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    by Craig B | Sep 14, 2018


    cover for Father John Misty's album, God's Favorite CustomerThis newest album, God’s Favorite Customer, made me happy in the most oppressive way.  With lines like “you can take what I know about love and drown it in the sink” and “a love that lasts forever really can't be that special”, the album establishes a merry bleakness that I find difficult to resist.  Not to mention it felt like quite a step up from Misty’s last album, Pure Comedy.  That album verged on being spoken word poetry (though I’ve only listened to it once and should probably give it another go), which I found artistically less interesting than actual melodramatic, pop musicality that I could sing along with whilst performing various household tasks.  God’s Favorite Customer gives me hope that Misty’s mojo has not been utterly depleted by success and I’m happy to say, “Carry on, Father John, and keep reminding us that the sunrise will burn out your retinas if you look at it long enough.”

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    I could see putting some of these tracks on as alarm clock music.  The softer rock sensibility and enervating nature of the content could pair well with the dreary necessities of a Monday morning.  My only fear would be that the power of association between Mr. Misty’s music and the trauma of achieving wakefulness could overwhelm one’s tolerance and liking for certain tracks.  This is why I mainly rely on the generic buzz of a phone left on vibrate to wake me up in the morning.  That and my dogs’ restlessness.  They’re always on the verge of being ready to go outside and their love is real and unproblematic … and forever; an aspect I find affirming in a dog but (not too repeat myself too much) may find maddening in a song I’ve stuck on repeat … in the morning … forever.

    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 Kay S | Sep 12, 2018
    Book Review:  Dream of Me by Josie Litton

    Anyway, a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was an author by the name Josie littonof Maura Seger. Ms. Seger wrote a goodly number of historical romance books between 1983 and 1998. And then she disappeared. I, like a number of other people, kept looking for her. But alas, she just vanished. Probably to the Island of Disappearing Authors. Then in 2001 Bantam Publishing introduced a brand new author by the name of Josie Litton. They were excited because this new author was the bee’s knees! This great new author had written an exciting Viking trilogy which was going to be the bestest thing ever! But there was a mystery surrounding this new author. No one knew who Ms. Litton was or where she came from. Nothing could be found on her. The questions were many, the mystery only increased, (along with sales). Now, we all know you cannot fool romance readers for very long. No siree. Soon the hubbub hit the fan and it was discovered that Josie Litton was actually Maura Seger. Yes, Ms. Seger wasn’t on the Island of Disappearing Authors after all. Why all the “new” author hype? I’m sure Bantam had their reasons. For me it was all very odd. Especially when one considers alllll the authors who have tons of aka’s. There are many who use different nom de plumes when writing in different genres; it was all very puzzling. Even more so was the fact that a lot of us knew Ms. Seger had published under different names in the past. However, it wasn’t the use of a different name I found bewildering, it was the secretiveness which was employed by the publisher. I have never quite decided whether I should or should not have been insulted by someone trying to pull the wool over my eyes.  Regardless of the reason, Josie Litton aka Maura Seger, aka Jenny Bates, aka Laura Hastings, aka Sara Jennings, aka Anne MacNeil, aka Laura Michaels, aka Laurel Winslow was back, and even after all these years, her Viking trilogy is worth reading.

    Vikings, Vikings, Vikings. What a forgotten romance genre. I wonder why. The first book in Ms. Litton’s Viking series is Dream of Me, which was written in 2001. The hero of this book is Wolf Hakonson and we know he’s a Viking because his last name has three syllables and ends with “son.” By the way, all the heroes in this series have animal names. Speaking of names, what’s with the heroine names? All three heroines in this trilogy have absurd names. Their names seem as if they should be in the futuristic fantasy genre not the historical genre. In Dream of Me, there is Cymbra, aka Super I-Feel-Your-Pain Girl. Yes, all the heroines have some kind of tiny paranormal thing they do. But don’t get toooo excited, the paranormal aspect of the stories is long forgotten by the end of each book. Krysta, aka Super I-Talk-To-Animals-And-Fantasy-Creatures Girl. Krysta is in the second book, Believe in Me. And, Rycca, aka Super I-Hear-The-Truth Girl is from the third story, Come Back to Me. Now that I have introduced you to all the heroines in the series, let’s take a look at Lady Cymbra and the book in which she resides, Dream of Me.

