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    by Art, Music & Media | Jun 06, 2019

    Join us for a free showing of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World! 
    When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia, before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

    What: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
    When: Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater
    Free admission. Rated PG.
    Limited seating. First-come, first-seated.
    Doors open at 6 pm with cartoons.

    by Emily M | May 17, 2019
    Each month we show an independent or foreign film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series.  Join us this month for the Russian language film Over the Limit. 

    Over the Limit
    is an intimate portrait of the world's most outstanding rhythmic gymnast, Margarita Mamun, who needs to overcome mental fragility to take part in the Olympic Games.

    Over the Limit
    What: Over the Limit
    When: Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library, Globe Room

    Free admission.
    Ages 18 and up.
    Film is in Russian with English subtitles.

    by Community Engagement | May 10, 2019
    Jim Gill Worksho
    Saturday, July 27
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library
    (900 Library Plaza)

    Register for this free workshop online at

    Over the years Jim Gill’s music and books have received, among other honors, five awards from the American Library Association. Early childhood professionals, however, are most interested in the fact that Jim Gill’s unique creations in music play provide joyous opportunities for children to learn. And they appreciate that his approach to song and book writing is informed by graduate studies in child development and 20 years of experience working with children and families.

    In this energizing session Jim will share examples of his work – both books and songs – that teachers and care providers can bring back to their classrooms, playrooms and family rooms. Most importantly, Jim will discuss how his unique creations in music play inspire young children not only to move, but to regulate their movements….not only to sing, but to make connections between the words they sing and the printed word and the world of numbers. Jim will discuss how a play-based program provides an inclusive environment for children with special needs and share thoughts based on his work with children of all ability levels.

    Early childhood professionals will leave the session inspired to share a new repertoire of songs and playful literacy activities with the children that they care for. Even more, they will leave the session understanding that what is most challenging about the nature of early childhood education is also what makes the profession so exciting. When we define our teaching as helping children learn, we not only provide joyous challenges for the children. We also keep ourselves engaged and rejuvenated by watching their excitement as they learn.

    This workshop is free and open to the public. Parking is free in APCL parking lots with valid library card. Parking is $1 per hour for non-cardholders.
    by Community Engagement | May 10, 2019
    Jim Gill Event
    Jim Gill in Concert: Nationwide Campaign for Play
    Friday, July 26
    10:30 am and 6:30 pm
    ACPL Main Library Plaza

    Free Admission!

    Get ready to sing, clap, sneeze, and dance along during this visit by award-winning musician and author Jim Gill.  In concert, Jim strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical games that he creates.

    The concert will feature songs from his newest CD release, Vote For Jim Gill!

    Jim will also lead families in active favorites such as “Spin Again” and his “Silly Dance Contest!”

    Jim Gill’s distinctive music play creates a family room experience wherever the concert is held.  Come and join in the fun!

    Register for both showtimes online at

    Parking is free in ACPL parking lots with valid library card. Parking is $1 per hour for non-cardholders.
    by Community Engagement | May 07, 2019

    13th Annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
    Sunday, May 19
    Noon to 5:00 pm
    Allen County Public Library
    900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, IN

    Presented by the Japanese American Association of Indiana (JAAI) and the Allen County Public Library.

    Share the traditions of Japan at the 13th Annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival! Most events are free, and Japanese merchandise and food will be available for purchase.

    Opening Ceremony - 12:00 pm
    with Fort Wayne Taiko, Mayor Tom Henry's Official Proclamation, Fort Wayne Children's Choir and Suzuki Strings, and pre-opening music by Fort Wayne Taiko.

