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Main Library Programs in Children's Services
April, May & June 2014

All activities are free and open to the public!
Groups, please call Children's Services at 260-421-1220 if you plan to attend.
Click here for directions to the Main Library.

Monthly Calendars: April 2014 (PDF) | May 2014 (PDF)


Other activities may be listed on our blog as they are planned. Check out the Allen County Public Library Kid Blog: One Book, Two Books, Old Books, New Books.


Fizz! Boom! READ! Children's Summer Reading Program 2014

Monday, June 2 through Friday, July 25, 2014
Children from birth through elementary school are invited to take part in our annual Children's Summer Reading Program. Earn gifts for time spent reading and for participating in fun learning activities, attend great programs, and more...all for FREE! More information coming soon!
--Children from birth through 5th grade


Smart Start: Preschool Storytime

Wednesday mornings, 10:30 a.m.
Join us for 30 minutes of stories, fingerplays, early literacy activities, and fun for your 3 to 6 year old child!
On Wednesday, June 11, we'll have a special storytime to celebrate Germanfest!
Smart Start Storytime is designed to support Indiana's Preschool Foundations.
* There will be NO public storytime from May 5 through May 16 to allow librarians to bring stories and books to area preschools and daycares.
--Preschool children (ages 3 to 6) and their families


Storytime for Preschools, Daycares, and Other Groups

Wednesday mornings, 9:30 a.m.
Preschools & Daycares are invited to join Children’s Services Librarians each Wednesday morning at 9:30 for 30 minutes of theme-based stories, fingerplays, and fun. Please call in advance (260-421-1220) to register your group.
* Please note: There will be NO public storytime at the Main Library from May 5 through May 16, so librarians can bring stories to area preschools and daycares.
--Preschoolers in groups (daycares, preschools, etc.)


Babies & Books and Toddler Time

Babies & Books: Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (Designed for babies from birth through early walking)
Toddler Time: Friday mornings at 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. (Designed for walkers through age 36 months)
Bring in those little babies and toddlers for a special time just for them, sharing books, rhymes, songs and interactive fun. All storytimes are based on early literacy research, and include tips and information for parents and caregivers. They're never too young to begin with books!
* There will be NO public storytime at the Main Library from May 5 through May 16, so librarians can bring stories to area preschools and daycares.
--Babies from birth - 36 months and their parents/caregivers and siblings



Paws to Read

Thursdays through May, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Come to the Library and read a story to a book-loving dog. Trained therapy dogs will be here every week with their handlers -- and they want to listen to you read! Research shows that children enjoy improving their reading skills by practice reading to animals. The dogs and their handlers will have an hour to spend at the Library -- readers will take turns as time allows.
--Children who want to practice their reading



Storytellers on the Move -- Book Deliveries and Storytimes at Your Preschool

Times are tough; we know it’s difficult to load your whole preschool into vans and bring the little ones to the Library. But we all agree it’s important to have books in the hands of preschoolers, so we’re going to bring the Library to your preschool! Call now (421-1220) to schedule a time for us to visit and share a special storytime. We’ll also be happy to bring a box of books for you to use at your center until we can visit again. Call today - our next delivery time will be May 5 through May 16. Sharing books with kids is important!



Letter Play Days

Wednesday, May 21 -- Letter O
Wednesday, June 11 -- Letter D
Preschoolers: join the fun of storytime, then grab your grown-up and spend some time exploring the "Letter of the Day" in the Early Learning Center. Activity stations designed for parent and child play will be set up and available for use throughout the day, until the Early Learning Center closes at 8:00 p.m.
--Preschoolers and their caregivers


Children's Services Lego® Club

Thursdays: April 24, May 8, May 22: 2:00-3:30 p.m. (especially for home schoolers)
Saturday: May 10: 2:00-3:30 p.m. (for everyone)
EVERY Wednesday in June & July: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Get your brains, and hands, and imaginations, working... by playing! Children's Services' Lego® Club is the place where kids' brains get to meet other kids' brains and give each other brain-high-fives! We provide the building blocks, and you provide the... you guessed it: brains!
--Children ages 6-11


Library Last Saturdays: April Flowers!

