One Thing: July 2021

Aboite: The Aboite Branch's s new youth librarian has provided a way for teens to share their thoughts.  Near the teen collection is a new bulletin board display entitled "Featured Teen Picks of the Month".  There are four categories: fiction, video games, manga/anime, and graphic novels. Teens can leave their reviews of the monthly picks on the provided post-it notes.

Audio Reading Service: 75 volunteers provided 501 hours of service to Audio Reading Service listeners. (97 volunteers have served so far in 2021.) This translates to a 2.89 Full-time Employee Equivalent (FTE), and an added value of $4,719.42 to ACPL, with a year-to-date added value of $35,009.43 to the Library!


Georgetown:  The Georgetown Branch library receives the highest foot traffic of the branch locations in the ACPL system. Therefore it is fitting that this location position itself as a showcase for display of local talent in the form of hanging art and 3 dimensional objects. We have repurposed 171 square feet of blank wall space and the display case in the front of the library for hanging and exhibiting community art.  The goal will be to host at least 4 different art exhibits per year. Unless the demand is higher, we will plan to do bi-monthly exhibits. During August and September, we are featuring the paintings of Jason O'Connell and the ceramics of Karla K. Alexander. Do you know a local artist that might like to share their work at the Georgetown Library? Please have them contact Stephen Platt at


New Haven: In addition to branch staff visiting parks in New Haven, Monroeville, and Hoagland for story times, we had a table at New Haven's weekly farmers market: Music, Market & Munchies. They had a great turn out every week and we look forward to participating at the fall market soon!    Staff also attended the Adams Township's Caring for Community event alongside the Hessen Cassel Branch manager. They had a wonderful turn out for vendors and you could tell that the event facilitators put a lot of thought into creating a great event.

Pontiac: The Pontiac Branch staff served 525 attendees with outreach programming in July.  This included events at community and daycare centers, as well as special events such as the Keep Calm and Stress Less Fest at McMillen Park Community Center and the Johnnie Mae Farm Market.

Genealogy & Special Collections: The Genealogy Center has  been for a number of months to scan a great collection of local history materials. The finished product was posted to the library's Community Album in July. The "Cosmopolites Business and Professional Women's Club" collection is now on the Community Album. The Cosmopolites was founded on November 7, 1957 by ten diverse women who sought to promote social, education and civic responsibilities in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Cosmopolites continue their success by offering activities, services, and programs that are life-changing, such as the awarding of the Arneater Martin Pearson Scholarship Fund to an area high school student, contributing to the Al Jennings Recreation Center and Scholarship Grants, and hosting the Cosmopolite Fashion Show and Fashion Brunch in order to further sponsor and partner with community initiatives and organizations. Now more than twenty-one hundred images that tell the story of the Cosmopolites are available for the community to enjoy.

Youth Services: 18 Team Readers representing 8 area high schools completed 7 weeks of work at the library this summer.  These teens had the unique opportunity to work at various library branches.  They received training on job skills, entrepreneurship, and working with youth through interaction with partners from various community organizations.  Nearly 12,000 readers participated in our SPARK Summer Learning Program.  Our online reading tracker, Beanstack, is a great way for readers to track their own reading accomplishments and even create a "community" with friends and family to see their reading streaks.  We will continue to offer new programs regularly for readers who enjoy this tool and are looking forward to a Back to School program in August and a Hispanic Heritage Month program in September and October.  Readers who participate in these challenges will earn virtual badges.