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    by Emily M | Aug 15, 2018

    Each month we feature an independent or foreign film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series.  Join us on Wednesday, September 5 for the independent British Film, The Party, in which a genteel dinner party devolves into scathing arguments and accusations of infidelity.  The Party stars Timothy Spall and Kristin Scott Thomas, and is written and directed by Sally Potter.

    What: The Party
    When: Wednesday, September 5, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library, Globe Room


    Free admission, ages 18 and up
    Rated R

    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.

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    by Emily M | Aug 07, 2018

    Join us for a showing of the sci-fi action film Pacific Rim: Uprising.  Starring John Boyega and Scott Eastwood, Pacific Rim: Uprising tells the story of Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, who reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.

    What: Pacific Rim: Uprising
    When: Tuesday, August 28, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    Free admission
    Limited seating. First-come, first-seated.
    Doors open at 6 pm with cartoons.
    Rated PG-13; 110 minutes

    by Community Engagement | Aug 02, 2018
    First Steps in Music

    New Program! First Steps in Music

    Join us for a new program at our branches this fall! First Steps in Music is for children ages 0-3 and their caregivers.

    The goal of First Steps in Music is to enable all participants to reach their full potential in singing, vocabulary, and movement skills, with an emphasis on developing sensitivity to the expressive qualities in music. Each class is designed to be playful and enjoyable to children, while providing a carefully planned curriculum that includes developmentally appropriate activities. Children are not taught formally about the specifics of music, but rather they play with music through a series of eight well-rounded activities based on the First Steps in Music curriculum.
    The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir offers First Steps in Music classes to children ages 0 to 3 years old in coordination with the Allen County Public Library, and funded by the PNC Bank Foundation and Three Rivers Credit Union Foundation.
    Through the 8 basic activities included in classes based on the First Steps in Music curriculum, children and their parents/caregiver experience singing, creative movement, simple instruments, finger-plays and more with the help of the rich collection of traditional songs and rhymes from past generations.
    Example activities for First Steps in Music:
    • Pitch exploration
    • Song fragments
    • Simple songs
    • Arioso (Child-centered tunes)
    • Song tales
    • Movement exploration
    • Movement for form and expression
    • Movement with the beat

    First Steps in Music preview programs will be held at the following dates, times, and locations:

    Wednesday, August 22 at 10:30 am - Hessen Cassel Branch

    Thursday, August 23 at 10:30 am - Waynedale Branch

    Friday, August 24  at 10:30 am - Aboite Branch

    Tuesday, August 28 at 10:30 am - Tecumseh Branch

    Wednesday, August 29 at 10:00 am - Main Library Children's Services

    Thursday, August 30 at 10:30 am - Shawnee Branch

    Join us for the full series of First Steps in Music programs this September and October, exclusively at our Shawnee and Aboite branches!

    Shawnee will host First Steps in Music on Thursdays at 10:30 am on the following dates:
    September 6, 13, 20, & 27
    October 4, 11, 18, & 25

    Aboite will host First Steps in Music on Fridays at 10:30 am on the following dates:
    September 7, 14, 21, 28
    October 12, 19, 26.

    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 | Jul 19, 2018
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    Our 2018 SPARK Summer Learning Program is in its final days, and we're already thinking about next summer! A great deal of planning goes into each year's program, and we rely on feedback from participants to help us make every summer truly spectacular.

    If you participated in our SPARK Summer Learning Program, please take a few minutes to share your feedback with us. The links below correspond with the age level that you participated at. Parents of little ones, you'll fill out the "Children's Program" survey to provide feedback for your child. If you also participated in our adult program, complete the "Adult Program" survey to share your thoughts.

    The last day to claim prizes is July 31! If you've reached your reading goals, check out the different learning tracks online and on the Beanstack mobile app for fun activities and challenging trivia. See you next summer!



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    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.

    poster image for rock mandalas program

    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.

    poster image for music in the stacks program

    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: Card + Board Gaming
    Program Description: Adult gaming is huge right now!  Explore a variety of titles, some that you can pick up and play in an hour, and others that will consume your entire weekend.  Expect teasers from the ACPL’s upcoming board game collection.

    poster image for card plus board gaming program

    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: Chair Yoga
    Program Description: This accessible yoga practice fosters flexibility, strengthening and renewal for people of all abilities.

    poster image for chair yoga program

    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: Needle Felting
    Program Description: Learn this great fiber craft technique then create an applique project to take home.

    poster image for needle felting program

    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 Emily M | Apr 14, 2018
    For the last several years, ACPL users have been able to access music at home on their computers or mobile devices for free using Freegal. Users can download five songs a week (and keep them forever!) and stream three hours of music per day.  For those of you who are already using Freegal, you may have noticed some recent changes to their website and app.

    Freegal's new interface is intuitive and clean, to support easier use. It's now simpler to explore Freegal's 15 million songs with over 100 curated playlists to meet every whim and mood. Previous users can use their same credentials as on the old site, and all playlists and stored music have been preserved.

