It’s the first week of Eckhart Winter Read!
This all ages-initiative gives people the opportunity to earn incentives and chances at winning prizes for reading materials – books, e-books, audiobooks, e-audiobooks, graphic novels, manga, and magazines – from Eckhart Public Library. There are categories for children from birth through fifth grade, teens from sixth through twelfth grades, and adults, as well as special prizes for people who conduct genealogy and local history research at the Willennar Genealogy Center: A Service of Eckhart Public Library. People of all ages can earn additional chances to win prizes by playing Book Bingo.
The theme for Eckhart Winter Read this year is “Read Across the Universe,” and many of the activities and classes at the library from January 4 through the end of Eckhart Winter Read on Saturday, February 13, will have an outer-space theme.
Here’s what’s happening around the library campus:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Year’s 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.
- Pick up book club books: January book club books are available at the Information Desk at the Main Library. Turn a Page With Anni will be discussing “The Dressmaker” by Rosalie Ham on Wednesday, January 20, at noon in the Close Community Room. Better Off Read will be discussing “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams on Thursday, January 21, at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.