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  • Musical Performance:  Island Vibe
  • Main Library, Plaza
  • August 12, 2015
  • 12 noon – 2:00 pm
  • Free admission

The Island Vibe band performs their style of island grooves and variety throughout Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. From Jimmy Buffet, Zac Brown Band, country, reggae, authentic Caribbean tunes, and some good old rock & roll, there is sure to be something for everyone. Whether it’s a laid back feeling or get up and dance style that you are looking for, Island Vibe will have you saying, “I can feel it!” So come on and let the island sounds of Rod and Doug take you away. Rod is on guitar and vocals while Doug handles congas, percussion, steel drum and vocals. From the big stage at Fort Wayne’s Three Rivers Festival, the Put-in-Bay party island, to the deck in your backyard, Island Vibe will keep the party jumping and everyone feeling “irie” (Jamaican for really, really good)!

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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  • 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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  • 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!


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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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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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  • Movie Night: Unbroken
  • Main Library, Theater
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
  • 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
  • Free admission, no tickets required
  • Rated PG-13, 137 minutes

This month’s movie is Unbroken:  come see it on the big screen!  Louis (Jack O’Connell) grows up a rough-hewn kid on the verge of becoming a full-on delinquent, until his brother starts training him to be a track star. Louis excels at the sport, and eventually represents America at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. During his training, he learns to become resilient and disciplined; his brother’s words of advice, “If you can take it, you can make it,” push him to overcome any adversity. He must live up to that adage under the most extreme circumstances after his plane is shot down during another bombing raid. He is stranded at sea for more than a month, only to be found by the Japanese and forced to endure constant physical abuse at the hands of sadistic prison-camp guard Mutsuhiro Watanabe, who wants to break Louis’ indomitable spirit.

Everyone is invited.  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  Limited seating, first-come, first-served.  Doors open at 6:00.

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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.


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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