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    by Dawn Stoops | May 30, 2017
    I know.
    Your baby can't read.
    And your baby probably isn't motivated by prizes yet, otherwise she'd have a closet full of trinkets you've used to motivate her to sleep through the night. But your dear little ones are still invited to participate in this summer's reading program at the library.
    baby holding a book

    Here are the top 10 reasons why your baby should definitely do the reading program this summer.

    10. We love seeing library customers of all sizes and the tiny ones give librarians a chance to practice speaking baby and toddler.

    9. Reading the same thing over and over again is perfect. You could complete the entire reading program with just one book.

    8. Neurons.

    7. One of your baby's favorite pastimes is looking at people. There are a lot of interesting people to look at when visiting the library.

    6. The library has tons of books to give you new ideas for nursery rhymes, baby bounces, and songs.

    5. Car rides to the library can help soothe your little one to sleep.

    4. We did work pretty hard to pick out prizes that are just right for babies. The first prize is a little beach ball, great for summertime fun. The second and third prizes are board books. We've got a lot to choose from.

    3. Let's talk early literacy. Reading to a baby/toddler teaches reading skills like holding a book and turning the pages. You've got to start somewhere.

    2. Babies develop communication skills when listening and responding to the stories you read.

    1. Time spent reading with your baby is a special time of bonding that you really can't get any other way.

    Allen County Public Library's Summer Program starts Thursday, June 1st. See you soon!

    by Dawn S | May 26, 2017
    We've been getting a lot of books featuring elephants recently. If you're pumped about pachyderms then try some out!
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    by Mary R. Voors | May 24, 2017

    Children’s Services librarians from the Main Library recently had an opportunity to explore many picture books with the 4th grade students at Canterbury School as we shared in a series of Mock Caldecott discussions throughout May 2017.
    Canterbury students participate in discussion
    Discussing elements of art in a wide variety of picture books, three classes of 4th graders culminated the discussions by participating in a Mock Caldecott vote for the "best" picture book of 2016. A winner and 5 Honor Books were chosen. The final results were:

    • Mock Caldecott Winner: The Dead Bird, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Margaret Wise Brown

    It was a fun and informative program for all involved, and one which I hope will be offered again next year.

    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Big blocks mean big fun and big learning! Explore some of our gigantic blocks sets, where the limits are only set by your imagination.
    --for toddlers, preschoolers and school age kids--
    children playing with big blocks

    Tecumseh Branch June 1, 2017 2:00 PM
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    Little Turtle Branch June 15, 2017 1:00 PM
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Southwest Honey Company will provide ACPL with the Pollinator Education Experience- “Explore the Honeybee." Each session will offer each “Adventurer,” no matter what his or her age, a genuinely unique learning experience. Students will find themselves on their feet, active, and utterly immersed in learning without even knowing it! When movement and laughter are integrated into learning, the impact is great! Lots of hands on activities.
    --for Preschool and School Age kids--
    bee on flower
    Shawnee Branch June 23, 2017 1:00 PM
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Babies love music, too! This special program offering from children 0-2 and their caregiver will present music education through directed play. Babies and toddlers will be introduced to activities that will help them become tuneful, artful, and beat-ful.

    baby playing at the library
    Aboite Branch June 2, 2017 10:30 AM
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Nutrition and hands on food fun combine in this edible and exciting library program. Explore a food you may never have tried before or enjoy some old favorites. This program is open to all elementary aged children, but preschoolers should be accompanied by an adult.

