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    by Hessen Cassel Branch | Dec 14, 2017
    Econ Recon graphic

    Social Science Sleuths is a free class for home-schooled middle and high school students. This winter's Social Science Sleuth's topic will be Econ Recon: An Overview of Economics.

    This class meets Monday mornings beginning January 8, at 10:30 am at our Hessen Cassel branch, 3030 E Paulding Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46816. The final class of this session will be on April 2.

    What is Econ Recon? To do reconnaissance is: "a mission to obtain information by observation or other detection methods, about the activities, resources and characteristics of a particular area. " We will be surveying broad areas in the field of economics to get an idea of what it means, how it works and why we should all know something about it. 

    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 | Dec 07, 2017
    GRB radio licensing

    Our Grabill branch is offering free amateur radio licensing classes!
    Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 pm

    Amateur (Ham) Radio enthusiasts interested in becoming licensed are invited to attend a seven week beginner's course on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 pm. These classes are FREE and are taught by FCC licensed operators. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own note-taking supplies. Copies of the textbook will be made available for checkout to attendees who hold a valid Allen County Public Library Card.

    Classes start Tuesday, January 9 and end on Thursday February 15. Please register for quantity purposes. To register, call our Grabill branch at (260) 421-1325.  See you there!
    by Emily M | Dec 05, 2017

    What: Despicable Me 3
    When: Tuesday, December 19
    6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater, Lower Level 2

    Despicable Me 3

    We present a FREE movie in our Theater on the LAST Tuesday of each month (well, usually, but not this month) at 6:30 PM. All movies will be rated G, PG, or PG-13. We ask that kids under 13 be accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 6 PM with cartoons shown before the feature flick. First come, first seated.

    by Collection Development | Dec 04, 2017
    New Books December

    The following books are a selection of new arrivals at the Allen County Public Library.

    Fantasy & Science Fiction

    Canto Bight
    Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, John Jackson Miller
    A collection of stories brings to the life the inhabitants and visitors of a mysterious casino city Canto Bight, which will be featured in the forthcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

    The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2)
    Katherine Arden
    Vasya, forced to choose between an arranged marriage and life in a convent, flees in the disguise of a boy before her defeat of a band of terrorizing bandits earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow.

    Immortal Life: A Soon to Be True Story
    Stanley Bing
    A ruthless, aging trillionaire tech inventor engages in a battle of wills against an increasingly desperate man whose body has been created to host the immortality-minded inventor's consciousness.

    Mississippi Roll (Wild Cards #14)
    George R.R. Martin (editor)
    A collection of fantastical adventures set along one of America's greatest rivers is edited by the award-winning author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series and features contributions by such best-selling authors as Carrie Vaughn, David D. Levine and Cherie Priest.

    One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning
    Davidy Moody
    Trapped on a barren island that has become the location of an extreme sports company specializing in corporate team-building events, 15 people gradually realize that a killer is in their midst as members of the group begin to succumb to suspicious accidents, a situation that is further complicated by rumors of an approaching tsunami.

    Persepolis Rising (Exapnse #7)
    James S. A. Corey
    As humanity's presence in space expands and new colony worlds struggle to survive, the crew of the aging gunship Rocinante struggles to keep the fragile peace as ancient patterns of war and subjugation return.

    Year One
    Nora Roberts
    A tale of suspense and survival is set in the wake of a cataclysmic pandemic that wipes out more than half the world's population, replacing science and technology with magic and compelling Lana, a practitioner of good witchcraft, to embark on a perilous journey west with her lover and other survivors.

    Survival (Star Quest Trilogy #3)
    Ben Bova
    Encountering a civilization of intelligent machines that have survived earlier death waves for eons, the human scouting team struggles to convince the disinterested machines to help secure humanity's survival.


    General Fiction

    Demon Crown (Sigma Force #13)
    James Rollins
    The members of Sigma Force reluctantly join forces with their most hated enemy to stop a primordial threat with ties to the American Civil War and the secret work of Alexander Graham Bell.

    Insidious Intent
    Val McDermid
    The latest in internationally bestselling crime writer Val McDermid’s beloved series, Insidious Intent sends Tony Hill and Carol Jordan after a serial killer who targets single women at weddings—and into the teeth of a moral dilemma.

    One Station Away
    Olaf Olafsson
    A New York neurologist navigates his bonds with three women—including an overlooked pianist on the brink of success, a recently deceased dancer, and a mysteriously comatose patient—relationships defined by compromise, silence, illness and an obsessive attempt to communicate.

    The Wake Up
    Catherine Ryan Hyde
    Recovering a long-suppressed ability to feel the emotions of others, a 40-year-old cattle rancher falls in love with a single mother whose son is struggling with trauma from experiences with an abusive father.

    In the Fall They Come Back
    Robert Bausch
    Embarking on a teaching career in a small northern Virginia private school, Ben becomes inspired to regard teaching as a life calling until his determination to intervene in the lives of three at-risk students causes him to lose sight of himself.

