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    by Aisha H. | Sep 12, 2019
    Teen Open Mic

    Teen Open Mic Night

    Tuesday, September 17
    7:00 pm
    Main Library – Globe Room

    Singers, musicians, stand-up comedians, writers, and poets are invited to sign up for Teen Open Mic Night! Anyone in grades 6 through 12 with a song, poem, monologue, short story or funny joke to share is welcome to register! Sign up in advance to be a performer or stop by to watch and be a supporter! All performers are asked to bring their own instruments and content must be appropriate for a general audience. Refreshments will be served. Please call 421-1255 to sign up.

    Can’t make it to this event? No worries! Teen Open Mic Night will take place the third Tuesday of each month. Additional dates include October 15, November 19, and December 17.

    by Art, Music, & Media | Sep 12, 2019

    Join us for a showing of the live-action Aladdin remake, starring Mena Massound, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith as the Genie.  Adapted from Disney's wildly successful 1992 animated film of the same name, Aladdin tells the story of a kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier who vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

    Aladdin
    What: Aladdin
    When: Tuesday, September 24, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    Limited seating. First-come, first-seated.
    Doors open at 6 pm with cartoons.

    Rated PG.

    by Community Engagement | Sep 04, 2019
    South Side Storytime

    Every Saturday - 11:00 am
    Allen County Public Library

    This interactive storytime combines books, songs, rhymes and fun for all ages and stages!

    Every Saturday morning at 11:00 am, you can find a storytime to attend with your child on the South Side!

    First Saturdays - Pontiac
    Second Saturdays - Shawnee
    Third Saturdays - Hessen Cassel
    Fourth & Fifth Saturdays - Waynedale

    Space is limited, so be sure to sign up on the website, the app, or by calling any branch of ACPL.
    by Erin W. | Sep 03, 2019
    Parenting workshops at the library

    Parenting is one of the most rewarding jobs; however, it can also be challenging. The Allen County Public Library is committed to providing resources to help parents overcome whatever challenges they may face. Here are a few workshops that the library will be offering this fall that cover a variety of parenting subjects:

    Parenting Workshop: Online Safety
    Saturday, September 28 - 2:30 – 4:30 pm
    Dupont Branch

    Learn about the issues of online predators, cyber-bullies, and teens at risk and how families can work together to stay safe while online.

    This event is family friendly for ages 4th grade and up. Presenter, Crista Miller, from Giving Teens Grace will discuss these issues and more.

     

    Reading Workshops for Parents and Children: Visualizing
    Tuesday, October 1 - 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    Saturday, October 5 - 10:30 – 11:30 am

    Reading Workshops for Parents and Children: Questioning
    Tuesday, October 29 - 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    Saturday, November 2 - 10:30 – 11:30 am
    Aboite Branch

    Parents: Are you looking for ways to help your child learn to read?  Lisa Deck, licensed teacher with 25 years teaching experience and specializing in reading intervention, will model how to use a different research-based strategy at each session. Then you and your child will practice together! Bring your child and your sense of humor and be ready for a time of fun and learning.

    Play with Purpose Workshop with Parents
    Saturday, November 9 - 10:15 am – 12:15 pm
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    ittle Turtle Branch

    This hands-on adult’s workshop designed for parents of children 5 and under will offer you a chance to learn how to make some learning activities at home for your children.  It will follow the same ideas presented at the program Play with Purpose but with items that are readily available to most people.  Learn lots of ideas and leave with activities you make at the workshop. 

     

    Space is limited for all of these workshops and registration is required. Please register by calling your local branch, or through our online calendar at www.acpl.info/calendar.

    by Community Engagement | Aug 29, 2019
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    At the Library: Author Lynn Cullen
    Sunday, September 22
    2:00-3:00 pm


    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, IN


    Join ACPL for a visit with award-winning author Lynn Cullen. Ms. Cullen's latest book "The Sisters of Summit Avenue" will be released on September 10, 2019.

    Ms. Cullen has brought to life literary icons in her bestselling novels "Mrs. Poe" and "Twain's End." Now, she returns with a heartfelt love letter to mothers, daughters, and sisters everywhere with "The Sisters of Summit Avenue," a powerful novel set in the Midwest during the Great Depression about two sisters bound together by love, duty, and pain.

    Ms. Cullen will be signing books after her presentation. Books will be available for purchase, with sales benefiting the Friends of ACPL.

    This event is free and open to the public.  
    by Community Engagement | Aug 29, 2019
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    Thursday, September 19
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm


    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, IN

    Join us for the 20th annual Senior Information Fair! The Senior Information Fair is a free, nonprofit event planned by volunteers to help area residents prepare for the complex changes that aging brings. SIF offers people face to face contact with service providers, experts in aging and related services, advocates, and the opportunity to become an informed consumer.

