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    by Emily M | Dec 07, 2018

    Join us for a showing of the film Christopher Robin!

    A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

    What: Christopher Robin
    When: Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater, Lower Level Two

    Christopher Robin

    Doors open at 6:00 pm with cartoons before the show.
    Limited seating. First come, first served.
    Rated PG.
    by Dawn Stoops | Dec 07, 2018
    Take a look at these beautiful books!
    Below are the 37* most amazingly illustrated picture books written for kids in 2018 and they're the ones we're going to talk about at our annual Mock Caldecott Discussion and Election coming up in January.

    Saturday, January 12th, 9:00am-1:00pm

    Globe Room at the Main Library


    We'll learn a little about the actual award, given by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association), we'll talk about elements of art, then we'll debate and discuss the finer points of these picture books.

    Librarians, teachers, and other adults interested in picture books for children and young teens are invited to participate. Please register online or by calling Children's Services at 260.421.1220.

    Don't miss out on the fun as we try to determine the books that might win the actual award. Books we will consider are from 2018, and 37 titles have been selected from the ones posted on the ACPL Mock Caldecott Pinterest Page.

    *Did we miss one of your favorites? Give us a call and we'll see if we can add yours to the list for discussion. Remember, ALSC has detailed guidelines about what books are eligible.
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    cover image for carmela full of wishes cover image for the day you begin cover image for drawn together
    cover image for dreamers cover image for every month a new year cover image for grace for gus
    cover image for heartbeat cover image for hello hello cover image for hello lighthouse
    cover image for hey kiddo cover image for a house that once was cover image for i am a cat
    cover image for if i had a horse cover image for islandborn cover image for julian is a mermaid
    cover image for let the children march cover image for night job cover image for night out
    cover image for nothing stopped sophie cover image for ocean meets sky cover image for otis and will discover the deep
    cover image for pie is for sharing  cover image for the rabbit listened cover image for run wild
    cover image for the sockeye mother cover image for stop that yawn cover image for the stuff of stars
    cover image for thank you omu cover image for they say blue cover image for tiger vs nightmare
    cover image for the united states vs. jackie robinson cover image for the wall in the middle of the book cover image for what do you do with a voice like that
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    by Carrie V | Dec 06, 2018

          Seasons' Readings

    You’re invited to celebrate December by joining us for an all-ages story time! Listen to holiday stories and poems read by ACPL librarians and staff, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, too!

    Tuesday, December 11, 2-3 p.m.
    Globe Room, Main Library

    Stories to be read:

          The Greatest Gift, backstory to the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life

    (Read by Megan from Readers’ Services)

    Toward the Winter Solstice by Timothy Steele

    Snow White by Katherine Riegel

    (Read by Ben & Mary Jane from Security Services)

          My Christmas Scarf by Katie Martin

    (Read by Christine, Substitute Librarian)

     Hanukkah with Bells On by Neil Gaiman

    (Read by Colby from Material Support Services)

    What is Myrrh Anyway? by Henry Hitchings

    (Read by Stephanie from Readers’ Services)

    King John’s Christmas by A. A. Milne

    (Read by Craig from the Business, Science, & Technology Dept.)

    A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, excerpt

    (Read by Emily from the Lincoln Collection)

    We hope to see you there!

    by Amanda K C | Dec 05, 2018
    Fort Wayne Photo Club Exhibit

    2018 Fort Wayne Photo Club 

    November 19, 2018-January 5, 2019
    Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery at the Main Library 

    This exhibit contains the latest work created by members of the Fort Wayne Photo Club. 

    by Friends of the Allen County Public Library | Nov 30, 2018
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    Main Library Winter Book Sale

    Thursday, December 13
    Noon - 7:00 pm
    Friday, December 14
    Noon - 4:00 pm
    Saturday, December 15
    Noon - 4:00 pm
    Shop thousands of books at our Main Library, all for $1 or less! All media is just $1 and includes hundreds of Blu-Ray discs, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and more. Visit our ACPL Holiday Pop-Up Shop for a variety of unique gifts for everyone on your list. All forms of payment accepted. Free parking in library lots.
    Hardbacks $1.00
    Paperbacks $0.50
    Media: $1.00
    Tote Bags: $3.00
    100% of proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Allen County Public Library to support programs and outreach in our communities.
    Local Author Book Sale
    Saturday, December 15
    Noon - 4:00 pm
    In addition to our Winter Book Sale, we will also be hosting a Local Author Book Sale in our Main Library Great Hall on Saturday, December 15. Over 30 published authors from around the region will be selling their books, signing copies, and sharing their stories! This is a perfect opportunity to pick up thoughtful gifts for friends and family while supporting our area's local authors.