    girl eatting cracker
    Aboite Branch June 7, 2017 10:30 AM
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    Monroeville Branch June 19, 2017 3:30 PM
    Main Library - Children's Services June 20, 2017 7:00 PM
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    Woodburn Branch June 30, 2017 10:30 AM
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    Little Turtle Branch July 6, 2017 1:00 PM
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    LEGGO my MAGIC Show promises to bring all of the energy and excitement people have known to expect from Daniel's shows and encourage each person out there to build CHARACTER, FRIENDSHIPS, AND BETTER READING!
    Danielle Lusk Magician
    Hessen Cassel Branch June 5, 2017 12:30 PM
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Don't you love doughnuts? We do!
    Come to our doughnut storytime to hear some super sweet stories, snack on a doughnut, and make a dough-nutty craft.
    picture of arnie the doughnut chapter book
    Main Library - Children's Services June 1, 2017 10:30 AM
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    Tecumseh Branch June 6, 2017 10:30 AM
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Pancake Pig is here! The pig from Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Pig a Pancake picture book will be at the library to listen to stories about food and farm animals. Be sure to stop by and say hello!
    pancake pig
    Main Library - Children's Services July 20, 2017 10:30 AM
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    Aboite Branch July 13, 2017 10:30 AM
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Kids excited about watching things go fizz, bang or boom will be interested in this program. This hands on science fun will include film canister rockets, slime, elephant toothpaste & cotton candy painting.
    --for elementary age kids--
    kids working on science experiments
    Georgetown Branch June 5, 2017 2:30 PM
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    Dupont Branch June 28, 2017 11:00 AM
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Create in a whole new way. Emphasizing process over product, young artists will be encouraged to follow simple instructions to create a unique piece of art, showing how everyone of us interprets differently.
    --for toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children--
    child with pencils
    Little Turtle Branch June 1, 2017 1:00 PM
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    Main Library - Children's Services June 6, 2017 10:30 AM
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    Hessen Cassel Branch June 26, 2017 12:30 PM
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017

    Tweens between the ages of 8-12, this is just for you.  Make new friends and test out some of your teamwork skills with these hilarious games.
    Games include:
    --Dixie Cup Pyramid
    --LEGO Challenge
    --Hula Hoop Human Chain
    --Ping Pong Bucket Fill-‘em Up
    --Sponge ‘N Water Bucket Fill-‘em Up
    --Feather Flight
    tweens at the library

    New Haven Branch June 6, 2017 2:00 PM
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Bubbles, bubbles everywhere! We’ll be making bubble wands of all shapes and sizes using pipe cleaners and straws! If weather permits, we’ll head outside to blow some bubbles!
    --for preschoolers and school age kids--
    kids blowing bubbles
    Shawnee Branch June 2, 2017 1:00 PM
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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Yoga for Kids incorporates breathing exercises, flowing movements, games and poses, often woven together in the form of a story. Through these activities children enhance body awareness and concentration, foster creativity and imagination, and cultivate self-esteem. The most important benefit, however, is that children begin to learn to self-regulate, creating peacefulness and calm within themselves.
    --best suited for kids ages 4 to 11--


    young child doing yoga

    Woodburn Branch June 9, 2017 10:30 AM
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    New Haven Branch June 13, 2017 11:00 AM
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    by Erin W | May 20, 2017

    Summer By the Numbers

    Summer is almost here! And that means that the Summer Learning Program - formerly known as the Summer Reading Program - is almost here!

    You may already know a few things about this year's Summer Learning Program at the ACPL...

    • It starts June 1st and runs through July 31st.

    • It has a new, online component called Beanstack where you can keep track of your reading, participate in activities, and earn badges! You can even go ahead and sign up for Beanstack right now and participate in our pre-summer Get Ready for Just One More Page program. Then be sure to register for the real deal on June 1st!

    • And, as always, we will be hosting fun programs, storytimes, and events all summer long! And giving out prizes for reading!


    It is sure to be tons of fun! ​

    Here are some things you probably don't know about this year's Summer Learning Program. There's a lot happening behind the scenes to plan and run a successful Summer Learning Program:

    • There are three committees, one for each age group, who plan the entire Summer Learning Program! These committees start meeting in AUGUST and tend to meet twice a month until MAY to get everything planned and ready to go.

    • We use A LOT of supplies! For example, for this summer's Tensile Bubbles program, we purchased 40 bottles of bubble solution and 149 bags of pipe cleaners! These supplies were packed into tubs and sent to every ACPL location.

    • We LOVE to give away books! We may be focusing on all aspects of learning this summer, but reading is still a big part of it! The second and third prizes for children ages 0 to 11 are books, and to prepare for the onslaught of summer readers this year, we have over 5,000 chapter books waiting in the library's basement to give away as prizes!


