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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.  
     Storytime with a friend
    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.
     Checking out Juvenile Storage  Making s'mores on the plaza
     Racing carts

    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.
     Block tower
    by SM | Aug 07, 2017

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



    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 Dawn S | Aug 07, 2017
    Add a back to school book to your school supply list this month! We've got nonfiction books about teachers, bus safety, and making friends. We've got fiction titles for kids who are nervous about starting school, kids who are excited about starting school, and everyone in between!

    cover image for jake starts school  cover image for growing friendships: every kids guide to making and keeping friends
    cover image for my school bus: a book about school bus safety
    cover image for the kissing hand
    cover image for amanda panda quits kindergarten
    cover image for schools first day of school
    cover image for teachers
      cover image for back to school
    cover image for everything you need to know about math homework
    For more great recommendations, visit your library and ask a librarian. We love to help!
    by Craig B | Aug 07, 2017

    cover for Lillie Mae's album, Forever and Then SomeI made a note near the beginning of listening to Lillie Mae’s new album, Forever and Then Some, that I wondered if the dominant way in which her voice was recorded over the music was “intimate” or “amateurish.”  By the time I got near the end of Track 2, though, I was more strongly wondering, based on the rawness of the recording and the advanced country specialties of the band, if the album had been recorded in Nashville … at Third Man Records … And yes, it had.  At that point wondering and objectivity went out the window replaced simply by wonderment (I have a pretty big man-crush on Jack White).  I no longer cared about qualitative discussions like “intimate vs amateurish” and I was all primed to fall in love with Track 3, "Wash Me Clean," as it made its appearance.

    I won’t say your response will be true love, but I will say, “Go.  Listen to this album.  Check out ACPL’s physical disc, borrow it through Hoopla, give Track 3 a chance to fell you with its earnestness.”  Also, try the Title Track.  Can’t currently exorcise it from my brain.

    Suggested Use: One of these days I’m going to start learning to knit and this album will be on rotation.  A little Tennessee whiskey, a summer breeze, and Forever and Then Some should go a long way to fortifying the patience needed to develop the muscle memory for creating consistently sized stitches.  On the chance I never learn to knit, though, I can still listen to this album and pull more of the ever-present weeds in my flower garden.  Earthy, intimate, and ready to bloom … Thank you, Lillie, for this metaphor, but lest I verge on kidding myself, let me reaffirm: It’s Jack White I love.

    by Cindy H | Aug 04, 2017
    It is the year 1941. Lina lives with her father, mother, and younger brother in Lithuania. WWII is in full swing across Europe. The Soviets are beginning to occupy many Eastern European countries. People have been going into hiding, as rumors of families being taken away travel across the country. One fateful night, there is a pounding at the door. The Soviets are there, Lina and her family only have a few minutes to gather their belongings before they are violently carted away with a number of other Lithuanians. As they begin a terrifying journey to Siberia they try their best to stay together, but they are separated from her father, who is taken away to an unknown location. Lina is a gifted artist and uses her talents to portray the horrendous conditions and torments they face as they are starved, beaten, and forced into labor by the Soviet officers (the NKVD). Will they ever be reunited as a family and regain their freedom? Their chances seem slimmer with every passing day.

    This book is an extremely emotional and heartbreaking story of a girl and her family trying to survive the repressions and forced labor, along with many other Eastern Europeans, perpetrated by Josef Stalin and his officers during World War II. The author based the story on the recollections of real survivors of these events; it is estimated that 85-100 million people died or were killed as a result of Stalin's reign. This is an important story, but contains graphic violence that may not be appropriate for younger readers. This book has won several awards. I highly recommend it for anyone who appreciates realistic, historical fiction. It is available in print, or as an ebook or audiobook on Overdrive. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by Kay S | Aug 04, 2017
    Yes, it's once again time for a selected few upcoming release for the months of August 15 to September 14, 2017. I've been hearing some good things about these picks. As always, these dates are the publishing dates not the date they will be at a library near you. But they're coming!!!

