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    by Aisha H. | Aug 20, 2019
    Better Sleep for Teens

    Adulting 101: Better Sleep for Teens
    Thursday, September 5
    7:00-8:00 pm

    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - 900 Library Plaza
    Meeting Room C


    Sleep plays an important role in a teen's health, but unfortunately, many teens don't get the number of hours they need. Only 15% of teenagers get the recommended 8.5 hours of sleep on school nights. Is your teen one of them?

    Join us for a discussion with Dr. Aaron Roberts, MD, PPG-Sleep Medicine, where he'll share how much sleep teens need, the things that prevent teens from getting proper sleep, and habits that promote healthy sleep for teens.

    Click here to register for this free program.

    Check out our full events calendar online at www.acpl.info/calendar.
    by Readers' Services | Aug 20, 2019
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    Thursday, August 29
    7:00 - 8:30 PM


    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - Meeting Room A
    (900 Library Plaza)


    What's the latest? Stay up-to-date on what's changing in Fort Wayne. For the third program in this series about Fort Wayne area recreational options and events, we will learn about ACRES Land Trust.

    Lettie Haver, Outreach Manager at ACRES, will share photos and information about the over 100 properties they manage, and tell us about some exciting events and opportunities they have planned for upcoming months. Come and get some fresh ideas about where to go next when you want to get outside and explore nature.

    This program is free and open to the public.

    Parking is available in library lots and the parking garage. Free parking for cardholders, $1 per hour for non-cardholders.
    by Community Engagement | Aug 20, 2019
    The Brady Gang

    Author and retired Indiana State Police Trooper David Morrison will give a presentation on the infamous Brady Gang, and the chilling true events that earned them a top spot on the FBI's Most Wanted list.

    Click here to register online to claim your seat.

    Saturday, September 7
    2:00 pm

    Allen County Public Library
    Aboite Branch
    5630 Coventry Lane Fort Wayne, IN

    Mr. Morrison is the author of “Thunder at Caley Church” which describes the events surrounding the murder of Indiana State Police trooper Paul V. Minneman who was shot by the Brady Gang outside of Caley Church, located in White County, Indiana, on May 25, 1937.  The members of the Brady Gang were the subject of a massive manhunt, on the FBI’s most wanted list, and earned the title “Public Enemy Number 1.”

     The presentation will follow the Gang’s short career of robbery and murder to its violent end.  So hang on and join the police in their pursuit of the “Second Dillinger Gang.”

    Copies of “Thunder at Caley Church” by David Morrison will be available for purchase and signing.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Click here to register online to claim your seat.

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    by Community Engagement | Aug 19, 2019
    Local Author Sale 2019

    NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!


    Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 ACPL Local Author Book Sale! 

    The Allen County Public Library is hosting the 2019 Local Author Book Sale on Saturday, November 30 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

    The sale will take place in the Great Hall of the Main Library located at 900 Library Plaza in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    This event will take place in conjunction with the 2019 Holly Shopping experience, and ACPL will be a destination along the free trolley transportation route.

    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.

    There are no registration costs or vendor fees for this event.

    *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!

    Deadline for submissions is Monday, September 30, 2019.

     

    by Emily M | Aug 19, 2019
    We show an independent or foreign film each month as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series.  Join us this September for the German-Austrian film Styx.

    "Premiering at the Berlinale, where it opened the Panorama Special section, STYX is a work of unrelenting intensity and technical brilliance. ER doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) embarks on a one-woman solo sailing trip to Ascension Island in the Atlantic. When Rike comes across a sinking ship of refugees, she is quickly torn out of her contented and idealized world and must make a momentous decision. Aptly named after the mythological river that separates the living from the dead, STYX is an astute modern day parable of Western indifference in the face of marginalized suffering. Carrying practically the entire film, Wolff is riveting as a woman pushed to her physical, psychological and moral limits."1

    styxWhat: Styx
    When: Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library, Globe Room
    Free admission.  Ages 18 and up.
    In English and German (with English subtitles).




















