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    by Becky C | Aug 23, 2017
    Editor's Note:  Becky is one of our roaming librarians.  She works at each of the Ask Here desks as needed.  The variety of questions keeps her on her toes and that's one of her favorite things about working at ACPL.

    Readers Services Entrance

    Located on the first floor of ACPL's Main Library, Readers' Services is a book-lover's dream.  The second largest department at the Main Library, we offer a mix of adult fiction and nonfiction. 

    Readers Services paperback collectionWhile we're located somewhat in the middle of the library, our collection actually begins at the end of the main hallway near the Plaza entrance.  Our Popular Library paperback section is located directly across from Dunkin Donuts.  This collection has earned its name -- it's definitely popular!  Recently published paperbacks are arranged by genre for your browsing convenience.  Adventure/Suspense, Based on the Movie, Classics, Horror, Inspirational Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Western -- we have something for everyone.  There are even a couple of spinner racks dedicated to general nonfiction and true crime.  

    Also part of the Popular Library is New Adult Fiction -- a great collection to visit when you're short on time!  It's located next to the paperback section.  Our newest adult fiction is highlighted here and typically calls this spot home for around two months before moving further down the hallway into Readers' Services.

    Readers Services magazines collectionNext to New Adult Fiction, and the final piece of our Popular Library, is our Magazine collection.  Approximately 278 magazine titles currently call this section home and are available to check out.  Cooking, crafting, gardening, lifestyle, news -- we've got you covered.  (We also have a Periodicals collection within the department.  Our Periodicals collection is a reference collection only -- it does not check out.  Look for a future post going into more detail about these collections.)

    I hope you brought a book bag or two with you, because now we're ready to enter Readers' Services, the department with 70 double-sided and 28 single-sided rows of books!

    Readers Services Counter

    As you enter the department, you'll notice study rooms on the left and book displays on the right.  The Ask Here desk is straight ahead.  Make sure you stop by sometime!  While we're at work, the only thing we like more than looking up information (librarians tend to be curious folks), is talking about books.  If you're looking for a new author to try, come by the desk.  Tell us what authors/titles you've particularly enjoyed and we'll suggest a few others.  We'd love to help you find your next great read!

    Fiction is off to the left.    If you love a good novel, you owe it to yourself to pay us a Readers Services computers and fictionvisit.  We offer 24 double-sided rows of general fiction, 8 double-sided rows of Mysteries, and 10 sections of Science Fiction/Fantasy.  Five double-sided rows of Large Print Fiction are on the north side of the department, behind the computers.

    Winding your way through the stacks, you may pass by our Graphic Novel section and our World Languages section.  The low shelves between our computers and our study tables house our Literacy Collection.  The north side of our department offers a lovely view of Wayne Street.  As does our Silent Reading Room, complete with comfy wingback chairs.

    Readers Services nonfictionOur nonfiction collection begins in the northeast corner of the department, near the Silent Reading Room.  We have 22 double-sided rows of regular nonfiction plus 18 sections of oversize nonfiction, which wrap around the east side of the department.  Our nonfiction Large Print Collection currently occupies Row 13, just to the east of the Ask Here desk.  Seven double-sided rows of Biographies are located next to the Silent Reading Room.

    Our nonfiction collection includes popular topics such as Self Help, Religion, Education, Languages, Sports, Writing, Travel, and History

    While we cover several subjects within our department, Readers' Services is one of 6 specialized departments within the Main Library.  Topics we may only touch aspects of will be more fully represented in either Art, Music & Media; Business, Science & Technology; Childrens'; Genealogy; or Teens(Look for posts about each of those departments in the weeks to come). 

    Other popular features specific to our department include a TDD phone and a Videophone for our patrons with speech impairments.  We also provide a scanner which can scan documents to either a USB drive or e-mail address -- there is no charge to use the scanner. Our study rooms may be reserved in advance.

    Whew!  I hope you enjoyed this "tour" of the department!  If you did, and if you're interested in follow-up posts about specific features, please leave a comment.  I'd love to hear from you! 

