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    by Community Engagement | May 02, 2019
    Lunch Time Concerts on the Plaza
    Join us on the Main Library Plaza this summer for free lunch time concerts! Enjoy fare from local food trucks under the big tent and listen to live music from some of the region's biggest names.

    Lunch Time Concerts on the Library Plaza
    June 12 - July 10 - August 14
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    900 Library Plaza

    This year's food trucks are: Bravas, Flora & Lily's Mexican Kitchen, and Whip & Chill.

    Wednesday, June 12
    New Millennium Jazz Orchestra

    The New Millenium Jazz Orchestra is Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana's premier professional big band. Under the direction of Edward E. King II, artistic director and lead trombonist, the mission of the NMJO is to perform the highest caliber big band jazz music and to demonstrate to all ages that music can provide a lifetime of enjoyment and reward.

    Wednesday, July 10
    Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra

    From Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra brings you world class Funk, Hip Hop, R&B and Soul music from the 70's to today's greatest hits. A sonic tapestry of musical diversity including their own music and other great artists - bands like Average White Band, Chicago, Commodores, Earth Wind & Fire, Biggie Smalls, Dr. Dre, Michael Jackson, Rick James, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder and more.

    Wednesday, August 14
    The Bergamot

    The Bergamot is an American indie-folk-rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. The two founding members and songwriters of The Bergamot are husband and wife Nathaniel Hoff and Jillian Speece. In 2003, Jillian and Nathaniel met in high school in their hometown of South Bend, Indiana. Since then, they have released five albums and have toured extensively performing over 500 dates in all 50 states, including two tours of Europe. Their performances are high energy, infectious, and have turned first-time listeners into instant fans.

    by Community Engagement | May 01, 2019

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    Rock the Plaza
    Saturdays - June through August
    6:00 pm
    Main Library - Plaza

    It's official! The bands have been booked and the stage is ready for this year's Rock the Plaza Concert Series. Join us on our Main Library Plaza every Saturday in June, July, and August for free concerts featuring the region's hottest musical acts. Pint and Slice will be slingin' pizza and drinks on the Plaza all night long. This rockin' concert series is open to all ages and is 100% free. Don't forget to bring a chair or a blanket!

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    The following bands will be playing at this year's Rock the Plaza Concert Series:

    June 8
    Zen BBQ
    Gregg Bender
    El Camino Hot Tub
    Grateful Groove

    June 15
    Dave Todoran & the Mobile Home Wreckers

    June 22
    My Soul's Revolution
    Todd Staszak
    the Kickbacks
    Unlikely Alibi

    June 29
    Uncle Muscle
    Adam Strack
    Morning After

    July 6
    Three Cities
    Exterminate All Rational Thought

    July 13
    Big Jaw
    Chilly Addams
    Daily Driver
    Country Heart

    July 20
    APQ Harmonic
    Phil’s Family Lizard
    Sunny Taylor Band
    Moser Woods

    July 27
    Bending Mercury
    Craig Guy
    the Humanity
    Walkin Papers

    August 3
    906 Band
    Susan Mae & the New Yesterday
    Jon Durnell Band

    August 10
    Mojo Rising
    Insta Gators
    Joey O Band

    August 17
    Bad Hombres
    Brian Lemert
    Damon Mitchell

    August 24
    Paul Stephens
    Secret Mezzanine
    Pop N Fresh
    by Aisha H. | Apr 25, 2019
    SAT ACT Prep
    Strategic Review Session
    Saturday, May 11
    2:30-5:00 pm

    Main Library (900 Library Plaza)

    Come to a free SAT Strategic Review session on Saturday, May 11 from 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM. The review, given by Sylvan Learning, will include an overview of the SAT, one hour of math strategy, and one hour of verbal strategy. Registration is limited and required. While you do not have to have taken the SAT to attend, you should have taken the PSAT. 

