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    by Readers' Services | Mar 19, 2019
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    The ACPL Writers' Series Presents:
    Poetry Writing Workshop with George Kalamaras

    Tuesday, April 9
    Main Library--Meeting Room A

    Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing your own poetry!
    Former Indiana Poet Laureate, George Kalamaras, will lead a poetry writing workshop to help you find your poetic voice.  Dr. Kalamaras is a celebrated poet and a professor at Purdue Fort Wayne.  This workshop is free and open to the public.

    Visit for more information.

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    by Community Engagement | Mar 13, 2019


    2019 ACPL Book Bowl
    Sunday, April 7
    1:00-4:00 pm
    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - Meeting Rooms (First Floor)

    Gather your most book-savvy friends and compete in the biggest literary event of the year - the Allen County Public Library Book Bowl! This is the big dance, the game of games, the ultimate trivia test. 15 teams will enter the arena but only one will be crowned the 2019 Book Bowl Champions.

    All ages are eligible to compete on teams. There is no fee to enter your team for competition, but there will be opportunities to purchase exclusive perks (cash and card accepted) that could change the game and put your team at the top.

    The ACPL Book Bowl is sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library and is our kick-off event for National Library Week - April 7-13, 2019.



    This event will shake down in two rounds. Each round will consist of 4 categories, with 10 questions in each category. In total, there will be 8 categories (80 questions). Categories will represent a variety of literary topics, genres, and characters. Each team is allowed up to 6 people. A panel of librarians will read questions out loud, and questions will also be displayed on large screens. Each team will have 15 seconds to finalize their answer. One point will be awarded for each correct answer.

    The winning team will win a grand prize, and the winning team's name will be engraved on the ACPL Book Bowl trophy. This year's custom Book Bowl trophies were created by The HEDGE, a locally-owned and operated shop located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne.




    Sunday, April 7

    1:00-1:30 pm Team Check-In and Perk Shop

    1:45 pm Round One

    2:30 pm Break and Perk Shop

    2:45 pm Round Two

    3:30 pm Awards Ceremony



    - 6 people per team, maximum.
    You'll want to take advantage of every spot available for your team. The more diverse interests, ages, and reading levels - the better. Don't count out the little guys.

    - Create an epic group name.
    When you go down in literary history, what will you be known as? Get creative. Your name must be submitted at time of team registration.

    - No smartphones or devices.
    At the beginning of Round 1 and Round 2, all phones must be put in phone jail. They will be out of reach and silenced for the duration of the round, but will be accessible during check-in and mid-game break.

    - No cheating.
    Cheating will not be tolerated. Cheating will result in instant disqualification and the entire team will be removed from competition. Cheaters will also be publicly shamed.

    - The team with the most points will win.
    There will only be one champion. But you're all winners in our book.


    by Emily M | Mar 08, 2019

    Join us for a showing of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse!  Teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) becomes the Spider-Man of his reality, and joins with superheroes from various dimensions, to stop a threat to all realities.  

    What: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
    When: Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater


    Free admission.  Rated PG.
    Limited seating; first come-first served.
    Doors open at 6 pm with cartoons before the show.

    by Aisha H. | Mar 07, 2019
    SAT ACT Prep

    Kick off your ACT and SAT preparation with a free practice exam given by Sylvan Learning. Students will take a practice test then return on Wednesday, May 8 to review their scores and get an overview of both the ACT and the SAT. On Saturday, May 11, there will be a Strategic Review session which will include an overview of both the ACT and the SAT, one hour of math strategy, and one hour of verbal strategy. Registration is limited and required. Students will also be provided with access to an online portal to review their score reports.

    ACT Practice Test
    Saturday, April 6
    9:30 am - 1:30 pm in the Discovery Center

    SAT Practice Test
    Saturday, April 20
    9:30 am - 1:30 pm in Meeting Rooms ABC

    Results Night
    Wednesday, May 8
    6:00 pm in Meeting Rooms BC

    Strategic Review Session
    Saturday, May 11
    2:30 pm - 5:00 pm in Meeting Room A

    by Audrey Clark | Mar 05, 2019

    Seed Library 1

    The Seed Library at the Little Turtle branch is in its fourth season and continues to offer vegetable, herb and flower seeds available for you to check out.  Learn to grow your own food on Saturday, March 9 or Saturday, March 30 at 10:30 am  with Master Gardner Megan Kosiak.  Megan will teach us the fundamentals of successful, inexpensive seed starting at home.  Borrow seeds from the seed library and begin your food adventures right away!