    Perhaps you'd like to contact the Readers' Services Department directly?  We can be reached at 260-421-1235



    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden.  Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.
    by Emily M | Aug 21, 2017

    Join us for a concert in the theater!
    Who: Natural Horns of Northwest Ohio
    When: Sunday, September 10, 2:00 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater, Lower Level 2
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    by Community Relations | Aug 21, 2017
    Grave Home

    Friday, August 26 - 10:00 am
    Main Library, Discovery Center

    Cemeteries tell us much about who came before us. The size, shape and documentation vary by religious groups, time period, and location, but all cemeteries are important outdoor museums. Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives for the Department of Natural Resources' Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, will discuss the state of cemeteries in Indiana, what is being done at various levels to protect and restore them, and what we can do to help.
    by Community Engagement | Aug 21, 2017
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    by SM | Aug 21, 2017

    Here are even more new teen romance novels to enjoy as Summer fades ...

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    Scott M
    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 Becky C | Aug 21, 2017
    Ever wonder what library staff like to read?  Wonder no more!  Here's a quick look at some books we've enjoyed this month.  Click on a book cover to check availability — it’s as easy as that!

    Im Judging You
     American Elsewhere
     The Orchadist
     Curious Minds
     Buffering
     Love in the Time of Dragons
     Trading in Danger
     Fierce Kingdom
     Churchill and Orwell
     The Light We Lost
     Salt to the Sea
     Borne
     Dietland
     The Hidden Life of Trees
     Brown Girl Dreaming






    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden.  Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.
    by Cindy H | Aug 20, 2017
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    This stunning picture book tells the story of a child waking up early to go fishing with their sibling. They crawl from their tent, quietly, so as not to wake their other family members, to find their sibling waiting for them. They walk down to the lake and get in their red canoe. They see a number of animals and beautiful scenery. After waiting a while they finally get a bite on their fishing hook and catch a silvery trout. As they make their way back to shore they can hear the rest of the family stirring and preparing a fire. They cook the trout for a delicious breakfast.

    This story is written almost like poetry; you can almost smell the fresh, outdoor air. It is clear this was a wonderful experience for the child in the story. It took me back to the times I enjoyed camping when I was younger, and how special it felt to get some alone time with one of my parents or siblings. This beautifully illustrated book will be great for very young children who enjoy looking at the pictures, or older children who will enjoy the lyrical nature of the words. It is available in print or as an ebook on Hoopla. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by Cindy H | Aug 18, 2017
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    Sunny is an albino girl living in Nigeria who was born in the United States. She is smart and athletic, but struggles with bullying at school. One day after the most popular girl in her class starts a fight with her, she becomes friends with a boy named Orlu when he comes to her defense. He introduces her to Chichi, a mysterious and feisty girl who lives with her mother in a mud hut. They become friends, but she feels like they may be hiding something from her. What she'll soon realize is that there is a magical world that normal people, "lambs", aren't aware of. Orlu and Chichi have known of their "leopard" abilities since birth, but this is all new to Sunny. When they become friends with another boy who was sent to live in Nigeria after creating trouble in the United States, it seems that the four of them coming together is more than coincidence.

    This book opens up an exhilarating new magical world, I had a hard time putting it down! It is highly recommended for fans of the Harry Potter series; there are some similarities, such as the deep feelings of friendship and destiny, the use of juju knives instead of wands, and the idea that there is a separation of magical and non-magical people. I did not feel like the author was copying Harry Potter, though; it almost feels more real in some ways, like there really could be this magical world all around us, that is only visible to a few. I also really loved that the book is set in Nigeria. It is still very relatable but makes it all the more interesting to learn a bit about some of the culture there. If you enjoy this book, keep an eye out for the next book in the series, Akata Warrior, coming out in October 2017. This book is available in print or as an ebook on Overdrive. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by Kay S | Aug 18, 2017
    Sometimes when you go digging through the dust and cobwebs of the past, all that happens is a sneeze. But other times you find a forgotten treasure and you say to yourself -- now I know why this author is still around.

