About Children's Services

The Children’s Services department of the Allen County Public Library has much to offer. We would love to have you visit us!  We are located on the first floor of the Main Library located at 900 Library Plaza (formerly Webster St.), Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Our collection and programs are designed for children (from birth to those in the fifth grade) and the adults who work with them. Just to give you an idea of how many books we have: our picture book collection alone has over 22,000 books!

Services for Teachers and Groups

The materials and services we provide in Children's Services include:

  • A welcoming environment for children and grown-ups
  • 2200 square foot Early Learning Center for kids six and younger with their grown-up(s)
  • AWE computers for preschoolers in our picture book area
  • Children's Services staff provide crafts and information on library resources at Barr Street Market and other community programs
  • Circulation of books, magazines, audiobooks, Playaways, Playaway Views, DVDs, music CDs, software, and various children’s items; click here for a complete list.
  • Computers in our study rooms for adults to use if they have a child in the Children's department
  • Custom Collections of books and other materials on any topic a patron requests
  • Downloadable audiobooks
  • Downloadable music
  • Ebooks
  • Instruction on using the ACPL catalog to search for materials and place holds
  • Internet access and free printing for kids 11 and younger in our Computer Room
  • Juvenile Deposit Collection (jDC) – children’s librarians bring stories to tell and a box of books to area preschools and daycares 3 times a year
  • Knowledgeable and friendly staff
  • Librarian visits to area sites for presentations and early literacy programs
  • Newspapers and current magazines
  • Playscape for children 6 years and younger
  • Programs for adults, teens and children
    • Adults: Parenting classes, informational sessions for teachers and homeschoolers
    • Teens: programs for middle school & high school age with developmental differences
    • Children: storytimes, craft time, Paws to Read, summer reading program, and a wide variety of additional programs during the year
  • Readers’ advisory (helping people find new books they might like to read)
  • Reading Tower for children ages 7 to 12
  • Reference collection with current year encyclopedias and specialty encyclopedias
  • Reference services
  • Three salt water aquariums for our customers' enjoyment; check out our Fish Guide!
  • Wireless Internet access

    The library is a fun place to visit. It is also a public place, where everyone is welcome. Please be safe. Read our Unattended Child Policy.

    Visit us at the library soon! Check our site for directions and parking information. If you have questions, give us a call at (260) 421-1220.

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