Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
StoryTubes videos can be entered beginning April 1. You choose a category for your video:
- Hair-Raising Tales
- From or For the Heart
- Of Heroes and Heroines
- Facts, Fads and Phenoms
home-schooled youth) will receive $1,000 in books. Book prizes are sponsored by publishers Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Eaglemont Press, DK Publishing, Charlesbridge Publishing and Shenanigan Books.
Get your story, camera (almost any digital camera will do) and let the streaming stories begin!
For more information, visit www.storytubes.info
Friday, March 28, 2008
Do you love dogs? If you do, then you just might love this book: W is for Woof: A Dog Alphabet. Much, much more than an alphabet book, this book has lots of great information about different dog breeds, how to take care of your pet dog, and other interesting and little-known facts.
We have lots of other fantastic books about dogs -- and other animals, too -- at the Library. Visit us soon!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
If you can't make it to the storytime, but want to explore the topic of "Growing Up" with your baby or todder you can read the book When Poppy and Max Grow Up by Lindsey Gardiner and listen to the song "I Wonder If I'm Growing" on the CD Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi.
Babies and Books: Friday mornings at 9:15 a.m. (through April)
Toddler Time: Friday mornings at 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. (through April)
Please note that starting in May the times for Babies and Books and Toddler Time will change. Call Children's Services for details @ 421-1220.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
As part of this "PEAK into the Future" program, I was privileged to mentor 5th grader Olivia, who goes to Huntertown Elementary and who wanted to learn more about being a librarian. It was a great learning experience for both of us.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Tomorrow we'll read about totally toothy alligators!
One of my favorite alligator books is A Girl and Her Gator by Sean Bryan. This silly, rhyming story is about "a girl named Claire, who discovered a gator on top of her hair." Check out the book to find out what Claire does all day with "a gator up there."
Monday, March 24, 2008
Visit Children's Services before 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1st and enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see the Fort Wayne Youtheatre production of Annie Jr. The winner will receive tickets to the performance for Saturday, April 19th or Sunday, April 20th at 2:00 p.m at the Arts United Center.
Friday, March 21, 2008
A big "Thank You" to 9 year-old Gabriel, who thoughtfully donated his 7 year collection of Curious George items to the Children's Services department at the Allen County Public Library!
You can visit this collection in the Great Hall of the Main Library, next to the General Reference desk, through April 2oth. For years to come, it will remain in ACPL's permanent collection.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
It is a picture book. It is drawn but also has pictures of real
objects and fabric in it. It's about a little boy who sees some
wolves that come out of a book that he reads. The wolves try to eat
him but the fairy godmother from Cinderella comes out of her book to
I thought it was good because, first of all, I like the pictures and
then the fact that you don't know what is going to happen to the boy.
Submit your child's book review to me via email and you may see it in a future "A Child's Book Review" blog post.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
- Wednesday, March 19th @ 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
- Thursday, March 20th @ 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Look at the wonderful writing practice that has been happening in the Early Learning Center!
Preschoolers - stop by today with your grownup and drop a letter in the Early Learning Center mailbox.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Tomorrow, March 18th @ 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. the Fort Wayne Ballet will present a family friendly mini-performance featuring beautiful dancing and music from Giselle. Seating is limited for this FREE performance. All groups (such as schools and daycares) must pre-register.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
* Home, school and vehicle safety
* Out and about safety
* Realistic defense against abduction
* Good, bad, and uncomfortable touch
This is a five day, cumulative program geared for ages 5 to 12. The program will be held in Children's Services each day from 2:30 until 4:00 during the week of Monday, March 31st through Friday, April 4th. Parents are welcome to stay and attend the program with their children. Advance registration is required; call Children's Services at 421-1220 to register your children.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
The 1st Homeschool Sneak Preview was a success! Over 300 kids and their families enjoyed information, activities, and hands-on fun with over 25 area organizations. The consensus of organizations and homeschooling families alike was "Great place to have this!" and "Let's do it again next year!"
My favorite comment received on one of the evaluations was "My 7 year old said Mom, this is better than an amusement Park!!" Can anyone ask for higher praise than that from a 7 year old?
