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    by Community Engagement | Apr 18, 2019

    Free Comic Book Day 2019
    Saturday, May 4 - All Day!
    Main Library - 900 Library Plaza

    Boom! Zap! Pow! Free Comic Book Day is hitting the Allen County Public Library’s Main Library. Free Comic Book Day is a world-wide event that takes place the first Saturday each May.

    Come to the Main Library on Saturday, May 4, 2019, for a free comic book or two (while supplies last) and one or all of the following events:

    10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Scavenger Hunt, begins at first floor Information Desk in Great Hall
    10:30 to 11:00 am - Globe Room
    Storytime for Families
    Join us for a special comic-themed storytime.
    11:00 am to noon - Meeting Room C
    Graphic Novel Writing Workshop for Teens and Adults with Courtney Hahn
    11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Children's Services Program Room
    Costume Factory
    Be a superhero. Materials will be available for you to create your own superhero cape.
    Noon to 1:00 pm - Globe Room
    LEGO Club

    Join us for a special LEGO Club to celebrate Free Comic Book Day
    12:30 to 2:00 pm - Meeting Room AB
    Kids’ Superhero Academy

    Test yourself with feats of strength and agility.
    1:30 to 2:30 pm - Theater (LL2)
    Music of Star Wars

    Presentation by Aaron Krerowicz showcasing composer John Williams’ iconic music from the Star Wars films.
    2:00 to 2:45 pm - Great Hall
    Classical Trio

    Enjoy your favorite superhero and Star Wars movie soundtracks performed live by a classical trio.
    2:00 to 3:00 pm - Children's Services Program Room
    Kids’ Drawing Workshop with Andrew and Jordan Kurzen

    Learn some drawing techniques as two local artists share their skills during this hour-long workshop.

    2:00-4:00 pm - Teens Dept
    Create a Pokemon Stress Ball

    3:00 to 4:00 pm - Meeting Room C
    Graphic Novel Writing Workshop for Teens and Adults with Courtney Hahn

    4:00 to 5:30 pm - Globe Room
    Teen Video Game Tournament

    All programs are free and open to the public.
    by Community Engagement | Apr 18, 2019
    graphic novel workshop

    Saturday, May 4 - 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room C

    Join us for a free writing and illustration workshop at our Main Library on Saturday, May 4. Two sessions will be offered - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Talented local illustrator and graphic novel author, Courtney Hahn, will teach you how to approach writing graphic novels, and share some tips and tricks for illustrating your stories. This workshop is free and open to all ages.
    by Community Engagement | Apr 18, 2019
    NEIBT fair

    Friday, May 10 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Main Library - Plaza

    Join us for a Building Trades Apprenticeship Fair on the Main Library Plaza on Friday, May 10 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Representatives from Northeast Indiana Building Trades will be on site to share apprenticeship and job opportunities. Construction trade professionals and industry partners will be available to talk about rewarding career paths in the trades. Learn from the best with hands-on demonstrations and take the first step towards your future career by filling out applications.

    Northeast Indiana Building Trades Apprenticeship Programs offer the opportunity for a career. Their 3-5 year apprenticeship programs offer tuition-free education with an Associate’s degree from Ivy Tech upon completion of a majority of programs. Earn while you learn with immediate employment with one of their signatory contractors. These career opportunities also include health benefits for your family, stable retirement plans and 401k, and continued lifetime education. For more information, visit
    by Emily M | Apr 17, 2019
    Each month we show an independent or foreign film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series. May's movie is Un Traductor, the story of a Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana who is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment. Please join us!

    Un TraductorWhat: Un Traductor
    When: Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library, Globe Room

    * Movie is in Spanish and Russian with English subtitles.
    Free admission, ages 18 and up.
    This movie is not rated.

    by Emily M | Apr 17, 2019

    Join us for a concert by the Galen Bundy Piano Trio!

