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    by Miriam R | Jan 20, 2017
    Today, children and teen librarians as well as book lovers all over the world, are waiting for the American Library Association Youth Media Award announcements on Monday, January 23. 
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    While you are waiting, you have an opportunity to vote in this year's ACPL Mock Geisel election this Sunday, January 22.  Drop by Children's Services at the Main Library any time between 2:00 and 4:00 pm and look over our collection of some of the best early reader books published in 2016.  Vote for your favorite and learn about the real Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. 
    You may even win a book!

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    Here are some of the books we are considering:
    Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World
    Duck, Duck, Porcupine!
    Go, Otto, Go!
    Is That Wise Pig?
    My House
    Owl Sees Owl
    Rabbit and Robot and Ribbit
    Snail and Worm
    The Cookie Fiasco
    The Thank You Book
    They All Saw a Cat
    We Are Growing
    We Found a Hat

    by Kay S | Jan 20, 2017
    Oh-oh, or as Scooby would say, ruh-roh. What we have here is a Bridgerton who caused a hiccup moment. Who would've believed that with all of the charming Bridgetons julia Quinninhabiting Romanceland, I would run across a Bridgerton who stepped on one of my pet-peeve moments. Yep - Benedict did some things in An Offer from a Gentleman which, for me, came close to being dishonorable.

    Aside of my irritation with Benedict, I was also chagrined that part of the story was a reworking of the fairy tale Cinderella. Now I like fairy tales in their original form; I'm just not too keen on rewriting, updating, or changing those tales. The Cinderella portion of the book revolves around Sophie Beckett.

    Let's take a look at this third entry by Julia Quinn in the Bridgeton series.

    Sophie Beckett
    is the illegitimate daughter of an Earl. For most of her childhood she has been tucked away in the country, raised by his servants. She tries her best to be the child he wants her to be. But she is terribly lonely and only wants to be loved by her father. Then one day he brings home a wife and two stepdaughters. There's a wonderful scene with Sophie watching them alight from the carriage. All the time she's watching them, she's thinking that at last she'll have someone to love her and other children to play with. As soon as she looks into her stepmother's eyes, she knows the chances for a happy future will never be hers. Her stepmother, Araminta is really one e-viiil woman. Araminta's eldest daughter is also hateful.  There is a small twist on the Cinderella stepsister mean-fest in the form of Posy. Posy, the youngest daughter, likes Sophie. However, Posy is too afraid of her mother to do too much of anything about it. So things progress poorly for Sophie, and then her father dies. Things go from bad to really really bad.

    The ball. Years pass and Sophie is nothing more than an unpaid, downtrodden servant to her stepmother. But all is not lost. You see the Bridgetons are throwing a masquerade ball. Everyone who is anyone will be there. That means Araminta and daughters will be going - but not Sophie. But this is based on Cinderella, so we all know that Sophie is going to go to the ball. Thanks to generous servants, she's off - in a lovely gown, her stepmother's shoes, a mask, and a coach. There are no mice turning into coachmen or singing or sewing - but that coach has to be returned by midnight. Now all we need is a prince - enter Benedict.

    Well, Benedict is no Prince Charming, he's more of a bored rake. But when his eyes fall on the mysterious woman descending the stairs, it's a case of instant love. In keeping with the plot of the fairy tale, Benedict and Sophie fall in love, exchange conversation and a kiss. The clock strikes midnight - and she's off! She doesn't leave any shoes behind; she just scuffs them. In fact it is the scuff which gives her away to eviiil Araminta. Being the mean stepmother that she is, Araminta kicks Sophie out into the cold cruel world.

    Two years pass. Benedict is still wondering what happened to the mysterious woman who is his soul mate. Hey!  There's a party going on in the country. Granted the party is given by a man Benedict doesn't really care for and is attended by men Benedict would never call his friends. But he's bored and he's tired of looking for his soul mate. What more can a rakish guy do than kill some time with a group of drunken louts he doesn't like.