Saturday, April 26, during library hours
Something exciting happens in Children’s Services on the last Saturday of every month. We will have activities for families throughout the department all day, with a special event at 2 pm. This Saturday, we will plant and craft flowers to welcome spring.
--Children of all ages and their grown-ups


Fun in the ELC!

Saturday, May 3, 2:00-2:30 p.m.
Something new is coming to the Early Learning Center (ELC)! One Saturday per month from 2:00-2:30 p.m., there will be a program designed especially for children ages 6 and younger in the ELC. This month will be all about music! We'll sing songs and make some simple instruments that children can bring home!
--Children ages 6 and younger and their grown-ups


Comic Book Art: A Workshop

Tuesday, May 13, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Hey! Guess what... Matt Gross and Jeremy McFarren, two super-cool comic creators, will be in Children's Services to show, and tell, all about how they write, design, and draw their comics! And you, yes you, will get the chance to create your own comic! And, guess what else... this program is just days before the Appleseed Comics and Arts Convention, and these two super-cool guys will be there, too!
--Children ages 6-11


Comic Books Are for Reading: A Discussion

Wednesday, May 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Hey, parents and grown-ups, this is for you. Join us for a program about comics and graphic novels. Zack Kruse, founder of Fort Wayne’s Appleseed Comic and Arts Convention, and comic book smart-guy, will present, along with super-librarian Eric Tarr, a presentation and open discussion about the value of comics! Come and check it out!
--Adults


Barr Street Market Art

Saturdays, May 17 through August 30, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Join Children's Services at Barr Street Market for art making fun! Each week, through August, we will offer a different creative experience to enjoy!
--Families with children of all ages


Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival

Sunday, May 18, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Main Library with a Japanese-themed make-and-take craft in Children's Services.
--Families with children of all ages


Toddler Play Day

Friday, May 30, 11:00 a.m.
Busy toddlers are invited for even more fun after storytime! Sensory activities engage your little one's hands, feet, eyes, ears and nose and are guaranteed to lead to giggles. Play, explore and learn together!
--Toddlers ages 1 to 3 and their grown-ups


Library Last Saturdays: I Spy!

Saturday, May 31, during library hours, special event at 2:00
Something new happens in Children's Services on the last Saturday of every month. We will have activities for families throughout the department all day, with a special event at 2:00 p.m. In May, we'll play a department-wide version of "I Spy" and make your own to take home.
--Families with children of all ages


Beautiful Butterflies!

Every day during June; Butterfly Storytime and release will be held Monday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Come to the Children's Services department at the Main Library during June to watch our magnificent Painted Lady caterpillars change into beautiful fluttering butterflies. On Monday, June 30th, at 6:30 pm, kids and their families are invited to join us for a special butterfly storytime. We'll follow the storytime by releasing our Painted Lady butterflies outside.
--Families and children of all ages


Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company: Selections from The Little Mermaid

Tuesday, June 3, 5:30 p.m. AND 7:00 p.m.
The Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company will dance selections from The Little Mermaid. What fun! Come and enjoy this FREE mini-performance by the Fort Wayne Ballet. Seating in the Main Library Theater is limited; doors will open 15 minutes before each program.
--Families with children of all ages


Free Lunch AND Free Snack at the Library

Monday through Friday, June 9-August 1; lunch served 11:45-12:45, nutritious snack served 2:45-3:00
The Children’s Services department at the Main Library is once again participating in offering free summer meals for children ages 1 to 18. There will be no lunch or snack served on July 4th; all libraries will be closed.
--Children ages 1-18


Daniel Lusk Magic Show

Tuesday, June 10, 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
Part magic, part science, all fun! Daniel will perform a variety of magic tricks and explain the science behind some of the tricks. Seating in the Main Library Theater is limited; doors open 15 minutes before each program.
--Children of all ages and their grown-ups


