Kindergarten A to Z!


Waynedale Elementary Kindergarten


Congratulations to the hard-working students in Ms. Winebrenner’s class at Waynedale Elementary School!  With the help of their Study Connection volunteer, Angela Hudson, they wrote and illustrated their very own book.  Entitled Kindergarten A to Z, it’s purpose is to help in-coming kindergarten students know the ins-and-outs of being a kindergartener.

To celebrate their accomplishment, they held a party at the Main Library, complete with a behind-the-scenes tour of the library and, of course, cake!  In addition to the school’s library, each location of the Allen County Public Library will be receiving a copy of the book for it’s collection, so even more people will be able to enjoy this wonderful collaboration.

To learn more, watch 21Alive/NBC33’s newscast of the event.

You Need One of These!

Look at this great way to share your love for the library and the Summer Reading Program!

window cling

Window clings are available (for free) at all locations. Ask for one today!


New Movie Related Books

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home age art

Happy Memorial Day

Today all Allen County Public Libraries are closed.


Enjoy your day of honoring, eating, playing, laughing, and READING!

Fan Friday

Librarians love visiting schools! Librarians also love getting fan mail!

WDB thank you note

This great Thank You card was given to Genie, the manager of the Woodburn Branch Library, after she visited the preschool class at Woodburn Lutheran School. Books make everyone smile!

Early Literacy Songs

Today I’d like to share a cute story from one of our librarians, Angela, about her daughter who just turned two.clara shane

My daughter absolutely loves singing the Icky Sticky Bubble Gum song. She will now request that song by asking “Icky Sticky Bubble Bum?” (The “G” sound is one she’s still working on.) We do a bunch of variations of that song, and sometimes if the imaginary bubble gum gets stuck somewhere icky like her feet, she gets a big kick out of me dramatically saying things like, “Ew! Yuck! Let’s get some new bubble gum! We don’t want to eat bubble gum from our feet! Let’s throw that gum away in the trash.” So now, sometimes when we say the gum got stuck to her feet, she immediately asks, “Trash?!” before I can even continue the song.

As children’s librarians, we know that singing songs with little ones helps get them ready to read. There are lots of reasons for this. The rhythm of songs breaks words down into parts (or syllables). Hearing the smallest sounds in words helps kids learn how to decode, or figure out words, when reading. The rhymes in songs also help little ones learn how language works. Words that sound alike are often part of the same word family. For example, silly songs using words with -og, a frog in a bog sitting on a log, help children learn about rhyme, laying the foundation for reading and writing work to come.

Also, singing songs together is just fun! If you want to learn some new songs, the library has lots of great books and our librarians share fun songs at every storytime.

…But I’m going to have to wait because they’re not published yet.

Summer Reading is right around the corner! Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to tackle some of the books on my intimidating TBR (to be read) list. Some of those books have been on my list for years, others are more recent, and still others…aren’t published yet. Here’s a look at just a few of the books that are coming out this summer:

Lost in the SunLost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

Look at that cover! I know we’re not supposed to judge books by their covers, but if that one doesn’t catch your eye, then I don’t know what will! Stunning covers aside, Lisa Graff is a well-known and talented author for middle grade fiction. Lost in the Sun tells the story of Trent, a boy who hopes to escape a traumatic event and start fresh in middle school. Unfortunately, as many of us know, it’s near impossible to make a fresh start in middle school. This book has gotten 3 starred reviews so far, and many reviewers are applauding Graff for her ability to cover a lot of emotional ground while still maintaining some humor in the story. This book will be out at the end of May, but you can put a hold on it now!

Circus MirandusCircus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Another book that you can put on hold right now is Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. The circus theme has been enjoying some popularity in middle grade fiction these past couple of years. Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan came out in 2011, and The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel came out in 2014. And now Circus Mirandus is joining the queue. Circus Mirandus is about a boy who sets out to find a magical circus that may hold the key to saving his dying grandfather. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, then the circus will be coming to an Allen County Public Library near you on June 2nd!

FloatFloat by Daniel Miyares

Moving on from middle grade, let’s start talking picture books! Float by Daniel Miyares is about a boy, his small paper boat, and his large imagination. This is a wordless picture book that perfectly depicts a gray, rainy day and a little boy’s optimism. The endpapers even contain instructions for making a paper boat of your own for some extra fun! This book is sure to get some buzz around Caldecott season, so keep your eyes peeled for it to hit our shelves in early June.

The Night WorldThe Night World by Mordicai Gerstein

Another picture book that focuses on a color scheme of black, white, and gray is The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein. This is also another book that has a cover that is completely eye-catching. There are many picture books that focus on the night, but I don’t think there are many that do so in such an enthralling way. I can’t wait for this picture book to hit our shelves (around June 16th) so that I can spend what’s sure to be a long time pouring over the fabulous pictures.



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