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    by Nancy | Feb 19, 2018
    Bookshelves in Lower Level 1While roaming our storage stacks recently, I ran across a small hymnal printed in 1889.  Its pages were yellowed and thin; no one had bothered with it for at least 20 years or more.  But I found myself being uplifted by the content.  There were no musical notes to this hymnal and most of it was not recognizable as hymns.  The short stanzas seemed more like devotional readings, although at one point I did recognize the words of a hymn or two.

    I was happy to discover that the Internet Archive has preserved this title online.  In fact, they have digitized many other versions beyond what our library owns.  And these books have been viewed hundreds of times online!  So while our copy sat languishing, the digital copies were being perused and used.  I felt that I had found something special that people had been missing out on seeing and using, but that was fortunately not the case!  Others were finding this hymnal online and (I assume) finding joy in its words just like me.  What's even better is that now I can have my own personal digital copy to keep.  I can share it with many, many friends, all at the same time even.  The Internet Archive offers the book in many different downloadable formats, whereas the little volume I found in our storage stacks can only ever rest in one person's library or hands.

    It reminded me too of all the wonderful resources that Internet Archive is preserving.  Recently someone was looking for DVDs with old newsreel clips, as were often shown in theaters before the movie.  And we do have several DVDs with these clips.  But it turns out, Internet Archive also has many of these newsreels online.  And the Internet Archive is much easier to search when looking for specific content.  So with the Olympics coming up I looked for newsreels about the Olympics and found this.  So fun!  But be careful: you could spend a whole snowy day, and night, exploring once you get started!

    Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.        

    Over the years, As You Like It has featured a few book reviews of a unique items digitized by the Internet Archive -- here's your chance to read them now if you missed them the first time around:
    What does Jaegermeister have to do with a book review?  Originally posted on October 9, 2015, Jeff S calls our attention to a beautifully illustrated book on the raptors of Germany and Central Europe.

    Delightful discovery via digitizing.  Originally posted on February 5, 2015, Jeff S shares an insider's story of finding a previously unknown letter written by Daniel Boone when preparing to digitize an older book about Kentucky. 

    Beloved in America, not so much in France.  Originally posted on January 21, 2015, a digitization project of French pamphlets from the French Revolution, leads Jeff S to a more current book in ACPL's collection.

    And this post provides a detailed look at the Internet Archive:

    Preserving information for generations to come.  Originally posted on August 21, 2013 this post written by Becky C includes a behind-the-scenes look at the Internet Archive.  Photos!

    by Readers' Services | Feb 16, 2018
    Have you always wanted to be a writer?  Are you a writer looking for motivation and community?  Join ACPL's new Writers' Group!

    Our Writers' Group aims to provide a supportive community for writers of any experience level.  By providing a forum for sharing works in progress, as well as getting feedback and ideas for moving the works forward, there will be an opportunity to make lasting connections with fellow writers.

    Our first meeting is Monday, February 26, from 6:30-8:30 pm.  We'll meet in the Readers' Services Reading Room on the first floor of the Main Library.  For the first meeting, we will spend 15 minutes writing (using a prompt) and sharing our work with the group.  We hope to see you there!

    by Dawn Stoops | Feb 15, 2018
    This week's Messy Art History lesson was about faces in art.
    We covered some history and some serious stuff like proportions of the human face. Did you know that when drawing a face, the eyes should be placed at about the half way point between the chin and the top of the head?

    But then after the realistic stuff, we got a little silly!
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    These magazine collage faces were a big hit. As you can see, we just collected face elements from different photos in the magazines then arranged them on a head. The more outrageous the better!

    We always have fun at our homeschool classes at the Grabill Branch Library. We meet the second Monday morning of each month from 10:30 am - 11:30 am.
    We'd love to see you there!

    Check out all homeschool library events on our calendar.
    by Artist Fair Committee | Feb 14, 2018

    SRP Artist Fair
    The Allen County Public Library is pleased to announce we are hosting our second annual Artist Fair on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Main Library in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    This is a great time to connect with your community during the popular festival season that welcomes thousands of visitors to the downtown area. A variety of art mediums will be available for purchase in our Great Hall, courtesy of our amazing line-up of local artists.  

