Books Come Alive: ACPL Personifies Diversity With The Human Library
Jul30

Books Come Alive: ACPL Personifies Diversity With The Human Library

  The old adage “a book comes to life” will certainly ring true on August the 4th at the Allen County Public Library. Members of the community will have a chance to meet human “books” on display, as they each share their unique journeys. The event will bring together a diverse and collective group of people from different walks of life to inspire in-depth dialogue and conversation in a welcoming, intentional and inspiring atmosphere. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday August 4th, The Human Library will host more than 30 human books from our local community available to “loan out” for conversations and inquiries. There will also be panel discussions available for those who might not be as comfortable with checking out an individual “book”. Come out and be a part of Fort Wayne’s first Human Library and emerge a more informed, well-read citizen of Fort...

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Polar Root Studio
Sep21

Polar Root Studio

This week we are going to share the spot light on a local business owned by Justine Hettler called Polar Root Studio. As many of you know the Barr Street Market is a way for small business owners to showcase the products have to offer and Polar Root Studio does just that. Justine has been interested in art science since as long as she can remember. She received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Saint Francis, but it wasn’t until she graduated that book making became her focus. Justine states “I just love to make things with my hands, and adding a hand carved print on the front gives me the best of both worlds”. From hand bound notebooks and sketchbooks, original watercolors, to hand pulled prints there is plenty of unique items to peruse. What sets Polar Root Studio apart from others is the fact that all of Justine’s products are hand made From hand bound notebooks and sketchbooks, original watercolors, to hand pulled prints there is plenty of unique items to peruse. What sets Polar Root Studio apart from others is the fact that all of Justine’s products are hand made What exactly is it that Polar Root has to offer?  From hand bound notebooks and sketchbooks, original watercolors, to hand pulled prints there is plenty of unique items to peruse. What sets Polar Root Studio apart from others is the fact that all of Justine’s products are hand made. Beginning from the cutting down of the paper with a ruler and zacto knife, to folding each sheet, to sewing text blocks together, to designing and carving each image printed on the front. We asked Justine what she enjoyed most about being a vendor at the Barr Street Market. “I enjoy getting to know the other venders around me. So many creatives, and such a vast variety of product. I also enjoy getting the chance to show my work in person, the chance for my notebooks to be touched, help, and experienced- opposed to looking at a computer screen.” If you missed Polar Root Studio at the Barr Street Market don’t worry there are a few ways to learn about the company. Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/PolarRootStudio Instagram: http://instagram.com/polarroot_studio Email: justinehettler@Hotmail.com “All of my work is inspired by elements of nature. I am continuously amazed at all the textures, colors, and shapes that can be found on the tiniest details. And most often, these beautiful details are on things that usual go unnoticed, like a broken piece of bark on the ground. Hopefully, by bringing attention to these details, I can get others to notice and appreciate...

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Uncover your family’s history at the Genealogy Center
Jun19

Uncover your family’s history at the Genealogy Center

Do you ever wonder where your ancestors came from, just how deep your roots are, or how far branches of your family tree reach? You can answer those questions right here in downtown Fort Wayne. The Genealogy Center at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) is one of the premier genealogy research centers in the United States. If you haven’t visited yet, you should! As you prepare for your visit, collect and organize all the information you have about your family history from personal records and relatives . If there are gaps, don’t worry. That’s what the center is for. After chatting with Curt B. Witcher, manager of the Genealogy Center, he recommends spending time on the website to get familiar with everything the center has to offer prior to visiting. Not only is there a searchable catalog of the materials in stock, there’s also a listing of the online databases you can access via ACPL. At the beginning of your first visit, definitely stop at the front desk and talk to any of the genealogy librarians on duty. Beyond the books and databases, these knowledgeable individuals are going to be your main resource and guide to tying all of these research tools together. If your family is not from Fort Wayne, you might be asking if you can still find useful information at the center. The answer is yes! Materials are in stock from across North America with an additional collection available on the British Isles. In fact, visitors from across the country travel to Fort Wayne to research and learn about their loved ones. Usually you can find them at one of the many computers available or pulled up to a table with a stack (or even cart) of books and a lot of caffeine. In stock you’ll find surname history books, city directories, select archived newspapers on microfilm, yearbooks, geographic region histories, and much, much more. I found out who my grandfather lived with in 1930 by viewing Census records accessed through one of the center’s online databases. Access to databases like Ancestry.com can be a bit pricey for a novice researcher, but they’re free to you on-site as a patron at ACPL and well worth it. So, go ahead and grab a family member to go with you if you wish – it could be a great bonding activity for the two of you as you both discover where you came from! Visit genealogycenter.org to find information about all the services available at the center. The Genealogy Center is located at the Allen County Public Library – Main Branch, 900 Library...

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Hyde Brothers is a Treasure Trove for Book Lovers
Feb20

Hyde Brothers is a Treasure Trove for Book Lovers

In a time when we can instantly downloading texts to our favorite e-reader devices, there’s still something to be said for curling up with a good, old fashioned book. Hyde Brothers, Booksellers on Wells St. is a treasure trove of gently used books begging to be picked up. Since 1992, they’ve kept their shelves full of something for every reader on nearly any topic. From the front, the store looks unassuming and downright tiny, especially next to some of the larger shops along the Wells Street Corridor. It’s hard to imagine the wealth of books behind that single screen door and neon sign in the window. Even when I know exactly what I am looking for and where to find it, I never spend less than half an hour inside. The experience is akin to wandering in the stacks of a library–right down to the sights and smells. The old wood floors creak and groan, something you will really notice when down in the basement. Hyde Brothers has charming rolling library ladders on the top floor in the main room, where then fiction and poetry are housed. In other sections of the store, there are step stools and smaller ladders for reaching higher up goodies. Also in the main room are pieces of furniture for sitting down and enjoying a good book. Nearly every time I’ve been into Hyde Brothers, someone has been taking advantage of this feature. Down either set of stairs (one near the front and one near the back entrance), you will find a basement full of thrillers, science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and romance books. The annex-like section holds the non-fiction pieces. Subjects include (but are not limited to, of course) religious studies, gardening, animals and pets, psychology, crafts, self-help, and art. You’ll also find a beautiful collection of leather bound hardcover classics and other rare collections. The prices are fair, the selection is good, and the atmosphere is unlike anything else in Fort Wayne. Whether you’re looking for a rare book or something currently on The New York Times Best Seller list, you’re sure to find some treasure at Hyde Brothers, Booksellers. Check them out for yourself! Hyde Brothers, Booksellers 1428 Wells St. Ft. Wayne, IN 46808 Phone: 260-424-0197 Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm; Sunday 1pm –...

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