Skip to main content
    by Aisha H. | Jan 09, 2019

    2018 saw me read a variety of things. While some people might not consider listening to audiobooks and looking at photography books a proper definition of reading, I still consider these as “books read” because they involved me hearing or seeing a story, analyzing what I heard and saw, and taking some part of the story into myself. Here are some of the books I read in 2018.

    I started listening to audiobooks years ago when I lived farther away from friends and family and would go on road trips. I kept listening to audiobooks because having someone read to me is a lovely experience.

    Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah     

    I knew Noah from "The Daily Show" and love his accent, so listening to his memoir instead of reading it seemed like the right thing to do, and it was.


    Look Alive Out There: Essays by Sloane Crosley

    I’ve been a Sloane Crosley fan for years since reading her first book of essays, I Was Told There’d Be Cake. Standout essays included the one about her battles with her neighbor’s excessively cool teenagers and the one where she gets diagnosed with Ménière’s disease.


    You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

    I definitely snorted when she talked about the way being called “ma’am” makes you feel, when up until that point, people called you “miss”.


    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

    I’d be surprised if you hadn’t already heard of this book, but if you haven’t, it’s an amazing Young Adult novel that deals with the issue of race in America. Starr witnesses the police shooting of her unarmed friend Khalil and the two worlds she lives in, her poorer, predominantly black neighborhood and her wealthy, mostly white private school, clash as she tries to deal with the pressures her family and friends put on her.

    Past Tense by Lee Child

    This is the latest book in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. I started reading the series back in November 2017. I hadn't thought of them as my kind of books (which goes to show you, we can all change), but I'd watched the film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and decided to give them a shot. In a year, I read all 23 novels. (They took up a good chunk of my year.) Some of the standouts were One Shot (#9), Bad Luck and Trouble (#11), Worth Dying For (#15), and Make Me (#20). Oddly enough, Never Go Back (#18), the book that inspired the movie that got me reading the series was one of my least favorites. The book’s plot was a little different than the movie’s (or maybe more accurately, the movie’s plot was a little different than the book’s), and that might have thrown me off.
    Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

    This novel is a mix of fantasy, historical fiction, romance, and science fiction. Milo has been reincarnated 9,995 times and has five more lives left in order to pursue perfection. He’s in love with Death (who prefers to be called “Suzie”), and if he doesn’t reach perfection, he’ll cease to exist and cease to be with Suzie. This book is funny, touching, and philosophical.
     DressLikeaWoman Dress Like a Woman: Working Women and What They Wore by Abrams Books

    This collection of photographs uses clothing to explore the changes in women’s roles throughout the world. There are photos of famous women like Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai, but some of the more powerful, moving images are of everyday women.


      How New York Breaks Your Heart by Bill Hayes

      These photographs of regular people doing regular
      things are intimate and impressive.

    Aisha’s favorite authors are Lisa Lutz and Lorrie Moore. After years of resisting the librarian who owns a cat stereotype, she found Otis, the best giant little kitty ever created, and is now never without a cat hair somewhere on her clothing. 

    by Christi | Jan 08, 2019

    Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Christi, who works with children and families at the Dupont Branch Library.

    image of baby's face
    Baby Storytime is always fun, but my little ones really love it when the books I share reflect their own experiences. One favorite is Leo Loves Baby Time by Anna McQuinn. In this book, Leo goes to the library for storytime. There he enjoys many of the same activities that take place at our Baby Storytime, such as singing and playing peekaboo with scarves.

    cover image for leo loves baby time

    In Babies Don’t Walk, They Ride! by Kathy Henderson, babies ride in strollers, shopping carts, car seats, back packs, slings, and more to get around. Adults and older children in the book use bicycles, wheelchairs, scooters and more. The book has a fun rhythm, so I like to read it all the way through and then go back through the pages, naming various modes of transportation.
    cover image for babies don't walk they ride

    You'll find more great baby books on our custom book list HERE.
    Happy reading!

    by Aisha H. | Jan 05, 2019
    Unfortunately, the Jazz at Lincoln Center film, "John Lewis", scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, has been cancelled. We will resume the series on Thursday, February 7 with the film, "Blood on the Fields".
    by Dawn Stoops | Jan 04, 2019
    Do you know a kid who loves taking things apart?
    Here's a great new book to fan the flames of technical curiosity!
    cover image for cut in half
    Cut in Half by Mike Warren is part of the library's adult collection, but it's a great fit for kids of all ages who like to ask those 'why' and 'how' questions.
    Here's the blurb from the publisher.
    "Explore the inner world of ordinary objects with this photographic collection of sixty household items that have been cut in half! Based on his successful Youtube channel, designer and fabricator Mike Warren uses a high-pressure waterjet cutter to divide everything from laptop computers to vacuum cleaners, boxing gloves to golf balls, and even a singing fish! Cut in Half displays the inner workings and materials of each object, along with informative captions for how each object works and the contents within, revealing the extraordinary in the everyday."