    Bad Behavior
    Kiki Swinson, Noire
    In "Nine Lives," national best-selling author Kiki Swinson looks at a brother-sister crime team whose score is threatened when the sister falls in love, and in "The Crushed Ice Clique" by Essence best-selling author Noire, a pair of female diamond thieves must try to survive after they're double-crossed by a shady jewelry distributor.

    A Distant Heart
    Sonali Dev
    Stricken with a rare illness, Indian woman of privilege Kimaya grows up isolated in an ivory tower, until she builds a relationship with window washer Rahul Savant, whom she inspires to join the police force; but when Rahul uncovers a gang-run organ ring at the same time Kimaya gets a chance at a life-changing heart transplant, their world gets turned upside down


    Historical Fiction

    Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace
    Jennifer Chiaverini
    Rigorously educated in mathematics and science by her mother, an only legitimate child of brilliant Romantic poet Lord Byron is introduced into London society as a highly eligible heiress before forging a deep bond with inventor Charles Babbage and using her unique talents to become the world's first computer programmer.

    Holding the Fort (Fort Reno #1)
    Regina Jennings
    When dance hall singer Louisa Bell visits Fort Reno to see her brother, she is mistaken for the governess that the harried Major Daniel Adams is waiting for. Between his rowdy troops and his two daughters, he has more responsibility than he can handle alone. Eager for the opportunity, Louisa sets out to show the widower that she is a perfect fit.

    The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill #2)
    Julie Klassen
    Gentlewoman Rachel Ashford has moved into Ivy Cottage with the two Miss Groves, where she discovers mysteries hidden among her books. Together with her one-time love Sir Timothy, she searches for answers--and is forced to face her true feelings.

    The Last Suppers
    Mandy Mikulencak
    In 1950s Louisiana, Ginny Polk's quest to provide meals for death row prisoners leads her into the secrets of her own past.

    The Road to Bittersweet
    Donna Everhart
    After a flood drives them from their home in the Appalachian Mountains, Wallis Ann Stamper and her family settle in South Carolina hill country, where they join a singing group and where Wallis Ann falls for a high diver, driving a wedge between her and her mute, musically gifted savant sister.

    Mystery & Detective

    Beau Death (Detective Peter Diamond Mystery #17)
    Peter Lovesey
     When human remains in 18th-century clothing are discovered at a demolition site, Chief Inspector Peter Diamond eagerly embarks on an effort to prove that a scandal-marked fashion icon from Bath may have had quite a different end than the one popularly believed.

    The Body in the Casket (Faith Fairchild Mysteries)
    Katherine Hall Page
     Catering the lavish birthday party of a Broadway legend, Faith Fairchild is astonished when her client reveals that he hired her less for her culinary prowess and more for her skills as a detective and that one of his guests is trying to kill him. Includes recipes.

    Bryant & May: Wild Chamber (Peculiar Crimes Unit #14)
    Christopher Fowler
     Octogenarian detectives Arthur Bryant and John May investigate the baffling case of a girl and a dog who vanish into thin air from London's Regent Park on an early summer morning.

    Ragnar Jonasson
    Follows the murder of a policeman with a haunted past and the arrival of a mysterious young woman whose own secrets threaten the safety of everyone in a tight-knit Northern Iceland fishing village.

    The Ninth Grave (Fabian Risk #2)
    Stefan Ahnhem
    Criminal investigator Fabian Risk and his Danish colleague, Dunja Hougaard, team up on a serial murder case involving a Swedish minister of justice and a Danish television star's wife.

    The Vanishing Season
    Joanna Schaffhausen
    Ellery Hathaway, a police officer who hides her identity as a serial killer's only surviving victim, fears that someone has discovered her secret when three people from her quiet town disappear, and reaches out to the FBI agent who saved her years earlier for help.

    A Murder for the Books (Blue Ridge Library Mystery #1)
    Victoria Gilbert
    Librarian Amy Webber must archive overdue crimes and deadly rumors before a killer strikes again in her new Virginia home in Victoria Gilbert’s charming series debut.

    Unnatural Causes (Dr. Katie LeClair Mystery #1)
    Dawn Eastman
    In nationally bestselling author Dawn Eastman's series debut, Dr. Katie LeClair examines small town secrets when her patient's sudden suicide rocks the quiet life of Baxter, MI.

    Splintered Silence (Bone Gap Travellers #1)
    Susan Furlong
    Among the Irish Travellers living in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, no one forgets and no one forgives. And as former Marine MP Brynn Callahan finds out when she returns home, it's hard to bury the past when bodies keep turning up.

    The Wanted
    Robert Crais
    Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, take on a case involving a client who fears her troubled teen son is dealing drugs, an investigation that reveals the young man's role in a string of high-end burglaries that have resulted in a murder and a disappearance.


    Christina Lauren
    When a struggling musician on the brink of stardom reveals he is in the country illegally, besotted Holland Bakker enters a marriage of convenience that becomes more real than either anticipated.

    You're Gonna Love Me
    Robin Lee Hatcher
    A thrill-seeking Oregon State professor and a fearful woman still mourning the accidental death of her father reunite by chance after a two-year separation that reveals unexpected changes and gives them a second chance at love.