    Featured Artists:
    • Tokiko Kimura – Koto
    • Emi Tanabe - Violin (part of Grammy-winning group, Apollo’s Fire)
    • Elaina Robbins, vocal and Daniel Quinn, classical guitar - contemporary Japanese music
    • Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, Chamber Singers - Performing Japanese music in the Opening Ceremony
    • Fort Wayne Taiko - traditional Japanese drumming at 12 noon to open the festival
    • Dalen Wuest - Saxophone
    • Koji Ota, Japanese Pop Songs – songs in Japanese
    • Minyo Dancers - traditional Japanese Folk style dancing in colorful Kimonos
    • Shie Otani - traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with participation of audience members
    • Suzuki Strings Orchestra of Fort Wayne - performing Japanese music for the Opening Ceremony

    Anime Art!
    Draw a famous anime character or your own original character. 
    Can You Haiku? Students submit work prior to festival. Finalists have their haiku displayed and are invited to read their haiku at the festival. The public may also compose haiku at the festival.
    Cosplay Competition! Public may wear costumes depicting their favorite Cosplay character. 

    Japanese Marketplace:
    • Asian Styles - Japanese merchandise, accessories, gifts, souvenirs
    • Bonsai Club - Japanese style miniature plants
    • Books, Comics and Things- Manga and Japanese trading card games
    • Buf’s Otaku Stop – Video games, wall scrolls, plush
    • Carroll High School-Yamate Gakuin Partnership-original origami accessories
    • Cherry Blossom Festival T-shirts-Collect them all!
    • IACE Travel Agency – Travel information
    • JessDesu Kawaii – Handmade Kanzashi hair and Harakuju accessories, chibi anime figures
    • Japanese Saturday School – Accessories, crafts and Japanese souvenir items
    • Ohio Kimono - Kimonos from Japan & kimono accessories

    Martial Arts Demonstrations:
    Indianapolis Kendo Club

    Taste of Japan:
    Bamboo Garden: Curry, yakisoba, spring rolls  
    Kona Shaved Ice: Kakigōri:  
    Pho-Shi: Sushi, yakitori, mochi ice cream  
    West Coast Grill: Smoothies, seaweed salad, bottled water 
    Woo’s Oriental Grocery & Mart: Japanese candies, drinks, crackers etc.

    Demonstrations and Other Activities:
    Bonsai Crafting by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club 
    Children’s Games & Crafts, ACPL Children’s Services 
    Japanese Goldfish Catch 
    Japanese-themed “Make and Take”, ACPL Children’s Services & JAAI
    Kamishibai Story Telling, ACPL Children’s Services 
    Kendama, Mike Tsugawa 
    Make the Cherry Tree Bloom – Make origami cherry blossoms
    Origami Demonstration, Mike Schmid, Art educator 
    Papercutting Art Exhibit and Demonstration by Janice Furtner, Artist
    YoYo Water Balloons – IACE Travel Agency 
    by Emily M | May 07, 2019

    Join us in the Main Library theater for a showing of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part! 

    It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

    Lego Movie 2What: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
    When: Tuesday, May 28, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    Rated PG.
    Free admission.
    Doors open at 6:00 pm with cartoons before the show.
    Limited seated; first-come, first-seated.

    by Community Engagement | May 02, 2019
    T'ai Chi on the Plaza

    Join us for free all-ages T'ai Chi classes this summer outside on the Main Library Plaza! We are excited to host Liz Monnier of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective who will lead these all-level classes.

    T'ai Chi on the Plaza
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

    May 4 & 18
    June 8 & 22
    July 6 & 27
    August 17 & 31

    Classes will be held at the Main Library (900 Library Plaza) outdoors on the Plaza. Bring a friend and a bottle of water! All classes are completely free and open to the public.

    With its low-impact, slow-motion exercises, T’ai Chi can be easily adapted for anyone at any skill level. T’ai Chi is a mind-body practice that originated in China as a martial art and has value in treating or preventing several medical conditions including: arthritis, low bone density, heart disease, hypertension, sleep problems, and Fibromyalgia.

