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Hack Your Fashion

Hack Your Fashion!
The Grabill Branch Library is hosting this creative homeschool program on Monday, September 14 from 10:30-11:30am. This program is designed for kids ages 6-16. We’ll use old fleece jackets to create hats, scarves, and other high fashion.

There are lots of homeschool programs at other locations of the Allen County Public Library for all kinds of kids with all kinds of interests. These programs are free and provide a great way to learn, explore, and share with other homeschool families.

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Scratchboard Art

Scratchboard art is created by scratching lines onto a specially coated piece of paper or cardboard to reveal the colors underneath — like magic!  At the Georgetown branch library recently, we experimented with a couple of different types of scratchboard, as well as different scratching tools, and then created our own scratchboards with paper and crayons.

IMG_2311 (3)     Scratchboard Art

Beth Krommes is a children’s book illustrator who works with scratchboard to create AMAZING artwork for children’s books. Check out some of her books to see her illustrations in detail — like the Caldecott-award-winning title, The House in the Night, picture below.  They are beautiful!


Why not give this art form a try?  It’s scratch-tastic!



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Open Art Display

Open Art Display

Our walls are bursting with art! Come visit Children’s Services at the Main library anytime from August 16th to September 12th to view the amazing artwork on display. The art was donated by children from all over Allen County that attended our Summer Reading Program, Open Art.

— Post written by Children’s Services staff person and art enthusiast, Michal Miller.

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One More Day

We’re getting close to the end of the 2015 Summer Reading Program.

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If you still need to pick up prizes, visit any library location today until 6:00 pm or any of the following libraries until 6:00 pm tomorrow, August 1st.

Main Library

Aboite Branch Library

Dupont Branch Library

Georgetown Branch Library

Shawnee Branch Library


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All month, we have been keeping track of  changes in Children’s Services. We watched as Eggs hatched into Larvae which were encased in Pupas, where they underwent metamorphosis and emerged as beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies!

And now it’s time to release our butterflies.

Butterfly on Shoe

Join us Thursday night, July 30th. We will have a butterfly storytime in the Globe Room at the Main Library and then we’ll go outside to release our butterflies to fly about on their own.


What:  Butterfly Storytime and Release

When:  Thursday, July 30th at 6:00 pm

Who:     Everyone is invited!  Kids, ages 3 to 10, and their families LOVE this activity!

Where:  Globe Room, Main Library

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What Fun We’ve Had!

We’re about 7/8 of the way through our Summer Reading Program ‘Just One More Page’ and we’ve been having so much fun it’s hard to believe it’s almost over. Take a look!

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You’ve got about one more week to get your prizes so don’t forget to finish up those reading logs and bring them into the library. The great children’s programs don’t end on August 1st when the Reading Program is officially over, though. Take a look at our calendar to find something fun to do.

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Are you a Kid? Do you LOVE Chess?

It’s almost time for the ACPL Summer Chess Tournament for Children!


Kids begin a round of chess in the 2014 tournament as parents watch.

Children — preschool through those entering 5th grade — are invited to register to play in this all-day, multi-round, unrated, “just for fun” Chess tournament at the Main Library on Saturday, August 1st. Pre-registration is requested of all players. We’ll supply the chessboards; plan to have a fun day playing chess!

The tournament will begin at 9:45 with a players’ meeting beginning at 9:30. Trophies will be awarded to top players at 2:45, and there will be pizza for all players at lunch!

What:     Children’s Summer Chess Tournament

When:   Saturday, August 1st; pre-registration requested

Who:     Chessplayers in preschool through 4th-going-into-5th grade

Sound like fun?  You can find a registration form here.  Our requested deadline for registration is Tuesday, July 28th.

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