    Register here or by calling the Teens Department at 421-1255.
    by Friends of the Allen County Public Library | Apr 19, 2019
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    At the Library: Paula McLain
    Wednesday, May 15 - 7:00 pm

    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - Theater (LL2)

    Join us at the Allen County Public Library for a special visit with acclaimed author Paula McLain. Her presentation, "Creating Fiction from Real-Life Characters" will begin at 7:00 pm in our Main Library Theater (located on Lower Level 2). The author will be signing books immediately after her presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Our Main Library is located at 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, Indiana. Parking is available in the library parking lots and parking garage.

    Paula McLain is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels "The Paris Wife," "Love and Ruin," "Circling the Sun," and "A Ticket to Ride," the memoir "Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses," and two collections of poetry. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She lives in Ohio with her family.

    For more information on this speaker please visit
    by Community Engagement | Apr 18, 2019

    Free Comic Book Day 2019
    Saturday, May 4 - All Day!
    Main Library - 900 Library Plaza

    Boom! Zap! Pow! Free Comic Book Day is hitting the Allen County Public Library’s Main Library. Free Comic Book Day is a world-wide event that takes place the first Saturday each May.

    Come to the Main Library on Saturday, May 4, 2019, for a free comic book or two (while supplies last) and one or all of the following events:

    10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Scavenger Hunt, begins at first floor Information Desk in Great Hall
    10:30 to 11:00 am - Globe Room
    Storytime for Families
    Join us for a special comic-themed storytime.
    11:00 am to noon - Meeting Room C
    Graphic Novel Writing Workshop for Teens and Adults with Courtney Hahn
    11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Children's Services Program Room
    Costume Factory
    Be a superhero. Materials will be available for you to create your own superhero cape.
    Noon to 1:00 pm - Globe Room
    LEGO Club

    Join us for a special LEGO Club to celebrate Free Comic Book Day
    12:30 to 2:00 pm - Meeting Room AB
    Kids’ Superhero Academy

    Test yourself with feats of strength and agility.
    1:30 to 2:30 pm - Theater (LL2)
    Music of Star Wars

    Presentation by Aaron Krerowicz showcasing composer John Williams’ iconic music from the Star Wars films.
    2:00 to 2:45 pm - Great Hall
    Classical Trio

    Enjoy your favorite superhero and Star Wars movie soundtracks performed live by a classical trio.
    2:00 to 3:00 pm - Children's Services Program Room
    Kids’ Drawing Workshop with Andrew and Jordan Kurzen

    Learn some drawing techniques as two local artists share their skills during this hour-long workshop.

    2:00-4:00 pm - Teens Dept
    Create a Pokemon Stress Ball

    3:00 to 4:00 pm - Meeting Room C
    Graphic Novel Writing Workshop for Teens and Adults with Courtney Hahn

    4:00 to 5:30 pm - Globe Room
    Teen Video Game Tournament

    All programs are free and open to the public.
    by Community Engagement | Apr 18, 2019
    graphic novel workshop

    Saturday, May 4 - 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room C

    Join us for a free writing and illustration workshop at our Main Library on Saturday, May 4. Two sessions will be offered - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Talented local illustrator and graphic novel author, Courtney Hahn, will teach you how to approach writing graphic novels, and share some tips and tricks for illustrating your stories. This workshop is free and open to all ages.
    by Community Engagement | Apr 18, 2019
    NEIBT fair

    Friday, May 10 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Main Library - Plaza

    Join us for a Building Trades Apprenticeship Fair on the Main Library Plaza on Friday, May 10 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Representatives from Northeast Indiana Building Trades will be on site to share apprenticeship and job opportunities. Construction trade professionals and industry partners will be available to talk about rewarding career paths in the trades. Learn from the best with hands-on demonstrations and take the first step towards your future career by filling out applications.

    Northeast Indiana Building Trades Apprenticeship Programs offer the opportunity for a career. Their 3-5 year apprenticeship programs offer tuition-free education with an Associate’s degree from Ivy Tech upon completion of a majority of programs. Earn while you learn with immediate employment with one of their signatory contractors. These career opportunities also include health benefits for your family, stable retirement plans and 401k, and continued lifetime education. For more information, visit
    by Emily M | Apr 17, 2019
    Each month we show an independent or foreign film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series. May's movie is Un Traductor, the story of a Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana who is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment. Please join us!

