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    by Heather | Oct 20, 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 Emily M | Oct 19, 2017

    Join us for this month's showing of the Independent Film Movement Series!  Each month we feature a critically acclaimed independent or foreign film from Film Movement

    A grieving woman pursues a couple who she suspects of killing her son in a hit-and-run.
    In French with English subtitles.
    When: Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 pm
    Where: Globe Room, Main Library
    Who: Adults ages 18 and up

    by Community Engagement | Oct 19, 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 Emily M | Oct 10, 2017

    Join us for a free movie night in the library theater! 
    What: The Mummy
    When: Tuesday, October 24
    6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater
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    by Audio Reading Service | Oct 10, 2017

    Hand swipes digital version of the News-Sentinel, no longer available in print.

    At the Audio Reading Service, our purpose is to broadcast local newspapers, magazines, and more, for anyone with challenges to reading traditional print. As a part of that, we have been broadcasting volunteers reading both the Journal Gazette and the News-Sentinel for nearly 40 years.

    This week, we turn a new page – or maybe swipe to a new page? – as the News-Sentinel goes all digital.

    Our staff and volunteers have been working together closely, to continue to bring our listeners with reading challenges the same content as those who receive a paper copy of the Journal Gazette at their homes, or read the News-Sentinel online.

    As we make this transition, there will inevitably be modifications as new information and content becomes available, but we remain dedicated to bringing our listeners as seamless an experience as possible.

    We stand by our ongoing commitment to provide the information and features our listeners are looking for in both of our live broadcasts: the morning reading of the Journal Gazette, and the afternoon news featuring the News-Sentinel.

    If you or anyone you know has any questions or concerns about this transition, or if you are interested in finding out more about the Audio Reading Service, please contact us at 260-421-1376 or email AudioReadingService@acpl.info

    by Community Engagement | Oct 03, 2017
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    The following books are a selection of new arrivals at the Allen County Public Library.

    Fantasy & Science Fiction

    From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)
    Renee Ahdieh
    A collection of short stories and illustrations by some of today's best-selling authors and trend-setting artists commemorates the Star Wars franchise's 40th anniversary and includes contributions by such notables as Meg Cabot, John Jackson Miller and Nnedi Okorafor.

    The Book of Swords
    Gardner Dozois (Editor)
    An anthology of original fantasy tales by some of today's leading genre masters includes contributions by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Garth Nix, Cecelia Holland, and Elizabeth Bear.

    Children of the Fleet
    Orson Scott Card
    A highly anticipated latest solo Ender novel finds Fleet School hopeful Dabeet Ochoa discovering his mysterious connection to the Fleet when he is approached for recruitment by Colonel Graff.

    Gregory Maguire
    The best-selling author of Wicked presents an imaginative tale rooted in early 19th-century German Romanticism that explores parallels between the origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves him.

    General Fiction

    Winter Solstice
    Elin Hilderbrand
    Preparing for a particularly joyful holiday season after Bart's safe return from Afghanistan, the Quinn family members count their blessings, from Kevin's marriage to Patrick's rehabilitation, only to encounter unexpected challenges.

    What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror (John Dies at the End #3)
    David Wong
    Investigating the activities of a shapeshifting entity that is snatching local kids, friends Dave, John, and Amy are challenged to navigate an uproariously convoluted maze of illusions, incompetence, and lies.

    Without Merit
    Colleen Hoover
    Tired of living a life surrounded by lies, Merit Voss reveals the dark secrets of her outwardly happy family before she leaves them behind, only to be confronted by the consequences of her decision when her escape plan fails.

    The Rules of Magic
    Alice Hoffman
    A prequel to the best-selling Practical Magic traces the story of the children of Susanna Owens, who, in spite of their mother's fierce edicts against witchcraft, develop powerful abilities while struggling to escape the family curse that leads to tragedy if they fall in love.

    The Floating World
    Morgan C. Babst
    When a fragile young woman refuses to leave New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches, her parents are forced to go without her, setting off a chain of events that leaves their marriage in shambles and their daughter catatonic, the victim or perpetrator of some unknown violent act.

    Strange Weather: Four Short Novels
    Joe Hill
    A collection of four chilling horror novellas by the award-winning author of "The Fireman", including "Snapshot," which features a tattooed thug who can wipe out bits of your memory with a simple click of his Polaroid Instant Camera.

    Historical Fiction

    Manhattan Beach
    Jennifer Egan
    Years after she is placed in the hands of a stranger vital to her family's survival, Anna takes a job at the Brooklyn Naval Yard during the war while meeting with the man who helped them and learning important truths about her father's disappearance.

    In the Midst of Winter
    Isabel Allende
    A minor traffic accident becomes a catalyst for an unexpected bond among a human rights scholar in Brooklyn, his Chilean tenant, and an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, who explore the difficulties of immigrants and refugees.