    Historical Romance
    Rosanne Bittner Rosanne Bittner
    The Last Outlaw
    Outlaw Hearts series
    September 5
    Tessa Dare Tessa Dare
    The Duchess Deal
    Girl Meets Duke series
    August 22
    Anna Harrington Anna Harrington
    When the Scoundrel Sins
    Capturing the Carlisles series
    August 29
    Sarah Hegger Sarah Hegger
    Releasing Henry
    Sir Arthur’s Legacy series
    August 29
    Nicole Jordan Nicole Jordan
    My Fair Lover
    Legendary Lovers series
    August 26

    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream/Women's Fiction

    Tessa Bailey Tessa Bailey
    Disorderly Conduct
    The Academy series
    Contemporary Romance
    August 29
    Stacey Ballis Stacey Ballis
    How to Change a Life
    August 15
    Renee Carlino Renee Carlino
    Wish You Were Here
    Contemporary Romance
    August 15
    Sarah Faber Sarah Faber
    All Is Beauty Now
    August 15
    Cody Gray Codi Gary
    Don’t Call Me Sweetheart
    Something Borrowed series
    Contemporary Romance
    August 15
    Melissa Hill Melissa Hill
    Keep You Safe
    Mainstream Fiction
    August 22

    Julia Ann Long Julie Anne Long
    Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap
    Hellcat Canyon series
    Contemporary Romance
    August 29
    Susan Mallery Susan Mallery
    You Say It First
    Happily Inc
    Contemporary Romance
    August 22
    Kate Meader Kate Meader
    Irresistible You
    The Chicago Rebels Series
    September 14
    Brenda Novak Brenda Novak
    Until You Loved Me
    Silver Springs series
    Contemporary Romance
    August 29
    Meredith Wild Meredith Wild
    Chelle Bliss
    Misadventures of a City Girl
    Misadventure’s series
    Contemporary Romance
    September 12
    Maisie Yates Maisey Yates
    Wild Ride Cowboy
    Copper Ridge series
    Contemporary Romance
    August 29

    Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense/Suspense

    Allison Brennan Allison Brennan
    Max Revere series
    August 22
    May Bridges May Bridges
    Binding Hope
    Saved by Sin series
    Romantic Suspense
    September 5
    Christina Dodd Christina Dodd
    The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream
    Virtue Falls series
    Romantic Suspense
    September 5
    Sue Grafton Sue Grafton
    Y is for Yesterday
    Kinsey Millhone series
    August 22
    Sadie Hartwell Sadie Hartwell
    A Knit before Dying
    A Tangled Web Mystery series
    August 29
    Rosalind Noonan Rosalind Noonan
    Pretty, Nasty, Lovely
    August 29

    Paranormal Romance/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

    GA Aiken G.A. Aiken
    Bring the Heat
    Dragon Kin series
    Paranormal Romance
    August 29
    C. Robert Cargill C. Robert Cargill
    Sea of Rust
    Science Fiction
    Sept 5
    Christina Feehan Christine Feehan
    Dark Legacy
    A Carpathian Novel series
    Paranormal Romance
    September 5
    Jeffrey Ford Jeffrey Ford
    The Twilight Pariah
    September 12
    NK Jemisin N.K. Jemisin
    The Stone Sky
    The Broken Earth series
    August 15
    Seanan McGuire Seanan McGuire
    The Brightest Fell
    October Daye series
    Urban Fantasy
    September 5
    Diana Rowland Diana Rowland
    White Trash Zombie Unchained
    White Trash Zombie series
    Urban Fantasy
    September 5

    Young Adults/Teens

    McCall Hoyle McCall Hoyle
    The Thing with Feathers
    September 5
    Jessica kapp Jessica Kapp
    Body Parts
    August 15
    Maggie Martin Maggie Ann Martin, debut
    The Big F
    August 29
    Katharine McGee Katharine McGee
    The Dazzling Heights
    The Thousandth Floor series
    August 29
    Oakes Stephanie Oakes
    The Arsonist
    August 22
    Daniel Older Daniel Jose Older
    Shadowhouse Fall
    Shadowshaper Cypers series
    September 12


    Calista Fox Calista Fox
    The Billionaires: The Bosses
    Lovers Triangle series
    September 5

    Inspiration Romance/Mainstream

    Kathleen Fuller Kathleen Fuller
    The Promise of a Letter
    Birch Creek series
    August 15
    Ronie Kendig
    Crown of Souls
    The Tox Files series
    September 5
    Jane Kirkpatrick
    Jane Kirkpatrick
    All She Left Behind
    September 5
    Michelle Phoenix Michele Phoenix
    The Space Between Words
    September 5
    Cindy Woodsmall Cindy Woodsmall
    Gathering the Threads
    The Amish of Summer Grove series
    August 1