Check out more pictures of the day's activities on Flickr.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Big Little, by Leslie Patricelli
This Little Fishy, by Richard Powell
For more books about opposites you can find at the Library, click here. See you soon!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Today, the Children's Services department also has some free tickets to tomorrow night's basketball game at the Memorial Coliseum; the Fort Wayne Mad Ants against the Anaheim Arsenal.The Mad Ants have given us five sets of 4 tickets to give away -- two grownups & two kids could go or one grownup and three kids could go. If your children have always wanted to go to a basketball game, or if you've always wanted to take them to a basketball game, call Children's Services now and see if any tickets are still available.
In addition to Mr. Say's lecture, all ticket holders will be able to view the current FWMoA exhibit "Works by Allen Say" at no charge. This program is for adults; librarians, teachers, and homeschool parents may be particularly interested in this presentation.
Interested? Come to the Children's Services department at the Main Library to pick up your free ticket. Remember that we have only a limited number of tickets. Check your schedule and stop in to pick up your tickets soon! (If you want, you can call before you come to make sure we still have tickets available. 421-1220)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
This is a program for the whole family; we will have information and activities for parents and their children from preschool through high school. Over twenty organizations will be at the Library to let you know how their organization can help your homeschooling family. You can register your family for the day between 9:00 and 9:30. The programs will end by 1:00; but you're still welcome to explore the Library which will be open until 6:00.
Participating organizations have also donated a variety of cool doorprizes -- including zoo passes, t-shirts, skate admissions at the MAC, gift certificates to Twice Sold Tales Bookstore, a Birthday Party for 10 children at Lindenwood Nature Preserve, and more -- which will be given away to lucky participants at the end of the day.
We hope to see your homeschooling family on Friday!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Then we dressed chickens and made big, floppy, Amelia Bedelia inspired hats. See more photos of the wonderful hats here.
Homeschoolers in Grades K to 2: Join us on Friday, April 11th @ 1:30 p.m. to discuss I Am Invited to a Party! by Mo Willems.
Homeschoolers in Grades 3 to 6: Join the Reading Rocks group on Friday, April 11th @ 1:30 pm. to discuss Half Magic by Edward Eager.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Click here for more information on A Day in Allen County 2008.
To see the photos from A Day in Allen County 2007, click here.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
The three aquariums in Children's Services have been an exciting focal point for visitiors since we opened. People of all ages -- toddlers through grandparents -- are captivated by the beauty and variety of life in the 275 gallon tanks.
One of the frequent questions we receive is "What kind of fish is that? Or, in the case of our reef tank, a finger will point excitedly to an object in the tank with the question "Is that alive? What is it?"Now, thanks to the efforts of one of our fish-loving staffmembers, we have an online guide to answer these questions. Need help identifying any of the fish in our tanks? Check out the online fish guide!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
If a Hummer H2 and the Saturn V rocket were to race, which would win?
Would you believe a tiny bacteria makes glue that is three times stronger than man-made super glue?
Check out How Strong Is It? by Ben Hillman to find the answers to these questions and read about many more feats of amazing strength. Plus, the illustrations in this book are...unbelievable!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
I like when the ants go home.
Submit your child's book review to me via email and you may see it in a future "A Child's Book Review" blog post!
Monday, March 3, 2008
As you've walked through Children's Services, have you noticed the big, blue bags? They are Kits for Kids. These conveniently packaged, thematically-based kits each contain 8 books for the child, 1 book for the parent or teacher, and 1 DVD/videotape/CD on the subject. Each Kit may be checked out for 3 weeks with your ACPL library card and may be renewed. A complete list of Kits for Kids can be found here. Recent additions to our Kits for Kids selections include classroom/book club sets of books. If you have a group of interested readers who want to explore Little House on the Prairie or Charlotte's Web or Bridge to Terabithia or Because of Winn-Dixie, we now have a Kit just for you. Check it out!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali
by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World
by Jonah Winter
Saturday, March 1, 2008
LookyBook offers a large selection of books from authors and illustrators you will most likely recognize. You don't have to register to use this site, but if you decide to register, you can create your own bookshelf and make comments about books. And registration is free! I'm impressed! What fun!