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    by Karl R | Dec 10, 2015

    Episode 3Note: 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.

    The first Star Wars movie came out nearly 40 years ago – 38 if you want to be specific – and has been thrilling viewers ever since. With a new one right around the corner let's dive into some of the things that have made Star Wars so successful (and awesome) over the years.

    * Since its release in 1977, it has become one of the most influential movies of all time, spawning numerous TV shows, thousands of books, and over 50 video games.

    * Star Wars is so popular that even if you've never seen one of the movies, you still know what it is. Part of what has made Star Wars so great is that it's appealing no matter your age: it’s fun and adventurous for younger kids, it's action packed and humorous for young adults, and for adults, it’s a throwback to the first time they saw the movie when they were young.

    * Even though multiple films have been released over the decades Star Wars' popularity has remained consistent in a way that no other series' ever has. Harry Potter? Nope. Hunger Games? Nope.  Twilight? Nope. Even though many studios have tried to replicate the success Star Wars has had capturing audiences’ of different age groups, other than J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series, nothing has come close to it.

    When the new movie hits theaters there are going to be a lot of fans with different expectations. Frankly, I've never seen a Star Wars movie in theaters (Episode III came out when I was 7 and I had to wait for the DVD), so I'm pretty excited just to be seeing a Star Wars film on the big screen. So long as it's an enjoyable movie I'll be happy.  
    Sound off in comments below and let us know what your expectations for the new film are and if you plan to see it!

    P.S. Keep an eye out for more Holiday 2015 Star Wars postings on ACPL social media (especially our highly anticipated video response due out December 19th).  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!

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    by SM | Dec 07, 2015

    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 | Nov 30, 2015

    New teen mystery fiction books to digest after your turkey dinners...
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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. | Nov 25, 2015


    You probably already know that the library now has Maker Labs at the Main and Georgetown libraries but there are also a lot of maker and learning programs happening throughout the ACPL system.   The online events calendar offers a full listing and is also available on the ACPL mobile app (for iOS or Android).

    You can learn all sorts of new skills and then head to the maker labs to build.  Use the library's 3D printers to prototype your inventions ($1/hour) or use the soldering stations to create electronic jewelry like in the video above.  Sewing machines are even available.  You'll need to bring your own electronic components or fabric.

    If you'd like to become a maker but don't know how to get started, here are a few free workshops that you could use to build your skills.

    Fun with Circuits at Hessen Cassel Branch

    Glowing Houses at Georgetown

    Sew a Holiday Tote Bag at Main Young Adults

    3D Printing at Main

    Soldering at Main Young Adults



    Mari HMari H, Contributor - Mari likes hanging out with her dog, reading (of course), and helping people find books they will love.
    by SM | Nov 23, 2015

    These books are a last bit of teen romance fiction before Fall fades away...
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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. | Nov 20, 2015

    adele25albumcover  If you are an Adele fan who is accustomed to streaming music, you were probably disappointed to hear that her new album 25 is being withheld from streaming services. But what you may not have known is that the library partners with digital music service Freegal to bring you free and legal music downloads. Adele is one of the many artists whose record label is covered by Freegal.  Other famous artists whose music is available on Freegal include Beyoncé, Meghan Trainor, Elle King, Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson, One Direction, and many, many more.  There's also a lot of music in other genres including classical, jazz, and holiday.


    Here's how Freegal works:

    • Library card holders who live in Allen County are eligible to download and keep up to five songs per week from the Freegal catalog of music.
    • Five new downloads are available each Monday.
    • To use Freegal, you need to log in with your library card number and PIN.
    • The link to Freegal is found under the "Explore" heading on the library's web site or you may go to this link: http://acpl.freegalmusic.com/homes/index.


    Mari HMari H, Contributor - Mari likes hanging out with her dog, reading (of course), and helping people find books they will love.
    by SM | Nov 16, 2015

    Here are some new teen romance fiction... for cold Fall 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 SM | Nov 09, 2015

    Here are some more new teen fantasy fiction...

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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 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.


    www.triptocollege.org



    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

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