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    by Community Engagement | Jun 22, 2017
    2017 Teen Chess Tournament

    Play chess, eat pizza and snacks, and have fun. Trophies for winner in three age and skill levels, beginner to advanced. You could win one of the 18 trophies to be given away! Players must register no later than July 21, 2017. Ask your librarian for a registration form. Call the Teen Department at 421-1255 for more information.
    by Community Engagement | Jun 20, 2017

    Smooth Edge 2

    by Megan B | May 31, 2017

    When I was a kid, my sister Tracy (unbeknownst to my mom) thought it was big fun to introduce me to scary movies. I was five, Tracy was thirteen. You can see how Tracy might have had a different take-away than my five-year-old self. I seriously think it messed with my psyche (thanks, sister).

    Two of the movies her thirteen-year-old self thought it appropriate to share have stuck with me all of these years. The first is that horrid movie about dying in your nightmares because some crazed man with razor blades for fingers is ticked off at your parents. A JawsNightmare on Elm Street! I still cannot hear that freaky song, “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you,” without shivering all over and wanting my mom. The other movie Tracy introduced me to included a large white shark and a catchy theme song. Whenever I swim in the ocean, I hear it over the roar of the waves. Come on, you know it. “Duh nuh, duh nuh, duh nuh.”  It picks up tempo as the shark draws nearer, about to rip your legs off and ruin your summer fun.

    After we watched it, my sister thought it was a good idea to tell me that this toothy fella lived in the toilet. I was five -- I believed her. My mom couldn’t figure out why there was pee all over the bathroom floor until she figured out I was barely sitting on the toilet due to what my sister told me.

    Thankfully, I outgrew my fear of Freddy sucking me into my bed or a great white shark attacking me while I used the restroom. I have actually grown to enjoy this movie and appreciate the thrill it represents. It always seems appropriate to watch it during the hot summer months which is why we are highlighting Benchley's classic for Readers’ Services' very first Book to Movie Club.

    Please stop by any library location to pick up your copy of the book. Read it by Sunday, June 25th and then join us at 1:00 p.m. in the Theater to watch one of the most memorable movies ever. Afterwards, we will have a fun discussion about the book and movie. Please mark your calendars and make a splash with Readers’ Services this summer. See you there!

    *Book to Movie Club
    *Main Library, Theater
    *June 25, 2017
    *1:00 pm

    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 Community Engagement | May 09, 2017
    2016 Teen Photography Competition Flier
    by Community Engagement | May 09, 2017
    little seedlings garden

    Seed libraries across the country encourage urban, suburban and rural residents to grow no-cost, nutritious food at home. Growers of all skill levels are invited to join the Little Turtle Seed Library. We have learning opportunities and resource materials for you- just ask!

     How does it work?

    Simple. Visit us at the Little Turtle branch and check out our selection of seeds. Pick out up to 8 packets of seeds, take them to the checkout desk and record what seeds you are taking. You do not need a library card to be a part of the Seed Library. Save some seeds from your bounty for yourself and share some with the Seed Library for others to use.

     How much does it cost?

    It’s free to everyone  The Seed Library was started with money given to the Little Turtle branch library gift fund by local author Michael Martone when he won the Indiana Authors Award.  The Seed Library is sustained by growers who share their seeds with the community.

     Can I donate seeds?

    Yes, please!  We accept heirloom, open-pollinated seeds from plants grown in our growing region. When you donate seeds, please include the name of the seeds, the year in which the seeds were collected, the city and state in which they were collected and your name.  Please let us know if you prefer to not have your name listed on the seed packet.

     How can I help?

    We are always looking for helping hands of all ages to count and package seeds, organize the library drawers and teach classes.


    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!!!

    children at free comic book daychildren reading comics in costumes

    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 

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