    As it turns out, one of the servants at this drunken lout party is Sophie. Poor Sophie. Not only is she a drudge, but she is also being manhandled by the host. She screams. Ta ta ta dah - Benedict to the rescue. He rescues her from the party, but now he feels responsible for finding her another position. He is attracted to her, but he's sort of fighting it. He suppresses the idea of having her work in his household, but thinks she would be perfect in his mother's.

    Sophie of course has recognized her rescuer as the charming prince from the party, but she doesn't say anything to Benedict. It never dawns on Benedict that the servant he has the palpitations for is the same woman he luved two years ago. He installs her at his mother's house where she becomes a pseudo-servant.

    The more Sophie and Benedict are thrown together, the more they become attracted to each other. This is where the story falls apart a little for me. Benedict is obsessed with Sophie, he's even in love with her - he even admits it. What does he offer her? Hey, he needs a mistress! She'd be perfect for the spot. He seduces her, and then asks her to be his mistress. Even when he marries, he still plans to have her as his mistress because he loves her sooooo much. This means that Sophie would get to share him with his wife. Yes, I know this is a historical romance and she's a servant and he's a ... what? Just what is he that puts him so far above Sophie? He doesn’t have a title. He's not a duke, prince, marquis or even a sir. He just has money. Oh sure, his brother is a viscount and his sister is a duchess, but he's still a Mister. But that isn't what really disturbed me. Sophie is a servant in his mother's household. This is her only livelihood. Even though she is a willing participant in her own seduction, it just seemed to me that Benedict's seduction of someone in the family's employ was a tad bit dishonorable, especially for a Bridgerton. Usually, that type of maneuver is reserved for villains or Anne Stuart heroes. He does apologize for his actions later, but I found the initial seduction somehow distasteful.

    I recommend this story - it’s okay. The characters are strong - alll of the characters. I did have a problem with the hero not exhibiting heroic actions, even if he is a charming Bridgerton. I just wanted to say to him - shame on you

    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.
    by Evan | Jan 19, 2017

    With the country awash in political controversy, the show Hamilton feels even more relevant today than when it overwhelmed Broadway a year ago.

    I recently listened to the CD -- which is pretty much the whole show -- and have leafed through Hamilton: The Revolution, which is a new book about the show by its creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda. The multi-ethnic casting, rich rap lyrics, and the salutes to American ideals are fine, but the grabbers are still the ideological and personal disputes that made history. They almost disunited the United States when the Constitution was only a few years old.

    In a way, reminders of such passionate history are encouraging -- along the lines of "they survived that and we'll survive this (probably)". The fight over health care is plenty raw, but it isn't as fundamental to the nation's existence as the one between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson over how the new country could financially survive. And for all the truly personal animosity between a certain pair of 21st century New Yorkers, it seems unlikely it will come down to another duel at dawn along the Hudson. I doubt either one of them even owns a pistol.

    Still, bad blood circulates as readily as good blood. So far, the country isn't as radically divided as in Hamilton's time (or Abraham Lincoln's!), but the situation suggests greater potential for dramatic history than any period since the 1960s. If you are young enough, maybe you'll get a plum part some day when Broadway does "Trump."

    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Communications & Development | Jan 19, 2017

    The Tenth Annual ACPL Teen Photography Competition Exhibition is now accepting submissions. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2017.

    Awards will be in both junior (ages 11–14) and senior (ages 15–19) divisions. Photos will be selected for an exhibit in the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery at the Main Library with an awards reception at the exhibit opening Saturday, May 13, 2017.

    For more information and the rules and entry form please visit:

    2017 Teen Photography Competition

    by Dawn Stooops | Jan 18, 2017
    I initially picked up this book because it was so pretty! All that pink with flowers called to me when I first saw it in November. After reading The Lines on Nana's Face by Simona Ciraolo, however, I had many other reasons to love this book.
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    Our young narrator wonders why her grandma has so many lines on her face. She seems to look happy and sad and worried and excited all at once. Nana explains that the lines on her face are where she keeps her memories. For the majority of the story, the little girl points to lines and asks about the memory for each one. Each time, the grandmother gives a short, simple explanation then we turn the page and see a beautiful full page spread of the event she is thinking about. So, for instance, one of Nana's wrinkles contains the memory of "that morning, early one spring, when I solved a great mystery". The next picture shows a young Nana peeking behind a bush to find her cat tucked away snugly with four new kittens.

