This Week at Eckhart Public Library – April 18-23

board room table Michelle Glenn Photography Upstairs Downtown

Two classes during the week of April 18 will spotlight local history and family history at the Willennar Genealogy Center: A Service of Eckhart Public Library.

Genealogy Assistant Chelsea Molin will showcase two of DeKalb County’s historical figures – Egbert Mott and M.K. Houlton – on Wednesday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the Learning Lab at the Willennar Genealogy Center, 700 S. Jackson St.

Egbert Mott was the first lawyer to practice in DeKalb County, and he served as a prosecuting attorney and Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. Mott and his wife, Mary, built Greenhurst Farm, which later became a golf course and country club in Auburn. M.K. Houlton founded and operated M.K. Houlton Circus, which traveled through Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio in the late 1880s. It was a unique family-run circus, and it was the first circus based in DeKalb County. The presentation will include discoveries from the John Martin Smith Collection, which is being digitized at the Willennar Genealogy Center through a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library. The presentation will also feature music by Linda Kummernuss.

On Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m., in the Learning Lab at the Willennar Genealogy Center, Vicki Davis will share information about how she organized, compiled, published family history books. Davis, the niece of local historian Margaret Hobson, graduated from DeKalb High School and recently completed a book about the Farrington family of DeKalb County.

To register or for more information about these classes, call the Willennar Genealogy Center at 925-2414 ext. 420 or email

Other events at Eckhart Public Library 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.
  • Friends of the Eckhart Public Library Annual Art Shows: The 49th Annual Art Show, 7th Annual Teen Art, and Children’s Art Show show will be May 12th – May 20th, and artists  are needed! Register at Artists must reside, work, or attend school in DeKalb, Noble, Steuben, or  LaGrange County. All entries must be an original work of art done within the past year. Artists have the option to sell their work. Monetary prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
  • 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.
  • Neon Readers Teen Book Club: Bonnie Wood will be here from 5:00-5:30 pm to share the wonders of drumming with us. Then we will discuss the books we are currently reading and then work on our new movie project. There will also be a nacho machine from Taylor Rental that will supply us with a delicious snack. Monday, April 18, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Library Closed: Eckhart Public Library campus buildings will be closed for a Staff Development Day on Tuesday, April 19. The Eckhart Public Library Campus will reopen with regular hours on Wednesday, April 20.
  • Turn a Page With Anni Book Club: This book club will discuss “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells. Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk. Wednesday, April 20, noon to 1 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Extraordinary Hoosiers – Egbert Mott and M.K. Houlton: Extraordinary Hoosiers: Egbert Mott and M. K. Houlton with Chelsea Molin will showcase two of DeKalb County’s historical figures. Linda Kummernuss will be performing at this program. Register at the Willennar Genealogy Center by calling 925-2414 ext. 420 or emailing Wednesday, April 20, 6-7 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • eLearning Training Night: In partnership with DeKalb Central schools, we will be hosting an eLearning Training Night. 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. Wednesday, April 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will discuss “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel. Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk. Thursday, April 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Charlie’s Chapters Drumming Time: We will explore the world of drumming with a drumming professional. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, April 21, 3-3:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginner and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, April 21, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Putting Together Your Family History: Vicki Davis, niece of Margaret Hobson, recently completed her second book on family recipes and associated genealogy. Although she’s now living in Indianapolis, she graduated from DeKalb High School and her latest book is about the Farrington family of DeKalb County. She will share how she went about organizing, compiling, and ultimately publishing her books. Saturday, April 23, 2-3 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
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