This Week at Eckhart Public Library – May 9-15

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If you want to see the enormous artistic talent we have in northeast Indiana, Eckhart Public Library is the place to be starting on Thursday!

The Friends of the Eckhart Public Library will hold its 49th Annual Art Show, 7th Annual Teen Art Show, and Children’s Art Show beginning on Thursday! Art will be on display through Friday, May 20, at the Main Library, 603 S. Jackson St., and the Teen Library, 705 S. Jackson St., during regular building hours.

There will also be a reception and awards for artists on Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m.

Artists may drop off art on Monday, May 9. For more information, pick up a registration form on the Eckhart Public Library campus or click here.

Here’s what else is happening around the 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.
  • Register now for our Local History Murder Mystery – Who Killed Mr. Cord?: Eckhart Public Library will host a “historic” murder mystery starring fictionalized versions of local historic figures. This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Friends of the Library. Refreshments will be served.  Please register by May 15 to ensure a spot by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing Please note, many liberties are being taken with local history; for example, E.L. Cord actually lived a long, healthy life. Sunday, May 22, 7 p.m., Main Library.
  • Register now for Time-Travelers Camp: Join presenter Ryan Lengacher for a five-day camp traveling through Indiana history! This camp is open for children entering third through sixth grade. Registration is required by contacting the Information Desk, 925-2414 ext. 120 or June 1, 2, 3, 6, & 7; choose 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Close Community Room.
  • Eckhart Summer Read Coming Soon!: Pick up a program booklet to see what’s happening at Eckhart Public Library this summer! Booklets are available around the Eckhart Public Library campus. Thursday, May 26, is the first day to register for Eckhart Summer Read. Participants of all ages will receive a gift when they register, and can earn prizes and chances to win grand prizes by reading this summer. Pick up your tally sheets and books to read over the Memorial Day holiday and start tracking your reading; the first day to pick up prizes is Tuesday, May 31.
  • Color Café: De-stress with coloring and soothing refreshments. Monday, May 9, 6:30 p.m., Board Room.
  • 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, May 10, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Murder and Mayhem of Early DeKalb County: Join Roselyn Wells of the Genealogy Society of DeKalb County to learn about murder and mayhem in early DeKalb County. Registration is recommended by calling 925-2414 420 or emailing Wednesday, May 11, 6-8 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Straw Structure Design Challenge: We will team up to see which group can create the tallest structure using straws. The structure has to be able to hold an orange without collapsing. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, May 12, 3-3:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friends of the Eckhart Public Library Annual Art Shows: The 49th Annual Art Show, 7th Annual Teen Art, and Children’s Art Show are May 12-20. Check out the beautiful art by artists from DeKalb, Noble, Steuben, and LaGrange Counties around the Eckhart Public Library Campus. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m.
  • 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. Children over age 7 through fifth grade would be welcome with or without an adult, but children under age 7 would need to be accompanied by a caregiver. Friday, May 13, 4-6 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Your Ancestors in Naturalization Records: Please join the Genealogy staff as we view the seventh lecture in the video series with Professor Phillip Colletta. “Your Ancestors in Naturalization Records” will look at ways to research your ancestors’ arrival records. Registration is recommended by calling 925-2414 ext. 420 or emailing Saturday, May 14, 2-3 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • Discovering Historic Auburn: Visit the Eckhart Public Library at Discovering Historic Auburn! This annual free event in downtown Auburn features a variety of businesses and organizations! Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Downtown Auburn.

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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