    Mary Jo PutneyBook Review:  The Rogue and the Runaway by Mary Jo Putney

    A long long time ago there used to be a publisher by the name of New American Library, or NAL, and they had this wonderful little branch called Signet Regency Romance. They started printing in the late 1970s and lasted until sometime in 2006. Many, many, many authors began with Signet. I loved these little books. I think they would publish three or four books a month and I would be waiting for those books to hit the stands. One of the authors who first came to my attention through Signet was Mary Jo Putney -- I loved her early stuff. Then she started writing longer books and then she turned to the dark side and started writing contemporary romance. She even dabbled a little bit in paranormal. She has, of course, returned to historical, but nothing beats some of her older writing. And if any of you have never read The Rake, you should. It is one of my ten favorite romances. But this review isn't about that story, it's about another older book by Ms. Putney. First written in 1990 as The Rogue and the Runaway, it was published by Signet. Later Ms. Putney added a few more pages and it joined her Fallen Angels series under the new name of Angel Rogue (1995). Well, it has recently floated to my attention again through the wonderful world of electronic books. At last, a book with some wonderful words and great characters. It was a pleasure to reread this story.

    This story revolves around Maxima (Maxie) Collins and Lord Robert Andreville (Robin). There is also a secondary romance between Desdemona, Maxie's aunt, and Giles, Robin's brother. Both of these romances are quite good, and unlike some stories which have two romances going on at once, they do not distract from each other. Also helping in making this story a lovely read was its length. It is just a tad bit longer than stories which are published today -- so there is more substance on these pages.
     
    Here's the plot-line. Lord Robert Andreville, aka Robin, is home from years and years of spying. He's been through a lot. He's got dirt on his hands, he's been through some awful terrible stuff. Plus, his mistress is now his friend and married to a fellow hero from another book. Not only is Robin sad and blue because of his lost love, he also has some pretty angst-like spy stuff to get over. Unlike a lot of angst-filled heroes, Robin does not drag the entire world down with him. He has hidden his melancholy side under a happy-go-lucky facade. That doesn't mean his friends aren't worried about him, because they are -- especially his brother Giles and his ex-mistress Maggie. But don't fear, my little Petunias, because help is on the way in the form of our heroine Maxie.

    Maxie is an American. She is also the child of an English aristocratic father and a Mohawk Native-American woman. Most of her life was spent in America living with her mother's people or traveling around with her free-spirited father. By the way, she loved her life with her mother and father -- no Romanceland horrible parents here! Maxie's parents are both dead so she is living in England with her uncle and his snooty wife and daughters. Maxie is an interesting character because she is really quite good at standing up for herself. There's a wonderful scene in the beginning when she threatens her cousin with an arrow. When Maxie overhears her uncle talking about her father's death and how "things" must be kept from her, she knows she must find out what happened. She sees nothing wrong or silly with packing her bags, binding her boobs, and hiking 250 miles to London. By this time in the book, we the reader have learned what makes Maxie tick and see nothing silly about this premise. So she's off. Oops! She trips over something on the way out. That would be Robin, who is taking a little nap under a tree.

    Mary Jo PutneyRobin wakes up and knows right away that he has an arm-full of woman. No bound boobs are going to get past this hero. After some talking, Robin and Maxie decide to join forces and journey to London together. This journey covers more than just miles, because during their time together they get to know each other. Along the way they become friends, comrades and eventually lovers. They share their good and bad memories. They also share a number of adventures. The road trip is quite an experience and I enjoyed most of it. I did have a few eye-brows raised moments when Maxie was doing her "talk to the trees, butterflies and clouds" routine, puffing away on her hookah and chanting OMMMMMMmmm. I lied, she didn't have a hookah, but she did come awfully close to an OM moment. Regardless of Maxie's mother-nature incidents, Robin and Maxie were a wonderful couple.

    But they weren't the only wonderful couple in the book. There was also a secondary romance between the stodgy older brother Giles and the antagonistic, pushy aunt, Desdemona. These two had absolutely nothing in common and were great fun to watch as they circled each other and gave chase to their little lost lambs. I almost wish they had their own book, but ‘twas not to be. But I had great fun reading when they were in the book.