    Dream of Me begins with Viking prisoners being marched through Lady Cymbra’s brother’s village. Even as she watches from afar, she can spot the biggest, most handsome one, and parts of her body start tingling. Because Cymbra is also Super I-Feel-Your-Pain Girl, she must check on the Vikings to make sure none of them are injured. She’s just that kind of caring girl. Well, her senses must have taken the day off because the Vikings are tricking the Saxons. Oh by the way, Lady Cymbra is a Saxon. Anyway, the Viking's leader, Wolf, has allowed himself and some of his trusted cronies to be captured. He has one of those romance hero plans. His sole purpose in coming to the Saxon stronghold is to kidnap You might be wondering why. Well I’ll tell you. You see, he suggested an alliance between the Vikings and the Saxons. He sent a marriage proposal to Cymbra suggesting they wed. He received an insulting letter back. He and all the Vikings in the world were insulted and degraded. He must have revenge. However, when a stunningly beautiful Cymbra meanders into the dungeon where the Vikings are located, Wolf’s mind becomes muddled (his other brain takes over). You see, not only is Cymbra the most beautiful woman in the world, she is also very gentle and doesn’t seem to have a problem helping disgusting Vikings. Even though Wolf starts to discard the revenge plan, he still kidnaps Cymbra – ‘cause that’s what Vikings do. And, the romance begins.

    Dream of Me is a standard, old-fashioned Viking tale, similar to some of Julia Garwood’s early medieval romances. If you are looking for hard-core, blood-thirsty, sweaty, Vikings, this story is not for you. These Vikings have a sauna. There is never any doubt as to what we will be getting in this book. There are no surprises and the misunderstandings are easily resolved. Curiously, this Viking story is almost gentle. While I may not have been blown away by the story, I enjoyed the mature quality of the writing. This story was a refreshing change from my usual Regency books and I delighted with being transported back into the Viking world, (even if it wasn’t as gritty as it really may have been).

    Spoiler. The villain/villains trek through all three books in the series.

    I do recommend this book. I enjoyed the romance between Wolf and Cymbra. It didn’t really bother me that misunderstandings were cleared up rather quickly. I thought the whole pace of the book was a pleasure. Even with the stumbling-block name of the heroine, I would have to say that this story is made for those nice pleasant reads at the beach. Or maybe on your porch, with a cup of coffee in your hand and the birds tweeting in the distance. Nice story.

    Time/Place: Alfred the Great/Viking North lands somewhere
    Sensuality: Warm/Hot

    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.
    by Dawn S | Sep 11, 2018
    The Fort Wayne Astronomical Society is coming to the Grabill Branch Library with telescopes and knowledge of the heavens.

    Thursday, September 13 from 8:30-10:00 pm

    Gaze at the stars, enjoy an edible moon, and learn more about the universe. Our star party is for all ages.

    And look what book we got last week that fits perfectly with the party theme:
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    Star in the Jar
    by Sam Hay and Sarah Massini

    A little brother finds a star and searches with his big sister to find where it belongs. Does it belong on the cafeteria sign or in their friend's sticker collection? The answer comes from the night sky when they see "LOST one small star" spelled out in twinkling lights. You'll love reading all the ways they try to send the star home. The pictures are friendly, colorful, and full of rich details. This book is perfect for a star party at the library or a bedtime story for anyone who likes to wish on a star.
    by Dawn S | Sep 07, 2018
    Most of my work as a librarian is inside my branch. I do everything from checking in books, leading homeschool programs, and finding great read-alikes to giving directions to the local coffee shop, cleaning up messes, and making bulletin boards. But sometimes I get to go out into the community and take a little library fun to the masses. Like at the Grabill Country Fair!
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    Last night was storytime at the fair. We were in the activity area right between the beef and noodle dinner and the craft vendors. Saturday the Grabill Branch Library is walking in the parade. We always have a great time and we get to see so many people. The best part is when library families cheer as we go by or yell "We love the library!"

