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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Wand Making
    Program Description: Wizards and Witches, ages 5 and up are cordially invited to design and create their own upcycled Wizarding Wands at the library this summer!
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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Bruce the Bear Character Visit
    Program Description: Expect a bear-y good time when Mother Bruce comes to the library.
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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program, generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, the Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Big Block Construction
    Program Description: Use your imagination to cooperatively construct with our Big Blue Blocks.
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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program, generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, the Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Fairy Houses
    Program Description: Design a tiny home for fairies and gnomes from bark, moss, stones and other natural decorations.
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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program, generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, the Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Marauder's Map
    Program Description: Design you own Marauder's Map in invisible ink. 
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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Wizard Duel - Harry Potter Kahoot
    Program Description: Challenge your friends and family with your knowledge of Harry Potter.
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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    Summer Learning 2018
    Program Name: TinkerLAB: Lego Car Time Trials
    Program Description: Use our collection of LEGOS to build, test, and improve your LEGO car design.
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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program, generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, the Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Musical Conexion with KelsiCote
    Program Description: Cultivating empathy, creativity, and an appreciation for cultural diversity, this bilingual music program will engage children and their caregivers. 
     

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    Check out the calendar for locations, times, and dates!

    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program, generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, the Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Rock Mandalas
    Program Description: Using tools provided, create calming and beautiful decorative stones.

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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Music in the Stacks
    Program Description: Enjoy this mini-concert at your local library.  Classical music reduces stress, boosts memory, sparks creativity, and makes the library an even more interesting place.

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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Card + Board Gaming
    Program Description: Adult gaming is huge right now!  Explore a variety of titles, some that you can pick up and play in an hour, and others that will consume your entire weekend.  Expect teasers from the ACPL’s upcoming board game collection.

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    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!

    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Chair Yoga
    Program Description: This accessible yoga practice fosters flexibility, strengthening and renewal for people of all abilities.

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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Needle Felting
    Program Description: Learn this great fiber craft technique then create an applique project to take home.

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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Potterfest: A Taste of Hogsmeade
    Program Description: Create and eat some sweet magical goodies, and maybe some that are not so sweet!

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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Potterfest: Make a Mandrake
    Program Description: Fulfill your dreams of attending Hogwarts by taking an Herbology class! We will be learning all about one of the most well known plants from the Harry Potter series as we create and pot our own mandrakes.  Our mandrakes will be quite young so earmuffs are not needed.

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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Potterfest: Triwizard Tournament
    Program Description: Play Quidditch, try Hogwarts Guess Who, practice Wingardium Leviosa incantation and more!  Who will be crowned the Triwizard Champion?

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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Potterfest: Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt
    Program Description: Newt stopped by our library for a research visit, only to have his Fantastic Beasts book pages scattered throughout the building by a pesky pixie! Can you help him locate and verify all 30 of the missing Beast pages?

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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Potterfest: Patronus Watercolors
    Program Description: Give life to your Patronus, using this simple yet beautiful painting technique.
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    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
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    by Craig B | May 21, 2018
    Journal Gazette Biking Librarian photoHow many words must a video with a voiceover and a soundtrack be worth?!  The “end of numbers?”  (to quote the child of a co-worker).  Well, at least we can agree it’s probably a lot.  But wait, what am I even talking about?  Tour de ACPL?  What’s that?

    Well, let me tell you (in as few words as possible, I’d like the following video to do my talking for me.)  On Wednesday, May 2, I set out from Aboite Branch Library to bicycle along the Rivergreenway to nine other Allen County Public Library locations and various Allen County parks and points of interest.  I wanted to demonstrate how easy it could be to get around our community and just how many great things there were to do and see … and just how embedded our libraries are in neighborhoods throughout the county.  Truth be told, I was a bit nervous on the eve of my 40 mile bike ride.  I wasn’t sure I’d gotten in good enough shape, that I would be able to keep to the schedule, or that my videographer, Kay, would still be my friend after she’d had to follow me pell-mell through traffic, heat, and hundreds of minutes of footage.  But it went fine!  Excellent even!  Not that I wasn’t tired.  Believe me, I went to bed early afterwards.  But, before I say too much, let me allow the “pictures” to do the talking.  Check out the video we’ve put together and posted to ACPL’s YouTube channel and perhaps even be inspired to utilize the beautiful Rivergreenway of Fort Wayne to experience the many parks and sites of our community and to visit ACPL; quite possibly, if you’ll allow me a little license, the best thing in town.

    Onward to YouTube and the Tour de ACPL!

    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 Angie Fetters-Nitza | May 18, 2018

    The last Design It! Program of the school year is happening Wednesday, May 23 from 3:30pm-4:30pm in Children’s Services at the Downtown Library.

    Join us to plan, design and build your very own city in a box. What would you include if you were in charge of planning a city? Would it have five candy stores and twenty toy stores, or maybe some roads, houses and a hospital? You’re in charge, so you get to decide. We'll supply everything you need to be a master city engineer for the afternoon.

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