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    by SM | Nov 09, 2015

    Here are some more new teen fantasy fiction...

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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 | Nov 02, 2015

    Here are some new teen fantasy fiction for 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 M Voors | Oct 31, 2015
    Monday, November 2nd is the deadline to enter the "I'm a Hoosier" Poetry Contest in honor of our state's bicentennial.

    The rules are simple:

    1.  The Poetry Contest is open to all children in kindergarten through grade five, and all young adults in grades six through twelve.

    2.  Only one entry per student.

    3.  Poems must be student's original work.

    4.  All entries must be submitted on 8.5" x 11" paper.

    5.  All entries must have student's name, address, phone number, school, and grade on the back of the poem.

    6.  Poetry Contest starts on Sunday, September 13, 2015.

    7.  Poetry Contest ends on Monday, November 2, 2015, 9:00 pm.

    8.  Criteria for judging of poems includes:
           - understanding the concept of a "poem"
           - creativity
           - legibility
           - originality
           - following the "I'm a Hoosier!" theme

    9.  First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention will be chosen for each grade

    10. Winners will be notified by mail.

    11.  The Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 12, in the Main Library theater.

    12.  All Poetry Contest entries become the property of the Allen County Public Library.

    13.  For further information, call the Library at (260) 421.1220.

    To offer further inspiration, here is one of *my* favorite entries so far this year, written by Jake Patrick, a fifth grader at St. Jude's Catholic School.

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    (IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:  I am not a judge in this year's contest, but I love this poem!)

    Send or drop off your your entry by November 2nd to: Children's/YA Poetry Contest Allen County Public Library  900 Library Plaza  Fort Wayne, IN  46802
     
    by SM | Oct 26, 2015

    Here are more new teen science fiction books including two novels based on the Manga and three from Doctor Who.

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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 Scott M. | Oct 23, 2015

    Teen Read Week 2015
    Happy Teen Read Week!  This year’s theme is “GET AWAY @ Your Library”... this makes one think of all the ways we can get away from our everyday lives into a fun or interesting new place or time by reading books.

    by Mari H. | Oct 19, 2015
    Did you know that The Indiana Youth Institute has created a free text service called Trip to College for college bound students and their parents? Just text the word "grad" plus you or your student's high school graduation year to 69979 to receive free text alerts on upcoming deadlines for college and career readiness. You'll receive occasional texts reminding you of test and application deadlines plus other helpful information.


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    Mari HMari H, Contributor - Mari likes hanging out with her dog, reading (of course), and helping people find books they will love.
    by sm | Oct 19, 2015

    These books are more new teen science fiction to explore this Fall.

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    Scott MScott 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 12, 2015

    Here are a few new teen science-fiction books and wonderful new worlds to explore.

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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 The Bibliomaniacs | Oct 05, 2015
    We use Goodreads pretty exclusively when it comes to keeping track of books we've read and books we intend to read. It's a great way to interact with other readers around the world. Sometimes you agree with the vast majority of readers and sometimes you are in the minority in your opinion. That's where this post comes in.

     For those of you not familiar with Goodreads, anyone who has an account can rate (and review!) a book. The rating system is a star system and you can give a book anywhere between a 1 and a 5, sadly there's not an option to give half star increments.

    We are now going to reveal the books that we've given a 5 star rating but have the lowest star rating in the Goodreads community and what books we've given a 1 star rating but have the highest star rating. Ready? Let's go!

    Our 5 Star Books

    Megan


    Evil LibrarianA book that we reviewed even! We both thoroughly enjoyed this title, but sadly it does not have the greatest of rating on Goodreads. 

    Goodreads rating: 3.55 stars







    Rachael


    Beauty QueensRachael read this book years ago or should we say listened to it as she listened to the author narrate the book. Highly recommended, by the way.

    Goodreads rating: 3.58 stars






    Our 1 Star Books

    A Tie for Megan!


    Trial by FireAnother book that we reviewed and neither of us liked it. 

    Goodreads rating: 3.96








    Young ElitesYet another book that we reviewed together. A definite disappointment, especially as Legend by Lu is an excellent book.

