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    by Dawn S | Jul 23, 2019
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    United Tastes of America: An Atlas of Food Facts & Recipes From Every State
    by Gabrielle Langholtz

    Wouldn't it be fun to take a tour of the USA and try regional food at every stop? You might know what's tasty in your home state, but what about dishes known in states hundreds of miles away? If your summer plans don't include this kind of road trip, here's a book to help your taste buds travel.

    United Tastes of America has more than 200 pages of state facts, maps, and simple recipes. One of my favorite things about this kind of book is the conversations they can start. Kids and adults alike will ask "I wonder what that tastes like?" or "Why would you eat that?" I also like the eye catching mix of drawings and photos which make this book a treat for the eyes too.

    Take a look at this new book and learn about pog juice, the bobbie, runza, and comeback sauce. What recipe was chosen to represent Indiana? You'll have to check out the book to find out, but I'll give you a hint. It has five ingredients and when it's done it's kind of wiggly.

    by Dawn Stoops | Jul 17, 2019
    Our new book shelves have a fantastic collection of graphic novels! Here are just a few.
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    by Community Engagement | Jul 10, 2019
    SLP Survey

    Did you participate in our 2019 SPARK Summer Learning Program? We want your feedback!

    The Allen County Public Library is dedicated to promoting early literacy skills and lifelong learning through the items, services, and programs that we provide to our communities. Every summer, over 19,000 readers of all ages participate in our annual SPARK Summer Learning Program by reading books, attending programs, and so much more. Through the generosity of the Foellinger Foundation, the Allen County Public Library Foundation, and the Friends of ACPL, we're able to provide over 30,000 free books and over 1,000 programs throughout the months of June and July.

    We need your feedback to start planning next year's program! Whether you read and tracked your time, attended programs, or visited any of our fourteen locations, we want to hear about your experience. 

    Take a few minutes and complete a quick survey. We truly value your feedback and use every comment, question, and suggestion to plan future programs at ACPL.

    Please take the survey that corresponds your age group. If you have a child that participated in the program, you may fill out a survey on their behalf.

    Children's Program Survey

    Teen's Program Survey

    Adult's Program Survey


    Thank you so much for taking our summer program survey! We truly appreciate your feedback and support.
    by Dawn S | Jul 08, 2019

    The newest book in the non-fiction series "Two Truths and a Lie" is a great summer read for older elementary school kids!
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    Two Truths and a Lie: Forces of Nature, by Ammi-Joan Paquette & Laurie Ann Thompson, has sections with titles like "Freaky Physics" and " Surprising Space". Each chapter contains three short science stories. Readers have to guess which two stories are true and which one is fictional. A quick look in the back of the book gives you the correct answer and also resources available online, like links to news articles, to learn more about the true stories. The photos, diagrams, and drawings make this book extra engaging. I can see the potential for a lot of great conversations generated by this book, so be prepared to share it with family and friends.

    This book is perfect for all sorts of readers, like...

    • Anyone who loves guessing games
    • Kids who are curious about science and how the world works
    • Families who need a book to read together in little spurts when they don't have a ton of time for read-alouds
    • Anyone who likes extraordinary news stories from around the world and throughout history
    Besides being fun to read, this book comes with a build-in lesson about research and fact finding. Can you believe everything you read in a book? Can you believe everything you read on the internet? There's some good info here to get kids thinking like a researcher and asking the right questions.

    Also, try the other two in the series!
    Histories and Mysteries
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    and
    It's Alive
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    by Dawn Stoops | Jun 21, 2019
    The 50th anniversary of the first moon landing has everyone thinking of space adventures! Here are some new books to match that MOON theme.
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    by Emily M | Jun 21, 2019
    Each month we feature a foreign or independent film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series.  This month we will be showing the Oscar award winning film Green Book.  Starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, Green Book is the story of a working-class Italian-American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.  Please join us!

    Green BookWhat: Green Book
    When: Monday, July 1, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Globe Room

    Free admission
    Rated PG-13

    by Dawn Stoops | Jun 19, 2019
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    Being Edie Is Hard Today
    Here's a new picture book I just fell in love with!

    Here's why:
    1. It's a kind of modern day Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
    2. The story is relatable yet has an element of fantasy, like when Edie's hands become polar bear hands.
    3. The pictures are unique. There's not a ton of color, but the patterns and details are captivating.
    4. The Emoji faces above each character work so well. For the first part of the book, the actual characters don't have facial features. You can tell how they feel from the words of the story and the Emoji above their heads. Then when Edie and her mom start to talk about how they feel, the Emojis are replaced by facial features.
    5. The ending isn't all rosy, but a realistic and touching interaction between mom and daughter with a hope for 'a little fluffier' day to come.
    Being Edie Is Hard Today would make a great bedtime read, a classroom read focusing on feelings and emotions, or a book for adults who enjoy the creativity and beauty of children's books. It's also my pick, thus far, for the 2020 Caldecott Award!


    by SPARK Summer Learning Program | Jun 06, 2019
    essential oils

    What is an essential oil? Why do they work & how are they used? Experience some amazing scents as our presenter answers these questions and leads you in making a DIY item to take home with you!

