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    by Community Engagement | Apr 21, 2017

    answering the call movie poster

    April 29, 2017
    2:00 pm   
    Main Theater, Lower Level 2

    The bloody attacks of protestors in Selma in 1965 led to the historic protection of all Americans' right to vote. The film explores a cherished family story of Selma and the current state of voter suppression in America.

    Presented in conjunction with the YWCA's "Stand Against Racism".
    Stand against racism

    by Community Engagement | Apr 19, 2017

    Are you ready to make a change in your career? Do you need to update your resume? Need help interviewing? Want to know how to build a professional network? Join us for the Career Development Series on Wednesday evenings in May. Our very own ACPL Staff Trainer, Michelle Merritt, will be leading four sessions throughout the month of May to help you take the next step in your career. This event is free and will take place at the Main Library in Downtown Fort Wayne starting at 6 pm. Seating is limited to the first 20 people who register so registration is strongly encouraged. Registration is required for each session. 

    1: Understanding Change in Your Career 

    Wednesday, May 3, 6:00 pm, Main Library Globe Room 

    This session will help you identify the signs that it’s time for a change, help you prepare for change, and help you determine practical steps you can take to make changes in your career. Click here to register for this session.

    2: Creating a Winning Resume 

    Wednesday , May 10, 6:00 pm, Main Library Computer Classroom 

    This session will help you create a winning resume by helping you determine what should be included on your resume, the correct format and fonts to use, and how to write your resume in a way that gets attention. Click here to register for this session.

    3: How to Ace an Interview 

    Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 pm, Main Library Globe Room 

    Preparedness is key to a great interview. Whether you have an interview coming up or you hope to be interviewing soon, this session will help you be ready with answers to the most difficult questions and help you come up with good questions to ask during the interview. Click here to register for this session.

    4: Building & Leveraging Your Professional Network 

    Wednesday, May 24, 6:00 pm, Main Library Globe Room 

    Don’t think you have a network? In this session we will teach you how to identify your network and teach you how to connect with people who can help you in your career.
    Click here to register for this session.
    Allen County Public Library 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, IN 46802 (260) 421-1200 • 


    by Heather | Apr 18, 2017
    Money Week

    The Allen County Financial Stability Partnership is hosting a Money, Jobs, and Education Fair at the Main Library on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    The free event is for families to increase their money management skills, apply for job openings, and pursue educational opportunities.  Exhibitor tables will be provided in the Grand Hall.  Participants will receive punch cards to encourage participation at each vendor’s table, and door prizes will be drawn for the participants in attendance.  Educational sessions will be provided in two of the classrooms on the day of the Money Fair, as well as during Money Smart Week, April 22-29, 2017.

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Budget Basics 1st Source Bank     
    1 pm               
    The Impact of Financial Abuse  YWCA Northeast IN
    1 pm                Banking – What You Need to Know  Old National Bank
    2 pm                What Do You Know About Your Health Plan?
                           MD Wise   
    3 pm                Affordable Housing Opportunities in Our Community                                 Fort Wayne Housing Authority

    by Amanda K C | Apr 17, 2017

    Preservaton Home

    Preservation Week

    Family history is all about preservation: preservation of documents, keepsakes and facts. Join us to celebrate Preservation Week, and learn various ways to protect our stories and our history.


    Exciting Ways to Share Your Genealogy

    Sunday, April 23, 2017, 1:00PM, Discovery Center – Tina Lyons

    Ready to get your family excited about family history? Guest speaker, Tina Lyons, will share several interesting ways to use photo books, videos, photo sharing sites, blogs, storybooks and social media to make family history fun and engaging.


    Using Vintage Postcards in Genealogy Research

    Monday, April 24, 2017, 6:30PM, Discovery Center – Randy Harter

    Use of postcards is just one way to preserve family and community history. Learn the history and types of postcards in America, how to establish publication date and past postcard manufacturers in the area, then join in a discussion of Real Photo postcards.


    Preserving our Communities: Historic Designation Basics

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017. 6:30PM, Discovery Center – Jill McDevitt, ARCH, Inc.

    This class is an overview of the three types of historic designations that are used to honor and protect historic resources, including their requirements and benefits. Examples of Fort Wayne's historic properties will be used to illustrate each type of designation.


    Preserving Your Digital Life – A Webinar with Krista White & Isaiah Beard

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 6:30PM, Discovery Center

    Our stories as individuals and as members of a community are preserved in each of our homes, in our family histories, and in life stories. We record and keep these stories in digital formats, often on our smartphones. What steps can we take now to ensure these important files are available to future generations? This webinar is made available by the American Library

    Association, and will be followed by a question and answer period with Genealogy Center staff.


