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    by Communications & Development | Feb 24, 2017

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    Wednesday, March 22
    1:30pm
    Main Library Theater, LL2


    The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center takes to the road, performing in one of the country’s most beautiful historic sites:  Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky.  Delivering a monumental performance of Copland’s “Appalachian Spring”, the ensemble draws poignant connections between life on the frontier, the art of making music, and the quest for transcendence in American life.

    by Communications & Development | Feb 24, 2017

    Three Women and Two Men in Swimming Area

    Skeletons in the Closet: Discovering a Difficult Past

    Sunday, March 5, 2017, 1:00 PM, Discovery Center - Matt LaFlash

    Every family has skeletons in the closet. This case study addresses the challenges of uncovering a difficult past and examines the process used to identify the father of a girl born out of wedlock with only a profession and nationality as a starting point.

     

    What Doesn’t Kill Us: Historical Illnesses and Causes of Death

    Monday, March 6, 2017, 6:30 PM, Discovery Center - Delia Bourne

    This is an overview of the medical conditions that plagued our ancestors and how to find what some of those causes of death listed in newspapers and on death records really meant.

     

    An Ancestor's Death -- A Time for Reaping

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:30 PM, Discovery Center - Curt Witcher

    Typically, no other time in our ancestors’ lives is the record creation potential as high as it is at their deaths. This talk, complemented with many record examples, spotlights numerous “happenings” surrounding an individual’s death that can generate records.

     

    Using the Genealogical Proof Standard and DNA as Power Tools and Problem Solvers

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 2:30 PM, Discovery Center - John Beatty

    This talk will discuss the various tenets of the Standard, show how to apply it in an actual case study, and show how both autosomal and mitochondrial DNA can be used to support or refute genealogical theories.

     

    Genealogy of Beer and Beer Styles with Chapman’s Brewing Co.

    Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:30 PM, Chapman’s Brewery Taproom, 819 South Calhoun Street,

    Fort Wayne - Allison DePrey Singleton and Chapman’s Brewing Co.

    Discover the genealogy of beer and how the brewers’ home country influenced the style of beer they originally produced. The specifics of the beer itself will also be discussed: aromas, style, taste profile, things to consider when drinking, and how these have changed over time.

     

    Out of the Box Questions and the Methodology to Answering Them

    Friday, March 10, 2017, 2:30 PM, Discovery Center - Allison DePrey Singleton

    What are some of the unusual questions the librarians at The Genealogy Center receive and how do we answer them? Come and find out the methodology for answering “out of the box” questions.

     

    Moody, Tearful Night Come Alive

    Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10:00 AM, Theater, Allen County Public Library - 30th Indiana Civil War Re-enactors, Inc

    Have you ever seen a statue come to life? This is your chance! “Moody, Tearful Night,” the statue at the entrance to The Genealogy Center will be brought to life by a group of talented re-enactors from the 30th Indiana. The last day of Lincoln’s life will be brought to life followed by the re-enactors answering your questions about what occurred that fateful day.

     

    To register for these free programs call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

    by Communications & Development | Feb 17, 2017

    On May 19, 1875, Mary Todd Lincoln was arrested and tried for lunacy before a jury of twelve men in the Cook County Court in Chicago. The charge had been filed by her son, Robert Todd Lincoln, and the state of Illinois required a civil trial to rule on the issue.  Robert's "Application to Try the Question of Insanity" requested that "Mary Lincoln be declared an insane person after due hearing and proof, and that a Conservator be appointed to manage and control her estate."

    On May 20, Mary was confined to Bellevue Place, a private sanitarium in Batavia, Illinois, where she would remain until she successfully engineered her release on September 10.

    On Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m., Sara Gabbard will present "The Insanity Files: The Ordeal of Mary Todd Lincoln" exploring the events and personalities surrounding Mrs. Lincoln's trial and commitment. The program will be held in Meeting Room A of the Allen County Public Library's Main Library at 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. Letters and documents from the Insanity File Collection will be on display.

    The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library and is free and open to the public.
    by Heather G. | Feb 12, 2017
    The National Library Week Bookmark Contest is back! The theme for 2017 is: Libraries Transform. 

    Bookmarks Contest Rules:

    • Design a bookmark with the “Libraries Transform” theme.
    • Turn in the bookmark at any Allen County Public Library location between February 1 through February 28, 2017.
    • Bookmarks must be created on this template. Submissions made on other paper will not be judged.
    • Design may be created with crayons, colored pencils,
      markers and/or watercolors. Remember, winning bookmarks must be reproducible!
    • The winning bookmark in each category will be made into bookmarks and available during National Library Week (April 9-15, 2017).
    • Winners will be judged on originality, creativity, neatness and printability.
    • One entry per person.
    • Adults may only enter in one category.