    The Galen Bundy Piano Trio is a Detroit-based modern jazz group heavily influenced by Scandinavian folk music and Romantic era composers. Great importance is placed on the sensitivity of interaction between the three instruments. Featuring Galen Bundy on piano, Jon Taylor on drums, and Eric Nachtrab on bass.

    Galen Bundy Piano Trio
    Galen Bundy Piano Trio
    When: Sunday, May 5, 2:00 pm
    Where: Main Library, Theater

    by Community Engagement | Apr 17, 2019
    Pinewood Derby Workshop ACPL

    Saturday, April 20 - 1:00-4:00 pm
    Saturday, May 4 - 1:00-4:00 pm

    Location: Main Library - Maker Lab (First Floor)

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to build a Pinewood Derby car? We're hosting two workshops (April 20 and May 4) to get you up to speed on Pinewood Derby Racing 101. Our first session will focus on shaping and the general build guidelines for creating a car. The second session will focus on paint, details, and decorations.

    Phil's Hobby Shop will be at both workshops to help you with your project. These workshops are free and open to the public.

    Ready to race?
    Hop River Brewing Company is hosting the Fort Wayne 480: Adult Pinewood Derby on Saturday, May 18. Come compete or just cheer on these tiny little rockets of fun!

    Fort Wayne 480: Adult Pinewood Derby
    Saturday, May 18
    1:00-4:00 pm

    Register for 1 Class Per Car:
    1. Cub Scout Rules (the original rules)
    2. Unlimited Rules (heavier weight and few size restrictions -- still gravity powered cars).
    *All cars welcome to enter the “show” class!

    Unlimited Entries, no more than 6 members on a team, at least 1 person must be over 21.

    1st Place: Grand Champion Trophy
    2nd & 3rd Place:  Hop River Swag and Bragging Rights

    $20 Entry Fee
    Includes: Pinewood Derby Kit

    Hop River Brewing Company is located at 1515 N. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN 46808.

    For more information about the race and to claim your spot, click here. 

    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 16, 2019
    You're going to love these new Early Readers!

    cover image for unhappy birthday grumpy cat cover image for leaf it to dot cover image for bilingual book my sisters drums
    cover image for doctors to the rescue cover image for chaps cap cover image for how do i make a kite
     cover image for my brothers guitar
     cover image for kid and the chameleon
    cover image for buzz and jump
    cover image for meg and rat puff puff puff cover image for charlie and mouse even better cover image for meet the squad

    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 10, 2019

    Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Dawn, who works with children and families at the Grabill Branch Library.

    tub of plastic blocks
    Today at storytime we used these homemade 'blocks' to build towers. Plastic deli containers make great stacking toys when they're washed and stuffed with a little colorful paper!

    Stacking plastic containers is fun and crashing them down is just a little more fun. But, besides all the fun there are lots of things to learn! Our conversations as we built touched on some great topics:
    Numbers - "Wow! Your tower is 10 blocks tall." and "Let's count as we stack!"
    Colors - "I like how you used a pink block." and "What color are you adding now?"
    Balance - "It looks like it's starting to wobble. Can we straighten them up?"
    Height - "Can you make a tower as tall as you?"
    Sharing - "Can you let her add a block to your tower?"
    Prediction - "Do you think it will fall if we add another block?"

    We pack a lot of fun and learning into every storytime at the library.
    Don't forget to check the online calendar to see what kind of learning opportunities are  happening at a library near you!

    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 04, 2019
    Even the littlest library kids need great books!
    Here are some new ones you might enjoy.
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    cover image for the animals of the chinese new year cover image for leo lionni's a little book about spring cover image for baby play
     cover image for elmo's bedtime countdown  cover image for baby says
    cover image of the story of easter
    cover image for silly monsters in the bath cover image of jungle cover image for bedtime

    by Aisha H. | Apr 02, 2019

    Wednesday, April 17
    7:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room C

    Step up and own the mic at the 11th Annual Teen Poetry Slam hosted by Curtis Crisler! Poets ages 13 through 19 are invited to participate. Bring at least three original poems to perform. Prizes will be awarded to three poets chosen by judges from the audience. Listeners age 13 and up are also welcome and, time permitting, there will be an open mic segment open to adults as well as teens. Refreshments will be served. Please call 421-1255 to sign up. 

    by Emily M | Mar 28, 2019

    Join us for this month's free movie: Bumblebee!