    If you haven't had a chance to explore Freegal, now is a great time to check it out! 

    by Emily M | Apr 12, 2018
    hooplaHoopla is a fantastic way for ACPL patrons to access movies, music, ebooks, and audiobooks from home on their computer or mobile device for free!  Like all technology, Hoopla is continually changing and we would like to keep you updated on a few recent and upcoming changes.   

    New Additions
    Hoopla now supports streaming to Amazon Fire TV 3rd Generation and Chromecast Ultra.

    In the next few weeks Hoopla will begin support for Amazon Alexa devices, including Echo, Dot, Spot, and Show.

    On the Way Out
    Hoopla is phasing out support for Apple iOS9 (including iPad Mini and iPhone 4s).  They are still working at this time but there will be no future updates.

    Hoopla is also eliminating support for Internet Explorer 11.  If you normally use Internet Explorer 11, Hoopla recommends using a different browser, such as Chrome or Firefox.

    If you've never tried Hoopla, now is a great time to give it a whirl!  Explore Hoopla here or talk to library staff for more information.

    by Community Engagement | Mar 29, 2018
    4-22 lincoln and the uprising lecture

    “Lincoln, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising”
    Presented by: Roger Billings

    Sunday, April 22
    2:00 PM
    Main Library, Meeting Room A

    Join us for our upcoming lecture, "Lincoln, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising," part of our Lincoln at the Library series, sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

    About this lecture:

    Lincoln's experience with Native Americans before the Civil War was scant.  An Native American murdered his grandfather; he volunteered to serve in the Blackhawk War in Illinois.  That's all.  Then came the 1862 Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of settlers and interrupted Union Army recruitment.  After the Sioux defeat, 303 Sioux prisoners were condemned to death by a military tribunal.  Lincoln stayed their execution until he could review their files.  Ultimately he spared all but 38.  What followed was the largest mass execution in U.S. history.
    Roger Billings, professor emeritus at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law and co-editor of Abraham Lincoln, Esq.: The Legal Career of America's Greatest President, will examine the recently published trial files that allow us to look over Lincoln's shoulder as he used his legal training to decide who should live and who should die.

    by Community Engagement | Mar 13, 2018


    A collection of works by Fort Wayne artist Janak Narayan.

    March 5, 2018 - April 15, 2018
    Jeffrey Krull Gallery

    by Artist Fair Committee | Feb 14, 2018

    SRP Artist Fair
    The Allen County Public Library is pleased to announce we are hosting our second annual Artist Fair on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Main Library in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    This is a great time to connect with your community during the popular festival season that welcomes thousands of visitors to the downtown area. A variety of art mediums will be available for purchase in our Great Hall, courtesy of our amazing line-up of local artists.  

    This year's featured artists are:

    Lesa Van Meter
    Marlene Ludkadoo
    Beth Wheeler
    Bonnie Manning
    Chris Viel
    Diane YHoung
    Dianna Burt
    Erin Kaufman
    Janelle Young
    John Gingrich
    Lynne Padget
    Madeline Phuong
    Katie Conner
    Nancy Fritz
    Nick Klein
    Rema Addrayie
    Robert Castro Jr
    Rosie Strothman
    Sabina Kittaka
    Sarah Conrad
    Sarah Klein
    Sharmalene Gunawardena
    Tom Foltz
    Valerie McBride
    Amber Albright
    Antigonee Albright
    Koren Albright
    Frank Allen
    Tom De Somer
    Dr. Chang
    Nick Ferran
    Su Zzhang
    Brian Sirois
    Kent Strock

    Our Main Library is located at 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, Indiana. Free parking is available in all ACPL parking lots, with valid library card.

    by Community Engagement | Jan 29, 2018
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    AARP Foundation Tax-Aide for the 2017 tax year is available for free at the ACPL locations listed below from January 29, 2018 through April 17, 2018. For a list of what to bring with you, click here.

    12:30 - 4:00 pm
    Little Turtle
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    10:30 am - 2:00 pm
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm (2/6 thru 4/10)
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm (2/6 thru 4/10)
    Hessen Cassel
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Main Library
    4:00 - 7:00 pm
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    New Haven
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    by Lincoln Collection | Jan 29, 2018
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    Saturday, February 17
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Main Library - Great Hall

    Abraham Lincoln’s 209th birthday is February 12, 2018.  Come celebrate with us by Learning Lincoln’s Legacy at our Main Library on Saturday, February 17, 9:00 am to Noon.  There will be activities for ages 9 to 14, including a behind-the-scenes look into the vault where the Lincoln Collection is kept, a Lincoln historical scavenger hunt through the library, time to watch Lincoln in the movies, and a hands-on recreation of a real 19th-century photograph.There will also be an exclusive collection of books about Lincoln available for you to check out.

    The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection at the Allen County Public Library is an incomparable repository and resource for information on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.