    Free T'ai Chi classes are also being offered at the following locations in May:

    New Haven Branch
    Mondays in May
    10:30-11:30 am

    Little Turtle Branch
    Thursdays in May
    10:30–11:30 am
    by Community Engagement | May 02, 2019
    Lunch Time Concerts on the Plaza
    Join us on the Main Library Plaza this summer for free lunch time concerts! Enjoy fare from local food trucks under the big tent and listen to live music from some of the region's biggest names.

    Lunch Time Concerts on the Library Plaza
    June 12 - July 10 - August 14
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    900 Library Plaza

    This year's food trucks are: Bravas, Flora & Lily's Mexican Kitchen, and Whip & Chill.

    Wednesday, June 12
    New Millennium Jazz Orchestra

    The New Millenium Jazz Orchestra is Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana's premier professional big band. Under the direction of Edward E. King II, artistic director and lead trombonist, the mission of the NMJO is to perform the highest caliber big band jazz music and to demonstrate to all ages that music can provide a lifetime of enjoyment and reward.

    Wednesday, July 10
    Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra

    From Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra brings you world class Funk, Hip Hop, R&B and Soul music from the 70's to today's greatest hits. A sonic tapestry of musical diversity including their own music and other great artists - bands like Average White Band, Chicago, Commodores, Earth Wind & Fire, Biggie Smalls, Dr. Dre, Michael Jackson, Rick James, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder and more.

    Wednesday, August 14
    The Bergamot

    The Bergamot is an American indie-folk-rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. The two founding members and songwriters of The Bergamot are husband and wife Nathaniel Hoff and Jillian Speece. In 2003, Jillian and Nathaniel met in high school in their hometown of South Bend, Indiana. Since then, they have released five albums and have toured extensively performing over 500 dates in all 50 states, including two tours of Europe. Their performances are high energy, infectious, and have turned first-time listeners into instant fans.

    by Aisha H. | Apr 25, 2019
    SAT ACT Prep
    Strategic Review Session
    Saturday, May 11
    2:30-5:00 pm

    Main Library (900 Library Plaza)

    Come to a free SAT Strategic Review session on Saturday, May 11 from 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM. The review, given by Sylvan Learning, will include an overview of the SAT, one hour of math strategy, and one hour of verbal strategy. Registration is limited and required. While you do not have to have taken the SAT to attend, you should have taken the PSAT. 

    Register here or by calling the Teens Department at 421-1255.
    by Friends of the Allen County Public Library | Apr 19, 2019
    5-15-19 REA Maula McLain FB

    At the Library: Paula McLain
    Wednesday, May 15 - 7:00 pm

    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - Theater (LL2)

    Join us at the Allen County Public Library for a special visit with acclaimed author Paula McLain. Her presentation, "Creating Fiction from Real-Life Characters" will begin at 7:00 pm in our Main Library Theater (located on Lower Level 2). The author will be signing books immediately after her presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Our Main Library is located at 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, Indiana. Parking is available in the library parking lots and parking garage.

    Paula McLain is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels "The Paris Wife," "Love and Ruin," "Circling the Sun," and "A Ticket to Ride," the memoir "Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses," and two collections of poetry. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She lives in Ohio with her family.

    For more information on this speaker please visit
    by Community Engagement | Apr 18, 2019

    Free Comic Book Day 2019
    Saturday, May 4 - All Day!
    Main Library - 900 Library Plaza

    Boom! Zap! Pow! Free Comic Book Day is hitting the Allen County Public Library’s Main Library. Free Comic Book Day is a world-wide event that takes place the first Saturday each May.