    This year's featured artists are:

    Lesa Van Meter
    Marlene Ludkadoo
    Beth Wheeler
    Bonnie Manning
    Chris Viel
    Diane YHoung
    Dianna Burt
    Erin Kaufman
    Janelle Young
    John Gingrich
    Lynne Padget
    Madeline Phuong
    Katie Conner
    Nancy Fritz
    Nick Klein
    Rema Addrayie
    Robert Castro Jr
    Rosie Strothman
    Sabina Kittaka
    Sarah Conrad
    Sarah Klein
    Sharmalene Gunawardena
    Tom Foltz
    Valerie McBride
    Amber Albright
    Antigonee Albright
    Koren Albright
    Frank Allen
    Tom De Somer
    Dr. Chang
    Nick Ferran
    Su Zzhang
    Brian Sirois
    Kent Strock

    Our Main Library is located at 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, Indiana. Free parking is available in all ACPL parking lots, with valid library card.

    by Craig B | Feb 14, 2018
    cover for Kelly Clarkson's studio album, Meaning of LifeSo, ok.  Clarkson’s new neo-soulish romp and her first outing with Atlantic Records, Meaning of Life, just kept reminding me of my wife, who is kind of a superstar and does have a lot of soul.  The more upbeat tracks are certainly something I could see putting on rotation on an evening hanging out with friends, not to mention there’s some clever lyricism in here that will keep me keeping an eye on Clarkson to see where she goes next (and with this album having debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and having also made the 50 Best Albums of 2017: Critic’s Picks list that could be just about anywhere), but still, this album doesn’t quite deliver on its touted premise.  The meaning of life … or have I misunderstood the question?

    Suggested Use:
    Chablis.  Even though my wife doesn’t like wine that much, I think with this album you’ve gotta have the Chablis and a cozy, literary-ish read … I’m thinking Pride and Prejudice, but … yeah, no, that’s it.  Pride and Prejudice.  A book with a brand new soundtrack, and a soundtrack for, like Kelly herself, a brand new you.

    craig Craig B is a thirty-something lover of books, movies, and rock and roll whose grandmother still worries that he might not be eating enough. (Love you, Grandma!) He lives with his charming wife in the small town of Berne, IN (in sight of the clock tower) where he busies himself keeping the Roses of Sharon in check and training his chinchilla in the ancient arts of the Ninja. Craig’s current favorite book is Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.
    by Dawn S | Feb 13, 2018
    Have you heard the news? Yesterday the American Library Association announced the 2018 winners of the Youth Media Awards.
    Take a look!

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    Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

    Wolf in the Snow

    illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell is the 2018 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was published by Feiwel and Friends, an Imprint of Macmillan.

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    John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

    Hello, Universe

    written by Erin Entrada Kelly, is the 2018 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

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    Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes, is the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner. The book is written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth and published by Candlewick Press.
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    Piecing Me Together
    written by Renée Watson, is the Coretta Scott King Author Award winner. The book is published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books.
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    Pura Belpré Awards honoring Latino writers and illustrators whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

    La Princesa and the Pea

    illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Susan Middleton Elya and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC

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    Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

    Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961

    written by Larry Dane Brimner, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights.

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    Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers is:

    Charlie & Mouse

    written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes. The book is published by Chronicle Books.

    For a complete list or award winners, visit the ALA's news release page.

    by sm | Feb 12, 2018

    The books listed here are new teen romance novels to read for the Valentine days of February...


    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 | Feb 12, 2018
    #ReadingBlackout is trending on social media this month -- join the conversation! To celebrate Black History Month, many readers are looking for books by and about African Americans.  You can always start with some classics, of course -- there's a reason we're still talking about  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, and Black Boy by Richard Wright.  But maybe you've read those and are looking for something new?  Here's a quick look at a few recent-ish books in our collection that reviewers have loved.

    The MothersThe Mothers by Brit Bennett.  Nadia Turner is a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty.  Luke Sheppard is a twenty-one year-old former football star whose injury has left him waiting tables at a diner. The pregnancy that results from their brief romance--and the subsequent cover-up--will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including her best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are adults still living in debt to the choices they made that one summer.  All three are haunted by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently?

