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    by Cindy H | Aug 26, 2016
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    America was born into a world where people are ranked into numbered castes. America is a 5, which means that everyone in her family are artists. America loves to sing and play musical instruments and although times are often hard for her family she is mostly happy with her way of life. She has a big secret, however; she is in love with Aspen, who is a 6. They have to meet in secret and it will take money and a lot of persuading for her family to agree to let them be together. America is certain of her love for Aspen, though, and would do anything to be with him. Then something exciting happens across the country, the Selection. Prince Maxon is coming of age and will need to select a bride, so he will choose from a random selection of ladies from all across the country. America doesn't want to join, but Aspen convinces her that he wouldn't be able to live with himself if she didn't at least try, because being part of the Selection would mean that her and her entire family would have fame and riches bestowed upon them that they would have never thought possible. America agrees, thinking that she will never in a million years be one of those chosen...but what if she is? What would that mean for her relationship with Aspen? Would she ever have it in her to be a princess, to lead the country? It seems she is going to have the chance to find out.

    This romantic yet suspenseful tale was hard for me to put down. America is a strong, kind, beautiful woman who you can't help but root for. She has difficult decisions to make and struggles with feelings of responsibility for herself and her family. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book with romance and royalty, with just a hint of dystopia and intrigue. This book is part of a series, so if you enjoy this one make sure to check out the rest of the Selection books!
    by SM | Aug 24, 2016

    GEN Cemetary Program

    Sunday, October 2nd @ 1:00 – 3:00 pm  Lindenwood Cemetery,
    2324 W. Main Street, Fort Wayne
    Allison Singleton, presenter

    This program designed for teens will take place in Lindenwood Cemetery.  Come learn basic cemetery etiquette, participate in a scavenger hunt to search for unique gravestone carvings and symbolism, and learn how cemeteries can be helpful for family history research.  We will also participate in a brief tour of the cemetery.  Meet at the Lindenwood Parking Lot, 2324 W. Main Street, Fort Wayne.  Please dress comfortably for walking outside.  Call 421-1225 ask for Allison or 421-1255 ask for Cathy with questions or to sign up.

    by SM | Aug 22, 2016

    Here are some more new science-fiction novels for teens to enjoy...

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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 | Aug 12, 2016
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    This is the story of Vicky and her struggle with depression. Her depression became so severe that she tried to take her own life. Fortunately, she was found before it was too late. She is taken to Lakeview Hospital where she meets three other young people struggling with mental illness and personal issues. Their psychiatrist, Dr. Desai, encourages them to learn from each other and discover what gives their lives meaning. Vicky continues to struggle, but over time it seems like maybe she does have something to live for.

    This story is very powerful and will inspire anyone who struggles with mental illness to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The author personally dealt with extreme depression and that shines through in the realistic and insightful writing. I would recommend this poignant book to anyone who wants to learn more about mental illness.
    by SM | Aug 01, 2016

    Here are some more new teen science-fiction novels for the dog days of August...

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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 | Jul 25, 2016

    Here are some new teen science-fiction novels 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 | Jul 23, 2016
    i'llgiveyouthesun
    This is the story of Jude and Noah, twins who on the outside couldn't be more different. Jude is beautiful, free-spirited, and popular. Noah is an aspiring artist, nerdy, and constantly on the run from bullies. Something magical happens when they are together, though, like they can finally breathe. Until they start to let things come between them, and tragedy strikes. It seems like nothing can ever be the same; but sometimes change is good, necessary even. Sometimes you have to take a step outside of yourself to discover who you truly are.

    This is one of those books that will change the way you look at the world. It is about love and heartbreak, joy and sadness, and finding yourself. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a wonderfully engaging story that will hopefully inspire you to dig a little deeper into who you truly are.
    by Scott M | Jul 21, 2016

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    Last chances to create one-of-kind art using alcohol inks on ceramic tile!

    Little Turtle Branch on July 21th @ 3:30 pm
    Dupont Branch on July 28th @ 3:00 pm


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    by Miss Heather | Jul 20, 2016
    This week's free audiobooks for teens! Download and listen away! Remember--listening to and audiobook counts for your summer reading time (and makes a car trip or the dog walk go quicker)!
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    by Miss Heather | Jun 28, 2016
    This week's free audiobooks for teens! Download and listen away! Remember--listening to and audiobook counts for your summer reading time!
    Week 8
    by sm | Jun 27, 2016

    These books are some new teen adventure fiction for great summer reading...
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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 22, 2016
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    "Nice to meet ya, shank," the boy said. "Welcome to the Glade." Thomas wakes up not knowing who he is or how he got to the Glade. There are other boys there but no one will answer his questions; most of them seem almost as clueless as he is. Thomas knows one thing; that he is meant to be one of the Runners, the group of boys that spend every day trying to solve an impossible maze. It is filled with dangerous creatures called Grievers and the walls change every night-but it must be solved. Then a girl shows up who tells them she has triggered the ending. Things are about to get even crazier for Thomas and the other Gladers. Can they solve the maze before it's too late?