    I can think of so many people who will enjoy this story; small ones with grandparents either near or far, older kids who like to ponder how the pictures tell important parts of the story, and adults who love sharing memories and appreciate the wisdom (and wrinkles) that many memories bring. The art is such a treat too! I encourage you to stop by your local library and take a look.
    by Miss Heather | Jan 18, 2017
    006The Yarn Lovers group from the Woodburn Branch Library made 54 scarves for the 2017 Indiana Special Olympics during 2016.  This is the most scarves the group has ever made for the Special Olympics since they starting doing this in 2011.  The colors were selected in collaboration with the theme of the Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games and Polar Plunge events in 2017. The scarves are given to the athletes, volunteers and supporters at the State Winter Games and the Polar Plunges. The Polar Plunges scheduled to start in February are fund raisers for the Special Olympics.  You can find the schedule for the plunges on the Polar Plunge Calendar.
    If you are not familiar with the Special Olympics Indiana is a not-for-profit organization that provides year-around sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual challenges.  It reaches almost 11,000 athletes across Indiana.  The Yarn Lovers are very proud to be able to contribute to this great organization.
    by Communications & Development | Jan 17, 2017

    National Library Week | Altered Book Contest

    An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning. Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture.

    Entries accepted at the Main Library’s Art, Music & Media Department March 25–April 3. Winners and prizes will be announced April 10 on the ACPL Facebook page. Altered Books will be on display at the Main Library April through June 30, 2017. The ACPL reserves the right not to display all entries. Incomplete entry forms will not be accepted. Call (260) 421–1200 ext. 2104 with questions. 

    National Library Week | Altered Book Workshops

    Main Library | Meeting Room A 
    Tuesday, March 14 | 2:00–4:00 pm
    Call (260) 421–1210 for details.

    Tecumseh Branch
    Thursday, March 16 | 7:00 pm
    Call (260) 421–1360 for details.

    Grabill Branch
    Saturday, March 18 | 10:30–11:30 am
    Call (260) 421–1325 for details.

    Main Library | Teens Department Art Lab
    Monday, March 20 | 7:00–8:30 pm
    Call (260) 421–1255 for details.

    Main Library | Children's Services Department
    Saturday, March 25 | 2:00–3:00 pm
    Call (260) 421–1220 for details. 

    Shawnee Branch
    Tuesday, March 28 | 7:00 pm
    Call (260) 421–1355 for details.

    If you would like to enter, click the link below to fill out electronically and/or print the Altered Book Contest Entry Form!

    Altered Book Contest Entry Form 2017

    by Communications & Development | Jan 16, 2017

    Black History Month at the Genealogy Center
    Thursday, February 16 – Saturday, February 25

    Join the Genealogy Center in February for the observance of Black History Month!  We begin the month by inviting the community to enjoy Heartland Sings: We Are The Dream, A Musical Commemoration to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 2:00 pm in the Main Library Theater. Prior to and following the musical, visit our Life Stories Center to record your personal memories of the “I have a Dream” speech.  The Life Stories Center will be open from noon to 5:00 pm that day. Presentations on African American genealogy also will be offered during the month. 

    For information about the month’s events, see the brochure at

    Additionally, you can experience ongoing programming by visiting the following link:

    Genealogy Center BHM
    by sm | Jan 16, 2017

    Here are some more new teen fantasy novels for you to explore in this new year....


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    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Emily M | Jan 16, 2017

    Looking for a good book recommendation? Look no further!  Here are a few good books I’ve enjoyed recently:

    ExcellentDaughtersExcellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World

    Katherine Zoepf was twenty-three years old and a new employee at The New York Times when the terrorist attacks of September 11th forever changed our world.  Trying to make sense of the senseless, Katherine found herself reading and learning as much as she could about Islam and the Arab world.  A little less than three years later, while studying Arabic at the London School of Economics, Zoepf found herself with an opportunity to take a journalist assignment in Syria.  She stayed in Syria for three years and went on to spend over a decade on assignments in various parts of the Middle East.  In societies strictly divided along gender lines, as a young woman, Zoepf found herself with access to young women in their late teens and twenties, with whom male journalists often could not speak.  Excellent Daughters is a compilation of some of their stories.