    How does the Seed Library work?

    Simple. Visit us at the Little Turtle branch and check out our selection of seeds. Pick out up to 8 packets of seeds, take them to the checkout desk and record what seeds you are taking (you do not need a library card to be a part of the Seed Library).  Grow the plants and collect seeds at the end of the season and save some for yourself and share some back with the Seed Library for others to plant.

    Seed Library 2

    Our volunteers have been working hard to get new seeds packaged and ready for you to grow! This year we are happy to feature a special microgreens seed collection as part of our Seed Library, including:

    • Genovese Basil
    • Monogerm Cilantro
    • Daikon Radish
    • Broccoli
    • Red Garnet Amaranth

    Microgreens are young vegetable or herb plants and are known for their powerful nutritional value, unique flavors, and delicate beauty. According to the USDA, certain varieties of microgreens have an average five times greater levels of vitamins than their full-grown counterparts. Fortunately for home gardeners, they’re relatively easy to grow and can be enjoyed year round.

    Seed Library 3

    Purdue University’s Winter 2016 issue of Weed ‘Em and Reap newsletter, “Because [microgreens] are a younger form of a mature plant, microgreens require a relatively small amount of soil.  Shallow containers- such as a pie pan with a few drainage holes- are ideal for growing microgreens. Multiple microgreen trays can be grown on a table top or stacked on a shelf to save space. Microgreens require 4 or more hours of warm, direct sunlight. Harvesting the greens is a simple process too. A clean set of scissors is all you need to trim the plant in preparation.”   

    The Seed Library is open during regular Little Turtle branch business hours of Monday – Wednesday from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Thursday – Saturday* from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. 

    *The Little Turtle branch is closed on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

    by Emily M | Mar 01, 2019

    Each month we feature an independent or foreign film as a part of our Independent Film Movement series.  Join us this month for BAFTA-awarding winning director Rungano Nyoni's debut film, I Am Not a Witch.  Set in modern-day Zambia, I Am Not a Witch is the satirical, provocative, and enchanting African tale of a young girl accused of being a witch. 

    What: I Am Not a Witch
    When: Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library, Globe Room
    I Am Not a Witch
    *This film is not rated.

    by Aisha H. | Jan 05, 2019
    Unfortunately, the Jazz at Lincoln Center film, "John Lewis", scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, has been cancelled. We will resume the series on Thursday, February 7 with the film, "Blood on the Fields".
    by Carrie V | Dec 06, 2018

          Seasons' Readings

    You’re invited to celebrate December by joining us for an all-ages story time! Listen to holiday stories and poems read by ACPL librarians and staff, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, too!

    Tuesday, December 11, 2-3 p.m.
    Globe Room, Main Library

    Stories to be read:

          The Greatest Gift, backstory to the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life

    (Read by Megan from Readers’ Services)

    Toward the Winter Solstice by Timothy Steele

    Snow White by Katherine Riegel

    (Read by Ben & Mary Jane from Security Services)

          My Christmas Scarf by Katie Martin

    (Read by Christine, Substitute Librarian)

     Hanukkah with Bells On by Neil Gaiman

    (Read by Colby from Material Support Services)

    What is Myrrh Anyway? by Henry Hitchings

    (Read by Stephanie from Readers’ Services)

    King John’s Christmas by A. A. Milne

    (Read by Craig from the Business, Science, & Technology Dept.)

    A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, excerpt

    (Read by Emily from the Lincoln Collection)

    We hope to see you there!

    by Amanda K C | Dec 05, 2018
    Fort Wayne Photo Club Exhibit

    2018 Fort Wayne Photo Club 

    November 19, 2018-January 5, 2019
    Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery at the Main Library 

    This exhibit contains the latest work created by members of the Fort Wayne Photo Club. 

    by Friends of the Allen County Public Library | Nov 30, 2018
    Winter Book Sale graphic