    Library staff love providing great service at your local library, but we also enjoy getting out and sharing the library love in our communities. Give us a shout if you see us in your neighborhood!
    by Kayla W | Sep 07, 2018

    Video Game Recommendation: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5

    "The world is not as it should be. It's filled with distortion, and 'ruin' can no longer be avoided. Those who oppose fate and desire change... From time to time, they were referred to as Tricksters. You are the Trickster. Now is the time to rise against the abyss of distortion."


    Persona 5

    There are video games where the opening animation plays, and you instantly know that it is going to be a terrible or a great time. Persona 5 has the distinction of having an opening animation so good that I am certain that it was a big reason why the game sold as many copies as it did in its first month of release early last year – it’s all anime flash and rebellious, funky dancing. Luckily for the people who may buy the game based on its energy, they are fortunate to be entering in a series that is growing steadily in its cult audience, so that it is now very near to entering that so coveted Western gaming mainstream, right alongside Final Fantasy

    Persona 5 is a game that comes from a series with a reputation for breaking the boundaries of what is expected of games (see: my previous recommendation for Persona 4: Golden). They contain a great deal of depth, both in their gameplay mechanics as well as in their stories. This is especially true on the sub textual level, one which a lot of other makers of video games neglect to fully explore. That is quite literal, with the Jungian elements of the story becoming interactive.

    In most cases, the series features teenage characters that are treated in a mature manner, which doesn't just mean that the characters are in stories that tend to go on the dark side of the human experience; more importantly, they are given full and sometimes quite painfully honest character arcs.  

    The fact that it is likely going to be my favorite Role Playing Game of last year means that pushing just how great it is is beside the point. Anything that got me to stop playing Darkest Dungeon at least deserves some attention, to be honest. If you still haven’t played this game in spite of it being the sort of thing that hits your sweet spot of character driven gameplay with a major focus on dungeon crawling and student life simulation, then I insist that you at least try it. Where else are you going to find that scratch for a niche itch, anyway?

    This game has so many mechanics and contains the trappings of oh so many genres – including some that don’t actually exist, but this series, much like the Yakuza series, creates and makes work – that not only is it worthy of multiple play throughs, it is absolutely necessary to play through this already long game more than once to experience almost everything that it has to offer.

    So the short answer is that if you haven’t played a Persona or a Shin Megami Tensei game before, it is not crucial to play any of the previous games before this one (because there is no connecting story between the games), but this is a great introduction to the series, re-introducing elements that haven’t been in the series since number three, at least. This includes the use of very helpful guns and the interesting mechanic of being able to talk to monsters to recruit them to your protagonist, Joker’s, side.  Which leads to bizarre moments in the middle of battle where you have to figure out what you want to take from a captured shadow as well as what the best way to speak to this particular personality would yield the best results. Cue trying to figure out how best to get a child-minded monster to trust you or how to make an ultra-masculine monster get chummy with you - during a hold-up.

    The question is, is this game worth spending a ridiculously long amount of time with?  The answer that I would give for either longtime fans or people who've enjoyed previous Persona titles is that while this game performs above and beyond for the woefully underutilized genre Atlus have made for themselves, Persona 4 just performs better. It is especially the Playstation Vita remake, Persona 4: Golden, that shines as the reigning best of the series in my opinion. But, wow, does Persona 5 only just fail to rise to the high standard that its predecessor set for it. 

    So I recommend playing it immediately. And preparing yourself for at least a hundred hour journey.

