One Thing: May 2021

Access Fort Wayne: On May 16th AFW televised live the whole virtual Cherry Blossom Festival for five hours On Access 2 and Youtube Live.   ACPL as an event sponsor worked with their committee to put on a virtual event, coming out of AFW's Studio A.  Doing live TV is something AFW does regularly, going live for a whole Sunday afternoon has never been done, until now.  It was a team effort with meetings, plans, pr-recording sessions, and rehearsals all leading up to Sunday May 16th.  The results were stellar and will be watched many times over both on the channel, VOD and on Social Media.

Business, Science & Technology: "Resume Critique" virtual workshop was delivered on May 20th and May 25th. This was the ninth collaboration between WorkOne Northeast and ACPL.

Aboite: Aboite staff converted one of our display cases into an "I Spy" window, inviting patrons to try to solve a posted riddle and then find the items in the display.  Passive programs have been planned throughout the summer to provide engaging and fun on-the-spot learning activities that are always available.

ACPL staff and volunteers donated 183 packages of socks and underwear to Allen County System of Care's Resource Fair & Family Fun Night.

Georgetown: The Parking Lot of the Georgetown Library was painted and sealed over Memorial Day weekend. A number of customers have commented that they are so pleased with this improvement. The spaces are clearly designated now and the paint is fresh and sharp.

Teens: We decorated the Teens department for the SPARK summer learning program!

Genealogy & Special Collections: The Genealogy Center website was awarded the distinction of Family Tree Magazine's "101 Best Websites for Genealogy" for 2021. We have been recognized with this distinction a number of times in the past. For two decades, the editors of Family Tree Magazine have published this list to highlight the best online resources for family history research. This distinction puts us in good company with the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the New York Public Library Digital Collections, and the USGenWeb. The Genealogy Center webpage continues to be a go-to place for family historians looking for access to good information and solid data.

Public Services: Our inaugural JumpSPARK spring program finished on May 31 with 3800 registered readers.  JumpSPARK was created to increase awareness and excitement around our SPARK Summer Learning offerings at local schools.  Libraries worked hard the final week in May to make their spaces ready for SPARK Summer Learning beginning on June 1.

Audio Reading Service: The Audio Reading Service is pleased to provide our first ever program in Spanish, El Mexicano y Más!  This program brings up-to-date relevant, reliable and trusted news from El Mexicano, Indiana's largest Spanish newspaper since 1994, with local, regional, national and international stories, plus pertinent local community information to our Spanish speaking community.

Arts, Music & Media: The May-June exhibit in the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery is the School of Creative Arts, University of St. Francis, 2020-2021 Student Art Highlights Exhibition.  This show runs from May 24 – June 27, 2021. You will see paintings, sculpture and pottery in this unique display of senior projects for the Bachelor of Arts degree program.