This Week at Eckhart Public Library: November 28-December 3, 2016


National Novel Writing Month will soon be over, and we want to celebrate writers’ successes – whether you hit 50,000 words in November or not!

We will hold a Thank Goodness It’s Over Party on Thursday, December 1, from 6-7 p.m. at the Main Library. Creative fiction writers are invited to come and share their work or advice with other writers. There will be door prizes, and everybody – whether they hit their NaNoWriMo goal or not – can have cake.

According to the NaNoWriMo website, NaNoWriMo participants work toward a goal of writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. “Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel,” the website says.

Here’s what else is happening this week:

  • Play & Connect: Play & Connect is designed for children to interact with each other and engage in age appropriate activities while adults supervise and socialize. Schedule a play date with your regular circle or expand your social network. Activities are designed for all families and caregivers with children ages 5 and younger. Play & Connect is free, and you are welcome to come and go any time. Monday, November 28, 10 a.m. to noon, Secret Garden.
  • Photography Club for Teens: This social group, for teens in sixth through twelfth grades, promotes sharing photography experiences, ideas, knowledge, and most of all, fun! We will discuss a multitude of topics along with assigning weekly photography challenges. In addition to our regular club meetings, we will showcase members’ photographs in the lower level of the teen library. Monday, November 28, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Pokemon Club: Pokemon enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to bring their cards and battle. Participants will go home with all their cards, as trading is not encouraged. Pokemon Club is free and no registration is required. Tuesday, November 29, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Drop-in Storytime Enrichment Class: EPL Storytime Enrichment Classes are fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. Eckhart Public Library is proud to offer Storytime Enrichment Classes free of charge for the children and families in our community. Storytime Enrichment Classes are designed to help your child reach his or her full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Tuesday, November 29, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – Movie Makers: Children in first through fifth grades are invited to bring their imaginations and star in their very own movie! Wednesday, November 30, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • The Skeptic’s Guide to American History – Andrew Jackson, An Odd Symbol of Democracy: Come to the Genealogy Center for a look at American history and the long accepted beliefs about the past events of this nation. In the coming weeks we will be viewing some video lectures by Dr. Mark Stoler, who holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin, 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 each video. Wednesday, November 30, 6 p.m., Learning Lab at Willennar Genealogy Center.
  • NaNoWriMo – Thank Goodness It’s Over Party: Celebrate the end of National Novel Writing month with cake whether or not you reached 50,000 words! Creative fiction writers are invited to come and share their work or advice with other writers. There will be door prizes. Thursday, December 1, 6-7 p.m., Board Room.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, December 1, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – Kids in the Kitchen: We will create gingerbread houses using graham crackers and a variety of toppings. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, December 1, 4-4:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Drop-In Storytime Enrichment Class: Storytime Enrichment Classes are a fantastic opportunity for children to access a world of creativity and discovery. These classes are designed to help children reach their full potential through stories, games, crafts, and activities that encourage early literacy skills. Classes are free, and a library card is not needed to attend. Friday, December 2, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Friday Magic – The Gathering: Eckhart 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, December 2, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Register now for holiday programs: Register for Mason Jar Gifts on Monday, December 5, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Make simple and unique gifts (custom soup mix, custom bath soak, and cocoa mix) using common kitchen and household items. Registration is also open for Repurposed Gifts on Monday, December 12, from 6-7:30. Stop by Eckhart Public Library and make holiday decorations and gifts using old books. Enjoy hot cocoa and holiday treats. Register by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing

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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