     Mystery & Detective

    Dan Brown 
    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon navigates a dangerous intersection of humanity's two most enduring questions, interweaving codes, science, religion and other disciplines before making a paradigm-shifting discovery.

    The Stolen Marriage
    Diane Chamberlain
    Ending her engagement to the love of her life to marry her unborn child's father, Tess quickly discovers she is trapped in a union with a secretive man and is treated with suspicion by her neighbors when a local girl dies in an accident.

    The Witches’ Tree (Agatha Raisin #28)
    M.C. Beaton
    Investigating the cruel murder of an elderly spinster whose body was discovered hanged from tree at the edge of their small village, Agatha Raisin tackles an escalating mystery that risks both her reputation and her life.

    Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers Novel #10)
    John Sandford
    When a woman, with connections to a high school class of twenty years ago, is found frozen in a block of ice, Virgil Flowers returns to Trippton, Minnesota to investigate, uncovering years of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.

    Killing Season
    Faye Kellerman
    A young man's investigation into the death of his sister draws him into the path of a sadistic serial killer. 

    Felix Francis
    When a smartly dressed man dies in the hospital after being found unconscious at a local racetrack, doctor Chris Reynolds, a specialist struggling with mental health challenges, searches for the victim's identity and clues about what happened only to be targeted by a ruthless killer.

    Quick & Dirty (Stone Barrington Novel #43)
    Stuart Woods
    When a beautiful new client seeks out Stone Barrington, he becomes entangled in the rarefied and intricate world of the art business, where mistakes are costly and trouble lurks beneath the exclusive veneer.

    Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosch Novel #20)
    Michael Connelly
    An investigation into the murder of a young pharmacist leads Harry Bosch and San Fernando's detective squad into the big-business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse at the same time an old case from Bosch's days with the LAPD returns to haunt him. 


    Merry and Bright
    Debbie Macomber
    Merry is skeptical when her mother and brother create an online dating profile for her without her knowledge, but she decides to give it a try and finds herself chatting with an endearing match who turns out to be someone she recognizes.

    A Plain Leaving (Sisters of Lancaster County #1)
    Leslie Gould
    Returning for her father's funeral, Jessica faces the Amish life--and love--she left behind years prior. Struggling with regrets, she learns about the life of a Revolutionary War-era ancestor who confronted some of the same choices she has. Will Jessica find peace during her visit, along with the resolution she hopes for?

    The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck
    Bethany Turner
    Steamy romance writer Sarah Hollenbeck's career is at its peak, but reconciling her writing with her newfound faith proves more difficult than she imagined--and falling for her pastor doesn't make things any easier.

    Danielle Steel
    When her idyllic life on her family's Napa Valley vineyard is shattered by her mother's sudden death, a young Stanford graduate finds herself at the mercy of a cold-hearted stepfamily at the same time that she bonds with her stepmother's kind mother and a loving friend from her childhood.

    Lilac Lane (Chesapeake Shores #14)
    Sherryl Woods
    A proud woman, reeling from the loss of the first man she was able to love decades after the abandonment of her husband, is urged to return to her Virginia home to help run an Irish pub, where she clashes with an equally strong-minded chef who shares many of her heartaches.

    Short Stories

    Fresh Complaint: Stories
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    This first collection of short stories by the Pulitzer Prize winner includes the tales of a failed poet-turned-embezzler, a young traveler seeking enlightenment, and a high schooler whose drastic decision upends a British physicist's life.

    Uncommon Type: Some Stories
    Tom Hanks
    The two-time Oscar winner presents a first collection of short fiction that includes the stories of a bowling champion who fears his celebrity has ruined his love of the game and an eccentric billionaire and faithful assistant who, while searching for acquisitions, discover romance and real life in a down-and-out motel.

    Tell Tale: Short Stories
    Jeffrey Archer
    A highly anticipated next collection of short tales by the acclaimed author features a series of protagonists reflecting the author's experiences with the people he has met and the cultures he has visited throughout the past decade.


    Mind Game
    Iris Johansen
    Searching for a long-missing treasure in Scotland, Jane MacGuire experiences vivid dreams of a girl in danger at the same time she reconnects with a volatile ex and is confronted by stunning changes in the lives of those closest to her.

    The Rooster Bar
    John Grisham  
    After three law-school students they realize they’ve fallen for a scam at the hands of a New York City hedge fund operator, they set out for revenge.

    Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier
    Mark Frost
    A sequel to the best-selling The Secret History of Twin Peaks bridges former and current storylines while sharing insights into mysteries raised by the new series, providing character histories, behind-the-scenes details and insider commentary on the latest plots.


    Ali: A Life
    Jonathan Eig
    An unauthorized portrait of the iconic champion fighter, arguing that race was a central theme in Muhammad Ali's career, faith and advocacy work and that his political beliefs and neurological health shaped his complex character.