    Come to the Main Library on Saturday, May 4, 2019, for a free comic book or two (while supplies last) and one or all of the following events:

    10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Scavenger Hunt, begins at first floor Information Desk in Great Hall
    10:30 to 11:00 am - Globe Room
    Storytime for Families
    Join us for a special comic-themed storytime.
    11:00 am to noon - Meeting Room C
    Graphic Novel Writing Workshop for Teens and Adults with Courtney Hahn
    11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Children's Services Program Room
    Costume Factory
    Be a superhero. Materials will be available for you to create your own superhero cape.
    Noon to 1:00 pm - Globe Room
    LEGO Club

    Join us for a special LEGO Club to celebrate Free Comic Book Day
    12:30 to 2:00 pm - Meeting Room AB
    Kids’ Superhero Academy

    Test yourself with feats of strength and agility.
    1:30 to 2:30 pm - Theater (LL2)
    Music of Star Wars

    Presentation by Aaron Krerowicz showcasing composer John Williams’ iconic music from the Star Wars films.
    2:00 to 2:45 pm - Great Hall
    Classical Trio

    Enjoy your favorite superhero and Star Wars movie soundtracks performed live by a classical trio.
    2:00 to 3:00 pm - Children's Services Program Room
    Kids’ Drawing Workshop with Andrew and Jordan Kurzen

    Learn some drawing techniques as two local artists share their skills during this hour-long workshop.

    2:00-4:00 pm - Teens Dept
    Create a Pokemon Stress Ball

    3:00 to 4:00 pm - Meeting Room C
    Graphic Novel Writing Workshop for Teens and Adults with Courtney Hahn

    4:00 to 5:30 pm - Globe Room
    Teen Video Game Tournament

    All programs are free and open to the public.
    by Community Engagement | Apr 18, 2019
    graphic novel workshop

    Saturday, May 4 - 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room C

    Join us for a free writing and illustration workshop at our Main Library on Saturday, May 4. Two sessions will be offered - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Talented local illustrator and graphic novel author, Courtney Hahn, will teach you how to approach writing graphic novels, and share some tips and tricks for illustrating your stories. This workshop is free and open to all ages.
    by Community Engagement | Apr 18, 2019
    NEIBT fair

    Friday, May 10 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Main Library - Plaza

    Join us for a Building Trades Apprenticeship Fair on the Main Library Plaza on Friday, May 10 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Representatives from Northeast Indiana Building Trades will be on site to share apprenticeship and job opportunities. Construction trade professionals and industry partners will be available to talk about rewarding career paths in the trades. Learn from the best with hands-on demonstrations and take the first step towards your future career by filling out applications.

    Northeast Indiana Building Trades Apprenticeship Programs offer the opportunity for a career. Their 3-5 year apprenticeship programs offer tuition-free education with an Associate’s degree from Ivy Tech upon completion of a majority of programs. Earn while you learn with immediate employment with one of their signatory contractors. These career opportunities also include health benefits for your family, stable retirement plans and 401k, and continued lifetime education. For more information, visit
    by Emily M | Apr 17, 2019
    Each month we show an independent or foreign film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series. May's movie is Un Traductor, the story of a Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana who is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment. Please join us!

    Un TraductorWhat: Un Traductor
    When: Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library, Globe Room

    * Movie is in Spanish and Russian with English subtitles.
    Free admission, ages 18 and up.
    This movie is not rated.

    by Emily M | Apr 17, 2019

    Join us for a concert by the Galen Bundy Piano Trio!

    The Galen Bundy Piano Trio is a Detroit-based modern jazz group heavily influenced by Scandinavian folk music and Romantic era composers. Great importance is placed on the sensitivity of interaction between the three instruments. Featuring Galen Bundy on piano, Jon Taylor on drums, and Eric Nachtrab on bass.

    Galen Bundy Piano Trio
    Galen Bundy Piano Trio
    When: Sunday, May 5, 2:00 pm
    Where: Main Library, Theater

    by Community Engagement | Apr 17, 2019
    Pinewood Derby Workshop ACPL

    Saturday, April 20 - 1:00-4:00 pm
    Saturday, May 4 - 1:00-4:00 pm

    Location: Main Library - Maker Lab (First Floor)

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to build a Pinewood Derby car? We're hosting two workshops (April 20 and May 4) to get you up to speed on Pinewood Derby Racing 101. Our first session will focus on shaping and the general build guidelines for creating a car. The second session will focus on paint, details, and decorations.

