Main Library Programs in Children's Services
September & October 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):   September  |  October

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!
*There will be NO Storytime on September 10 and September 17. 
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.
*There will be NO Storytime on September 10 and September 17.
--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 Baby or Toddler Storytimes on September 12 and September 19.
--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.  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
September 11 & 25, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
October 9 & 23, 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 September & October, 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 September & October, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 6, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 4, 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

Science Explorers:  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 16, 6:00 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 here and at your local ACPL location.
--Children in grades K through 12

Fact or Fiction
Saturday, October 4, 2:00
Do you have a knack for trivia?  Do you consider the Guinness Book of World Records or Ripley’s Believe It or Not to be one of your favorite books?  If so, then this program is for you!  If you think you have what it takes to be a trivia master, then join us in the Globe Room anytime during the hour to test your trivia knowledge and to see whether or not you know fact from fiction.
--Children ages 6 to 11

Fort Wayne Youth Ballet:  Hansel and Gretel
Thursday, October 9, 7:00
The Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company will dance selections from Hansel and Gretel. What fun! Come and enjoy this FREE mini-performance by the Fort Wayne Ballet. Seating is limited; doors open at 6:45.
--All Ages

Dyslexia Awareness
Saturday, October 11, 1:00 p.m.
Did you know that 1 in 10 children exhibit symptoms of dyslexia*? And that these symptoms, if not addressed, can cause children to struggle in school – and beyond?  The good news is there are many resources available! Representatives from local organizations will be speaking and answering your questions.

Science Explorers:  Seeing Isn't Believing
Tuesday, October 14, 2:00 and 6:30 p.m.
Looks can be deceiving!  Join us as we learn about the science of optical illusions.
--Homeschoolers and Children ages 6 to 11

Not So Frightening Fun
Saturday, October 18, 2:00 p.m.
Need a little less fright in your downtown fun today?  Come to Children's Services for some less spooky excitement!  Children's Services is a zombie-free zone!
--Families with Children of All Ages

Toddler Art
Tuesday, October 21, 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!
--Toddlers and Preschool Age Children

Read for the Record Storytime
Tuesday, October 21, 2:00 PM
Millions of people will come together today to celebrate literacy and support early childhood education. Join us in this special storytime as we work with Jumpstart towards the day that every child in America enters Kindergarten prepared to succeed. We will be reading Bunny Cakes, a comical story of sibling bonding and birthday shenanigans, by bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells. Join us as we Read for the Record! 
--Preschool Age Children

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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