    Un TraductorWhat: Un Traductor
    When: Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library, Globe Room

    * Movie is in Spanish and Russian with English subtitles.
    Free admission, ages 18 and up.
    This movie is not rated.

    by Emily M | Apr 17, 2019

    Join us for a concert by the Galen Bundy Piano Trio!

    The Galen Bundy Piano Trio is a Detroit-based modern jazz group heavily influenced by Scandinavian folk music and Romantic era composers. Great importance is placed on the sensitivity of interaction between the three instruments. Featuring Galen Bundy on piano, Jon Taylor on drums, and Eric Nachtrab on bass.

    Galen Bundy Piano Trio
    Galen Bundy Piano Trio
    When: Sunday, May 5, 2:00 pm
    Where: Main Library, Theater

    by Community Engagement | Apr 17, 2019
    Pinewood Derby Workshop ACPL

    Saturday, April 20 - 1:00-4:00 pm
    Saturday, May 4 - 1:00-4:00 pm

    Location: Main Library - Maker Lab (First Floor)

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to build a Pinewood Derby car? We're hosting two workshops (April 20 and May 4) to get you up to speed on Pinewood Derby Racing 101. Our first session will focus on shaping and the general build guidelines for creating a car. The second session will focus on paint, details, and decorations.

    Phil's Hobby Shop will be at both workshops to help you with your project. These workshops are free and open to the public.

    Ready to race?
    Hop River Brewing Company is hosting the Fort Wayne 480: Adult Pinewood Derby on Saturday, May 18. Come compete or just cheer on these tiny little rockets of fun!

    Fort Wayne 480: Adult Pinewood Derby
    Saturday, May 18
    1:00-4:00 pm

    Register for 1 Class Per Car:
    1. Cub Scout Rules (the original rules)
    2. Unlimited Rules (heavier weight and few size restrictions -- still gravity powered cars).
    *All cars welcome to enter the “show” class!

    Unlimited Entries, no more than 6 members on a team, at least 1 person must be over 21.

    1st Place: Grand Champion Trophy
    2nd & 3rd Place:  Hop River Swag and Bragging Rights

    $20 Entry Fee
    Includes: Pinewood Derby Kit

    Hop River Brewing Company is located at 1515 N. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN 46808.

    For more information about the race and to claim your spot, click here. 

    by Aisha H. | Apr 02, 2019

    Wednesday, April 17
    7:00 pm
    Main Library - Meeting Room C

    Step up and own the mic at the 11th Annual Teen Poetry Slam hosted by Curtis Crisler! Poets ages 13 through 19 are invited to participate. Bring at least three original poems to perform. Prizes will be awarded to three poets chosen by judges from the audience. Listeners age 13 and up are also welcome and, time permitting, there will be an open mic segment open to adults as well as teens. Refreshments will be served. Please call 421-1255 to sign up. 

    by Emily M | Mar 28, 2019

    Join us for this month's free movie: Bumblebee!

    The latest movie in the Transformers franchise features a battle-scarred and broken transformer on the run teaming up with Charlie, a teenage girl trying to find her place in the world. 

    What: Bumblebee
    When: Tuesday, April 30 - 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    Free admission.
    First-come, first-seated.
    Doors open at 6:00 pm with cartoons before the movie.

    by Emily M | Mar 28, 2019

    Join us for a concert by Peter Fletcher!

    Peter Fletcher is an American classical guitarist based in Detroit and New York City. He performs over 100 concerts a year, and his recordings on the Centaur Records and Towerhill Recordings labels have been critically acclaimed.  His current recital program features Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and Lute Suite No. 1 by J. S. Bach, Paganini’s ever popular Caprice No. 24, the fiendishly difficult Five Bagatelles by British composer William Walton, and Recuerdos de la Alhambra, a great favorite among audiences, by Spanish composer Francisco Tarrega. In addition, Peter will perform a very special solo version of Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major, and two of his original transcriptions from his critically acclaimed Fedrico Mompou album, released on Centaur Records, CRC 2588 in 2002. The concert will culminate with Isaac Albeniz’s Rumores de la Caleta, one of the most exciting Spanish works in the classical guitar repertoire.

