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    by Dawn Stoops | May 17, 2016
    Summer break is just around the corner! Maybe one of these would make a great summer read.

     swing sideways book cover
      wandmaker book cover
      best friends for never book cover
      time stoppers book cover
    change up book cover
     skeleth book cover
      save me a seat book cover
      screaming statue book cover
    the toilet vortex book cover
    by Dawn Stoops | May 12, 2016
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    Bob Staake has two new books out this month! Beachy and Me was written and illustrated by him and Don't Splash the Sasquatch! was written by Kent Redeker.

    I'm sure you've seen his art around, it's pretty distinct. Playful colors and big funky shapes make every character come alive. Kids love the silly expressions and oversized antics in a lot of his picture book illustrations.

    If you've never read anything written or illustrated by Bob Staake here are a few of his great ones. He has more than 50 all together!
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    my pet book book cover
    cars galore book cover
    by Dawn Stoops | May 11, 2016

    When does the library's summer reading program start?

    Three weeks from today!!!!!

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    We're all busy getting ready, planning decorations, unpacking prize books, and visiting schools. We love visiting schools and telling kids about all the great things we're doing this summer. Maybe we'll be at your school this week!

    If you'd like to get a little online preview of the summer fun take a look at our website. We'll be adding to it as the summer progresses so check back often!
    by Dawn S | May 05, 2016
    Guessing games are always fun! This new book series for preschool and early elementary, with 20 titles in all, uses bright photographs and simple text to "Guess What". Each book has pages of pictures and clues that help you guess one particular animal. There is also a page of animal facts and a glossary in the back of each book, great for inquiring little minds!

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    "I have flippers that help me get around."

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    "My curly tongue works like a drinking straw."

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    "Some people think I look like a helicopter."

    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 28, 2016
    Heart Beats: feel good songs for families
    -various artists
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    I love this peppy new compilation of songs about love and family! Preformed by a range of kids' artists like Sunshine Collective, Josh and the Jamtones, Katydid, and Casper Babypants, each song inspires hugs and smiles all around. I imagine this being a great soundtrack to a family dance party but I haven't tried it yet at my house. I have used it as background music for our playtime after Babies and Books Storytime and it was a hit.

    Your library gets new kids' music all the time. When you get stuck in a musical rut and those same old songs are stuck in your head ask your librarian for music recommendations. We love to help!

    by Becky C | Apr 25, 2016

    Upside Down MagicBook Review: Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins

    Nory has a strong talent for transforming into animals but can't limit herself to one species at a time; instead of turning into a kitten, she's likely to turn into a dritten (dragon/kitten) or a bitten (beaver/kitten).  Sigh.  She thinks that's bad but Bax can't manage transforming into animals at all; he transforms into stone.  And instead of charming animals, like other Fuzzies, Pepper terrifies them.  Together with Andres, Elliot, Sebastian, Marigold, and Willa,they are the first students in Dunwiddle Magic School's class for Upside Down Magic.  Unlike many other educators, including Nory's own father, Miss Star insists that unusual magical abilities are nothing to be ashamed of and encourages her students to embrace their unique talents. 

    My 8 year-old and I love this book!!!  It's perfect for kids who are grappling with the pressure to be like everyone else, who are struggling with feeling like they are the only ones who can't quite get it right, or who worry that they are disappointing their loved ones.  My daughter recently suggested that she and I have our own book club and this was an excellent choice for our first title!  The story is fun but it also lends itself well to talking about real issues kids find themselves facing, often with a great deal of uncertainty.  Click here for discussion and activity ideas.

    Looking forward to Sticks and Stones, coming out the end of May!!!

    P.S.  I believe that I would test well as a Fuzzy -- I've always been good with animals.  Miss D wants to be a Flare so that she can make smores, you know, whenever.