    The Art of Running in Heels
    Rachel Gibson
    Runaway reality-show bride Lexie shares a one-night stand with Sean, the biggest star on the Seattle Chinooks hockey team, only to have a photo of their passionate night published online, a high-profile scandal that compels them to spin the whole story.

    The Duke of Her Desire
    Sophie Barnes
    When, against his better judgment, he agrees to help Miss Amelia Matthews, his best friend’s younger sister, open a school, the Duke of Coventry gets more than he bargained for when scandal brings them closer than they ever could have imagined.

    Firefly Cove
    Davis Bunn
    A follow-up to the internationally best-selling Miramar Bay follows the experiences of terminally ill young adult Lucius, who returns to the home of his youth to reunite with the only woman he ever loved,

    Now That You Mention It
    Kristan Higgins
    Returning to her hometown in the hopes of reconciling with her estranged family, a woman who recently survived a brush with death makes discoveries with the potential to heal the rift or permanently separate her from her surviving relatives.


    The Doomsday Machine
    Daniel Ellsberg
    From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of the dangers of America's Top Secret, seventy-year-long nuclear policy that--chillingly--continues to this day.

    The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease
    Michael Gregor, Gene Stone
    Presents a selection of health-bolstering, plant-based recipes based on the latest nutritional science, from superfood breakfast bites and spaghetti squash puttanesca to two-berry pie with pecan-sunflower crust.

    Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency
    Corey Lewandowski
    A former campaign manager for Donald Trump's successful 2016 presidential run offers an insider's look at the ups and downs on the campaign trail.

    Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap
    Gerrick D. Kennedy
    An authoritative chronicle of the meteoric rise, fall, and legacy of N.W.A., one of America's most popular and enduring music groups, examines their influence on pop culture, black identity, and hip-hop music.

    The Danger Within Us: America's Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man's Battle to Survive It
    Jeanne Lenzer
    An award-winning medical investigative journalist presents an unsettling exposé of the under-regulated medical-device industry, revealing the corruption, greed and deceit that have combined to render medical interventions a leading cause of death in America.

    The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace
    David B. Woolner
    A revealing portrait of the end of the 32nd President's life shares new insights into how FDR made his momentous final policy decisions, drawing on new evidence to demonstrate how his final 100 days marked the establishment of the United Nations, a reinvigoration of the New Deal and the possibility of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

    The Only Girl in the World
    Maude Julien
    A memoir by a therapy specialist in manipulation and psychological control describes her harrowing upbringing by fanatic parents who raised her in isolation through traumatic disciplinary exercises designed to "eliminate weakness," recounting how she eventually escaped with the help of an outsider.

    Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife
    Cheryl Richardson
    The New York Times best-selling author of Take Time for Your Life explores the obstacles and opportunities particular to midlife, sharing her journal reflections on staying motivated in the face of lower energy, living a life of purpose and committing to growth.

    Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book
    Dan Harris, Warren Jeffrey
    The co-anchor of Nightline and author of the best-selling 10% Happier presents a lighthearted, practical guide to meditation that debunks the myths, misconceptions and self-deceptions that make everyday people reluctant to participate.

    You Need a Budget
    Jesse Mecham
    A guide based on the tenets of the award-winning financial platform, "You Need a Budget," argues that a well-planned budget does not involve deprivation and counsels readers on how to prioritize financial goals, reduce stress through strategic cash flow allocations and meet the challenges of unplanned expenses.

    Teen Books

    I Always Wondered About That: 101 Questions and Answers About Science and Other Stuff
    Larry Scheckel
    Here you'll find entertaining answers to 101 questions you didn't even know you had, such as, "Why does glue stick?" "Why do batteries die?"

    Ever the Brave
    Erin Summerill
    In the sequel to Summerill's spellbinding debut, “Ever the Hunted,” Britta is on the King's arm at Court as he fights to take back control of his country.

    The Truth Beneath the Lies
    Amanda Searcy
    A psychological thriller from a debut author that follows two teen girls: one from a Texas border town hoping to outrun her past and another from Washington state who fears for her future in a public housing complex.

    Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles
    Natalie C. Parker, editor
    In this collection, favorite YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is 16 fresh, diverse, and romantic not-to-be-missed stories.

    Prince in Disguise
    Stephanie Kate Strohm
    Sixteen-year-old tomboy Dylan meets the boy of her dreams when she is forced to play maid of honor to her beauty queen sister, who is marrying a Scottish laird on a reality TV show.


    Children’s Books

    Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
    Vashti Harrison
    Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author-illustrator Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African-American women who shaped history and changed the world.

    Weaving a Wish
    Arlene Stewart
    In the second installment of Stewart's adorable Friendship Bracelet series, can the members of THREADS untangle their problems?

    Rappy Goes to Mars
    Dan Gutman
    One day at recess, Rappy the dinosaur gets taken by aliens on a U.F.O. ride. The head alien, Janet, wants Rappy to live with her--on Mars! Will Rappy stay in space to roam, or will he rap his way back home?

    Julie Murray
    The title is complete with beautiful, full-color photographs, leveled text, and plenty of fun and informative facts.

