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    by SM | Sep 17, 2018

    These books are new teen science-fiction novels to enjoy before leaves begin to fall...

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    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

     

    by Aisha Hallman | Sep 04, 2018

    Blackboard

    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 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 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 SM | Aug 06, 2018

    Here are new teen supernatural novels to read for the hot days and nights
    of late Summer...
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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

     

    by Cindy H | Aug 03, 2018
    Homeschool University is a program at the Aboite Branch where homeschoolers can come together to learn something new and exciting from local experts in a variety of subjects. Homeschool University is designed for homeschoolers ages 7-17 and is held the third Thursday of every month from 2:00-4:00 pm.

    In August, we will have an expert from the Allen County Parks Department teach us all about birds and their habitats. We will also get to learn how to make a simple bird feeder out of a pine cone to take home to feed the birds in our neighborhoods!

    In September, we have Meghan Houser from Wholesome Roots Cooking coming to teach us how to cook some awesome basic recipes. Those with food allergies and sensitivities will be accommodated!

    In October, we have local dancer Zion Tinsley returning to teach us the foundations of hip-hop dancing, including breakdancing and freestyle techniques. This was one of our most popular sessions, so don't miss it!

    This program does require registration, so be sure to click the links above to reserve your spot. You can also call the Aboite Branch at 260-421-1310 to register. Don't miss this awesome opportunity for homeschoolers, we hope to see you soon!
    by sm | Aug 01, 2018

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    How many of these books have you read?  There is still time before voting!  The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" nominee list, where teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 7-13, 2018) on the Teens' Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week. Click on the YouTube video to see the nominees or a list is available below.

     

    • All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. Harlequin Teen. 9780373212446.
    • The Black Witch by Laurie Forest. Harlequin Teen. 9780373212316.
    • Book of Lies by Teri Terry. Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544900486. 
    • Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Flatiron. 9781250095251.
    • Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray. Little, Brown and Company. 9780316394109.
    • The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544879362. 
    • How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544815193. 
    • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez. Knopf/Random House. 9781524700485.
    • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Clarion/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544586505.
    • Invictus by Ryan Graudin. Little, Brown and Company. 9780316503075.
    • The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster. 9781481432078. 
    • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster. 9781481438254. 
    • Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller. Sourcebooks Fire. 9781492647492.
    • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. Roaring Brook/Macmillan. 9781626726352.
    • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. Viking/Penguin. 9780425290330.
    • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Delacorte/Random House. 9781524714680. 
    • Paper Hearts by Ali Novak. Sourcebooks Fire. 9781492653363.
    • Remember Me Always by Renee Collins. Sourcebooks Fire. 9781492647607. 
    • Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484788554.
    • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Little, Brown and Company. 9780316341684.
    • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Dutton/Penguin. 9780525555360.
    • Warcross by Marie Lu. G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin. 9780399547966.
    • Waste of Space by Gina Damico. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544633162. 
    • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Random House. 9780399549731. 
    • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. Knopf/Random House. 9781101937648.

     

     

     

    by Cindy H | Jul 27, 2018
    The Aboite Branch has two fantastic programs for teens that you will not want to miss.

    Pages, Pixels, and Pizza is the first Thursday of every month from 7:00-8:00 pm. Bring favorite books, movies, music, and/or video games to discuss over delicious pizza. After the discussion, we play fun games on our new Nintendo Switch console. It is a great time to hang out with cool people and make new friends.

    On the third Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:30 pm check out our Dungeons, Dragons, and Donuts program. This program is a beginners introduction to tabletop gaming. Our Dungeon Master will guide us on adventures based purely in our own imaginations. Bonus, we have lots of yummy baked goods.

    At both programs we always make sure to have gluten-free options available for those with allergies or sensitivities. If you have any questions about these or other youth programs, please feel free to call Cindy, Youth Librarian at the Aboite Branch, at 260-421-1310. We hope to see you soon!
    by SM | Jul 18, 2018

    Here are new teen fantasy novels to read for hot Summer days and nights...

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    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

     

    by Cindy H | Jun 02, 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 that Saturday, June 9 from 11:00am-12:00pm at the Aboite Branch we will have local expert Cathie Bledsoe, a Youth Educator for the Indiana State Police (ISP) Internet Crime against Children Task Force (ICAC) here to teach us all about Internet safety. 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: Slime Science
    Program Description: Whether you have never made slime, or can throw out words like “polymers” and “non-Newtonian fluids”, come to create the perfect slime and find out some of the science behind it. 

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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: Robot Racing
    Program Description: Using basic coding, guide your robot through our obstacle course. It will take some teamwork and a bit of creative problem solving.

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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: Explore the Honeybee with Southwest Honey
    Program Description: Honeybees are the powerhouse pollinators that keep our ecosystem buzzing.  Learn about why they are so important, and what you can do to protect them.

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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: Super Shrinky Dinks
    Program Description: Crafty fun to design, color, ... and bake.  All supplies provided.

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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: Write Your Voice
    Program Description: Self-expression through language is an aloof and cunning unicorn complete with silvery mane. This summer is a perfect time to take a crash course in American contemporary poetry to tame the unicorn, find your language, and discover poets who speak your language.

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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: Pizzabox Green Screen
    Program Description: Draw, write, and direct your own short film using a pizza box for a green screen.  (Pizza will not be provided, but everything else will be!)

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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: Minute-To-Win-It
    Program Description: Challenge your friends or team up to compete in these speedy challenges.
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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: Brush Bots
    Program Description: Cute and speedy racing robots made from toothbrush bits.  What’s not to love about technology like that??
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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: Wreck This Book
    Program Description: Express yourself with this powerful blend of journaling and altered book art with old books.  All supplies provided.
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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 Cindy H | May 11, 2018
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    Juliette hasn't spoken a word in 264 days. She's been locked away with almost no human interaction. The outside world has been devastated by climate change, disease, and authoritarian rule. Today is different, however; today she is going to get a roommate. Juliette doesn't know what to expect. She can't trust anyone; her own parents allowed her to be taken away and imprisoned. She understands, though. She's dangerous. No one can touch her. If anyone touches her skin they will feel an unbearable amount of pain and the life will be sucked from their body. She's never meant to hurt anyone; maybe being locked away is for her own good. She's nearly given up hope, but then her roommate turns out to be a boy that she once knew, the only one who seemed like they could possibly understand her. Does she dare believe that she might no longer be alone?

    This dystopian story is very reminiscent of others in the genre, including the Hunger Games and Divergent series. Like these series there is also romance, which I found at times to be a little unrealistic. It is still an intriguing story, however. It is written from Juliette's perspective, written almost like it's her diary. It is part of a series, so if you enjoy this book check out the next book, Unravel Me, in the saga.

    This book is available in print at the library, as an ebook on Overdrive, and as an audiobook on Hoopla.