Eckhart Winter Read – All the Activities!

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In addition to earning prizes and chances at prizes by reading items from Eckhart Public Library and researching at the Willennar Genealogy Center (as detailed here), we have a lot of great activities planned for January 4 through February 13. And, if you liked “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” you’re in luck – we have several “Star Wars”-related activities happening during Eckhart Winter Read! Mark your calendar!

You can pick up a paper copy of this schedule at any Eckhart Public Library building as well.

  • Neon Readers Teen Book Club: We will begin reading a new book and then we will create some New Year’s resolutions. We will also decorate and eat some gingerbread men. Monday, January 4, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Jedi Training Camp – Fight the Empire! Stormtrooper Training Camp: Join us, you will, for an epic Star Wars adventure. Children in kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to train each Tuesday in January to become the Jedi Master they were always meant to be. No registration required! Tuesday, January 5, 4-5 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Popcorn Nebula for Teens: We will turn freshly popped popcorn into chocolaty nebulae. Tuesday, January 5, 4:30-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • New Year, New You: Reset your mind and body to get a good start on keeping those New Year’s resolutions. Staff from ProActive Spine & Joint will be at EPL to talk about nutrition, healthy activity and weight loss. Participants are welcome to free spinal evaluations and chair massages. Register by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Thursday, January 7, 1-2:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Charlie’s Chapters: We will begin reading a new book. Then we will write some New Years Resolutions and then create some healthy smoothies. Super Happy Fun Time (formerly ATLAS) is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, January 7, 3-3:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, January 7, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Family Game Night: Stop in for some game time at the library! This drop-in family program is recommended for families with children ages 3 and older. 7-year-olds through fifth-graders are welcome with or without an adult, but children under age 7 need to be accompanied by a caregiver. Friday, January 8, 4-6 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • There’s No Place Like Space: Each Saturday from 1-4 p.m. during our Eckhart Winter Read program, the Secret Garden will be open to children ready to explore the many corners of the galaxy both real and fictitious. All ages are welcome to participate in this drop in program, but children under 7 must be supervised. Saturday, January 9, 1-4 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Interviewing Kin and Mining Home Sources: Learn about talking to your relatives about their past and looking for treasures in your home to help build your family history. Saturday, January 9, 2-3 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Star Wars Snowflakes for Teens: Stop in and learn how to create Star Wars themed snowflakes. Monday, January 11-Saturday, January 16, Teen Library.
  • Color Café for Adults: Adults can unwind after the holidays by coloring in stress-relieving coloring books, sipping herbal teas, and listening to relaxing music. Monday, January 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Board Room.
  • Jedi Training Camp – Dagobah Jedi Training Camp: Join us, you will, for an epic Star Wars adventure. Children in kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to train each Tuesday in January to become the Jedi Master they were always meant to be. No registration required! Tuesday, January 12, 4-5 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Creative Writing: All writers 18 and older, no matter what genre, are encouraged to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. Tuesday, January 12, 6:30-8 p.m.
    LEGO Club: Children in first through fifth grade are invited to participate in LEGO Club! Each month brings a different challenge and time for free-building. Wednesday, January 13, 4-5 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Ancestry, Fold3, and UFOs: Join the Genealogy staff as we explore the different websites available to research your family history. You may find a few aliens along the way! Wednesday, January 13, 6-7 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Popups: We will create a variety of popups of all shapes and sizes. Super Happy Fun Time (formerly ATLAS) is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, January 14, 3-3:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • The Music of Star Wars: Not so long from now, in a galaxy closer than you think… Often called a “space opera”, one aspect of the Star Wars films that helped make them such a pop culture phenomenon was composer John Williams’ ultra-romantic orchestral score. This 90-minute multimedia presentation will showcase the music of all six previous “Star Wars” movies in one of the most well-known franchises in film history. Aaron Krerowicz graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor’s of Music in Theory & Composition in 2008, from Boston University in 2010 with a Master’s of Music in Composition, and from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford with a Graduate Artist Diploma in the same discipline in 2012. Thursday, January 14, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Toddler Friends 1 2 3: At Toddler Friends, children ages 18 months to 3 years old and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us to participate in a center-based learning environment. Centers/stations are developed to help toddlers develop fine motor, large motor, and social skills. After cleaning up as a group we will come together for a story, music and finger plays based on a monthly theme. Saturday, January 16, 10:15-11 a.m., Secret Garden.
  • There’s No Place Like Space: Each Saturday from 1-4 p.m. during our Eckhart Winter Read program, the Secret Garden will be open to children ready to explore the many corners of the galaxy both real and fictitious. All ages are welcome to participate in this drop in program, but children under 7 must be supervised. Saturday, January 16, 1-4 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Library Closed: Eckhart Public Library Campus buildings will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Monday, January 18.
  • Jedi Training Camp – Join the Rebel Alliance: Join us, you will, for an epic Star Wars adventure. Children in kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to train each Tuesday in January to become the Jedi Master they were always meant to be. No registration required! Tuesday, January 19, 4-5 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Droid-Building for Teens: Stop in to turn ordinary gears and parts into your very own droid. Tuesday, January 19-Saturday, January 23, Teen Library.
