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    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.
    by Cindy H | May 02, 2018
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    Did you know that arson is the number one most expensive property crime in the United States, and that many of those fires are caused by children and teens? More than 7,100 youth-set fires occur every year, resulting in millions of dollars in damage, and often tragic injuries and even death. Although some of the fires are unintentional, many are not. It is important to learn about this prevalent problem and how to protect your family and property.

    Fire fighter Dave Meadows and mental health counselor Michael Slavkin, experts from the Allen County Juvenile Firesetting Taskforce, will be visiting the Aboite Branch Library on Wednesday, May 9 from 6:00-7:00 PM to give an interactive presentation for children, teens, and parents. Don't miss this opportunity!

    If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to call Cindy Harter, Aboite Branch Youth Librarian, at 260-421-1310.
    by Cindy H | Apr 27, 2018
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    Chessy Prout was just 15 years old when a popular, well-respected senior boy at her private boarding school sexually assaulted her. This book is her story of trying to come to terms with what happened to her, seeking justice, and ultimately figuring out how best to live her life as a survivor. At times the story is difficult to take in; Chessy endures a long and invasive legal process and trial, name-calling, constant doubts of her honesty, the loss of friends, and isolation from the school community that she and her family once held dear. Ultimately, it is a highly inspirational story about how she decided to stand up for her rights in the face of adversity, and inspire other survivors to do the same.

    I listened to the audiobook, which is read by Chessy herself. I found this very powerful, to hear the story not only through her words, but in her voice. Although it is horrific what happened to Chessy, it is worth hearing because of how prevalent sexual assault is in our society. It took a lot of bravery for Chessy to come forward with her story. The majority of survivors do not report what happened to them to the police, and after learning about the criticism and bullying Chessy faced as a result of her pursuing justice, it is not surprising that many people choose to keep silent. Although with campaigns such as #metoo becoming prevalent in our culture, there is still a long way to go in teaching young women and men that they have a right to have their bodies respected. I would encourage every teenager, parent, and concerned citizen to learn about Chessy and other survivors' stories.

    This book is available in print and as an audiobook at the library, and as an ebook on Overdrive.
    by sm | Apr 16, 2018

    The books listed here are  new teen romance novels to read for the cold days of April...

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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 Cindy H | Mar 02, 2018
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    What if you could swallow a magic pill that could help make all of your dreams come true? For Jeremy Heere, that sounds like just what he needs. Jeremy is a stereotypical high school dork. He sits silently in class while he listens to the popular people talk about their more exciting lives. He keeps "Humiliation Sheets" where he makes a tally each time he is bullied or teased. He has fallen for a pretty, smart girl named Christine, but each time he tries to strike up a conversation with her he inevitably chickens out or says something stupid. When his best friend mentions a pill that his brother took to ace the SATs, he can't help but be intrigued, although it seems to good to be true.

    When he musters the courage to go to the school dance, he is approached by Rich, one of his tormentors. Rich tells him about the "squip", a super computer in pill form that can tell you how to be cool. After watching Rich go make out with some of the prettiest girls in school, Jeremy knows he has to have one.

    This book was extremely engaging and hard to put down. It really makes you consider what it means to be popular, and the importance of staying true to yourself. It does have some crude language and sexual references, so it is recommended for older teens. Overall, this is a very interesting and creative story that will draw you in and make you think about how a squip could change your own life!

    This book is available in print, and as a ebook and audiobook on Hoopla.
    If you enjoy the book, be sure to check out the musical based on the story; the soundtrack is available on Hoopla.
    by SM | Feb 26, 2018

    The books listed here are more new teen romance novels to read for the grey days of February...

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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 sm | Feb 12, 2018

    The books listed here are new teen romance novels to read for the Valentine days of February...

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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 SM | Feb 06, 2018

    The books listed here are new teen romance novels to read during cold February nights...

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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 Cindy H | Jan 26, 2018

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    When Starr Carter was just a young child she saw one of her best friends get murdered before her eyes in a drive-by shooting. Soon after, her parents enrolled her and her siblings in a private school an hour away to help them escape some of the violence of their neglected neighborhood. Now, Starr is sixteen years old and will witness another friend get murdered, this time by a police officer. Can Starr possibly overcome the feelings of grief and guilt of watching the lives of two friends end? Will she be able to face her fears to speak the truth and seek justice for her friend?

    This powerful story by first-time author Angie Thomas speaks to the current issues of police brutality and violence against minorities, particularly the black community. I think sometimes it can be hard to relate to what people of different backgrounds experience; this book does an excellent job of helping you understand the feelings of confusion, fear, and ultimately powerlessness that those affected by gun violence and discrimination face. Thomas makes Starr and the other characters in the book come alive through Starr’s first-person narrative. She seamlessly weaves tragedy with humor to create an engaging story that anyone, regardless of their race or upbringing, can relate to. I feel this is an important book that not only every teen, but adult, should read.

    This book has won or been nominated for many awards, including being nominated for the prestigious 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Please be aware that this book contains some profanity, racial slurs, and graphic descriptions of violence; it may be too mature for some younger teens. It is available at the library in print and audiobook, and as an ebook and electronic audiobook on Overdrive.

    by sm | Dec 25, 2017

    The books listed here are more new teen romance novels to read during winter's break...

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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!