    If you would like to enter, click the link below to fill out and print the bookmark contest form!

    2017 Bookmark Contest Form

    by Communications & Development | Jan 27, 2017

    The AARP Tax-Aide program is offering free tax help sessions. These drop-in sessions are offered on a first come, first served basis. Before traveling, check with your local branch for any cancellations. 

    The first day of free tax preparation starts Monday, January 30, 2017, and following as noted by the library branch schedule below. Free tax preparation will continue through Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

    Aboite Branch Library
    Mondays 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm

    Dupont Branch Library
    Tuesdays 11:00 am–3:00 pm *Begins Feb. 7

    Georgetown Branch Library
    Tuesdays 10:00 am–2:00 pm *Begins Feb. 7

    Grabill Branch Library
    Thursdays 10:00 am–2:00 pm

    Hessen Cassel Branch Library
    Tuesdays 10:30 am–2:30 pm

    Little Turtle Branch Library
    Mondays 12:00 noon–4:00 pm

    Main Library
    Tuesdays 4:00–7:00 pm

    New Haven Branch Library
    Thursdays 10:00 am–2:00 pm

    Pontiac Branch Library
    Mondays 10:30 am–2:30 pm

    Shawnee Branch Library
    Wednesdays 10:00 am–2:00 pm

    Tecumseh Branch Library
    Wednesdays 10:00 am–2:00 pm

    Waynedale Branch Library
    Tuesdays 12:00 noon–4:00 pm


    ALTERNATIVE LOCATIONS


    St. Mary’s Catholic Church
    110 S. Lafayette St Fort Wayne, IN 46802
    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
    2:00–8:00 pm
    Saturdays 9:00 am–1:00 pm
    *Closed March 1 for Ash Wednesday

    American Red Cross
    1212 California Rd Fort Wayne, IN 46895
    Saturdays 9:00 am–1:00 pm

    Fort Wayne Community Center
    233 W Main St Fort Wayne, IN 46802
    Monday–Friday 8:30 am–2:00 pm

    St. Joseph Township Community Hall
    6033 Maplecrest Rd Fort Wayne, IN 46835
    Wednesdays 2:00–7:00 pm

    Lutheran Life Villages - S Anthony
    6701 S Anthony Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46816
    Tuesdays 10:00 am–2:00 pm

    Dekalb Co COA - Auburn
    1800 E 7th St Auburn, IN • 46706
    Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 12:00–3:30 pm

    Concordia Lutheran Church
    4245 Lake Ave Fort Wayne, IN • 46815
    (260) 485–9393
    Mondays & Fridays 9:00 am–1:00 pm

    WHAT TO BRING:

    For a complete list of items to bring please visit:

    http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-01-2011/important-tax-documents.html

    by Communications & Development | Jan 26, 2017

    Heartland Sings: We Are the Dream:
    A Musical Commemoration to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Sunday, February 19 • 2:00 pm
    Main Library Theater, Lower Level 2

    This dramatic musical presentation brings Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words to life in a tribute to his legacy.  The Heartland Vocal Artists present this performance with a message of hope, unity, and equality with spirituals, songs and speeches that remind us that his dream is relevant and worth fighting for still today.  This concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

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    by Amanda K C | Jan 24, 2017
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    The Allen County Public Library is dedicated to informing, educating, entertaining, and culturally enriching the entire community by providing the best information, programs, and services to our community.


    In today’s world where information is coming to you from all angles--text messages, emails, Facebook, etc.--personalized, relevant information is more important than ever, and is also harder to discover.


    The ACPL recognizes this, and we are taking an innovative step to save you time when communicating news and content.


    In order to provide the most meaningful, useful and timely information, the Allen County Public Library will now allow you to self-select the topics you wish to see from us, on a schedule of your choosing and in the format that you want.


    Our content is now delivered YOUR way, expanding the gateway for loyal library patrons and friends to build relationships with each other and our library community that is the foundation of the Allen County Public Library.


    Interested in new book releases, but not summer reading camps? Your ACPL newsletter will only give you the information you want to know about, saving you time and allowing you to stay connected with what you love most.


    The first personalized ACPL newsletter will arrive sometime this week, so be on the lookout for your unique experience!


     
    by Communications & Development | Jan 23, 2017

    Sunday, April 9 Main Library • 1:00–2:00 pm
    Monday, April 10 Georgetown Branch 7:00–8:00 pm
    Tuesday, April 11 Aboite Branch 7:00 pm
    Wednesday, April 12 Dupont Branch 6:00 pm

    Come meet Bumblebee in person at the library.  You can have your picture taken with him, shake his hand, and talk to him.  This program is part of National Library Week 2017: Libraries Transform.