    Dog Man and Cat Kid
    Dav Pilkey
    In his fourth adventure, Dog Man now has a furry feline sidekick. When a new kitty sitter arrives and a glamorous movie starlet goes missing, it's up to Dog Man and Cat Kid to save the day!


    Picture Books

    Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-rights Activist Nina Simone
    Alice Briere-Haquet
    A stunning picture-book biography of the High Priestess of Soul and one of the greatest voices of the 20th century.

    Click, Clack, Moo I Love You!
    Doreen Cronin
    Little Duck and all of her friends on the farm celebrate Valentine's Day by inviting a newcomer to join in the fun.

    The Very Very Very Long Dog
    Julia Patton
    Bartelby, a very long sausage dog, causes chaos when walking with his friends until they find a way for him to keep track of his bottom.

    Rot, the Cutest in the World!
    Ben Clanton
    A mutant potato learns that he's pear-fect just the way he is in this bright, fun, and silly picture book from the creator of "It Came in the Mail.”

    Ethan Long
    In this hilariously spooky story by Geisel Award-winning author and illustrator Long, even the scariest of monsters can fall in love.

    by Intergalactic Federation of Librarians | Nov 27, 2017
    Photo Nov 27, 2 20 29 PM

    The Allen County Public Library is going intergalactic this December! As we all prepare for the new Star Wars release on December 15th, our branches are hosting fun events to celebrate everything we love about the famous far, far away galaxy.


    10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    In honor of the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Woodburn Branch will be celebrating with activities, crafts and star-studded treats. Please register by calling 421-1370.

    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Come celebrate the release of the newest film with a Star Wars party at the Aboite Branch! We will have Star Wars-themed activities, crafts, and snacks. All ages welcome! Call 260-421-1310 for more information!

    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Awaken the Jedi within! Join your Grabill Branch Library for a Star Wars Celebration. We promise an epic adventure with activities, DIY's, and stellar treats. This program is open
    to all ages. Costumes are welcome. Please register for supply purposes.

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    It doesn't matter if you're a Jedi Knight, a Sith Lord, or somewhere in between - you can still have fun at our pre-release fan party! The next movie comes out on December 15th, so join us to show off your waiting-for-tickets costume. There will be food, crafts, activities, prizes, and a photo booth.

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Are you as excited about Episode VIII as we are? Join us for fun Star Wars activities!



    Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    2:00 pm in the Main Library Theater
    Thirty years after the destruction of the second Death Star and the Galactic Civil War, the First Order has risen from the fallen Galactic Empire and seeks to eliminate the New
    Republic. The Resistance, backed by the Republic and led by General Leia Organa, opposes them while searching for her brother, Luke Skywalker.

    Star Wars Trivia
    12:00 - 3:00 pm in the Teens Dept.
    STAR WARS TRIVIA will be a two stage trivia contest that will separate the True Jedi from the scruffy looking nerf herders. In the first phase, Star Wars Trivia: A Nerd's Hope, contestants will fill out a series of questions on paper that even a random laserbrain could answer. Questions will be available at the Teen Department Ask Here
    Desk from 12:00 pm until 2:15 pm.

    At 2:30 pm, six contestants with all correct answers from phase one will be chosen randomly to compete with one another in a live quiz show style elimination round, Star Wars Trivia: The Nerds Strike Back. They will take their weapons and strike down the opposition (figuratively) and one of them will rule the Star Wars Trivia Galaxy alone (literally). As a token of our goodwill, the winner will be presented with a gift (guaranteed). Everyone else will find a new definition of pain and suffering in the belly of the almighty Sarlacc (not likely).

    Star Wars Cosplay Contest
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm in the Great Hall
    Join us in the Great Hall for the Star Wars Cosplay Contest! Dress up like a Star Wars character or anything you'd expect to see in Mos Eisley Cantina...the Emperor will be most displeased if you don't show up in costume. People who dress up will be introduced and given the opportunity to show off their look.

    Family-Friendly Movies for Star Wars Fans
    1:00 pm - 4:30 pm in Children's Services
    Join us in the Globe Room for a variety of Star Wars related movies for kids of all ages and their families. We'll be showing a variety of movies; join us for one movie or spend the afternoon and watch 'em all! (And, when you need a break from the movies, try your hand at a Star Wars "make-and-take" craft.)


    3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Join us for an afternoon of Star Wars family fun! Take your picture with life-sized Star Wars characters, create light saber glow sticks and Star Wars origami bookmarks. Watch "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and feel free to dress in costume!


    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Are you with the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire? Either way, use the Force to control the dice and win at this Star Wars version of the classic strategy game RISK. Part of the GameChamps gaming series.

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Drop in to snap pics at our Star Wars photo booth, fly a paper airplane through the Death Star, and enjoy other activities and a snack.

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    A long, long time ago in a library not so far away...stop by the Georgetown branch for some Star Wars themed crafts, trivia, and a chance to meet Darth Vader!

    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    In honor of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi the Pontiac Branch will be celebrating with activities, crafts, and treats. Fun for the whole family!


    December 27 - 1:30 pm
    Star Wars Selfies: come snap a pic with a Star Wars character.

