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    by sm | Mar 21, 2016

    These books are some new teen fantasy fiction and not a leprechaun in the bunch...

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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 | Mar 21, 2016

    National Library Week | Altered Book Contest

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    An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning. Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture.

    Pick up an entry form at any library location. Entries accepted only at the Main Library’s Art, Music & Media Department on Monday, April 4 from 1–7 pm. Prizes & Winners will be announced Monday, April 11 at noon on the ACPL Facebook page. Call (260) 421–1200 ext. 2104 with questions. Altered Books will be on display at the Main Library April through June 2016.

    National Library Week | Altered Book Workshops

    Hessen Cassel Branch
    Saturday, March 19 || 12 noon–3:30 pm
    Space is limited, call (260) 421–1330 to register.

    Main Library | Meeting Room B
    Wednesday, March 23 || 2:00–4:00 pm 
    Space is limited, call (260) 421–1210 to register.

    Tecumseh Branch
    Thursday, March 24 || 6:00–8:30 pm
    Space is limited, call (260) 421–1360 to register.

    Shawnee Branch
    Thursday, March 31 || 3:00–5:00 pm
    Call (260) 421–1355 for details.

    If you would like to enter, click the link below to fill out and print the altered book contest form!

    Altered Book Contest Entry Form
    by sm | Mar 14, 2016

    Here are some more new teen science fiction novels... before daylight savings time!

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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 Mari H. | Mar 11, 2016
    Students in grades 6-12: the Homework Help program at Main Library is now available three evenings a week in the Teen department on the 2nd floor.  An appointment is not necessary, just drop in.

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
    6:00-8:00 PM

    homework help

    Knowledgeable volunteers are available to assist with homework assignments in the areas of math, science, social sciences, and language arts.   Don't forget your textbook or assignment sheet.  Helpers can also assist you with preparing for tests; just bring your test preparation book or copies of the problems or questions you are struggling with.

    The Homework Help program runs through May 18th but will be closed during spring break the week of April 4th.

    by sm | Mar 07, 2016

    These books are new teen adventure fiction novels...
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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 29, 2016

    More new teen paranormal and horror fiction novels to go with our cloudy February skies...
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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 22, 2016

    New teen paranormal and horror fiction novels with a little spooky romance thrown in...

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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 15, 2016

    New teen paranormal and horror fiction novels ... but sorry, no groundhogs.

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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 Mari H. | Feb 13, 2016
    KEEPCALMANDFILEFAFSA

    Several Northeast Indiana organizations are partnering to offer free support to students and families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    Location:

    Fort Wayne Community School’s Career Academy at Anthis
    1200 South Barr Street
    Fort Wayne

    Time:

    4:00-7:00 PM

    Dates:


    Tuesday, February 16th
    Tuesday, February 23rd
    Tuesday, March 1st
    Wednesday, March 9th

    To make sure you have all the information you need, be sure to consult this helpful article on how to avoid FAFSA mistakes.

    For more information on the FAFSA assistance program, view this flier available in English, Spanish or Burmese.
    by SM | Feb 08, 2016

    Here are some new teen books of mystery fiction left by the groundhog...

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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 Mari H. | Feb 02, 2016
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    Middle school students:  If you've heard the words "Arduino" or "microcontroller" but aren't sure what they mean, join us on Tuesdays February 9th and 16th (3:30-4:30PM each day) to learn about what they are and how you can use them to create fun and inexpensive DIY projects.  We'll create mini light shows, make a lot of noise, and end by assembling some Trinket robots (a design created by Rick Winscot for Adafruit).

    Interested? Call 421-1255 to sign up!  This program will take place in the Teens department at Main Library.
    by SM | Feb 01, 2016

    Here are some new teen romance books in time to see your shadow...  (Sorry, the groundhog made write that.)

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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 | Jan 25, 2016

    Here are some new teen fantasy fiction to warm up to for this cold month of January ...

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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 | Jan 18, 2016

    New teen fantasy fiction to warm your cold January imaginations...

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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 | Jan 11, 2016
    Here are some new teen science fiction books to start the New Year...

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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 | Jan 01, 2016
    Hoopla 12-2015

    Starting January 1, 2016, ACPL will subscribe to ALL formats of hoopla. This means that our patrons will not only have access to Movies and TV Shows, but also to Music CDs, Audiobooks, Ebooks and Comic Books. Here are the circulation time periods:
     
    Movies and TV are 3 days
    Full music albums are 7 days
    Anything book related (eBooks, audiobooks, comics) is 21 days.

    Checkout limits are still 10 downloads per month.

    Music you are borrowing full music albums, not just a track at a time. Due to record label restrictions, hoopla allows users to borrow the same album twice in a 30-day period.

    Every title is available for downloading onto a mobile device and will return automatically once the circulation period has lapsed. 

    by SM | Dec 31, 2015
    Freegal 12-2015

    Starting January 1, 2016, ACPL patrons will have access to streaming music through Freegal! Patrons will be able to stream 3 hours per day in addition to downloading 5 songs per week.
    Here is additional information from Freegal:

    “Live” means that you have a brand new Freegal Site. It looks very similar to the former site but with a few additions. On the left-hand side your patrons will see controls that relate to streaming, such as the ability to set up playlists. Album cover icons will now contain a “stream now” button, which allows the patron to stream the entire album. Also, a song’s sampling button will now stream the entire song.
    Cardholders, who were in the past able to download  5 MP3s per week, can now stream 3 hours per day in addition to their weekly downloads. A counter, in the upper right hand corner, will notify them of their streaming allotment and usage. Any cardholder that does not see the streaming option simply needs to logout and log back in. The first time a cardholder uses the new 4.0 Streaming Interface, a large pop-up screen entitled “Streaming 1-2-3” will walk them through the basics of streaming. The FAQs also outline the particulars of streaming. 

    Updates to the existing Freegal mobile apps, which will now carry the streaming functionality, are available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. In addition to the streaming interface, allowing for all the streaming functionality, the mobile user can now download music videos to their mobile device, which they were unable to do before.
    We are very excited about this launch. With this increased access and the 9 million songs that are available worldwide, we believe that Freegal will now be the daily “go to” music service for ACPL patrons.

    by SM | Dec 29, 2015

    How about a new teen adventure novel to start the New Year with?...

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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 Craig B | Dec 18, 2015
    Star Wars Awoken3.jpgNote: Be sure to enter our Star Wars raffle made possible in part through donations from Books, Comics, & Things!  See end of post for more information.

    We did it!  The ACPL Blog Team saw the newest Star Wars film The Force Awakens!  See snapshots of our journey along that narrative rollercoaster below and follow the final link in this post to get our video response to the film.  Be cautious if you have not yet seen the film.  Our video could contain some unintended critical spoilers...


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    See our video response to Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the following link!

    https://youtu.be/s2u-vqzWaOw

    P.S. Look around for more Holiday 2015 Star Wars postings on ACPL social media.  Comment on any of those postings and earn an entry into our Star Wars raffle for each.  Limit 1 raffle entry per patron per post until Monday, December 28, 2015.  ACPL not responsible for lost or misdirected electronic submissions.  Raffle open only to Allen County residents with a valid email address.  And remember, share the Star Wars Christmas joy!  Share this post!

    Raffle Items
    by SM | Dec 18, 2015
    New teen paranormal and horror fiction novels or spooky romance for a little nightmare before Christmas...
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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!