    This year's fair features over 90 exhibitors and vendors, Ask a Pharmacist, flu shots, health screenings, educational sessions, and free lunch!

    A free shuttle service is available for transportation needs. For parking details, click here: https://seniorfair.info/transportation/

    SCHEDULE

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    "Digitizing Old to New - Turn VHS to DVD and Pictures to JPG"
    ACPL Maker Lab

    9:30 am
    “Creating Heart Smart Recipes With Chef Beth”
    Beth Scholer, CC, CDM, CFPD
    Caregivers Kitchen

    10:30 am
    “Frauds and Scams Aimed At Seniors”
    Bernard “Barney” Hayes
    AARP

    11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Entertainment by Joe Justice on the Plaza

    12:00-12:30 pm
    20th Anniversary Celebration with Proclamation by Mayor Tom Henry
    by Art, Music, & Media | Aug 29, 2019

    Join Fort Wayne Philharmonic musicians Vivianne Belanger on flute and Anne Lewellen on harp for an afternoon of relaxing chamber music!

    Flute and Harp Duo

    Who:
    Vivianne Belanger & Anne Lewellen, Flute & Harp Do
    When: Sunday, September 8, 2:00 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    by Community Engagement | Aug 28, 2019
    Korea Festival 2019

    Korea Festival Fort Wayne
    Saturday, September 14
    12:00-5:00 pm


    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - 900 Library Plaza


    Korea Festival is a cultural festival dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusiveness through exchange of Korean arts, culture, food, and history in Fort Wayne. Through the festival, we hope to share the rich culture and intricacies of Korea with Fort Wayne locals.

    Join us September 14 at Fort Wayne's ACPL Main Library to experience a taste of Korean culture! Look forward to games, delicious food, and a variety of performances to enjoy with your family and friends!

    Enjoy a taste of Korea from Bahn Mi Pho Shop, Chow Down Korean Tacos, West Coast Grill, and True Kimchi.

    The famous K-Pop Dance Contest will take place at 4:00 pm in the Theater (LL2). Overflow seating will be available in meeting rooms AB.

    Shop traditional Korean souvenirs and K-Pop goods, and try your hand at Tal (Mask) coloring, making a kite and Jegi, and other fun all-ages activities.

    Experience live performances by White Tiger Martial Arts, Myung Hee Park, Noorlmahroo Team, Woosung Jung, and the Purdue FW Korean Saturday School Students.

    Get an up-close look at Korean percussion instruments in the Gallery, available throughout the festival.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Click here for a full event schedule.

    by Aisha H. | Aug 20, 2019
    Better Sleep for Teens

    Adulting 101: Better Sleep for Teens
    Thursday, September 5
    7:00-8:00 pm

    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - 900 Library Plaza
    Meeting Room C


    Sleep plays an important role in a teen's health, but unfortunately, many teens don't get the number of hours they need. Only 15% of teenagers get the recommended 8.5 hours of sleep on school nights. Is your teen one of them?

    Join us for a discussion with Dr. Aaron Roberts, MD, PPG-Sleep Medicine, where he'll share how much sleep teens need, the things that prevent teens from getting proper sleep, and habits that promote healthy sleep for teens.

    Click here to register for this free program.

    Check out our full events calendar online at www.acpl.info/calendar.
    by Readers' Services | Aug 20, 2019
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    Thursday, August 29
    7:00 - 8:30 PM


    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - Meeting Room A
    (900 Library Plaza)


    What's the latest? Stay up-to-date on what's changing in Fort Wayne. For the third program in this series about Fort Wayne area recreational options and events, we will learn about ACRES Land Trust.

    Lettie Haver, Outreach Manager at ACRES, will share photos and information about the over 100 properties they manage, and tell us about some exciting events and opportunities they have planned for upcoming months. Come and get some fresh ideas about where to go next when you want to get outside and explore nature.

    This program is free and open to the public.

    Parking is available in library lots and the parking garage. Free parking for cardholders, $1 per hour for non-cardholders.
    by Community Engagement | Aug 20, 2019
    The Brady Gang

    Author and retired Indiana State Police Trooper David Morrison will give a presentation on the infamous Brady Gang, and the chilling true events that earned them a top spot on the FBI's Most Wanted list.

    Click here to register online to claim your seat.

    Saturday, September 7
    2:00 pm

    Allen County Public Library
    Aboite Branch
    5630 Coventry Lane Fort Wayne, IN

    Mr. Morrison is the author of “Thunder at Caley Church” which describes the events surrounding the murder of Indiana State Police trooper Paul V. Minneman who was shot by the Brady Gang outside of Caley Church, located in White County, Indiana, on May 25, 1937.  The members of the Brady Gang were the subject of a massive manhunt, on the FBI’s most wanted list, and earned the title “Public Enemy Number 1.”