    December 27 - 4:30 pm
    DIY X-Wing Fighter Pilot Helmets

    December 28 - 7:00 pm
    How-To Studio: Star Wars Stitching
    Stitch a simple Star Wars character.

    December 29 - 1:30 pm
    Droid Day: Make a Droid Craft and enjoy BB8 Snow Cones!

    December 30 - 1:30 pm
    Family Movie Matinee proudly presents Star Wars: Rogue One and will be serving space-tacular snacks.

    January 2 - 6:30 pm
    Family Movie Matinee proudly presents Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will be serving space-tacular snacks.

    January 3 - 1:30 pm
    The Figurines You’re Looking For: Mold and paint a Star Wars figurine!

    January 4 - 4:30 pm
    BB-8 Cookie Decorating

    January 4 - 7:00 pm
    How-To Studio: Learn to make a Cosmic Lamp

    January 5 - 1:30 pm
    Padawan Jedi Training: Make a light saber and learn Jedi training tips!

    January 6 - 1:30 pm
    Carbonite-Hard Star Wars Trivia Event

    by Alayne Johnson | Nov 21, 2017

    Gravity & Grace

    We are honored to be featuring the work of Jenni Weber Vorderman in her exhibit titled "Gravity and Grace." The exhibit will be on display until January 7, 2018 in the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery at our Main Library. We sat down with the artist and talked about her inspiration, her passion for philanthropy, and her newest endeavor that will have a global impact.

    “I always knew photojournalism was my calling,” said local photographer and global philanthropist Jenni Weber Vorderman.

    Vorderman, 40, studied photojournalism as a college student at IPFW and always wanted to use her talents as a photographer to share stories and make a difference.

    She put her ambitions to travel the world on hold while she and her husband, Steve Vorderman, raised their family. Jenni is mother to four children ages 16 to 5.

    In 2013, Vorderman’s longtime friends, David and Denise DeMarchis, founded the Mighty Acorn Foundation with a mission to save children in unimaginable conditions. The foundation’s first project was building an orphanage and school in Kitale, Kenya giving endangered children a safe place to live and the opportunity for an education.

    Vorderman supports Mighty Acorn by taking pictures of the children and sharing their stories with foundation supporters. She has traveled to Kenya 20 times over the last five years. One of the photos she took during her travels in Kenya of a woman praying was recognized by National Geographic and won an award from Photo District News.

    Vorderman has done breathtaking work for numerous other global non-profits including, The Rhema Project helping to educate women in India and The Kenneth Cole Haiti Health Center. Her work has also bolstered many worthwhile organizations closer to home, including The Carriage House, AWS Foundation and The Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana.

    “It’s about using my camera to bring attention to the injustices in the world and educate people about ways to end that injustice,” she said. “I’ve seen so many injustices and was fortunate to find a way to get involved in a very personal way.”

    Her next project is launching Gravity & Grace, a socially conscious business that will market the work of artisans from developing countries and reinvest a portion of the profits back into the artisan’s community.

    “From being in these communities and working with these people, they have grown comfortable enough with me to tell me what they really need,” she said.” Sometimes I think well-meaning westerners come in to help and end up imposing what they think the community wants rather than what the people truly need. They don’t want charity. They need opportunity”

    The artists Vorderman has met on her travels have valuable skills, but need help marketing their goods to a global audience that has the ability to pay a fair market price.  In return, the artisans will have the resources for training and safe places to work. 

    For more information about the artist or to inquire about purchasing an image, contact Jenni Vorderman at 260-341-4028.

    For more information about Gravity & Grace, visit www.gravitygrace.co

    by Audrey Clark | Nov 16, 2017

    New Books November 2017

    The following books are a selection of new arrivals at the Allen County Public Library.

    Fantasy & Science Fiction

    Jade City
    Fonda Lee
    When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone—even foreigners—utilize the magical properties of jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence on the island of Kekon.

    Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive)
    Brandon Sanderson
    Taking refuge from the formidable Everstorm in the tower city of Urithiru, Dalinar and the Alethi forces join the newly raised Knights Radiant to explore the legendary city's mysteries and confront long-lost truths that challenge everything they believe.

    Future Home of the Living God
    Louise Erdrich
    A tale set in a world of reversing evolution and a growing police state follows the efforts of a pregnant woman who investigates her biological family while awaiting the birth of a child who may emerge as a member of a primitive human species.

    Andy Weir
    Augmenting her limited income by smuggling contraband to survive on the moon's wealthy city of Artemis, Jazz agrees to commit what seems to be a perfect, lucrative crime only to find herself embroiled in a conspiracy for control of the city.

    The City of Brass
    S.A. Chakraborty
    A young con artist of unsurpassed talent inadvertently summons a mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, revealing the existence of true magic before the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom falls into her hands.

    Into the Drowning Deep
    Mira Grant
    Victoria Stewart and her crew sail to the Mariana Trench in the hopes of discovering the fate of the Atargatis, which, along with its crew, including Victoria's sister, was lost at sea during the crew's attempt to film a mockumentary on ancient sea creatures of legend.