    If there is one overarching storyline throughout this book, it is actually the author’s.  While learning to adapt to new cultures (Zoepf is quick to acknowledge that Lebanon is not the same as Syria is not the same as Saudi Arabia), she finds similarities between the strict religious upbringings of these young women and her own upbringing as a Jehovah’s Witness.  And while contemplating how rapid change in the Arab world in recent years is perhaps most drastically affecting the young women who are coming of age in it, the stories in this book are framed by Zoepf’s experiences and interpretations. 

    Nevertheless, the stories themselves are utterly absorbing – young Saudi women studying law even though they are legally prohibited to practice it, arranged marriages, spirited debates as to whether or not it is proper to talk to your fiancée – even via the telephone, engaged Lebanese women undergoing hymenoplasty surgery so their husbands will not discover they are not virgins, religious devotion, and honor killings, to name a few.  I found Excellent Daughters to be a fascinating glimpse into lives vastly different than my own.


    TheKitchenHouseThe Kitchen House by Kathleen Grisson

    Slavery in the American antebellum south is hardly an uncommon topic for a novel, but Grissom’s The Kitchen House adds a unique twist.  Lavinia is seven years old when she is orphaned on the journey from Ireland to America and the ship’s captain, to whom she is indentured, hands her over to the house slaves on his plantation for care.  Ill and heartsick, Lavinia quickly becomes attached to the slaves who care for her as she is trained to serve alongside them in the big house. When unforeseen circumstances result in a change of Lavinia’s status on the plantation, the delicate balance of the accepted social order is knocked off kilter, with tragic consequences.

     The Kitchen House is a tense and gripping story exploring the complexities of race, social class, family, and the cycle of abuse.  The protagonists are flawed, the villains are also victims, and the story never falls into the mistake of unrealistic happy endings.   


    Deep Summer by Gwen Bristow

    A few years prior to the American Revolution, 15-year-old Judith Sheramy travels with her parents and brother down the Mississippi River by flatboat.  After three years of failed crops, they've left their Connecticut farm behind to claim the 3000 acres granted to Judith’s father by King George in return for services during the French and Indian War.  On the journey, Judith is captivated by Philip Larne, a man making the journey down river alongside them, also looking to lay claim on the 3000 acres earned by his military service.  Larne brings a boatful of stolen slaves in tow.  Judith’s Puritan father proclaims Philip Larne a pirate and scoundrel and forbids Judith from interacting with him.  Philip is not to be deterred, however, and a few weeks after landing in Louisiana, he whisks Judith away in the night and the two elope. 

    Deep SummerTogether, Philip and Judith will build a dynasty.  They will clear the forest and plant crops, overcoming disease and the threats of wildlife, transitioning from a one room cabin to a sprawling plantation mansion.  While hard work and ingenuity certainly contribute to their success, it is also clear that King George’s largesse, Philip’s stolen goods, and slave labor are essential to their ascension to the top of Louisiana’s economic and social ladder. 

    Deep Summer was written during the 1930s, and it shows.  Bristow’s prose is heavy with melodrama and lavish descriptions, but these descriptions are part of what makes Deep Summer work, transporting the reader through place and time, experiencing what 18th century Louisiana was like for European settlers.  Deep Summer is well researched, evidenced by the fascinating details included while describing food, clothing, housekeeping, farming, and politics.    

    A word of warning: several reviews I read of Deep Summer chided the novel for its racism.  Yes, racism is rampant in this book.  Any book about the development of a plantation in the American South during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, told through the eyes of a woman whose husband is a slave owner, is going to contain racism; anything else would not be historically accurate.  Knowing that, Deep Summer may not be the book for you, and that’s okay, but if you can stomach the realities of the time period, Deep Summer makes for an interesting read. 

    What about you?  What good books have you read recently that our readers might enjoy?

    EmilyLong before becoming a librarian, Emily was an avid library patron. She enjoys reading fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, biographies, and classic children’s literature. Her favorite book is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.


    by Miss Heather | Jan 14, 2017
    While it is important to read picture books (often over and over again) with your preschooler, reading non-fiction is just as valuable. Often the theme of a picture book will lead you to a non-fiction book naturally. Researchers have acknowledged the importance of non-fiction particularly when building background knowledge and vocabulary. Gone are the factual books meant only for research with few pictures and lengthy paragraphs. Today our shelves feature non-fiction picture books meant for sharing or even for reading independently.

    Hibernation is a fascinating topic for kids and there is much to learn about the variety of animals and different ways those animals prepare and deal with winter. Here are four books about hibernation--two are non-fiction titles heavy on photographs; two are illustrated with drawings and use repetitive phrases making them more along the line of a traditional picture book. Click on the book cover to find the book at ACPL.

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    As you share these or other non-fiction titles you'll want to take notice of unusual words particular to the topic. For this theme, hibernation itself may not be known to your child. There are two kinds of hibernation: true hibernation in which woodchucks, ground squirrels, hedgehogs, chipmunks, and bats enter a state of lowered body temperature, heart rate, and breathing, and torpor, the state bears, raccoons, skunks, and opossums enter. Torpor is more like a state of light sleep that includes time to forage between winter snows. Cold-blooded animals like snakes, turtles, and frogs bury themselves below the frostline.

    Ask a librarian for more non-fiction books great for preschoolers and enjoy them while YOU hibernate this winter!
    by Cindy H | Jan 13, 2017
    Macy thinks that being perfect is the only way she can survive after finding her father dead from a heart attack. She was supposed to be with him; he'd woken her up that morning for their regular jog and she'd decided to go back to sleep. Even though she woke up a few minutes later and ran to catch up to him, it was already too late. Now, her perfect boyfriend has just left for "Brain Camp" for the summer and she is going to take over his perfect job at the library, even though her coworkers there can't stand her. She is going to come home and cook dinner with her perfect mother, study her SAT words, iron her clothes, and go to bed at a decent hour each night. She thinks if she can maintain this routine, the pain of losing her father won't catch up to her. She will soon find out, however, that no one is perfect and that she can't avoid her feelings forever.

    This is the first book I've read by Sarah Dessen and it was even better than I expected. I really could relate to the characters. Although I did find some parts of the book predictable, I still couldn't put the book down. I think this would be a great book for anyone experiencing grief over the loss of a loved one. I also think that anyone who has dealt with feelings of insecurity will be able to relate to Macy. There are great examples of friendship and romantic relationships in this book, so I think there is something for everyone. If you enjoy this book, Sarah Dessen is a prolific writer so be sure to check out some of her other titles. This book, as well as many of her other titles, are available on Overdrive as an eBook, or click the picture of the cover to see where you can pick up or place a copy on hold!
    by Kay S | Jan 13, 2017
    The Viscount who Loved Me, written in 2000 by Julia Quinn, is the second book in the Bridgerton series and it's time for the eldest son's story - Anthony.

    The time has come for Anthony to find a bride. As is the case with most heroes injulia quinn
    Romanceland, he doesn't want to find a wife he can love. And, this is why I can't give this book a higher rating. You see, Anthony's parents Edmund and Violet had a loving marriage. They were wonderful, loving parents. Anthony idolized his father. Then when Anthony was nineteen his father had an allergic reaction to a bee sting and died. Anthony, along with everyone in the family, was devastated. Because his father died so young, Anthony has decided he doesn't want a marriage filled with love. Sure, sure, Anthony has some kind of twisted logic about dying young as his father did - that I can understand. But I have no idea why this should make him want to enter into a loveless marriage - it didn't make a whole lot of sense. If his parents had a horrible marriage maybe his reasoning would have made sense, but in this book, for this particular hero, it didn't make any sense to me.

    Other than that foo-foo, this was a delightful story. It had all the elements which make for wonderful storytelling, fun, witty dialog, well-developed characters; great secondary support; and poignancy.

