We have lived in the Fort Wayne area around five years now and have found this library system to be one of the best. In addition to the Main library, my family and I have visited Tecumseh, Dupont, Woodburn, Shawnee, Little Turtle, Monroeville, Pontiac, Georgetown and New Haven several times. Each time we’ve visited, we have been known to spend at least an hour searching for books — it’s not unusual for us to check out 100 books at a time! Of course, some four books bins later, the four of us have decided that we have literally reached our limit. And, yes, we try to read all the books we check out as well as use all of the DVDs, CDs, and computer software.
We’ve also enjoyed many Chess tournaments, movies, computer time, concerts, Scrabble get-togethers, and Twice Sold Tale purchases. One of my best memories is that great book sale about three years ago that I am told only happens about once in a lifetime. We got some great books and found some authors we never heard of before.
As you can see the library has increased our horizons so much, and we thank all the staff from all the branches who have helped to make this possible. Glad to have this opportunity to say so, too.
I enjoy checking books from storage because of the many good and older ones there. Many are very interesting to read. Books such as Childhood of Famous Americans, The “We Were There” series and many other exciting and educational titles. Also the library’s craft section draws knitters like me; I learned how to knit there. There are also many books on learning to knit, knitting patterns, and knitting techniques. I am thankful for the library and enjoy going to it.
While the Allen County Library’s section of books, both fiction and non-fiction, is quite vast, my personal favorite is the storage section. The storage section at the Main Library is unprecedented by any library that I have ever been to. I think that I have always enjoyed older books, but the storage section at the Main Library has really cultivated a new fondness in myself for the stories from days gone by.
Another favorite memory was the children’s department book sale. I found many new-to-me books and authors. I also discovered the wealth of materials located in storage. My main desire now is to visit and select books mostly from storage. I have also become acquainted with the interlibrary loan program, which is great by the way, as are the non-book programs at the library including the chess tournaments and activities such as chocolate-making and water-color painting. The library holds a special place in my heart.
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