    Goodreads rating: 3.96







    Rachael

    CuredRachael really enjoyed the first book of this series, Stung, but this one fell quite flat  in her opinion. The insta-love was just too much.

    Goodreads rating: 4.24









    So there you have it! The books that Megan and Rachael where disagreed the most with the Goodreads community. Time to share yours! 

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    by SM | Oct 05, 2015

    Here are some more new teen adventure fiction.  Heroes and heroines may find an adventure in love or find love during an adventure in this collection of fiction.

     

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    by Scott M | Sep 28, 2015

    Here are some new teen adventure fiction...

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    by Scott M | Sep 24, 2015

    Here are some new teen paranormal and horror fiction for 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 Bibliomaniacs | Sep 21, 2015
    If you spend enough time looking at Young Adult books you sometimes thinking you're seeing double when it comes to Young Adult book covers. Here's a cover trend that I seemed to notice is used quite heavily for 2015.

    All we have is nowBrilliant Light of Amber SunrisePositively BeautifulRemembering the Dark in the City of LightsStart of You and MeThis Raging LightTonight the Streets are OursUnder a Painted SkyWrong Side of Right
    by smertz | Sep 16, 2015

    Take a look at some new teen paranormal or horror books ... if you dare!

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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 smertz | Sep 10, 2015

    More new teen mystery fiction for 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 Scott M. | Sep 03, 2015

    Here are some new teen mystery fiction...











     

    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 Bibliomaniacs | Sep 02, 2015

    Isle of the Lost by Melissa De la Cruz
    Are you anxiously waiting for your chance to read Melissa De la Cruz's latest book Isle of the Lost? Or did you quickly read through it and now you'd like to read something similar? This prequel to the Disney Channel movie the Descendants is quite in demand at the Allen County Public Library. Whether you're eager to read it but have to wait for your copy or you are salivating to read books that have the same feel then look no further, for we have gathered a list of books that you can check out here at the ACPL!







    Grounded The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan MorrisonSpelled by Betsy SchowStorybook of Legends by Shannon HaleFrogged by Vivian Vande VeldeHook's Revenge by Heidi SchulzSchool for Good and Evil by Soman ChainaniHero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher HealyCinder by Marissa MeyerElla Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineSchool for Villains by Bruno VincentFairest by Marissa MeyerVillain School Good Curses EvilFairy-tale Detectives by Michael BuckleyFlunked by Jen Calonita


    by Mari H. | Aug 28, 2015
    Students age 11 to 14 are invited to join ACPL's first ever FIRST Lego League (FLL) team.  What is FLL?  It's a educational program and competition involving Mindstorms robotics in which students are challenged to think about and research a complex topic and come up with ideas for solutions.  This year's challenge, announced just today in the above video, is Trash Trek.

    Our team will be coached by engineers Dr. Martin Stern and Dr. Tim Loos.  the team will meet each Tuesday beginning September 8th from 4:00-6:00PM in Main Library Young Adults' Services to learn about robotics, do research, and prepare for the competition.  Interested students: please call 421-1255 to sign up.  Space is limited.

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    We'll be learning to program one of these EV3 robots!






    Mari HMari H, Contributor - Mari remembers when angel sleeves were popular.  Her favorite book at that time was the 101 Dalmatians.  When everyone was wearing leg warmers and prairie skirts, she was immersed in Middle-earth.  Flannel shirts remind her of encounters with Annie Dillard, Toni Morrison, and Milan Kundera.  Nowadays, she is learning to sew her own clothes, reads a lot, and enjoys helping people find books they will love.
    by Scott M. | Aug 27, 2015

    As summer fades into fall check out these love stories ...









    Scott MScott 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 Scott | Aug 26, 2015

    Homework Help begins Monday, September 14th!

    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 and Wednesday evenings, 6:00 to 8:00 pm during the school year.
    Note: There is no Homework Help when Fort Wayne Community Schools are closed for vacations or weather-related emergencies.

    Where is Homework Help?
    Young Adults’ Services (2nd floor of the Main Library at 900 Library Plaza). For a map, click here.

    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 Young Adults’ Services. They have blue 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 Young Adults’ Services, 421-1255.

    Other Options? For other homework and tutoring resources in our area, check out this list of tutoring resources.

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