One of Fort Wayne’s great spots is the perfect place for locals and visitors to hang out. I’m talking about the Allen County Public Library. The 14 locations throughout Allen County, including the main branch in downtown Fort Wayne, offer a plethora of regularly scheduled activities. There are many things to brag about with this library system, but I’ll limit my praises to 6 reasons.
Allen County Public Library has one of the largest collections of family history in the US. In 2016 in honor of the state’s bicentennial, the Genealogy Center invites Hoosiers to contribute images of life in Indiana over the decades. What a fun way to acknowledge your family tree! Plus, the best part about the Genealogy Center are the trained genealogists that are hand to help you discover your family history!
2. Lincoln Library Tour
When the wonderful Lincoln Library closed in downtown Fort Wayne a few years ago, half of the items moved to the downtown branch of Allen County Public Library. Those items are neatly cataloged and available for touring at no cost. Special librarians trained in Lincoln lore share tidbits about the Lincoln family. Call the main branch to inquire about Lincoln Library tours.
3. Movie Night at the Library
Did you know the main library has a full-sized movie theater in a lower level? On the last Tuesday of each month, they present a FREE film at 6:30pm. All movies are rated G, PG or PG-13. Children under age 13 should be accompanied by an adult. The Tecumseh branch offers Family Film Friday monthly. You bring the family, blankets, and pillows and they provide the movie and pizza! Cool deal!
4. Love art?
The Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery in the main branch offers various mediums from local and worldwide artists. It’s free to browse. Recently, I relished in viewing hand-stitched items, some historic, from around the world!
5. Maker Labs
The Georgetown and main branches offer a unique opportunity to create and be imaginative with 3D labs. Learn this skill in time for gift giving for the holidays! Workshops and lab technicians are also available to assist you.
6. Children's section- Downtown
Talking about the children’s section, it’s a wonderful place for visitors to enjoy! With live eels in a tank to gaze at, towers to climb and a quiet room to color, this is a great place for your little ones to explore.
900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, IN 46802