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    Styx. (n.d.) Retrieved August 15, 2019 from https://www.filmmovement.com/product/styx


    by Emily M | Aug 08, 2019

    VikingsonBoardingenious
    Did you know that you can borrow board games from ACPL?  We now offer a variety of board games such as Codenames, Ticket to Ride, Vikings on Board, Ingenious, and Spyfall, just to name a few.  Board games are available at Hessen Cassel, Grabill, Little Turtle, New Haven, Waynedale, and Main (in the Art, Music, & Media department).  No board games available at your local branch?  No problem!  Just like books, board games may be placed on hold and sent to your local branch for pick up.  You may check out up to 10 board games at one time for seven days.  Board games may be renewed up to 5 times as long as there are no holds on the game.  

    Round up your family and friends, turn off your screens, and enjoy a board game, courtesy of ACPL!

    by Emily M | Aug 08, 2019

    Join us for a free showing of the movie The Public.  Filmed on location at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's Main Library, The Public tells the story of a group of homeless people who, in an act of civil disobedience, refuse to leave the library at closing time and suffer the bitter cold that has already left several of the city's homeless population dead. 

    ThePublicWhat: The Public
    When: Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    Free admission.
    Limited seating. First-come, first-seated.
    Doors open at 6 pm with cartoons before the show.
    Rated PG-13.

    by Community Engagement | Jul 10, 2019
    SLP Survey

    Did you participate in our 2019 SPARK Summer Learning Program? We want your feedback!

    The Allen County Public Library is dedicated to promoting early literacy skills and lifelong learning through the items, services, and programs that we provide to our communities. Every summer, over 19,000 readers of all ages participate in our annual SPARK Summer Learning Program by reading books, attending programs, and so much more. Through the generosity of the Foellinger Foundation, the Allen County Public Library Foundation, and the Friends of ACPL, we're able to provide over 30,000 free books and over 1,000 programs throughout the months of June and July.

    We need your feedback to start planning next year's program! Whether you read and tracked your time, attended programs, or visited any of our fourteen locations, we want to hear about your experience. 

    Take a few minutes and complete a quick survey. We truly value your feedback and use every comment, question, and suggestion to plan future programs at ACPL.

    Please take the survey that corresponds your age group. If you have a child that participated in the program, you may fill out a survey on their behalf.

    Children's Program Survey

    Teen's Program Survey

    Adult's Program Survey


    Thank you so much for taking our summer program survey! We truly appreciate your feedback and support.
    by Emily M | Jun 21, 2019
    Each month we feature a foreign or independent film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series.  This month we will be showing the Oscar award winning film Green Book.  Starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, Green Book is the story of a working-class Italian-American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.  Please join us!

    Green BookWhat: Green Book
    When: Monday, July 1, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Globe Room

    Free admission
    Rated PG-13

    by SPARK Summer Learning Program | Jun 06, 2019
    essential oils

    What is an essential oil? Why do they work & how are they used? Experience some amazing scents as our presenter answers these questions and leads you in making a DIY item to take home with you!

    This program covers basic essential oils information, offers a Q&A session, and ends with a make-and-take, scent-filled craft. Free and open to the public.

    SPARK Summer Learning Program is generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.

    Program Dates & Times

    Wednesday, June 5 - 3:00 pm
    Main Library - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2069521

    Tuesday, June 18 - 7:00 pm
    Little Turtle Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2063868

    Wednesday, June 19 - 3:00 pm
    Monroeville Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2064666

    Thursday, June 20 - 2:00 pm
    Georgetown Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2072495

    Monday, June 24 - 7:00 pm
    Aboite Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2074596

    Tuesday, June 25 - 7:00 pm
    Grabill Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2023009

    Thursday, June 27 - 4:00 pm
    Hessen Cassel Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2069528

    Tuesday, July 2 - 2:00 pm
    Waynedale Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2067656

    Wednesday, July 3 - 4:00 pm
    Tecumseh Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2028040