    Main Library Winter Book Sale

    Thursday, December 13
    Noon - 7:00 pm
    Friday, December 14
    Noon - 4:00 pm
    Saturday, December 15
    Noon - 4:00 pm
    Shop thousands of books at our Main Library, all for $1 or less! All media is just $1 and includes hundreds of Blu-Ray discs, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and more. Visit our ACPL Holiday Pop-Up Shop for a variety of unique gifts for everyone on your list. All forms of payment accepted. Free parking in library lots.
    Hardbacks $1.00
    Paperbacks $0.50
    Media: $1.00
    Tote Bags: $3.00
    100% of proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Allen County Public Library to support programs and outreach in our communities.
    Local Author Book Sale
    Saturday, December 15
    Noon - 4:00 pm
    In addition to our Winter Book Sale, we will also be hosting a Local Author Book Sale in our Main Library Great Hall on Saturday, December 15. Over 30 published authors from around the region will be selling their books, signing copies, and sharing their stories! This is a perfect opportunity to pick up thoughtful gifts for friends and family while supporting our area's local authors.

    Our Main Library is located in downtown Fort Wayne at 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, Indiana. 
    by Emily M | Nov 29, 2018

    Smooth Edge 2 is an a cappella group from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Formed in 2010, Smooth Edge 2 quickly developed a reputation for its stellar a cappella vocal sound and highly energetic, entertaining live shows. Following in the tradition of groups such as The Manhattan Transfer, Real Group and Pentatonix, Smooth Edge 2 performs contemporary a cappella and vocal jazz arrangements of songs ranging from current pop hits to American classics.  Join us for some Holiday entertainment!

    What: Smooth Edge 2: A Cappella Jazz for the Holidays
    When: Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 pm
    Where: Main Library, Great Hall

    Smooth Edge 2


    by Aisha H. | Nov 21, 2018

    Otis in his hat

    Are you a teen in grades six through twelve? Are you looking for handmade gifts to give your loved ones this holiday season? Well, you’re in luck! On Saturday, December 1st from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, you can make an assortment of easy handmade gifts for free!

    Join us at the Main Library in Meeting Room A to make:

    • Bath Fizzies
    • Buttons
    • Charm Bracelets
    • Chocolate Candies
    • Tiny Adorable Hats for Pets
    • and a handy Gift Bag to carry it all home!

    Registration is required and can be done online or by calling 421-1255.

    by Carrie | Sep 20, 2018
    Monday, October 8 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Meeting Room A at the Main Library.

    Have you ever dreamed of getting something published?  Hear Michael Martone, a Fort Wayne native and renowned author and creative writing teacher, talk about his journey to publication.  This workshop is part of the ACPL Writers' Series.
    Michael Martone is currently a professor at the University of Alabama.  He has taught at Iowa State University, Harvard University, and Syracuse University.  Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Michael Martone has published more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction books.  His most recent books include a collection of essays entitled, "Brooding: Arias, Choruses, Lullabies, Follies, Dirges, and a Duet," and a short story collection called, "The Moon Over Wapakoneta: Fictions and Science Fictions from Indiana and Beyond."


    by Community Engagement | Sep 19, 2018
    Spooky Fort Wayne

    Put away your history books. You will not find these stories there.

    Spooky Fort Wayne
    Saturday, October 6 - 1:30 pm
    Georgetown Branch
    Free admission

    This is the dark history of Fort Wayne, the city built along the rivers, a city of secrets. Put away your history books. You will not find these stories there. These are the tales that are too dark, too grisly, and too unspeakable to be recorded by traditional means. But we promise, dear reader, the stories told at this event are, unfortunately, absolutely true. Lori Graf, our fearless presenter, will pass along local lore from ARCH's famous "Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem" tours. This program is intended for teens and adults, but is not suitable for children or for the faint of heart.

    ARCH's "Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem" walking tours have become a staple in Fort Wayne's October event list, and they are known to quickly sell out. Tours typically cost $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-17. Our "Spooky Fort Wayne" program is an opportunity to experience the "Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem" tour for free, and in the comfort of our Georgetown branch.

    by Readers' Services | Sep 17, 2018
    Local Author Book Sale


    Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 ACPL Local Author Book Sale! Previously called the ACPL Author Fair, the Local Author Book Sale will take place on Saturday, December 15 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at the Main Library. 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. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 15, 2018.

    *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!