    We've got a physical copy and a digital copy so take a look and enjoy it with a curious child!

    by Carrie V | Jan 04, 2019

    Together we create

    Have you always wanted to be a writer? Are you a writer looking for motivation and support?  You might be surprised by Fort Wayne's active writing community!

    Here is a consolidated listing of local literary events happening in January:

    3 Rivers Co-op & Deli: First Friday Readings
    Friday, January 4th, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    At the 3 Rivers Natural Grocery Co-op & Deli
    Come hear readings by noteworthy poets and writers of the Fort Wayne area, and
    grab some food at the One World Café

    FWWG: Workday Wordsmiths
    Tuesday, January 8th, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    -See Link for Location-
    Feedback, brainstorming, and learning in a relaxed, daytime setting.

    NI POETS: Northeast Indiana Poets Of Every Type Society

    Wednesday, January 9th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Northeast Indiana P.O.E.T.S. meets at the Downtown Allen County Library, 900 Library Plaza. The public is invited. Bring your favorite poems and join us.


    Northeast Indiana P.O.E.T.S. (which stands for Poets Of Every Type Society) was organized in 1990. This poetry organization has been a member of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne for years, and is associated with Poetry Society of Indiana (PSI), formerly Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs, and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.

    FWWG: Writers Round Robin – Evoking Emotions from your Readers
    Wednesday, January 9th, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    -See Link for Location-
    A structured workshop where participants critique readings from two readers.

    ACPL: Monday Morning Book Group – Author Visit
    Monday, January 14th, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    At the Little Turtle Branch of the Allen County Public Library
    Please join us to share the books you are currently reading and listen to others share theirs as well.  We meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month.  On January 14th we will be having an Author Visit with local author Shelia Webster Boneham who writes both fiction and nonfiction books related to animals.


    ACPL: Hanna-Creighton Writers Guild
    Monday, January 14th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    At the Pontiac Branch of the Allen County Public Library
    Writers of all levels get together to educate, inspire, encourage, and motivate members though the expression of their ideas in the written word, using positive feedback, constructive criticism, and example.


    FWWG: Pubs & Prose Night
    Monday, January 14th, 7:00 PM - ???
    At J.K. O’Donnell’s
    No readings, just a group of fascinating local writers talking shop, talking smack, and sometimes expounding on life's great pageantry over a few excellent brews.


    FWWG: Workday Wordsmiths
    Tuesday, January 15th, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    -See Link for Location-
    Feedback, brainstorming, and learning in a relaxed, daytime setting.


    ACPL: Heartland Writers’ Forum (Monroeville)
    Wednesday, January 16th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    At the Monroeville Branch of the Allen County Public Library



    FWWG: Shut Up & Write
    Thursday, January 17th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    -See Link for Location-
    Put pen and paper where your mouth is and join in a writing session. Bounce ideas around or ask about a questionable phrase or even plot point, but come with the intention of walking out with a page or two in your hand.

    FWWG: Writers Round Robin
    Wednesday, January 23rd, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    -See Link for Location-
    A structured workshop where participants critique readings from two readers.


    ACPL: Young Writers Group
    Thursday, January 24th, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
    At the Main Library Downtown
    Grades 9-12: The Young Writers Workshop led by Dr. Michael Levan is for high school students who love words and want to put them together better. Each session will be a mix of workshopping drafts, in-class writing exercises, craft talks where we learn about strategies to improve our work, and in discussion of contemporary poetry and prose. See link for signup info.


    COP a Story
    Saturday, January 26th, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    -See Link for Location-
    At COP a Story, writers have one month to compose their story based on Character, Object, and Place prompts provided by audience members. A public reading of the stories happens on the last Saturday of every month. Unlike many public reading events, COP includes time for discussion - not critique - of each story.


    ACPL: Writers’ Group Meeting
    Monday, January 28th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    At the Main Library Downtown
    Have you always wanted to be a writer? Or are you already a writer and looking for motivation and community? Join ACPL's new Writers' Group! This group aims to provide a forum for sharing works in progress, as well as getting feedback and ideas. Writers of any experience level are welcome.  


    FWWG: Workday Wordsmiths
    Tuesday, January 29th, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    -See Link for Location-
    Feedback, brainstorming, and learning in a relaxed, daytime setting.

