Go ALL-IN for the Bicentennial

Go ALL-IN and help celebrate Indiana's Bicentennial at the library.

Go ALL-IN and help celebrate Indiana's Bicentennial at the library.

Allen County Public Library will host an ALL-IN Progressive Block Party at all 14 locations on April 1-3. This exciting event is designed to encourage the citizens of Allen County to engage with the community and make the state of Indiana even better. Times and dates for each branch are:

· Friday, April 1
Monroeville and Woodburn 3-5 p.m.
Grabill and Dupont 4-6 p.m.

· Saturday, April 2
New Haven 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Shawnee 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hessen Cassel 12-2 p.m.
Waynedale and Pontiac 1-3 p.m.
Tecumseh and Georgetown 2-4 p.m.
Little Turtle and Aboite 3-5 p.m.

· Sunday, April 3
Main 1-4 p.m.

Indiana Humanities selected Allen County as one of 17 Indiana communities to host an ALL-IN Block Party. The Block Parties are designed to bring people together to participate in a series of challenges that encourage Hoosiers to try new experiences, learn more about Indiana and imagine ways to make Indiana even better. The in-person events are a way to bring the challenges, trivia and facts featured on the ALL-IN website (www.indianahumanities.org/ALL-IN) to life.

The Allen County ALL-IN Progressive Block Party will feature 59 challenge activities crafted by Allen County Public Library and vital community partners. Block Party attendees will be encouraged to participate in challenges such as share a photo of an Allen County hidden gem, perform a random act of kindness, sing the lyrics of a Hoosier song, tell us about your dream neighborhood, try an ethnic dance, and many more.

Allen County ALL-IN Progressive Block Party
When: April 1-3
Where: Allen County Public Library locations
Why: Engage in activities that encourage you to think, talk, read, and do while celebrating Indiana’s 200th birthday. Win prizes after completing challenges.

·         Grand prize (quantity 1) – iPad
·         Second prize (quantity 5) – Kindle Paperwhite
·         Third prize (quantity 10) – Family Pack – either gift certificate to a local restaurant and tickets to a local attraction OR tickets to a local activity
·         Fourth prize (quantity 20) – TinCaps lawn ticket
·         Fifth prize (quantity 200) – Bicentennial Activity Book for children

“The ALL-IN Progressive Block Party is a celebration that allows everyone to engage in a little friendly competition,” said Curt Witcher, chair of the Allen County Bicentennial Task Force. “It’s perfect for families, students on spring break, longtime citizens and newcomers, and we’re excited to help Allen County focus on the importance of civic engagement.”

To learn more about the Allen County Public Library ALL-IN Progressive Block Party, visit http://allencounty200.org/calendar-of-events/all-in-block-party/

About ALL-IN
ALL-IN is an Indiana Humanities program that was inspired by the 2011 Indiana Civic Health Index, which revealed lower than average results in areas such as voter participation and registration and working with neighbors to solve problems. The interactive website (IndianaHumanities.org/all-in) was designed by The Basement, a digital design studio headquartered in Indianapolis, and is supported by monetary or in-kind support from Ivy Tech Community College, The Basement, Valparaiso University, University of Indianapolis, Indiana Historical Society, Inside INdiana Business and Visit Indy.

Allen County Public Library
The Allen County Public Library has been part of the social and cultural fabric of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and surrounding communities since 1895. Then known as the Fort Wayne Public Library, it served residents with 3606 volumes in a room in City Hall. Since then it has grown to consist of the main library in downtown Fort Wayne and 13 branches in the city and outlying communities. Fort Wayne has been cited as the Best Read City in the United States by Places Rated Almanac, due in large part to the library’s collection and patrons’ use of it.

About Indiana Humanities
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. Learn more at www.indianahumanities.org.

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