    Who: Peter Fletcher, classical guitarist
    When: Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater

    Peter Fletcher

    by Emily M | Mar 21, 2019
    Monkey Business

    What: Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators
    When: Sunday, April 14 - 1:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater (LL2)

    Join us for a documentary about the creators of the Curious George books, loved by children around the world for nearly 80 years!

    Curious George is the most popular monkey in the world. This, however, is the story of Curious George’s creators, Hans and Margret Rey, whose history remains largely untold. The Reys were a husband and wife team, German Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi-occupied Europe on makeshift bicycles carrying the original Curious George manuscript. Using animation, archival materials, and interviews, Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators explores the extraordinary lives of the Reys, who were as adventurous as George himself. Please join us immediately after the film, for a live Q&A session via Skype with the film’s director Ema Ryan Yamazaki.

    This event is free and open to the public! Check out our full events calendar online at

    by Readers' Services | Mar 19, 2019
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    The ACPL Writers' Series Presents:
    Poetry Writing Workshop with George Kalamaras

    Tuesday, April 9
    Main Library--Meeting Room A

    Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing your own poetry!
    Former Indiana Poet Laureate, George Kalamaras, will lead a poetry writing workshop to help you find your poetic voice.  Dr. Kalamaras is a celebrated poet and a professor at Purdue Fort Wayne.  This workshop is free and open to the public.

    Visit for more information.

    Find this event on our Facebook page at:
    by Community Engagement | Mar 13, 2019


    2019 ACPL Book Bowl
    Sunday, April 7
    1:00-4:00 pm
    Allen County Public Library
    Main Library - Meeting Rooms (First Floor)

    Gather your most book-savvy friends and compete in the biggest literary event of the year - the Allen County Public Library Book Bowl! This is the big dance, the game of games, the ultimate trivia test. 15 teams will enter the arena but only one will be crowned the 2019 Book Bowl Champions.

    All ages are eligible to compete on teams. There is no fee to enter your team for competition, but there will be opportunities to purchase exclusive perks (cash and card accepted) that could change the game and put your team at the top.

    The ACPL Book Bowl is sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library and is our kick-off event for National Library Week - April 7-13, 2019.



    This event will shake down in two rounds. Each round will consist of 4 categories, with 10 questions in each category. In total, there will be 8 categories (80 questions). Categories will represent a variety of literary topics, genres, and characters. Each team is allowed up to 6 people. A panel of librarians will read questions out loud, and questions will also be displayed on large screens. Each team will have 15 seconds to finalize their answer. One point will be awarded for each correct answer.

    The winning team will win a grand prize, and the winning team's name will be engraved on the ACPL Book Bowl trophy. This year's custom Book Bowl trophies were created by The HEDGE, a locally-owned and operated shop located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne.




    Sunday, April 7

    1:00-1:30 pm Team Check-In and Perk Shop

    1:45 pm Round One

    2:30 pm Break and Perk Shop

    2:45 pm Round Two

    3:30 pm Awards Ceremony



    - 6 people per team, maximum.
    You'll want to take advantage of every spot available for your team. The more diverse interests, ages, and reading levels - the better. Don't count out the little guys.

    - Create an epic group name.
    When you go down in literary history, what will you be known as? Get creative. Your name must be submitted at time of team registration.

    - No smartphones or devices.
    At the beginning of Round 1 and Round 2, all phones must be put in phone jail. They will be out of reach and silenced for the duration of the round, but will be accessible during check-in and mid-game break.

    - No cheating.
    Cheating will not be tolerated. Cheating will result in instant disqualification and the entire team will be removed from competition. Cheaters will also be publicly shamed.