    Family History Morning for Homeschoolers

    Thursday, April 27, 2017, 9:00AM – Noon, Discovery Center & The Genealogy Center – Allison DePrey Singleton

    Many parents want their children to be interested in their families’ histories but fostering that interest may be a challenge. The Genealogy Center can engage parents and children alike with a “Family History Morning.” Enjoy a morning of exciting ideas, guided research, and time to explore the collection. Each child will receive a worksheet to complete that is tailored to

    his or her age, experience, and grade level.


    9:00AM – 9:10AM, Arrival, Getting to the Discovery Center (2nd Floor Main Library, The Genealogy Center)

    9:10AM – 10:30AM, Beginning Genealogy Program: Online and Printed Sources

    10:30AM – 10:40AM, Break

    10:40AM – 11:50AM, Research on own with assistance from librarians when needed.

    11:50AM – 12:00PM, Coolest Discoveries—Sharing and Prizes


    Keeping Your Family History Safe

    Friday, April 28, 2017, 2:30PM, Discovery Center – Danielle Creech & Tim Malott

    Representatives from the HF Group, specialists in book binding and preservation, will share how to make your own family history book as well as other methods available for preserving your family history.


    How Do I Do That? Preservation Panel Discussion

    Saturday, April 29, 2017, 2:30PM, Discovery Center – Panelists include: Melissa Tennant, Kay Spears & Kay Gregg

    Do you have a box of stuff? Do you have photographs, letters, diaries and you don’t know what to do with them? How does one preserve a photograph, a journal, a diary, etc.? How does one go about scanning? What are the recommended ways of preserving family memories? What tools are available on Apple or Windows computers which may be used for preserving family images, etc.? How do you label photos, letters and journals? How do you organize, number, label and store items? This is the time to ask your questions! Our panelists will be ready to answer these questions and more!


    To register for these FREE events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.


    by Heather G | Apr 10, 2017

    Top 6 entries
    We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 ACPL National Library Week Altered Book Contest!

     Age 0-12 category

    1. Kennedy Pyck Kennedy's Art Book - $30 United Art & Education gift card   

    2. Dazanea Smith The Beauty of You - $20 United Art & Education gift card

    3. Leah Sheefel Jungle Breeze - $10 United Art & Education gift card

    Honorable Mentions: Siana Andrews The Flowerside, Camden Cloud Remarkable Places, and Elizabeth Cloud Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart - $10 United Art & Education gift card to each honorable mention

    No entries for Age 13-17 category

    Age 18 and over category

    1. Curt Roth Tables for the Realms of Human Insanity - $30 United Art & Education gift card

    2. Felicity Ratajczak The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate - $20 United Art & Education gift card

    3. Judith Reddin Rooftop Retreat - $10 United Art & Education gift card

    Honorable Mentions: Michele D. Andrews Integrate Art - Key to Your Destiny, Mandy Cloud "Big Trees" Meets "The Magician's Nephew", and David Sowards Penelope Hobhouse's Garden Designs - $10 United Art & Education gift card to each honorable mention

    Altered books will be on display in the second floor display cases at the Main Library now through June 30, 2017.  

    Thanks to all who participated and attended one of our six altered book workshops!  Prize winners may pick up their gift cards at the Art, Music & Media "Ask Here" desk at the Main public library.

    by Communications & Development | Mar 27, 2017

    Heritage Blues OrchestraWednesday, April 26, 2017 - 1:30pm
    Allen County Public Library,
    Main Library, Theater, LL2

    When not performing with their nine-member, Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra, guitarist and harmonica player Bill Sims, Jr., vocalist and percussionist Chaney Sims, and guitarist and vocalist Junior Mack moonlight as the intimate Heritage Blues Trio. Just as the blues is full of joy and sorrow, the program will range from upbeat and celebratory to somber and reflective.

    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 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 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 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.
    by Communications & Development | May 02, 2016
    The Allen County Public Library will be closed on Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30, 2016 for Memorial Day.

    Memorial Day
    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 

    by Delia Bourne | Feb 22, 2016

    In celebration of the state’s bicentennial, The Genealogy Center invites Hoosiers to contribute images of “life lived in the small places” as that is what makes, and has made, Indiana great. We are interested in old and new images of daily life and the people of Indiana that showcase Hoosier life. These can include children at play, people at work, people hanging out, sporting events, homes and buildings, and so much more.

    The Genealogy Center will collect “Who’s a Hoosier?” images through December 11, 2016 in honor of Indiana’s 200 years of statehood. Contribute often as you celebrate family, community, and special events throughout the year.

    To show your Hoosier pride, please contribute pictures along with descriptions of the images, detailing who and what makes Indiana great!

    For more information visit:

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    Check out our Instagram @GenealogyCenter and use the hashtag:

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