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    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
    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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