    The latest movie in the Transformers franchise features a battle-scarred and broken transformer on the run teaming up with Charlie, a teenage girl trying to find her place in the world. 

    What: Bumblebee
    When: Tuesday, April 30 - 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    Free admission.
    First-come, first-seated.
    Doors open at 6:00 pm with cartoons before the movie.

    by Emily M | Mar 28, 2019

    Join us for a concert by Peter Fletcher!

    Peter Fletcher is an American classical guitarist based in Detroit and New York City. He performs over 100 concerts a year, and his recordings on the Centaur Records and Towerhill Recordings labels have been critically acclaimed.  His current recital program features Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and Lute Suite No. 1 by J. S. Bach, Paganini’s ever popular Caprice No. 24, the fiendishly difficult Five Bagatelles by British composer William Walton, and Recuerdos de la Alhambra, a great favorite among audiences, by Spanish composer Francisco Tarrega. In addition, Peter will perform a very special solo version of Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major, and two of his original transcriptions from his critically acclaimed Fedrico Mompou album, released on Centaur Records, CRC 2588 in 2002. The concert will culminate with Isaac Albeniz’s Rumores de la Caleta, one of the most exciting Spanish works in the classical guitar repertoire.

    Who: Peter Fletcher, classical guitarist
    When: Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    Peter Fletcher

    by Dawn S | Mar 26, 2019

    Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Dawn, who works with children and families at the Grabill Branch Library.

    cover image for go away big green monster
    Go Away Big Green Monster has to be one of the most popular books I read at storytimes, both in the library and in day cares and preschools. I see a lot of amazing books that are perfect for sharing with preschoolers so it's tempting to only share the new and avoid rereading books this old (27 years old and counting). But this is the one they remember and the one they ask for again and again.

    I think they love the bright colors and the way they get to help tell the story. The die-cut pages make their ability to make the monster disappear kind of magical. After hearing it once, there's also a level of mastery and control. I can almost HEAR them thinking "Yep, there's a big green monster in this book and I can make it go away with no trouble at all."

    Rereading books to children has a lot of value. Even when adult ears get tired of the same old thing, little ones are gaining reading skills each and every time!
    by Emily M | Mar 21, 2019
    Monkey Business

    What: Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators
    When: Sunday, April 14 - 1:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater (LL2)

    Join us for a documentary about the creators of the Curious George books, loved by children around the world for nearly 80 years!

    Curious George is the most popular monkey in the world. This, however, is the story of Curious George’s creators, Hans and Margret Rey, whose history remains largely untold. The Reys were a husband and wife team, German Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi-occupied Europe on makeshift bicycles carrying the original Curious George manuscript. Using animation, archival materials, and interviews, Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators explores the extraordinary lives of the Reys, who were as adventurous as George himself. Please join us immediately after the film, for a live Q&A session via Skype with the film’s director Ema Ryan Yamazaki.

    This event is free and open to the public! Check out our full events calendar online at

    by Jen | Mar 20, 2019

    image of pie shop play space

    Is there ever a wrong time for pie? Children and their caregivers at the Tecumseh Branch were cozily enjoying a rich play environment this winter at the Sweetie Pies Early Learning Center located in the Children’s area. What skills can children learn in a dramatic play area?

    Collaboration: Whether kids are putting on an apron to become a baker, making change and writing receipts at the puppet theater’s “drive up window”, or pushing a grocery cart/delivery truck around the branch to deliver their wares, kids are working together with their grownups and with each other. 

