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)November 2014 | December 2014

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.
--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.
--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!
--Babies from birth - 36 months and their parents/caregivers and siblings

Allen County Public Library Mock Book Awards

Lovers of great children's books--find out more about our Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery Elections.  Eligible titles are now being added to our Mock Newbery and Mock Caldecott Pinterest Boards. Please check them often and add your comments.
Saturday, January 24, 2014 is the date of our "live & in-person" discussion and elections.
ACPL Mock Caldecott: 9:00am to 1:00pm
ACPL Mock Newbery: 2:00 to 5:30pm
Registration is now open; click the link above or call Children's Services at 2260-421-1220 to register.  For more information on our Mock Awards, click here.

Children's Services Lego® Club
November 13 & 22, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
December 11 & 20, 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 in November & December, 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!
*There will be no Minecraft Masters on December 24 & 31!
--Children ages 6-11

Paws to Read
Thursday evenings in November & December, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 1, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, December 6, 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.
*There will be no Paws to Read on December 25!
--Children of all ages

Imagine That! -- The ACPL 32nd Annual Poetry Contest
Sunday, September 14 through Monday, November 3
This is the 32nd annual Poetry Contest at the Library.  School-age children and young adults are invited to submit one original poem on the theme "Imagine That!"  All entries must be received by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 3rd.  Complete rules are available here and at your local ACPL location.
--Children in grades K through 12

Day of the Dead Open House
Saturday, November 1, 2:00 PM
Sunday, November 2, 2:00 PM
Come learn about this joyful Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of the departed. Decorate your own sugar skull to take home, add your memories to the community memory board, make marigolds & masks, taste bread of the dead and more!
--Families with Children of All Ages

Nature 101:  Nature Journals
Tuesday, November 4, 2:00 & 6:30 PM
Nature has so many things to explore! To begin the journey of exploration, we’ll start by making journals. Nature journals are a fun way to practice observing, describing, and labeling skills.
--Homeschoolers and Children ages 6 to 11

Discover 3D Printing
Monday, November 17, 2:00 & 6:30 PM
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.

Science Explorers:  Mysterious Mixtures
Tuesday, November 18, 2:00 & 6:30 PM
Have fun exploring the science of mixtures and solutions. Be curious! Think-Do-Learn.

Picture Book Party
Saturday, November 22, 2:00 PM
You’re invited to a party! Dress up as your favorite picture book character and join us as we celebrate picture books! We’ll read some of our favorite stories, play games, and even have a party treat! (Don’t worry; it won’t be green eggs and ham.)

The World of Jan Brett Exhibit Opens in the Jeffery R. Krull Gallery
November 24 through January 7
While you are visiting the downtown library to view the ”World of Jan Brett” exhibit in the gallery, be sure to stop by Children’s Services for some Jan Brett-related fun!  We’ll have books to check out and self-guided activities for families to enjoy together.

Night of Lights @ Grand Wayne Center
Wednesday, November 26, 6:00 PM
Come watch Downtown Fort Wayne get dressed up for the holiday season, as the decorations are lit at Night of Lights!  The Grand Wayne Center is full of fun to celebrate this big event, and we will be there with some festive crafts to make.

Fort Wayne Youtheatre:  Snow White & the Three Bears
Friday, November 28, 2:00 PM
Fort Wayne Youtheatre's STORYBOOK THEATRE presents “Snow White and the Three Bears.”

Special Gifts for Special People
Saturday, November 29, 2:00 PM
While you are downtown enjoying the Holly Trolly Tour, stop in to Children's Services between 2:00 and 4:00 to make a special gift for loving attitude and creative spirit.

Nature 101:  Birds Are Birdtastic!
Tuesday, December 2, 2:00 & 6:30 PM
Birds are amazing! Come join us as we explore the sounds, sights, and activities of birds.

Jan Brett Author Visit & Gallery Reception
Tuesday, December 2, 5:00 PM
Well-known children's author and illustrator Jan Brett will stopping at the Main Library as part of her 2014 Christmas Tour.  She'll be speaking, demonstrating her illustration techniques, and signing books!  Seating in the Main Library's theater will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with overflow seating provided.

Toddler Art
Tuesday, December 9, 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!

Imagine That!  ACPL 32nd Annual Poetry Contest Award Ceremony
Saturday, December 13, 11:00 AM
Children and Young Adults in Kindergarten through Grade 12 will read their winning poems and receive their awards in this celebration of the 32nd annual ACPL Poetry Contest for children and young adults. All poems relate to this year's theme: "Imagine That!"

Do You Want to Sing with a Snowman?
Monday, December 28, 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM
For the first time in forever royalty, reindeer, and snowmen are cordially invited to the Main Library Theater!!   Let it go, sing along, and shout out all your favorite lines along with your friends.  Costumes are always encouraged!

Hip Hats!
Tuesday, December 30, 2:00 PM
Need something to keep your head warm?  Join us in the Children's Services Program Room any time during the hour to make your very own hip hat!  Children will be provided with all the materials they need.  No sewing involved!

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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