    Weave a Circle Round
    Kari Maaren
    In this love letter to history, legend, and the power of stories that takes inspiration from Norse myth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge—a young woman is catapulted through time and space after she runs afoul of her eccentric neighbors.

    Penric’s Mission (World of the Five Gods)
    Lois McMaster Bujold
    Sorcerer Penric, who is possessed by a clever chaos demon named Desdemona, has his clandestine mission of diplomacy to Cedonia upended when he finds himself gravely injured and imprisoned in the darkest of dungeons.


    General Fiction

    The Quantum Spy: A Thriller
    David Ignatius
    CIA agent Harris Chang uncovers a mole in a top secret, American research lab racing to develop a quantum computer before China does.

    Krysten Ritter
    A young environmental lawyer returns to her small Indiana hometown to investigate pollution by a regional plastics giant--but settling old scores and healing old wounds weigh heavily on her mind.

    Heather, the Totality
    Matthew Weiner
    Mark and Karen Breakstone have constructed the idyllic life of wealth and status they always wanted, made complete by their beautiful and extraordinary daughter Heather. But they are still not quite at the top. When the new owners of the penthouse above them begin construction, an unstable stranger penetrates the security of their comfortable lives and threatens to destroy everything they've created. 

    The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher)
    Lee Child
    Spotting a hard-won women's West Point class ring in a pawn shop, Jack Reacher fights a biker gang and a South Dakota gangster to discover the truth about the ring and why its owner sold it.

    Typoon Fury (Oregon Files)
    Clive Cussler
    When they are hired to track down a valuable art collection, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon find themselves sailing into a perfect storm involving a Filipino insurgency, a Japanese developed super-warrior drug, and a South African mercenary.

    Every Breath You Take (Under Suspicion)
    Mary Higgins Clark
    Struggling with the departure of co-host Alex Buckley, television crime-solver Laurie Moran is teamed with a despised Ryan Nichols, who draws her into the cold case of a wealthy widow pushed to her death from the roof of a famous museum.

    The Noel Diary
    Richard Paul Evans
    The latest holiday-themed novel by the best-selling author of The Christmas Box follows the experiences of a man who, in the wake of estrangements and losses, is given a chance to rewrite and rediscover his true past.

    In This Moment (Baxter Family)
    Karen Kingsbury
    Risking his job by organizing an after-school bible-study program to combat local crime and gang activity, Indiana high school principal Wendell Quinn is delighted by the program's positive results, until a complaint renders him the subject of media speculation and a controversial lawsuit.

    End Game (Will Robie)
    David Baldacci
    Returning home from an overseas mission to discover that his boss has gone missing in remote Colorado, Will Robie and his sometime partner, Jessica Reel, team up in an increasingly violent small town, where their lives are soon in jeopardy. 

    The Ballad of Black Bart
    Loren D. Estleman
    A rivalry turns into a suspenseful duel of wits between a legendary Wells Fargo chief and a notorious stagecoach robber who between heists poses as an upper-class gentleman.

    The Whispering Room (Jane Hawk)
    Dean Koontz
    Her husband dead and her son in hiding, rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk finds a connection between a schoolteacher's murderous, and ultimately suicidal, rampage; the teacher's secret journal; and a cabal of power players bent on controlling America.  

    Past Perfect
    Danielle Steel
    Leaving their well-ordered Manhattan life to move to San Francisco triggers a collision between the past and present for a successful married couple who during a small earthquake experience visions of their new home's original inhabitants from a century earlier.      

    Tom Clancy Power and Empire (Jack Ryan)
    Marc Cameron
    A newly belligerent Chinese government leaves U.S. President Jack Ryan with only a few desperate options to control a series of attacks designed to sabotage peace negotiations.       


    Historical Fiction

    The Revolution of Marina M.
    Janet Fitch
    A young woman of privilege coming of age in 1916 St. Petersburg finds her life and ambitions violently upended by historical events that find her joining the cause for workers' rights, falling in love with a radical poet and navigating devastating betrayals.

    Deadly Cure
    Lawrence Goldstone
    In 1899 Brooklyn, Dr. Noah Whitestone is accused of prescribing a lethal dose of medicine that killed a 5-year-old boy, prompting him to joining forces with muckraking journalists to clear his name, find the origins of a deadly experimental drug from overseas and root out the real killer. 

    Mrs. Osmond
    John Banville
    Presents a continuation of the story of Isabel Archer, the heroine of Henry James' "The Portrait of a Lady," that finds her receiving an unexpected inheritance and married to a cruel man before returning to her home in Italy at the side of an unexpected companion.

    A Darker Sea
    James L. Haley
    A naval saga by the award-winning author of The Shores of Tripoli chronicles the period leading up to the War of 1812 from the perspective of brig commander Bliven Putnam, who disrupts British merchant shipping before an encounter with an old nemesis leads to a reunion and helps set the stage for one of the war's most infamous battles.

    Secrets of Cavendon
    Barbara Taylor Bradford
    In the summer of 1949, a new generation running Cavendon Hall is torn by scandal, intrigue, and romantic betrayals that force the Inghams and Swanns to protect each other from unimaginable threats.