    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 Katie B. | Aug 02, 2017

                Starry Blenny

    This month’s featured fish is our Starry Blenny. You can find him in our East Tank hidden among our damselfish. Although he is unique looking (especially in a tank of fish that all look pretty much the same), he can be a little hard to spot. His beautiful, spotted pattern makes excellent camouflage and allows him to blend in with his surroundings. Our blenny is a bottom dweller and you can most often find him relaxing on the floor of the aquarium. Then again, he can be a bit of a busybody and sometimes you will find him perched on the castle or other aquarium decorations keeping an eye on what’s happening. You probably won’t see him swim too often. Blennies are grazing fish that feed mostly on algae but that doesn’t diminish how cool this little fish can be.  His “eyebrows” make him one of the most expressive fish in our aquariums here in Children’s Services.

                                 My Visit to the Aquarium

    My Visit to the Aquarium by Aliki is a wonderful non-fiction book that explores all kinds of different sea creatures.  It reads like a picture book so it even works well as a lap read with younger children.

    by Ask a Librarian | Aug 02, 2017
    Wow!  We've received a lot of feedback regarding the post, Why I Love Flipster, and we're thrilled.  Whether you commented, emailed, or called -- thank you!!! It's good to know that we've alerted you to a resource you were previously unaware of.  And it's good for us to be alerted to questions that crop up as you access that resource.

    While we've added some updates to the original post (check the comments too), here's a screenshot guide to questions asked so far -- sometimes it's easier to actually see what we're trying to describe.

    It's asking for my Username and Password???
    When you set up the Flipster app, you may be asked for Username and Password.  Click on Login Options to choose the Patron ID Login option (under Login button) and then enter your 14-digit library card number, beginning with 21833, as your Patron ID.  ***Licensing agreements allow us to provide Online Resources privileges to Allen County, Indiana residents only.***   


    flipster login

    How do I access older issues?
    Clicking on cover of magazine, for most of our subscriptions, should present you with a screen like this, allowing you to see previous issues that are also available for checkout via Flipster.

    Flipster covers

    Why is my page yellow??
    When a page first loads, you may notice a lot of yellow.  This indicates hyperlinks to pages within the magazine and/or to websites mentioned.  Give it a minute and the yellow goes away, though the hyperlinks are still there.

    Flipster yellow screen

    How do I access the Table of Contents?
    Clicking on the menu icon (upper right) when in the reading view will allow you to access the table of contents for that magazine and jump ahead to a particular article.

    Flipster Table of Contents

    How do I know how much time I have left?
    Click on My Shelf to see downloaded magazines and time left.  Click on the cover to open and read a downloaded issue, whether connected to the internet or not.  Downloads should just take a few minutes to complete.

    You can also remove/trash unwanted issues using the trash can symbol.  If you have read some of the magazine, the percentage will show.  The magazine will open to where you left off reading.  Click on Explore to head back to the main menu for Flipster to select more magazines to download. 

    Flipster My Shelf

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    by Dawn Stoops | Jul 31, 2017
    Sometimes there's ONE perfect book for a particular situation.

    Several years ago I had a local elementary school principal ask me what I'd recommend she read to classes as she visited each teacher and introduced herself to the students at the beginning of the school year. My suggestion? A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech.
    cover image for a fine fine school

    This is indeed the perfect book! It's all about what happens when the principal of Tillie's school is so proud of all the great learning happening at his school that he decides the kids should go to school EVERY DAY of the year. Bright-faced, children engaged in learning is every principal's dream! Going to school every day, including weekends and holidays, is every kid's nightmare! Tillie knows there's lots of learning happening at home too. Her dog and little brother miss those important lessons when they see Tillie off to school every day. In the end, Tillie finds the courage to teach her principal an important lesson too.

    Here's the thing. That request was 15 years ago. I was wondering the other day if there was another, newer book that I would pass along to a principal with the same request this year. Nope. I've seen my fair share of great children's books come my way as a librarian for the past 12 years and I still can't think of a better book.

    Sometimes there really is one perfect book. Librarians love helping you find it!

    by Evan | Jul 31, 2017
    Public domain image by Eric Adamshick via flickr

    Some people, including the author's wife, buy wooden animals, crops and people to enhance verisimilitude in their Agricola board game experience

    When you were a kid playing Candyland, you salivated over the illustrations of candies and pastries and imagined you could eat them all forever. You didn't, however, actually do much of anything in the game. You drew a card and moved your pawn to the next space of the right color. Then your sister did then same thing. No choices. No decisions. 

