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    by Emily M | Jun 20, 2018

    Each month we feature a foreign or independent film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series.  In July, we will be showing the Japanese film After the Storm

    Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and beautiful ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

    What: After the Storm*
    When: Wednesday, July 11, 6:30 pm
    Where: Globe Room, Main Library


    *In Japanese, with English subtitles
    Free admission, ages 18 and up

    by Friends of the Allen County Public Library | Jun 14, 2018
    summer book sale

    It's time for our annual book sale! Over 40,000 books from every genre! Join us from Tuesday, June 26 through Friday, June 30 at our Main Library. This sale will be held INDOORS in Meeting Rooms A, B, and C.

    Tuesday, June 26 is our Friends of the Allen County Public Library preview sale. It is open exclusively to Friends of ACPL. Want to become a Friend? Go to!

    Wednesday through Saturday are open to the public! Free entry.

    All sales benefit the Friends of the Allen County Public Library to support programs and opportunities in our communities.

    Hardbacks: $1
    Paperbacks: $0.50


    Tuesday, June 26 (Friends Preview Sale)
    5:00-8:00 pm

    Wednesday, June 27
    10:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Thursday, June 28
    10:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Friday, June 29
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Saturday, June 30
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    $5 Bag Sale (Fill any bag with books for only $5. Bring your own bag.)

    Bags will be available, but feel free to bring your own. Boxes will be available for large orders. Pick-up available at our Ewing street entrance. Sale will be air conditioned and fully handicap accessible.
    by Emily M | Jun 11, 2018

    Singer-songwriters, Kelsi Lee & Cote Godoy bridge distinct cultural roots forming a sound uniquely their own. Their musical explorations daringly fuse styles and rhythms of North and South America with lyrical interplay in modern Greek, American English and Chilean Spanish.  Enjoy this outdoor concert on the library plaza and buy lunch from one of the local food trucks that will be on site: Bravas, Mocha Lounge, and Affine.  Join us for this lunch time concert!

    Who: KelsiCote
    When: Wednesday, July 11, 11:30-1:30
    Where: Library Plaza, Main Library


    by Emily M | Jun 05, 2018

    Join us for a showing of the movie adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic children's novel A Wrinkle in TimeFeaturing an all-star cast, including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling, A Wrinkle in Time follows the adventures of teenage Meg, her brother Charles, and her friend Calvin, who are sent into space in search of Meg's father. 

    What: A Wrinkle in Time
    When: Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    Free admission
    Rated PG
    Doors open at 6:00 pm with cartoons showing before the movie.

    by Emily M | May 25, 2018

    Join us this summer for outdoor concerts on our plaza!  The second Wednesday of each month will feature performances by Alicia Pyle Quartet, KelsiCote, or Andy and Judy Daigle.  Local food trucks will be nearby so you can enjoy a delicious lunch while being serenaded by talented musicians.

    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.
    potterfest logo
    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 | May 01, 2018

    Join us for a showing of the movie Black Panther!
    T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake.

    Doors open at 6:00 with cartoons playing before the show!

    What: Black Panther
    When: Tuesday, May 29
    6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater
    Free Admission
    Rated PG-13

    by Emily M | Apr 16, 2018

    In conjunction with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic's April 28th performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony, the Allen County Public Library will be displaying photographs, lithographs, posters, and other documents related to the siege of Leningrad.  The exhibit will be located outside the Art, Music & Media Department at the Main Branch, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne.  For information on the Library’s hours and additional details, please visit or call (260) 421-1200.  The display will run through June 30.


    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 30, 2018
    Donald Davidson

    Wednesday, April 11
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Allen County Public Library
    900 Library Plaza
    Fort Wayne, IN 46802

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson is believed to be the only full-time historian employed at any race track in the world. Join us at our Main Library for a visit with Donald Davidson as he shares his valuable knowledge of the Indy 500. A question and answer session will follow his presentation.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    About Donald Davidson

    A passionate interest in the "500" since his early teens irresistibly drew the English-born-and-raised Davidson to the Speedway for a three-week visit in May 1964. Having committed to memory a plethora of trivial details during the seven years it took for him to save up for the trip, he was able to delight both active and retired participants with year-by-year recitations of their careers.

    He returned from England permanently the following May and was fortunate not only to be invited by the late Sid Collins to join the worldwide IMS Radio Network broadcast for race day, but also to secure employment with the United States Auto Club, where he was to remain as statistician and historian for the next 31 years. Officially becoming the Speedway's historian on January 1, 1998, he continues to serve on the Radio Network.

    For the greater part of each May since 1971, raconteur Davidson has hosted a popular racing trivia "call-in" program on radio station WIBC (now WFIN), and for many years he wrote a column for The Indianapolis Star during the month leading up to the race. Each spring between 1986 and 2016, he presented a four-night continuing-studies course of “500” history through the Indianapolis-based IUPUI (Indiana University/Purdue University) campus.
    Davidson is co-author of the Autocourse Official History of the Indianapolis 500 and has contributed to countless other hardcover books on racing.

    He also has written numerous articles for AutoWeek, Motor Trend, Road & Track, Car and Driver and the Indianapolis 500 Yearbook. He has himself been the subject of feature articles in most of the aforementioned publications, as well as in Sports Illustrated and the New York Times. He has also been profiled on ABC's "World News Tonight," and on race morning 2001 was interviewed live on CNN News. Two nights before the 1983 race, he was a live guest of Ted Koppel on ABC's "Nightline," along with Jackie Stewart and Mario Andretti, while a brief interview with Russ Mitchell for CBS Evening News in 2011 was rebroadcast race morning on "CBS Sunday Morning" with Charles Osgood. 

    On May 27, 2010, Davidson was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and on October 3rd, 2013, he was similarly honored by the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. In May, 2016, the Indianapolis Star proclaimed Davidson one of the 100 most influential people in the history of the Indianapolis 500, and on May 20, Governor Mike Pence named him a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor the State of Indiana can bestow upon a civilian.

    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
    Hello local artists!

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

    We look forward to giving you the opportunity to display, discuss, and sell your work. This is a great time to connect with your community during the popular festival season that welcomes thousands of visitors to the downtown area.  

    Interested? Click here to register, and please note the following:

    • A $25 placeholder fee is required to secure your spot.
    • You must have art available for purchase.
    • You are asked to donate 10% of sales to ACPL’s Friends of the Library.
    • The registration deadline is April 1.


    We are also looking for artists to present a lecture or run a workshop, so please use the registration form to let us know you’d like to be involved. Last year’s programs ranged from musical performance to jewelry making.

    Hope you can join us this summer!