    Kayla loves all things weird, wonderful, and macabre.  Her soul’s in writing, and her hobbies include gaming, watching movies and television shows, reading anything and everything. Her black cat’s TOTALLY, 100%, not evil.

    by Dawn S | Sep 05, 2018
    Look what just came today!
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    Our copies of the newest Dog Man book by David Pilkey came today and promptly got sent to all those readers who had put this title on hold. Some of those kids have been waiting since May! They know the secret of putting items on hold while they're still on order. As soon as we put an on-order record into the catalog you can place it on hold. You should try it sometime with your favorite author or character!
    by Aisha H. | Sep 05, 2018

    Celebrate Bilbo's and Frodo's birthdays with door prizes, games, and more on Saturday, September 22 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. There will be music and dancing with Barry Dupen and The Spy Run String Band; There and Back Again, a scavenger hunt game; and interactive Hobbit character photo-ops. Events will take place inside and outside the Main Library. Cosplay is encouraged!


    Come early for a 13th Age RPG game: Raiders of the Black Pit! Sessions will be at 9:00 and 11:00 am. Space is limited for the RPG; please call 421-1255 to register.

    by Aisha Hallman | Sep 04, 2018


    What is Homework Help?
    A free community service since 1997, the program provides one-on-one homework help to students in grades 6-12.

    Who can use Homework Help?
    Students in grades 6-12 who need homework help (including math, science, and other subjects) can attend. It's a great service for students of all academic levels.

    Is Homework Help free?
    Yes! Yes! Yes! Plus: it’s free.

    Do I need to register to come to Homework Help?
    No. Homework Help is a drop-in service, meaning you can come and go at any time during the hours it's offered. Some students visit us every night it's offered and stay the full two hours. Some students visit us only every once in a while and stay just until they have their question(s) answered.

    When is Homework Help?
    Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, 6:00 to 8:00 pm during the school year.  See the library Events calendar for exact dates.
    Note: There is no Homework Help when Fort Wayne Community Schools are closed for vacations or weather-related emergencies.

    Where is Homework Help?
    In the Teen department (2nd floor of the Main Library at 900 Library Plaza).

    Who are the Helpers?
    Our volunteers are usually professionals (engineers, accountants, retired professors, etc.) with a desire to give back to their community by helping the next generation succeed.

    Will the Helpers give students the answers?
    No. Homework Helpers guide students but do not do the work for them. Helpers explain concepts and ask the right questions to help students analyze the problems and find their own solutions.

    What do the students need to bring with them?

    • Homework assignment
    • Textbook (if available)
    • Paper
    • Pencil or pen

    What is the difference between Homework Help and a tutoring service?
    Tutoring implies personal instruction in a subject area. Our Helpers are not teachers. They are here to help the students answer specific questions and complete specific homework assignments.

    What can I expect when I come to Homework Help?
    The Helpers set up at a table in the open area of the Teen department. They have signs at each end of the table that read, “Homework Help Available.” You may walk right up, sit down, take out your homework, and let them know you are here for help. A Helper will be with you as soon as possible, often immediately.

    Some students only need help with one specific problem. Some students need help with the whole assignment. It's not uncommon for a student to come in, take out his or her homework assignment, and say, “I just don’t get this.” A Helper will spend time with the student looking over the assignment and then tackling specific problems one by one, explaining how to solve them as they go.

    On busy nights, our Helpers will sometimes need to help two or more students at a time. In this case, the Helper will generally get you started on an assignment, take time to help another student, then come back to check on your progress, and so on.

    Have more questions? Contact us at 421-1255.

    by Meg B. | Sep 03, 2018

    Love and Ruin“In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. There she also finds herself unexpectedly—and unwillingly—falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

    On the eve of War World War II, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest’s relationship and their professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must forge a path as her own woman and writer.