    Except for the "mother-nature" moments I only had one other small quibble. Even with all the extra pages which were added to the story, the ending still had a rushed feel to it. But other than that, this story is a great classic romance and it should be picked up and read. I recommend either the original The Rogue and the Runaway or the one with all the sex, Angel Rogue. It's a truly wonderful novel by one of Romanceland's very gifted authors - Mary Jo Putney.



    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 Dawn S | Aug 17, 2017
    Today at the Grabill Branch Library we've fielded a lot of questions about the solar eclipse happening on Monday. Mostly, people want to know if we have viewing glasses to give away. The answer is no, but we'll have pairs of glasses to use here on Monday and fun activities too!

    In fact, every location of the Allen County Public Library will have glasses to share on Monday. Check out our official Facebook Event Page here.

    This super science event calls for some super science books! Here are some suggestions.

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    We'd love to see you on Monday!
    by SM | Aug 16, 2017

    Hoopla, the digital service of the ACPL, has made several content deals in the last month bringing in thousands of new titles, including eBooks from HarperCollins and comics from Titan Comics.
    If you like to read Dr. Who, Assassin's Creed or even Minions comics on your devices then Hoopla will be the place for you!
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    Scott M
    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 Craig B | Aug 16, 2017

    The 'E' in e-music should really stand for ‘easy’ instead of for ‘electronic’ … with one condition.  That condition is: It’s easy once you get past the learning curve of a new technological experience!  Taking the leap into that new experience can seem overwhelming, especially when an enthused librarian tells you, “Have you checked out FreegalHoopla?  Do you have a smartphone?  Unlimited data?  Just sign here!” 

    A good starting point for your e-music experience at ACPL, one that you’re already familiar with and will probably have little trouble navigating, is your app store.  Because digital databases out on the open web can be confusing with their unending unfurling of new tabs, Freegal and Hoopla have both created free apps that sit attractively on the ‘desktop’ of your device and quietly remind you of the wealth hidden away inside.  And once inside, the closed environment of the app makes it easy to acclimate to the item catalog and the different functions of the database like streaming, borrowing, and downloading music.

    (Now some of you are already throwing up a hand.  You’re saying, “Wait!  I just haven’t got anymore room on my phone for yet another app!”  Well, that’s ok, because you can still access these databases through your browser already installed on your device by visiting our website and logging in to the databases, listed under the "Explore" tab, separately.)

    Still not convinced?  Don’t worry we’re here for you.  Let us make our sales pitch to you in person and even back that pitch up with some good ol’ hands-on demonstration of the e-ease with which you can access Hoopla and Freegal.  Stop by one of ACPL’s locations anytime during regular business hours or consider registering for some scheduled time with a librarian at one of our technology help sessions.  There’s a whole sea of resources here at ACPL and nothing floats our boat quite like seeing customers dive into something new!

    Waynedale Branch Library: Tech Help with Kiera, Every Thursday from 10 am to 11 am.  Walk-Ins welcome or call (260) 421-1365.

    Shawnee Branch Library: May We Help You? Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 10 am to 11 am.  Register online at www.acpl.info or call (260) 421-1355.

    Grabill Branch Library: Tech Time with Craig, Call to make an appointment: (260) 421-1325.

    by Mary Voors | Aug 15, 2017

    We have been having so much fun all summer long with storytimes outside, and we still have two Mondays of Storytime at the Park left in our summer programming!
    Storytime at the Park

    As part of a cooperative venture between Riverfront Fort Wayne and the downtown Public Library, we’d love to see you and your kids at the Headwaters Park West Ampitheatre for Storytime in the Park at 10:30 each Monday morning through August 28th. Enjoy the fresh air as you enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and more. (In the event of inclement weather, this program will be held at the downtown public Library.)

    It’s all fun and it’s all free! Join us!

