This list is from the book talk link on our website, acpl.info with a few additions.

Young Adults’ Services: First Fridays Book Group

Friday, August 1 at 10:00am
First Fridays Book Group is for homeschoolers age 11-14. It takes place in Young Adults’ Services at the Main Library. Refreshments provided. Call 421-1255 for more information.
The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen
By Alexander, Lloyd
Bearing six unusual gifts, young Prince Jen embarks on a perilous quest and emerges triumphantly into manhood. This rich fantasy was named “School Library Journal” Best Book of the Year and a “Booklist” Top of the List Award winner.
Grabill Branch: Monday Night Book Club

Monday, August 4 at 7:00pm
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. Growing up in the 1980s, she confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.
Aboite Branch: You Name It Book Club

Monday, August 4 at 7:00pm
Tell the Wolves I’m Home
In this striking literary debut, Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal in 1987 as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.
Grabill Lunch and Lit

Wednesday, August 13 at 1:00pm
Red Leather Diary
By Koppel, Lily
 Rescued from a Dumpster on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a discarded diary brings to life the glamorous, forgotten world of an extraordinary young woman. For more than half a century, the red leather diary lay silent, languishing inside a steamer trunk, its worn cover crumbling into little flakes. When a cleaning sweep of a New York City apartment building brings this lost treasure to light, both the diary and its owner are given a second life. Recovered by Lily Koppel, a young writer working at the New York Times, the journal paints a vivid picture of 1930s New York
Aboite Branch: Cookbook Book Club

Wednesday, August 13 at 2:00pm
Fresh Produce
  Read the club’s selection beforehand, cook a food item from it if you like, then bring it in to share!  Cook something fresh this month.  buy fresh and if you need ideas, search under cooking fresh in the acpl catalog.

Hessen Cassel Novel Ideas Book Club

Thursday, August 7 at 7:00 pm
Selected Stories From The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain
By Mark Twain
Selected Stories from
The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain:
1             The Notorious Jumping Frog of
–                 Calaveras County
7             The Story of the Bad Little Boy
11            Cannabalism in Cars
33            Journalism in Tennessee
55            How I Edited an Agricultural Paper
71            Political Economy
81            The Story of the Good Little Boy
85            Buck Fanshaw’s Funeral
114          A True Story
190          What Stumped the Bluejays
230          The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm
237          The Stolen White Elephant
325          The Diary of Adam and Eve
419          The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
508          A Double-Barreled Detective Story
598          The $30,000 Bequest
Young Adults’ Services: Books-n-Bagels

Friday, August 8 at 10:00am
Books-n-Bagels is for homeschoolers in grades 9-12. It takes place in Young Adults’ Services at the Main Library. Refreshments provided.
The Phantom of the Opera
He lurked in the shadows of the Paris Opera House–a man with the voice of an angel but the face of a monster. His only hope for love is a beautiful soprano who draws him . . . to disaster. Filled with the colour and theatrical spectacle of the Paris Opera House and the fascination of love transformed into murderous obsession, this work of suspense remains a riveting journey into the dark regions of the human heart.
New Haven Those Witty Brits Book Club

Wednesday, August 19 at 7:00pm
This is a book club that reads British Literature.  All are welcome!
Some experiences of an Irish R.M.
By Sommerville, E. Oe.
When Major Sinclair Yeates leaves the British army, and opts to become a Resident Magistrate in late-Nineteenth century Ireland, he has no idea what adventures await him. As he plods on, trying to do his job, he finds himself out-thought and outmaneuvered at every step.  This book is available free, in e-format only.
Aboite Branch: Choose Your Own Book Club

Thursday, August 21 at 7:00pm
Hey teens, satisfy your need for snacks, games, and talking about good books in our monthly young adult book club!
Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark
In this fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme park “guides” find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls.
Main Library: Chapter Two Book Club

Tuesday, August 26 at 10:00am
Chapter Two is a book club for adults. It meets at the Main Library in the Business, Science & Technology Meeting Room.
Set over a period of 24 hours, “Run” shows how worlds of privilege and poverty can coexist only blocks apart from each other, and how family can include the most unlikely of people, in this novel about secrets, duty, responsibility, and the lengths people will go to protect their children.

Dupont Branch: Classics Book Club

Tuesday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m.
By Thoreau, Henry David

Henry David Thoreau built a small cottage in the woods near Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. During the two years and two months he spent there, he began to write Walden, his most important work, a chronicle of his communion with nature that became one of the most influential and compelling books in American literature. As the favorite book of generations of readers, Walden has become part of the American landscape.
Aboite Branch: You Name It Book Club

Wednesday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m. 
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
By See, Lisa
In 19th-century China, wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion. The women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: “nu shu” (“women’s writing”). This lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendships.n this striking literary debut, Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal in 1987 as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.

