Allen County Public Library News – June 5, 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.

Our summer reading kickoff starts on First Friday, June 7, on the library’s front porch. Join us from 6-8 pm and register for Summer Reading. Adventure begins at your library, and we plan adventures for children, teens, and adults. On First Friday, kids can visit our photo booth, run the chalk obstacle course, join in a scavenger hunt, and more! Did you know the average child loses two months of reading skills over the summer? You can help avoid the slide by registering your child for Summer Reading and encouraging your child to read for twenty minutes daily. We have thousands of books from which to choose. There’s something for everyone at the Allen County Public Library.

On Tuesday, June 11, at 1:00 pm, kids are invited to Science Adventures with Jason Lindsey @ Hooked On Science. Kids will enjoy learning about science as he shows off some amazing activities and experiments.

Thanks to our Friends of the Library, we’re giving prizes to kids who register for summer reading and turn in their reading log by Friday, July 23, 2024. Kids can win a $5.00 Dairy Queen gift card and a $5.00 Sonic gift card.  If you can’t make it to First Friday, you can register online at or stop by the library during our regular business hours.

Discover the endless possibilities of our Maker Space during Tinker Time every Friday at 2:00 p.m. Whether you’re a seasoned creator or just starting out, our equipment—a Poster Printer, Embroidery Machine, Cricut Vinyl Cutter, and more—is at your disposal. Register online for project assistance, or drop by to explore the space and ask questions. Start your creative journey with us today.

New books for children include: Summer is Here by Renée Watson, Brian The Lion Who Learned by Frances Stickley and Chris Chatterton, Gray by Laura Dockrill, Beach Bummer by Ryan T. Higgins, Daniel’s First Airplane Ride by Haley Hoffman, Angelina’s Cinderella by Katharine Holabird, I Hear a Búho by Raquel MacKay, Bunny’s Most Fabulous Vacation Ever! by Brian Fitzgerald, Terrible Horses by Ramond Antrobus and Ken Wilson-Max, Go and Get with Rex by David LaRochelle, Tree. Table. Book. by Lois Lowry, Gina and the Last City on Earth by Judd Winick, D & D Dungeon Academy: Last Best Hope by Madeleine Roux, Anzu and the Realm of Darkness by Mai K. Nguyen, Whatever After: Abby in Oz by Sarah Mlynowski, Always Anthony by Terri Libenson, The One and Only Family by Katherine Applegate, and Minecraft: Ghast in the Machine! by Mojang,

New books on the adult fiction shelf include: The Fortune Seller by Rachel Kapelke-Dale, We Must Not Think of Ourselves by Lauren Grodstein, This Other Eden by Paul Harding, Death Behind Every Door by Heather Graham, Ready or Not by Cara Bastone, Think Twice by Harlan Coben, Feline Fatale by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown, Toxic Prey by John Sandford, Miss Morgan’s Book Brigade by Janet Skeslien Charles, The Stolen Child by Ann Hood, Exordia by Seth Dickinson, An Unfinished Murder by Jude Deveraux, Act of Defiance by Tom Clancy, Beans, Bourbon, and Blood by William W. Johnstone, Ghost Station by S.A. Barnes, With Each Tomorrow by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse, and Lies and Weddings by Kevin Kwan.

Getting a free library card is easy. Call 270-237-3861 or visit us with a photo I.D. and recently postmarked mail. Once you have your card, a world of books, movies, and music will be at your fingertips. And remember, your voice matters. Let us know if there’s a particular book, movie, or music artist you’d like to see in our collection. We’re here to make your library experience the best it can be.