    Ghost SummerGhost Summer
    by Tananarive Due. 
    In her debut collection of short fiction, Due takes us to Gracetown, a small Florida town that has both literal and figurative ghosts.  She shows us future scenarios that seem all too real and provides empathetic portraits of those whose lives are touched by Otherness. Ghost Summer features an award-winning novella and fifteen stories.

    PleasantvillePleasantville by Attica Locke.  If you're a fan of FOX's Empire, you're already familiar with the writing of Attica Locke.  She brings back her protagonist from Black Water Rising and plunges him into a shadowy world of ambitious enemies and treacherous allies armed with money, lies, and secrets.  This case will put him and his client, and an entire political process, on trial.

    EverfairEverfair by Nisi Shawl.  Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn a human rights disaster into an exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. An inspiring story that will give readers new insight into an often ignored period of history.

    Dear MartinDear Martin by Nic Stone.  Written as a mixture of dialogues, third-person narrative, and letters to Martin Luther King Jr., the novel explores an African American teen's confrontations with racism and his search for identity.  There's a lot of buzz about this recent debut.

    The South Side

    The South Side by Natalie Moore. Chicago native Natalie Moore shines a light on contemporary segregation in the city's South Side; her reported essays showcase the lives of these communities through the stories of her family and the people who reside there. The South Side highlights the impact of Chicago's historic segregation - and the ongoing policies that keep the system intact. 

    If you like this list and would like some additional recommendations, send an email to us at -- we'd love to connect you with your next great read!  And please, share your must-read titles in the comments below.

    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 Angie N. | Feb 10, 2018

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    I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups
    Written by Chris Harris
    Illustrated by Lane Smith
    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 192 pages


    Let me start out by saying that I am someone who loves poetry. However, I’m sort of picky about what I enjoy, especially when it comes to humorous poetry. It often falls short for me, but I loved this collection of funny and I have to say, sometimes even fall out of your chair laughing poems written by Chris Harris. The illustrations by Lane Smith who’s an award winning machine for his illustrations in books like “Grandpa Green” and “The Stinky Cheese Man” are silly, hilarious and compliment Chris Harris’ poems extremely well. These guys make a good team, and I hope we see more work from the two of them together in the future.

    The author, the illustrator, and even the illustrator’s wife prove on the dedication page of “I’m Just No Good at Rhyming” just how funny and clever the rest of the book is going to be. The laughs continue through to the very end of the book where you see the “portraits” Lane Smith drew of himself and Chris Harris for their biographies. In the Acknowledgements by Chris Harris, he thanks Lane Smith, but insists, “I DO NOT LOOK LIKE THAT!” You’ll have to check out the portrait yourself and see why Mr. Harris is so emphatic. Also, included in the author’s biography is an explanation of what he does in his free time. He of course, “gets older”, which made me laugh out loud.

    This poetry book is filled with poems that will tickle your funny bone no matter how young or old you are, and I’m sure will continue to delight us all as we get older in our free time. One of my personal favorites is “The Race”. It’s about two rocks that decide to race from the mountaintop where they are perched down to the edge of the sea. It begins…

    Two rocks on a mountaintop, 90 BC,

    Gazed far below at the scenery.

    The first one said to the second, “Hey, Lee,

    I’ll race you on down to the edge of that sea.”

    Then they sat there and sat there and sat there and sat there

    And sat there and sat there and sat there.

    I know you’re going to want to find out who won the race, so I’ll say it again, check this book out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

    Some of the poems in the collection offer a bit more seriousness and thoughtfulness. They include “The Whydoo Inside of You”, “Let’s Meet Right Here in Twenty-Five Years” and another favorite of mine, “The Valleys Shape the Mountains”.

    The valleys shape the mountains.

    The shadow shapes the crescent moon.

    The chill of late December

    Shapes the warmth we feel in June.

    So next time that you’re crying

    Just remember this small rhyme;

    Your sadness shapes the happiness

    You’ll feel again in time.

    This is one of those children’s poetry books that needs to find a permanent place on your bookshelf next to Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, so you can pull it off the shelf when you want to share a good laugh with a child in your life or just with yourself.

    by Kay S | Feb 09, 2018
    Yes, the months are just rolling by and it's time for another list of some upcoming books. These are books which I'm hearing good things about. Anyway, they are something to look forward to. And, remember - these dates are the publishing dates, not the dates they will be on your library shelves or electronic gizmos.

