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    by Community Engagement | Jul 19, 2018
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    Our 2018 SPARK Summer Learning Program is in its final days, and we're already thinking about next summer! A great deal of planning goes into each year's program, and we rely on feedback from participants to help us make every summer truly spectacular.

    If you participated in our SPARK Summer Learning Program, please take a few minutes to share your feedback with us. The links below correspond with the age level that you participated at. Parents of little ones, you'll fill out the "Children's Program" survey to provide feedback for your child. If you also participated in our adult program, complete the "Adult Program" survey to share your thoughts.

    The last day to claim prizes is July 31! If you've reached your reading goals, check out the different learning tracks online and on the Beanstack mobile app for fun activities and challenging trivia. See you next summer!



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    by Emily M | Jul 19, 2018

    Each month we show a foreign or independent film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series.  This month will feature the Indian film Hotel Salvation.  Directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani, Hotel Salvation is the story of a son embarking on a journey with his father, who has made the untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi to attain Salvation.

    What: Hotel Salvation*
    When: Wednesday, August 6, 6:30 pm
     Where: Main Library, Globe Room

    Hotel Salvation Poster

    In Hindi, with English subtitles
    Free Admission, ages 18 and up

    by Emily M | Jul 11, 2018

    Join us for Paddington 2, and accompany Paddington bear on his latest adventure!  Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

    What: Paddington 2
    When: Tuesday, July 31, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater, Lower Level 2


    Free admission
    Limited seating. First-come, first-seated.
    Doors open at 6 pm with cartoons before the show.

    by Emily M | Jul 08, 2018

    New England natives Andy & Judy Daigle have been singing together since 2009. They began writing songs in 2011. Today, this talented folk duo performs regularly at coffeehouses, festivals, libraries, and stages where they have been featured artists, openers and headliners blending their growing list of original songs with popular folk covers.

    Join us to hear this folk duo perform at an outdoor concert on our library plaza at lunchtime.  Local food trucks will be onsite, so you can dine al fresco while enjoying the music!

    Who: Andy & Judy Daigle Folk Duo
    When: Wednesday, August 8, 11:30-1:30
    Where: Main Library Plaza


    by Friends of the Allen County Public Library | Jun 14, 2018
    summer book sale

    It's time for our annual book sale! Over 40,000 books from every genre! Join us from Tuesday, June 26 through Friday, June 30 at our Main Library. This sale will be held INDOORS in Meeting Rooms A, B, and C.

    Tuesday, June 26 is our Friends of the Allen County Public Library preview sale. It is open exclusively to Friends of ACPL. Want to become a Friend? Go to!

    Wednesday through Saturday are open to the public! Free entry.

    All sales benefit the Friends of the Allen County Public Library to support programs and opportunities in our communities.

    Hardbacks: $1
    Paperbacks: $0.50


    Tuesday, June 26 (Friends Preview Sale)
    5:00-8:00 pm

    Wednesday, June 27
    10:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Thursday, June 28
    10:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Friday, June 29
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Saturday, June 30
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    $5 Bag Sale (Fill any bag with books for only $5. Bring your own bag.)

    Bags will be available, but feel free to bring your own. Boxes will be available for large orders. Pick-up available at our Ewing street entrance. Sale will be air conditioned and fully handicap accessible.
    by Emily M | May 25, 2018

    Join us this summer for outdoor concerts on our plaza!  The second Wednesday of each month will feature performances by Alicia Pyle Quartet, KelsiCote, or Andy and Judy Daigle.  Local food trucks will be nearby so you can enjoy a delicious lunch while being serenaded by talented musicians.

    by Community Engagement | May 24, 2018

    USF Exhibition
    Saint Francis University
    2017-2018 Student Highlights Exhibition

    May 25 - July 1
    Jeffery R. Krull Gallery
    at the Main Library

    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Wizard Duel - Harry Potter Kahoot
    Program Description: Challenge your friends and family with your knowledge of Harry Potter.
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    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!

    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge

    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Rock Mandalas
    Program Description: Using tools provided, create calming and beautiful decorative stones.

    poster image for rock mandalas program

    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!

