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    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


    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: BINGO for Books
    Program Description: Challenge your friends to see who can get five in a row first for great books and other prizes.
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    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!
    Click HERE for a list of Children's Bingo for Books Programs
    Click HERE for a list of Teen Bingo for Books Programs
    Click HERE for a list of All Ages Bingo for Books Programs

    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: 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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    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: Bruce the Bear Character Visit
    Program Description: Expect a bear-y good time when Mother Bruce comes to the library.
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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.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge

    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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    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.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge

    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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    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.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge

    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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    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
    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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    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.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge

    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.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge

    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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    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: 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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    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: 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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    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: 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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    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: Patronus Watercolors
    Program Description: Give life to your Patronus, using this simple yet beautiful painting technique.
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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 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.

    Shoebox City

    by Dawn S | May 17, 2018
    Here are two new DIY books for the family who wants to try something a little different.

    Now Make This
    Curated by Thomas Barnthaler
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    Featuring projects from designers and artists from around the world, this books gives instructions for lamps, shoes, shelves, toys, and more. The lovely, simple layout clearly shows tools you'll need, steps you'll take, and color photos of the projects you'll be creating. I love how the editor's note at the beginning reminds us that "Sometimes what you might think is a mistake can actually make your project better!"

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    DIY Circus Lab for Kids
    by Jackie Leigh Davis
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    Have you ever wanted to learn how to juggle or form a human pyramid? Circus arts educator, Jackie Leigh Davis wrote this fun new book to show you how! Jam packed with color photos, instructions, and safety info, this book gives you a basic introduction to many circus stunts. You'll be impressing your friends and family in no time.
    by Dawn S | May 10, 2018
    In honor of Mother's Day this weekend, here are some great books for little ones about moms. Enjoy!

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    The Day I Lost My Superpowers
    by Michaël Escoffier

    This dear little girl tells us all about how she discovered she had superpowers and how she uses them.
    But when those powers fail, and she gets hurt, it's mom who comes to save the day!



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    Mommy, Mama, and Me
    by Lesléa Newman

    Here's a sweet little board book showing a baby's fun day with her two moms.

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    All We Know
    by Linda Ashman

    This tender and quiet book describes how some things just come naturally, like the rhythm of waves, the sparkle of stars, and a mother's love.

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    Are You My Mother?
    by P.D. Eastman

    It's a classic! I know some moms who have the board book version memorized it's such a family favorite.

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    Jazzy in the Jungle
    by Lucy Cousins

    Bold, colorful pictures make this book about Mama Jojo and Baby Jazzy playing hide and seek extra fun to read.



    by Dawn S | May 09, 2018

    Last week our Main Library received a single delivery of 9,000 pounds of books!
    WHY?
    Because we're gearing up for the Summer Learning Program and they're just some of the gift books we're giving out as reading incentives.
    piles of books

    We're planning for some amazing things for kids this summer.
    Our Summer Learning Program, SPARK, will have reading incentives, book character visits, cool crafts, puppet shows, toddler music classes, free lunches at some libraries, and so much more!

    You can register online now to earn gifts for reading once June 1st rolls around.
    You can check out our online calendar for all the great events coming in June and July.
    You can check back here on our blog for more Summer Learning information as we get closer.

    Allen County Public Library's SPARK Summer Learning is generously funded in part by the Foellinger Foundation, The Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation.
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