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  • One on One help with Ebooks
  • Main Library
  • Saturdays
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Free

Want some one-on-one assistance using library ebooks and downloadable audiobooks on your new smartphone, tablet, or ereader?  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 260-421-1212 for Nancy or 260-421-1215 for Chuck.

Our Dupont and Little Turtle branches also offer one-on-one assistance by appointment.  For the Dupont Branch Library, call 260-421-1315.  For the Little Turtle Branch Library, call 260-421-1335.

You are also welcome to email us at ask@acpl.info for help.

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  • One on One help with Ebooks
  • Main Library
  • Saturdays
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Free

Want some one-on-one assistance using library ebooks and downloadable audiobooks on your new smartphone, tablet, or ereader?  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 260-421-1212 for Nancy or 260-421-1215 for Chuck.

Our Dupont and Little Turtle branches also offer one-on-one assistance by appointment.  For the Dupont Branch Library, call 260-421-1315.  For the Little Turtle Branch Library, call 260-421-1335.

You are also welcome to email us at ask@acpl.info for help.

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preservation2015

  • Preservation Week, Pass It On Through Photography
  • Main Library
  • April 26 – May 2, 2015
  • Free

 

Photographers and Photography of Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1843 – 1930 presented by John Beatty.  Main Library, Meeting Room A.  Sunday, April 26, 2015.  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

How to Look at Your Photographs, Analyze & Organize presented by Kay Spears.  Main Library, Meeting Room A.  Monday, April 27, 2015.  6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Scrapbooking Your Photographs presented by Sara Allen.  Main Library, Meeting Room A.   Tuesday, April 28, 2015.  6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Taking Better Photographs presented by Bob Albertson.  Main Library, Meeting Room A.  Wednesday, April 29, 2015.  6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Preserving Photos on Social Media & in the Cloud presented by Dawne Slater.  Main Library, Meeting Room A.  Thursday, April 30, 2015.  6:30 – 7:30 pm.

A Day in Allen County.  Friday, May 1, 2015.  Email pictures to Genealogy@ACPL.Info , Twitter #DayinAllenCo2015 , Upload pictures at http://www.facebook.com/GenealogyCenter , Instagram @GenealogyCenter

A Preservation and Care of Photographs Discussion.  Main Library, Meeting Room B & C.  Saturday, May 2, 2015. 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info to register for any or all of these free programs.

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Flipster digital magazines and Mango (an online language-learning program) are available to ACPL card holders!  Flipster gives you access to 58 titles including Car & Driver, Consumer Reports, Entertainment Weekly, People, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, and Time. When you’re inside an ACPL location, you’ll be able to access Flipster on your device or our computers without entering your library card.  Outside an ACPL building,  you will have to sign in using your library card and check out each magazine you’d like to read.  Monthly magazines may be checked out for 7 days and weekly magazines for 48 hours. There is no limit on the number of magazines you may have checked out at a time but there is a limit on the number of simultaneous users  — you might have to wait for someone else’s checkout period to end.

Mango currently offers 60+ languages.  From Spanish to Swahili, English to Icelandic, and Shakespeare to Pirate, Mango has you covered!   Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

I’ve recently started playing with Mango.  You can either choose the Quick Start option, which doesn’t require any information from you, or you can create a profile.  I’ve done both.  Creating a profile is easy and offers the advantage of tracking your progress; the only info you have to provide is your first name, your email address, and a password.  I’ve completed one lesson so far and I really like the pronunciation button which spells out how to say something.  You can also record yourself speaking and Mango will compare your spoken pronunciation with its own.  And when you are quizzed, you can click Show the Answer to check yourself.  Love this database!

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  • Broadcasts 24 hours a day/7 days a week
  • Listen via a special radio on loan from ACPL, web streaming, podcast, iBlink Radio mobile app, WFWA PBS Channel 39.4 SAP, TV at select facilities
  • Hear local news, magazine articles, short stories, grocery ads, obituaries

Did you know that ACPL has a free audio reading service for people who have a visual, physical, learning, or language challenge to independent reading? For thousands of people in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, our Audio Reading Service has been a source of in-depth news, community connection, and the voice of an old friend for more than 35 years.  Over 150 volunteers read local news and features from a dozen area newspapers.  They also read selections from more than 40 magazines as well as short stories, grocery ads, obituaries, and more.

As a department of the Allen County Public Library, NEIRRS broadcasts in a 50-mile radius from Fort Wayne over a sub-channel frequency of WBCL 90.3 FM.  The special radio receiver needed to hear the broadcast is loaned to qualified listeners at no charge.  Reading-impaired individuals may also listen to the webstream or choose from selections on the Podcast page, as well as on an App for mobile devices and on a secondary audio program on PBS 39.4.  NEIRRS broadcasts 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  A large-print broadcast schedule is available in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format and in Braille upon request.

 

 

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Know someone who would like to take basic computer and internet classes?  Please let them know that ACPL can help.  Here’s a quick look at schedule for April.

  • Computer and E-Reader assistanceLittle Turtle Branch.  What would you like to learn?  Schedule an appointment with an ACPL staff member who will show you how to email, look for information on the internet, use popular social media sites, and download eBooks.  Call 260-421-1335 to schedule your session.
  • Internet for Beginners.  Hessen Cassel Branch.  Attend this free class to learn the basics of logging on and off the library’s computer, using the mouse, and using a search engine to look for information on the internet.  April 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm.
  • Code up!  Hessen Cassel Branch.  You know the basics of using iPads and laptops but do you know how to make them DO stuff?  Code Up is your chance to begin learning the first steps of computer coding, the language you need to create a computer program.  Before you know it, you’ll be speaking fluent computerese!  April 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm.
  • iPads for Seniors. Dupont Branch Library.  Join us for a free hands-on class covering iPad basics!  Space is limited; registration is required.  Call 260-421-1315 to sign up.  April 8 & April 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm.
  • Computer Basics ClassShawnee Branch.  This free class will introduce attendees to the basic parts of a computer and show them how to use the mouse.  Attendees will also learn how to highlight, copy, and paste.  Space is limited; registration is required.  Call 421-1355 to sign up.  April 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm.
  • Email for Beginners.  Hessen Cassel Branch.  You’ve already learned computer and internet basics — attend this free class to learn how to set up an email account and a Facebook account.  April 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm.
  • Internet Basics Class.  Shawnee Branch.  Know your way around a computer but need guidance with the internet and email?  This free class is for you.  Space is limited; registration is required.  Call 421-1355 to sign up.  April 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm.

Our Events calendar is an excellent place to look for future classes or other events of interest.  To see what library programs are scheduled at your favorite branch/branches, click on the Locations tab at the top of the screen to select the locations you’re interested in.  There are also tabs for Event Type, Age Groups, Presenter, and Keyword.

*The calendar is automatically set to show you everything going on, so you will have to deselect the options you do not want if you wish to customize your search.

Voila!  A What’s Happening list just for you!

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