December 2020

  • Staff at all locations discussed the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Statement on Race and Social Equity and how they would integrate the statement principles into engaging the community, building the collection, and developing programs and services.
  • As part of professional development through the Indiana Library Federation, staff members have learned to create bite-sized informative videos called “microtrainings.” Hessen Cassel developed a microtraining for staff around handling items returned damaged. Staff have a goal to create at least two very short videos each month to communicate important information in multiple formats to support different learning styles.
  • ACPL will be partnering with the Indiana University School of Social Work to evaluate social service needs at all Library locations with the goal of providing information, data, and recommendations for how ACPL can improve its work in social service areas.
  • Lit Loot bags of books were sent out to teen customers featuring selections chosen for the reader’s interests.  Staff members of the Main Library’s Teens Department coordinated this project with assistance from staff throughout the system.
  • In addition to regular programming, Main Teens department staff presented winter-break virtual game events - an Among Us Meet Up and a Dungeons and Dragons winter-themed session.
  • The New Haven Methodist Church had a scavenger hunt during part of December and we happily partook in it! Residents searched around New Haven for figurines that were placed in area business windows. There would be a clue directing them to where the next figurine would be. New Haven branch figurine was the final piece of the puzzle and led participants back to the church.
  • Each month the Pontiac Branch hosts Wellspring Interfaith Social Services for food distribution in the Library’s parking lot. Some of those receiving food assistance also visit the Library at that time to utilize its services.
    • The Pontiac Wellspring on Wheels (WOW) reported the following data for 2020:
      • 674 families were served
      • 2,490 individuals were served
      • 7,820 lbs. of food were distributed 
  • Curbside Delivery service has increased at all library locations.
  • ACPL now offers (tutor dot com), a free resource for all library card holders in our community. provides online, on-demand academic tutoring, homework help, and test preparation to kindergarten through 12th grade students, plus early college students and adult learners. Staff are being trained on using this important tool.
  • SPARK Winter Reading—“Books Like Us” -- opened in December with 500 program registrants. This program ran through January 31.
  • Staff at all locations adapted work flow and processes as the Code Red protocols were enacted in late November in compliance with Governor Holcomb’s pandemic guidelines.  Staffing levels continue to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Genealogy Center branded their services as “Open F-O-R Y-O-U” initiative during the county’s Code Red protocol.
    Face to face Zoom consultations.
    Open for 25 researchers at a time by appointment only.
    Ready to help via email, phone, and social media.
    YouTube presentations available 24/7.
    Online programs twice each week.
    Utilize our digitized books on FamilySearch & Internet Archive.

  • Main Library Business & Technology department staff presented “Secrets of Job Application”, a virtual program in partnership with WorkOne Northeast. “Breakthrough 2: A Journey of How to Start Your Own Business: Market Research” was developed in partnership with the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC). The program was designed to help people with entrepreneurship in mind to get started with their own business by providing a variety of tools and resources from the library.
  • When the Shawnee Branch had to close on December 7th due to a heating issue, staff were fortunate to relocate to the Georgetown Branch for the day to assist wherever they could.  Staff were happy to help with processing the daily delivery, picklist, holds, and curbside.  Being one of the busiest branches, it was remarkable to see the Georgetown staff in action…they are a well-oiled machine.
  • The Tecumseh Branch is participating in the ACPL Bedtime Storytime every Monday evening at 7:00.  This virtual program for preschoolers and their families contains relaxing stories and mindful moments purposefully designed to calm children and encourage a restful wind-down before bedtime.
  • In the month of December, Woodburn branch received many new board games to add to its growing collection.  The games are displayed with information sheets for the games that are checked out since they are very popular.

  • With the library open to limited service, the month of December saw staff at all ACPL locations focus on improving the appearance and condition of collections.  When not focused on technology assistance or delivering holds, staff participated in a major shelf reading project.  Staff were particularly attentive to identifying items that were damaged and in need of repair or replacing.
  • Hessen Cassell Branch staff shelf-read the entire collection.  During the process they conducted a diversity audit of the children’s fiction collections to determine whether the collection reflects the community served by the Hessen Cassell Branch.
  • On Friday, December 11, harpist Jan Aldridge Clark performed in the Great Hall of the Main Library.  The Holiday concert was recorded by Access Fort Wayne and WELT radio.  The program will play on Access Fort Wayne’s TV channels and is also available on ACPL’s YouTube channel.
  • The Audio Reading Service now includes Fort Wayne Ink Spot content in the weekly Local Beat program, and Black historical events on the daily live broadcast during “This Day in History” segment.