  • Turn a Page With Anni: This book club will be reading and discussing “The Dressmaker” by Rosalie Ham. Wednesday, January 20, noon to 1 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Better Off Read Book Club: This month this book club will be reading “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams. The book club meets on the third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Charlie’s Chapters: Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will celebrate Mo Willems with books and an activity kit from the Indiana State Library. Children in grades 3-5 will finish reading their book and will create some costumes out of recycled materials. Super Happy Fun Time (formerly ATLAS) is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, January 21, 3-3:45 p.m.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, January 21, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • There’s No Place Like Space: Each Saturday from 1-4 p.m. during our Eckhart Winter Read program, the Secret Garden will be open to children ready to explore the many corners of the galaxy both real and fictitious. All ages are welcome to participate in this drop in program, but children under 7 must be supervised. Saturday, January 23, 1-4 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Dos and Don’ts of Writing History: Learn what you can do with your family history to make it come to life. During a video Professor Phillip Colletta will present ways to bring your family history together into an interesting story. A discussion with examples will follow the video. Saturday, January 23, 2-3 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Build Chewbacca for Teens: Stop in to create your very own Chewbacca. Monday, January 25-Saturday, January 30, Teen Library.
  • Jedi Training Camp – Tatooine Droid Building Camp: Join us, you will, for an epic Star Wars adventure. Children in kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to train each Tuesday in January to become the Jedi Master they were always meant to be. No registration required! Tuesday, January 26, 4-5 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Creative Writing: All writers 18 and older, no matter what genre, are encouraged to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. Tuesday, January 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Star Gazing: Families are invited to try out Eckhart Public Library’s new telescopes and view the night sky, weather permitting. Meet in the Close Community Room before we head outdoors together. Tuesday, January 26, 7-7:45 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Ancient Aliens: We will be taking a look at the events in the 1940s that propelled the world into the age of UFOs. There will be a video and discussion. Wednesday, January 27, 6-7 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Movie-Making: We will use the costumes we created the week before and create some short story movies. Super Happy Fun Time (formerly ATLAS) is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, January 28, 3-3:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Tabletop Game Night: Stop in to play some far-out tabletop games, including board games and card games. This month’s games will have a space theme. Thursday, January 28, 6-8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • There’s No Place Like Space: Each Saturday from 1-4 p.m. during our Eckhart Winter Read program, the Secret Garden will be open to children ready to explore the many corners of the galaxy both real and fictitious. All ages are welcome to participate in this drop in program, but children under 7 must be supervised. Saturday, January 30, 1-4 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Neon Reader Teen Book Club: Join this teen book club for fun activities! Monday, February 1, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Crunchy Light Sabers for Teens: Create tasty light sabers with pretzels and chocolate. Tuesday, February 2, 4:30-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Cocoa & Canvas – Sip and Create: Adults and teens are invited to join Kristy and Megan from The Window Nook Studio as they demonstrate different ways to use space in painting.  Participants can enjoy delicious hot beverages as they paint their own canvasses. Cost is free, but registration is required by January 26 by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. Tuesday, February 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Super Happy Fun Time: Join us for some after-school fun at the library! Super Happy Fun Time (formerly ATLAS) is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, February 4, 3-3:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Puzzle It!: All ages are invited to create your own puzzle out of nebulae or work on one of the library’s puzzles. Thursday, February 4, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, February 4, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • There’s No Place Like Space: Each Saturday from 1-4 p.m. during our Eckhart Winter Read program, the Secret Garden will be open to children ready to explore the many corners of the galaxy both real and fictitious.  All ages are welcome to participate in this drop in program, but children under 7 must be supervised. Saturday, February 6, 1-4 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Creative Writing: All writers 18 and older, no matter what genre, are encouraged to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. Tuesday, February 8, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • LEGO Club: Children in first through fifth grade are invited to participate in LEGO Club! Each month brings a different challenge and time for free-building. Wednesday, February 10, 4-5 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Super Happy Fun Time: Join us for some after-school fun at the library! Super Happy Fun Time (formerly ATLAS) is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, February 11, 3-3:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Star Wars Masks for Teens: Stop in to create a mask of your favorite character. Monday, February 8-Saturday, February 13, Teen Library.
  • #TBT- A Look at Conglomeration: Join us on Throwback Thursday for a look at the Conglomeration. The Conglomeration was a swing choir at DeKalb High School during the 1970s. We will be sharing photos and interviews from that group and discussing how to prepare your own oral histories. Thursday, February 11, 6-7 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Family Game Night: Stop in for some game time at the library! This drop-in family program is recommended for families with children ages 3 and older. 7-year-olds through fifth-graders are welcome with or without an adult, but children under age 7 need to be accompanied by a caregiver. Friday, February 12, 4-6 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Star Wars Day: Help Eckhart Library celebrate the end of Eckhart Winter Read by partying with some of your favorite Star Wars villains. Members of the 501st Legion of the Bloodfin Garrison will be at Eckhart Public Library! Enjoy Star Wars food, trivia, games, photos, and crafts. Saturday, February 13, 1-3 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • There’s No Place Like Space: Each Saturday from 1-4 p.m. during our Eckhart Winter Read program, the Secret Garden will be open to children ready to explore the many corners of the galaxy both real and fictitious.  All ages are welcome to participate in this drop in program, but children under 7 must be supervised. Saturday, February 13, 1-4 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Genealogy Online – Gems and Junk: This video with Professor Philip Colletta will look at different ways to search online to research your family history. A discussion will follow the video. Saturday, February 13, 2-3 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
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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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