    It kind of reflected your life. Go where your parents said to go. Do what the teacher said to do. You might get to watch TV, which meant you weren't really doing anything except salivating over advertised toys your parents wouldn't let you have.

    Now you are an adult, an independent agent, making life decisions by the hour. You are competing for money and esteem. Maybe you're even one of those uber adults who tell other people what to do. Or you wish you were. Either way, you are ready for real board games.

    One of the most popular ideas in the 21st century board game hobby has been "worker placement" games. "Workers" can be imagined as stand ins for employees, resources or time -- all those things we have only so much of in real life and have to decide how best to use.

    Variations abound, but the basic idea is that you have a few "meeples" you can place on the board and a lot of places where you might place them. Some games let you make most decisions on your own board without bumping elbows with the other players too much, but other games force you do decide which action you really need right now because you know your opponents will choose the other ones before you get another chance. 

    A good early example -- with a literary heritage -- is The Pillars of the Earth, designed by Michael Rienick and Stefan Stadler and based on the hit novel by Ken Follett. We play to build a cathedral, and if you use one of your workers to take the stone this turn, then I'll take the wood -- or maybe I'll take the card that will reward me for my wood more than you will get for your stone. 

    I said in a recent post that sexual activity doesn't show up much in these modern "adult" games, but there's a bit of an exception in a popular one called Stone Age by Bernd Brunhoffer. If you put two of your workers in the hut together, by the end of that turn -- voila! -- you have a new worker. If you have rabbit ancestry, by the end of the game you can have twice as many workers as you had when you started.  

    Those two games are relatively simple, but in some games the worker placement decisions are agonizing. The toughest one I know is Uwe Rosenberg's true classic, Agricola. You have to think long and hard about which cards to use and which placements to make, or else your little pre-industrial German farm will fail while your opponents are flourishing. And if your family members can't eat, well, that pretty much defines losing the real game of life, doesn't it?

    My favorite worker games include Le Havre, where players race to evolve from simple French fishing folk to industrial ship builders; Dominant Species, where my arachnids compete for survival with your amphibians before the glaciers overwhelm us all, and; Tzolk'in, where you must plan many turns in advance where to place your Aztec workers on the ever-revolving wheels of time. 

    Decisions, decisions. I'm actually a mediocre-to-bad player at all these games, but I always have fun. 

    Did I leave any of your favorites off the list?

    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Cindy H | Jul 26, 2017
    Fireflies, by Julie Brinckloe, is the story of a child who eagerly joins the other neighborhood children to catch the beautiful fireflies that light up the night sky. They each catch what feels like hundreds of the insects in their jars. After their parents tell them to come in and go to bed, the child watches the glass glow like moonlight. They begin to notice, however, that the fireflies do not fly or glow the same as they did outside, and soon their lights are barely glowing at all. The child knows they must free the fireflies into the night sky. As they release the fireflies out their open window, they are sad to see them fly away, but cannot help but smile knowing the fireflies are back where they belong.

    This is a tender and sweet story that not only encapsulates the childhood excitement of catching fireflies but also teaches a lesson in kindness and empathy. Although the story was written over 30 years ago, the joy of fireflies transcends time. I believe children will find it entrancing, and parents will enjoy feeling the nostalgia for catching fireflies in their youth.

    This book is recommended for children ages 5-8. It is available in print at the library, click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by Becky C | Jul 24, 2017
    The Uncommon Appeal of CloudsIn August, the Chapter Two Book Club will discuss the The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith.

    "Edinburgh philosopher and amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie finds herself tested as a parent, philosopher, sleuth, and friend in the ninth book of her mystery series. When a wealthy art collector seeks her help when a valuable painting is stolen from him, she discovers that the thieves are closer to the owner than he would have expected. At the same time, Isabel must decide what to do with her son when she discovers he's a budding mathematical genius."  Publisher Summary.

    *Chapter Two Book Club:  The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith
    *Main Library, Business Science & Technology meeting room
    *August 17, 2017
    *10:00 am
    *No registration

    Mark your calendars for October 12, 2017!!!  Philip Gulley will visit the Main Library on Thursday, October 12th at 2:00 pm to present the topic Storytelling, followed by a book signing and meet-and-greet with the author.