    NLW Bumblebee at the Library

    by Communications & Development | Jan 19, 2017

    The Tenth Annual ACPL Teen Photography Competition Exhibition is now accepting submissions. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2017.

    Awards will be in both junior (ages 11–14) and senior (ages 15–19) divisions. Photos will be selected for an exhibit in the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery at the Main Library with an awards reception at the exhibit opening Saturday, May 13, 2017.

    For more information and the rules and entry form please visit:

    2017 Teen Photography Competition


    by Communications & Development | Jan 17, 2017

    National Library Week | Altered Book Contest

    An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning. Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture.

    Entries accepted at the Main Library’s Art, Music & Media Department March 25–April 3. Winners and prizes will be announced April 10 on the ACPL Facebook page. Altered Books will be on display at the Main Library April through June 30, 2017. The ACPL reserves the right not to display all entries. Incomplete entry forms will not be accepted. Call (260) 421–1200 ext. 2104 with questions. 

    National Library Week | Altered Book Workshops

    Main Library | Meeting Room A 
    Tuesday, March 14 | 2:00–4:00 pm
    Call (260) 421–1210 for details.

    Tecumseh Branch
    Thursday, March 16 | 7:00 pm
    Call (260) 421–1360 for details.

    Grabill Branch
    Saturday, March 18 | 10:30–11:30 am
    Call (260) 421–1325 for details.

    Main Library | Teens Department Art Lab
    Monday, March 20 | 7:00–8:30 pm
    Call (260) 421–1255 for details.

    Main Library | Children's Services Department
    Saturday, March 25 | 2:00–3:00 pm
    Call (260) 421–1220 for details. 

    Shawnee Branch
    Tuesday, March 28 | 7:00 pm
    Call (260) 421–1355 for details.


    If you would like to enter, click the link below to fill out electronically and/or print the Altered Book Contest Entry Form!

    Altered Book Contest Entry Form 2017

    by Communications & Development | Jan 16, 2017

    Black History Month at the Genealogy Center
    Thursday, February 16 – Saturday, February 25

    Join the Genealogy Center in February for the observance of Black History Month!  We begin the month by inviting the community to enjoy Heartland Sings: We Are The Dream, A Musical Commemoration to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 2:00 pm in the Main Library Theater. Prior to and following the musical, visit our Life Stories Center to record your personal memories of the “I have a Dream” speech.  The Life Stories Center will be open from noon to 5:00 pm that day. Presentations on African American genealogy also will be offered during the month. 

    For information about the month’s events, see the brochure at http://genealogycenter.org/docs/BlackHistoryMonth2017

    Additionally, you can experience ongoing programming by visiting the following link: 
    http://genealogycenter.info/africanamerican/.



    Genealogy Center BHM
    by Communications & Development | Jan 09, 2017

    Join us at the Monroeville Branch Library for the Four Presidents Historical Society meetings in 2017! 

    The Hamilton Sisters of Fort Wayne
    March 1 • 6:30 pm
    Guest Speaker: David Dew
    Retired Northwood Middle School history teacher, David Dew, talks about the famous Hamilton sisters of Fort Wayne. Edith Hamilton was an accomplished Classical scholar, educator and author. Alice Hamilton was the first female professor in Harvard University’s medical school and she is considered to be the founder of OSHA. Edith and Alice had a first cousin, Agnes, who assisted indigent women and children in Fort Wayne by founding the local YWCA, opening the first library and helping to establish the Bethany Presbyterian Church.  


    The Curious Case of Cornelius Garvin
    May 3 • 6:30 pm
    Guest Speaker: Jane Gastineau
    Lincoln Librarian, Jane Gastineau, discusses the research she conducted for an Irish scholar who requested information on Cornelius Garvin. Garvin was a resident of the Rensselaer County Almshouse, and he was sold as a substitute into the Union army by the home’s superintendent. Cornelius, who was mentally disabled, had been placed in the county almshouse by his mother, Catharine. She was no longer able to care for her eighteen-year-old son at home. When Catharine went to visit her son one day, the superintendent informed her that Cornelius was now in the army. Catharine Garvin spent many years looking for her son, even enlisting the aid of President Abraham Lincoln, but she ultimately accepted the findings of the U.S. Army investigation that her son was dead. The basis for Jane’s research are the documents in the Catharine Garvin Collection  that are housed in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection at the Allen County Public Library.

    by Genie Bishop | Dec 14, 2016
    The National Library Week Bookmark Contest is back! The theme for 2017 is: Libraries Transform. 

