The Snyders


  • Musical Performance:  The Snyders
  • Main Library, Plaza
  • July 22, 2015
  • 12 noon – 2:00 pm
  • Free admission

The Snyders, formed in the summer of 2011 in Montreal, is a family-based Chicago blues and “roots” band that digs deeply from many styles of music varying from Blues to Jazz, Rock and even Manouche (Gypsy Jazz).  The family unit is comprised of Denny Snyder, vocals/lead guitar, his daughter Lorrie Snyder on vocals/bass, and his son Phil Snyder on the drums.

Many thanks to our Art, Music & Media Department for arranging such great musical performances at the library!  Hope to see you there!


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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.


  • Musical Performance:  An Afternoon with Rodney Cordner & Friends
  • Main Library, Plaza
  • July 15, 2015
  • 12 noon – 2:00 pm
  • Free admission

Rodney’s songs are steeped in the traditions, troubles, and sense of place of Northern Ireland and reflect a deep connection with his homeland. He has played many festival and concert performances in North America, Great Britain, and Europe

Many thanks to our Art, Music & Media Department for arranging such great musical performances at the library!  Hope to see you there!


We are at the half way point of the Summer Reading Program.  If you have not had a chance to take advantage of our extra programs and staffing for the summer, there is still nearly a month to go!  Everyone from birth to 120 is welcome to participate this year.  All you have to do is read and keep track of your time reading.  We have prizes for all.

The part of the Summer Reading Program that is so exciting is the extra programs and events that take place thanks to the Foellinger Foundation, Friends of the Library and all of the staff who plan and help execute these great activities.  The creativity shown this year in these extra activities is amazing.  Check our events calendar for what is happening system wide and grab a July calendar at your local branch to see what special programs are happening daily.

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Summer programs at the library tend to be for kids and teens. This summer we’ve opened up the prizes to adults and we are offering this fun program! Do you love trivia? Bring your mobile device or use one of ours and compete against your fellow patrons in online trivia fun powered by Kahoot! View questions and submit your answers via your device for a race against the clock for maximum points!
Monday, June 29, 7 pm at Shawnee Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 7 pm at Pontiac Branch
Thursday, July 9, 7 pm at Main Library (meeting room C)
Saturday, July 11, 2 pm at Georgetown Branch

~ Guest Post by The Genealogy Center

The Genealogy Center is partnering with Children’s Services and Young Adult Services to host a weekend full of family activities and events June 5-7 as a “branch party” of Global Family Reunion 2015! All activities will take place at the Main Library, 900 Library Plaza.

Global Family Reunion will be Saturday, June 6, in New York City. The event, brainchild of author A. J. Jacobs, celebrates that we are all part of one big family – we are all cousins! The New York activities, including speakers, games, and other events, will take place on the grounds of the legendary 1964 World’s Fair, now home to the New York Hall of Science. Our local “branch party” will feature live streaming from New York on Saturday. Proceeds from ticket sales to the New York event will go toward finding a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Events at ACPL are free.

Full details about local activities are available in the Global Family Reunion brochure. Besides other events, there will be three family photo opportunities:
•    Have your family photo taken in The Great Hall and we will email you a copy
•    Take a silly picture of your family with props in Children’s Services
•    You Are (Were) Here – Take a photo in front of the green screen in Young Adult Services & we’ll superimpose it on a country of your ancestors’ origin

In addition, bring heritage family photos and we will scan them, preserve them on our website, and email you a copy!

There will be chess and board games in Young Adult Services noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as outdoor games – bocce ball on Friday, cornhole on Saturday, and badminton on Sunday – on the Library Plaza!

The Genealogy Center will present talks on Family History Fun, Ways to Display Your Family History Using Pinterest, Storytelling, Exciting Ways to Share Your Genealogy, and Being Creative … with Your Family History.

There’s more! Keep watching this blog, The Genealogy Center’s website, our social media outlets and Genealogy Gems to learn times and days for various activities.


New Horizons Polka

  • Musical Performance:  New Horizons Polka Band
  • Main Library, Plaza
  • May 31, 2015
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Free admission

Join us outside on the plaza for a 7-piece Polka Band lead by Don Schmidt.  They will get started at 1 pm playing waltzes, marches, Dixieland and, of course, polkas!

Many thanks to our Art, Music & Media Department for arranging such great musical performances at the library!  Hope to see you there!



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