Eckhart Winter Read begins Tuesday, January 3!
Eckhart Winter Read is a chance for people to discover and enjoy what the library has to offer. People of all ages are invited to earn prizes, and chances to win grand prizes, by reading items at the library. Any book, audiobook, magazine, e-book, graphic novel, or manga is eligible. In addition, the Willennar Genealogy Center offers prizes for researchers using the collection and resources to research genealogy and local history. Tally sheets are available at all public service desks on the library campus.
The library will also hold a wide variety of events, programs, classes, and activities throughout Eckhart Winter Read, which runs through February 11. Programs are free and do not require a library card to attend. Pick up a program booklet at any of the public service desks on the library campus.
The theme of Eckhart Winter Read is Quantum Read: Read Through Time. Many of the activities will have a time travel or historical theme.
The library will be closed on Monday, January 2, in observance of the New Year’s holiday, but when we reopen, here is what is happening:
- Looking Into Our Toy Chest: We have opened our toy chest from the past! Stop in and play with toys that your mom or dad might have played with when they were your age. Compare our vintage toys with your toys of today. Tuesday, January 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Secret Garden.
- Drop-In Storytime: Families are invited to join us for storytime fun! No registration required. Tuesday, January 3, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Secret Garden.
- Fun With Circuits: “Fun with Circuits” is a 1 hour program for students 3rd-5th grade. Students will get to learn about a simple circuit and how it works. They will make a light up card and get to take it home. This program is limited to 20 students; pick up a number in the Children’s Department to reserve your spot the morning of the program. Wednesday, January 4, 11 a.m. to noon, Close Community Room.
- Wild Wednesday Adventure Clubs – Time Travelers and the Horseman’s Association: We will take a wagon ride, starting at the Willennar Genealogy Center, provided by the Horseman’s Association. They will take the Time Travelers around the library neighborhood to see some of the historic sites in the area. Parents or guardians must sign permission slips and bring them to the event for their child to participate in the wagon ride. Slips can be obtained from the children’s department. There will be hot cocoa for everyone. Call 925-2414 ext. 420 for more information. Wednesday, January 4, 4-4:45 p.m., Willennar Genealogy Center.
- Super Happy Fun Time – Kids in the Kitchen: We’ll make some edible, chocolate moon rocks. Super Happy Fun Time is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Thursday, January 5, 2-2:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
- Knifty Knitters: Beginning & experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, January 5, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
- Movie & Popcorn: Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join us for fresh popcorn and a movie. Attendees will vote on which movie we should watch. Friday, January 6, 2-4 p.m., Secret Garden.
- Friday Magic at Teen: Magic: The Gathering fans are invited to play at the Teen Library on Fridays. No registration is required. Friday, January 6, 5-6 p.m., Teen Library.
- Puzzle Party: Families are invited to our Puzzle Party! Stop in to play a variety of puzzles set up throughout the Children’s Department. Saturday, January 7, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Children’s Department.
- Register for “Pause, Breathe” on January 9: Start the year off by learning to relax. Learn some calming breathing techniques and stretches. Make a galactic “calm bottle” or a portable Zen garden. Please register by calling 260-925-2414 ext. 120 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Monday, January 9, 6-7:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
- Pick up book club books: Better Off Read book club will discuss “Trigger Warning” by Neil Gaiman on Tuesday, January 17, at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings. Turn a Page with Anni will discuss “Home to Harmony” by Philip Gulley on Wednesday, January 18, at noon in the Close Community Room. Books are available to check out at the Information Desk at the Main Library.
Beginning in 2017, we will be posting our “This Week at Eckhart Public Library” feature the weekend before the week featured. We hope that this will allow you more time to plan to enjoy our library programs and services. Information about library activities is also available on the calendar at our website. You can also receive a weekly email newsletter, featuring library services and activities, by registering here. We have exciting plans to upgrade our newsletter in Spring 2017, so register now to be one of the first people to take advantage of this spring!