    A Hope Divided (Loyal League)
    Alyssa Cole
    The Civil War has turned neighbor against neighbor—but for scientist-spy and free black woman Marlie Lynch and philosophical Union soldier she helps to hide, war could bind them together when they must go on the run on the Underground Railroad to escape a common enemy.

    Mystery & Detective

    A Christmas Return
    Anne Perry
    After receiving a strange package that sparks memories of a twenty-year-old murder that shattered a friendship, Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconnecting with her former friend and solving the crime.

    City of Lies
    Victoria Thompson
    Using her guile to relieve so-called respectable men of their ill-gotten gains, Elizabeth Miles hides among a group of privileged women and bonds with an honest man while outmaneuvering a nemesis who blames her for his losses.

    The House of Unexpected Sisters (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency)
    Alexander McCall Smith
    Investigating the case of a woman wrongfully dismissed from her job, Precious Ramotswe discovers information that causes her to rethink her views about the case before meeting a local nurse who shares her unusual surname.

    Hardcore Twenty-Four (Stephanie Plum)
    Janet Evanovich
    Reluctantly agreeing to babysit a professional grave robber's pet boa constrictor, Stephanie Plum is embroiled in a bizarre series of crimes that escalate from the violation of stolen corpses to the murder of a homeless man, a case that is complicated by the return of the hunky but reckless Diesel.

    Count to Ten: A Private Novel
    James Patterson
    Summoned by the head of the world's top investigation agency to join a new office in Delhi, former Private India head Santosh Wagh struggles to set aside his personal demons before tackling a case involving murderously corrupt authorities and human remains found at a government site.

    Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales
    P.D. James
    An anthology of six previously uncollected stories by the author of Death Comes to Pemberley explores the memories, emotional machinations, rationalizations, dreams and desires of people who get away with the perfect murder or who help keep information about a killing secret.

    The People vs. Alex Cross
    James Patterson
    Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Alex Cross is wrongly portrayed as a trigger-happy corrupt cop while he struggles to prove to a skeptical jury and dwindling supporters that his actions were in self-defense. 

    The Man in the Crooked Hat
    Harry Dolan
    Having spent two years searching for the man he believes murdered his wife, private investigator Jack Pellum follows a bewildering message to a winding trail of unsolved murders and a philosophical man with a dark and secret past.



    Lies Jane Austen Told Me

    Julie Wright
    A fan of Jane Austen's novels, Emma Pierce is ready to fall in love with her Mr. Darcy. But then she falls in love with her ex-boyfriend's brother and learns that maybe romance isn't quite as easy Jane promised her it would be.

    Blue Ridge Sunrise
    Denise Hunter
    Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she'd never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe---a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    American Drifter
    Heather Graham
    A young U.S. Army veteran suffering from PTSD drifts around Brazil, struggling to make peace with the world's illogical elements before fatefully falling in love with a gangster's mistress.

    Refuge Cove
    Janet Dailey
    A bride on the run from her would-be husband becomes stranded in the Alaska wilderness before accepting help from a rugged bush pilot who would reconnect with his estranged son.



    The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion—Surprising Observations of a Hidden World
    Peter Wohlleben
    The best-selling author of The Hidden Life of Trees presents a revelatory exploration of the diverse emotional intelligence of animals as demonstrated in vibrant stories about loving pigs, cheating magpies, scheming roosters and more. 

    Obama: An Intimate Portrait
    Pete Souza
    A visual biography of Barack Obama's historic presidency, captured in unprecedented detail by his White House photographer, includes images documenting the most consequential hours of the Obama administration as well as the 44th President's encounters with world leaders, cultural figures and family members.

    It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree
    A.J. Jacobs
    The best-selling author of The Year of Living Biblically traces his three-year investigation into what constitutes family, describing how after receiving an e-mail from a stranger who claimed to be a distant cousin, he embarked on an effort to build the biggest family tree in history.

    Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter
    Dan Ariely
    Blending humor and behavioral economics, the New York Times bestselling author delves into the truly illogical world of personal finance to help people better understand why they make bad financial decisions, and gives them the knowledge they need to make better ones.

    You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (a So-Called Parody)
    Alec Baldwin
    A satirical memoir written in the style of Donald Trump shares lampooning insights into the 45th President's election, disdain for the press, backroom strategy sessions with White House advisers and world-changing decisions.

    The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
    Nadia Murad
    A human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee traces the harrowing and ultimately inspiring story of her captivity by the Islamic State, describing how militants massacred the people of her Iraqi farming village, killing most of her family members and forcing her into prostitution before she escaped and became an advocate for human rights.

    What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
    Dan Rather
    In a collection of essays, the venerated television journalist celebrates our shared values, reminds us of what matters most in our great country, and shows us what patriotism looks like.

    Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
    Joe Biden
    The former vice-president of the United States chronicles the difficult final year of his son's battle with cancer, his efforts to balance his responsibilities to the country and his family, and the lessons he learned.

    Higher Is Waiting
    Tyler Perry
    The cinematic innovator behind Tyler Perry Studios traces his youth in New Orleans through his successful career, in an uplifting account of his spiritual awakening that explains how his faith has enriched his life and sustained him in hard times.

    Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook
    Joseph Mercola and Pete Evans
    Natural-health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola and superstar Australian chef Pete Evans join forces in this companion to the best-selling Fat for Fuel.

    Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs
    Rachel Jeffs
    The daughter of the self-proclaimed prophet of the FLDS Church describes the abusive patriarchal culture in which she was raised by sister wives and dominating men and discusses how her father remains a powerful influence on his followers.

    Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
    Timothy Ferriss
    Life-changing wisdom from 130 of the world’s highest achievers in short, action-packed pieces, featuring inspiring quotes, life lessons, career guidance, personal anecdotes, and other advice.


    Teen Books

    Marissa Meyer
    In a ruined world where humans with extraordinary abilities have become the world's champions of justice, a vengeance-seeking girl and a justice-seeking boy team up against a villain who has the power to destroy everything they have worked to protect.

    War of Cards
    Colleen Oakes
    The conclusion to the Queen of Hearts series that reimagines the story of the infamous Wonderland queen.

    Follow Me
    Sara Shepard
    The second book in The Amateurs series about four teen detectives.

    Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything
    Aly Raisman
    The true story of the gold-medal-winning gymnast who has competed in two Olympics.

    No Saints In Kansas
    Amy Brashear
    A fictional retelling of the murders that inspired Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.”

    Children’s Books

    Mosquitoes Don’t Bite Me
    Pendred Noyce
    Mosquitoes don't bite Nala Simiyu. It's part of who she is, like being a half-Kenyan seventh-grader whose mother is in a wheelchair. But when a schoolmate's father--who happens to head up a large drug company--learns of Nala's special power, the excitement begins.

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway
    Jeff Kinney
    Book twelve in the popular series about Greg Heffley.

    Supergirl: Age of Atlantis
    Jo Whittemore
    An all-new Supergirl story based on the television series.

    Jimmy Cajoleas
    Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon and The Thickety, this spellbinding story follows a young girl named Goldeline on an adventure through a fairy tale forest filled with dark and wondrous magic.

    Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Written especially for young readers, the basketball legend focuses on the relationships he had with his father and his basketball coaches.


    Picture Books

    It’s Shoe Time
    Bryan Collier
    An early reader that turns the closet on its heel and redefines what it means to be a pair.

    Before She Was Harriet
    Lesa Cline-Ransome
    The story of Harriet Tubman told in beautiful verse and gorgeous images.

    Read the Book, Lemmings!
    Ame Dyckman
    Aboard the S.S. Cliff, First Mate Foxy reads an interesting fact: "Lemmings don't jump off cliffs." But Foxy can't get the lemmings on the Cliff to read his book, too. They're too busy jumping off.

    Inky’s Great Escape
    Casey Lyall
    Based on a true story, this tale follows a daring, Houdini-esque octopus as he performs his greatest escape act yet.

    The Boy and the Whale 
    Mordicai Gerstein
    A boy and his father discover a whale tangled in their only fishing net.

    by Audio Reading Service | Nov 10, 2017


    Vicki Eber has been working with individuals to manage pain and stress for over a decade.

    Pyramid…Seated half-moon…Warrior poses… Audio Reading Service listeners can now build their core strength and flexibility from their head to their toes. Each Monday and Thursday morning at 8:00 am, we broadcast Gentle Yoga and Movement with Vicki Eber. Our listeners are guided through postures that are centering and grounding, with an emphasis on breath and alignment while listening to the body’s wisdom.

    From massage to yoga and meditation, certified wellness coach Vicki Eber enjoys seeking solutions from every aspect of the individual, and utilizing every tool she’s obtained in her education and experience to help others carve out their path to wellness. It is Vicki’s belief that anyone can achieve a balanced life, no matter where they are in their journey.  

    by Dawn S | Nov 01, 2017
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    Join us for our first annual Winter Book Sale! Every branch of the library will be hosting a book sale this winter, sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

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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 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

    From the very beginnings of the anti-slavery movement, visual images played an important role in disseminating ideas about slavery and freedom.  Ranging in media from jewelry to newspapers to photography, images of enslaved persons served as a powerful way to grab an audience’s attention. Moreover, these images had an affective appeal, in some cases not only showing graphic images of slaves being tortured and whipped, but also providing visual proof of the scars from those very abuses.

    As the subject of emancipation became more and more central to political debate after 1831, artists strove not only to depict cruelties of slave owners but also to emphasize the common humanity of the enslaved that should elicit sympathy in the heart of any viewer.  By the end of the Civil war and after, visual imagery of emancipation became celebratory of Northern righteousness.  This lecture will examine a variety of materials and media which played a role in the national discourse over emancipation, from its beginnings to its conclusion.

    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.

    by Communications & Development | Oct 20, 2016

    Check out the link below to browse a wide variety of classes offered through the ACPL Maker Labs!

    ACPL Maker Lab Classes

    by Communications & Development | Oct 20, 2016
    Interested in joining a book club? Check out the link below to see a variety of book clubs at select Allen County Public Library locations. Decide which one best fits your interests (and your schedule!)

    ACPL Book Clubs Calendar View