    Monday, July 8 - 2:00 pm & 6:30 pm
    New Haven Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2070708

    Wednesday, July 10 - 3:30 pm
    Little Turtle Branch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2079645

    Space is limited, so please register for all programs online, on the ACPL mobile app, or by calling any library location. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to each event. Please call your local branch for group/guest registrations larger than five people.
    by SPARK Summer Learning Program | Jun 06, 2019
    Figure Drawing

    This summer, ACPL and Tobias Studios will be offering free drawing classes at various library branches. These classes will give the public an opportunity to explore traditional figure drawing from a live, clothed model. Life drawing has been practiced by artists for generations, and remains a challenging path of learning. Basic materials and instruction will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchbooks. All classes are free and open to the public.

    SPARK Summer Learning Program is generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.

    Program Dates & Times

    Monday, June 10 - 7:00 pm
    Pontiac Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2046907

    Tuesday, June 11 - 7:00 pm
    Shawnee Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2047643

    Tuesday, June 18 - 7:00 pm
    Grabill Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2022868

    Space is limited, so please register for all programs online, on the ACPL mobile app, or by calling any library location. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to each event. Please call your local branch for group/guest registrations larger than five people.
    by SPARK Summer Learning Program | Jun 06, 2019
    succulent growing

    Learn how to help your tiny plants grow and thrive. Honey Plant will share helpful tips about succulent care and culture, including soils, pots, watering, and light. Participants will receive their own plant to cultivate! This program is free and open to the public.

    SPARK Summer Learning Program is generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.

    Program Dates & Times

    Tuesday, June 11 - 7:00 pm
    Grabill Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2022859

    Wednesday, June 12 - 7:00 pm
    Little Turtle Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2051875

    Monday, June 24 - 7:00 pm
    Pontiac Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2046992

    Wednesday, June 26 - 7:00 pm
    Dupont Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2057913

    Thursday, June 27 - 7:00 pm
    Tecumseh Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2028027

    Monday, July 1 - 7:00 pm
    Shawnee Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2063050

    Tuesday, July 2 - 7:00 pm
    Woodburn Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2066836

    Space is limited, so please register for all programs online, on the ACPL mobile app, or by calling any library location. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to each event. Please call your local branch for group/guest registrations larger than five people.
    by SPARK Summer Learning Program | Jun 06, 2019
    90s Party

    Relive the glory days at this 90’s throwback party! Wear your best 90’s outfit and get ready for a variety of fun nostalgic activities.

    Activities may include:

    - All of the crafts from waaaay back. We’re talking Lisa Frank, Pony Bead Creatures, Friendship Bracelets, and Boondoggle Keychains!

    - Classic games from those golden years. Can you still keep your family alive on the Oregon Trail? Or are you still the fastest button masher in Super Smash Brothers?

    - And of course some epic trivia. We hope you remember all of that glorious pop culture.

    You’ll even get a chance to recreate your school photos with the classic laser backdrop!

    All programs are free and open to the public.

    SPARK Summer Learning Program is generously supported by the Foellinger Foundation, Friends of the Allen County Public Library, and the Allen County Public Library Foundation.

    Program Dates & Times

    Monday, June 10 - 7:00 pm
    Grabill Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2022858

    Monday, June 24 - 7:00 pm
    Tecumseh Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2027997

    Tuesday, June 25 - 6:30 pm
    Hessen Cassel Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2069501

    Tuesday, June 25 - 7:00 pm
    Little Turtle Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2079540

    Monday, July 08 - 6:00 pm
    Waynedale Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2067373

    Sunday, July 21 - 1:30 pm
    Main Library: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2199876

    Wednesday, July 24 - 3:00 pm
    Monroeville Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2065771

    Monday, July 29 - 2:00 pm
    New Haven Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2070850

    Monday, July 29 - 6:30 pm
    New Haven Branch: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/2070851

    Space is limited, so please register for all programs online, on the ACPL mobile app, or by calling any library location. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to each event. Please call your local branch for group/guest registrations larger than five people.
    by Art, Music & Media | Jun 06, 2019

    Join us for a free showing of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World! 
    When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia, before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

    What: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
    When: Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater
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    Free admission. Rated PG.
    Limited seating. First-come, first-seated.
    Doors open at 6 pm with cartoons.

    by Emily M | May 17, 2019
    Each month we show an independent or foreign film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series.  Join us this month for the Russian language film Over the Limit. 

