Main Library Programs in Children's Services

All activities are free and open to the public!
Groups, please call Children's Services at 260-421-1220 if you plan to attend.

Printable program calendars (PDF)August | September

Other activities may be listed on our blog as they are planned. Check out the Allen County Public Library Kid Blog: One Book, Two Books, Old Books, New Books.

Children's Services E-Mail List
Sign up to be included in our e-mail list. Once a month you will receive our monthly calendar of events, including:
  • Storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers
  • Programs for homeschoolers
  • Special events for school groups
  • Programs for parents, teachers and caregivers
  • ...and other special events!

Family Storytime
Wednesday mornings, 10:30 a.m.
Join us for 30 minutes of stories, fingerplays, early literacy activities, and fun for your 2 to 6 year old child! Family Storytime is designed to support Indiana's Preschool Foundations.
***There will be no storytime on Wednesday, September 23 or September 30
--Preschool children (ages 2 to 6) and their families

Storytime for Preschools, Daycares, and Other Groups
Wednesday mornings, 9:30 a.m.
Preschools & Daycares are invited to join Children’s Services Librarians each Wednesday morning at 9:30 for 30 minutes of theme-based stories, fingerplays, and fun. Please call in advance (260-421-1220) to register your group.
***There will be no storytime on Wednesday, September 23 or September 30
--Preschoolers in groups (daycares, preschools, etc.)

Babies & Books and Toddler Time
Babies & Books: Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (Designed for babies from birth through early walking)
Toddler Time: Friday mornings at 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. (Designed for walkers through age 36 months)
Bring in those little babies and toddlers for a special time just for them, sharing books, rhymes, songs and interactive fun. All storytimes are based on early literacy research, and include tips and information for parents and caregivers. They're never too young to begin with books!
***There will be no storytime on Friday, September 25 or October 2
--Babies from birth - 36 months and their parents/caregivers and siblings

Children's Services Lego® Club
Every Wednesday through August 5, 3:00-4:00 pm
Every Thursday starting August 13, 3:30-4:30 pm
Get your brains, and hands, and imaginations, working... by playing! Children's Services' Lego® Club is the place where kids' brains get to meet other kids' brains and give each other brain-high-fives! We provide the building blocks, and you provide the... you guessed it: brains!
--Children ages 6-11

Minecraft Masters
Every Monday through August 10, 6:30-7:30 pm
Every Wednesday through August 12, 3:00-4:00 pm
Every Wednesday starting August 19, 4:00-5:00 pm
Welcome all Minecraft survivors! Whether you are an expert builder or just getting started, come and explore the Minecraft world in the Computer Classroom, located by the Maker Lab. All play takes place on our closed library server. Space is limited
--Children ages 6-11

Autism Storytime
Monday, August 3, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
Monday September 14, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
This multi-sensory storytime will provide plenty of time for interactive stories, social interaction, and movement-based learning. Aimed at children on the Autism Spectrum, this storytime will be limited to 10 children, their parents and siblings. Please register in advance by calling Children's Services at 421-1220. Grown-ups, to be mindful of food sensitivities, we ask that there be no food or drink at this storytime.
-- Family Event for Younger Children

Library Behind the Scenes Tour
Tuesday, August 4, 2:00 pm
What happens when you put a book through the book drop? How many basements does the library have? What is the Rare Book Room? These questions and many more library secrets will be answered on a tour of the library's many behind the scenes areas. Wear your walking shoes, because there is more to this fascinating building than you might expect.
-- Family Event for All Ages

Be a Moviemaker
Thursday, August 6, 2:00 and 6:30 pm
Learn the basics of storytelling with stop motion animation apps on the library's iPads. This program is open to all ages, but is designed for children who can read. Pre-readers will need help from their grown-ups.
-- Children ages 6 to 11

Build it with Keva Planks
Sunday, August 9, 2:00 pm
Be creative! Be amazed! Fun for the whole family.
-- Family Event for All Ages

