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    by Community Engagement | Oct 18, 2019
    Emily Boller

    "Starved to Obesity"
    Author Visit with Emily Boller

    November 6, 2019
    7:00 PM

    Allen County Public Library
    Aboite Branch - 5630 Coventry Lane

    Chubby in childhood, anorexic in her teens, and then obese until age 47, Emily Boller was desperate to find freedom from her struggles with food. Her book "Starved to Obesity" combines her personal journey, hard-won wisdom, and practical tips with Joel Fuhrman, M.D.’s teachings to create a powerful resource that will inspire readers to break free from entanglements that sabotage health and well-being.

    Emily will share the story of how she got trapped in food addiction and then how she got out, what she learned from interviewing people all over the U.S., and how she became a published author. Also, if attendees have stories they’ve always wanted to share by writing a book, Emily will provide tips on where to start, followed by questions and answers.

    Copies of "Starved to Obesity" will be available for purchase and signing. If you already have a copy, Emily will be happy to sign it for you.
    by Emily M | Oct 18, 2019
    Sweetnett Quintet is a brass quintet consisting of employees of Sweetwater's Mynett Music Company!  You will hear Terry Fisher on trumpet, Pat Nash on trumpet, Sally Jones on french horn, Pat Dennis on trombone, and Sam Gnagey on tuba.  Join us!

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    Sweetnett Quintet
    When: Sunday, November 3, 2:00 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    by Emily M | Oct 15, 2019

    Join us for a showing of Disney Pixar's Toy Story 4! 

    When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.

    Doors open at 6:00 pm with cartoons before the movie.

    Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4
    When: Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater, Lower Level 2
    First come, first seated.
    Rated G.

    by Aisha H. | Oct 08, 2019
    wytr spooky tales

    WYTR Halloween Tales
    Saturday, October 19
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
    Main Library - Theater, LL2
    Free Admission!

    On Saturday, October 19 from 11:00 am to 11:30 am, the Fort Wayne Youtheatre will thrill and chill audiences with classic tales of suspense in a recreation of a 1930’s radio show. “WYTR” will use live sound effects, and theatrical performances to transport your imagination into the fun and exciting world of some of the best-loved tales of Halloween. Intended for ages 8 and up. Registration encouraged as seating is limited. Click here to reserve your seats.
    by Aisha H. | Oct 08, 2019
    young writers group

    Working on a poem or figuring out your short story? Students who write poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction are invited to join our Young Writers Group. Dr. Michael Levan leads the group in draft workshops, in-session writing exercises, and discussions.

    Middle school students in grades 6-8 meet the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:00 pm to 6:50 pm. High school students in grades 9-12 meet the fourth Thursday of the month from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm.

    Please sign up online or by calling the Teens Department at 421-1255.
    by Emily M | Oct 08, 2019

    Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Join us for our second year of Jazz at Lincoln Center!  At each monthly class, a filmed concert from Jazz at Lincoln Center will be presented.  Purdue Fort Wayne Professor, Dr. James Farrell Vernon will present a short 15-minute discussion before each film.  Classes take place on the first Tuesday of the month in October, November, December 2019 and February, March, April 2020. Each class starts promptly at 7:00 pm in Meeting Room B at the Main Library.  The season will kick off on Tuesday, October 1 with Jazz at Lincoln Center Songbook.

    What: Jazz at Lincoln Center Songbook
    When: Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm
    Where: Main Library, Meeting Room B

    Upcoming Dates
    Tuesday, November 5: Nursery Song Swing
    Tuesday, December 3: Big Band Holiday
    Tuesday, February 4: The Best of Basie + Black, Brown, and Biege
    Tuesday, March 3: The Music of Gerry Mulligan and John Lewis
    Tuesday, April 7: Jazz in the 50's Swinging with Style

    by Aisha H. | Sep 25, 2019

    Thursday, October 3
    7:00-8:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room C

    Mental health is just as important as physical health. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among adolescents aged 15-19 years old. Learn more about preventing teenage suicide and where to get help.

    Presented by Alice Jordan-Miles, the Director of Purdue University Fort Wayne Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute. This program will be held on Thursday, October 3 at the Main Library in Meeting Room C at 7:00 pm.
    by Aisha H. | Sep 12, 2019
    Teen Open Mic

    Teen Open Mic Night

    Tuesday, September 17
    7:00 pm
    Main Library – Globe Room

    Singers, musicians, stand-up comedians, writers, and poets are invited to sign up for Teen Open Mic Night! Anyone in grades 6 through 12 with a song, poem, monologue, short story or funny joke to share is welcome to register! Sign up in advance to be a performer or stop by to watch and be a supporter! All performers are asked to bring their own instruments and content must be appropriate for a general audience. Refreshments will be served. Please call 421-1255 to sign up.

    Can’t make it to this event? No worries! Teen Open Mic Night will take place the third Tuesday of each month. Additional dates include October 15, November 19, and December 17.

    by Art, Music, & Media | Sep 12, 2019

    Join us for a showing of the live-action Aladdin remake, starring Mena Massound, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith as the Genie.  Adapted from Disney's wildly successful 1992 animated film of the same name, Aladdin tells the story of a kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier who vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

    What: Aladdin
    When: Tuesday, September 24, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    Limited seating. First-come, first-seated.
    Doors open at 6 pm with cartoons.

    Rated PG.

    by Community Engagement | Sep 04, 2019
    South Side Storytime

    Every Saturday - 11:00 am
    Allen County Public Library

    This interactive storytime combines books, songs, rhymes and fun for all ages and stages!

    Every Saturday morning at 11:00 am, you can find a storytime to attend with your child on the South Side!