Check out these three FREE training sessions

at the Main Library!

Monday, July 28

Would you like your child to grow up to be a healthy, caring, responsible adult?  Are you concerned about your child becoming involved in “risky” behaviors, such as alcohol and drug abuse, sexual activity, and violence?  Come and learn about the 40 DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS, building blocks of healthy youth development.  Find out how you can build ASSETS in your kids!

Monday, August 4
10am-12pm OR 6:30-8:30pm

Research indicates a strong link between self-discipline and success in life. What does self-discipline look like and how do we teach it? Based on the book No: Why Kids of All Ages Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It, this class will address setting boundaries and expectations and how to create a secure connection with your child.

10am -12 pm OR 6:30-8:30pm

Many kids spend more time on “screens” than any other activity (even sleeping!)  Should parents be  concerned?  How does  electronic media effect brain development?  What do those TV, movie and video game ratings mean?  Discussion will include all these topics and more!

All trainings will be led by Nancy Springer, Coordinator of Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES.

There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited.

Click HERE to register.

Tell them about the Library’s Summer Chess Tournament!

Each year, the Children’s Services department at the Main Library offers a “just-for-fun” Chess Tournament for kids in Preschool through Grade 5. It is an all-day event; kids each play 5 rounds of chess, with snacks and pizza and juice and more chess play between rounds.

Doesn’t this look like fun? Chess is AWESOME!

The day starts at 9:00 am with tournament sign-in and ends at 3:30 with an Awards Ceremony. And it’s all FREE!

Sound like fun? Do YOU know a kid who might be interested? This year’s tournament for kids takes place at the Main Library on Saturday, August 2nd. We ask all kids to register in advance if possible; the requested deadline for registration is Tuesday, July 29th.

For more information, or to register for the tournament, call the Children’s Services department at 260.421.1220. You can also find the advance registration form here — just print it off, fill in all the information, and drop it off at any Allen County Public Library. We look forward to seeing your kids at the Chess Tournament!

Ease into eBooks

  • nook: Don’t Panic by Mostly Muppet, on Flickr

    nook: Don’t Panic by Mostly Muppet, on Flickr

    Ease into eBooks

  • Tecumseh Branch Library
  • July 31, 2014
  • 7 pm
  • Free

Explore the library’s eBook collection with your new eReader!  Owners of eReaders, tablets, smartphones, and laptops who seek help downloading eBooks from the library’s web site should attend this informative session at the Tecumseh Branch Library.

If the 31st doesn’t work for you, you might want to drop by the Art, Music & Media department or the Business, Science & Technology department at the Main Library on Saturday afternoons.  Better yet, set up an appointment for a time and place that works best for you by calling ahead!  For the Main Library, call 421-1212 for Nancy or 421-1215 for Chuck.

Our Dupont and Little Turtle branches also offer one-on-one assistance by appointment.  For the Dupont Branch Library, call 421-1315.  For the Little Turtle Branch Library, call 421-1335.


Book Talking At Aboite

Aboite Branch: Adult Book GroupWednesday, July 23 at 2:00pmDearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
By Spitz, Bob

The stunning story of how Julia Child transformed herself into the cult figure who touched off a food revolution that has gripped the country for more than 50 years. Spanning Pasadena to Paris, acclaimed author Spitz reveals the history behind the woman who taught America how to cook.

Here, in Spitz’s biography, the Julia Child we know and love comes vividly to life. Spitz provides a clear-eyed portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential Americans of our time – a woman known to all, yet known by only a few. ‘Dearie’ is a story about a woman’s search for her own unique expression.

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Would you like to create awesome scrapbook pages but you don’t have the cash or the ideas to get started?  Come to the Budget Scrapbooking class at the Monroeville Branch on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. to learn a new technique for your scrapbook.  Bring an acid free glue-stick and a good pair of scissors and they will provide the rest.  Starting with a sheet of brown, white or tan paper you will create your own page based on a chosen theme.  There are pre-cut shapes and letters and a sample page.  Let your imagination take it from there! If you know the theme in advance you can bring pictures and finish the page in one sitting or you can find the pictures after you make the page.  Either way, you are sure to have a great time and learn something new.  Call ahead for the month’s theme at 260-421-1340.

  • Chain Reaction Challenge
  • Main Library, Meeting Rooms A, B, C
  • July 19, 2014
  • 9:00 am – 12 noon

The 7th Chain Reaction Challenge is a three hour-long event to look forward to!  “Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin'” will feature the work of kiddos ranging in grades from Kindergarten through 5th.  Each team will build a contraption that fits on one half of an eight foot table; each contraption starts with a golf ball rolling down a ramp and ends with a golf ball rolling down a ramp — which will start the next contraption.

Trust me folks, you don’t want to miss the creativity that will be on display!  Check out this video for a hint of what you may expect.


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