    Our Main Library is located in downtown Fort Wayne at 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, Indiana. 
    by Emily M | Nov 29, 2018

    Smooth Edge 2 is an a cappella group from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Formed in 2010, Smooth Edge 2 quickly developed a reputation for its stellar a cappella vocal sound and highly energetic, entertaining live shows. Following in the tradition of groups such as The Manhattan Transfer, Real Group and Pentatonix, Smooth Edge 2 performs contemporary a cappella and vocal jazz arrangements of songs ranging from current pop hits to American classics.  Join us for some Holiday entertainment!

    What: Smooth Edge 2: A Cappella Jazz for the Holidays
    When: Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 pm
    Where: Main Library, Great Hall

    Smooth Edge 2


    by Aisha H. | Nov 21, 2018

    Otis in his hat

    Are you a teen in grades six through twelve? Are you looking for handmade gifts to give your loved ones this holiday season? Well, you’re in luck! On Saturday, December 1st from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, you can make an assortment of easy handmade gifts for free!

    Join us at the Main Library in Meeting Room A to make:

    • Bath Fizzies
    • Buttons
    • Charm Bracelets
    • Chocolate Candies
    • Tiny Adorable Hats for Pets
    • and a handy Gift Bag to carry it all home!

    Registration is required and can be done online or by calling 421-1255.

    by Carrie | Sep 20, 2018
    Monday, October 8 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Meeting Room A at the Main Library.

    Have you ever dreamed of getting something published?  Hear Michael Martone, a Fort Wayne native and renowned author and creative writing teacher, talk about his journey to publication.  This workshop is part of the ACPL Writers' Series.
    Michael Martone is currently a professor at the University of Alabama.  He has taught at Iowa State University, Harvard University, and Syracuse University.  Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Michael Martone has published more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction books.  His most recent books include a collection of essays entitled, "Brooding: Arias, Choruses, Lullabies, Follies, Dirges, and a Duet," and a short story collection called, "The Moon Over Wapakoneta: Fictions and Science Fictions from Indiana and Beyond."


    by Community Engagement | Sep 19, 2018
    Spooky Fort Wayne

    Put away your history books. You will not find these stories there.

    Spooky Fort Wayne
    Saturday, October 6 - 1:30 pm
    Georgetown Branch
    Free admission

    This is the dark history of Fort Wayne, the city built along the rivers, a city of secrets. Put away your history books. You will not find these stories there. These are the tales that are too dark, too grisly, and too unspeakable to be recorded by traditional means. But we promise, dear reader, the stories told at this event are, unfortunately, absolutely true. Lori Graf, our fearless presenter, will pass along local lore from ARCH's famous "Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem" tours. This program is intended for teens and adults, but is not suitable for children or for the faint of heart.

    ARCH's "Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem" walking tours have become a staple in Fort Wayne's October event list, and they are known to quickly sell out. Tours typically cost $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-17. Our "Spooky Fort Wayne" program is an opportunity to experience the "Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem" tour for free, and in the comfort of our Georgetown branch.

    by Readers' Services | Sep 17, 2018
    Local Author Book Sale


    Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 ACPL Local Author Book Sale! Previously called the ACPL Author Fair, the Local Author Book Sale will take place on Saturday, December 15 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at the Main Library. This event will provide local authors an opportunity to sell their work, sign copies of their books, and meet other authors from around the region. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 15, 2018.

    *Please note that only authors who are currently residents of Indiana or who can demonstrate strong ties to Indiana will be considered.*

    Click here to apply!

     The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 15, 2018.

    by Aisha H. | Sep 05, 2018

    Celebrate Bilbo's and Frodo's birthdays with door prizes, games, and more on Saturday, September 22 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. There will be music and dancing with Barry Dupen and The Spy Run String Band; There and Back Again, a scavenger hunt game; and interactive Hobbit character photo-ops. Events will take place inside and outside the Main Library. Cosplay is encouraged!


    Come early for a 13th Age RPG game: Raiders of the Black Pit! Sessions will be at 9:00 and 11:00 am. Space is limited for the RPG; please call 421-1255 to register.

    by Carrie V | Aug 28, 2018
    Do you want to write a mystery novel but don’t know how to start?
    ACPL Writers’ Series presents Mystery Writing 101 with renowned crime fiction author Lori Rader-Day on Saturday, September 29th from 10 am to 12 pm in meeting room A at the Main library.