    Phil's Hobby Shop will be at both workshops to help you with your project. These workshops are free and open to the public.

    Ready to race?
    Hop River Brewing Company is hosting the Fort Wayne 480: Adult Pinewood Derby on Saturday, May 18. Come compete or just cheer on these tiny little rockets of fun!

    Fort Wayne 480: Adult Pinewood Derby
    Saturday, May 18
    1:00-4:00 pm

    Register for 1 Class Per Car:
    1. Cub Scout Rules (the original rules)
    2. Unlimited Rules (heavier weight and few size restrictions -- still gravity powered cars).
    *All cars welcome to enter the “show” class!

    Unlimited Entries, no more than 6 members on a team, at least 1 person must be over 21.

    1st Place: Grand Champion Trophy
    2nd & 3rd Place:  Hop River Swag and Bragging Rights

    $20 Entry Fee
    Includes: Pinewood Derby Kit

    Hop River Brewing Company is located at 1515 N. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN 46808.

    For more information about the race and to claim your spot, click here. 

    by Aisha H. | Apr 02, 2019

    Wednesday, April 17
    7:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room C

    Step up and own the mic at the 11th Annual Teen Poetry Slam hosted by Curtis Crisler! Poets ages 13 through 19 are invited to participate. Bring at least three original poems to perform. Prizes will be awarded to three poets chosen by judges from the audience. Listeners age 13 and up are also welcome and, time permitting, there will be an open mic segment open to adults as well as teens. Refreshments will be served. Please call 421-1255 to sign up. 

    by Emily M | Mar 28, 2019

    Join us for this month's free movie: Bumblebee!

    The latest movie in the Transformers franchise features a battle-scarred and broken transformer on the run teaming up with Charlie, a teenage girl trying to find her place in the world. 

    What: Bumblebee
    When: Tuesday, April 30 - 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    Free admission.
    First-come, first-seated.
    Doors open at 6:00 pm with cartoons before the movie.

    by Emily M | Mar 28, 2019

    Join us for a concert by Peter Fletcher!

    Peter Fletcher is an American classical guitarist based in Detroit and New York City. He performs over 100 concerts a year, and his recordings on the Centaur Records and Towerhill Recordings labels have been critically acclaimed.  His current recital program features Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and Lute Suite No. 1 by J. S. Bach, Paganini’s ever popular Caprice No. 24, the fiendishly difficult Five Bagatelles by British composer William Walton, and Recuerdos de la Alhambra, a great favorite among audiences, by Spanish composer Francisco Tarrega. In addition, Peter will perform a very special solo version of Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major, and two of his original transcriptions from his critically acclaimed Fedrico Mompou album, released on Centaur Records, CRC 2588 in 2002. The concert will culminate with Isaac Albeniz’s Rumores de la Caleta, one of the most exciting Spanish works in the classical guitar repertoire.

    Who: Peter Fletcher, classical guitarist
    When: Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    Peter Fletcher

    by Emily M | Mar 21, 2019
    Monkey Business

    What: Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators
    When: Sunday, April 14 - 1:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater (LL2)

    Join us for a documentary about the creators of the Curious George books, loved by children around the world for nearly 80 years!

    Curious George is the most popular monkey in the world. This, however, is the story of Curious George’s creators, Hans and Margret Rey, whose history remains largely untold. The Reys were a husband and wife team, German Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi-occupied Europe on makeshift bicycles carrying the original Curious George manuscript. Using animation, archival materials, and interviews, Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators explores the extraordinary lives of the Reys, who were as adventurous as George himself. Please join us immediately after the film, for a live Q&A session via Skype with the film’s director Ema Ryan Yamazaki.

    This event is free and open to the public! Check out our full events calendar online at