    Here's how to find the storytime:  Head North on Harrison. Cross Superior Street and turn right immediately before the Harrison Street Bridge. There is a parking lot on the right.   Follow the sidewalk to the outdoor ampitheater. We’ll see you there!

    by sm | Aug 14, 2017

    These books are more new teen romance novels to enjoy for the last of Summer ...

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    Scott M
    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 Becky C | Aug 14, 2017

    Read an eBook Day

    When I saw the announcement that OverDrive would be giving away 12 free e-readers, I knew that I had to share that information with my fellow book lovers.  While this is an OverDrive initiative and ACPL has no partnership in the program, a chance at a free e-reader is a chance at a free e-reader, right?  Here are the details:

    In celebration of Read an eBook Day, OverDrive will be giving away 12 Kobo Aura ONEs.  To enter the contest, readers must post a video to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram sharing why they love reading eBooks.  Videos must have the hashtag #eBookLove and may be posted any time during the month of August 2017.

    Winners will be selected by reader voting on Read an eBook Day and announced on September 18, 2017.

    Good luck!  We hope to see lots of ACPL videos -- tag us too!


    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.
    by Becky C | Aug 11, 2017
    Book Review:  The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

    In a world of parallel universes, the Library exists in its own space and time, and collects unique books from all realities.  Irene literally grew up in the library and she’s now a junior grade librarian.  She’s accustomed to traveling between universes to retrieve important items.  She’s not accustomed to being sent on missions with students however.  Nothing about this mission is typical:  not the secrecy, not the student partner, not the quarantined alternate London they must infiltrate in order to get the book.

    The Invisible LibraryI love this book!!!  I've already read it twice and I purchased my own copy so that I can re-read it whenever I like.  Which I expect to be often, despite the fact that my To Read List is currently 8 pages long.  It's a brilliant beginning to a series.

    The story begins as Irene is attempting to retrieve an elusive copy of a famous necromancer's book.  This particular alternate world is filled with magic and she finds herself pursued by the security systems set in place by Prince Mordred's Private Academy for Boys.

    "There was no time for her to pause and feel smug, so she ran.  Then the howling started.  It was either hellhounds or teenagers, and she suspected the former."

    Irene escapes but that's the last spoiler I'm offering.  It's what happens next that drives the story.  Within minutes of returning to the Library, her supervisor gives Irene a new assignment.  That's unusual in itself.  The lack of detail, the inexperienced trainee she's partnered with, and the urgency are unsettling.  This is one assignment Irene isn't looking forward to.

    Steampunk typically isn’t my thing, and there are steampunk elements in this story, but they are simply characteristics of this particular London.  This particular London also features fae, vampires, and werewolves, so it’s definitely a happening place.   While Irene and Kai encounter trouble from a variety of sources, it’s the Chaos that’s the real challenge. Chaos throws all of the rules -- natural, magical, and technological -- out of the window.  Everything tends to work in unexpected ways.

    Lots of action, lots of adventure.  Intriguing mysteries.  Interesting characters.  This is simply the most fun book I've read since The Spellman Files.  I’ve also read (and purchased) the next two books in the series, The Masked City and The Burning Page -- LOVE them!!!  The fourth book in this entertaining series, The Lost Plot, comes out January 2018 and guess who has already preordered it? 


    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden.  Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.
    by Community Engagement | Aug 10, 2017
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    As the Allen County Public Library undergoes the strategic planning process, we are beginning to seek out information.  We will be asking a lot of questions to people and organizations who use our libraries and services, as well as those who don’t. We are also asking for your feedback on matters about the larger community that we serve.  We want to know what kind of community you want to live in. 

    Public focus groups will be held throughout the county. They are intended to serve as opportunities to share your thoughts, values, and goals for our organization, as well as your communities.

