This Week at EPL – February 17-22

Read. Do. Explore. Winter Edition Signage saying "Thank you!"

Everyone at Eckhart Public Library wants to say thank you to the many of you that participated in our Winter 2020 Read. Do. Explore. We received over 600 prize entries and had so many people come to our programs over the month and a half! We can’t wait to show you what Summer Read. Do. Explore. will bring!

Main Library Restoration Update

New website teaser image of a girl with heart shaped suckers over her eyes. Text says "It's okay...we love the new website, too. Click to check out the new site!"

In the midst of construction at the Eckhart Public Library’s historic main building, staff have been working behind the scenes to bring patrons a new and improved website! The new homepage for the library, which launched February 14, features a more minimalistic design and cleaned up menu. The goal of this redesign was to do away with features that were slowing down the former home page, as well as create a page where information could be found more quickly and efficiently. The library’s page can still be found at epl.lib.in.us, so please take a moment to visit our page when you can! If you notice any issues or hiccups, please let us know. For more information on the main library, please visit ForEveryCitizen.org

Weekly Happenings

  • Eckhart Envoys Homeschool Program: Every Monday morning, take part in this opportunity for homeschool students in grade school or middle school to learn about countries and cultures from around the world. Monday, February 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Learning STEAM Through LEGOS: Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM), and interact with your peers during Learning STEAM Through LEGOs! Monday, February 17, 1-2 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Babies and Books – A Little Listeners Storytime: Babies and Books, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for our youngest library friends to access a world of creativity and discovery. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creating, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Babies and Books is aimed for children ages 0-2 years, but please come to whichever storytime best fits your schedule and child! No registration necessary. Wednesday, February 19, 10-10:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Classic City Reader’s Book Club: Join us as we dive into a new book coupled with conversation and ideas. Classic City Readers will be reading a diverse variety of titles and topics on our journey through books. This month, we’ll be discussing “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper” by Phaedra Patrick. Wednesday, February 19, 12-1 p.m., Community Foundation of DeKalb County (700 Main St.).
  • LEGO Club: Explore science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and art, and interact with your peers at LEGO Club! Wednesday, February 19, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Family Storytime – A Little Listeners Storytime: Family Storytime, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for children of all ages to access a world of creativity and discovery. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creating, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Family Storytime is open to all ages, but please come to the storytime that best fits your schedule and child. We also offer Babies and Books (aimed for ages 0-2 years) and Story Explorers (aimed for ages 2-6). No registration necessary. Wednesday, February 19, 6-6:30 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Creative Writing Group: All writers, no matter what genre, are encouraged to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. This group is for adults 18 and above. Wednesday, February 19, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Jeremiah’s (101 E 9th St.).
  • Story Explorers – A Little Listeners Storytime: Story Explorers, one of Eckhart Public Library’s Little Listeners Storytimes, is a fantastic opportunity for our growing and learning library friends to access a world of creativity and discovery before heading to preschool. Together, we’ll explore new themes and ideas through reading, play, creativing, and more to help each child learn and grow, encourage early literacy skills, and engage with peers. Story Explorers is aimed for children ages 2-6 years, but please come to whichever storytime best fits your schedule and child! No registration necessary. Thursday, February 20, 10-10:30 a.m., Teen Library.
  • Kids in the Kitchen: Kids and teens can learn their way around food prep, food from other cultures, and what goes into good eating! Kids under the age of 7 will need a parent or guardian present. Thursday, February 20, 4-5 p.m., Teen Library.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group. Thursday, January 20, 6-7:45 p.m., Jeremiah’s (101 E 9th St.).
  • Teen Magic The Gathering Club: Teens are invited to join a Magic: The Gathering Club each Friday at the Teen Library. Participants, both beginners and experts alike, are invited to play, learn, and discuss this exciting card game! Most games are played in Commander format, but Standard games are also played as well. Don’t have any Magic cards? No worries; we have some decks you can borrow while at the club so you can learn! There will also be a Cube Draft (a special format to create random decks) on the first Friday of each month, so hopeful players are encouraged to stop by a little earlier! We hope to see you there with your creatures, spells, and lands! Friday, February 21, 5-7 p.m., Teen Library.

About Kaylee

Hello all! I am the Marketing Specialist at Eckhart Public Library, and do lots of fun work on our social media, posting blogs, and writing weekly emails. I can also be seen at the Auburn Plaza Temporary Location and Teen Library.
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