    Heralded by Ann Patchett as “the new star of historical fiction,” Paula McLain brings Gellhorn’s story richly to life and captures her as a heroine for the ages: a woman who will risk absolutely everything to find her own voice.”

    Intrigued?  Please consider joining us!

    *Chapter Two Book Club:  Love and Ruin by Paula McClain
    *Main Library, Business Science & Technology meeting room
    *September 20, 2018
    *10:00 am
    *No registration


    Meg: frantic about nature and good music and wildly romantic love stories. An enigma; introverted yet extroverted, head in the clouds with one foot on the ground, filled with wanderlust and also a strong desire for my bed every night at 9pm. A mom, a wife, daughter, sister and friend. So many things, but also just Meg.

    by Mari H. | Sep 01, 2018

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    Book discussion Kits for Teens contain twenty copies of a title for classroom or book group use. Click on the titles to check availability.  Kits for Kids are also available.

    • All Quiet on the Western Front -- Erich Maria Remarque
      The testament of Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I, illuminates the savagery and futility of war.
    • The Battle of Jericho -- Sharon Draper
      When he is invited to pledge for the Warriors of Distinction, the most elite gang in school, Jericho will do anything to become a member until his friend Dana, the only female pledge in the group, is targeted by a vicious Warrior, forcing Jericho to make a difficult decision.
    • Between Shades of Gray -- Ruta Sepetys
      In 1941, Lina and her family are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers.
    • The Book Thief -- Markus Zusak
      Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
    • Code Talker -- Joseph Bruchac
      After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become code talkers, sending messages in their native tongue during World War II.
    • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes -- Arthur Conan Doyle
      Contains the mystery stories featuring the legendary detective.
    • The Diary of a Young Girl -- Anne Frank
      A young girl's journal records her family's struggles during two years of hiding from the Nazis in war-torn Holland.
    • The Doomsday Book -- Connie Willis
      Kivrin travels back in time to learn about the middle ages, but slippage on her drop coordinates causes her to land in the wrong year, when the bubonic plague is ravaging England.
    • Esperanza Rising -- Pam Munoz Ryan
      Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
    • Flowers for Algernon -- Daniel Keyes
      Charlie Gordon, a youth with limited mental capabilities, along with a laboratory rat named Algernon become the the joint objects of a scientific alteration to see if Charlie can become "normal."
    • The Freedom Writer's Diary -- Erin Gruwell
      Tells the story of how a teacher and 150 students used writing to change themselves and the world around them.
    • The Giver -- Lois Lowry
      Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community.
    • The Glory Field -- Walter Dean Myers
      Follows a family's two-hundred-forty-one-year history, from the capture of an African boy in the 1750s through the lives of his descendants, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory Field.
    • The Great Gatsby -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
      Follows the adventures of Jay Gatsby as he tries to win back the woman he loved and lost.
    • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone -- J. K. Rowling
      Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
    • Hatchet -- Gary Paulsen
      Headed for Canada to visit his father for the first time since his parents' divorce, thirteen-year-old Brian is the sole survivor of a plane crash, with only the clothes he has on and a hatchet to help him live in the wilderness.
    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams
      Chronicles the off-beat and occasionally extraterrestrial journeys, notions, and acquaintances of galactic traveler Arthur Dent.
    • The Hobbit -- J. R. R. Tolkien
      Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.
    • The Hunger Games -- Suzanne Collins
      In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through a televised survival competition pitting young people against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
    • I Am the Messenger -- Markus Zusak
      After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.
    • Looking for Alaska -- John Green
      Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
    • Lord of the Flies -- William Golding
      The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.
    • Maus: My Father Bleeds History  -- Art Spiegelman
      Depicting himself being told about the Holocaust by his Polish survivor father, Spiegelman not only explores the concentration-camp experience, but also the guilt, love, and anger between father and son.
    • Milkweed -- Jerry Spinelli
      The hardship and cruelty of life in the ghettos of Warsaw during the Nazi occupation of World War II is captured through the eyes of a young Jewish orphan who must use all his wit and courage to survive unimaginable circumstances.
    • The Misfits -- James Howe
      Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.
    • Monster -- Walter Dean Myers
      While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
    • Night -- Elie Wiesel
      Night is an autobiographical narrative, in which the author describes his experiences in Nazi concentration camps.
    • The Number Devil -- Hans Magnus Enzenberger
      Annoyed with his math teacher who assigns word problems and won't let him use a calculator, twelve-year-old Robert finds help from the number devil in his dreams.
    • Pride and Prejudice -- Jane Austen
      In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the suit of a snobbish gentleman, as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.
    • The Red Badge of Courage -- Stephen Crane
      The glory, pride, horror, and cowardice that are associated with war are depicted in a classic account of a young soldier's Civl War experiences.
    • The Rock and the River -- Kekla Magoon
      In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father’s nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African-Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.
    • Romeo and Juliet -- William Shakespeare
      Two young lovers defy their feuding families and marry in secret.
    • Salt: a Story of Friendship in a Time of War -- Helen Frost
      A novel in verse about two 12-year-old boys—a Miami tribe member and the son of traders—explores how their early 19th-century friendship was tested by rising tensions between Fort Wayne armies and Native Americans who sought to protect their homeland.
    • Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
      A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
    • Thirteen Reasons Why -- Jay Asher
      Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life.
    • To Kill a Mockingbird -- Harper Lee
      The explosion of racial hate and violence in a small Alabama town is viewed by a young girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.
    • The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 -- Christopher Paul Curtis
      The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
    by Cindy H | Aug 30, 2018
    Did you know the library offers a number of free programs on weekends for children?
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    The Aboite Branch offers Family Storytime on the second Saturday of each month at 10:30am. This interactive storytime combines books, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages and their caregivers.

    The Georgetown Branch offers Toddler Fun! one Saturday a month. This program includes various stations for your little one to explore from 10:15-11:00am. Each month there is a different theme. September 15 the theme is apples, and the theme for October 13 is autumn. Check out the online calendar for future dates!

    Children's Services at the main library also offers some fantastic programs on weekends. Some upcoming programs include:
    STEAM Lab: Astronomy-Saturday, September 8, 2:30-3:30pm
    Letterboxing on Sunday-September 9, 12:00-5:00pm
    Make Art: DIY Scratch Art-Saturday, September 15, 2:00-3:00pm
    BEADtastic!-Sunday, September 16, 2:30-3:30pm
    Family Storytime + a Craft-Saturday, September 22, 2:30-3:30pm
    Make Art: Clay-Saturday, October 6, 2:00-3:00pm
    Young Engineers: Pumpkin Drop-Saturday, October 13, 2:30-3:30pm

    Don't miss these wonderful opportunities, hope to see you at the library soon!
    by Erin | Aug 28, 2018
    Fall is right around the corner, which means apples, pumpkins, and all things spooky. While most people tend to want to read scary stories around Halloween, there are still plenty of kiddos who like to read them year-round. But what do you read once you've grown out of Goosebumps? Below are just a few suggestion:

    Tale Dark and Grimm Ghostcoming   nightmares
    mesmerist   stonekeeper  whichwood
     jumbies serafina   spirit hunters
     graveyard shakes properly unhaunted place  doll bones
    by Carrie V | Aug 28, 2018
    Do you want to write a mystery novel but don’t know how to start?
    ACPL Writers’ Series presents Mystery Writing 101 with renowned crime fiction author Lori Rader-Day on Saturday, September 29th from 10 am to 12 pm in meeting room A at the Main library.

    Lori Rader-Day’s debut mystery, The Black Hour, won the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the 2015 Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her second novel, Little Pretty Things, won the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and was a nominee for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Little Pretty Things was named a 2015 “most arresting crime novel” by Kirkus Reviews and one of the top ten crime novels of the year by Booklist. Her third novel, The Day I Died, was an Indie Next Pick and is a nominee for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Barry Award. Lori’s fourth novel of crime fiction, Under a Dark Sky, comes out in August 2018. Born and raised in central Indiana, she currently lives in Chicago.
    Pre-registration is recommended.  Call Readers’ Services at 260-421-1235 for more details.