    Historical Romance
    Kelly Bowen   Kelly Bowen
    A Duke in the Night
    Devils of Dover series
    February 20 
    Meredith Duran Meredith Duran
    The Sins of Lord Lockwood
    Rules for the Reckless series
    February 27

    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream Fiction/Women's Fiction/New Adult

    Alyssa Cole   Alyssa Cole
    A Princess in Theory
    Reluctant Royals series
    Contemporary Romance
    February 27 
    Maria de la Santos Marisa de los Santos
    I’ll be Your Blue Sky
    Love Walked In series
    Mainstream Fiction
    March 6
     Jude Deveraux Jude Deveraux
    As You Wish
    A Summerhouse Novel series
    Mainstream Fiction
    March 6
    Jennifer Gracen Jennifer Gracen
    It Might Be You
    The Harrisons series
    Contemporary Romance
    February 27
     Joan Johnston Joan Johnston
    Bitter Creek series
    Contemporary Romance
    February 27
     Stephanie London Stefanie London
    Bad Bachelor
    Bad Bachelors series
    Contemporary Romance
    March 6

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

    Linda Howard   Linda Howard
    The Woman Left Behind
    Romanctic Suspense
    March 6 
     emma Kavanaugh Emma Kavanagh
    The Missing Hours
    February 26
    TE Woods T.E. Woods
    The Wrong Sister
    February 27

    Paranormal Romance/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

    Rachel Aaron   Rachel Aaron
    Last Dragon Standing
    Heartstrikers series
    Urban Fantasy
    March 1 
     Anne Bishop Anne Bishop
    Lake Silence
    The World of the Others series
    Urban Fantasy
    March 6
     Pamela Briggs Patricia Briggs
    Burn Bright
    Alpha and Omega series
    Paranormal Romance
    March 6
    Marshall Maresca Marshall Ryan Maresca
    Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe
    Streets of Maradaine series
    Urban Fantasy
    March 6
    Seanan McGuire Seanan McGuire
    Tricks for Free
    InCryptid seroes
    Urban Fantasy
    March 6

    Young Adult

    Elizabeth Acevedo   Elizabeth Acevedo
    The Poet X
    March 6 
    Toni Adeyemi Tomi Adeyemi
    Children of Blood and Bone, debut
    March 6
    Tanaz Bhathena Tanaz Bhathena
    A Girl Like That
    February 27
    Kristen Simmons Kristen Simmons
    March 6

    Terri Blackstock   Terri Blackstock
    If I Live
    March 6
    Lindsay Harrel Lindsay Harrel
    The Heart Between Us, debut
    March 13
     Mary Webber Mary Weber
    Reclaiming Shilo Snow
    Evaporation of Sofi Snow series
    March 6

    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 SM | Feb 06, 2018

    The books listed here are new teen romance novels to read during cold February nights...


    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 Angie N. | Feb 06, 2018

    Our first Design It! program, Cardboard Construction, was so much fun! We filled the Globe Room at the Main Library with lots of cardboard and masking tape and challenged our young guests to create whatever they could imagine. The results were fantastic! Helmets and shields were created, as well as a theater for dolls, a car, a robot, a fancy hat and a birdhouse. One small group worked together to make a campsite complete with a roaring “fire” and played in their campsite for the remaining program time.



    Please join us for the next program in our Design It! series where kids will have the opportunity to design and create their own board games. The program will be held on Wednesday, February 14 from 3:30pm - 4:30pm in the Globe Room at the Main Library, and we'll have all sorts of materials to use for this creative project including dice, game pieces, foam board, and plastic cars. Don’t forget, all projects designed and created during any of our Design It! programs can be taken home.      

    by Dawn S | Feb 05, 2018
    Saturday morning, twenty seven amazing librarians, teachers, and friends discussed children's picture books at our annual Allen County Public Library Mock Caldecott Program. We were debating and voting on the one we think should win the 2018 Caldecott Award.

    And the winner was...

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    After the Fall
    written and illustrated by Dan Santat

    We also named two mock honor books
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    Grand Canyon
    written and illustrated by Jason Chin

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    Muddy: the story of blues legend Muddy Waters
    written by Michael Mahin
    illustrated by Evan Turk

    Now we're just eagerly awaiting the official results next Monday.