    From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
    Caitlin Doughty
    The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes aims to expand readers' sense of what it means to treat the dead with dignity.

    We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
    Ta-Nehisi Coates
    A compelling portrait of the historic Barack Obama era, combining new and annotated essays from the National Book Award-winning author, includes the articles, "Fear of a Black President" and "The Case for Reparations" as well as two new pieces on the Obama administration and what is coming next.

    Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
    Liza Mundy
    Documents the pivotal contributions of more than 10,000 American women who served as codebreakers during World War II, detailing how their efforts shortened the war and saved countless lives, in an account that also reveals the strict practice of secrecy that nearly erased their efforts from history.

    Ron Chernow
    A meticulously researched portrait of the complicated Civil War general and 18th President, challenging the views of his critics while sharing insights into his prowess as a military leader, the honor with which he conducted his administration and the rise and fall of his fortunes.

    American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
    Nate Blakeslee
    An account of the rise and reign of O-Six, the fabled Yellowstone wolf, describes how conservationists managed to restore the species, after it was nearly hunted to extinction, and the ensuing debates over America's western regions.

    Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff
    Chip Gaines

    Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
    Scott Kelly
    A memoir by the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station shares candid reminiscences of his voyage, his colorful formative years, and the off-planet journeys that shaped his early career.

    Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It
    Joel Fuhrman
    The revered nutrition expert and PBS personality examines the role of fast and processed foods in the nation's health crisis while outlining specific recommendations for long-term solutions, sharing complementary meal plans and recipes.

    Leonardo da Vinci
    Walter Isaacson
    Draws on da Vinci's notebooks as well as new discoveries about his life and work in a narrative portrait that connects the master's art to his science, demonstrating how da Vinci's genius was based on ordinary qualities, including curiosity and imagination.

    Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir
    Amy Tan
    The best-selling author of such novels as The Joy Luck Club presents an intimate memoir on her life as a writer that explores formative experiences from her childhood and her evolving perspectives on the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory.

    An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice
    Khizr Khan
    The Pakistani immigrant-turned-U.S. citizen and Gold Star parent documents the story of his family's pursuit of the American dream, discussing the need to respond to challenges in modern society and advocate for what is most important.

    Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny
    Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
    A high-energy portrait of the seventh American president focuses on his formative military prowess during the War of 1812 and his pivotal contributions to the capturing of New Orleans from the British.

    I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street
    Matt Taibbi
    The best-selling author of The Divide presents an exploration into the roots and aftermath of the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the police in 2014, sharing insights into the ensuing nationwide series of protests that reinforced the "Black Lives Matter" movement and transformed American politics.

    The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives
    Ree Drummond
    A collection of recipes that provide for the needs of today's busy families, outlining a wide range of quick-prepare, nutritious and satisfying options for every meal of the day.


    Teen Books

    The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3)
    Rick Riordan
    Magnus and his friends set sail for the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard's greatest threat, Loki's demonic ship full of zombies.

    Before the Devil Breaks You (Diviners #3)
    Libba Bray
    After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They're more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror, the King of Crows.

    All the Crooked Saints
    Maggie Stiefvater
    10/10In 1960s' Colorado, three cousins long to change the future: Beatriz wants to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who runs a renegade radio station.

    Turtles All the Way Down
    John Green
    Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate.

    The Book of Dust
    Philip Pullman
    Renowned storyteller Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure—a work in three parts—in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play a part.

    Children’s Books

    The War I Finally Won
    Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    This sequel to Bradley's Newbery Honor-winning "The War that Saved My Life" continues Ada's World War II journey as new challenges force her to figure out who she really is now that she's free.

    Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race
    Chris Grabenstein
    Mr. Lemoncello's new fact-finding game puts Kyle in a race to uncover facts about famous Americans.

    Spy School: Secret Service
    Stuart Gibbs
    Thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley is assigned to protect the president from an assassination attempt in his first solo mission, but he may be in over his head.

    My Brigadista Year
    Katherine Paterson
    Follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro's national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read.

    Little Bigfoot, Big City (Littlest Bigfoot #2)
    Jennifer Weiner
    The second book a trilogy about friendship, furry creatures, and finding the place where you belong.

    Picture Books

    After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
    Dan Santat
    Now terrified of heights after his fall, Humpty Dumpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

    The Bad Mood and the Stick
    Lemony Snicket
    Curly's bad mood travels from person to person, unexpectedly leaving opportunities for forgiveness, laughter, and love in its wake.

    La La La: A Story of Hope
    Kate DiCamillo
    This nearly wordless graphic story follows a little girl in search of a friend.

    The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse
    Mac Barnett
    A story of cooperation and creative cuisine about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf.

