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)March | April

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.
Wednesday, April 15 will be Ballet Storytime. A real ballerina will be present!
--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.
Wednesday, April 15 will be Ballet Storytime. A real ballerina will be present!
--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, March 26, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 9 & 23, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 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 March & April, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 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



Toddler Art
Tuesday, April 14, 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



Library Behind the Scenes
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



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.
Join 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.
- Toddlers, preschool aged children, and their grown ups



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.
- Homeschoolers and children ages 6 to 11



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.
- All ages



MiXed UPsiDe dOwN DaY
Wednesday, April 1, during library hours
Something's different in the Children's Services department.  Can you spot all of our April Fool's Day tricks?
- All ages



Nature 101:  Bugs!
Tuesday, April 7, 2:00 & 6:30 p.m.
Crawling, wiggling, squirming, creeping, and skittering! Let’s get to know some backyard bugs and what makes them so unique.
- Homeschoolers and children ages 6 to 11



Ballet Storytime
Wednesday, April 15
Preschools and Daycares:  9:30 a.m.
Families:  10:30 a.m.
Do you love ballerinas?  Do you love storytime?  Then come to our very special Ballerina Storytime!  We are honored to have a real ballerina from the Fort Wayne Ballet join us for storytime!  You will learn some ballet steps, hear a ballerina story, and get to take a picture with the lovely ballerina afterwards.
- Preschool aged children



Discover 3D Printing
Monday, April 20, 2:00 & 6:30 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.  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.
- Homeschoolers and children ages 6 to 11



Science Explorers:  Table Top Science
Tuesday, April 21, 2:00 & 6:30 p.m.
All it takes is a table and some ordinary everyday objects to create some Simply Spectacular Science.
- Homeschoolers and children ages 6 to 11


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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