Allen County Public Library News – January 17, 2024

The library building is open to the public on Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. – to 7:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – to 4:00 p.m.

Registration is open for Prime Time Family Read Night, which is open to families with children aged six and older. Childcare will be provided for infants and children too young to participate. Prime Time Family Reading introduces children and their families to the humanities through storytelling and discussions that build the foundation for a lifelong love of reading and learning. At the heart of the program are carefully chosen, humanities-rich children’s books. Participating families receive copies of each book to begin or expand their own libraries. We’ll meet on Thursdays, starting February 22, 2024. A meal will be served at 5:00 and we’ll start the program at 5:30 pm. Space is limited, so sign your family up today for this free program under our events tab @

Toddlers are invited to Toddler Time on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Parents/guardians may choose from two Pre-K Story Hours for their preschool-age child. We’ll offer the same program on Tuesday and  Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Call 270-237-3861 to reserve your child’s place, or click on the events tab @ On Tuesday at 1:00 p.m., Home-School children ages 5-12 are invited to enrichment programs. The Inbetweens, students ages 10-12, meet on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. We hope you’ll make visiting the library with your children a part of your weekly routine.

Tinker Time in our Maker Space is open every Friday at 2:00 pm. Register online for help with your projects, or stop by to explore the space and ask questions. Equipment available includes a Poster Printer, 3-D printer, embroidery machine, Cricut vinyl cutter, button maker, and more.

New books for children include: Love from Bluey by Suzy Brumm, Granny Rex by Kurtis Scaletta, The Bookshop Mice by Robert Starling, How to Draw Woodland Creatures for Kids by Alli Koch,  Hippos Remain Calm by Sandra Boynton, I am Happy by Michael Rosen, Maisy’s Snowy Day by Lucy Cousins, Stone Age Beasts by Ben Lerwill. Older children will enjoy: Sonic the Hedgehog: Knuckles Greatest Hits by Ian Flynn, Sparks! by Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto, Katie the Catsitter: Best Friends for Never by Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue, 25 Secrets To Survival by Natalie D. Richards, The Apartment House on Poppy Hill by Nina LaCour, Mercy Watson Is Missing! by Kate DiCamillo, Magic Tree House Merlin Missions: #6 Season of the Sandstorms by Mary Pope Osborne, Cat on the Run: In Cat of Death! by Aaron Blabey, Spinderella by Julia Donaldson and Sebastien Braun, Kitten: Construction Company: Meet the House Kittens by John Patrick Green, Wonka by Sibeal Pounder, Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol: Time to Clown Around by Andres Miedoso, Pacey Packer: Unicorn Tracker by J.C. Phillipps, Simon Seahorse: Climbing Mount Aquarius by Cora Reef.

New books on the adult fiction shelf include: Cold Victory by Karl Marlantes, Lunar New Year Love Story by Gene Luen Yand and Leuyen Pham, The Book of Fire by Christy Lefteri, Red String Theory by Lauren Kung Jessen, Always Remember by Mary Balogh, A Place for Vanishing by Ann Fraistat, Ilium by Lea Carpenter, Where You End by Abbott Kahler, and White Mist Dog by W. Michael Gear.

New books on the adult non-fiction shelf include: Playin’ Possum: My Memories of George Jones by Nancy Jones with Ken Abraham, 100 Words: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round by Jamie Attenberg, and Christmas Miracles: True Stories from the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Karen Kingsbury.

To get a free library card, call 270-237-3861 or stop by the library with a photo I.D. and recently postmarked mail. Then, you’ll be able to check out or download library materials. Also, please let us know if there’s a particular book, movie, or music artist you would like added to the collection. We’ll do our best to fulfill your requests.