Fire Damages Eckhart Public Library in Auburn, Indiana

Fire caused extensive damage to Eckhart Public Library early Sunday morning, July 2. The fire appears to have been intentionally set. The damage will force the 106-year-old main library building to close indefinitely, according to the library leaders.

The library’s entire collection of DVDs and audio books was lost. However, the library’s digital collection of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks remain available along with the many online databases. Luckily, the library’s extensive genealogy collection appears to have been spared.

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My heart goes out to the people of Auburn, both for their loss and for the massive and lengthy rebuilding job ahead of them. My home town didn’t have a public library when we first moved there, so I remember the community-wide effort it took to plant and grow the wonderful library we have now. It has become in many ways the heart and soul of our town– much more than just a building full of books, and magazines, and newspapers, and records, and videos, and language learning tapes, and CDs, and DVDs, and computer terminals for on-line research. It has grown to include lectures, and story time for toddlers, and reading clubs, and summer concerts under the stars, and the work of local artists on display, and a community bulletin board, and so much more, all built up lovingly, bit by bit, over a period of decades. I can’t imagine how awful it would be to lose it and have to start over again.


What possesses a person to do this??? I will never understand why a person chooses to take or destroy that which does not belong to them!! I hope this library is able to rebuild and literally rise from the ashes!


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