    This program covers basic essential oils information, offers a Q&A session, and ends with a make-and-take, scent-filled craft. Free and open to the public.

    SPARK Summer Learning Program is generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.

    Program Dates & Times

    Wednesday, June 5 - 3:00 pm
    Main Library - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2069521

    Tuesday, June 18 - 7:00 pm
    Little Turtle Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2063868

    Wednesday, June 19 - 3:00 pm
    Monroeville Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2064666

    Thursday, June 20 - 2:00 pm
    Georgetown Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2072495

    Monday, June 24 - 7:00 pm
    Aboite Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2074596

    Tuesday, June 25 - 7:00 pm
    Grabill Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2023009

    Thursday, June 27 - 4:00 pm
    Hessen Cassel Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2069528

    Tuesday, July 2 - 2:00 pm
    Waynedale Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2067656

    Wednesday, July 3 - 4:00 pm
    Tecumseh Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2028040

    Monday, July 8 - 2:00 pm & 6:30 pm
    New Haven Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2070708

    Wednesday, July 10 - 3:30 pm
    Little Turtle Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2079645

    Space is limited, so please register for all programs online, on the ACPL mobile app, or by calling any library location. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to each event. Please call your local branch for group/guest registrations larger than five people.
    by SPARK Summer Learning Program | Jun 06, 2019
    Figure Drawing

    This summer, ACPL and Tobias Studios will be offering free drawing classes at various library branches. These classes will give the public an opportunity to explore traditional figure drawing from a live, clothed model. Life drawing has been practiced by artists for generations, and remains a challenging path of learning. Basic materials and instruction will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchbooks. All classes are free and open to the public.

    SPARK Summer Learning Program is generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.

    Program Dates & Times

    Monday, June 10 - 7:00 pm
    Pontiac Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2046907

    Tuesday, June 11 - 7:00 pm
    Shawnee Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2047643

    Tuesday, June 18 - 7:00 pm
    Grabill Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2022868

    Space is limited, so please register for all programs online, on the ACPL mobile app, or by calling any library location. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to each event. Please call your local branch for group/guest registrations larger than five people.
    by SPARK Summer Learning Program | Jun 06, 2019
    succulent growing

    Learn how to help your tiny plants grow and thrive. Honey Plant will share helpful tips about succulent care and culture, including soils, pots, watering, and light. Participants will receive their own plant to cultivate! This program is free and open to the public.

    SPARK Summer Learning Program is generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.

    Program Dates & Times

    Tuesday, June 11 - 7:00 pm
    Grabill Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2022859

    Wednesday, June 12 - 7:00 pm
    Little Turtle Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2051875

    Monday, June 24 - 7:00 pm
    Pontiac Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2046992

    Wednesday, June 26 - 7:00 pm
    Dupont Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2057913

    Thursday, June 27 - 7:00 pm
    Tecumseh Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2028027

    Monday, July 1 - 7:00 pm
    Shawnee Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2063050

    Tuesday, July 2 - 7:00 pm
    Woodburn Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2066836

    Space is limited, so please register for all programs online, on the ACPL mobile app, or by calling any library location. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to each event. Please call your local branch for group/guest registrations larger than five people.
    by SPARK Summer Learning Program | Jun 06, 2019
    90s Party

    Relive the glory days at this 90’s throwback party! Wear your best 90’s outfit and get ready for a variety of fun nostalgic activities.

    Activities may include:

    - All of the crafts from waaaay back. We’re talking Lisa Frank, Pony Bead Creatures, Friendship Bracelets, and Boondoggle Keychains!

    - Classic games from those golden years. Can you still keep your family alive on the Oregon Trail? Or are you still the fastest button masher in Super Smash Brothers?

    - And of course some epic trivia. We hope you remember all of that glorious pop culture.

    You’ll even get a chance to recreate your school photos with the classic laser backdrop!

    All programs are free and open to the public.

    SPARK Summer Learning Program is generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.

