Eckhart Public Library gets ready to re-open in March

An Auburn library is getting a new start after arson destroyed everything three years ago. The original building was more than 100 years old, and a treasure to many in Auburn.

Posted: Feb 21, 2020 11:45 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2020 9:12 AM

AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) - On July 2, 2017, an arsonist struck the Eckhart Public Library leaving the 109-year-old building in ruins.

"A mortar style firework was dropped in our external book drop into our building. the resulting explosion decimated our entire interior of the library including all of our wiring, all of our ductwork, our plumbing," Board of Trustee President Carolyn Foley said.

While trying to rebuild, the Auburn Plaza became a temporary home.

During that time, the only books the library had were the ones checked out and brought back.

The book collection continues to grow from those that were spared.

Now they'll sit here.

"It's a wonderful library. It means a lot to this town and to me too,” Faye Pulis said.

They did make an arrest shortly after the fire happened.

The library will open March 15 from 1-5 p.m.

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