    Make it your new year's resolution to attend a local writing event this month!

    by Evan | Jan 02, 2019
    WhenHow to Change Your MindThe Girls of Atomic City
    GrantThe Future of HumanityEducated

    The library’s Real World Book Club is opening for business January 17 with a discussion of Daniel H. Pink’s When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. This new club is a morphing of the Science and Technology Book Club we had in 2018 and will include science books as well as history, biography and other non-fiction titles.

    All the conversations will begin at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month in the Business, Science and Technology Meeting Room at the Main Library. Dates and titles through June are:

    February 21 – How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

    March 21 – The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan

    April 18 – Grant by Ron Chernow

    May 16 – The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku

    June 20 – Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

    I hope you will grab copies of these books and join the conversations, but if you haven’t read them and want to learn about them, you will certainly be welcome.

    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Kris | Jan 01, 2019

    Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Kris, who works with children and families at the Aboite Branch Library.

    image of mouse puppet and two books

    Hello!  Let me introduce you to Mouse, my storytime puppet. Mouse attends Baby Storytime with me on Monday mornings at the Aboite Branch Library. His familiar little face helps regular attendees settle in and feel comfortable. And Mouse is very good at helping me find new friends to attend storytime by walking through the children’s area before we begin!

    Of course, every week, we sing songs, do fingerplays and say rhymes together at Baby Storytime. This week I emphasized to caregivers that songs and rhymes are not only fun and engaging for their children, but research on brain development shows they help familiarize children with sequences and patterns, which aids in the development of math skills!

    Did you ever stop to think…when we sing with our children, we are helping prepare them for MATH! Isn’t that amazing? And amazingly simple? 

    cover image for this little chickcover image for tap tap  bang bang

    Many stories written for children also include patterns and rhythms, similar to songs.  This week we read the two stories pictured above with mouse. They include fun, repetitive lines that we all say together (and yes, many babies cannot say these lines YET, but they are definitely listening and bouncing along as their caregivers say them).    

    I hope you visit one of our branches soon and join in the storytime joy! 

    by Kay S | Dec 31, 2018

    Auld Lang Syne lyrics via pinterest

    Bet’cha didn’t know that song was so long and sooooo Scottish.  (Click the image to view it full size.  Much easier to read!  Just a bit too big to fit into this post.)
    Is it possible that another year has gone by? It seems like we were just welcoming 2018 into the world not too long ago. Well, now it’s time to say farewell to 2018 and I have to admit that I’m really not sorry to see it go. Too-de-loo! As I look back on the number of books I’ve reviewed this year, I notice that there were fewer. Why is that? Simply put, I didn’t finish as many as I usually do. Yes, I picked them up – and then I put them down. As far as books go, this year has been underwhelming. Here’s hoping next year will sparkle – fingers crossed.

    And now for my wrap-up of things book-ie. Much to my surprise and displeasure, one of my favorite review magazines came to a close in May/June of 2018. It was founded by Kathryn Falk and was originally called Romantic Time Reviews. Somewhere along the way it changed its name to Book Reviews. And then one day, it went to all digital and I should have seen the writing on the wall. This year it was announced – out of the blue – that they would no longer be publishing. I miss that magazine. I found numerous authors by reading its pages.  I’m sifting through numerous sources, publishing houses, and author sites but I have to do a lot more digging and double-checking these days.  I'm sorry this magazine is no longer around.

    I started numerous reading projects and author gloms this year. There was the All About Romance Project, the DNF Project (which I seem to have forgotten I was doing, and must be returning to). I also glommed authors Kelly Bowen and Julia Justiss.This year also saw the return of Betina Krahn and Miranda Davis, something which made me very happy. I also did some traveling in my Wayback Machine.

    Voices we have lost this year. Although not a romance author, this year we lost Phillip Roth – but thankfully he left a lot of material behind for us to enjoy.

    Debut authors who have crossed my radar. Oyinkan Braithwaite, Rena Rossner, Vee Walker, Caryl Bloom, Katrina Carraso, Arif Anwr, Kelli Clare, Tracy Clark, R.F. Kuang, Taylor Bennett, Emma Berquist, Melissa Ostrum, Allison Temple, L. J. Haywood, Gwendolyn Clare, Joy McCullough, Tomi Adeyemi, Lindsey Harrel, Lynn Blackburn, Julia Sonneburn, Angela Surmelis, Melissa Albert, and Richard Lawson.