    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
    by Erin | Apr 22, 2016


    Join the Children’s Services department at the Main Library on Saturday, May 7th between 9 am and 6 pm for some comic book fun! Free Comic Book Day is a worldwide event that happens on the first Saturday of every May. Come dressed as your favorite character (or make your own costume in our costume factory), attend superhero training, get FREE* kids comics, and more!


    Schedule of Events:

    10 am - 11 am    Star Wars Program                         

    11 am – 1 pm     Costume Factory                             

    12 am – 1 pm     Meet the Superheroes                

    1 pm – 2 pm       Superhero Training                        

    2 pm – 3 pm       Drawing Workshop                        

    All Day activities:

    Scavenger hunt, crafts, and *FREE comics!


    *Limit 2 per person, while supplies last

    Superheroes read too!

    The Teen department at the Main Library will be hosting the following events:

    Jam Comics with Artist Matt Gross


    Comics artist Matt Gross will lead a Jam Comics session in honor of Free Comic Book Day in the Teen department.  Jam Comics are sort of like the classic game called "exquisite corpse" except with art added in.  One person begins the comic on the first panel; a second artist continues the story or joke; and a third creator finishes it.  Drop in or stay the whole time. For older kids, teens, and adults.

    Saturday Morning (and Afternoon) Cartoons

    Enjoy cartoons on the big screen in the Teen department. For kids, teens, and adults.

    Succeeding at the Superhero Obstacle Course

    Closer to the Georgetown Branch? No problem!

    Georgetown will be participating with the following activities on May 7th:

    All day – free comics for all ages! (one per person, while quantities last)

    2:30 to 3:00 pm – Superhero Training Storytime  (superhero costumes are welcome!)

    3:00 to 4:00 pm – Visit from Spiderman 

    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 16, 2016
    Take a look at these great new animal books!

     high low where did it go book cover
      puffer fish book cover
      critter litter book cover
      hedge-hedgey-hedgehogs book cover
    worms for breakfast book cover
     top ten stinkers book cover
      bull sharks book cover
      horse book cover
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    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 14, 2016
    Here's what we did at the Grabill Branch Library yesterday to celebrate National Library Week.
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    We played with books!
    Everyone had a great time making farm animal sounds as we shared Farm Faces: A Book of Masks by Lucy Shultz.
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    There is more National Library Week fun at many of our libraries. Check out the calendar and join us!
    by Mary Voors | Apr 12, 2016

    ASL Stories
    All ages are invited to enjoy a special 30 minute storytime presented by Troy University student Ashton Draper on Saturday, April 16, at 3:00 pm. What makes these stories special? They incorporate both spoken work and ASL as popular picture books are shared. Participants will also learn about a new YouTube channel developed by Ashton as part of her Community Internship, a class leading to receiving a Bachelor in Interpreter Training.

    Join us for this special storytime on Saturday, April 16 at 3:00 in the Globe Room at the Main Library

    You and your family can also enjoy stories in ASL and spoken word with the ASL YouTube Channel. Some of the picture book stories included are:

         The Day the Crayons Came Home
         The Cat in the Hat
         Brown Bear
         Rainbow Fish
         Where the Wild Things Are
         The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
         Love You Forever
         If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
         Green Eggs and Ham
         How I Became a Pirate

    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 09, 2016

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    Every April, we celebrate libraries. Yes, we're kind of biased. All librarians think libraries are great. We work at libraries, we hang out at libraries in our free time, and we even visit libraries on our vacations. There's so much to love. Visit us this week and join the celebration!
    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 06, 2016
    Here's a great preschool storytime line-up for the theme HATS. Who doesn't love hats?

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    Whose Hat?
    by Margaret Miller
    Start with the basics. Yes, this book was published more than 30 years ago, but the photos still grab your attention and the guessing game never gets old!

