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):   April | May

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 3 to 6 year old child!
Smart Start Storytime is designed to support Indiana's Preschool Foundations.
*There will be no storytime on Wednesday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 13.
--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, May 6 and Wednesday, May 13.
--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, May 8 and Friday, May 15.
--Babies from birth - 36 months and their parents/caregivers and siblings



Children's Services Lego® Club
Thursday, April 9 & 23, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 23, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 28, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
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 Wednesday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Welcome all Minecraft survivors! Whether you are an expert builder or just getting started, come and explore the Minecraft world. We'll have plenty of computers set up in the Main Library's Computer Classroom for play; we'll even have Minecraft activities and games for offline fun!
--Children ages 6-11



Paws to Read
Thursday evenings in April & May, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 4, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 2, 11:00 a.m.
Come to the Library and read a story to a book-loving dog.  Welcome our new dogs and their handlers who 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.
--Children of all ages



Toddler Art
Tuesday, April 14, 10:30 a.m.
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!
-- Children ages 2-5 and their grown-ups



Discover 3D Printing
Monday, April 20, 2:00 & 6:30 p.m.
Discover the wonder of 3D printing in this hands-on class!  Children ages 6 to 11 will learn the basics of designing a 3D object, and they will also learn how to use a 3D printer.  While we will not have enough time to print our designs during the class, participants will receive a free print certificate to use at a later date.  Space in this class is limited so please register at the Children's Ask Here desk or by calling 421-1220.
- Homeschoolers and children ages 6 to 11



Science Explorers:  Table Top Science
Tuesday, April 21, 2:00 & 6:30 p.m.
All it takes is a table and some ordinary everyday objects to create some Simply Spectacular Science.
- Homeschoolers and children ages 6 to 11



Free Comic Book Day!
Saturday, May 2, 10:00-4:00 p.m.
Boom! Zap! Pow! Free Comic Book Day is hitting the library! Free Comic Book Day is a worldwide event that happens on the first Saturday of every May. Come dressed as your favorite character (or make your own costume in our costume factory), attend superhero training, get FREE* kids comics, meet a superhero, and more! Be on the lookout for more info because you won’t want to miss this super fun-filled day! *Limit two per person. While supplies last
- Family Event for All Ages



Fort Wayne Youth Ballet Company Presents: The Secret Garden
Tuesday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
Watch the classic children's book, The Secret Garden, dance to life during this FREE mini-performance by the Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company. Seating is limited; doors open at 6:45.
- Family Event for All Ages



Cherry Blossom Festival
Sunday, May 17, 12:00 p.m.
Between Noon and 4:00, kids of all ages and their families are invited to celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with a a Japanese-themed make-and-take craft and intermittent Kamishibai-style storytelling.
- Family Event for All Ages



Sensory Friendly Film
Saturday, May 30, 10:00 a.m.
Families can enjoy favorite films in a friendly, accepting environment. Our theater will have the lights up and the sound down. Audience members can feel comfortable moving, shouting, or singing along. This program is especially designed for families that have a child with Sensory Processing Disorder, but everyone is welcome! The theater will open at 9:15am. Please, no food or drinks at this showing. For movie title, contact the Children's Services Department.
- Family Event for All Ages


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 http://forms.acpl.lib.in.us/customcollection.cfm.

 



Comments and suggestions can be sent to Mary R. Voors, Manager, Children's Services at mvoors@acpl.lib.in.us.
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