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    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
    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!

     

    by Cindy H | Dec 21, 2017
    Ready to ring in the new year? Come celebrate a day early at the Aboite Branch's Noon Year's Eve Eve Party! The party is from 11am-1pm on Saturday, December 30th. We will have refreshments, a selfie station, and make-a-resolution cards. The party will culminate with a countdown to noon and sparkling juice toast. This event is open to all ages, so gather your friends and family and come to the Aboite Branch to get your 2018 started out right!
    by sm | Dec 20, 2017

    The books listed here are new teen romance novels to cuddle up to on a cold winter's night...

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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 | Nov 27, 2017

    The books listed here are new teen mystery novels to cuddle up to on a cold, long, dark night...

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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 | Nov 20, 2017

    The books listed here are even more new teen fantasy fiction novels to cuddle up to on a cold Fall day or night...

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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 | Oct 17, 2017

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    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 many other subjects) can attend. It is 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 is offered. Some students visit us every night it is 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 trained 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 is 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.

    Can I be a Homework Helper?
    Are you at least 16 years of age? Do you have a strong math and science background? Can you commit 2 hours, one night a week during the school year? Do you like helping kids? Then the answer may be “yes.” Visit Allen County Public Library’s Volunteer Services for more information.

    Have more questions? Contact us at 421-1255.

    by SM | Oct 16, 2017

    The books listed here are some more new teen fantasy fiction novels to enjoy this Fall ...

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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 | Oct 09, 2017

    The books listed here are some new teen fantasy novels to enjoy as Fall begins...

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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 | Sep 29, 2017
    Do you have a secret desire to be a rock star? Do you have a song in your heart that is yearning to get out? Would you enjoy watching your friends, family, and neighbors perform songs while eating delicious snacks? If so, then the Aboite Branch's new all-ages program, the Super Awesome Karaoke Party, is for you! This program begins October 21st from 2-4pm and will be offered the 3rd Saturday of each month. Our new karaoke machine connects to YouTube, so an unlimited number of popular karaoke songs are at your disposal.

    Disclaimer: Must be prepared for fantastic fun in an extremely encouraging and judgment-free environment.

    Questions? Contact Cindy Harter, Youth Librarian at the Aboite Branch. 260-421-1310
    by sm | Sep 25, 2017

    The books listed here are some more new teen science-fiction novels to enjoy as Fall begins...

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    by sm | Sep 19, 2017

    The books listed here are some new teen science-fiction novels to enjoy as Summer fades into Fall...

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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 Mary Voors | Sep 13, 2017

    Hey Kids!

    Entries are now being accepted in the Allen County Public Library's annual Poetry Contest for kids and teens.

    This year there is no theme; young poets are encouraged to Just Write It! by choosing a favorite topic and writing a poem to submit. Entries from kids and young adults will be accepted at all ACPL locations through November 6, 2017.

    Hey Teachers!

    Many teachers use this contest as an opportunity to develop a poetry lesson plan and then enter all their students’ successful poetry work in the contest.

    This the 35th year the Allen County Public Library has offered this annual poetry contest. We will make booklets containing all the winning poems available for you to keep in your classroom to inspire future poets.

    Hey, Homeschoolers!

    This poetry contest is for you, too! Students in public, private, parochial, charter, online, and home schools can all participate. Just drop your poem off at any Allen County Library.

    Check out the official rules, get writing, and drop your poem off at your local library. We can't wait to read your poems!
    Complete rules for the 2017 ACPL Poetry Contest