    Anyway, Anthony has his eyes on the reigning beauty of the season, Edwina Sheffield. She's perfect - a beauty, smart enough, and young enough to be reasonably manipulated. There's just one minor problem - her sister Kate. It seems that Edwina has made it clear that she will not marry any man unless Kate approves of him. Anthony thinks - no problem, he can wrap any woman around his little finger. Whoops - he hasn't meet Kate. Kate loathes rakes, rascals, ne’er-do-wells, and rogues. She knows Anthony Bridgeton is a prime example of all of these and she will never allow him to marry her sister. So begins a battle of wills.

    When the battle begins between Anthony and Kate, it starts out over Edwina. As the story moves along Anthony and Kate soften toward each other. They soon become friends and Kate gradually changes her mind. She feels herself falling for Anthony, but also thinks he will be a good husband for Edwina. Buzzzzzzz. Then a bee strikes, again. While Kate and Anthony are having a little chit-chat among the flowers, Kate is stung by a bee - on her chest. Because of the way his father died, Anthony completely loses it. He thinks he must save Kate's life by sucking the venom out. Remember I said the bee stung her on the chest. Well Anthony is in a frenzied state of venom sucking on a woman's naked chest when who should wander onto the scene. His mother, her mother, and the town's biggest gossip. Anthony and Kate are married shortly afterward.

    What makes this story good is that the story doesn't end with the marriage. We get to watch Kate and Anthony working together to make their marriage work. Anthony has to overcome some of his fears about dying. There is plenty of fun and poignancy in store for this couple through the last few pages. We get to watch as they help each other over the roadblocks.

    Pall-mall. A game similar to croquet. In this book we are introduced to a rousing game of Pall-mall, played the Bridgerton way - no rules and a lot of competition. It is during one of these games that Anthony's attraction to Kate becomes full blown.

    Overall, this was a delightful story, full of great characters. I highly recommend this story and except for not understanding Anthony's reasoning for a loveless marriage this was a great read.

    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.
    by Melissa Tennant | Jan 12, 2017

    Wednesday, February 8 • 2:30 pm
    Main Library | Genealogy Discovery Center

    This presentation will talk about where one can find PERSI, the differences between the sites, how to get copies of articles cited in the periodical index, and the dramatic things that are happening with PERSI at FindMyPast. Part of The Genealogy Center’s WinterTech 2016-2017 series.

    To register for these free events, call (260) 421–1225 or email

    For more information, visit:
    by Becky C | Jan 11, 2017
    New DVDs are added to the collection on a regular basis.  Here's a quick look at some of the most recent titles to hit our shelves.  Click on a cover to check availability — it’s as easy as that!

    Magnificent Seven
     Suicide Squad
     Florence Foster Jenkins
     Southside with You
     Ben Hur
     Love Meet Hope
     Little Men

    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
    by Dawn Stoops | Jan 10, 2017
    New fiction for the new year!

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    by SM | Jan 10, 2017

    These novels are new teen fantasy books for you to explore for the new year....


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    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Communications & Development | Jan 09, 2017

    Join us at the Monroeville Branch Library for the Four Presidents Historical Society meetings in 2017! 

    The Hamilton Sisters of Fort Wayne
    March 1 • 6:30 pm
    Guest Speaker: David Dew
    Retired Northwood Middle School history teacher, David Dew, talks about the famous Hamilton sisters of Fort Wayne. Edith Hamilton was an accomplished Classical scholar, educator and author. Alice Hamilton was the first female professor in Harvard University’s medical school and she is considered to be the founder of OSHA. Edith and Alice had a first cousin, Agnes, who assisted indigent women and children in Fort Wayne by founding the local YWCA, opening the first library and helping to establish the Bethany Presbyterian Church.  