     The presentation will follow the Gang’s short career of robbery and murder to its violent end.  So hang on and join the police in their pursuit of the “Second Dillinger Gang.”

    Copies of “Thunder at Caley Church” by David Morrison will be available for purchase and signing.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Click here to register online to claim your seat.

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    by Community Engagement | Aug 19, 2019
    Local Author Sale 2019

    NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!


    Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 ACPL Local Author Book Sale! 

    The Allen County Public Library is hosting the 2019 Local Author Book Sale on Saturday, November 30 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

    The sale will take place in the Great Hall of the Main Library located at 900 Library Plaza in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    This event will take place in conjunction with the 2019 Holly Shopping experience, and ACPL will be a destination along the free trolley transportation route.

    This event will provide local authors an opportunity to sell their work, sign copies of their books, and meet other authors from around the region.

    There are no registration costs or vendor fees for this event.

    *Please note that only authors who are currently residents of Indiana or who can demonstrate strong ties to Indiana will be considered.*

    Click here to apply!

    Deadline for submissions is Monday, September 30, 2019.

     

    by Emily M | Aug 19, 2019
    We show an independent or foreign film each month as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series.  Join us this September for the German-Austrian film Styx.

    "Premiering at the Berlinale, where it opened the Panorama Special section, STYX is a work of unrelenting intensity and technical brilliance. ER doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) embarks on a one-woman solo sailing trip to Ascension Island in the Atlantic. When Rike comes across a sinking ship of refugees, she is quickly torn out of her contented and idealized world and must make a momentous decision. Aptly named after the mythological river that separates the living from the dead, STYX is an astute modern day parable of Western indifference in the face of marginalized suffering. Carrying practically the entire film, Wolff is riveting as a woman pushed to her physical, psychological and moral limits."1

    styxWhat: Styx
    When: Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library, Globe Room
    Free admission.  Ages 18 and up.
    In English and German (with English subtitles).




















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    Styx. (n.d.) Retrieved August 15, 2019 from https://www.filmmovement.com/product/styx


    by Emily M | Aug 08, 2019

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    Did you know that you can borrow board games from ACPL?  We now offer a variety of board games such as Codenames, Ticket to Ride, Vikings on Board, Ingenious, and Spyfall, just to name a few.  Board games are available at Hessen Cassel, Grabill, Little Turtle, New Haven, Waynedale, and Main (in the Art, Music, & Media department).  No board games available at your local branch?  No problem!  Just like books, board games may be placed on hold and sent to your local branch for pick up.  You may check out up to 10 board games at one time for seven days.  Board games may be renewed up to 5 times as long as there are no holds on the game.  

    Round up your family and friends, turn off your screens, and enjoy a board game, courtesy of ACPL!

    by Community Engagement | Jul 10, 2019
    SLP Survey

    Did you participate in our 2019 SPARK Summer Learning Program? We want your feedback!

    The Allen County Public Library is dedicated to promoting early literacy skills and lifelong learning through the items, services, and programs that we provide to our communities. Every summer, over 19,000 readers of all ages participate in our annual SPARK Summer Learning Program by reading books, attending programs, and so much more. Through the generosity of the Foellinger Foundation, the Allen County Public Library Foundation, and the Friends of ACPL, we're able to provide over 30,000 free books and over 1,000 programs throughout the months of June and July.

    We need your feedback to start planning next year's program! Whether you read and tracked your time, attended programs, or visited any of our fourteen locations, we want to hear about your experience. 

    Take a few minutes and complete a quick survey. We truly value your feedback and use every comment, question, and suggestion to plan future programs at ACPL.

    Please take the survey that corresponds your age group. If you have a child that participated in the program, you may fill out a survey on their behalf.

    Children's Program Survey

    Teen's Program Survey

    Adult's Program Survey


    Thank you so much for taking our summer program survey! We truly appreciate your feedback and support.
    by Emily M | Jun 21, 2019
    Each month we feature a foreign or independent film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series.  This month we will be showing the Oscar award winning film Green Book.  Starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, Green Book is the story of a working-class Italian-American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.  Please join us!

    Green BookWhat: Green Book
    When: Monday, July 1, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Globe Room

    Free admission
    Rated PG-13

    by SPARK Summer Learning Program | Jun 06, 2019
    essential oils

    What is an essential oil? Why do they work & how are they used? Experience some amazing scents as our presenter answers these questions and leads you in making a DIY item to take home with you!

