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    by Emily M | Sep 18, 2017

    Join us for a free movie night at the library!
    What: Wonder Woman
    When: Tuesday, September 26
    6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater
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    by Emily M | Sep 14, 2017

    Join us for a free multimedia presentation celebrating the music of the Star Wars films!
    When: Thursday, September 21
    6:00 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater
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    by Community Engagement | Sep 07, 2017
    author fair

    Seventh Annual Allen County Public Library Author Fair

    November 11, 2017      12:00 - 5:00 pm

    Main Library, Great Hall

    Join us on Saturday, November 11 for our Seventh Annual Author Fair! Meet over 70 published authors from our region, discover new books, and attend author-led panel discussions on a variety of engaging topics. 

    The Bookmark  is the official book seller at this event, giving guests the opportunity to purchase new books and have them signed by the authors!

    This event is free, open to the public, and kid-friendly.

    Calling all authors! Submissions are now being accepted for our Seventh Annual Author Fair!

    Click here to download the registration form.

    Registration forms must be submitted by September 30 to be included in publicity materials. Once all spaces are filled, authors will be added to a wait list. 

    Submit registration forms to:

    E-mail: authorfaircommittee@acpl.info
    Fax: (260) 421–1385
    Mail: Allen County Public Library, Attn: REA/Author Fair
            900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802-3699

    by Community Engagement | Sep 06, 2017
    Seth Harris and Michael W. Poorman
    by Community Engagement | Sep 06, 2017
    nancy hanks

    The Search for Nancy Hanks:

    A Historical Wild Goose Chase, Mitochondrial DNA, and the Maternal Ancestry of Nancy Hanks Lincoln  

    Presented by: Richard Hileman

    Sunday, October 22
    2:00 pm

    Main library, Meeting Room A

    Abraham Lincoln was conspicuously silent about the family of his mother, Nancy Hanks. From 1900 into the 1950s, her ancestry was the subject of intense interest and hotly contested. In 1909, false names for her parents were carved into the granite of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial. The most recent biographies of Lincoln still give mistaken accounts of her ancestry.  The Nancy Hanks Lincoln mtDNA Study and new historical evidence reveal the surprising truth Lincoln concealed about his mother's family and ancestry.

    About the Presenter

    Richard Hileman received a B.A. (English/Philosophy) from St. Olaf College, and M.A. (Philosophy) and J.D. degrees from the University of Iowa. He is a retired trial lawyer. He has been an avocational genealogist for forty years, and since 1980 has read everything he could find on the maternal ancestry of Nancy Hanks Lincoln, including research in the papers of Caroline Hanks Hitchcock and Louis Warren at the Allen County Public Library, the papers of William Barton at the University of Chicago, and the papers of Arthur E. Morgan at the Library of Congress. He is one of the author/researchers of The Nancy Hanks Lincoln mtDNA Study, published October 21, 2015 at www.familytreedna.com/public/HanksDNAProject/default.aspx?section=news

    by Community Engagement | Aug 28, 2017
    social science sleuths

    Our Fall 2017 class is starting soon! This fall's topic will be “Cultural History of Modern Europe.” 

    Social Science Sleuths is a class for homeschooled middle and high school students. The class meets Monday mornings beginning September 11, at 10:30 am at our Hessen Cassel branch, 3030 E Paulding Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46816.
    What is European cultural history?  Think food.  Think music.  Think language.  Think religious identity.  Think royalty. Think explorers. Think philosophy.  Think literature. You begin to get the idea!  Yes, there will be some dates to learn, but we will be spending most of the  time talking about the stories of the people whose lives are rooted in Europe.

    For more information please email or call Karen Nesius Roeger at knesiusroeger@acpl.info or 421-1330.  There is no charge for this library program. ​
    by Community Engagement | Aug 25, 2017
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    Join us for an exciting new lecture series this Fall, featuring speakers from the University of Saint Francis. Our Aboite branch is hosting four unique lectures that focus on diverse, engaging topics.

    September 6 - 7:00 pm

    "Heroes, Heroin, and Horror: How the War on Drugs Was Interpreted through 1970s Horror"

    Presented by: Dr. Ashleigh Hardin, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing
    President Richard Nixon declared War on Drugs in 1971. This declaration coincided not only with the American public’s increasing dissatisfaction with the war in Vietnam, but also with a “golden age” of the horror genre. In this presentation, Dr. Hardin will explain how changes in approaches to treating addiction made new narratives of addiction and recovery available to drug warriors and horror novelists alike.

    October 4 - 7:00 pm

    "The Reports of Its Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: Poetry in Contemporary America"

    Presented by: Dr. Michael Levan, Assistant Professor of English

    Almost like clockwork each April, journalists and bloggers will “celebrate” National Poetry Month by proclaiming poetry is dead. And while some reports suggest that readership for it is down, the democratization of poetry has led to an essential shift in contemporary American culture. More voices are being heard; more social and political concerns are being tackled. Focusing on the debut collections of several minority poets, this talk will argue that poetry is not only thriving but perhaps is the most necessary art being produced today.