    2018 Outstanding Books. This year we had some slim-pickens. I had to travel in the Wayback Machine to find some of these. I was delighted that some of my old beloved books stood up to the test of time. Anyway, these are the books which made me smile, made me laugh, made me sigh, and brought a tear to my eye in 2018. Thanks to all of you authors who brought these gems to me. In no particular order.
    1.    Someone to Care by Mary Balogh, 2018
    2.    Come Back to Me by Josie Litton – AAR Project, year, 2001
    3.    A Most Unconventional Match by Julia Justiss, 2008 – part of glom
    4.    The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie, AAR Project, 2005
    5.    A Duke in the Night by Kelly Bowen, 2018
    6.    His Lordship’s Last Wager by Miranda Davis, 2018
    7.    Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath, 2018
    8.    A Good Rogue is Hard to Find by Kelly Bowen, part of glom, 2015
    9.    The Lady in Red by Kelly Bowen, part of glom, 2018
    10.    Last Night with the Earl by Kelly Bowen, part of glom, 2018
    11.    The Governess Game by Tessa Dare, 2018
    12.    His Convenient Marchioness by Elizabeth Rolls, 2017

    Now on to my prestigious awards . . .

    No More Wire Hangers – Time for the 2018 Mommie Dearest Award.
    In order to be nominated for this honor, there must be a horrible family member – age does not matter. Gambling brothers, self-centered sisters, spoiled children, conspiring mothers, oblivious fathers – anyone who may cause boo-hoo moments for either the heroine or hero.

    The Wedding GambleNominees: From A Most Unconventional Match, by Julia Justiss, we have Hal Waterman's family.    The maniac, abusive grandfather from The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie. Everyone but the heroine in Seduced by a Scot by Julia London. The father from An Earl Like You by Caroline Linden.   

    And the winner is Clarissa
    from The Wedding Gamble by Julia Justiss. Now, technically Clarissa isn’t a relative of the heroine Sarah. And, Clarissa is a future heroine, but in this book she is a spoiled, temperamental shrew, and she’s horrible to her companion Sarah. Clarissa was a horrible person, and probably tooooo horrible to be given her own book.

    2018 Steve Morgan Bonehead Award.
    How many times have we groaned because the hero is such a schmuck? He cannot forget his first love, he’s unfaithful, he’s jealous, he's possessive, he's domineering, he's always right, and he uses cold-cream instead for other purposes than what it is used for – if you get my drift.

    Rules of EngagementNominees: Brandon from Nicole Jordan’s My Fair Lover. Hugh Deveraux from Caroline Linden’s An Earl Like You. And then we have Brandon from Heartless by Anne Stuart. Bonehead heroine! Bonehead heroine! In Cathy Maxwell’s A Match Made in Bed, our heroine Cassandra had a crush on Soren when she was a little girl. And then he broke her little heart and she can never, ever, forgive him. Even when she grows up, she holds a grudge – she hatesssssss him when she’s eleven and she hatesssssss him forever.

    And the winner of the 2018 Steve Morgan Bonehead Award
    is Kerrich, aaarrggghhhh. Rules of Engagement by Christina Dodd shows all of its 18 years of age. For a moment I thought I was in the Wayback Machine and had been transported to Ripped Bodice Days of Yore. This guy has to find an orphan so he can pretend to be nice and Queen Victoria will like him again. He also must find an ugly woman to be his pretend governess, because pretty women just won’t leave him alone – he’s just that wonderful. But the topper moment is when he wanted his ugly-not-really-governess-heroine to be forced to marry him. Sigh, my hero.

    Sidekicks, aka Secondary Character, aka Supporting Cast of 2018.
    The hero and heroine may carry the book but occasionally there are other characters who draw our attention. Sometimes they are just great supporting characters –  their just being there makes the book even better than it is. Their importance to the story cannot go unrecognized, and sometimes they are even rewarded with their own stories.

    The Lady in RedHere are my nominations for great supporting characters of 2018:
    Gavin from Seduced by a Scot, by Julia London. Eleanor, Duchess of Worth from Devils of Dover series by Kelly Bowen.Rosamund and Daisy from The Governess Game by Tessa Dare. Eula from Tempting the Laird by Julia London and Georgie and Henry from His Convenient Marchioness by Elizabeth Rolls. Arthur from Betina Krahn’s A Good Day to Marry a Duke.

    And the winner is King
    . Kelly Bowen's The Lady in Red offers a great example of a secondary character who does more than just support. He almost takes over when he appears in the books he’s been in. He’s everything an alpha male should be – mysterious, dark, domineering and sensual. He is a fascinating character and has appeared in two of her series. I hope she gives him his own story soon.

    The Perfect RakeAnd now for a special moment from 2018, well actually it is from 2005 – I just reread it this year. One of my favorite heroes showed up in The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie.  While Gideon may have been irritating, arrogant and obnoxious, he was a wonderful, funny character and I loved him. He made a great hero.

