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):  May | June

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!
*Storytime will be replaced by Toddlerpalooza on Friday, June 12th.
--Babies from birth - 36 months and their parents/caregivers and siblings



Children's Services Lego® Club
Saturday, May 23, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 28, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Every Wednesday in June, 3:00-4:00 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 May, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Every Monday in June, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Every Wednesday in June, 3:00-4:00 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 May, 6:30 p.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




Barr Street Market Art
Every Saturday from May 16 to August 29
Visit the ACPL Children’s Services department at Barr Street Market on the corner of Wayne & Barr Streets to create an art project to take home. There will be a new project each Saturday starting May 16th through August 29th!
- 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



Sensory Friendly Storytime
Monday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
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 grown-ups 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.



Rock the Plaza: Summer Reading Kickoff Concert
Saturday, June 6, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Come downtown for some summer fun and rockin' tunes, as we kick-off the library's NEW Summer Reading program for all ages -- kids, teens AND adults!
- Family Event for All Ages



Discover 3D Printing
Tuesday, June 9, 2:00 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. Participants will need an e-mail address (can be a parent's). 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.
- Children ages 6 to 11



Open Art
Thursday, June 11, 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
You provide the creativity and we’ll provide the art supplies! Take your masterpiece home or leave it with us to display at the Main Library. Young children are welcome, but will need help from their grown-ups.
- Family Event for All Ages



Toddlerpalooza!
Friday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.
This special event for toddlers and their grown-ups will be a fun opportunity to practice reading, talking, singing, playing, and writing
- Toddlers and their Grown-Ups



Roz Puppets Presents: "Jack and the Beanstalk"
Tuesday, June 16, 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
The Roz Puppets return to the library to present their own silly version of the classic fairy tale. Seating in the Main Library's theater is limited; doors will open 15 minutes before each performance. 
- Family Event for All Ages



Matchbox Car Races
Thursday, June 18, 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Bring your favorite matchbox racer and try it out on our track!
- Family Event for All Ages



Detective Science
Tuesday, June 23, 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Calling all detectives! There’s a mystery to be solved and you’re invited to learn new detective skills to crack the case. Are you up for the challenge? All ages are welcome but pre-readers will need some adult help.
-Family Event for All Ages



Picture Book Party
Thursday, June 25, 2:00 p.m.
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 a game, do fun picture book crafts, and go on a scavenger hunt.
- Preschool and Early Elementary Children w/ their Families



Children's Storage Open House
Sunday, June 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what hidden gems are held in our Storage Collection? Browse the shelves at your leisure and find out for yourself! Whether you come with a list of childhood favorites or are just looking forward to new discoveries, our Storage area will be open for checkout.
- 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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