    And that is really just the tip of the iceberg! I could share a lot more stats with you, but I think I'll leave you with just this one: We gave away 23,966 prizes to kids (ages 0 to 11) during last year's summer program. I think we can do even better this year!

    by Cindy H | May 18, 2017
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    Rags: Hero Dog of WWI, written by Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by Petra Brown, describes how a stray dog named Rags became a wonderful companion and military aide to an American soldier, Private James Donovan, fighting in France during WWI. The soldier found Rags wandering around on the streets of Paris, and ended up taking him on the battlefield where Rags assisted by chasing vermin out of the trenches, passing along messages between soldiers, finding breaks in telephone lines, and overall boosting the moral of his fellow soldiers. Rags was injured in a battle that ultimately took Private Donovan's life. It was clear to all the other soldiers that he was heartbroken over the loss of his friend. Rags' story has a happy ending, though, because he was adopted by a family with two girls who loved and cared for him. He was given many awards and accolades for his exemplary service to the United States military.

    The book includes factual information before and after the story describing Rags' life and a bit about the history of military dogs in WWI and beyond. There are lovely pictures that help readers understand the story and see Rags for the hero he was. I would recommend this book for any children interested in dogs, history, or the military. Adults may want to be aware that children could become sad or upset when Private Donovan dies. It might be a good idea to have some talking points about death ready. You can always ask a librarian for book suggestions on difficult topics like this or take a look at our booklist.

    This book is recommended for children ages 7-10 years old. It is available in print or as an ebook on Hoopla. It has won many awards, and I highly recommend it! Click the picture of the book's cover to place it on hold!

    by Kara E. | May 15, 2017

    Have you heard about hoopla? It’s basically my new favorite thing. Hoopla is a service that the library offers that allows you to checkout and download digital content – right in the palm of your hand! Hoopla has a ton of things that you can check out! Everything from ebooks, audiobooks, comic books, music, and even movies!

    I love streaming music from hoopla! They have some really great stuff and it’s always available. No more waiting for my holds to come in! Plus it’s super simple.

    Here are my top five kids cd’s right now:

    For the Kids Three1. For the Kids Three
    This CD is chock full of music for kids that doesn’t sound like “kids music.” Small as me is highly recommended. Seriously. The whole CD is worth that one song.



    Laurie Berkner2. The Laurie Berkner Band 
    Now here is some great “Dance Around the Living Room” music. That’s totally a genre of music, right?



    Goodnight Songs3. Goodnight Songs 
    So many beautiful, original lullabies! If you are looking to expand your lullaby repertoire this is the CD for you! Mambian Melody is my favorite.



    Moana4. Moana
    If this doesn't make you want to visit the ocean, I don’t know what will.  Plus the songs are catchy. I can personally guarantee at least one song will get stuck in your head. You’re Welcome. 


    Here Comes Science
    5. 
    Here Comes Science. Who knew that learning about science could be so fun!? They Might Be Giants will teach you about everything from chemistry to physics in this fantastic CD!
    by Erica S | May 11, 2017

    With a boom of popularity, it’s obvious that realistic comics are all the rage. Sure! We love super-heroes and valiant mice questing for the greater good, but sometimes, we want to connect, person to person, with the image. What IS it like to get braces? Cover of Real FriendsAm I the *only* one who has a hard time making friends? Raina Telgemeier strikes graphic-gold with titles such as Smile, Sisters, and Ghosts. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is another to add to the ever-growing list of solid story-lines and engaging illustrations. New to our shelves, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham has given us Real Friends.

    One of the most endearing things about this comic is that it’s just so relate-able. Hale touches on social anxiety brought on by bullies, comfort of fitting in and being one’s self, and the wiles of finding one’s place in a household full of siblings. The exciting and crisp illustrations are engaging and they help fulfill the mission of the story-line perfectly. If you (or your middle-grade reader) are looking for something similar to Telgemeier, I’d fully recommend this title. Along the way, there’s sure to be lots of emotional fodder for meaty discussion. Happy reading!  
    Spread conveying social anxiety

    by Cindy H | May 08, 2017
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    Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, written by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls, is an amazing story about a boy from Ghana. Emmanuel was born with a deformed left leg. With encouragement from his mother, Emmanuel overcomes many obstacles and becomes an inspiration and advocate for those with disabilities. He is able to attend school, work, and eventually rides a bike on a long distance journey around his country. As he travels he spreads awareness that just because you have a disability it doesn't mean you have an inability. This is a beautiful story with wonderful pictures and I think it is really good for children to read because it will help them learn about those with disabilities, as well as those from other cultures.

    This book is available in print or as an ebook on Overdrive. It has won many awards and is recommended for children grades K-2. It is a very inspirational story that I highly recommend! Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!