    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge

    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Music in the Stacks
    Program Description: Enjoy this mini-concert at your local library.  Classical music reduces stress, boosts memory, sparks creativity, and makes the library an even more interesting place.

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    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!

    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge

    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Card + Board Gaming
    Program Description: Adult gaming is huge right now!  Explore a variety of titles, some that you can pick up and play in an hour, and others that will consume your entire weekend.  Expect teasers from the ACPL’s upcoming board game collection.

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    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!

    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge

    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Chair Yoga
    Program Description: This accessible yoga practice fosters flexibility, strengthening and renewal for people of all abilities.

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    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!

    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge

    by Dawn S | May 22, 2018
    2018 Summer Learning Program
    Program Name: Needle Felting
    Program Description: Learn this great fiber craft technique then create an applique project to take home.

    poster image for needle felting program

    Check out our calendar for locations, days, and times!

    This program is a part of our SPARK! Summer Learning Program.
    Science / Play / Arts / Reading / Knowledge

    by Emily M | Apr 14, 2018
    For the last several years, ACPL users have been able to access music at home on their computers or mobile devices for free using Freegal. Users can download five songs a week (and keep them forever!) and stream three hours of music per day.  For those of you who are already using Freegal, you may have noticed some recent changes to their website and app.

    Freegal's new interface is intuitive and clean, to support easier use. It's now simpler to explore Freegal's 15 million songs with over 100 curated playlists to meet every whim and mood. Previous users can use their same credentials as on the old site, and all playlists and stored music have been preserved.

    If you haven't had a chance to explore Freegal, now is a great time to check it out! 

    by Emily M | Apr 12, 2018
    hooplaHoopla is a fantastic way for ACPL patrons to access movies, music, ebooks, and audiobooks from home on their computer or mobile device for free!  Like all technology, Hoopla is continually changing and we would like to keep you updated on a few recent and upcoming changes.   

    New Additions
    Hoopla now supports streaming to Amazon Fire TV 3rd Generation and Chromecast Ultra.

    In the next few weeks Hoopla will begin support for Amazon Alexa devices, including Echo, Dot, Spot, and Show.

    On the Way Out
    Hoopla is phasing out support for Apple iOS9 (including iPad Mini and iPhone 4s).  They are still working at this time but there will be no future updates.

    Hoopla is also eliminating support for Internet Explorer 11.  If you normally use Internet Explorer 11, Hoopla recommends using a different browser, such as Chrome or Firefox.

    If you've never tried Hoopla, now is a great time to give it a whirl!  Explore Hoopla here or talk to library staff for more information.

    by Community Engagement | Mar 30, 2018
    Donald Davidson

    Wednesday, April 11
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Allen County Public Library
    900 Library Plaza
    Fort Wayne, IN 46802

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson is believed to be the only full-time historian employed at any race track in the world. Join us at our Main Library for a visit with Donald Davidson as he shares his valuable knowledge of the Indy 500. A question and answer session will follow his presentation.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    About Donald Davidson

    A passionate interest in the "500" since his early teens irresistibly drew the English-born-and-raised Davidson to the Speedway for a three-week visit in May 1964. Having committed to memory a plethora of trivial details during the seven years it took for him to save up for the trip, he was able to delight both active and retired participants with year-by-year recitations of their careers.

    He returned from England permanently the following May and was fortunate not only to be invited by the late Sid Collins to join the worldwide IMS Radio Network broadcast for race day, but also to secure employment with the United States Auto Club, where he was to remain as statistician and historian for the next 31 years. Officially becoming the Speedway's historian on January 1, 1998, he continues to serve on the Radio Network.

    For the greater part of each May since 1971, raconteur Davidson has hosted a popular racing trivia "call-in" program on radio station WIBC (now WFIN), and for many years he wrote a column for The Indianapolis Star during the month leading up to the race. Each spring between 1986 and 2016, he presented a four-night continuing-studies course of “500” history through the Indianapolis-based IUPUI (Indiana University/Purdue University) campus.
    Davidson is co-author of the Autocourse Official History of the Indianapolis 500 and has contributed to countless other hardcover books on racing.