    Lori Rader-DayUnder a Dark Sky

    by Aisha H | Aug 27, 2018

    All Voices Book Club is for teens in grades 9-12 and is dedicated to reading YA books that reflect the diversity of our world. AVBC will be held at the Pontiac Branch on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:00-6:00 pm and at the Main Library on the second Thursday of the month from 7:00-8:00 pm. You can attend either club.

    During the September meetings, we will pass out the book we’ll read for our October meetings, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and discuss what titles to read in the upcoming months.

    The Hate U Give

    The first meeting at the Pontiac Branch is on September 11. The first meeting at the Main Library is on September 13.

    by Aisha H | Aug 27, 2018

    All Voices Book Club is for teens in grades 9-12 and is dedicated to reading YA books that reflect the diversity of our world. AVBC will be held at the Pontiac Branch on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:00-6:00 pm and at the Main Library on the second Thursday of the month from 7:00-8:00 pm. You can attend either club.

    During the September meetings, we will pass out the book we’ll read for our October meetings, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and discuss what titles to read in the upcoming months.

    The Hate U Give

    The first meeting at the Pontiac Branch is on September 11. The first meeting at the Main Library is on September 13.

    by Dawn S | Aug 23, 2018
    Take a look at these great new picture books!

    cover image for go fish cover image for pinny in fall cover image for skelly's halloween
    cover image for off and away cover image for good dog
    cover image for the berenstain bears stand up to bullying
     cover image for stick  cover image for knock knock
    cover image for be still life
    cover image for olive the sheep can't sleep cover image for fox and raccoon cover image for bubbles

    by Dawn Stoops | Aug 21, 2018
    Let me share a little story.
    image of pile of mattresses on a bed
    My dad came over to help set up a daybed this weekend. I had two crib mattresses arranged as the cushion and the kids added a layer of pillows. As they played on the new furniture, I said it reminded me of the story "The Princess and the Pea". When I asked if they knew that story they both just said no and kept playing. I thought about giving them an overview, but then I remembered that I had my phone in my pocket!
    One quick click on the Hoopla app and a speedy search found several versions available to borrow electronically. So right then and there I borrowed the book, tapped the cover, and read it to the kids. I totally felt like a super mom!
    image of hoopla app symbol

    When you have the Hoopla app it's simple and fast to get electronic access to books, movies, and music with your library card. Mostly, my family uses Hoopla to borrow kids' music. Favorites include the soundtrack to the Lego Ninjago Movie and music from Veggie Tales shows. There are thousands of items available. I encourage you to try it out and see what your family likes best. If you need some help, just call or stop by the library and we'll be happy to show you how it works or answer any questions you may have.


    by Becky C | Aug 20, 2018
    Image from Dennis Skley flickr page

    How do librarians know what titles are coming out when?  How do we decide which of those titles we'll purchase for the collection?  We have several sources, but Publishers Weekly (PW) is one of my personal favorites.  PW reviews around 9,000 books a year. 

    For this month's post, I've taken the liberty of going through the July issues of Publishers Weekly (PW) and sharing the upcoming releases their reviewers are most excited about.  Each of these titles received a starred review.  We don't have all of these titles in the collection yet -- most are due to hit the shelves in bookstores and libraries next month -- but you can place a hold on your copy now.  Or, if you're like me, and you're typically at the 5 holds per person max, you can keep tabs on your picks a couple of ways.

    My favorite way to keep track of books I want to read is through ACPL's catalog.  Heather wrote an excellent post on how to do this -- click here for the details.  Goodreads and LibraryThing are also options.

