Robot Book StackDon’t forget to visit the library and get your Summer Reading Program prizes by 6:00 PM Friday, July 25th.
The fun doesn’t stop the last Friday of July! Check out our online calendar for more great events.

The Thickety by J. A. White is a story about Kara Westfall and the call of magic in her life.  She lives on an island in an isolated community that believes nothing is more evil than magic, except for the woods they call the thickety.  Kara was nearly killed at the age of six by the same men who arrested her mother for witchcraft, but something stopped the nightseeker from identifying her as a witch.  Kara’s mother is executed and the story picks up 7 years later as Kara tries to care for her sickly brother, Taff, who was born on the night of her mother’s execution, and for her father, who has been morose and despondent since that night.  A bird leads Kara into the thickety where she discovers a grimoire which might have belonged to her mother.

This is a dark tale, which is intended for the lower grades, but can be read and enjoyed by grades 6-12 and adults.  This is White’s first novel, and I can’t wait for the second one.  Common Sense Media rates it for age 11 and up, but I would recommend you use your own judgement.  Some of the things that I found terrifying might not be as scary to a child.  The similarity to the Salem witch trials and the concept of mind control might just go over a child’s head and not be noticed.  Every review I have read rates this book at at least 4 out of 5 stars.  I give it 5.

Why I picked it up: I liked both the title and the cover and I was looking for a new book to read.  I like fantasies about magic.

Why I finished the book:  It was very well written and I just kept turning pages.  I couldn’t stop reading.

Who I would give it to: I would give it to my (adult) friend Marcy because she likes the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and also the Inkspell books by Cornelia Funke.  If you and your child enjoyed these books, you will like The Thickety.



We’re celebrating all the great reading everyone did during our 8 week Summer Reading Program! Please come and join us.

It’s free!

It’s for kids of all ages!


Can’t make it? You can always use your library card to check out CDs by Kid Kazooey and the Ballroom Roustabouts and listen at home.




Each year, the Children’s Services department at the Main Library offers a “just-for-fun” Chess Tournament for kids in Preschool through Grade 5. It is an all-day event; kids each play 5 rounds of chess, with snacks and pizza and juice and more chess play between rounds.

Doesn’t this look like fun? Chess is AWESOME!

The day starts at 9:00 am with tournament sign-in and ends at 3:30 with an Awards Ceremony. And it’s all FREE!

Sound like fun? This year’s tournament for kids takes place at the Main Library on Saturday, August 2nd. We ask all kids to register in advance if possible; the requested deadline for registration is Tuesday, July 29th.

For more information, or to register for the tournament, call the Children’s Services department at 260.421.1220. You can also find the advance registration form here — just print it off, fill in all the information, and drop it off at any Allen County Public Library. We look forward to seeing your kids at the Chess Tournament!

Fan Friday

Image001Have YOU read to your best furry friend this summer?


Throughout the summer at our Sink or Float programs, kids have been testing a variety of wAcKy objects to find out whether they sink or float in water.  What?  You didn’t get to attend?  Good news!  You still have a few opportunities to attend this event, click here for specific dates, times and locations.

At the very last Sink or Float event, at the Main Library on July 31, we are excited to offer an EXTRA item to test — LIBRARIANS!!dunk tank

Q:  How will we test whether librarians sink or float?

Q:  How will we choose which librarians get tested?
A:  YOU get to vote!

Stop by Children’s Services at the Main Library to cast your vote — three “lucky” Children’s Services staff will be chosen to sit in the dunk tank at the end of each Sink or Float program on July 31, at 10:30am, 2:00pm and 6:30pm.

Voting ends on Saturday, July 26 — get your vote in soon!

Apps We Love!

Do you have an iOS device and would like some suggestions for apps that are both high quality and appropriate for kids?  Well, you’ve come to the right place!  In this third installment of the “Apps We Love” blog series, I’ll be sharing two apps that are educational and lots of fun!

Endless NumbersEndless Numbers by Originator, Inc.

Price:  Free!  Audience:  Preschool & Early Elementary

While I’m highlighting Endless Numbers, Originator, Inc. has created a whole “Endless” series that is just perfect for young children who are learning their ABCs, 123s, and how to read!  Endless Numbers features adorable little number monsters who will teach your child all about number recognition, easy addition, and more!  Children use their fingers to drag the number monsters to their appropriate place in the sequence, then watch a short animation that provides an explanation to each number.  If you and your child enjoy Endless Numbers, be sure to also check Endless Alphabet and Endless Reader!

Color UncoveredColor Uncovered by Exploratorium

Price:  Free!  Audience:  Upper Elementary Grades

Color Uncovered offers a wealth of information and activities all related to color.  Children who use this app will partake in optical illusions, learn about certain artistic styles, and discover the science behind why it’s difficult to find your car in a parking lot at night.  While this app is free, the quality is amazing.  Children and adults who download this app will both have fun and learn something new!


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