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Write a short story!

You’ve always wanted to write a short story, admit it!  Now’s your chance.  David Russell will walk you through the basics and you will be AMAZED at what will you accomplish in just 5 classes.

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February 1, 1960, four young men took an important step toward ending racial segregation. They walked into a Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth’s Department Store, a segregated establishment, sat at the lunch counter, and proceeded to order coffee and doughnuts. They were refused service, but they continued to sit there until the store closed. Later known as the Greensboro Four , they initiated the first Sit-In of the Civil Rights Movement.

Hear their story as they tell in it in the video February One that will play throughout our Sit-In on February 2 at the Pontiac Branch Library.  Our program will last throughout the day and is open to people of all ages. This event is intended to return some deserved attention to this historical event as well as remind those that participate that big changes can emerge from the ideas and actions of a few. Join us at any time throughout the day to participate in our “sit-in.” Unlike the service at the lunch counter, doughnuts will be served.

Want to learn more about Sit-ins and how they became powerful tools in the American Civil Rights Movement?  Check out these titles in our collection:

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Two Saturdays left for NaNoWriMo


November is National Novel Writing Month and the Pontiac Branch Library is hosting write-ins each week to help you meet your 50,000 word count goal! We’ll provide the caffeine, you bring the creativity!
Laptops available for use during the write-ins if needed.  Hope to see you there!

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  • Author Fair
  • Pontiac Library
  • April 15, 2014
  • 6:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Free admission

An Author Fair will take place in the Pontiac Branch on Tuesday, April 15 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. We hope you’ll join us for this excellent opportunity to meet local authors — they are looking forward to talking about their books and answering your questions.

Participating authors will have books available for purchase and will be happy to sign them. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Allen County Public Library, an organization which helps support the steady growth of the library and its services to the community.

Here’s the lineup so far . . . stay tuned for more additions!

dortch_main John P. Dortch is the author of In My Father’s House These Were the Rules. Dortch offers a compassionate voice to young people as they search for guidance and insight to those wishing to mentor the next generation.
Saundra Jones Saundra Jones is the author of the novels Owning Up, Her Sweetest Revenge,and Pieces of Justice. Signed to Delphine Publications in 2011, Jones states that “writing is my passion and simply my destiny — there is so much more to come.” Look for Forbidden and Her Sweetest Revenge 3 soon.
John J Foster John J. Foster is the author of Me & C. Recognizing the importance of early reading in the lifelong success of children, Foster chaired and cofounded Allen County’s “Real Men Read” effort for three years. Foster’s books have been a family project with his children, reflecting time with his daughter and sprinkled with photos taken by his sons.
E. Scott Smiley E. Scott Smiley is the author of Parole for the Soul : Poetry that Liberates the Mind and Frees the Soul and Wisdom and Faith Lead to a Better Place. Special Education teacher, high school basketball coach, and poet, Smiley turns the highs and lows of life into poetry that inspires its readers.
Daniel Williams Daniel Williams is the author of the novel Brothers Stand Strong. Williams’ work has appeared in Dancing With the Pen: A Collection of Today’s Best Youth Writing and Frost Illustrated. Awards for his writing include The Martone Creative Essay Contest 2007 & 2008 and Allen County Public Library Poetry Contest, Third Place, 2008.
Carol Butler 2 Carol Butler is the author of Genois Wilson, Firefighter: She Dared to be First. Believing that you can change the world, “one child at a time” Carol felt that Genois Wilson Brabson’s story needed to be told.
Myhead Michael Wilhem is the creator of Skunk-guy, a superhero that can make himself smell like anything he wants. Skunk-guy adventures can be found in Sensational Slime Saga, Norman and the Stinking Space Goo: an Extremely Smelly Story, and Skunk Guy: Skunk on the Run. Wilhelm currently lives in Fort Wayne with his wife Cindy and their daughter Josette.
Kayleen Reusser Kayleen Reusser is the author of several children’s books including Celebrities Giving Back, Day by Day with Taylor Swift, Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia, Hermes, Hephaestus, and Hades. Reusser currently works at a Middle school and enjoys the inspiration and enthusiasm she gets from her students.
Eric-Hackley-150x200.jpg.pagespeed.ce.Idtxf5ODKP Eric D. Hackley is the author of Kekionga Blacks Declare War on HIS-story & Slave Mentality. Mr. Hackley is a veteran independent journalist, television show host and producer focusing largely on history, particularly family history in the black community. His award-winning public access television shows have featured a host of local and national icons.
63907_581165888585706_1881265418_n Linda Bess has read her poetry, fiction, and memoir at several venues. Linda’s publications include poems in The Georgetown Review, Bakerstreet Anthology & Poetry Motel. She served as Editor-in-Chief of Confluence (IPFW) and was awarded numerous awards including the Psi Iota XI Award for best short story, Christianna I Seiler Awards in poetry, and awards from The Indiana Collegiate Press Association for best fiction and best magazine.
tsabel-26 Thomas Sabel is a writer and poet from Fort Wayne. His works have appeared in Whistling Fire, Tipton Poetry Journal, Riverrun, Confluence, wordriver, One Million Stories, and the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling. His mid-grade fantasy, Legends of Luternia: the Prince Decides, has been published by eLectio Press and his novella I is Dead is available on amazon.com.
kathryn Kathryn Ann Young has published widely; her work has appeared in Poet Lore, Zuzu’s Petals, and Spoon River Poetry Review. The Spinster’s MaDonna was published in 1996.
1533665_10153934053480360_2067633224_n Craig Nix is a three time winner of the Psi Iota Xi Writing Contest as an undergraduate and emeritus member of the IPFW Writers Group. Most of his stories from the past 2 ½ years have been generated via COP a Story, a monthly event during which audience members supply writing prompts – a Character, an Object, and a Place. Nix currently has two collections of stories available on Kindle: The Ringmaster and Growing Up with Adults. Two more collections are coming soon – Eating Out and The Choices She Made.

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Join us as we celebrate National Women’s History Month!  Author Carol Butler will visit our Pontiac Branch Library to discuss her book highlighting the career of Fort Wayne’s first woman firefighter, Genois Wilson, Firefighter:  She Dared to be First.   In addition to the book discussion and signing, we will share inspiring stories of events and testimonies that have occurred since the publication in March 2013 of this historic book.

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  • Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble
  • Pontiac Branch Library
  • Thursday, February 27 2014
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Free to attend

The Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble will present 45 minutes of village-style, traditional Mande music from Guinea, West Afrika as interpreted through an Afrikan American lens.  Followed by 15 minutes of hands-on drumming experience with Omowale Ketu Oladuwa.

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  • Author Visit – M. Francis Patterson
  • Pontiac Branch Library
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014
  • 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Free to attend

Author/Musician M. Francis Patterson has been a Writer, Contributor, and/or Managing Editor of Frost Illustrated for over 20 years. He’s worked with some of the most respected performers in the music industry; Frank Johnson, Joyce Lawson, Roger Osborn, and Carl Marshall, just to name a few.

Patterson’s short stories have appeared in Strange, Weird, and Wonderful Magazine, and several anthologies, including The Inanimates I, from Strange, Weird, and Wonderful Publishing.  His first short story collection, A Scandal and Other Things… was released by Black Books Publishing in December of 2013.

A Scandal and Other Things… is an eclectic mix of stories highlighting the bazaar and often unspoken of events within the black experience.  Patterson is a master of observation and his stories leave readers pointing towards real individuals within their own communities who remind them of his characters.

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