    So goodbye 2018. Hopefully, 2019 will bring me some new authors I can turn to for distraction. Keep on writing all you auto-buy authors. And, welcome to the fold all of you debut authors - may you live long and prosper.

    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 | Dec 28, 2018
    There's something for everyone in our nonfiction section.
    Take a look!
    cover image for how it works cover image for william and kate cover image for who are you calling weird
    cover image for roblox top adventure games cover image for ford f-150 cover image for 12 most influential speeches of all time
     cover image for sea monsters  cover image for therapy animals
    cover image for kids cooking
    cover image for 5 minute basketball stories cover image for there's math in my art cover image for fox kits
     cover image for endurance my year in space and how i got there cover image for national parks joshua tree
    cover image for something rotten

    by Mary Voors | Dec 26, 2018

    Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Mary Voors, who works with children and families in the Children’s Services department at the Main Library.

    We’ve all heard conversations which lead us to believe that some people we encounter are becoming less civil, less kind, and more abrupt. And yet… we strive to help our children grow up to be kind, loving, compassionate human beings.
    cover image for the peace book

    Recently I had the opportunity to share books about kindness during storytimes. Some of the books we particularly enjoyed were:

    These books served as a great opportunity to begin a discussion about kindness. Kids loved talking about how they could be kind. Some of the suggestions they shared included:

    • Say thank you
    • Give a hug
    • Hold the door
    • Share your lunch
    • Pet their dog
    • Help someone stand up when they fall down
    • Don’t laugh at people
    • Read a book together
    • Say you like their hair
    • Pick up your toys

    Talk with your favorite children’s librarian for more ideas about good books on this topic!

    by Dawn Stoops | Dec 20, 2018
    Here are some chapter books we've gotten in the last few weeks.
    Get lost in a new adventure today!
    cover image for bobbie mendoza saves the world again cover image for lily and kosmo in outer space cover image for polar bear explorer's club
    cover image for king flashypants and the toys of terror cover image for the wind called my name cover image for friday night stage lights
     cover image of the colors of the rain  cover image for viper attack
    logan the puppy
    cover image for shelby's story cover image for the right hook of devin velma cover image for the splintered light

    by Angie | Dec 18, 2018

    Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Angie, who works with children and families at the Dupont Branch Library.

    cover image for bear snores on

    Winter weather is already here, so recently in storytime we read stories that related to the winter season. The first book we read was Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson. I love all the bear stories by Karma Wilson but this story works especially well in the winter months. We talked about how bears hibernate during the winter before starting the story. As the book went along, we saw several other animals gathering in bears cave to share food and have fun together while you guessed it - Bear Snores On! The kids had fun helping me say a very loud AAACHOOO! when pepper makes it to bear’s nose and a very large sneeze wakes him up!  Kids and parents always share a laugh when the end of our story finds bear wide awake but his friends snoring on! Check out any of the bear stories as they often have repeated phrases which allow for shared reading. The stories also feature several other animal characters so they provide lots of opportunities to use different voices for each of the animals.  

    cover image for winter is here

    The second book we read was a new book by Keven Henkes called Winter is Here.  This book paired nicely with a song that we sang at the end of storytime about winter clothing. We talked about what kinds of warm clothing we need in the winter and had fun singing about mittens, boots, hats, and jackets while waving our hands, stomping our feet, patting our heads, and pretending to zip our jacket.

    We have a long winter ahead so check out these fun winter stories or any of the other great winter reads the library has to offer!

    by Becky C | Dec 17, 2018
    Santas List

    If you ask our kids, I'm always on Santa's Nice List and my husband is always on Santa's Naughty List.  We joke that Santa originally assigned one elf to keep tabs on Jeff, but since Jeff was constantly up to mischief, Santa decided a team of elves was needed to even out the workload.  And then the team quit because, even divided amongst them, there was too much naughtiness to record.  You know, things like when we're all sitting around the table, cutting out paper snowflakes and Jeff is taking a seriously long time with his, smirking the whole time -- and then proudly displays something that looks like the Death Star shooting the Enterprise (my daughters and I are Trekkies).  We all laugh and someone says "and this is why the elves keep quitting." 

    Cutting out snowflakes together is one of our December traditions (and yes, Jeff always manages to surprise us with something exceptionally creative and just a tad impish).  During the hustle and bustle that comes with getting ready for Christmas, it's easy to forget to set aside time to relax and enjoy the season.  Cutting out snowflakes together is one way my family and I do this, but there are lots of options, including setting aside some time with a good book.  With just a week before the big day, I think something short and sweet, is in order . . .

