This Week at Eckhart Public Library – April 11-16

Eckhart eLearning Training

It’s an eLearning week at DeKalb Central Schools, and Eckhart Public Library is here to help students make sure that they complete their eLearning assignments!

Eckhart Public Library will have Chromebook labs that DeKalb Central students can use to complete eLearning assignments during eLearning week.

eLearning Labs will be in the Close Community Room on Monday, April 11; and Wednesday, April 13; from 2:30-8 p.m. and Friday, April 15, from 2:30-7 p.m. On April 8-9, April 12, April 14, and April 16, Chromebooks will be available for use for completing eLearning assignments in the Children’s Department and Teen Library. Eckhart Public Library also has free Wi-Fi around the library campus for students bringing their own devices. The Chromebook labs are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Parents and guardians, are you still not sure how to best help your child or children succeed at eLearning and online assignments? The library, in partnership with DeKalb Central schools, also has an eLearning Training Night scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Teen Library. Parents, guardians, and those helping DeKalb Central students with eLearning assignments are invited to learn how to navigate Google Classroom and understand the best ways to help their students.

Here’s what else is happening around the library campus this week:

  • The Heart Of Our Park – Renovating the Historic Fountain: Eckhart Public Library’s historic fountain is undergoing renovation. We plan to bring it back to Eckhart Public Library this summer, but we need your help! You can donate online through the Community Foundation of DeKalb County’s online giving portal at; be sure to designate your gift for the EPL Fountain Fund. You may also download a pledge card at or pick up a pledge card at the library. All gifts will be matched up to $100,000 through a generous donation by Rick and Vicki James.
  • Teen Poetry Contest: April is National Poetry Month, and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in our Teen Poetry Contest. Pieces can be submitted April 1st – 30th. All styles are welcome! First Prize wins $50; Second Prize is $20; and Third Prize is $10. Submissions can be emailed to or dropped off at The Teen Library.
  • Register for BeginIN Books: BeginINbooks is presented by Eckhart Public Library free of charge and meets each Monday from April 18 to May 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This program encourages development and improvement of the skills children will need as they begin kindergarten. Each one-hour session will focus on different kindergarten readiness and literacy skills necessary for success. Activities are developed to allow children to work on gross and fine motor skills, as well as develop listening and cooperation skills. Parents will be encouraged to join us as we conclude each session to hear what skills we focused on that evening, and learn about opportunities to reinforce and practice those skills at home. We will be learning social and emotional skills (April 18), math concepts (April 25), alphabet and phonics (May 2), reading literacy (May 9), language (May 16), and fine motor and writing skills (May 23). Space is limited. Register by calling the Children’s Department at 925-2414 ext. 320.
  • Color Café for Adults: De-stress with coloring and soothing refreshments. Monday, April 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Board Room.
  • Terrible Tudors – Life in Tudor England: Manchester University professor of History Dr. Mark Angelos will talk about life in Tudor England. Some of Henry VIII’s favorite refreshments will be served. Register at the Information Desk by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Creative Writing Group: Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. All writers, no matter what genre, age 18 and older, are encouraged to attend. Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Fountain Building: We will use recycled materials to create our very own mini fountains. Our inspiration will be the library fountain. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, April 14, 3-3:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Toddler Friends 1 2 3: At Toddler Friends, children ages 18 months to 3 years with their parents or caregivers are invited to join us in the secret garden to participate in 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, April 16, 10:15-11 a.m., Secret Garden.
  • Pick up book club books: Books for book clubs are available at the Information Desk at the Main Library. Turn a Page with Anni will discuss “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells at noon on Wednesday, April 20. Better Off Read will discuss “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.

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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