    These forums are open to the public:

    August 14

    6:30-8:00 pm
    Pontiac Branch

    August 22

    6:30-8:00 pm
    Grabill Branch

    August 23

    1:30-3:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room C

    6:30-8:00 pm
    Monroeville Branch

    August 24

    10:15-11:45 am
    Hessen Cassel Branch

    2:30-4:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room C

    6:30-8:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room C

    September 6

    10:15-11:45 am
    Main Library - Meeting Room A

    1:30-3:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room A

    6:30-8:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room A

    September 7

    10:15-11:45 am
    Main Library - Meeting Room C

    1:30-3:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room C

    6:30-8:00 pm
    Dupont Branch


    Take Our Survey

    You may also complete a paper survey at any of our library branches throughout Allen County.  A digital version of the survey is also available online. Click here to take the survey. 
    En Español.



    by Cindy H | Aug 10, 2017
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    Sergio is a penguin. Sergio's favorite things in the world are soccer, fishies, and water. He especially loves water of all kinds! Water can make him happy, relaxed, playful, and silly. Even though he loves water, Sergio can also be scared of it because he doesn't know how to swim. On his first day of school, his class takes a field trip to the ocean where they are going to learn how to swim. Sergio is nervous because the ocean is so big, deep, and dark. He watches his friends dive in, having a great time. He decides to jump in! Even though he doesn't get into the water very gracefully, he finds that it is a ton of fun and he can't wait to go back. Maybe next time he'll even be able to get in without his floaties!

    This is a cute story that is great for encouraging reluctant swimmers. Sergio is an adorable little penguin, and you get to learn some fun facts about him, such as where he lives, and how he is different from many other types of birds. This picture book is recommended for children ages 4-8.

    Sergio Makes a Splash, written and illustrated by Edel Rodriguez, is available in print at the library, click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold! If you like this book, check out another book about Sergio, Sergio Saves the Game.
    by Evan | Aug 09, 2017
    You want a list of potential customers for your new business. Or you want to find an address for your aunt in Toledo. Or you want to find a list of orthodontists in Fort Wayne. 

    We have an online resource that specializes in those types of searches:  AtoZdatabases.  You can access this database from any of our public computers.  You can also access this database from home -- you'll just need to provide your ACPL card number, beginning with 21833 to login.

    Click on the Research tab at the top of ACPL's home page and then again on Research Tools from the drop down list. Scroll down and click on Business and Finance. When you see the next drop down list, choose AtoZdatabases. You will be asked to type in your library card number (unless you are using a computer at the library.) Then you hit the jackpot.

    A to Z

    You can see three main options near the top of the page. One lets you search for a specific business anywhere in the country. The second provides job listings in your community. The third option lets you search for individuals by name -- or, if you activate the Search by Phone button -- you can search for who has a certain telephone number (although in the cell phone age, there's often no result available).

    Things get even more interesting in the middle of the main page, where you can generate lists of businesses or people. For instance, you can put together a list of businesses of a certain size and certain type in all of Indiana. Or, you can generate a list of all married people in New Haven who live in houses valued between $75,000 and $125,000. 

    Much of the data in AtoZ is estimates, and sometimes the addresses and phone numbers are out of date, but it's a far better resource than what you will find for free on the Internet, especially for creating lists. There are some limits on how long the lists can be, but once you have a list, you can print it or save it to a file. 

    If you are comfortable playing around with databases, I encourage you to spend a half hour with AtoZ. The service is, of course, free for ACPL card holders who live in Allen County. If you would like guidance on using it, stop by the Business, Science & Technology Desk at the Main Library or give us a call at 260-421-1215. We'll be glad to help you with your personal or professional project.



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    by Katie B. | Aug 08, 2017
    One of my favorite annual programs here in Children's Services is the Stuffed Animal Sleepover.  Kids are invited to bring in a stuffed animal friend to share a special storytime before we tuck our stuffed friends in for a sleepover at the library.  
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    Of course, after the library closes, the real fun begins!  The animals are much too excited to sleep and they get into all kinds of shenanigans.  This year's guests took a trip down to storage, made s'mores on the library plaza, and raced library carts in the Great Hall among other things.
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    The next day, our overnight guests were picked up by their owners along with a photo book that documented their after-hours adventures at the library.  If you missed the sleepover this year, be sure to be on the lookout for next year's event.  The animals find new adventures to have every year so the program is always a little different each time.
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