All library campus buildings are closed Monday, October 10, in observance of Columbus Day, but when we get back we have some fun Fall Break activities planned!
This week, during Fall Break, we will be celebrating Banned Books Week!
Banned Books Week celebrates freedom to read and highlights free and open access to information. Read more about Banned Books Week by clicking here.
We have activities planned for people of all ages. Be sure to take a look at the list of activities to find something fun to do this week!
- Columbus Day Holiday: Eckhart Public Library campus buildings will be closed on Monday, October 10, in observance of Columbus Day. The library campus buildings will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, October 11.
- Teen Banned Books Week Celebration: Stop by the teen library on October 11-15 and celebrate Banned Books week with us. We will celebrate our freedom to read by creating blackout poetry and banned books buttons. We will have a contest to see if you can guess which banned book has been shredded and put in a jar. If you guess correctly and your name is pulled from the jar of entries you will win the book. There will also be a banned books photo booth where you can get caught reading and graffiti wall to add your thoughts about censorship. Tuesday, October 11, through Saturday, October 15.
- Fall Break – Banned Books Blackout Poetry For Children: We will be creating poetry by re-purposing pages of recycled books. We’ll create new poems from old text! Drop in anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 11, Children’s Department.
- Bridge: Learn to play Bridge for free! This is a great series for anyone interested in learning and playing Bridge. We will meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Space is limited. Those interested should contact Leslie Hamman at 260-925-9357 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesday, October 11, 6-8 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
- Creative Writing Group: All writers 18 and older, no matter what genre, are encouraged to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. Tuesday, October 11, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
- Fall Break – Building Day for Children: LEGOs, K’Nex, and other blocks will be available get creative and build something new! Drop in anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, Children’s Department.
- Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – LEGO Club: Children in first through fifth grades are invited to join us at the library for LEGO Club. No registration is required! We supply the LEGOs and you create the masterpiece. Wednesday, October 12, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
- The Skeptic’s Guide to American History, Washington – Failures and Real Accomplishments: Come to the Genealogy Center for a look at our American history and the long accepted beliefs about the past events of this nation. In the coming months we will be viewing some video lectures by Dr. Mark Stoler, who holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin, and is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Vermont. He is an expert in U.S. foreign relations and military history. A discussion will follow the video. Wednesday, October 12, 6 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
- Fall Break – Banned Books Reading Nook: The Secret Garden will be turned into a reading noon for the day. Cozy up with some amazing books. Drop in anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 13, Secret Garden.
- Super Happy Fun Time – STEM Challenge (Fall Break Edition): Can you build a structure out of paper that will hold a bunch of books? Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, October 13, 2-2:45 p.m., Children’s Department.
- Banned Books Jewelry: What’s your favorite book? What about your favorite banned book? We’ll be using pages and cover art from our favorite banned books to create unique jewelry (using beading and resin techniques) and discuss banned books. Please register by calling 260-925-2414 or emailing email@example.com. Thursday, October 13, 6-7:15 p.m., Close Community Room.
- Drop-In Storytime: Stop in for fun stories and activities during Fall Break. Friday, October 14, 11:45 a.m., Secret Garden.
- Fall Break – Banned Books Movie Day for Children: We’ll be showing a movie based on a banned or challenged book. Friday, October 14, 2 p.m., Secret Garden.
- 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 5th graders would be welcome with or without an adult, but children under age 7 would need to be accompanied by a caregiver. Friday, October 14, 4-6 p.m., Secret Garden.
- Pokemon Club for Teens: Pokemon enthusiasts in grades 6 – 12 are invited to bring their cards to the Teen Library and battle. Participants will go home with all their cards, as trading is not encouraged. Pokemon club is free and no sign up is required. Friday, October 14, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
- Friday Night Magic – the Gathering: The Teen Library will host a time for Magic card game fans to come play. Anyone in grades 6 -12 is welcome, and no registration is required. Friday, October 14, 5-6 p.m. Teen Library.
- The Basics of Homebrewing: Anyone who has been interested in brewing their own beer but didn’t know where to start should attend. Learn the very basics of beginning homebrewing: equipment and ingredients. This program is for adults 21 years old and older. Saturday, October 15, 3 p.m., Moose Family Center, 402 S. Main St.