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!


  • 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.

  • 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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