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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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CBF 2015 poster flyer

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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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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April 12 through April 18, 2015

What is National Library Week? First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is celebrated every April by all types of libraries across the United States.  As we celebrate the value a strong library offers to its community, you’ll want to do a couple of things when you stop by your favorite ACPL location April 12 through April 18: pick up some National Library Week bookmarks AND answer trivia questions or try some of our library services to enter a drawing to win one of 3 Kindles!

Many thanks to our awesome Friends of the Library for their sponsorship!

 

 

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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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Image via Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Creative Commons. They have several photos of altered books — click the image to check them out!

Get ready for National Library Week by creating an altered book!!!  Pick up an entry form at any ACPL library location, check out this link for some how-to advice, and let your imagination guide you.  Still hesitant?  Attend one of our workshops!

  • Hessen Cassel Branch, March 31, 2015,  2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Call 260-421-1330 for details.
  • Main Library Globe Room, March 31, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Space is limited.  Call 260-421-1200 ext 2101 to register.
  • Tecumseh Branch, March 31, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. & April 1 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Call 260-421-1360 for details.
  • Georgetown Branch, April 2, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Call 260-421-1320 for details.

Contest entries will be accepted at the Art Music & Media Department on the second floor of the Main Library on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Winners and prizes will be announced April 12 on our Facebook page.  Questions?  Call 260-421-1200 ext 2101.

Good luck!

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