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)February | March

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



Children's Services Lego® Club
Thursday, February 12 & 26, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 21, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 12 & 26, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 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 February & March, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, 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, February 24, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 10, 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



Fort Wayne Youtheatre:  Anansi Stories
Monday, February 16, 2:00 p.m.
Fort Wayne Youtheatre's STORYBOOK THEATRE presents Anansi stories.
-- Children of All Ages



Science Explorers:  Rings, Wings, and Other Flying Things
Tuesday, February 17, 2:00 & 6:30 p.m.
You will become an aircraft designer - with scissors and paper!
-- Homeschoolers and Children Ages 6 to 11



Library Behind the Scenes
Monday, February 23, 2:00 p.m.
Monday, March 30, 2:00 p.m.
What happens when you put a book through the book drop? Are more children's books in our basement than there are upstairs? On what was the Main Library built? These questions and many more library secrets will be answered on a tour of the library's many behind the scenes areas.
-- Homeschoolers and Children Ages 6 to 11



Time for Art
Tuesday, February 24, 2:00 & 6:30 PM
Spend some time with art! Come join us for an open art day. We provide the supplies and you bring the creativity! We will use washable supplies, but there is always a chance for a little mess when creating art, you may want to wear something that is okay to get slightly messy.
-- Homeschoolers and Children Ages 6 to 11



The Picture Show
Saturday, February 28, 11:00 AM
Aspiring artists will have the opportunity to see their artwork on the big screen during this hour long program!  Children of all ages will be creating pictures and then projecting them onto the wall.  Those who wish to say a few words about their artwork will be welcome to do so, or children can let the artwork speak for itself.
-- Families with Children of All Ages



Nature 101:  The Scoop on Dirt
Tuesday, March 3, 2:00 & 6:30 p.m.
What’s happening in the soil? What’s tunneling beneath your toes? Learn about the goings-on in the underground.



Sensory Friendly Film
Saturday, March 7, 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!



Preschool Puppet Show
Wednesday, March 18, 9:30, 10:30, & 1:30
Thursday, March 19, 9:30, 10:30, & 1:30
Friday, March 20, 9:30, 10:30, & 1:30
Saturday, March 21, 10:30 a.m.
oin us for our annual preschool puppet show!  We'll have lots of fun as we sing, dance, and watch puppets present some classic stories.  Registration is required for school and daycare groups.  To register, please call 421-1220.  No registration is required for families.



Science Explorers:  Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Habitats!
Tuesday, March 24, 2:00 & 6:30 p.m.
The zoo is coming - The zoo is coming! Real animals from the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo here IN the library.



Fort Wayne Youth Ballet:  Thumbelina!
Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.
Watch the classic folk tale, Thumbelina, dance to life during this FREE mini-performance by the Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company. Seating is limited; doors open at 6:45.


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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