    Lori Rader-Day’s debut mystery, The Black Hour, won the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the 2015 Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her second novel, Little Pretty Things, won the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and was a nominee for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Little Pretty Things was named a 2015 “most arresting crime novel” by Kirkus Reviews and one of the top ten crime novels of the year by Booklist. Her third novel, The Day I Died, was an Indie Next Pick and is a nominee for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Barry Award. Lori’s fourth novel of crime fiction, Under a Dark Sky, comes out in August 2018. Born and raised in central Indiana, she currently lives in Chicago.
    Pre-registration is recommended.  Call Readers’ Services at 260-421-1235 for more details.

    Lori Rader-DayUnder a Dark Sky

    by Aisha H | Aug 27, 2018

    All Voices Book Club is for teens in grades 9-12 and is dedicated to reading YA books that reflect the diversity of our world. AVBC will be held at the Pontiac Branch on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:00-6:00 pm and at the Main Library on the second Thursday of the month from 7:00-8:00 pm. You can attend either club.

    During the September meetings, we will pass out the book we’ll read for our October meetings, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and discuss what titles to read in the upcoming months.

    The Hate U Give

    The first meeting at the Pontiac Branch is on September 11. The first meeting at the Main Library is on September 13.

    by Community Engagement | Aug 17, 2018
    2018 Senior Information Fair

    Thursday, September 20
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Allen County Public Library - Main Library

    Join us for the 2018 Senior Information Fair! Network with 89 exhibitors and vendors. Ask a pharmacist any questions you may have. Take advantage of free health screenings and educational sessions. Valuable resource materials and information will be available, all free of charge.

    This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit



    "VA Legal Lingo"
    9:15-10:30 am

    Speaker: Charles Backs
    Presented by Beers Mallers Backs & Salin, LLP

    "Managing the Medicare Maze"
    10:30-11:15 am
    Speaker: Greg MacDonald
    Presented by Sage Insurance Advisors


    Open Demonstrations
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Tour the Maker Lab and unleash your creativity! Learn how to turn your old pictures into digital files, slides, and even convert film into digital images.


    "Starting Your Family History"
    9:30-10:15 am
    Presented by ACPL Genealogy Center
    Learn a few easy steps you can take to trace your family history.

    "Telling the Stories of Our Lives"
    10:45-11:30 am
    Presented by ACPL Genealogy Center
    Learn a few simple ways to encourage the sharing of stories.


    "The Importance of Books, Interaction, Reading & Play"
    10:30-11:15 am and 1:00-1:45 pm

    Learn about what the library has to offer you and the special children in your life. We'll share information about how playing, talking, and reading with kids can help them get ready to learn and read.

    The 2018 Senior Information Fair is sponsored by AARP, Parkview, American Senior Communities, Beers Mallers Backs & Salin, LLP, Oak Street Health, WANE-TV 15, and 1st Source Bank.
    by Community Engagement | Aug 08, 2018
    9-26-18 ACPL Constitution 101

    Do you want to learn more about our nation’s Constitution?  Perhaps you want to feel more informed before you head to the polls to vote this November. Check out this 6-session class for adults!

    This fall the Allen County Public Library is partnering with the Allen County Bar Foundation, the League of Women Voters' Fort Wayne chapter and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne for a six-week Constitution 101 course offered at the Main library.

    Classes will be held at 6:30 pm in Meeting Room C at the Main Library every Wednesday from September 26 through October 31. There is a cost of $50 for the course and space is limited to 40 participants.  Registration is through the Bar Foundation.

    Find out more at

    by Aisha H. | Jul 24, 2018

    Human Library - Fort Wayne
    Saturday, August 4 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


    Assem grew up in Lebanon, came to the United States, and experienced culture shock while living in the US as an Arab immigrant. Jay grew up in Appalachia, in an environment of steep poverty and racism, living with her single mom and an illiterate coal miner grandpa. Ketu was on death row for five years, two months, and a few odd days, sentenced for a crime he did not commit. They and other human “books” will be available to “check out” on Saturday, August 4 at Human Library- Fort Wayne from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in Meeting Rooms ABC.

    Human Library is “designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.”

    Throughout the day, there will be panel presentations as well as time to check out more than 30 human “books” and have a conversation with them one-on-one.

    This program is aimed at ages 14 and up.

    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.

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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: 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