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    by Dawn S | Jun 22, 2018
    You're never too young to experience amazing outdoor adventures! Need inspiration? We just got a new book that's great for parents and care givers who want to take their kids along on the trail.
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    Hike It Baby, by Shanti Hodges, is a 372 page guide with trip ideas, tips, and family stories about adult hikers with kids under five. Hodges is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit, Hike it Baby, a membership organization that plans group family hikes and promotes outdoor adventure with kids. The Hike it Baby website (hikeitbaby.com) even has hikes listed for the Fort Wayne area!

    Because Hodges has her own experience and the experiences of thousands of others to draw on, she really makes this book specific and helpful. Kid-friendly trails at each location are highlighted so parents know exactly what to expect and how doable it will be for little legs on the walk. Beautiful color photos of kids having fun in a wide range of national and regional parks fill the pages. The book also features personal stories from all sorts of hikers, including; parents of kids with special needs, parents who didn't take up hiking until later in life, parents of extra fussy kids, and many more.

    This book is a delight to breeze through if your family has any interest in hiking, camping, or just exploring nature with kids, even if yours are all above the age of five. I'm confident there are going to be lots of families who check out the book then decide to buy a copy of their own. The added pages about safety, sun protection, hiking during hunting season, and other topics make it such a valuable resource.

    This book really makes you want to get out there and enjoy your world!



    by Cindy H | Jun 21, 2018
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    This summer at the Aboite Branch we are combining the magic of yoga and storytime into a fun program for children. Yoga Storytime integrates the basic movements and principles of yoga into a story for a truly unique experience. Becky Neff, an educational yoga instructor, will be leading us.

    The program is from 7-8 PM on Wednesday June 27th, July 11th, and July 18th. We do ask that you register for this program, as space is limited. Please click on the date(s) above to register online, or call the Aboite Branch at 260-421-1310 for more information!  Hope to see you there!
    by Dawn S | Jun 20, 2018
    All this week Bruce the Bear from the Mother Bruce books, written and illustrated by Ryan Higgins, will be visiting our libraries.
    Today at the Grabill Library we had a blast talking about his books and meeting the big bear himself. He's off to another library this afternoon so if you want stop by and say hi check out this blog post.
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    If you've read the books, you know that Bruce can be a little grumpy. He's hard working, lovable, responsible...and grumpy. My librarian friend Jen gave me the idea to celebrate that grumpiness with a picture. So here's to summer fun and visitors from far away (story) lands!
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    by Dawn S | Jun 13, 2018
    We just got this really great science book yesterday!
    It's called Do Not Lick This Book*
    *it's full of germs
    by Idan Ben-Barak
    It's all about Min the microbe and her adventures.
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    It's full of science facts, like how many microbes could fit in the space a period takes up. It's also full of goofy science(y) facts like microbes live everywhere, including up Santa's nose. The one thing that takes this book to the next level of awesomeness is the inclusion of big, colorful, amazing, electron microscope images of things like a shirt and a tooth. Seriously. Have you seen what your teeth look like really, REALLY close up? Something like a mountain range.

    Do Not Lick This Book is funny and informative. It had my kids laughing and my brain learning right along with theirs!
    by Dawn S | Jun 11, 2018
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    It's summer break but that doesn't mean your kids can just take the summer off from reading and writing. For my family, reading has always been fun, but getting an active 5 and 7 year old to practice writing is another matter. The secret is to make writing fun and make it relevant.
    Here's how.
    1. Make a list. Model the usefulness of list making while you're going about your busy day. When you're packing up for a picnic or a trip to grandma's let your child make a list of the things you'll need. When your kids start naming what they want for their next birthday (even if it's 8 months away) ask for a list so you don't forget! When they're lining up their stuffed animals for a train ride, suggest they make a list of everyone who's riding and where they're going.
    2. Write a note. Sometimes dad has to be at work at 6am so he leaves us a note on the kitchen table. The kids like writing him back just to say hi and ask him about his day.
    3. Label pictures. When pretend play suddenly means your kids need a police badge or a drawing of a one-eyed monster, suggest they add words and numbers to go along with what they're drawing.
    4. Be silly. Play a game where everyone uses sticky notes to label stuff around the house. (Read Dangerous! by Tim Warnes for inspiration on this one.) Make signs for each room with goofy descriptions of what, or who is inside.
    5. Use everything. You don't need paper or a pencil to write! Try writing names in the sand at the beach or with an ice cube on a hot sidewalk. While you're waiting in line somewhere play 'guess this letter' and ask your child to trace a letter on your back while you guess what letter he wrote.
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    There are so many ways to make writing fun! And remember, not everything has to be spelled correctly. Giving young learners the encouragement and tools, like letter sounds, to figure out spellings on their own has a lot of value. This year my first grader wrote "I hav grat idus" in his journal. He's learning how to spell better every day and I can't wait to see those 'great ideas' come to life!
    by Angie Fetters-Nitza | Jun 05, 2018

