This Week at Eckhart Public Library – April 25-30, 2016

2015 family storytime

Eckhart Public Library’s historic fountain is currently 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.

You’re also invited to share your memories of the library fountain by submitting photos (like the one above). Photos will be shared on the library website and social media, and some will be displayed inside the library. Photos will be collected throughout April and displayed during the month of May. Photos of any era are encouraged!

Digital photos may be sent to Other photos may be dropped off at the library or sent to Eckhart Public Library, 603 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN 46706. Please have your contact information clearly printed on the back of any photos that you want returned. Photos cannot be mailed back, but may be picked up at the Willennar Genealogy Center, 700 S. Jackson St., May 31 or after. By submitting photos, participants are allowing the library to use them in any form.

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

  • 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.
  • Planting Time for Teens: We will begin planting early vegetables in our Not-So-Secret Garden. Monday, April 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Where Does Your Money Go? For Teens: How do I track expense and plan a budget? Find out (and enjoy some delicious snacks) at Where Does My Money Go for Teens, a project of the Purdue Extension Office. Tuesday, April 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • The Life and Work of Arthur Franklin Mapes: Join Eckhart Public Library in celebrating Arthur Franklin Mapes, author of the official Indiana State Poem, Indiana. Angela Mapes Turner, Mapes’ granddaughter and curator of, will talk about the life, work, and Hoosier influences of this former Indiana State Poet Laureate. Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-7:30 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 26, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Game Time: If the weather is nice, we will go outside and play some lawn games. If the weather isn’t nice we will move the games inside. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, April 28, 3-3:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
  • Tabletop Game Night: Come play your favorite games at Eckhart Public Library! Bring your favorite board game, card game, tile game, or other tabletop game, or join in a game with fellow gamers. Thursday, April 28, 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, April 29, 4-8 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Your Ancestors in Ship Passenger Lists: In this video lecture Professor John Philip Colletta will explore passenger arrival records which can help to reconstruct your ancestors’ journey to North America. Please join the Genealogy staff as we look at ship passenger lists. Register at the Willennar Genealogy Center by calling 925-2414 ext. 420 or emailing Saturday, April 30, 2-3 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.

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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