Awesome Airplanes

Thursday, June 12, 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
It’s not Superman. It’s a plane! Whose will go farthest? Make—and FLY—a variety of airplanes. This program is geared for children ages 6-11 and their families; younger children will need help from their grown-ups. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
--Children ages 6-11 and their grown-ups


Minecraft Masters

Monday, June 16, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Monday, June 30, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Welcome all Minecraft survivors! Whether you are an expert builder or just getting started, come and explore the Minecraft world. We'll have plenty of computers set up in the Main Library's Computer Classroom for play; we'll even have Minecraft activities and games for offline fun!
--Children ages 6-11


The Return of Camera-rama!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2:00 p.m.
That's right. Brace yourselves. Camera-rama is back! It was so much fun the first time, we brought it back for summertime! Join us as we discuss the art, science, and history of the camera. We will focus on how cameras have changed, and how they have changed the way we see the world. From black and white to color, from film to megapixels! We will even get to try some photography of our own! This program is geared for children ages 6-11 and their families; younger children will need help from their grown-ups. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
--Children ages 6-11


Open Art

Thursday, June 19, 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
We’ll supply the art materials, you supply the imagination! Children may keep their art or donate it to be displayed in the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery at the Main Library in September. This program is geared for children of all ages and their grown-ups; young children are welcome to attend, but will need help from their grown-ups. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
--Children of all ages and their grown-ups


Discover 3-D Printing

Monday, June 23, 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Discover the wonder of 3-D printing! During this program, we will learn the basics of 3-D printing, and participants will be able to create their own object to be printed at a later date. Registration is required; click the class times above to register. Class size is limited to 18 participants.
--Children ages 6-11


Wii Read! Wii Play!

Tuesday, June 24, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. AND 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Wii LOVE to play and Wii LOVE to read! Read for 20 minutes and receive a ticket to play Wii for 20 minutes. Read for another 20 minutes and receive another ticket to play Wii for another 20 minutes. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
--Children ages 6-11


Raptors with Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehab

Tuesday, June 24, 2:00 p.m.
Representatives from Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehab will teach us about local raptors. We'll even get to meet and greet several of these amazing birds of prey. This program is geared for children ages 6-11 and their families; younger children will need help from their grown-ups. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
--Children ages 6-11


Candy Science

Thursday, June 26, 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Mouth-watering science! Explore the sweet side of science with demonstrations and hands-on experiments. This program is geared for children ages 6-11 and their families; younger children will need help from their grown-ups. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
--Children ages 6-11


Schedule YOUR Visit to the Main Library

Teachers, homeschooling parents, group leaders! Now is the time to schedule your class visit to the Library! We'd be happy to arrange a tour and/or time in our Early Learning Center for your preschoolers, a library scavenger hunt of the Children's Room for your primary level students, or a tour of the entire Main Library facility for your 3rd through 5th graders. Tours and field trips are personalized for your group's needs. Registration is limited; a minimum of 10 students is required. Call now! 260-421-1220.
--Preschool and elementary level classes and groups


Custom Collections

Parents, teachers, and students: With seven to ten days' notice, the Children's Services staff is available to prepare "Custom Collections" of Library materials to fill your needs. Books, computer software, magazines, music CDs, DVDs, or Playaways can all be included - depending on your needs! We may also have teaching material in our Parent Teacher Collection which you could use. This service is for you if...

  • You are a teacher needing materials for a "Fun Summer Reading" or "Ooey-Gooey Science" or other themed unit for your class
  • You are a parent needing information on "Potty Training" or "Princess Books" for your children
  • You are a college student needing information for a report about children's books
  • You are a home schooler needing support materials as you prepare your lesson plans
Let the Children's Services staff save you time by gathering the age and interest appropriate materials for you to check out. Talk with us in the Children's Services department at the Main Library - we want to help! Call us at (260) 421-1220 or fill out the form online at http://forms.acpl.lib.in.us/customcollection.cfm.



Comments and suggestions can be sent to Mary R. Voors, Manager, Children's Services at mvoors@acpl.lib.in.us.
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