    And, so I offer you this Christmas Cute List, with pages from ten to ninety-two.  Although, there are many titles of Christmas cheer, many titles of Christmas laughter, these are the tiny books I recommend to you.  Merry Christmas!  Merry Christmas to you.

    Catmas CarolsCatmas Carols by Laurie Loughlin.  "Joy to the world, 'cause cats are here." And are they ever, in this one-of-a-kind collection of your favorite Christmas carols written from a cat's point of view. Forget peace on earth, forget good will toward men, and discover what Christmas really means: wrecked halls, clawed couches, and visions of muzzles for the neighbors' dogs. Each set of lyrics is accompanied by a playful, exuberant illustration, and all are precisely synchronized with the tunes of their conventional counterparts. So sing along, and get a new perspective on the holiday -- and the cat -- you thought you knew.

    Christmas is GoodChristmas is Good:  Trixie's Guide to a Happy Holiday by Dean Koontz.  A delightful, humorous book full of seasonal cheer, readers are given a dog's-eye view of Christmas. Trixie offers advice for holiday activities (playing frisbee in the snow) as well as sound advice on gift-giving (if it tastes like bacon everyone will love it).  Trixie also debunks many Christmas myths, revealing that Santa's sleigh is actually pulled by dogs. Features charming full-color photos of Trixie, a former service dog enjoying her retirement with the Koontz family.

    A Stockingfull of Christmas CartoonsHo! Ho! Ho! A Stocking-full of Christmas cartoons.  America's premier cartoonists look at the light side of the holiday season in this ultimate Christmas anthology. With more than 140 cartoons from a heavenly host of artists whose work appears in the New Yorker and other magazines, this quick read is a feast of holiday humor.

    Deck the Halls with Buddy HollyDeck the Halls with Buddy Holly: and Other Misheard Christmas Lyrics by Gavin Edwards.  The master of the misheard has done it again, this time with a collection of bungled Christmas lyrics from misguided wassailers.  Your favorite Christmas carol may never sound the same again!

    A Very Klingon KhristmasA Very Klingon Khristmas by Paul Ruditis.  Santa has retractable claws, tribbles are placed in the stockings of naughty Klingon boys and girls, and a hot cup of mulled blood wine takes Klingon caroling up a notch.  Illustrated in a classic Norman Rockwell-inspired style, with snippets of Klingon sprinkled throughout.  Delightful!

    Santas DiariesSanta's Diaries: A Year of Mayhem, Merriment, and Miracles at the North Pole.  How fully do we appreciate the superhuman efforts Santa makes every year just to get his job done? Is he overeating because of the stress? Has he managed to halt yet another elf labor strike? How does Mrs. Claus soothe her overachieving husband? Will Santa ever retire? Find out the answers to these and many other questions in this candid journal of a year in Santa's life.    

    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 | Dec 14, 2018

    Book Review: Anne Tyler's winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Breathing Lessons

    cover for Anne Tyler's novel, Breathing LessonsThere’s this extended scene in the middle of Anne Tyler’s 1989 Pulitzer win, Breathing Lessons, that at first blush seems a bit out of place.  Ira and Maggie Moran have been to a funeral (they’ve also been unceremoniously asked to leave) and then get entangled with another motorist on their way back to Baltimore.  This is not the central plot, just an extended scene that I found quite compelling on a variety of levels.  Yet the scene does seem a bit out of keeping with the rest of the novel, a bit of an unsupported narrative jaunt, though I suppose it could be focusing on character development or something, etc.  Anyway, that was my first musing, but then reading a bit more about Anne Tyler and her Quaker childhood of no public schooling or telephone use, I began to wonder if this almost-too-cutesy novel is channeling a bit more of (do I want to make this comparison) the metafictional force that seems to make Paul Thomas Anderson tick than I would initially have given it credit for.  (For those who wonder what the heck I’m talking about, as an example, Anderson’s movie The Master barely hangs together plot-wise and yet the scenes and characters achieve a synergy that keep it going and round it out while also making viewers go, or at least some of them, that’s so meta …).  It’s possible, when one squints hard enough, that Tyler's motorist scene is tuned in to a recurring theme of hers where, as Joyce Carol Oates put it  “time itself … constitutes plot.”  This seeming dedication to bringing to life the “impact of small things” and the constant ticking our internal clocks all emit made me appreciate the authorial courage of asking one’s readers to draw back and think, “Why is this here?”  I guess that’s the best possible spin one can put on a moment of which one’s readers might also be pulling back and asking, “Why did they bother?”  Though, in Tyler’s defense, she does have a strong case to make because it does seem to me if not for the actual impact of small things that we at least subconsciously pick up on and value, none of us actually would … bother, that is.