    The Curious Case of Cornelius Garvin
    May 3 • 6:30 pm
    Guest Speaker: Jane Gastineau
    Lincoln Librarian, Jane Gastineau, discusses the research she conducted for an Irish scholar who requested information on Cornelius Garvin. Garvin was a resident of the Rensselaer County Almshouse, and he was sold as a substitute into the Union army by the home’s superintendent. Cornelius, who was mentally disabled, had been placed in the county almshouse by his mother, Catharine. She was no longer able to care for her eighteen-year-old son at home. When Catharine went to visit her son one day, the superintendent informed her that Cornelius was now in the army. Catharine Garvin spent many years looking for her son, even enlisting the aid of President Abraham Lincoln, but she ultimately accepted the findings of the U.S. Army investigation that her son was dead. The basis for Jane’s research are the documents in the Catharine Garvin Collection  that are housed in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection at the Allen County Public Library.

    by Heather G. | Jan 09, 2017
    new yeawrThere are always new books, of course, but turning the page in the new year is a chance to set the count to zero. Whether it is just in tracking the number of books or in refreshing the types of books you read, a reading challenge might be for you. Below you'll find links to a number of reading challenges on the Internet (there are about a million more you'll find with a simple search). And just for extra fun you may want to join in on New York Public Library's #ReadersUnite movement. Post a pic of books as you begin or complete them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media platforms with #ReadersUnite. Need a read? You can search the #ReadersUnite to see what folks all over the country are reading! Read more about NYPL's movement here.

    RHC_cover_pinterestBook Riot's 2017 Read Harder Challenge: There are 24 challenges as a means to " push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try." Challenges range from a book about war to a superhero comic with a female lead. Their lists will help you find the prescribed books from blog posts past. Head over to ACPL and get those books at your favorite library! (You'll also find a reading challenge roundup from Book Riot here.)

    badge-home-2d9db8a46455f8f5ba6fb30fbe7c637f.pngGood Reads 2017 Reading Challenge: Are you a GoodReads user? It's a pretty slick way to create to-read and read lists as it is available as an app! Walk thru ACPL or your favorite book store and scan books you see but aren't ready to read. Those titles will be there when you need your next read. It works the same to add books to your read list. Just scan the ISBN barcode and add to the list of your choice. It tracks that title with today's date (or another you specify). You can also see the challenge your friends have set up. No certain kind of books for this challenge, just a number you set. And don't forget to visit ACPL's Online Book Club at GoodReads.

    175x175bbPOPSUGAR Reading Challenge: "For 2017's challenge, there are 40 book prompts to help diversify and expand your reading in the new year, PLUS an "advanced" section with 12 books for hardcore readers who complete the challenge before the year is over. That's a book a week for the overachievers out there!" There's even a handy printable list to mark off your challenges as you complete them.

    Reading-Challenge-05The 2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge comes from a blog designed to "explore what it looks like to be an accomplished woman in our modern world." There are two lists--one for fun and the other a "stretch" list. It, too, has a handy printable list for keeping track of your goals.

    logoWould you rather create your own challenge list? Lit Reactor gives you a 10 step guide for creating your own book goals for 2017. The author recommends "I really recommend going the handwritten route. Write out your reading challenge by hand. Add illustrations. Color if you want. Add stickers. Make folds. Orient things however you like on the page. Make this list a living, personal thing, something that's special to you."

    There are GoodReads groups for most of these reading challenges if you need a little encouragement from social media.

    Looking for something local? Read26FW is a Facebook group of Fort Wayne area readers who have set a goal to read 26 books in 2017. The members list the books they complete (sometimes as they are completed, sometimes a few at a time). Not only a way to stay accountable but also a source for new titles as the group posts.

    Didn't find a challenge to suit? Here's "The Master List of 2017 Reading Challenges" from You'll find lists for foodies, fantasy and sci fi, classics, dystopians, steampunk, and a few dozen more. 

    Have fun and cheers to more reading in 2017! (Do comment below with your reading challenge if you've chosen to follow one!)
    by Dawn Stoops | Jan 06, 2017
    Downtown Fort Wayne will have winter fun of all kinds at Winterval on Saturday, January 28th. Some of the many events happening that day take place at the Main Library.
    Children can get crafty with snowflakes anytime between 2:00-4:00 pm in the Children's Services department.
    snowflake craft supplies
    There will also be an ice sculpting demonstration on the Library Plaza from noon to 2:00 pm.
    ice sculpture of stack of books
    Come celebrate the wonders of winter at Winterval 2017!