    - The team with the most points will win.
    There will only be one champion. But you're all winners in our book.


    by Emily M | Mar 08, 2019

    Join us for a showing of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse!  Teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) becomes the Spider-Man of his reality, and joins with superheroes from various dimensions, to stop a threat to all realities.  

    What: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
    When: Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater


    Free admission.  Rated PG.
    Limited seating; first come-first served.
    Doors open at 6 pm with cartoons before the show.

    by Aisha H. | Mar 07, 2019
    SAT ACT Prep

    Kick off your ACT and SAT preparation with a free practice exam given by Sylvan Learning. Students will take a practice test then return on Wednesday, May 8 to review their scores and get an overview of both the ACT and the SAT. On Saturday, May 11, there will be a Strategic Review session which will include an overview of both the ACT and the SAT, one hour of math strategy, and one hour of verbal strategy. Registration is limited and required. Students will also be provided with access to an online portal to review their score reports.

    ACT Practice Test
    Saturday, April 6
    9:30 am - 1:30 pm in the Discovery Center

    SAT Practice Test
    Saturday, April 20
    9:30 am - 1:30 pm in Meeting Rooms ABC

    Results Night
    Wednesday, May 8
    6:00 pm in Meeting Rooms BC

    Strategic Review Session
    Saturday, May 11
    2:30 pm - 5:00 pm in Meeting Room A

    by Audrey Clark | Mar 05, 2019

    Seed Library 1

    The Seed Library at the Little Turtle branch is in its fourth season and continues to offer vegetable, herb and flower seeds available for you to check out.  Learn to grow your own food on Saturday, March 9 or Saturday, March 30 at 10:30 am  with Master Gardner Megan Kosiak.  Megan will teach us the fundamentals of successful, inexpensive seed starting at home.  Borrow seeds from the seed library and begin your food adventures right away!

    How does the Seed Library work?

    Simple. Visit us at the Little Turtle branch and check out our selection of seeds. Pick out up to 8 packets of seeds, take them to the checkout desk and record what seeds you are taking (you do not need a library card to be a part of the Seed Library).  Grow the plants and collect seeds at the end of the season and save some for yourself and share some back with the Seed Library for others to plant.

    Seed Library 2

    Our volunteers have been working hard to get new seeds packaged and ready for you to grow! This year we are happy to feature a special microgreens seed collection as part of our Seed Library, including:

    • Genovese Basil
    • Monogerm Cilantro
    • Daikon Radish
    • Broccoli
    • Red Garnet Amaranth

    Microgreens are young vegetable or herb plants and are known for their powerful nutritional value, unique flavors, and delicate beauty. According to the USDA, certain varieties of microgreens have an average five times greater levels of vitamins than their full-grown counterparts. Fortunately for home gardeners, they’re relatively easy to grow and can be enjoyed year round.

    Seed Library 3

    Purdue University’s Winter 2016 issue of Weed ‘Em and Reap newsletter, “Because [microgreens] are a younger form of a mature plant, microgreens require a relatively small amount of soil.  Shallow containers- such as a pie pan with a few drainage holes- are ideal for growing microgreens. Multiple microgreen trays can be grown on a table top or stacked on a shelf to save space. Microgreens require 4 or more hours of warm, direct sunlight. Harvesting the greens is a simple process too. A clean set of scissors is all you need to trim the plant in preparation.”   

    The Seed Library is open during regular Little Turtle branch business hours of Monday – Wednesday from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Thursday – Saturday* from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. 

    *The Little Turtle branch is closed on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

    by Emily M | Mar 01, 2019

    Each month we feature an independent or foreign film as a part of our Independent Film Movement series.  Join us this month for BAFTA-awarding winning director Rungano Nyoni's debut film, I Am Not a Witch.  Set in modern-day Zambia, I Am Not a Witch is the satirical, provocative, and enchanting African tale of a young girl accused of being a witch. 

    What: I Am Not a Witch
    When: Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library, Globe Room
    I Am Not a Witch
    *This film is not rated.