    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 Dawn Stoops | Dec 13, 2018
    Today was the Grabill Library's Mary Poppins Party!
    picture of staff at Mary Poppins Party
    If you're a fan of all things Mary Poppins, you'll find lots to love at the library.
    The story of Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers really shows off ALL the library has to offer.
    Of course, we've got the books.
    image of title page from Mary Poppins Comes Back
    You can enjoy multiple editions of the book with a variety of illustration styles. Here's a 1934 edition of Mary Poppins Comes Back, with our cataloging markings (yes, we used to write in our books!).
    cover image of Mary Poppins Little Golden Book by Disney 
    Here's a 1964 Little Golden Book from Disney.
    We've also got the Disney movie, several versions of the book on CD, and music CDs with the movie soundtrack.

    But there's more!

    If you want to enjoy Mary digitally, try Hoopla.
    image of screen shot for Hoopla digital
    Free to Allen County residents with your library card, Hoopla offers a wide array of music recordings, eBooks, and eAudiobooks. The same is true of Overdrive, another digital resources the library offers.
    Need help finding just the right Mary Poppins resource? Stop by your library or call 421-1200 and we'll be happy to assist!
    by Beth N. | Dec 11, 2018

    Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Beth, who works with children and families at the Aboite Branch Library.

    cover image for roar a tour of dinosaurs
    At a recent Toddler Storytime we read the book Roar a Dinosaur Tour by Michael Paul. This work of children’s nonfiction reads like a picture book and has fabulous endpapers to explore with the children. The front papers illustrate each type of dinosaur with its name and the pronunciation. The illustrations on the back papers are placed identically and note the meaning of each dinosaur name. The names and their definitions are rich vocabulary! The text in the book is simple with bold illustrations.

    Having finished the book we proceeded to sing and move to the Dinosaur Ditty to illustrate how some dinosaurs and their close relatives moved:

    There she is just lumbering down the street (lumbering on feet)              
    Titanosaurs for example

    Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty do

    Looking around for something good to eat (shade eyes)
    Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty do


    He/she's huge, he/she's huge (arms out & echo)

    He/she's strong, he/she's strong (make muscles & echo)

    He/she’s huge, he/she’s strong…Won't be hungry very long. (unison)

    There he comes just flying through the sky, (flap wings)                            
    Pterosaurs – flying reptiles, a dinosaur relative
    Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty do                                                                 

    Looking around for a tasty fish pie (shade eyes)
    Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty do

    -Repeat refrain

    There he goes just swimming in the lake (swimming arms)                     
    Spinosaurus and other reptile relatives

    Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty do                                                

    Looking around for a big clam bake (shade eyes)
    Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty do

    -Repeat refrain

    The book, and the playing as if we were dinosaurs, gave us a chance to explore new vocabulary. Researchers have found that children with large vocabularies, who know lots of different words, find it easier to read when that time comes.           

    by Dawn Stoops | Dec 07, 2018
    Take a look at these beautiful books!
    Below are the 37* most amazingly illustrated picture books written for kids in 2018 and they're the ones we're going to talk about at our annual Mock Caldecott Discussion and Election coming up in January.

    Saturday, January 12th, 9:00am-1:00pm

    Globe Room at the Main Library


    We'll learn a little about the actual award, given by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association), we'll talk about elements of art, then we'll debate and discuss the finer points of these picture books.

    Librarians, teachers, and other adults interested in picture books for children and young teens are invited to participate. Please register online or by calling Children's Services at 260.421.1220.

    Don't miss out on the fun as we try to determine the book that might win the actual award. Books we will consider are from 2018, and 37 titles have been selected from the ones posted on the ACPL Mock Caldecott Pinterest Page.

    *Did we miss one of your favorites? Give us a call and we'll see if we can add yours to the list for discussion. Remember, ALSC has detailed guidelines about what books are eligible.
    cover image for between the lines cover image for big mooncake for little star cover image for blue
    cover image for carmela full of wishes cover image for the day you begin cover image for drawn together
    cover image for dreamers cover image for every month a new year cover image for grace for gus
    cover image for heartbeat cover image for hello hello cover image for hello lighthouse
    cover image for hey kiddo cover image for a house that once was cover image for i am a cat
    cover image for if i had a horse cover image for islandborn cover image for julian is a mermaid
    cover image for let the children march cover image for night job cover image for night out
    cover image for nothing stopped sophie cover image for ocean meets sky cover image for otis and will discover the deep
    cover image for pie is for sharing  cover image for the rabbit listened cover image for run wild
    cover image for the sockeye mother cover image for stop that yawn cover image for the stuff of stars
    cover image for thank you omu cover image for they say blue cover image for tiger vs nightmare
    cover image for the united states vs. jackie robinson cover image for the wall in the middle of the book cover image for what do you do with a voice like that
    cover image for zola's elephant    
    by Kay S | Dec 07, 2018
    Another year is just around the corner. Here are a few of the upcoming fiction books which are coming to a library, bookstore, and electronic device near you. As always, the dates reflected here are the publishing dates, not the dates they will fill the shelves. The dates are subject to change - unfortunately, publishers don't let me know when they change their mind.

