This Week at Eckhart Public Library: May 18-23

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Kramer got caught reading! May is Get Caught Reading Month, and we want to see you get caught reading! Post a picture on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #EPLCaughtReading and show us your favorite places to read. Be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram page to see pictures of staff, library users, and even pets getting caught reading, too!

The Eckhart Public Library Campus will be closed on Thursday, May 21; Friday, May 22; Saturday, May 23; and Monday, May 25 for maintenance and for the Memorial Day holiday. The maintenance being performed includes upgrades to our computer network. There may be intermittent outages when trying to access our catalog, your account, and downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks. We expect that everything will be up and running at full capacity by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, when the campus reopens.

Consequently, there is not a lot happening around the Eckhart Public Library Campus. This week, here is what we have happening:

  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will read and discuss “Ladies Auxiliary” by Tova Mirvis. Thursday, May 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Register Now – Family History Boot Camp Part Two: This four-session class is for genealogy and local history researchers who have completed one of our boot camps or is already experienced in basic research. This boot camp will have tips for digging deeper into your family’s past. There will be a video, followed by discussion and time to do research. The class is on four consecutive Wednesdays – May 27, June 3, June 10, and June 17 – at 6 p.m. at the Willennar Genealogy Center. Register at the Willennar Genealogy Center or by calling 925-2414 ext. 420 or emailing
  • Register Now – American Girl & American Boy Camps: Sign up for our weekly American Girl and American Boy camps, for children in third grade and older. Each week, campers explore a different era of American history through food, crafts, games, and reading. This year, children will learn about the Revolutionary War (late 1770s), Southwest expansion (1820s), Civil War (1820s), and World War II (1940s). American Girl camp will be on four Mondays – June 1, 8, 15, and 22. Girls in third and fourth grade will meet from 1:30-3:30 p.m., and girls in fifth grade and up will meet from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. American Boy camp will be on four Wednesdays – June 3, 10, 17, and 24 – from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. American Girl and American Boy also will join together for a grand finale event at the DeKalb County Horsemen’s Association Draft Animal Museum on Monday, June 29. Space is limited to 25 children in each camp. A $15 registration fee is requested to underwrite the cost of the camp. Register by calling the Children’s Department at 925-2414 ext. 320 or visiting the Children’s Department on the lower level of the Main Library, 603 S. Jackson St., Auburn.

However, when we reopen after Memorial Day, we will be just days away from the start of Eckhart Summer Read, which runs June 1-July 11. This year’s theme revolves around heroes. During Eckhart Summer Read, children, teens, and adults can earn prizes and chances at prizes for reading items checked out from Eckhart Public Library. Genealogy researchers can also earn prizes and chances at prizes for doing genealogy, family history, and local history at the Willennar Genealogy Center. A variety of activities, events, classes, and programs for all ages are also planned. Pick up a full schedule of Eckhart Summer Read events on the Eckhart Public Library Campus.

And don’t miss our kickoff ice cream social on Friday, May 29, from 5:30-7 p.m., in Library Park. You can learn how to earn prizes, register to participate, and enjoy ice cream with toppings!


About Jenny

I am the Associate Director of Eckhart Public Library. My office is in the Administrative Annex, but I can often be found roaming the Eckhart Public Library Campus, performing acts of librarianship in every department! I love to read and learn about history. I'm also a huge fan of movies, TV and pop culture in general, and I love to read books of all types. Currently, I'm working my way around the romance section, with some historical fiction and graphic novels thrown in for variety! But you never know what I'm going to pick up next.
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