Staying home for spring break? You can still take trips – into space, through time, and even to the beach – at Eckhart Public Library March 23-27.
The library will host spring break events around its campus, with five themed days planned.
Monday, March 23 is Space Day. Explore the final frontier in the Close Community Room at the Main Library. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., library patrons can check out NASA’s live feed in the Close Community Room or use the library’s mobile computers to look at breathtaking pictures of space. At 2 p.m., watch “Fabric of the Cosmos” for a closer look at our elegant universe. At 4 p.m., attendees can select a science fiction movie to be shown.
“Let’s Make Some Aliens” at the Teen Library from 12:30-7:30 p.m. Teens can create aliens out of recycled materials.
From 6:30-8 p.m., people will be able to explore the stars in the library park. Staff will be on hand to help people use tablets to help them explore the cosmos.
If you can’t make it to the beach this spring, Tuesday, March 24, is Beach Day at Eckhart Public Library. There will be sandcastles, lounging, and the sound of waves. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Close Community Room will transform into a beach paradise. All ages are welcome to enjoy tropical fruit beverages, beach sounds, and playing in the sand. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Aspiring sand architects can build sandcastles for a chance to win an Eckhart Public Library beach bag (Eckhart Public Library bag filled beach reads, book marks, and a beach towel). The following age groups will have their own category: kindergarten-2nd grade, grades 3-5, teens (grades 6-12) and adult. Each sandcastle will be posted (anonymously) to EPL’s Facebook page. The sandcastle with the most likes wins. Winners will be notified Monday, March 30.
Also on Tuesday, March 24, children can participate in Busy Builders. LEGOs, K’NEX, Lincoln Logs, Duplo Blocks, Mega Blocks and Better Blocks will all be available to build anything you can imagine. This drop-in program is recommended for families with children age 3 and older; children older than age 7 are welcome with or without an adult, but children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
At the Teen Library from 12:30-7:30 p.m., teens are invited to make seashell art by using seashells, glue, and a variety of materials.
Wednesday, March 25, patrons can go somewhere else in time at Eckhart Public Library, because it will be Time-Travel Day.
At noon, fans of historical fiction are invited to a Historical Fiction Lunch. The library will provide coffee, lemonade, water, and good discussion on what makes great historical fiction. Bring your lunch and talk with other fans of books set in the past, including “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon, “Pillars of the Earth” or the Century series by Ken Follett, “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurty, or other historical fiction books.
Children can dive into their families’ pasts at the Family History Boot Camp for Kids at the Willennar Genealogy Center at 2 p.m. Children in first through fifth grades will learn how to start researching their family history. Register by calling the Willennar Genealogy Center at 925-2414 ext. 420 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
At 5 p.m., time-travel movies will be shown in the Close Community Room and at the Teen Library.
Thursday, March 26, is Art Gallery Day. If you don’t have the time or money to visit the Louvre this year, you can take a quick, virtual trip to Paris and many other cities to explore a multitude of art and other exhibits on the library’s mobile lab computers or tablets in the Close Community Room. This is open to all ages and requires no registration. Artists are also invited to bring their materials to create art around the Eckhart Public Library campus. From noon to 4 p.m. in the Close Community Room, materials will be provided for people of all ages to make their own art. Art materials will also be available at the teen library.
Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will explore Kandinsky’s art and create their own masterpieces at Cookies and Canvas, at 10:30 a.m. Cookies and beverages will be served. No registration is required.
After a long day of art appreciation, relax with tabletop games at Tabletop Game Night at 6 p.m. in the Close Community Room – and, you may be surprised by how much art is on display on board games, tile games, and card games.
Staycations are the theme for Friday, March 27. At noon and at 6 p.m. in the Close Community Room, learn to transform your home into a spa with these simple, green beauty and relaxation treatments. Guests will learn how to make facial and hair masks for using everyday foods and other natural items. All participants will have the opportunity to make a facial or body scrub or mask to take home. This program is open to all patrons, though it is recommended for patrons aged 10 and up. Register by March 25 by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or by emailing email@example.com.
At 2 p.m., learn how to be a tourist in your own home county with a presentation on fun, historical activities in Auburn and DeKalb County. The presentation will take place at the Willennar Genealogy Center.
At 4 p.m., families are invited to watch “Big Hero Six” and eat popcorn in the Secret Garden in the Children’s Department. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
Teens can enjoy games, including board games and Wii games, from 12:30-7:30 p.m. at the Teen Library.