16663057672_0766026ef4_kMy kids LOVE to go to the downtown library. And, of course, the featured attraction is the Early Learning Center in the Children’s department. Last week, I was able to spend some one-on-one time with my daughter in the ELC. She started asking about the play food immediately after I told her we were going there. The hardest part of playing in the ELC has been learning how to share, but it has taught her how to wait and give others a chance to play also.

16662904081_b0d5b51f3d_kWe had the room almost to ourselves this time, which is rare, but delightful. She loaded up the shopping cart with the food in the kitchen area and collected all the food we found around the room. We talked about the different foods she found: what they are called, if she likes to eat them, what colors they are, etc. This will help expand her vocabulary, which will help her when she learns how to read, since it is easier to read a word you know than one you don’t!

She wanted to make “soup” for me, so we wrote down the recipe! She told me all of the ingredients as she put them in the bowl, and I wrote them down, emphasizing the first letter’s sound for each word. Writing helps kids make the connection between words you speak and their printed counterpart.

16456899327_cf971307e1_kAnother little girl played in the kitchen as we wrote our recipe and when she left, she had all of the dishes neatly arranged by type and color. Sorting and categorizing helps kids learn alike and different, which will help them recognize the differences in letters – especially those pesky lowercase ones like b, d, p, and q.

We played and talked and wrote, but best of all we had time to simply be together.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

Monday, March 2, 2015 Dr. Seuss or Theodor Seuss Geisel would have been 111 years-old!  He published 46 children’s books and there was some uproar a few weeks ago about a new book that was found that will be published this summer.  But in two days The Allen County Public Library and countless schools across America will observe Dr. Seuss.  For ACPL we have 3 special events coming up.


Storytime at the Waynedale Branch  at 10:30 am  2200 Lower Huntington Road

Celebrate Seuss! Sing, rhyme, dance and wiggle! Read a story, share a giggle! Experiment with science, art, and more! We’ll have hands-on activities to explore! For toddlers, preschoolers, and their adults.

Activities and Stories at the Shawnee Branch at 2:00 pm 5600 Noll Avenue
The Cat in the Hat said “Where am I?” “At Shawnee!”, I did reply. A gaggle of tales we’ll share together and a bundle of laughs we’ll have! Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with special stories and activities.

It’s a Seussical Party at the Hessen Cassel Branch at 6:00 pm 3030 E. Paulding Rd
Wrap up your day with a Seussical Party! The whole family is invited to a read along, snacks, games, and crafts to celebrate the great Dr. Seuss or otherwise known as Theodor Geisel. There’s nothing like a rhyming dance party about reading!

Pick which time of day best suits you and your family and visit one of the branches and cheer for Dr. Seuss.


What book should you read next?

Librarians wear many hats.  We are educators who teach preschoolers their ABCs and teens how to code.  We are PR reps who utilize social media and other forms of communication to promote our collections and programs.  We are techies who update websites and grumble in frustration every time we forget an end quote or some other silly thing like that in our coding.  But one of the things that we are most known for is that we’re the go to people for finding your next great read.

Usually the reader’s advisory interview consists of multiple questions so that we can figure out exactly what you’re looking for as far as your next read goes.  With children, we might ask, “What have you read recently that you’ve really enjoyed?” or “Are there any books that you do not like to read?” or even “What’s your favorite TV show?”  Believe me when I say that it can be a complicated process, one that they spend entire semesters teaching us in library school.

But today I’m going to do something a little different and super fun.  I’m going to ask you what book you like, and you’re going to click on the image, and it will take you to your next great read (hopefully).  Ready?  Here we go…

What book do you like?

Diary of a Wimpy KidGeronimo StiltonI SurvivedPercy JacksonFrozenPlay Makers

Sensory Friendly Film

alexanderEnjoy a film for the entire family in a theater where you can move, talk, and laugh along in an accepting environment for everyone.  Our theater will have the lights up and the sound down for audience comfort, and the doors will open early!

A big THANK YOU to the Northeast Indiana Autism Connection and the Asperger’s Group at Lutheran for their support in bringing this program to the Allen County Public Library.

  • Main Library, Theater
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015
  • 10:00 am (doors open at 9:15 am)
  • Free admission, no tickets required
  • Rated PG, 81 minutes

This program is designed with the needs of children on the Autism Spectrum or with other Sensory Processing Disorders, but everyone is welcome!

Celebrity Authors

Every now and then when I’m reading review journals, an author’s name pops out at me. Sometimes it’s because the author is well know, such as James Patterson. Other times it’s because the author is well known — but not necessarily for writing. Earlier today, I was reading a review journal and saw an advertisement for a book called Nightmares.  Yet it wasn’t the title or the cover art that caught my eye.  It was the author, Jason Segel.

‘Jason Segel?’ I thought.  ‘From How I Met Your Mother?’

A few months ago, I had the same experience when I read a review for The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak.  Turns out there are a lot of celebrities who like to moonlight as children’s authors.  Some write on their own, while others co-write (or have ghost writers).  Here’s just a small selection of children’s books that are written by celebrities:

Love Your Teeth!

tooth stToday Linda from the Isaac Knapp District Dental Society came to the Grabill Branch Library to share books and information about keeping our teeth healthy. Your library has many fiction and non-fiction books about teeth and dental hygiene. Show your teeth some love and check some out today!


Happy Presidents’ Day! Originally celebrated in 1885 in honor of President Washington, Presidents’ Day is now generally considered to be a day to celebrate all U.S. Presidents, present and past.

Join us in Children’s Services at the Main Library as we celebrate Presidents’ Day with a simple craft designed to make YOU look like our 16th president, President Abraham Lincoln.

Abe Lincoln

And while you are at the Library, be sure to check out some of our many books about Lincoln or other presidents.


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