    Do any of these titles catch your eye? I'm mostly a fiction reader but the titles that really caught my attention this time around are nonfiction:  The Dinosaur Artist, How To Invent Everything, and We Fed An Island.

    General Fiction coming to the collection August 2018

    The Golden State  The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock  The Rain Watcher
     Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen  My Struggle  Unsheltered
     The Governesses  Waiting for Eden  The Clockmakers Daughter


    Sunrise Highway   Little Comfort City of Ink 
     The Devils Wind  Nameless Serenade  Wild Fire
     Idyll Hands  Death at Sea  The Man Who Came Uptown
     Depth of Winter  Solemn Graves  Big Sister
     Holy Ghost  The Accident on the A35  I Know You Know

    Science Fiction/Fantasy

    The Spaceship Next Door  Dreadful Company  The Fated Sky
     Bloody Rose  The Sisters of the Winter Wood  An Easy Death


    The Paris Seamstress    



    Nonfiction coming to the collection August 2018

    Wasteland  The Dinosaur Artist  The New Essentials Cookbook
     Bing Crosby  The Last Palace  The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters
     How to Invent Everything  We Fed An Island  The King and the Catholics
     Betty Ford  Its What I Do  Palaces for the People
     Solo  Quintessential Filipino Cooking  A Mind Unraveled
     Road to Disaster  Book Girl  Seeing Green
     Beastie Boys Book  The Big Fella  Leadership in Turbulent Times
     Rush  Football for a Buck  Twisting Fate

    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman..
    by Community Engagement | Aug 17, 2018
    2018 Senior Information Fair

    Thursday, September 20
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Allen County Public Library - Main Library

    Join us for the 2018 Senior Information Fair! Network with 89 exhibitors and vendors. Ask a pharmacist any questions you may have. Take advantage of free health screenings and educational sessions. Valuable resource materials and information will be available, all free of charge.

    This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit



    "VA Legal Lingo"
    9:15-10:30 am

    Speaker: Charles Backs
    Presented by Beers Mallers Backs & Salin, LLP

    "Managing the Medicare Maze"
    10:30-11:15 am
    Speaker: Greg MacDonald
    Presented by Sage Insurance Advisors


    Open Demonstrations
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Tour the Maker Lab and unleash your creativity! Learn how to turn your old pictures into digital files, slides, and even convert film into digital images.


    "Starting Your Family History"
    9:30-10:15 am
    Presented by ACPL Genealogy Center
    Learn a few easy steps you can take to trace your family history.

    "Telling the Stories of Our Lives"
    10:45-11:30 am
    Presented by ACPL Genealogy Center
    Learn a few simple ways to encourage the sharing of stories.


    "The Importance of Books, Interaction, Reading & Play"
    10:30-11:15 am and 1:00-1:45 pm

    Learn about what the library has to offer you and the special children in your life. We'll share information about how playing, talking, and reading with kids can help them get ready to learn and read.

    The 2018 Senior Information Fair is sponsored by AARP, Parkview, American Senior Communities, Beers Mallers Backs & Salin, LLP, Oak Street Health, WANE-TV 15, and 1st Source Bank.
    by Emily M | Aug 17, 2018

    If you've been enjoying free audiobooks and music through Hoopla's website or app, there is now a brand new way to listen!  Amazon's Alexa can play Hoopla audiobooks and music on the Amazon Echo, Dot, Spot, and Show devices.  You will still need to visit the Hoopla website or app to check out new materials, but Alexa can provide information on what titles you have checked out and play your Hoopla music and audiobooks.

    If you've never tried Hoopla, now is a great time!  Hoopla allows digital downloads of movies, ebooks, audiobooks, and music.  All you need is an email address and your library card number to set up an account on Hoopla's website or app.

    Check out Alexa and Hoopla in action together below!

    EmilyLong before becoming a librarian, Emily was an avid library patron. She enjoys reading fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, biographies, and classic children’s literature. Her favorite book is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.