    Program Dates & Times

    Monday, June 10 - 7:00 pm
    Grabill Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2022858

    Monday, June 24 - 7:00 pm
    Tecumseh Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2027997

    Tuesday, June 25 - 6:30 pm
    Hessen Cassel Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2069501

    Tuesday, June 25 - 7:00 pm
    Little Turtle Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2079540

    Monday, July 08 - 6:00 pm
    Waynedale Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2067373

    Sunday, July 21 - 1:30 pm
    Main Library: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2199876

    Wednesday, July 24 - 3:00 pm
    Monroeville Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2065771

    Monday, July 29 - 2:00 pm
    New Haven Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2070850

    Monday, July 29 - 6:30 pm
    New Haven Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2070851

    Space is limited, so please register for all programs online, on the ACPL mobile app, or by calling any library location. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to each event. Please call your local branch for group/guest registrations larger than five people.
    by Art, Music & Media | Jun 06, 2019

    Join us for a free showing of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World! 
    When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia, before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

    What: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
    When: Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater
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    Free admission. Rated PG.
    Limited seating. First-come, first-seated.
    Doors open at 6 pm with cartoons.

    by Dawn Stoops | May 31, 2019
    You're ready for some chill reads far from the constraints of school, teachers, and tests.
    Here are some perfect books for your summer!

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    by Community Engagement | May 30, 2019
    Nia Movement

    Please note: The Nia Movement class scheduled for Wednesday, July 24 at the Main Library has been cancelled.  All other classes will take place as originally scheduled.

    Get moving this summer with free Nia Movement fitness classes at four ACPL locations!

    Nia Movement
    classes combine dance techniques with martial arts movements and mindfulness practices. Learn more about this fun, creative pathway to health and exercise that is adaptable to all ages and physical ability. Participants should plan to attend all classes in a series at each location. Each location will host three classes/sessions. Every class is free and open to the public. Grab a fitness partner and go to Nia Fitness classes at multiple branches this summer!

    Register for each session online or on the ACPL mobile app! Check out the full schedule with registration links below:

    Little Turtle Branch
    Mondays in June
    June 10: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2051871
    June 17: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2051878
    June 24: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2051879

    Tecumseh Branch
    Wednesdays in June
    June 12: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2027899
    June 19: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2027964
    June 26: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2028001

    Aboite Branch
    Mondays in July
    July 15: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2197073
    July 22: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2197078
    July 29: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2197079

    Main Library
    Wednesdays in July
    Classes will be held in the Theater Lobby on Lower Level 2.

    July 17: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2196481
    July 24: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2196482 *This class has now been cancelled.*
    July 31: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2196483

    This program is part of our SPARK Summer Learning Program, generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.

    by Dawn S | May 20, 2019
    Perhaps you didn't even know that Indiana has its own children's book awards, but this one is just for the littlest residents.

    On Friday, the Indiana Center for the Book announced the Winner of the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award.

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    Here's the winner!
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    There's a Monster in Your Book
    Kids ages 0-5 could vote, with the help of an adult, on the book they enjoyed the most. There were five books on the ballot and this monster book proved the most popular with more than 2,000 votes.

    Written by Tom Fletcher and Illustrated by Greg Abbott, this interactive story asks the reader for help getting a pesky monster out of the book. The little blue monster hides, runs, falls and then escapes. What could be more fun than reading and playing at the same time? Besides, this little monster is more cute and mischievous than ugly and sinister.

    If you're curious about the other books on the Firefly Award ballot take a look for yourself. There's a lot of fun and learning in these great titles!

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    by Emily M | May 17, 2019
    Each month we show an independent or foreign film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series.  Join us this month for the Russian language film Over the Limit. 

    Over the Limit
    is an intimate portrait of the world's most outstanding rhythmic gymnast, Margarita Mamun, who needs to overcome mental fragility to take part in the Olympic Games.

    Over the Limit
    What: Over the Limit
    When: Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library, Globe Room

    Free admission.
    Ages 18 and up.
    Film is in Russian with English subtitles.

    by Community Engagement | May 10, 2019
    Jim Gill Worksho
    Saturday, July 27
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library
    (900 Library Plaza)

    Register for this free workshop online at http://bit.ly/2JfHGlp

    Over the years Jim Gill’s music and books have received, among other honors, five awards from the American Library Association. Early childhood professionals, however, are most interested in the fact that Jim Gill’s unique creations in music play provide joyous opportunities for children to learn. And they appreciate that his approach to song and book writing is informed by graduate studies in child development and 20 years of experience working with children and families.

    In this energizing session Jim will share examples of his work – both books and songs – that teachers and care providers can bring back to their classrooms, playrooms and family rooms. Most importantly, Jim will discuss how his unique creations in music play inspire young children not only to move, but to regulate their movements….not only to sing, but to make connections between the words they sing and the printed word and the world of numbers. Jim will discuss how a play-based program provides an inclusive environment for children with special needs and share thoughts based on his work with children of all ability levels.

    Early childhood professionals will leave the session inspired to share a new repertoire of songs and playful literacy activities with the children that they care for. Even more, they will leave the session understanding that what is most challenging about the nature of early childhood education is also what makes the profession so exciting. When we define our teaching as helping children learn, we not only provide joyous challenges for the children. We also keep ourselves engaged and rejuvenated by watching their excitement as they learn.

    This workshop is free and open to the public. Parking is free in APCL parking lots with valid library card. Parking is $1 per hour for non-cardholders.
    by Community Engagement | May 10, 2019
    Jim Gill Event
    Jim Gill in Concert: Nationwide Campaign for Play
    Friday, July 26
    10:30 am and 6:30 pm
    ACPL Main Library Plaza

    Free Admission!

    Get ready to sing, clap, sneeze, and dance along during this visit by award-winning musician and author Jim Gill.  In concert, Jim strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical games that he creates.

    The concert will feature songs from his newest CD release, Vote For Jim Gill!

    Jim will also lead families in active favorites such as “Spin Again” and his “Silly Dance Contest!”

    Jim Gill’s distinctive music play creates a family room experience wherever the concert is held.  Come and join in the fun!

    Register for both showtimes online at www.acpl.info/calendar

    Parking is free in ACPL parking lots with valid library card. Parking is $1 per hour for non-cardholders.
    by Dawn Stoops | May 08, 2019
    Adventures await in these great new chapter books!
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    by Community Engagement | May 07, 2019

    13th Annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
    Sunday, May 19
    Noon to 5:00 pm
    Allen County Public Library
    900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, IN

    Presented by the Japanese American Association of Indiana (JAAI) and the Allen County Public Library.

    Share the traditions of Japan at the 13th Annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival! Most events are free, and Japanese merchandise and food will be available for purchase.

    Opening Ceremony - 12:00 pm
    with Fort Wayne Taiko, Mayor Tom Henry's Official Proclamation, Fort Wayne Children's Choir and Suzuki Strings, and pre-opening music by Fort Wayne Taiko.

    Featured Artists:
    • Tokiko Kimura – Koto
    • Emi Tanabe - Violin (part of Grammy-winning group, Apollo’s Fire)
    • Elaina Robbins, vocal and Daniel Quinn, classical guitar - contemporary Japanese music
    • Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, Chamber Singers - Performing Japanese music in the Opening Ceremony
    • Fort Wayne Taiko - traditional Japanese drumming at 12 noon to open the festival
    • Dalen Wuest - Saxophone
    • Koji Ota, Japanese Pop Songs – songs in Japanese
    • Minyo Dancers - traditional Japanese Folk style dancing in colorful Kimonos
    • Shie Otani - traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with participation of audience members
    • Suzuki Strings Orchestra of Fort Wayne - performing Japanese music for the Opening Ceremony

    Contests:
    Anime Art!
    Draw a famous anime character or your own original character. 
    Can You Haiku? Students submit work prior to festival. Finalists have their haiku displayed and are invited to read their haiku at the festival. The public may also compose haiku at the festival.
    Cosplay Competition! Public may wear costumes depicting their favorite Cosplay character. 

    Japanese Marketplace:
    • Asian Styles - Japanese merchandise, accessories, gifts, souvenirs
    • Bonsai Club - Japanese style miniature plants
    • Books, Comics and Things- Manga and Japanese trading card games
    • Buf’s Otaku Stop – Video games, wall scrolls, plush
    • Carroll High School-Yamate Gakuin Partnership-original origami accessories
    • Cherry Blossom Festival T-shirts-Collect them all!
    • IACE Travel Agency – Travel information
    • JessDesu Kawaii – Handmade Kanzashi hair and Harakuju accessories, chibi anime figures
    • Japanese Saturday School – Accessories, crafts and Japanese souvenir items
    • Ohio Kimono - Kimonos from Japan & kimono accessories

    Martial Arts Demonstrations:
    Indianapolis Kendo Club

    Taste of Japan:
    Bamboo Garden: Curry, yakisoba, spring rolls  
    Kona Shaved Ice: Kakigōri:  
    Pho-Shi: Sushi, yakitori, mochi ice cream  
    West Coast Grill: Smoothies, seaweed salad, bottled water 
    Woo’s Oriental Grocery & Mart: Japanese candies, drinks, crackers etc.

    Demonstrations and Other Activities:
    Bonsai Crafting by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club 
    Children’s Games & Crafts, ACPL Children’s Services 
    Japanese Goldfish Catch 
    Japanese-themed “Make and Take”, ACPL Children’s Services & JAAI
    Kamishibai Story Telling, ACPL Children’s Services 
    Kendama, Mike Tsugawa 
    Make the Cherry Tree Bloom – Make origami cherry blossoms
    Origami Demonstration, Mike Schmid, Art educator 
    Papercutting Art Exhibit and Demonstration by Janice Furtner, Artist
    YoYo Water Balloons – IACE Travel Agency