Wii Read
Monday, August 10, 2:00-4:00 pm
Read for 20 minutes, then receive a ticket to play in our Game Room for 20 minutes. We’ll have Wii games and all kinds of board games for you and your friends to enjoy. Reading starts when the Library opens at 9:00, gaming starts at 2:00 pm.
-- Children ages 6 to 11

Open Art Exhibit in Children's Services
Sunday, August 16 through Saturday, September 12
Art created by local children during the Summer Reading Program will be on display in Children's Services.
-- Family Event for All Ages

Toddler Art
Tuesday, September 1, 10:30 am
Calling all toddlers! This art class is for you! Caregivers and toddlers are welcome to come to the Program Room in Children's Services any time during the hour to make a fun, age-appropriate craft. During this program, we'll be creating process art, which focuses on the process of making artwork instead of the product of the finished artwork. Toddlers will have lots of fun stamping, crinkling, and smearing their art supplies to create a masterpiece that's sure to have a place of honor on the refrigerator! While we will try to be as clean as possible, art projects have the potential to be messy, so it's recommended that adults and little ones wear old clothes!
-- Toddlers and Preschoolers ages 2 to 5

PAWs to Read
Every Thursday in September, 6:30 pm
Saturday, September 5, 11:00 am
Come to the Library and read a story to one of our book-loving dogs. Ellie, Penny, and Emma and their handlers want to listen to you read! Research shows that children enjoy improving their reading skills by practicing reading to animals. Readers will take turns as time allows.
-- Beginning readers

Science Explorers: Color & Light
Tuesday, September 8, 2:00 and 6:30 pm
Explore color and light in this hands-on fun class that focuses on experiments and activities. Be curious! Think - Do - Learn.
-- Children ages 6 to 11

"I'm a Hoosier!" -- The ACPL 33rd Annual Poetry Contest
Sunday, September 13 through Monday November 2nd
Award Ceremony: December 12
This is the 33rd annual Poetry Contest at the Library. School-age children and young adults are invited to submit one original poem. This year, in honor of our state's bicentennial, our theme is "I'm a Hoosier!" All entries must be received by 9:00 pm on Monday, November 2nd. Complete rules are available at your local library. The Award Ceremony will take place on December 12th. Please click here for the poetry contest rules.

Time for Art! Paint & Paper
Tuesday, September 15, 2:00 and 6:30 pm
Come join us for an hour of art! You can come and go as you please. Bring yourself and your creativity and we’ll provide the supplies. This month we will have a variety of paint and paper for you to choose what to create.
-- Children ages 6 to 11

Schedule YOUR Visit to the Main Library

Teachers, homeschooling parents, group leaders! Now is the time to schedule your class visit to the Library! We'd be happy to arrange a tour and/or time in our Early Learning Center for your preschoolers, a library scavenger hunt of the Children's Room for your primary level students, or a tour of the entire Main Library facility for your 3rd through 5th graders. Tours and field trips are personalized for your group's needs. Registration is limited; a minimum of 10 students is required. Call now! 260-421-1220.
--Preschool and elementary level classes and groups

Custom Collections

Parents, teachers, and students: With seven to ten days' notice, the Children's Services staff is available to prepare "Custom Collections" of Library materials to fill your needs. Books, computer software, magazines, music CDs, DVDs, or Playaways can all be included - depending on your needs! We may also have teaching material in our Parent Teacher Collection which you could use. This service is for you if...

  • You are a teacher needing materials for a "Fun Summer Reading" or "Ooey-Gooey Science" or other themed unit for your class
  • You are a parent needing information on "Potty Training" or "Princess Books" for your children
  • You are a college student needing information for a report about children's books
  • You are a home schooling parent needing support materials as you prepare your lesson plans
Let the Children's Services staff save you time by gathering the age and interest appropriate materials for you to check out. Talk with us in the Children's Services department at the Main Library - we want to help! Call us at (260) 421-1220 or fill out the form online at


Comments and suggestions can be sent to Mary R. Voors, Manager, Children's Services at
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