Allen County Public Library News – March 8, 2023

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

Check out our events tab at to see all the great programs planned. If you click on the program, you can pre-register by adding your name and email to reserve your spot.

Toddlers are invited to Toddler Time on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. Parents/guardians may choose from three Pre-K Story Hours for their preschool-age child. We’ll offer the same program on Tuesday and  Thursday at 10:00 am and on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm. Call 270-237-3861 to reserve your child’s place, or click on the events tab @ On Tuesday at 1:00 pm, Home-School children ages 5-12 are invited to enrichment programs. On Thursdays at 2:00 pm, Home-School teens are invited to enrichment programs. In addition, we’ve added a new program on Mondays at 3:30 pm for students ages 10-12, The Inbetweens. We hope you’ll make visiting the library a part of your weekly routine.

If you are homebound, we are happy to make non-contact home deliveries. Call Ms. Delonda at 270-237-3861 if you need this service.

Thank you to the E-41 Project Committee for donating four copies of Voices of the Segregated Past: The Kentucky High School Athletic League E-41 Region 3 1932-1958 to the Allen County Public Library. “Using oral history interviews of participating athletes from this era, the E41/Kentucky High School Athletic League/Region 3 Project Committee has produced a compelling but succinct narrative on this topic. The Project sought to recover, present and preserve the memory of these outstanding athletes who made contributions to their communities, the state and the nation.”

We want to thank the employees at the Dollar General Warehouse who raised funds to donate to the Allen County Library to celebrate Black History Month. Also, we extend our thanks to Dollar General Corporation for matching their employees’ gifts. We purchased the following books for children with their gift: When the Schools Shut Down by Yolanda Gladden, as told to Dr. Tamara Pizzoli, We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson, Black Panther Wakanda Forever: The Courage to Dream by Frederick Joseph, Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan, Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou, The Roots of Rap by Carole Boston Weatherford, Counting on Catherine by Helaine Becker, Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston by Alicia D. Williams, A Song for the Unsung: Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the 1963 March on Washington by Carole Boston Weatherford & Rob Sanders, Brown Sugar Babe by Charlotte Watson Sherman, The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson, Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History by Schele Willaims.

Non-fiction books purchased with the donation from Dollar General to honor Black History month include:  We Refuse to Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power by Caleb Gayle, Unequal: A Story of America by Michael Eric Dyson and Marc Favreau, A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield, We Carry Their Bones: The Search for Justice at the Dozier School for Boys by Erin Kimmerle, Black History Book by D.K. Publishing, Timelines from Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies by D.K. Publishing, Driving the Green Book: A Road Trip Through the Living History of Black Resistance by Alvin Hall, By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executioners by Margaret A. Burnham, His Name is George Floyd by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter by Veronica Chambers of the New York Times, Illustrated Black History by George McCalman, Bet on Black: The Good News about Being Black in America Today by Eboni K. Williams, Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatus, Ph.D.

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, if there’s a particular book, movie, or music artist you would like added to the collection, please let us know. We’ll do our best to fulfill your requests.