One Thing: April 2021

Aboite: After 26 years serving the community as assistant manager of the Aboite Branch, Mark Ueber celebrated his retirement with a small gathering that included former and current ACPL staff, family and grateful patrons. We wish him all the best in this next chapter of his life; his knowledge, work ethic, and sense of humor will be greatly missed.

Access Fort Wayne: In recognition of Access Fort Wayne's 40th anniversary, our annual report is titled "40 Things to Know About Access Fort Wayne". The 15-page report includes lists the 40 points and much more.

Business, Science, Technology: The virtual workshop "Managing Your Money" was held on April 15 and 20. The workshop was the eighth collaboration between WorkOne Northeast and ACPL.

Georgetown: Check out the Pinewood Derby cars made by Anthony Wayne Area Council Cub Scouts in Fort Wayne! These vehicles are on display at the Georgetown Library during the month of May. Each Scout is given a block of wood, the axels, and the wheels. Everybody makes their own design and then the races begin!

Tecumseh:  Our branch is partnering with Concordia Lutheran High School to create a garden on our building's west side that will provide sustenance and shelter to "pollinators", like bees and butterflies.  We are excited about the opportunities that the Pollinator Prairie will offer for lifelong learning.  Concordia students will learn while installing and maintaining this space.  It will also allow the library to offer numerous programs about ecology, migration, and so much more. When the project is installed, we hope to provide interactive signage that will make this a place for the community to visit and learn about ecology, plants, and pollinators—even when the library is closed!

Woodburn:  Woodburn Branch, with the help of Access Fort Wayne, created a video that shared information about the services offered at our location and what makes us unique and important to Allen County Public Library system. The video was presented at the Library Board of Trustees' April meeting.

Grabill: Our staff entrance door has seen a lot of use over the past 16 years. As a result of the sun continually beating down on it, the door has begun to swell, stick, and be near impossible to use. A big shout-out goes to ACPL's Facilities staff for repairing it. Our team appreciates their hard work and the care they show for Grabill.

Hessen Cassel: Hessen Cassel's large meeting room is now available for meetings of up to 12 people, and the whiteboard is once again open for business!

Waynedale: One of our staff members went above and beyond with her beautiful trees this month, creating a gorgeous Spring themed tree, complete with an umbrella, rain drops, and a pond full of ducks! The patrons love coming in each time and taking a look at what the tree has in store for them!

Art, Music, Media - Windy City CamerataArt, Music, Media: A virtual concert was presented in April by Bloomington, IN based "Windy City Camerata".  This baroque music ensemble presented, "Classical Kammermusik: Indulging in Fantasy and Conversation".  Patrons were able to access this through ACPL social media sites.  Check it out at:

Dupont: As reported recently in The New York Times, the app called TikTok has led to an increase in sales for many books promoted by "BookTokers," many of whom are teens and young women. It's a fun new literary phenomenon. The Dupont Branch created a BookTok display to showcase some of the books popular on TikTok.

Monroeville: This month, the staff at the Monroeville Branch have been busy promoting the new JumpSPARK program and had the opportunity to distribute the program's game boards to local schools.

Woodburn: With the help of Access Fort Wayne, Woodburn Branch staff created a video that shared information about our branch and what makes us unique and important to our patrons and the Allen County Public Library system. This video was presented at the Library Board of Trustees April meeting.

Youth Services: JumpSPARK-a reading and learning game designed to get kids and teens excited to be a part of the SPARK Summer Learning Program - launched on April 18.  Thousands of readers have signed up to play along.