    Hope to see you at both events!

    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 Teresa Walls | Jul 24, 2017
    the dumpster drummers
    Learn and celebrate recycling and environmental conservation with The Dumpster Drummers who will perform two fun, action-packed 30-minute shows in the Main Library's Meeting Room ABC on Wednesday, August 2. The first show is 10:30 am; the second is 2 pm.
    by Craig B | Jul 22, 2017

    cover for Michael Shaara's novel, The Killer AngelsBook Review: Michael Shaara's winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize, The Killer Angels

    Imagine my delight … at opening The Killer Angels, and finding a fast-paced narrative full of concrete, measurable historic events and famous military decisions that lives at about half the page count of its 15-Minute Pulitzer Predecessor, Gravity’s Rainbow.

    Imagine my delight at realizing that Michael Shaara, who’s book I quite enjoyed, taught for a while at Florida State University, my alma mater.

    Imagine my delight at realizing that I might actually be connected to some sort of artistic spirit when I realized that Michael Shaara’s son is the writer of Gods and Generals, a book I had begun, as I worked my way through The Killer Angels, feeling inspired to read (or at least watch on the big screen).

    Imagine my despair at the unfolding of this battle of Gettysburg as that battlefield was brought to life on the page and I realized in a whole new way the tragedy of the American Civil War.  Brother against brother, old friend against old friend, but perhaps most disturbing, men who are on the same side hating each other more than more obvious enemies.  The posturing and maneuvering against one another becomes so astounding the reader may find themselves shouting at the characters, “You know the men across the Emmitsburg Road want to see you dead, right?!” 

    And this despair can’t be completely attributed to Gettysburg.  It also comes from the fact that I see similar forces at work in my own life.  Have I grown so frustrated with my neighbor that I secretly hope for the compromising of all his plans, even the best ones?  Why are not all of us more united by a common enemy and why does there have to be a common enemy for us to be united?  We’re all in this together, right?  We’re all people with “inalienable rights,” correct?  Even adversaries can respect the spark of life within the other’s breast, yes?  Not always, I guess.  It’s just easier to hate than it is to empathize. 

    But perhaps we can take hope.  As Shakespeare says (the Bard who indirectly gave Shaara’s book its name), What’s past is Prologue,” and maybe, just maybe, we can learn something from the past.  Maybe the past can really be the antecedent to something better, something informed by the facts of history and enlivened by powerful narratives like The Killer Angels and yes, even Gravity’s Rainbow.  (I mean, my reading and quite potential re-reading of Pynchon’s novel has to count for something, right?)  At the very least we’ve got to dream.

    by Cindy H | Jul 21, 2017
    Karl is determined that this will be his year to be normal. Karl has been an integral member of the school support group for troubled teens, that him and his friends lovingly coined "The Madman Underground". Karl's best friends are the Madmen, but he knows he'll have to separate himself from them if he has any hope of avoiding therapy, and the stereotypes that go with it. He finds that shaking the Madmen is going to be harder than he thought, and in the end, is it worth it to be normal anyway?

    This book is extremely engaging. The writer describes the characters and their lives in a way that makes them feel real, almost as though this was a work of nonfiction. It is set in the 1970s, but the story feels like it could take place in present day; I found the references to the time period interesting and informative. I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates stories portraying realistic friendship and family struggles, resilience, and mental illness. This book is recommended for older teens and adults, as there are references to graphic violence, sex, and drug and alcohol abuse. Some people may feel uncomfortable with these aspects of the story, but if you can get past them it really is a captivating and at times agonizing story that will leave you wishing you could spend a day with the Madmen.

    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 | Jul 21, 2017
    Yes, as Groucho Marx may or may not have said, time is flying by. Half the year is gone and soon we will be dragging out our shovels - maybe. But before that cold front moves down from Canada, here are some releases which will be coming out between July 15 and August 14, 2017. And, remember these are the publishing dates not the dates they will be on library shelves.

    Historical Romance
    h_broday Linda Broday
    Knight on the Texas Plains
    Texas Heroes series
    August 1
    grace Burrowes Grace Burrowes
    Too Scot to Handle
    Windham Brides series
    July 25

    Historical Fiction

    dUKES Kristopher Dukes
    The Sworn Virgin
    August 8
    Rose M.J. Rose
    The Library of Light and Shadow
    Daughters of La Lune series
    July 18

    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream/Women's Fiction

    hEACOCK Summer Heacock
    The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky
    Mainstream Fiction
    July 25
    Lorelei James Lorelei James
    When I Need You
    Need You series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 25

    Julie London Julia London
    Suddenly Engaged
    Lake Haven series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 25
    Sarah Skilton Sarah Skilton
    Club Deception
    Mainstream Fiction
    July 25

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

    Liliana Hart Liliana Hart
    Say No More
    Gravediggers series
    Romantic Suspense
    July 25
    Iris Johansen Iris Johansen
    Roy Johansen
    Look Behind You
    Kendra Michaels series
    July 18
    Ronald Malfi Ronald Malfi
    Bone White
    July 25
    Susan MacNeal Susan Elia MacNeal
    The Paris Spy
    Maggie Hope series
    August 5
    Margaret Mitzushima Margaret Mitzushima
    Hunting Hour
    Mattie Cobb/Timber Creek series
    August 8
    Michael OBrien Kevin O’Brien
    Hide Your Fear
    July 25
    Elizabeth Peters Elizabeth Peters
    Joan Hess
    The Painted Queen
    Amelia Peabody series
    July 25
    Layla Reyne Layla Reyne
    Barrel Proof
    Agents Irish and Whiskey series
    Romantic Suspense
    August 7
    Marcus Sakey Marcus Sakey
    Brilliance series
    July 18
    pf tracy PJ. Tracy
    Nothing Stays Buried
    Monkeewrench series
    August 1

    Paranormal Romance/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

    Rachel Aaron Rachel Aaron
    A Dragon of a Different Color
    Science Fiction
    July 28
    Ilona Andrews Ilona Andrews
    Hidden Legacy series
    Paranormal Romance
    July 25
    Molly Harper Molly Harper
    Accidental Sire
    Half-Moon Hollow series
    Paranormal Romance
    July 24
    Thea Harrison Thea Harrison
    Moonshadow series
    Paranormal Romance
    July 18
    David Levine David D. Levine
    Arabella and the Battle of Venus
    Adventures of Arabella Ashby series
    Science Fiction
    July 18
    Leena Likitalo Leena Likitalo
    The Five Daughters of the Moon
    Waning Moon series
    July 25
    marina Lostetter Marina J. Lostetter
    Noumenon, debut
    Science Fiction
    August 1

    Young Adult/Teen

    Colleen Houck Colleen Houck
    Reawakenned series
    August 8
    Emily Jones Emily Lloyd-Jones
    The Hearts We Sold
    August 8
    Sirowy Alexandra Sirowy
    First We Were IV
    July 25
    Mary Taranta Mary Taranta
    Shimmer and Burn
    August 8
    Kara Thomas Kara Thomas
    Little Monsters
    July 25
    Martin Wilson Martin Wilson
    We Now Return to Regular Live
    August 1


    Sierra Cartwright Sierra Cartwright
    The Donovan Dynasty
    August 1
    Jodi Malpas Jodi Ellen Malpas
    The Forbidden
    August 8
    Inspirational Romance/Mainstream Fiction
    Brittain D.A. Brittain
    Judah’s Scepter and the Sacred Stone, debut
    July 30
    Heidi Chiavaroli Heidi Chiavaroli
    Freedom’s Ring
    August 8
    Pam Hillman Pam Hillman
    The Promise of Breeze Hill
    August 3
    Thomas Locke Thomas Locke
    Fault Lines
    Fault Lines series
    August 1
    Carrie Parks Carrie Stuart Parks
    Portrait of Vengeance
    August 8

    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 Stoops | Jul 20, 2017
    Yesterday I lugged home a bag of library books for my two boys. The four-year-old looked the pile over appreciatively then announced, "you got the wrong book mommy! This one is scary. It's not for kids."
    page from mr wuffles
    Evidently he didn't think Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner was appropriate for kids his age. We did a little 'book walk' through the pages so I could point out the funny parts and the general plot while he took a second look at the scary pictures to see if they were really all that terrifying. The verdict? He decided it was probably ok and asked me to read it right after the Lego City book about farms.

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    Mr. Wuffles is indeed the perfect book for preschoolers and kids just learning to read! See the word bubbles for the aliens and bugs? There are not many actual words in the entire book. Mostly it's just a series of panels where readers tell what's happening by getting clues from details showing characters, action, facial expressions, and setting. It takes some work, but it  makes for stronger readers. Readers who know how to soak in a book in its entirety to get the full story. And it's fun! There are plenty of books like this if you'd like to explore wordless and nearly wordless picture books with your new reader. Just ask your librarian or try some on this Children's Services Book List.
    by Ask a Librarian | Jul 19, 2017

    I’m convinced that a lot of our iPad, Android tablet, and Kindle Fire library users have no idea that the library has popular magazines that you can download for free.  You can also view these 57 magazines on any computer too!  Just go to Explore on the ACPL homepage and scroll down to click on Flipster.  If you're not on a library computer, you'll be prompted to enter your 14-digit ACPL card number for access.

    Click on a magazine cover to begin reading.  Within that issue, you can then click on All Issues to view any available back issues for that magazine.  A few magazines have limits on how many people can access a title at once, but most of the time titles are immediately available.

    I can’t tell you how much I love this service!  I almost bought an iPad just to use Flipster, but then they finally offered an app for the Kindle Fire, which I already own.  Flipster also offers the app for Android devices and iPhones, though I would think an iPhone screen would be too small, at least for the types of magazines I read.  The iPad is the sleekest -- lucky you, if you own one! 

    For most devices (except for the Kindle Fire), you can find the Flipster app in the App Store/Play Store.  Install and Open.  Find Allen County Public Library, select Patron ID login, and enter your library card number.  You're in!



    It is a little clunkier to get the Flipster app installed on a Kindle Fire.  Here's how: 

    1. From the home screen of your Kindle Fire, go to Settings.
    2. Select Applications > Apps from Unknown Sources (allow installation of applications that are not from Appstore) and select ON. Or find this under Security options.
    3. From your Kindle Fire, download the APK (app installer) by tapping this link (i.e. open up the Silk Browser and head to this blog post and then tap this link; or, email this to yourself and then check your email on your Kindle Fire to click on the link.) You can also find this information under Help on our Flipster website:
    4. Once the download is complete, tap on the file and select Install.

    I subscribe to several print magazines, but Flipster lets me look at ones that I don’t love enough to spend money on (or that are not available in the US – hello Woman & Home).  It also lets me browse magazines that only interest me now and again (Money, People, Consumer Reports, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, Conde Nast Traveler).  I never seem to have enough time or hold spots to get physical magazines from the library, though we offer a ton more titles in print than via Flipster. Each year, we add and drop some titles as publishers change their Flipster offerings. 

    It’s nice to preload some magazines to read before a vacation, a long weekend, or a trip to the doctor’s office.  (I always feel a little queasy flipping through waiting room magazines at the doctor’s.)  I hope you will make time for a little light reading with Flipster and see if you love it as much as I do!

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    by Dawn S | Jul 17, 2017
    You've got a limited time for summer reading - the kind without assignments, AR points, lexile levels, or book reports. Here are some great new books to try!
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    by Sara Gabbard, Executive Director of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection | Jul 14, 2017

    Ian RollandIan Rolland, the long-time local business leader who died July 1, had a long-standing respect for Abraham Lincoln.  He spent a lifetime preserving the legacy of our 16th President.

    As Lincoln National's CEO, Ian was responsible for moving the world-famous Lincoln Financial Collection out of the "basement" of the corporate headquarters, to a new location in what is now Citizens' Square in Fort Wayne.  The new Lincoln Museum opened to the public in 1995.  When that location was closed in 2008, a nationwide search was conducted to find a location for the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of historical documents. 

    Under Ian's leadership, the State of Indiana submitted the winning proposal (competing against such national sites as the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, Gettysburg, and Springfield, Illinois), and the $20 million collection was donated to the State of Indiana. The three-dimensional artifacts were to be preserved at the Indiana State Museum and the two-dimensional items (newspapers, documents, 18,000 books, etc.) at the Allen County Public Library.  A significant factor in the selection of the State of Indiana was the promise to digitize the Collection at ACPL, an undertaking which is still in progress.

    The initial success having been achieved, Ian then chaired a statewide capital campaign which raised $9.5 million to provide immediate "moving expenses," capital for the first four years of operation, and then an endowment which would provide long-term financial stability for the preservation of this significant collection.

    Ian then served as vice president of Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, the collection's support group, until his death on July 1, 2017.

    Abraham Lincoln's words in his Message to Congress on December 1, 1862, clearly apply to Ian MacKenzie Rolland: "Honorable alike in what we give and in what we preserve."