    Historical Romance
     Adrienna Basso Adrienne Basso
    The Bride Chooses a Highlander  
    The McKennas series
    December 18 
     Virginia Heath Virginia Heath
    The Uncompromising Lord Flint
    The King's Elite series
    December 18
     Elizabeth Hoyt Elizabeth Hoyt
    Not the Duke's Darling
    The Greycourt Series
    December 18
     Eva Leigh Eva Leigh
    Dare to Love a Duke
    The London Underground series
    December 24

    Historical Fiction

     Harwood Clarissa Harwood
    Bear No Malice
    mystery/historical fiction
    January 1 
     Julia Kelly Julia Kelly
    The Light Over London
    January 14
     Gemma Livero Gemma Liviero
    The Road Beyond Ruin
    mystery/historical fiction
    January 1
     Sofia Lundberg Sofia Lundberg
    The Red Address Book
    January 8
     Jennifer Robson Jennifer Robson
    The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding
    December 31

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

     Christie Barlow Christie Barlow
    Love Heart Lane
    Love Heart Lane series
    Ebook January 11
     Jemmi Keer Jenni Keer
    The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker
    January 10
     Brenda Novak Brenda Novak
    To Win Her Heart
    January 14

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

     Beth Byers Beth Byers
    Murder Among the Roses
    The Violet Carlyle Mysteries
    December 16 
     Sarah Fox Sarah Fox
    Wine and Punishment
    Literary Pub series
    December 18
     Gregg Hursitz Gregg Hurwitz
    The Intern
    Orphan X series
    novella, 16 pages
    December 18
     mary Kingswood Mary Kingswood
    The Seamstress
    Sisters of Woodside series
    January 16 - yes, I know it's the 16th

    Paranormal Romance/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Horror

    Katherine Arden  Katherine Arden
    The Winter of the Witch
    Winternight series
    January 8

     Deanna Chase Deanna Chase
    Dreams of the Witch
    Witches of Keating Hollow series
    December 17
     Kat Howard Kat Howard
    A Cathedral of Myth and Bone
    16 story collection
    January 8
     Mary Kate L. Mary
    Tribe of Daughters
    Science Fiction
    January 3

    Young Adult/Teen

    Black  Holly Black
    The Wicked King
    The Folk of the Air series
    January 8
     Sophie Jordan Sophie Jordan
    The Me I Meant to Be
    January 1

    Inspiration Romance/Mainstream

     Tamera Alexander Tamera Alexander
    With this Pledge
    Carnton series
    January 8
     Laura Franz Laura Frantz
    A Bound Heart
    January 1
     Tracie Peterson Tracie Peterson
    Kimberley Woodhouse
    Under the Midnight Sun
    The Heart of Alaska Book series
    January 1
     Jan Turano Jen Turano
    Flights of Fancy
    American Heiresses series
    January 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 Carrie V | Dec 06, 2018

          Seasons' Readings

    You’re invited to celebrate December by joining us for an all-ages story time! Listen to holiday stories and poems read by ACPL librarians and staff, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, too!

    Tuesday, December 11, 2-3 p.m.
    Globe Room, Main Library

    Stories to be read:

          The Greatest Gift, backstory to the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life

    (Read by Megan from Readers’ Services)

    Toward the Winter Solstice by Timothy Steele

    Snow White by Katherine Riegel

    (Read by Ben & Mary Jane from Security Services)

          My Christmas Scarf by Katie Martin

    (Read by Christine, Substitute Librarian)

     Hanukkah with Bells On by Neil Gaiman

    (Read by Colby from Material Support Services)

    What is Myrrh Anyway? by Henry Hitchings

    (Read by Stephanie from Readers’ Services)

    King John’s Christmas by A. A. Milne

    (Read by Craig from the Business, Science, & Technology Dept.)

    A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, excerpt

    (Read by Emily from the Lincoln Collection)

    We hope to see you there!

    by Amanda K C | Dec 05, 2018
    Fort Wayne Photo Club Exhibit

    2018 Fort Wayne Photo Club 

    November 19, 2018-January 5, 2019
    Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery at the Main Library 

    This exhibit contains the latest work created by members of the Fort Wayne Photo Club.