     The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 15, 2018.

    by Aisha H. | Sep 05, 2018

    Celebrate Bilbo's and Frodo's birthdays with door prizes, games, and more on Saturday, September 22 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. There will be music and dancing with Barry Dupen and The Spy Run String Band; There and Back Again, a scavenger hunt game; and interactive Hobbit character photo-ops. Events will take place inside and outside the Main Library. Cosplay is encouraged!


    Come early for a 13th Age RPG game: Raiders of the Black Pit! Sessions will be at 9:00 and 11:00 am. Space is limited for the RPG; please call 421-1255 to register.

    by Carrie V | Aug 28, 2018
    Do you want to write a mystery novel but don’t know how to start?
    ACPL Writers’ Series presents Mystery Writing 101 with renowned crime fiction author Lori Rader-Day on Saturday, September 29th from 10 am to 12 pm in meeting room A at the Main library.

    Lori Rader-Day’s debut mystery, The Black Hour, won the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the 2015 Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her second novel, Little Pretty Things, won the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and was a nominee for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Little Pretty Things was named a 2015 “most arresting crime novel” by Kirkus Reviews and one of the top ten crime novels of the year by Booklist. Her third novel, The Day I Died, was an Indie Next Pick and is a nominee for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Barry Award. Lori’s fourth novel of crime fiction, Under a Dark Sky, comes out in August 2018. Born and raised in central Indiana, she currently lives in Chicago.
    Pre-registration is recommended.  Call Readers’ Services at 260-421-1235 for more details.

    Lori Rader-DayUnder a Dark Sky

    by Aisha H | Aug 27, 2018

    All Voices Book Club is for teens in grades 9-12 and is dedicated to reading YA books that reflect the diversity of our world. AVBC will be held at the Pontiac Branch on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:00-6:00 pm and at the Main Library on the second Thursday of the month from 7:00-8:00 pm. You can attend either club.

    During the September meetings, we will pass out the book we’ll read for our October meetings, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and discuss what titles to read in the upcoming months.

    The Hate U Give

    The first meeting at the Pontiac Branch is on September 11. The first meeting at the Main Library is on September 13.

    by Community Engagement | Aug 17, 2018
    2018 Senior Information Fair

    Thursday, September 20
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Allen County Public Library - Main Library

    Join us for the 2018 Senior Information Fair! Network with 89 exhibitors and vendors. Ask a pharmacist any questions you may have. Take advantage of free health screenings and educational sessions. Valuable resource materials and information will be available, all free of charge.

    This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit



    "VA Legal Lingo"
    9:15-10:30 am

    Speaker: Charles Backs
    Presented by Beers Mallers Backs & Salin, LLP

    "Managing the Medicare Maze"
    10:30-11:15 am
    Speaker: Greg MacDonald
    Presented by Sage Insurance Advisors


    Open Demonstrations
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Tour the Maker Lab and unleash your creativity! Learn how to turn your old pictures into digital files, slides, and even convert film into digital images.


    "Starting Your Family History"
    9:30-10:15 am
    Presented by ACPL Genealogy Center
    Learn a few easy steps you can take to trace your family history.

    "Telling the Stories of Our Lives"
    10:45-11:30 am
    Presented by ACPL Genealogy Center
    Learn a few simple ways to encourage the sharing of stories.


    "The Importance of Books, Interaction, Reading & Play"
    10:30-11:15 am and 1:00-1:45 pm

    Learn about what the library has to offer you and the special children in your life. We'll share information about how playing, talking, and reading with kids can help them get ready to learn and read.

    The 2018 Senior Information Fair is sponsored by AARP, Parkview, American Senior Communities, Beers Mallers Backs & Salin, LLP, Oak Street Health, WANE-TV 15, and 1st Source Bank.
    by Community Engagement | Aug 08, 2018
    9-26-18 ACPL Constitution 101

    Do you want to learn more about our nation’s Constitution?  Perhaps you want to feel more informed before you head to the polls to vote this November. Check out this 6-session class for adults!

    This fall the Allen County Public Library is partnering with the Allen County Bar Foundation, the League of Women Voters' Fort Wayne chapter and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne for a six-week Constitution 101 course offered at the Main library.

    Classes will be held at 6:30 pm in Meeting Room C at the Main Library every Wednesday from September 26 through October 31. There is a cost of $50 for the course and space is limited to 40 participants.  Registration is through the Bar Foundation.

    Find out more at