from other cultures, and what goes into good eating! Kids under the age of 7 will need a parent or guardian present. Thursday, February 6, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, February 6, 6-7:45 p.m., Jeremiah’s (101 E 9th St.).
  • Teen Magic The Gathering Club: Teens are invited to join a Magic: The Gathering Club each Friday at the Teen Library. Participants, both beginners and experts alike, are invited to play, learn, and discuss this exciting card game! Most games are played in Commander format, but Standard games are also played as well. Don’t have any Magic cards? No worries; we have some decks you can borrow while at the club so you can learn! There will also be a Cube Draft (a special format to create random decks) on the first Friday of each month, so hopeful players are encouraged to stop by a little earlier! We hope to see you there with your creatures, spells, and lands! Friday, February 7, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Friends of Eckhart Public Library Book Sale: The Friends of Eckhart Public Library will  be selling gently used items including books, DVDs, and more! Hours will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for Friends members only and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. will be open to the public. Friends memberships will be available for purchase at the door. Saturday, February 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Willennar Administrative Annex (212 W 12th St.).
  • Dog Tales: Dog Tales will be held on the second Saturday of each month. Patrons of all ages are invited to help service dogs in training by reading a book to our furry friends. Saturday, February 8, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Teen Library.
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This Week at EPL – January 27-February 1

Children are invited to drop off a stuffed animal friend for a special sleepover at the library on Friday, January 31! Stuffies and their human friends can come to a short storytime at 6:15 p.m. on Friday evening at the Teen Library (or be dropped off earlier in the day if necessary) and then get tucked in for the night.The stuffies will spend the night at the library, no doubt having great adventures. Their human friends can come back first thing in the morning on February 1 at the WIllennar Genealogy Center beginning at 9:15 a.m. to pick them up, have a snack, and get a photo album of their stuffie’s overnight adventures.  One stuffed friend per child, please!

Read Do Explore Winter Edition signage

Interested in free books, entries for awesome prizes, and fun events? Eckhart Public Library has you covered with our winter edition of Read. Do. Explore! Starting now, you can set your own goals and fulfill them for chances to win awesome prizes – whether it be through reading, researching, participating in library programs, or just getting a friend in to get their library card! Get started by visiting epl.lib.in.us/eckhart-winter-read and filling out the form each time you fulfill a goal.

And don’t forget – for each week you participate, you can stop by either the Willennar Genealogy Center or the Teen Library to pick up a free prize book that is yours to keep!

Raise a glass to all things prohibition at The Bootlegger’s Ball on Saturday, February 15, from 6-10 p.m. at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum! Join us for an evening of dancing, hors d’oeuvres, access to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a cash bar with period themed cocktails, and a special exhibit exploring the city of Auburn’s history during the era. Period appropriate dress is encouraged but not required.

Tickets are required and this is a 21+ event. Tickets are $30 for individuals and $55 for couples. Tickets can be purchased at this link.

Main Library Restoration Update

Image of circulation desk on the second floor of the historic main library

During the cold and dreary weather this past week, wonderful things are happening in the main library! Our circulation desks have been reassembled and now have beautiful granite counter tops. There will be a circulation desk on each floor of the main library to assist patrons with finding materials and checking out items. For more information on the main library, please visit ForEveryCitizen.org

Weekly Happenings

  • Eckhart Envoys Homeschool Program: Every Monday morning, take part in this opportunity for homeschool students in grade school or middle school to learn about countries and cultures from around the world. Monday, January 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Learning STEAM Through LEGOS: Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM), and interact with your peers during Learning STEAM Through LEGOs! Monday, January 27, 1-2 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Bridge-a-Rama Bridge Lessons: Learn to play Bridge for free! This series of lessons, followed by playing Bridge, is every other Monday. Space is limited; please contact Leslie Hamman at (260) 925-9357 or by email at hammanleslie@yahoo.com to register. This program is a partnership with Auburn Associate Tri Kappa through their Bridge-a-Rama program. Monday, January 27, 5:45-7:45 p.m., Community Foundation of DeKalb County (700 Main St.).
  • Babies and Books – A Little Listeners Storytime: Babies and Books, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for our youngest library friends to access a world of creativity and discovery. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creating, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Babies and Books is aimed for children ages 0-2 years, but please come to whichever storytime best fits your schedule and child! No registration necessary. Wednesday, January 29, 10-10:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • LEGO Club: Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) and interact with your peers in fun challenges at LEGO Club! Wednesday, January 29, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Family Storytime – A Little Listeners Storytime: Family Storytime, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for children of all ages to access a world of creativity and discovery. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creating, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Family Storytime is open to all ages, but please come to the storytime that best fits your schedule and child. We also offer Babies and Books (aimed for ages 0-2 years) and Story Explorers (aimed for ages 2-6). No registration necessary. Wednesday, January 29, 6:30-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Story Explorers – A Little Listeners Storytime: Story Explorers, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for our growing and learning library friends to access a world of creativity and discovery before heading to preschool. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creativing, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Story Explorers is aimed for children ages 2-6 years, but please come to whichever storytime best fits your schedule and child! No registration necessary. Thursday, January 30, 10-10:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Kids in the Kitchen: Kids and teens can learn their way around food prep, food from other cultures, and what goes into good eating! Kids under the age of 7 will need a parent or guardian present. Thursday, January 30, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Teen Magic The Gathering Club: Teens are invited to join a Magic: The Gathering Club each Friday at the Teen Library. Participants, both beginners and experts alike, are invited to play, learn, and discuss this exciting card game! Most games are played in Commander format, but Standard games are also played as well. Don’t have any Magic cards? No worries; we have some decks you can borrow while at the club so you can learn! There will also be a Cube Draft (a special format to create random decks) on the first Friday of each month, so hopeful players are encouraged to stop by a little earlier! We hope to see you there with your creatures, spells, and lands! Friday, January 31, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover: Children are invited to drop off a stuffed animal friend for a special sleepover at the library on Friday, January 31! Stuffies and their human friends can come to a short storytime at 6:15 p.m. on Friday evening at the Teen Library (or be dropped off earlier in the day if necessary) and then get tucked in for the night.The stuffies will spend the night at the library, no doubt having great adventures. Their human friends can come back first thing in the morning on February 1 at the WIllennar Genealogy Center beginning at 9:15 a.m. to pick them up, have a snack, and get a photo album of their stuffie’s overnight adventures.  One stuffed friend per child, please! Drop off on Friday, January 31, 6:15 p.m., Teen Library. Pick up on Saturday, February 1, 9:15 a.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
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