    Here are the details from the American Library Association's website:
    The 2018 Youth Media Award announcements will take place on Monday, Feb. 12, at 8 a.m. MT from the Colorado Convention Center. Fans can follow 2018 results in real-time via live webcast at , or follow hashtag #alayma.
    by Becky C | Feb 05, 2018
    Looking for a unique Valentine's Day card?  We've got you covered.  Check out these cool creations from ACPL's very own print shop.  We have a variety of valentines available at each of our locations but they are going fast -- stop by and pick up yours today!  And don't forget to stop by any of our reference desks to ask for Valentine's Day music, movie, and reading recommendations as well.  

    You're Just Write For Me
    Im Checking You Out
     ISBN Thinkin About You
     My Heart Is Booked For You

    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 Craig B | Jan 31, 2018

    Book Review: John Cheever's winner of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Stories of John Cheever

    cover for John Cheevers short story collection, The Stories of John CheeverI don’t think any of us are old enough to have been around when Anton Chekov was, but many of us were around for John Cheever, and though at first it may seem that two gentlemen nearly a century apart could have little in common (Cheever won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1979 for the book under examination, The Stories of John Cheever, and Chekov wrote the Cherry Orchard in 1903), I would argue that the lives depicted in Cheever’s stories are often falling apart over … cocktails …, much as in Chekov, and that the amount of detail I learned about suburban commuting life and train schedules in upper-middle America from John in many ways smacks of the same strange isolation of a fading Russian aristocracy, etc. as depicted by Anton. Thus, Cheever, the Chekov of the Suburbs.  The alliteration is just a bonus.

    But now, perhaps, to get down to brass tacks.  Ok, nothing that serious.  I’ll just say there were some really great stories in Cheever’s collection.  Looking over the titles that Wikipedia lists as notable I recognized “The Swimmer” as one that had stood out to me, it may have even been my favorite, and that story seems to hold the key to what I liked most about Cheever’s book.  When John upped the “atmosphere” of his work, when flights of fancy took his characters (or was it just Cheever himself) and he incorporated a dream sequence as in “The Death of Justina” or an eroding fantasy as in “The Swimmer,” I was most taken in.  The more straightforward stories were always insightful but the irony they incorporated, especially the earlier ones, often came off a grade gimmicky even as it brought the ghost of a gleeful grin for the glibness of youth.  The alliteration is still just a bonus.

    That said, when talking about John Cheever I’d like to quote what he was able to say about one of his editors, Harold Ross, that “he seems to have done more good than anything else,” and to those of the Cheever following among a certain young, ambitious, literary crowd (a crowd no doubt growing older as we speak and feeling startled at my comparisons and criticisms (just wait till the 21st century folks come up with their own Cheever/Chekov corollary, that could really capsize their conceptions, I calculate)) that might take offense at such a sideways compliment, I would say that I do think Cheever’s place in American literary history is seemly and above all secure, so please don’t scare (here’s to no century ever getting too old for alliteration!), it’s just that for me Cheever’s stories seem to be waiting for something.  But I’m willing to keep looking.  Maybe I’ll find it in one of his novels.

    Craig B author Craig B is a thirty-something lover of books, movies, and rock and roll whose grandmother still worries that he might not be eating enough. (Love you, Grandma!) He lives with his charming wife in the small town of Berne, IN (in sight of the clock tower) where he busies himself keeping the Roses of Sharon in check and training his chinchilla in the ancient arts of the Ninja. Craig’s current favorite book is Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.
    by Cindy H | Jan 30, 2018
    Join us at the Aboite Branch of the Allen County Public Library each Tuesday morning in February for Musical Conexion, a bilingual music and movement program! Musical Conexion grew out of a need for quality early music education that cultivates not only motor skills and cognition, but also empathy, creativity, and appreciation for cultural diversity. Creative Directors, José Manuel (Chile) and Kelsie Murray (Fort Wayne, Indiana), are musicians and educators combining a variety of experience with distinct pedagogical approaches on both continents.

    This is a 30-minute program designed specifically for toddlers and preschoolers. The toddler program will be from 10:30-11:00 am and preschoolers from 11:00-11:30 am February 6, 13, 20, and 27.

