One Thing: February/March 2021

Shawnee:  To improve upon their communication skills, several Branch Assistants at the Shawnee Branch have begun to take Spanish language lessons via the ACPL digital resources Mango and Udemy.  While not expecting to become completely fluent, the three Branch Assistants hope they can learn some basic Spanish to assist with our continually growing Spanish speaking service population.

Business, Science, & Technology: “Breakthrough 2: A Journey of How to Start Your Own Business – Market Research Part 1” was delivered on February 4 and February 9. This was the second joint program offered by the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center and ACPL on the subject of “Start Your Own Business”. The program shared some resources and tools to conduct market research in a bigger picture. The two organizations have also started working on the virtual program on this topic, which will be “Market Research Part 2”. The contents will be the SWOT analysis and resources to conduct grassroots level market research.

Business, Science, & Technology:  The “Career Exploration” virtual workshop was delivered on March 18 and March 23. This was the seventh collaboration between WorkOne Northeast and ACPL.

Audio Reading Service:  Throughout February, the Audio Reading Service celebrated Black History Month by highlighting contributions of Black individuals throughout history.

Hessen Cassel:  In response to high demand for our study room, we prepared our meeting room to open to the public as of March 1.

Georgetown:  The Georgetown Community Display Case is a special display area where we can highlight special collections of things. In the past, we have showcased coin collections, stamp collections, miniature car collections, Maker art, World puppets, salt and pepper shakers, High School Artwork, and now the Georgetown staff has a small hat selection. The library staff wear many hats! Perhaps you might have a collection you would like to highlight in the display case. Please contact the Georgetown Branch.  Staff are always interested in featuring unique and interesting items.Georgetown display case

Shawnee:  Branch Assistants teamed up to create an interactive bulletin board that highlighted both Women’s History Month and Indiana’s love of March Madness.  The “Leading Ladies of Literature Book Battle” was designed in the style of a Sweet 16 bracket and featured some of the most famous women in literary history.  Patrons had the opportunity to vote for their favorites each week and it proved very popular.  The final two were Pride and Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennet vs. To Kill a Mockingbird’s Scout Finch; the winner will be unveiled during National Library Week.

Genealogy & Special Collections:  Enhancing access to and use of the Genealogy Center's collection, we added our three millionth subject entry to the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) in mid-February. PERSI is the only subject index in the genealogy field that unlocks important resources found in thousands of periodicals that assist individuals in discovering their family stories.

Genealogy & Special Collections: March 25, 2021 marked the one-year anniversary to the day of the Genealogy Center offering virtual programs. In that one year, the Genealogy Center offered 107 virtual programs to interested individuals. The Special Collections staff provided 67 of those programs and genealogical experts who gave freely of their time and expertise provided the other 40. More than twenty thousand individuals have participated in these programs.

Pontiac:  Pontiac Branch has historically provided a hot breakfast each Saturday in February in honor of the Black Panthers’ history of giving free breakfasts to school-aged children, originating in 1969. Due to the pandemic, we modified the program this year and delivered prepackaged breakfast bags via curbside delivery each Saturday in February.

Youth Services:  As the snow melts, staff are busy planning for our SPARK Summer Learning Program.  We are looking forward to an exciting summer full of new opportunities to learn and play together as we celebrate reading together.

Access Fort Wayne:  In mid-March we received an email regarding a show that had aired on New Year’s Eve.   The viewer wondered if it would be possible for Access to air the show again.  Thanks to Access FW’s Video on demand server, we were able to provide the URL for the show to the grateful viewer.

Collection Development: Hoopla Flex, a new way for customers to use Hoopla, went live March 10.

Waynedale:  Our brand new Featured Series collection is shaping up at Waynedale. We have many brand new series books to explore and maybe find a new favorite!

Arts, Music, & Media:  The current exhibit in the Jeffrey R. Krull gallery is the Fort Wayne Artist Guild Member’s Show.  This show features over 100 pieces of art by 48 artists in the Fort Wayne community.  A virtual show was created by Alayne Johnson, Gallery Coordinator and Kurt Roembke from Access Fort Wayne.  It will be accessible on the Gallery’s web page, which is located on the ACPL web site under the Explore tab.  The show is also available on YouTube at  It is a delightful way to spend a few minutes of your day.
Fort Wayne Artist Guild 1
Fort Wayne Artist Guild 2

Aboite:  Children ages 0-5 are encouraged to vote for their favorite book from a list of five finalists for the 2021 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award ballot.   The titles are on display at the Aboite Branch and families are encouraged to read the books together and vote for their favorite by telling a librarian.  Later this summer votes, we will tally the votes and send results to the Indiana Center of the Book.
Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award

Grabill:  A branch staff member is enjoying the opportunity to collaborate with Fort Wayne Housing Authority. The staff member, along with the Georgetown Branch Manager were invited to showcase the library to the community through one of their weekly Hour of Power Zoom presentations.

System wide:  This month, we are participating in the United Front initiative along with many other organizations throughout Fort Wayne. We are learning about individual and organizational biases.  There is a focus on how to do better, work together, and make sure that everyone feels welcome in our buildings.

Audio Reading Service:  In collaboration with The League, the Audio Reading Service is airing a special PSA, informing listeners that free rides for people with disabilities are available to COVID-19 vaccination sites in northeast Indiana.

New Haven:  Earlier this year, we were approached by the owner a quilt that was constructed by the New Haven Highland Lassies Home Demonstration Club. The quilt was constructed in 1976 in honor of the United States' Bicentennial and each square represents elements of the community. When the quilt was finished, it sold at auction and the proceeds were donated to charity. The quilt now hangs in our branch where the community can see it.
A quilt that was constructed by the New Haven Highland Lassies Home Demonstration Club

Georgetown:  The Anthony Wayne Stamp Society has an exhibit in the display case at the Georgetown Library during the month of April. This year’s theme are stamps that have invoked the public’s ire. Given the number of stamps the Post Office has issued over the years, it is inevitable that certain subjects or person have rubbed people the wrong way. Some of these the stamps on display feature the collections of singer Janis Joplin, the Stone Mountain monument, and artist Frida Kahlo.
The Anthony Wayne Stamp Society has an exhibit in the display case at the Georgetown Library during the month of April

Monroeville:  On March 11, the Library’s new Executive Director Susan Baier visited the Monroeville Branch. She toured the facility, had lunch with the staff, and was interviewed by the editor of the Monroeville News. This interview resulted in an article titled "Director touts: Libraries are for everyone."