    Over the Limit
    is an intimate portrait of the world's most outstanding rhythmic gymnast, Margarita Mamun, who needs to overcome mental fragility to take part in the Olympic Games.

    Over the Limit
    What: Over the Limit
    When: Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library, Globe Room

    Free admission.
    Ages 18 and up.
    Film is in Russian with English subtitles.

    by Community Engagement | May 10, 2019
    Jim Gill Worksho
    Saturday, July 27
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library
    (900 Library Plaza)

    Register for this free workshop online at http://bit.ly/2JfHGlp

    Over the years Jim Gill’s music and books have received, among other honors, five awards from the American Library Association. Early childhood professionals, however, are most interested in the fact that Jim Gill’s unique creations in music play provide joyous opportunities for children to learn. And they appreciate that his approach to song and book writing is informed by graduate studies in child development and 20 years of experience working with children and families.

    In this energizing session Jim will share examples of his work – both books and songs – that teachers and care providers can bring back to their classrooms, playrooms and family rooms. Most importantly, Jim will discuss how his unique creations in music play inspire young children not only to move, but to regulate their movements….not only to sing, but to make connections between the words they sing and the printed word and the world of numbers. Jim will discuss how a play-based program provides an inclusive environment for children with special needs and share thoughts based on his work with children of all ability levels.

    Early childhood professionals will leave the session inspired to share a new repertoire of songs and playful literacy activities with the children that they care for. Even more, they will leave the session understanding that what is most challenging about the nature of early childhood education is also what makes the profession so exciting. When we define our teaching as helping children learn, we not only provide joyous challenges for the children. We also keep ourselves engaged and rejuvenated by watching their excitement as they learn.

    This workshop is free and open to the public. Parking is free in APCL parking lots with valid library card. Parking is $1 per hour for non-cardholders.
    by Community Engagement | May 10, 2019
    Jim Gill Event
    Jim Gill in Concert: Nationwide Campaign for Play
    Friday, July 26
    10:30 am and 6:30 pm
    ACPL Main Library Plaza

    Free Admission!

    Get ready to sing, clap, sneeze, and dance along during this visit by award-winning musician and author Jim Gill.  In concert, Jim strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical games that he creates.

    The concert will feature songs from his newest CD release, Vote For Jim Gill!

    Jim will also lead families in active favorites such as “Spin Again” and his “Silly Dance Contest!”

    Jim Gill’s distinctive music play creates a family room experience wherever the concert is held.  Come and join in the fun!

    Register for both showtimes online at www.acpl.info/calendar

    Parking is free in ACPL parking lots with valid library card. Parking is $1 per hour for non-cardholders.
    by Community Engagement | May 07, 2019

    13th Annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
    Sunday, May 19
    Noon to 5:00 pm
    Allen County Public Library
    900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, IN

    Presented by the Japanese American Association of Indiana (JAAI) and the Allen County Public Library.

    Share the traditions of Japan at the 13th Annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival! Most events are free, and Japanese merchandise and food will be available for purchase.

    Opening Ceremony - 12:00 pm
    with Fort Wayne Taiko, Mayor Tom Henry's Official Proclamation, Fort Wayne Children's Choir and Suzuki Strings, and pre-opening music by Fort Wayne Taiko.