    For more information about Musical Conexion, please check out their website, We hope to see you and your children there!
    by Community Engagement | Jan 29, 2018
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    AARP Foundation Tax-Aide for the 2017 tax year is available for free at the ACPL locations listed below from January 29, 2018 through April 17, 2018. For a list of what to bring with you, click here.

    12:30 - 4:00 pm
    Little Turtle
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    10:30 am - 2:00 pm
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm (2/6 thru 4/10)
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm (2/6 thru 4/10)
    Hessen Cassel
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Main Library
    4:00 - 7:00 pm
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    New Haven
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    by Lincoln Collection | Jan 29, 2018
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    Saturday, February 17
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Main Library - Great Hall

    Abraham Lincoln’s 209th birthday is February 12, 2018.  Come celebrate with us by Learning Lincoln’s Legacy at our Main Library on Saturday, February 17, 9:00 am to Noon.  There will be activities for ages 9 to 14, including a behind-the-scenes look into the vault where the Lincoln Collection is kept, a Lincoln historical scavenger hunt through the library, time to watch Lincoln in the movies, and a hands-on recreation of a real 19th-century photograph.There will also be an exclusive collection of books about Lincoln available for you to check out.

    The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection at the Allen County Public Library is an incomparable repository and resource for information on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.


    by Evan | Jan 29, 2018
    The Telomere EffectBook Review:  The Telomere Effect by Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel

    Exercise, meditate, eat right. Avoid sugar, tobacco, depression and constant stress. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

    OK, we know how to raise the odds of a long, healthful life, and we know how to wreck our bodies before we are 60. But what's at the core of all this? Why does this advice help you avoid such seemingly diverse diseases as diabetes, cancer and heart attacks? 

    In The Telomere Effect, Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel have an answer for you. Remember the old line warning you not to burn the candle at both ends? Substitute chromosome for candle and you're close to current scientific understanding of aging and body decline.

    Chromosomes are the long chemical strands that contain your DNA -- the code that built and maintains your body. As your body cells die off, their chromosomes copy themselves to make new cells. The chromosomes have end caps called telomeres. When chromosomes duplicate, the telomeres erode a bit. Over decades, the telomeres get so short that they don't protect the chromosomes well enough and new cells have copying mistakes that can lead to disease.

    If you protect your telomeres with healthy living -- and the authors even tell ways you can lengthen them a little -- you are much more likely to enjoy an active life into your 80s than if you burn those chromosome end caps with a self-destructive lifestyle. The Telomere Effect is not about how to live a super-long life, but if you can spend your 50s, 60s and 70s doing what you want to do instead of being disabled or dead, that qualifies as a good deal. 

    As someone who started a surgeries hobby after I entered my 50s, I was chagrined reading this book. My daughter and many others have been giving me good health advice for a long time, and I've resisted some of it. One rationalization was that I didn't see any over-arching scientific basis for different diets, exercise routines and, worst of all, hours of meditation. 

    Now Blackburn and Epel are denying me that excuse. How about you? 

    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Cindy H | Jan 26, 2018

    When Starr Carter was just a young child she saw one of her best friends get murdered before her eyes in a drive-by shooting. Soon after, her parents enrolled her and her siblings in a private school an hour away to help them escape some of the violence of their neglected neighborhood. Now, Starr is sixteen years old and will witness another friend get murdered, this time by a police officer. Can Starr possibly overcome the feelings of grief and guilt of watching the lives of two friends end? Will she be able to face her fears to speak the truth and seek justice for her friend?

    This powerful story by first-time author Angie Thomas speaks to the current issues of police brutality and violence against minorities, particularly the black community. I think sometimes it can be hard to relate to what people of different backgrounds experience; this book does an excellent job of helping you understand the feelings of confusion, fear, and ultimately powerlessness that those affected by gun violence and discrimination face. Thomas makes Starr and the other characters in the book come alive through Starr’s first-person narrative. She seamlessly weaves tragedy with humor to create an engaging story that anyone, regardless of their race or upbringing, can relate to. I feel this is an important book that not only every teen, but adult, should read.

    This book has won or been nominated for many awards, including being nominated for the prestigious 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Please be aware that this book contains some profanity, racial slurs, and graphic descriptions of violence; it may be too mature for some younger teens. It is available at the library in print and audiobook, and as an ebook and electronic audiobook on Overdrive.