    First Saturdays - Pontiac
    Second Saturdays - Shawnee
    Third Saturdays - Hessen Cassel
    Fourth & Fifth Saturdays - Waynedale

    Space is limited, so be sure to sign up on the website, the app, or by calling any branch of ACPL.
    by Erin W. | Sep 03, 2019
    Parenting workshops at the library

    Parenting is one of the most rewarding jobs; however, it can also be challenging. The Allen County Public Library is committed to providing resources to help parents overcome whatever challenges they may face. Here are a few workshops that the library will be offering this fall that cover a variety of parenting subjects:

    Parenting Workshop: Online Safety
    Saturday, September 28 - 2:30 – 4:30 pm
    Dupont Branch

    Learn about the issues of online predators, cyber-bullies, and teens at risk and how families can work together to stay safe while online.

    This event is family friendly for ages 4th grade and up. Presenter, Crista Miller, from Giving Teens Grace will discuss these issues and more.


    Reading Workshops for Parents and Children: Visualizing
    Tuesday, October 1 - 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    Saturday, October 5 - 10:30 – 11:30 am

    Reading Workshops for Parents and Children: Questioning
    Tuesday, October 29 - 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    Saturday, November 2 - 10:30 – 11:30 am
    Aboite Branch

    Parents: Are you looking for ways to help your child learn to read?  Lisa Deck, licensed teacher with 25 years teaching experience and specializing in reading intervention, will model how to use a different research-based strategy at each session. Then you and your child will practice together! Bring your child and your sense of humor and be ready for a time of fun and learning.

    Play with Purpose Workshop with Parents
    Saturday, November 9 - 10:15 am – 12:15 pm
    ittle Turtle Branch

    This hands-on adult’s workshop designed for parents of children 5 and under will offer you a chance to learn how to make some learning activities at home for your children.  It will follow the same ideas presented at the program Play with Purpose but with items that are readily available to most people.  Learn lots of ideas and leave with activities you make at the workshop. 


    Space is limited for all of these workshops and registration is required. Please register by calling your local branch, or through our online calendar at

    by Community Engagement | Aug 29, 2019
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    At the Library: Author Lynn Cullen
    Sunday, September 22
    2:00-3:00 pm

    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, IN

    Join ACPL for a visit with award-winning author Lynn Cullen. Ms. Cullen's latest book "The Sisters of Summit Avenue" will be released on September 10, 2019.

    Ms. Cullen has brought to life literary icons in her bestselling novels "Mrs. Poe" and "Twain's End." Now, she returns with a heartfelt love letter to mothers, daughters, and sisters everywhere with "The Sisters of Summit Avenue," a powerful novel set in the Midwest during the Great Depression about two sisters bound together by love, duty, and pain.

    Ms. Cullen will be signing books after her presentation. Books will be available for purchase, with sales benefiting the Friends of ACPL.

    This event is free and open to the public.  
    by Community Engagement | Aug 29, 2019
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    Thursday, September 19
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, IN

    Join us for the 20th annual Senior Information Fair! The Senior Information Fair is a free, nonprofit event planned by volunteers to help area residents prepare for the complex changes that aging brings. SIF offers people face to face contact with service providers, experts in aging and related services, advocates, and the opportunity to become an informed consumer.

    This year's fair features over 90 exhibitors and vendors, Ask a Pharmacist, flu shots, health screenings, educational sessions, and free lunch!

    A free shuttle service is available for transportation needs. For parking details, click here:


    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    "Digitizing Old to New - Turn VHS to DVD and Pictures to JPG"
    ACPL Maker Lab

    9:30 am
    “Creating Heart Smart Recipes With Chef Beth”
    Beth Scholer, CC, CDM, CFPD
    Caregivers Kitchen

    10:30 am
    “Frauds and Scams Aimed At Seniors”
    Bernard “Barney” Hayes

    11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Entertainment by Joe Justice on the Plaza

    12:00-12:30 pm
    20th Anniversary Celebration with Proclamation by Mayor Tom Henry
    by Art, Music, & Media | Aug 29, 2019

    Join Fort Wayne Philharmonic musicians Vivianne Belanger on flute and Anne Lewellen on harp for an afternoon of relaxing chamber music!

    Flute and Harp Duo

    Vivianne Belanger & Anne Lewellen, Flute & Harp Do
    When: Sunday, September 8, 2:00 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    by Community Engagement | Aug 28, 2019
    Korea Festival 2019

    Korea Festival Fort Wayne
    Saturday, September 14
    12:00-5:00 pm

    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - 900 Library Plaza

    Korea Festival is a cultural festival dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusiveness through exchange of Korean arts, culture, food, and history in Fort Wayne. Through the festival, we hope to share the rich culture and intricacies of Korea with Fort Wayne locals.

    Join us September 14 at Fort Wayne's ACPL Main Library to experience a taste of Korean culture! Look forward to games, delicious food, and a variety of performances to enjoy with your family and friends!

    Enjoy a taste of Korea from Bahn Mi Pho Shop, Chow Down Korean Tacos, West Coast Grill, and True Kimchi.

    The famous K-Pop Dance Contest will take place at 4:00 pm in the Theater (LL2). Overflow seating will be available in meeting rooms AB.

    Shop traditional Korean souvenirs and K-Pop goods, and try your hand at Tal (Mask) coloring, making a kite and Jegi, and other fun all-ages activities.

    Experience live performances by White Tiger Martial Arts, Myung Hee Park, Noorlmahroo Team, Woosung Jung, and the Purdue FW Korean Saturday School Students.

    Get an up-close look at Korean percussion instruments in the Gallery, available throughout the festival.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Click here for a full event schedule.

    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
    by Readers' Services | Aug 20, 2019

    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.


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


    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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