    Storytime on the Riverfront

    Are you ready to enjoy storytime outside this summer? If so, join us for “Storytime on the Riverfront” with librarians from the Allen County Public Library in a cooperative venture with Riverfront Fort Wayne. We’ll be reading children’s books and singing songs every Monday in June, July and August (except Monday, July 16) at Lawton Park in between the baseball diamonds located at the corner of Clinton Street and 4th Street. Parking is available in a lot across from the the ball diamonds. Storytime will be held between 10:30am and 11:00am. Don’t miss out on this outdoor family fun!

    by Dawn S | Jun 04, 2018
    Get lost in a new adventure this summer!

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    by Dawn S | Jun 01, 2018
    The first day of the Summer Learning Program has arrived!
    Visit one of our 14 locations and join the fun!
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    by Cindy H | May 29, 2018
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    Technology changes all the time, and children are constantly finding the newest websites, apps and gadgets. It’s vital they learn the rules of Internet safety so they can use technology responsibly.

    We are very fortunate to have local expert Cathie Bledsoe, a Youth Educator for the Indiana State Police Internet Crime against Children Task Force, here to teach us all about Internet safety.

    Saturday, June 9 
    11:00am-12:00pm 
    Aboite Branch Library


    The information provided will assist parents, community leaders, educators and youth group leaders in understanding the online challenges children face, and suggest some tips for both children and adults to navigate the online world.

    Call the Aboite Branch at 260-421-1310 for more information. Hope to see you there!
    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Potterfest: Potions
    Program Description: Mix up something magical in this most challenging of classes for young wizards.
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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: Potterfest: Basic Magical Instruction
    Program Description: Learn simple magical tricks with "Professor" Tyler Sherwin to show everyone that you are not a muggle.

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

    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge


    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Potterfest: Divination Art
    Program Description: Use your inner eye to seek visions you will then put to paper with alcohol inks.
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    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!

    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge


    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Potterfest: Jewelry Making
    Program Description: Before leaving Diagon Alley, be sure to stop by the jewelry shop.  Make a golden snitch bracelet or a piece to express your house pride.  Younger elementary children will need the help of their grown up.
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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: Magic in Motion with Fort Wayne Dance Collective
    Program Description: Dance and move through magical stories and spells, this is a whole new way to engage with your favorite fantasy books.
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    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!

    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: The Roz Puppets present Billy Goats Gruff: Story from under the Bridge
    Program Description: We all think we know the story of the Billy Goats Gruff, but have you ever wondered about the Troll's version of the story? Find out what really happened in this hilarious retelling of a classic story that only the Roz Puppets can tell. Plenty of fun and music to get your goat.
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    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!

    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: Dumpster Drummers
    Program Description: Rock and roll meets conservation and recycling in this exciting music show where your trash makes the music.
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    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!

    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.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge


    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Power Through! with Basche Martial Arts
    Program Description: Practice focus, self-control, learn simple self-defense techniques and build confidence in this active program that will leave you feeling empowered.
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    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!


    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.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge


    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Pet Rock Adopt-a-thon
    Program Description: Make your own pet...rock! You will fashion your own pet rock, give it a name and personality, and enjoy some classic fun!
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    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!

    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: Toddlerpalooza
    Program Description: Learn together with your toddler as they engage their mind and build new skills through play.
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    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!

    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.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge


    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Elephant and Piggie Character Visit
    Program Description: Meet every one’s favorite best friends, Elephant and Piggie. We'll have stories, games, crafts and more!
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    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!

    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.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge