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~ 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.

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BeatleFest is back, baby!  Bring the family to the Main Library on May 23, 2015 and get ready to groove.  Kill the Rabbit, Grateful Groove, Beatle 64 Lab Band, and Soft n Heavy will treat us to their favorite Beatles hits.  816 Pint & Slice will be on the Plaza offering cold drinks, delicious pizza, and snacks.  Burgers are also available.

It’s worth noting that this event could not take place without sponsorship.  Our vendors help us more than you know.  If you’d like an adult beverage while you’re relaxing on the lawn — or groovin’ in front of the stage — our vendors have you covered.  While we get the appeal of packing your own cooler — we’re librarians and frugality is our nature — we also know that this event would fall apart without sponsors.  So, yes, we really mean it when we say that all adult beverages must be purchased at the event — not brought in a cooler.

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There have also been questions about whether pets are allowed at the event.  As you can see in the photo above, it can get quite crowded.  Dog-lover that I am, I would be hesitant to bring my dog to this event, unless I was planning to sit on the outskirts  — and maybe not even then.  There’s a lot of activity, a lot of people darting in and out of the crowd.  It can be a stressful scene for the family pet.  Something to keep in mind.

And finally, we ask everyone to remember that the library and its plaza is a smoke-free environment.

Now, who’s ready to pull out the hula hoop and groove to some great music this summer???  I know I am!

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Please join us for the 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival to be held Sunday, May 17th from noon to 5:00 PM at the Main Library.  Its 9th year promises to be the best yet!

Many performances and activities highlighting Japanese culture will be featured, including traditional music, taiko, minyo dancing, tea ceremony, bonsai, martial arts, anime drawing, cosplay, food, and children’s crafts.

Most events are free of charge but donations are always gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be available for purchase as will books, textiles, and hand-crafted items in the festival marketplace.

The festival is organized by Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, partnering with the library.  Many thanks to the local businesses and individuals who contribute to its sponsorship!

 
 

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We love the entries from our first Altered Books Contest!  The winners are pictured above — click here to see all of the entries!

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Our beautiful Grabill Branch Library opened its doors during National Library Week in 2005.  Come join us as we celebrate ten wonderful years!  We’ll have food, picture displays, and a special prize drawing.  You don’t want to miss it!

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Our beautiful Grabill Branch Library opened its doors during National Library Week in 2005.  Come join us as we celebrate ten wonderful years!  We’ll have food, picture displays, and a special prize drawing.  You don’t want to miss it!

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