Monday, August 29, 2011

Football? Volleyball? Running? Baseball? What's YOUR Sport?

Whether you are a player or a fan, we've got books for you!  Visit us at the library and read up on your favorite sports, teams and players.

Friday, August 26, 2011


There's something big and bright in the Children's Services Department! It's poetry on the floor!

Grown-ups, this is a fantastic way for little ones to interact with words!

Come on down to the Main Library, walk around the circle and enjoy some "floor-etry"!
A librarian would be delighted to direct you to our wonderful poetry collection for kids!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Another Successful Children's Chess Tournament

The Children’s Services department sponsored an all-day chess tournament for kids on Saturday, August 20, 2011. The tournament was open to children in Kindergarten through grade 5. Each child played five rounds of chess beginning early Saturday morning. The tournament lasted until mid-afternoon.

Kids were serious during their games
Here are the winners in each division:

Winners in the Beginner Division – Grade 1 and under
  • 1st Place Isaiah Stiver 
Winners in the Beginner Division – Grade 2
  • 1st Place Dontrell Johnson
  • 2nd Place Gabriel Brown
  • 3rd Place Jackson Palmer
  • 4th Place Jacob Correll
  • 5th Place Morgan DiClementi-Ross
  • 6th Place Nicholas Weldy
  • 7th Place Delaney Wilson
Winners in the Beginner Division – Grade 3
  • 1st Place Ben Correll
  • 2nd Place Kyler Kellogg
  • 3rd Place Kristin Wilder
  • 4th Place Jocelyn Willis
  • 5th Place Lauren Butler
Winners in the Beginner Division – Grade 4
  • 1st Place Isaac Brown
  • 2nd Place Joseph Derrick
Winners in the Beginner Division – Grade 5
  • 1st Place Mary Neuman
  • 2nd Place Caleb Hogan
  • 3rd Place Ben Wilder
  • 4th Place Matt Lovinger
  • 5th Place Eric Miller
Winners in the Intermediate Division
  • 1st Place Aakash Saklani
  • 2nd Place Graham Stiver
  • 3rd Place Vinnie Lovvorn
  • 4th Place Jesse Hamlin
Winners in the Advanced Division
  • 1st Place Kevin Wang
  • 2nd Place Teddy Tsai
  • 3rd Place Tyler Li
  • 4th Place Ben Fortney
  • 5th Place Jacob Manley

Based on comments & nominations from the players themselves, the parents, and other adults who were watching the tournament, we also awarded Good Sportsmanship trophies in each grade level. The Good Sportsmanship winners were:
  • Grade 1 Isaiah Stiver
  • Grade 2 Morgan DiClementi-Ross
  • Grade 3 Lauryn Butler
  • Grade 4 Vinnie Lovvorn
  • Grade 5 Matt Lovinger
More pictures of the 2011 ACPL Children’s Chess Tournament are available online here. It was a GREAT day for playing Chess!


Friday, August 19, 2011

We Are the Ship -- Kadir Nelson Exhibit at Fort Wayne Museum of Art

I'm so excited to share this news!  Original paintings from Kadir Nelson's award-winning children's book We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball will be on exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art from August 20, 2011 through October 16, 2011. 

If you've never seen original artwork created for picture books, this is your chance.   I promise you won't regret it!
Mr. Nelson has illustrated and/or written many highly-acclaimed children's books.  Click here to see a list of Kadir Nelson titles in the library's catalog.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sign up for Storytellers on the Move

Did you know that several times a year, children's librarians visit local daycares and preschools
to deliver boxes of great age-appropriate books and provide storytimes?  Well, they do!  
Call Children's Services at the Main Library -- 421-1220 -- and sign up for
Storytellers on the Move.  
Our next deliveries are being scheduled from September 19 - 30.  Call today!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Science Explorers: A Program for Homeschoolers

Homeschool students in kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to take part in Science Explorers at the Main Library in Children's Services. At our first meeting, we'll have fun exploring the science of bubbles!

Tuesday, August 23, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.: Blowing, Bouncing, Bursting Bubbles

Upcoming Science Explorer programs include:
Tuesday, September 13, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.: Flying Things
Tuesday, October 25, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.: Dramatic Static

We hope you'll join us as we have fun exploring the wonders of science. Think - Do - Learn!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Checking out books is so much fun!

Four year old Rocco is very proud of himself for choosing and checking out books.

Here he is with his checkout list. It's almost as tall as he is!

Enjoy your books, Rocco!  We'll see you the next time you visit the library!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Getting Ready for School

The sun is setting a little earlier every day; cicadas and crickets are chirping louder at night; paper, pencils and backpacks are appearing in stores.  The signs are all there - it's back to school time!  Be sure to add a visit to the library to your to-do list as you prepare for this important time of year. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Radical Raptors!

Visit Children's Services at the Main Library on Tuesday afternoon, August 9, to meet some awesome birds of prey -- up close and personal.  Soarin' Hawk, a local bird rescue, will be with us to teach us about these amazing animals.

Radical Raptors
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Click here to find some great books about raptors in the library's catalog.  We'll help you find them the next time you visit the library, or put some on hold to pick up at your nearest library branch.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Tie-Dye on the Plaza!

Come downtown to the Main Library on Saturday, August 6 for Tie-Dye on the Plaza.

Bring your own white t-shirt or pillowcase; we'll be outside on the grass in front of the Library Plaza Stage with everything you need to create your own tie-dyed masterpiece.

Tie-Dye on the Plaza
Saturday, August 6
1:00-2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Have YOU signed up for the Chess Tournament?

This year's Chess Tournament for kids will be held on Saturday, August 20th. It's an all-day, "just for fun" tournament for kids in preschool through 5th grade. If you like playing chess, we'd love to have you join us!

Here are some pictures from last year's Tournament:

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

You can sign up for the tournament using this online form. And if you want to learn more about the game, check out this booklist!