    This program covers basic essential oils information, offers a Q&A session, and ends with a make-and-take, scent-filled craft. Free and open to the public.

    SPARK Summer Learning Program is generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.

    Program Dates & Times

    Wednesday, June 5 - 3:00 pm
    Main Library - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2069521

    Tuesday, June 18 - 7:00 pm
    Little Turtle Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2063868

    Wednesday, June 19 - 3:00 pm
    Monroeville Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2064666

    Thursday, June 20 - 2:00 pm
    Georgetown Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2072495

    Monday, June 24 - 7:00 pm
    Aboite Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2074596

    Tuesday, June 25 - 7:00 pm
    Grabill Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2023009

    Thursday, June 27 - 4:00 pm
    Hessen Cassel Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2069528

    Tuesday, July 2 - 2:00 pm
    Waynedale Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2067656

    Wednesday, July 3 - 4:00 pm
    Tecumseh Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2028040

    Monday, July 8 - 2:00 pm & 6:30 pm
    New Haven Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2070708

    Wednesday, July 10 - 3:30 pm
    Little Turtle Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2079645

    Space is limited, so please register for all programs online, on the ACPL mobile app, or by calling any library location. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to each event. Please call your local branch for group/guest registrations larger than five people.
    by SPARK Summer Learning Program | Jun 06, 2019
    Figure Drawing

    This summer, ACPL and Tobias Studios will be offering free drawing classes at various library branches. These classes will give the public an opportunity to explore traditional figure drawing from a live, clothed model. Life drawing has been practiced by artists for generations, and remains a challenging path of learning. Basic materials and instruction will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchbooks. All classes are free and open to the public.

    SPARK Summer Learning Program is generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.

    Program Dates & Times

    Monday, June 10 - 7:00 pm
    Pontiac Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2046907

    Tuesday, June 11 - 7:00 pm
    Shawnee Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2047643

    Tuesday, June 18 - 7:00 pm
    Grabill Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2022868

    Space is limited, so please register for all programs online, on the ACPL mobile app, or by calling any library location. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to each event. Please call your local branch for group/guest registrations larger than five people.
    by SPARK Summer Learning Program | Jun 06, 2019
    succulent growing

    Learn how to help your tiny plants grow and thrive. Honey Plant will share helpful tips about succulent care and culture, including soils, pots, watering, and light. Participants will receive their own plant to cultivate! This program is free and open to the public.

    SPARK Summer Learning Program is generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.

    Program Dates & Times

    Tuesday, June 11 - 7:00 pm
    Grabill Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2022859

    Wednesday, June 12 - 7:00 pm
    Little Turtle Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2051875

    Monday, June 24 - 7:00 pm
    Pontiac Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2046992

    Wednesday, June 26 - 7:00 pm
    Dupont Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2057913

    Thursday, June 27 - 7:00 pm
    Tecumseh Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2028027

    Monday, July 1 - 7:00 pm
    Shawnee Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2063050

    Tuesday, July 2 - 7:00 pm
    Woodburn Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2066836

    Space is limited, so please register for all programs online, on the ACPL mobile app, or by calling any library location. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to each event. Please call your local branch for group/guest registrations larger than five people.
    by SPARK Summer Learning Program | Jun 06, 2019
    90s Party

    Relive the glory days at this 90’s throwback party! Wear your best 90’s outfit and get ready for a variety of fun nostalgic activities.

    Activities may include:

    - All of the crafts from waaaay back. We’re talking Lisa Frank, Pony Bead Creatures, Friendship Bracelets, and Boondoggle Keychains!

    - Classic games from those golden years. Can you still keep your family alive on the Oregon Trail? Or are you still the fastest button masher in Super Smash Brothers?

    - And of course some epic trivia. We hope you remember all of that glorious pop culture.

    You’ll even get a chance to recreate your school photos with the classic laser backdrop!

    All programs are free and open to the public.

    SPARK Summer Learning Program is generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.

    Program Dates & Times

    Monday, June 10 - 7:00 pm
    Grabill Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2022858

    Monday, June 24 - 7:00 pm
    Tecumseh Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2027997

    Tuesday, June 25 - 6:30 pm
    Hessen Cassel Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2069501

    Tuesday, June 25 - 7:00 pm
    Little Turtle Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2079540

    Monday, July 08 - 6:00 pm
    Waynedale Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2067373

    Sunday, July 21 - 1:30 pm
    Main Library: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2199876

    Wednesday, July 24 - 3:00 pm
    Monroeville Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2065771

    Monday, July 29 - 2:00 pm
    New Haven Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2070850

    Monday, July 29 - 6:30 pm
    New Haven Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2070851

    Space is limited, so please register for all programs online, on the ACPL mobile app, or by calling any library location. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to each event. Please call your local branch for group/guest registrations larger than five people.