    He also has written numerous articles for AutoWeek, Motor Trend, Road & Track, Car and Driver and the Indianapolis 500 Yearbook. He has himself been the subject of feature articles in most of the aforementioned publications, as well as in Sports Illustrated and the New York Times. He has also been profiled on ABC's "World News Tonight," and on race morning 2001 was interviewed live on CNN News. Two nights before the 1983 race, he was a live guest of Ted Koppel on ABC's "Nightline," along with Jackie Stewart and Mario Andretti, while a brief interview with Russ Mitchell for CBS Evening News in 2011 was rebroadcast race morning on "CBS Sunday Morning" with Charles Osgood. 

    On May 27, 2010, Davidson was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and on October 3rd, 2013, he was similarly honored by the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. In May, 2016, the Indianapolis Star proclaimed Davidson one of the 100 most influential people in the history of the Indianapolis 500, and on May 20, Governor Mike Pence named him a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor the State of Indiana can bestow upon a civilian.

    by Community Engagement | Mar 29, 2018
    4-22 lincoln and the uprising lecture

    “Lincoln, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising”
    Presented by: Roger Billings

    Sunday, April 22
    2:00 PM
    Main Library, Meeting Room A

    Join us for our upcoming lecture, "Lincoln, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising," part of our Lincoln at the Library series, sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

    About this lecture:

    Lincoln's experience with Native Americans before the Civil War was scant.  An Native American murdered his grandfather; he volunteered to serve in the Blackhawk War in Illinois.  That's all.  Then came the 1862 Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of settlers and interrupted Union Army recruitment.  After the Sioux defeat, 303 Sioux prisoners were condemned to death by a military tribunal.  Lincoln stayed their execution until he could review their files.  Ultimately he spared all but 38.  What followed was the largest mass execution in U.S. history.
    Roger Billings, professor emeritus at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law and co-editor of Abraham Lincoln, Esq.: The Legal Career of America's Greatest President, will examine the recently published trial files that allow us to look over Lincoln's shoulder as he used his legal training to decide who should live and who should die.

    by Community Engagement | Mar 13, 2018


    A collection of works by Fort Wayne artist Janak Narayan.

    March 5, 2018 - April 15, 2018
    Jeffrey Krull Gallery

    by Artist Fair Committee | Feb 14, 2018

    SRP Artist Fair
    The Allen County Public Library is pleased to announce we are hosting our second annual Artist Fair on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Main Library in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    This is a great time to connect with your community during the popular festival season that welcomes thousands of visitors to the downtown area. A variety of art mediums will be available for purchase in our Great Hall, courtesy of our amazing line-up of local artists.  

    This year's featured artists are:

    Lesa Van Meter
    Marlene Ludkadoo
    Beth Wheeler
    Bonnie Manning
    Chris Viel
    Diane YHoung
    Dianna Burt
    Erin Kaufman
    Janelle Young
    John Gingrich
    Lynne Padget
    Madeline Phuong
    Katie Conner
    Nancy Fritz
    Nick Klein
    Rema Addrayie
    Robert Castro Jr
    Rosie Strothman
    Sabina Kittaka
    Sarah Conrad
    Sarah Klein
    Sharmalene Gunawardena
    Tom Foltz
    Valerie McBride
    Amber Albright
    Antigonee Albright
    Koren Albright
    Frank Allen
    Tom De Somer
    Dr. Chang
    Nick Ferran
    Su Zzhang
    Brian Sirois
    Kent Strock

    Our Main Library is located at 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, Indiana. Free parking is available in all ACPL parking lots, with valid library card.

    by Community Engagement | Jan 29, 2018
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    AARP Foundation Tax-Aide for the 2017 tax year is available for free at the ACPL locations listed below from January 29, 2018 through April 17, 2018. For a list of what to bring with you, click here.

    12:30 - 4:00 pm
    Little Turtle
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    10:30 am - 2:00 pm
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm (2/6 thru 4/10)
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm (2/6 thru 4/10)
    Hessen Cassel
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Main Library
    4:00 - 7:00 pm
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    New Haven
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm