Tuesday, May 31, 2011

We're Counting Down the Days...

...till June 6. That's the day we've been waiting for! The day the Summer Reading Program starts!! Woo hoo!! We can hardly wait!!

Have you checked out the

Summer Reading Program website yet?
You'll find lots of great info there, like WHO can participate, HOW to get started, WHEN things are happening, and WHAT gifts kids and adults can receive. Coming soon, kids will find some fun interactive games and online stories, as well as a place to submit their own stories and artwork!

Gifts? Did I mention gifts? Yes, I did, and here's the scoop:

At Sign-up, children will receive a voucher for a FREE Tincaps baseball ticket.

Upon completing Level One, pre-readers (babies, toddlers and preschoolers) will receive an FREE egg shaker toy; readers (kids who can read on their own) will receive a FREE throw-yo toy!

Upon completing Level Two, children will receive a FREE tote bag!

Upon completing Level Three, children will get to pick out their own FREE book!

Adults may participate as well. Starting Monday, June 6, adults 18 and older may pick up a Reading Partners bookmark, complete 6 of the 14 reading activities with a child, and fill in and return the bottom portion of the bookmark to any library location for a chance to win a FREE $100 gift card to Walmart, Meijer or Target.

It's all about reading! It's all about fun! And it's all happening at the Allen County Public Library this summer! We hope to see YOU and your family!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tarra & Bella

One of the best things about working in a library is that I get to learn new things EVERY DAY! Today a young customer came in and wanted to find books about two unusual friends -- an elephant and a dog!

Tarra is a retired circus elephant who was the first to come live at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Other elephants also came to live there, but Tarra couldn't find a friend until she met Bella, a stray dog who came to stay at the sanctuary.

Read Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends
by Carol Buckley
to learn more about this amazing friendship!

To read more about The Elephant Sanctuary and Tarra, try these books by the same author:
Travels with Tarra
Just for Elephants

Monday, May 23, 2011

LEGO Club!

Calling all LEGO fans!
Don't miss LEGO Club in Children's Services at the downtown library!
Come and join other LEGO-loving kids and build to your hearts content.We have lots and lots and lots of bricks, so don't be shy!

Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 24:
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. (for homeschoolers)
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (for all kids ages 6-11)

Great news about LEGO club -- during the summer,we'll be offering this super-cool program
EVERY WEEK at the downtown library!
Beginning June 15 and continuing through August 17, 2011, LEGO Club will be offered every Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
So take some time during the summer to get out of the heat, visit us at the library and have some creative-building fun!

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Little Library Love

We love it when our customers share their art with us.
Here's a piece that really touched our hearts!

Thanks, Carly, for the great picture of the Children's Department!
We're glad you enjoy visiting us!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cherry Blossom Festival - this weekend!

Don't miss the Cherry Blossom Festival,
taking place at the Main Library in downtown Fort Wayne
tonight and tomorrow -- May 14th & 15th!

Saturday's schedule includes Japanese anime films and live Japanese music. Sunday's activities include kamishibai storytelling, origami, and Japanese children's games. There are events appropriate for all ages!

For more information, including the schedule of events, see Japan in Fort

Monday, May 9, 2011

Children's Choice Book Awards

The Children's Choice Book Award winners were announced on May 2, as a kick-off to last week's Children's Book Week. Over 500,000 votes were collected from children from all over the United States! Winners included...

Author of the Year
Rick Riordan, for The Lost Hero, Book 1 in the Heroes of Olympus series

Illustrator of the Year
David Wiesner, for Art and Max

For a complete list of winners and more information about the Children's Choice Awards, see the Children's Book Week website.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

2011 Summer Reading Program

Suspense is building! Preparations are being made! Let the countdown begin for this year's Children's Summer Reading Program:

The summer reading fun starts on Monday, June 6. Watch this video for a sneak preview of what's coming, and look for information soon at a library near you!