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    Hooray for Hat!
    by Brian Won
    Colorful, simple, and fun, this book shows just how great a new hat makes you feel.
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    A Hat for Minerva Louise
    by Janet Stoeke
    Even if it's not winter, this book is such a hoot! That silly Minerva Louise is so confused sometimes.
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    Don't Touch My Hat
    by James Rumford
    Get ready to read with a touch of western twang. This sheriff really loves his hat!

    by Miss Heather | Apr 04, 2016
    on the move
    by Dawn Stoops | Mar 31, 2016
    Here are just a few of the new chapter books we've gotten in the last few weeks.

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      free verse book cover
      my life with the liars book cover
      withering by sea book cover
    dragon's guide
     crossing the deadline book cover
      strudel's forever home
      tru and nelle book cover
    wonder woman at super hero high book cover
    by Miss Heather | Mar 26, 2016
    Does your family know anyone who has moved to a new country? The new book Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land shares simple text about the struggles of moving to a new country. The photographs in the book are of immigrants who came to the United States from many different parts of the world. The author and photographer are both from immigrant families: one with ancestors from Poland, Bavaria, Ireland, and Scotland; the other from Guangzhou, China.The stories of their families' journey to America are included at the end of the book.
    Did you know Fort Wayne has the largest number Burmese Immigrants of anywhere in the U.S.? We also have immigrants from Mexico, Bosnia, Vietnam, Nigeria, Ethiopia, India and many other countries. Onkar Mann moved to Fort Wayne with his sister eight years ago. You can watch a video of his story by clicking here. Immigrants are all around us!
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    by Dawn Stoops | Mar 24, 2016
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    Written and illustrated by Hyewon Yum

    This little boy hates rainy days. Maybe you do too.
    Mom comes to the rescue with some colorful drawing, a little imagination, and a lot of fun.

    Do you know what I like to do on a rainy day? Read a book or go to the library!
    by Dawn Stoops | Mar 22, 2016
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    You're invited to spring break fun at the Hessen Cassel Branch Library with Science Central!

    Do you want to help build a time machine? In four daily, two-hour sessions, we will explore physics concepts involved in simple machines, motion, light and sound. We will use kid-friendly materials like snap circuits, PVC pipes and connectors, wires, lights, fans, wheels and gizmos. Then we will use the concepts and the materials to build a group time machine.

    Monday, April 4th - Thursday, April 7th

    For students ages 6 to 14 years old.

    Registration is required, call 421-1330 to sign-up.

    by Kris L. | Mar 18, 2016
    Before your preschooler starts school, he or she will need to have some letter knowledge -- knowing the names of the letters and what they look like.  Reading alphabet books together and pointing out letters in places you encounter them throughout your day is a great way to help develop this skill.  Watch this video for more ideas!

    You can find more GREAT videos like this on the ACPL Family App or the ACPL YouTube Channel.
    by Dawn Stoops | Mar 17, 2016
    Take a look at these great paintings done at Grabill's Homeschool Craft Challenge on Monday!
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    We used a salad spinner to get our round papers in motion then took the lid off to add the paint. This is a great project for all ages because the results are a little random and always surprising.

    Here are just a few of the great library books you can check out to learn more painting techniques.
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    by Erin | Mar 14, 2016
    It's that time of year again! The days are getting warmer, the birds are outside chirping, and the Children's Services department at the Main Library is gearing up for our annual Spring Preschool Puppet Show!

    Puppet Show 2016

    The Puppet show is always a lot of fun! There will be singing and dancing and, of course, puppets! This program is geared for children ages 3 to 6, though children of all ages are welcome. Dates and times for this program are listed below:

    Wednesday, March 16
    9:30, 10:30, and 1:30

    Thursday, March 17
    9:30, 10:30, and 1:30

    Friday, March 18
    9:30, 10:30, and 1:30

    Saturday, March 19

    This is a very popular program, so please plan on arriving early. Doors to the theater will open 15 minutes prior to the show.

    Preschools, day cares, and large groups: please register by calling (260) 421-1220. Families do not need to register, but seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.