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

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.  Possible titles are now being added to our Mock Newbery Pinterest page. We'd love it if you visited and added your comments. Our Mock Caldecott Pinterest page will be available soon.
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 for Mock Newbery; click the link above or call Children's Services at 2260-421-1220 to register.  Mock Caldecott registration will be available soon.

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

Minecraft Masters
Every Wednesday in August and September, 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
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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