This week, Eckhart Public Library is celebrating Banned Books Week!
Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read, a right that is guaranteed in the Constitution and essential to democracy. We’re featuring displays of books that people have attempted to ban and staff members will celebrate their favorite books that have been banned or challenged. People are encouraged to share their favorite banned books on social media using the hashtag #EPLBannedBooks. What is your favorite book that has been banned or challenged? Read more about Banned Books Week by clicking here.
We also have a couple of activities related to Banned Books Week:
- Banned Books Crafts: Celebrate Banned Books Week by making decorations and jewelry celebrating subversive literature. Monday, September 21, 6-7 p.m., Close Community Room.
- Harper Lee Banned Books Week Discussion: Rarely has a book’s release received as much attention as Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” written before her 1960 Pulitzer prize-winning (and frequently challenged) classic To Kill a Mockingbird. There will be a screening of the 1963 film version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Close Community Room. A discussion of the novels “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman” will follow at 3 p.m. Sweet tea and cornbread will be served. Saturday, September 26, 12:30-5 p.m., Close Community Room.
Also, don’t forget that next week, September 28-October 3, the library campus buildings will be closed for maintenance. However, you can access e-books and e-audiobooks 24/7 via Overdrive. If you need help getting connected, visit the library this week and speak to a staff member.
Also during the fair, Chelsea Molin from the Willennar Genealogy Center: A Service of Eckhart Public Library will be at the Exhibit Hall at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds on Thursday, October 1, at noon to talk about the history of the DeKalb County Free Fall Fair. She has done extensive research on the fair during her time in the genealogy department.
Here’s what else is happening around the library campus this week:
- National Library Card Sign-Up Month: September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month! Everybody who signs up for a library card in September will receive a gift. They also will earn a chance to win a Welcome to Eckhart Public Library prize pack. Stop in to the library to find out what library card you qualify for!
- Neon Readers Teen Book Club: We’ll continue working on our movie “Frankin Princess Ninjas.” We’ll also keep adding to the list of books we’d like to read. Monday, September 21, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
- Social Security Seminar: Come learn about Social Security from Mark Troyer of Never Lose Financial. Register by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesday, September 22, 6-7 p.m., Close Community Room.
- 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. Tuesday, September 22, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
- ATLAS (At the Library After School) – Let’s Finish Our County Fair Entry: We’ll work together on finishing our entry for the DeKalb County Free Fall Fair. To help us get in the fair mood there will be cotton candy and lemonade. ATLAS is a weekly after-school program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information, contact the Children’s Department at 260-925-2414 ext. 320 or email@example.com. Thursday, September 24, 3-3:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
- Tabletop Game Night – Intergalactic Edition: Come play tabletop games! In September, we will be teaching how to play Race for the Galaxy and Galaxy Truckers. Other board games will be available to play as well, or bring your own favorite game. Thursday, September 24, 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, September 25, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Teen Library.