    The Maze Runner is the first book in a five-book series. It is exciting and fast-paced; you won't want to put it down! Once you've read the books you can check out the movies.
    by sm | Jun 20, 2016

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    CreoPop Pens
    CreoPop pens offer an artistic take on 3D printing.  These pens fit a 3D printer into your hand to make cool art.

    Try out this new 3D drawing technology at these locations!
    Grabil Branch @ 3:00 on June 24th,
    Woodburn Branch @ 4:00 on June 29th,
    Aboite Branch @ 2:00 on July 5th,
    Tecumseh Branch @ 4:30 on July 6th,
    Main Library-Teens Department @ 2:00 on July 12th,
    Dupont Branch @ 3:00 on July 21st,
    Georgetown Branch @ 1:00 on July 28th,
    Shawnee Branch @ 3:00 on July 28th.





    by sm | Jun 16, 2016

    Shawnee--Virtual Reality -1
        The Virtual Reality programs are a        great way to Immerse yourself in the VR world with only a smartphone.  Bring your phone or borrow one of ours to try this out at your library!


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    Aboite Branch @ 2:00 on June 21st,
    Tecumseh Branch @ 4:30 on June 29th,
    Woodburn Branch @ 4:00 on July 6th,
    Dupont Branch @ 3:00 on July 14th,




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    Wayndale Branch @ 3:00 on July 19th,
    Grabil Branch @ 3:00 on July 21st,
    Main Library-Teens @ 2:00 on July 26th,
    Hessen Cassel Branch @ 1:00 on July14th,







    by Miss Heather | Jun 03, 2016
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    by Scott M | Jun 01, 2016

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    Grab your friends and head to the library this summer for free gifts and fun events (and probably some food). You won't want to miss it!

    Just One More Page - Summer Reading for Teens

    Who: Anyone finishing grades 5-12

    What: Just keep track of the time you spend reading (or listening to audio books), mark it on your time sheet, and bring it to your library for special gifts. Attend a Summer Reading Program event at the library? That counts, too!

    When: You can pick up a time sheet at your library starting Wednesday, June 1st. The last day of the reading program is Sunday, July 31st. All gifts should be collected by the time the Main Library closes at 5:00 PM

    For more info click here!

    The ACPL Summer Reading is funded in part by the Foellinger Foundation, the Friends of the Allen County Public Library and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.


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    by Cindy H | May 23, 2016
    Illuminae
    You just broke up with your boyfriend when suddenly the world you've always known is under attack. Almost everything and everyone you know has been wiped out. You and the other survivors (including your ex) are split between two ships with the enemy in pursuit; supplies are low and morale is lower. Everyone is being tested to see if they can be useful to the military. The only thing is, you don't know if you can trust the military; you know there is more to the story than you are being told. Can you use your hacker skills to figure out what's going on? Can you and your ex salvage your relationship with all of the insanity surrounding you? Will your fleet be able to make it to the escape point before the better equipped enemy ship overtakes you???

    Illuminae is a thrilling sci-fi tale set in the year 2575. It tells the story of the Battle of Kerenza and how the ships Hypatia and Alexander are on the run from the evil corporation BeiTech's Lincoln ship. You get inside peeks into government documents and interviews and transcripts from chats between civilians and military personnel. There are also some cool illustrations that really add some interesting elements to the story. This all makes you feel like you know more than even the main characters about what's really going on. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fast-paced sci-fi story with twists and turns; it's hard to put it down! This book is part of a series, so if you enjoy it you can pick up the next one, Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) in October 2016 to see how the story continues.
    by sm | May 18, 2016

    The Allen County Public Library will be closed on Sunday, May 29
    and Monday, May 30, 2016 for Memorial Day.


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    by Miss Heather | May 17, 2016
    Free Audiobooks, week 2
    by sm | May 16, 2016

    More new teen paranormal and horror fiction novels with a Gothic romance thrown in here or there...

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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!