    Featured Artists:
    • Tokiko Kimura – Koto
    • Emi Tanabe - Violin (part of Grammy-winning group, Apollo’s Fire)
    • Elaina Robbins, vocal and Daniel Quinn, classical guitar - contemporary Japanese music
    • Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, Chamber Singers - Performing Japanese music in the Opening Ceremony
    • Fort Wayne Taiko - traditional Japanese drumming at 12 noon to open the festival
    • Dalen Wuest - Saxophone
    • Koji Ota, Japanese Pop Songs – songs in Japanese
    • Minyo Dancers - traditional Japanese Folk style dancing in colorful Kimonos
    • Shie Otani - traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with participation of audience members
    • Suzuki Strings Orchestra of Fort Wayne - performing Japanese music for the Opening Ceremony

    Contests:
    Anime Art!
    Draw a famous anime character or your own original character. 
    Can You Haiku? Students submit work prior to festival. Finalists have their haiku displayed and are invited to read their haiku at the festival. The public may also compose haiku at the festival.
    Cosplay Competition! Public may wear costumes depicting their favorite Cosplay character. 

    Japanese Marketplace:
    • Asian Styles - Japanese merchandise, accessories, gifts, souvenirs
    • Bonsai Club - Japanese style miniature plants
    • Books, Comics and Things- Manga and Japanese trading card games
    • Buf’s Otaku Stop – Video games, wall scrolls, plush
    • Carroll High School-Yamate Gakuin Partnership-original origami accessories
    • Cherry Blossom Festival T-shirts-Collect them all!
    • IACE Travel Agency – Travel information
    • JessDesu Kawaii – Handmade Kanzashi hair and Harakuju accessories, chibi anime figures
    • Japanese Saturday School – Accessories, crafts and Japanese souvenir items
    • Ohio Kimono - Kimonos from Japan & kimono accessories

    Martial Arts Demonstrations:
    Indianapolis Kendo Club

    Taste of Japan:
    Bamboo Garden: Curry, yakisoba, spring rolls  
    Kona Shaved Ice: Kakigōri:  
    Pho-Shi: Sushi, yakitori, mochi ice cream  
    West Coast Grill: Smoothies, seaweed salad, bottled water 
    Woo’s Oriental Grocery & Mart: Japanese candies, drinks, crackers etc.

    Demonstrations and Other Activities:
    Bonsai Crafting by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club 
    Children’s Games & Crafts, ACPL Children’s Services 
    Japanese Goldfish Catch 
    Japanese-themed “Make and Take”, ACPL Children’s Services & JAAI
    Kamishibai Story Telling, ACPL Children’s Services 
    Kendama, Mike Tsugawa 
    Make the Cherry Tree Bloom – Make origami cherry blossoms
    Origami Demonstration, Mike Schmid, Art educator 
    Papercutting Art Exhibit and Demonstration by Janice Furtner, Artist
    YoYo Water Balloons – IACE Travel Agency 
    by Emily M | May 07, 2019

    Join us in the Main Library theater for a showing of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part! 

    It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

    Lego Movie 2What: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
    When: Tuesday, May 28, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    Rated PG.
    Free admission.
    Doors open at 6:00 pm with cartoons before the show.
    Limited seated; first-come, first-seated.

    by Community Engagement | May 02, 2019
    T'ai Chi on the Plaza

    Join us for free all-ages T'ai Chi classes this summer outside on the Main Library Plaza! We are excited to host Liz Monnier of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective who will lead these all-level classes.

    T'ai Chi on the Plaza
    10:00 am - 11:00 am


    May 4 & 18
    June 8 & 22
    July 6 & 27
    August 17 & 31


    Classes will be held at the Main Library (900 Library Plaza) outdoors on the Plaza. Bring a friend and a bottle of water! All classes are completely free and open to the public.

    With its low-impact, slow-motion exercises, T’ai Chi can be easily adapted for anyone at any skill level. T’ai Chi is a mind-body practice that originated in China as a martial art and has value in treating or preventing several medical conditions including: arthritis, low bone density, heart disease, hypertension, sleep problems, and Fibromyalgia.

    Free T'ai Chi classes are also being offered at the following locations in May:

    New Haven Branch
    Mondays in May
    10:30-11:30 am

    Little Turtle Branch
    Thursdays in May
    10:30–11:30 am