    Old MacDonald Had a Farm
    Gris Grimly
    Inspired by his son's love for the song, and his own family's farming history, this stunning book offers a new version with an unexpected twist.

    by Emily M | Oct 02, 2017

    Join us for a concert in the theater!
    Who: Jan Aldridge Clark
    When: Sunday, October 22, 2:00 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater, Lower Level 2
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    by Emily M | Sep 28, 2017

    Craft Cafe is a wonderful opportunity to get together with other craft lovers!  This is an informal gathering where we work on our individual craft projects, socialize, drink coffee, and admire each other's creations.  Bring your latest knitting, scrapbooking, jewelry making, or other craft project and join us the second Thursday of each month!
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    by Heather G. | Sep 25, 2017
    craft cafeThis summer we hosted a few crafty events for adults as part of our Summer Learning Program. Last year thru the winter and spring we had "Zen Cafe," a time when adults could learn methods of relaxation and have time to practice that skill with tranquil music, tea, and open time in our meeting room. The two are meeting this year in our "Craft Cafe"--weekly sessions in which participants can learn a new craft at the beginning of the month and practice the craft or another of their choosing the following months. We hope this provides relaxation, too!
    First up--cross-stitch! Representatives from the Fort Wayne Embroidery Guild will introduce cross stitch thru a beginner's project, the Snowman Love ornament pictured below! Craft Cafe at Shawnee Branch will be every Tuesday evening at 7. The snowman project will be October 3, 10, and 17th--all supplies provided! Attendees may bring the project of their choosing the last 2 weeks of the month. What would you like to learn in the future? Let me know!

    by Community Engagement | Sep 25, 2017
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    Tuesday October 17, 2017  -  7:00 pm
    Main Library Theater

    Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, Inc. is proud to announce that Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University and governor of Indiana from 2004 to 2012, will be the featured speaker at the annual Rolland Lecture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in the theater of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. Titled “Divided We Fail,” the lecture will focus on the importance of civil discourse in the nation’s polarized political climate.

    Daniels, who wrote the best-selling book “Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans,” earned a bachelor's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1971, and a law degree from Georgetown University in 1979.

    Daniels first became interested in public service while serving as chief of staff to Sen. Richard Lugar. He has also served as a senior advisor to President Ronald Reagan and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush. In addition to his public service, Daniels has held top management positions in business, including the Hudson Institute and Eli Lilly and Co. He is also a board member of numerous nonprofit organizations.

    In June 2016, Daniels was named a Living Legend by the Indiana Historical Society. In recognition of his leadership both as governor and as president of Purdue, Fortune Magazine named him to its list of the top 50 world leaders in March 2015. Daniels received the Woodrow Wilson Award from Princeton University in February 2013. The award recognizes an alumnus whose career embodies the call to duty in Wilson's speech, “Princeton in the Nation's Service.”

    Daniels and his wife Cheri have four daughters and six grandchildren.

    The Rolland Lecture Series was established by Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana in honor of Ian Rolland (1933-2017), vice president of the organization and chairman of the capital campaign.  The capital campaign provided an endowment to care for the Collection.

    by Alayne Johnson | Sep 21, 2017

     The Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery’s current exhibit, titled “Handwritten,” features the art of Seth Harris and Michael Poorman. Seth and Michael’s collection of works will be on display during regular library hours until October 26th, 2017.



    Q.  Tell us a little bit about your background. How’d you get started?

    Not this question! I have to take the 5th on this one because the unknown is always more exciting.

    Michael: I have been drawing since I was at least 4 years old. I fell in love with it then and never stopped.

    Q. What medium do you most frequently work in?

    Seth: Enamel paint and pencil on wood panel.

    Michael: Beyond just drawing with graphite and ink, I have probably favored working in color with oil pastels over other color mediums like oil paint, acrylics and watercolor. 




    Q. What are you trying to communicate with your art?

    Seth: The artwork is intended to capture the viewer aesthetically while holding their interest subconsciously in the piece by using layers of design. I hope to provoke emotion and thought within the viewer by using these elements of art.

    Michael: Making art has been more like play than anything else for me and though it can easily become work when things aren't working out. But working out the difficulties is all part of the exciting process of making art. I think our imagination is our greatest tool and I enjoy sharing that through art with others as an artist and as a viewer.


    Q. What’s your favorite piece you’re showing in this exhibit?

    Seth: The two big 4' x4' paintings. I was unsure the big paintings would work. It’s hard to reproduce the look/feel of a small scale painting on a large scale. The feel and look turned out to be there and with the added bonus of scale.



    Michael: At least for the present my favorite work in the show are the Black and White drawings in the front of the gallery, I've been thinking about these for some time and feel like they are some of my most successful work.






    Q. How is your personality reflected in your work?

    Seth: Orderly, precise, thought out, but still relaxed.

    Michael: I have no clue what my art says about me, I'll have to leave that to others.


    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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    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 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.