    Communication: Kids communicate by both word and action when choosing, making, and selling pastries.
    image of pie play area

    Content: This center is brimming with content. Even though nobody’s directing the play except the kids themselves, they are using the available materials to determine their own play.  Kids can read and write recipes, mix, roll, and bake pies, and sell them to lucky family and friends.  There are even cards available to send a sweet message along with a sweet pie! 

    Creative Innovation: Because a dramatic play area is simply a coordinated assembly of interesting materials, kids are the ultimate deciders of how their play works. The “work table” for pie building has at times been a restaurant table, a picnic table, and a second oven. Who knows what else kids will innovate in the area!

    One day, after a young Sweetie Pies employee craftily sold an ‘extra special’ $5 pie for $20 to an easygoing papa, I taught her about the word ‘upselling’. She already clearly understood and exhibited the concept- she just added the vocabulary.

    image of play pie shop

    Critical Thinking Skills: Applying previously acquired knowledge to new situations requires special skills that can break through at any time during play. Kids understood that selling more than one pie meant getting more than five play dollars from their grownup. Writing a receipt drove that knowledge home further, as well as offering practice reading, writing, and math. Does it feel like practice? No! It feels like what it is—play. Does this play also offer practical skills that will help children with school readiness? Absolutely. Because it’s play it’s fun, and because it’s fun they do a lot of it. Sneaky learning for the win!

    Confidence: Exploring the early learning center can look different depending on the day, the amount of time spent, other people present, or any number of variables. More time and more visits deepen the learning and drive it home in more lasting ways. A child who simply stacks up ingredients in a pie pan might pretend to heat the ingredients in a pie pan or play with an egg beater on a subsequent visit, and children might gain the confidence to sell their wares to people outside their family with increased confidence in communal play. 

    image of play cart for selling pies
    The next stop for the Sweetie Pies learning center is the Hessen Cassel Branch Library. Call to find out when the shop is ready for business (260.421.1330)!

    Want to learn more about the power of play- or baking-  for young children? Check out these books available throughout our library system:

    The Case for Make Believe : saving play in a commercialized world / Linn, Susan

    Cooking Class : 57 fun recipes kids will love to make (and eat!) / Cook, Deanna F.

    Kids Bake! : 100+ sweet and savory recipes / Good Housekeeping Institute

    A Moving Child is a Learning Child : how the body teaches the brain to think (birth to age 7) / Connell, Gill

    The Power of Play : how spontaneous, imaginative activities lead to happier, healthier children / Elkind, David

    by Readers' Services | Mar 19, 2019
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    The ACPL Writers' Series Presents:
    Poetry Writing Workshop with George Kalamaras

    Tuesday, April 9
    Main Library--Meeting Room A

    Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing your own poetry!
    Former Indiana Poet Laureate, George Kalamaras, will lead a poetry writing workshop to help you find your poetic voice.  Dr. Kalamaras is a celebrated poet and a professor at Purdue Fort Wayne.  This workshop is free and open to the public.

    Visit for more information.

    Find this event on our Facebook page at:
    by Alicia | Mar 19, 2019

    Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Alicia, who works with children and families at the New Haven Branch Library.

    Last week the New Haven Branch Family Storytime group explored St. Patrick’s Day! We built background knowledge by discussing what we already knew about St. Patrick’s Day and added a few new words to our vocabularies: “shamrock” and “leprechaun”.

     We read:

       cover image for green shamrocks

      Green Shamrocks
      by Eve Bunting

      Rabbit decides that he wants to create a shamrock chain to wear to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and he has just enough time to grow his own. The night before St. Patrick’s Day, someone steals Rabbit’s prized shamrocks. Do you have what it takes to help him find them in time for the parade?

      cover image for where is green sheep

      Where is Green Sheep
      by Mem Fox

      Green Sheep is missing! All of the other sheep (normal and silly alike) are all easily found, but Green Sheep is nowhere to be seen! Can you find him?