    Bookmarks Contest Rules:

    • Design a bookmark with the “Libraries Transform” theme.
    • Turn in the bookmark at any Allen County Public Library location between February 1 through February 28, 2017.
    • Bookmarks must be created on this template. Submissions made on other paper will not be judged.
    • Design may be created with crayons, colored pencils,
      markers and/or watercolors. Remember, winning bookmarks must be reproducible!
    • The winning bookmark in each category will be made into bookmarks and available during National Library Week (April 9-15, 2017).
    • Winners will be judged on originality, creativity, neatness and printability.
    • One entry per person.
    • Adults may only enter in one category.

    If you would like to enter, click the link below to fill out and print the bookmark contest form!

    2017 Bookmark Contest Form

    by Communications & Development | Nov 21, 2016

    The Allen County Public Library offers a variety of incredible storytimes for all ages and stages! Check out the following link to see a calendar view of storytimes at all of our locations:

    Link to Calendar of ACPL Storytimes 

    Here are the titles and descriptions for the main storytimes we offer: 

    Baby Storytime
    Rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby’s foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging storytime. Designed for children from birth18 months and their caregivers.

    Toddler Storytime
    Wiggle, rhyme, read, and sing in this active storytime!  Simple stories and music introduce the sounds and rhythms of language and play to your little learner. Designed for children 18 months3 years and their caregivers.

    Preschool Storytime
    Discover books, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building language and literacy skills. Everyone will read, sing, write, talk and play at this energetic storytime. Designed for children 36 years and their caregivers. 

    Family Storytime
    Children learn naturally when they read, sing, write, talk and play!  This interactive storytime combines books, songs, rhymes and fun for all ages and stages. Designed for children of various ages and their caregivers. 

    Music and Movement Storytime
    Stretch, sing, dance, and jump along in this fast-paced storytime perfect for active young children who learn best when their bodies are in motion. Designed for children 2–6 years and their caregivers.

    by Communications and Developement | Nov 03, 2016
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    We welcome early voters to Aboite, Dupont, Hessen Cassel and Georgetown branches! Please note, wait times can be up to 3 hours, parking is very limited in each area, and may not be allowed by surrounding businesses in all areas. Early voting is also available at the Rousseau Centre, 1 E Main Street with shorter estimated wait times.
    by Communications & Development | Oct 25, 2016

    An Afternoon with Eloisa: Why Romance Novels Are Worthy of Respect!
    Saturday, March 4 • 1:00 pm
    Main Library Theater, Lower Level 2 

    Spend an enchanting afternoon with USA Today and New York Times bestselling historical romance writer Eloisa James! An Oxford-educated professor of Shakespeare, Ms. James talks about her latest book Seven Minutes in Heaven, as well as how she came to write Regency romances and why the genre is definitely worth reading.

    Ms. James is the author of over 25 romance novels and a captivating memoir entitled Paris in Love, about her year in Paris with her Italian knight husband, two children, and plump dog. Book signing and meet and greet with Eloisa will follow the event. Eloisa’s books will also be available for purchase. Event is free and open to the public. This visit is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Check out her web site: http://www.eloisajames.com/.

    Eloisa James

    by Communications & Development | Oct 20, 2016

    Check out the link below to browse a wide variety of classes offered through the ACPL Maker Labs!

    ACPL Maker Lab Classes

    by Communications & Development | Oct 20, 2016
    Interested in joining a book club? Check out the link below to see a variety of book clubs at select Allen County Public Library locations. Decide which one best fits your interests (and your schedule!)

    ACPL Book Clubs Calendar View

    by Mary Voors | Sep 06, 2016

    In September and October 2016, we will be celebrating the Indiana bicentennial and author Helen Frost at the Allen County Public Library. Ms. Frost is an internationally acclaimed author who lives in Fort Wayne. She is much admired for her work in writing for children & teens, as well as her poetry and nonfiction work. She has won numerous awards for her writing including the Printz Honor Award for Keesha’s House and the Indiana Authors Award. 

    For this series of programs, we will focus on her novel-in-verse, Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War, which is set in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area during the tumultuous time period around 1812. This title was the recipient of the Children’s Book Prize from the New York Historical Society. Join us as we explore a variety of activities and topics related to Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War. Activities will be held at many of our library locations and will be offered for children, teens, adults, and families. 

    All activities are open to the public. Some require pre-registration. Checkout the full list of programs below!

    SALT List of Programs

    SALT Adult Fiction Booklist

    SALT Adult Nonfiction Booklist

    SALT Helen Frost Booklist

    SALT Historical Booklist

    SALT Novel in Verse Booklist
    by Melissa C. Tennant | Jun 15, 2016
    Saturday, July 30 • 10:00 am
    Genealogy Discovery Center, Main Library
     

    Property records can provide much more to your research than just locations. Learn how to locate and utilize these great resource documents. Presented by Cynthia Theusch as part of the Beginning or Beginning Again series.

    To register for these free programs call (260) 421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

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