Main Library Programs in Children's Services
June, July & August 2014

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):   July | August

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!

Smart Start: Preschool 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!
On Wednesday, June 11, we'll have a special storytime to celebrate Germanfest!
Smart Start Storytime is designed to support Indiana's Preschool Foundations.
--Preschool children (ages 3 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)
*There will be no storytimes on Friday, July 11, so everyone can enjoy the Jim Gill Concert, which begins at 10:30am!
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

Storytellers on the Move -- Book Deliveries and Storytimes at Your Preschool
Times are tough; we know it’s difficult to load your whole preschool into vans and bring the little ones to the Library. But we all agree it’s important to have books in the hands of preschoolers, so we’re going to bring the Library to your preschool! Call now (421-1220) to schedule a time for us to visit and share a special storytime. We’ll also be happy to bring a box of books for you to use at your center until we can visit again. Sharing books with kids is important!

Allen County Public Library Mock Book Awards

Lovers of great children's books--find out more about our Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery Elections! Participate in online discussions and then meet to discuss and select our own ACPL Mock Award winners.  Watch for information on our 2015 Mock Elections to be posted in August.  For information and results of past Mock Elections, click here.

Children's Chess Tournament
Saturday, August 2, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Children (preschool through 5th grade) are invited to register to play in this all-day, unrated, "just for fun" Chess Tournament.  Pre-registration (by Tuesday, July 22) is requested of all players.  Registration forms are available at all library locations.  For more information, call Children's Services at 260.421.1220.  Click here for a printable registration form.

Children's Services Lego® Club
EVERY Wednesday in July & August: 2:00-3:30 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

Barr Street Market Art
Every Saturday through August 30, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Join Children's Services at Barr Street Market for art making fun! Each week, through August, we will offer a different creative experience to enjoy!
--Families with children of all ages

Letter & Number Play Days
Wednesday, August 6 -- Letter Y
Preschoolers: join the fun of storytime, then grab your grown-up and spend some time exploring the "Letter of the Day" in the Early Learning Center. Activity stations designed for parent and child play will be set up and available for use throughout the day, until the Early Learning Center closes at 8:00 p.m.
--Preschoolers and their caregivers

Free Lunch AND Free Snack at the Library
Monday through Friday, June 9-August 1; lunch served 11:45-12:45, nutritious snack served 2:45-3:00
The Children’s Services department at the Main Library is once again participating in offering free summer meals for children ages 1 to 18. There will be no lunch or snack served on July 4th; all libraries will be closed.
--Children ages 1-18

Minecraft Masters
EVERY Monday and Wednesday in July & August, 2:00-3:30 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

Great Kids Make Great Communities Parenting Series
Monday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.:   40 Developmental Assets
Monday, August 4, 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.: Say Yes to No - Teaching Kids Self-Discipline
Monday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.: Parenting in the Digital Age
Adults are invited to attend the above programs, offered by Great Kids Make Great Communities and the Allen County Public Library, funded by the Foellinger Foundation.  Registration is requested; click here to register, or call Children's Services at 260-421-1220.  Adult sessions will take place in Meeting Room A at the Main Library.  Children are invited to watch a G-rated movie while their grown-ups attend these programs.

Let's Watch a Movie!
Monday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.:   Monsters, Inc.
Monday, August 4, 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.: Monsters University
Monday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.:  Finding Nemo
Children are invited to enjoy a G-rated movie while their grownups are learning at the parenting sessions described above.  Movies will be shown in Meeting Room C at the Main Library.  Seating is limited.

Drive-in Movie for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Tuesday, July 29, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Start with a cardboard box and create and decorate your own "car" to drive to the drive-in movie.  All supplies will be provided.
--Children ages 1-5 and their grown-ups

Sink or Float?
Thursday, July 31, 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
Are you ready for some sopping wet experiments?  Drop by the library to see what crazy things will sink and what crazy things will float.  This dripping, drenched, and completely soaked event will be lots of fun!
--Children of all ages and their grown-ups

Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Library

Friday, August 1, 5:00 p.m.
Your stuffed animals are invited to a sleepover at the library! Dress in your PJs and bring your stuffed friends to the Main Library for a special bedtime storytime. After stories, you'll tuck in your stuffed friends and wish them “good night”; you’ll go home, your stuffed friends will stay overnight. Come back on Saturday, August 2nd to pick up your stuffed friends anytime during library hours. All stuffed participants will bring home a photo-memory book of their overnight adventures.
--Children of all ages and their families

Stories Around the World with Fort Wayne Youtheatre
Tuesday, August 5, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Fort Wayne Youtheatre's Storybook Theatre presents “Stories From Around the World”.  Take a trip around the world with delightful stories from all over the globe! Rainbow Crow (Native America), Abiyoyo (South Africa), Strega Nona (Italy), Magic Mirror (Japan), and Rana Azul (Mexico)… No need for a passport!
--Children of all ages

Paws to Read
Starting in September!
Thursday evenings, 6:30 p.m.Saturday, September 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.
--Children of all ages

Abracadabra:  Magic Tricks 101
Saturday, September 6, 2:00 p.m.
Who needs Hogwarts when you have a library!  We may not be fully fledged magicians, but we do have a few tricks up our sleeves!  During this hour long program, children ages 6 to 11 will learn some basic magic tricks and discover the science and history behind some famous optical illusions.
--Children ages 6 to 11

Science Exporers:  Bubble-ology
Tuesday, September 23, 2:00 and 6:30 p.m.
We'll experiment and learn about the sticky science of bubbles.
--Homeschoolers and Children ages 6 to 11

Learning and Working with Autism
Tuesday, September 23, 6:30 p.m.
A panel of local specialists from the Northeast Indiana Autism Connection will present strategies and treatment options for individuals across the spectrum and their families.  Information and resources will be available both before and after the program, as well as time to connect with the presenters and other parents.

Open Art Gallery Exhibit:  Opening Reception
Saturday, September 27, 2:00 p.m.
Stop by the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery at the Main Library for a reception honoring the children from all over Allen Conty who created art at the library's Summer Reading Program Open Art events.
--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 at your local library.
--Children in grades K through 12

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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