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      by Laura Vaccro Seeger

      written by Harold Rober
      This beautiful picture book illustrates all different shades of green. Can you name them all?
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      How to Catch a Leprchaun
      by Adam Wallace

      Do you have what it takes to build a successful leprechaun trap? Read this book and learn about all of the failed designs and become inspired to create a trap all your own!


    image of leprechaun trap made from blocks
    During our Preschool Primer program that directly follows storytime, we used the ideas we learned from How to Catch a Leprechaun to build our very own leprechaun traps! We used blocks, magnetic blocks, Magna-Tiles, and hand crafted 4-leaf clovers to lure in the tricky little creatures.

    by Dawn Stoops | Mar 15, 2019
    Here are some great new stories - for book reports, Accelerated Reader assignments, or just for fun!
    cover image for searching for lottie cover image for the sleepwalking snowman cover image for the starwsirl do-over
    cover image for the shadows of doom cover image for starforce on the rise cover image for the owls have come to take us away
     cover image for a crystal of time  cover image for nikki on the line
    cover image for the hunt for the mad wolf's daughter
    cover image for one speck of truth cover image for right as rain cover image for eva and baby mo

    by Community Engagement | Mar 13, 2019


    2019 ACPL Book Bowl
    Sunday, April 7
    1:00-4:00 pm
    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - Meeting Rooms (First Floor)

    Gather your most book-savvy friends and compete in the biggest literary event of the year - the Allen County Public Library Book Bowl! This is the big dance, the game of games, the ultimate trivia test. 15 teams will enter the arena but only one will be crowned the 2019 Book Bowl Champions.

    All ages are eligible to compete on teams. There is no fee to enter your team for competition, but there will be opportunities to purchase exclusive perks (cash and card accepted) that could change the game and put your team at the top.

    The ACPL Book Bowl is sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library and is our kick-off event for National Library Week - April 7-13, 2019.



    This event will shake down in two rounds. Each round will consist of 4 categories, with 10 questions in each category. In total, there will be 8 categories (80 questions). Categories will represent a variety of literary topics, genres, and characters. Each team is allowed up to 6 people. A panel of librarians will read questions out loud, and questions will also be displayed on large screens. Each team will have 15 seconds to finalize their answer. One point will be awarded for each correct answer.

    The winning team will win a grand prize, and the winning team's name will be engraved on the ACPL Book Bowl trophy. This year's custom Book Bowl trophies were created by The HEDGE, a locally-owned and operated shop located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne.




    Sunday, April 7

    1:00-1:30 pm Team Check-In and Perk Shop

    1:45 pm Round One

    2:30 pm Break and Perk Shop

    2:45 pm Round Two

    3:30 pm Awards Ceremony



    - 6 people per team, maximum.
    You'll want to take advantage of every spot available for your team. The more diverse interests, ages, and reading levels - the better. Don't count out the little guys.

    - Create an epic group name.
    When you go down in literary history, what will you be known as? Get creative. Your name must be submitted at time of team registration.

    - No smartphones or devices.
    At the beginning of Round 1 and Round 2, all phones must be put in phone jail. They will be out of reach and silenced for the duration of the round, but will be accessible during check-in and mid-game break.

    - No cheating.
    Cheating will not be tolerated. Cheating will result in instant disqualification and the entire team will be removed from competition. Cheaters will also be publicly shamed.

    - The team with the most points will win.
    There will only be one champion. But you're all winners in our book.


    by Evan | Mar 13, 2019


    The Black Dinner + The Massacre at Glencoe = ?

    If you are a big time Game of Thrones fan, you may already know the answer: The Red Wedding.

    And if you are such a fan -- anticipating the final season of the TV series starting April 14 -- the place to be March 26 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm is the Main Library. Josh Elliott will present the historical tales that inspired George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire novels and the TV series that grew out of them. 

    On top of that, you will have a chance to vote for your favorite characters and make your prediction who -- if anyone -- will sit on the Iron Throne when the series ends. 

    We're looking forward to a good time, and maybe a big crowd. To make sure there's room for you, register at this link. We hope to see you there.