    November 1 - 7:00 pm

    "The Framers’ View of the Presidency"

    Presented by: Dr. Thomas Schneider, Associate Professor and Program Director of Political Science

    The 2016 election brought new attention to an old question: What kind of office did the framers of the U.S. Constitution intend the presidency to be? This is a question that transcends partisan differences; it has to do with the nature of the office rather than the person who occupies it. I will consider the evidence that the Constitution itself supplies, then examine historical debates that have influenced later views of the presidency

    December 6 - 7:00 pm

    "The Role of Visual Images in the Emancipation Movement"

    Presented by: Dr. Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf, Associate Professor of Art History

    by Community Engagement | Aug 10, 2017
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    Take Our Survey

    You may also complete a paper survey at any of our library branches throughout Allen County.  A digital version of the survey is also available online. Click here to take the survey.  
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    As the Allen County Public Library undergoes the strategic planning process, we are beginning to seek out information.  We will be asking a lot of questions to people and organizations who use our libraries and services, as well as those who don’t. We are also asking for your feedback on matters about the larger community that we serve.  We want to know what kind of community you want to live in. 

    Public focus groups will be held throughout the county. They are intended to serve as opportunities to share your thoughts, values, and goals for our organization, as well as your communities.

    These upcoming forums are open to the public:

    September 6

    10:15-11:45 am
    Main Library - Meeting Room A

    1:30-3:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room A

    6:30-8:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room A

    September 7

    10:15-11:45 am
    Main Library - Meeting Room C

    1:30-3:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room C

    6:30-8:00 pm
    Dupont Branch

    by Community Engagement | Jul 24, 2017
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    We've partnered with the Fort Wayne Urban League to present South Side Sessions, a series of free weekly concerts that take place every Thursday on the campus of the Urban League, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

    Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and come for an evening of music, food, memories, and fun! Fort Wayne food trucks will be at each concert, so come hungry!

    Here's this year's lineup:

    July 20 - The Ricky Bratton Band
    July 27 - Todd Harold
    August 3 - Alicia Pyle and Company
    August 10 - Smooth Edge 2
    August 17 - Soul 35
    August 24 - Derek Reeves and Company
    August 31 - The G Money Band
    September 7 - Ty Causey
    September 14 - Soul 35
    September 21 - Todd Harold
    September 28 - Ty Causey
    October 5 - Influx

    This series was made possible by the Knight Foundation and our co-sponsors, the Fort Wayne Urban League and Citilink.

    Urban League Campus located at 2135 Hanna St, Fort Wayne, IN 46803.

    Parking is also available at the Pontiac Branch of the Allen County Public Library.

    by Community Engagement | Jul 20, 2017

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    Have you been a part of our Summer Learning Program this year?  We want to know what you think!  We value your feedback and use it to plan future events and programming.

    Please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey:

    Children's Program

    Teen Program

    Adult Program

    Thank you so much for being a part of this year's Summer Learning Program!
    by Emily M | Jul 13, 2017

    Join us for movie night at the library!
    What: Beauty and the Beast
    When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 6:30 pm
    (doors open at 6:00 pm)
    Where:  Main Library Theater, Lower Level 2

    AMM Movie Night (Beaty and the Beast)

    by Craig B | May 22, 2017
    Take part in a guided tour of ACPL's Rare Book Room.
    two old books

    Rare Book Room Tour 6/10/2017 3:00 PM  Genealogy Center
    Rare Book Room Tour 7/8/2017 10:00 AM  Genealogy Center
    by Michal M | Apr 17, 2017

    Free Comic Book Day – Saturday, May 6, 2017

    Free Comic Book Day is here again! Join us in Children’s Services at the Main Library on Saturday, May 6, 2017 for free, family fun with: free comics*, scavenger hunts,  superhero appearances, and more!!!

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    family picking out comic books

    Check out the Schedule for the day:

    10:00 am Family Storytime

    11:00 am – 12:30 pm Costume Factory

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Meet the Superheroes

    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Superhero Bingo Quest

    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Comic Drawing Workshop with comic book artist Matt Gross

    All Day Fun – Comics Giveaway*, Photobooth, Scavenger Hunt

    *Limit two per person. While supplies last.

    Check out even MORE fun at the following places:

    Georgetown Branch Library
    Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at the Georgetown branch library!  Free comics for all ages will be given away - 1 per person, while supplies last. 

    Kids of all ages are invited to an extra-special Superhero Storytime from 2:00-2:30, and then Superhero Training  and photo ops with the one-and-only Supergirl from 2:30-3:30!

    Teens at the Main Library
    Celebrate Free Comic Book Day by picking up a free comic or two. From 2:00-4:00pm, we'll also be making buttons. Limit 2 buttons per person, while supplies last.
    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 & 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 Cathy Lambert | Mar 03, 2016
    Thursday, June 2 • 1:00 pm
    Teen Department, Main Library

    Local author Kayleen Reusser has written new books on Hollywood film star Angelina Jolie and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.  These humanitarians have dedicated their lives to helping people in need.  Come to the meeting on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 1:00 pm to hear ideas of how teens – YOU! – can take action to help people in need around the world.  We’ll work on a project that will be used to help orphans.

    Homeschool Happenings
    Above: Local author Kayleen Reusser