Summer is here, and with that comes Summer Reading! We are excited to offer this program for our community because of the many benefits:

  • encouragement that reading become a lifelong habit.
  • reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities.
  • reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up.
  • it’s a great time to come visit the library! We are nearing the completion of construction, so we invite you to come inside and see our expanded children section, and then go out to our park to play on the splash pad!

We also welcome you to sign up for the Fort Wayne TinCaps reading club, offered simultaneously. Each child will receive a baseball diamond log sheet to record four books they read, which will be good for a voucher to send in to get a free ticket, a hot dog and drink, and a surprise. What better way to celebrate summer than an outing to the baseball park!


See below for details on dates and registration, followed by the calendar of activities, and come on in to sign up.

Oceans of Possibilities 2022
Oceans of Possibilities


JUNE 2022 (click on the calendar to enlarge it)

JULY 2022


From June 13 – July 22, attendance at Explorers Story Time also earns you a ticket for the Summer Reading Program!
Come to the library Wednesdays at 10:30 for story time!
Come join us for picture book stories in our park behind the library. For the time being, we will meet at the boat (pictured). Children of all ages are welcome along with a parent or caretaker. Hope you’ll join us!

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It’s almost summer, and that means Summer Reading Fun! Read on for more details (please note the gray bar at the bottom of the info sheet to go to page 2 or zoom in and out), and click HERE for a calendar of program events in June, July, and August!

Starting Monday, June 14, you may sign up in person at the library or follow THIS LINK to register on the Beanstack app for the summer reading program. Starting Monday, June 28 you can start logging your reading and activities either on paper or via the app online.



Summer Reading 2021 - Website (1)


Book Sale

Donations are being accepted for the next book sale. Small donations of a dozen books or less may be brought in to the front desk of the library. For larger donations, please call one of the Friends of the Library to make arrangements for drop-off:

Ruth Jennerjahn: 765.348.2733

Cindy Knote: 765.348.4633

Lisa Weeks: 765.331.9169


Winter Reading Program – Children

February’s special events on the calendar:

Wednesday the 6th craft is Snowpeople

Friday the 8th: Jack Frost Winter Slime Making (4-5p)

Wednesday the 13th craft is Winter Whimsey Painting

Friday the 15th: Snowflake Salt Painting (4-5p)

Wednesday the 20th craft is Snowflake Making

Wednesday the 27th craft is a Blizzard Painting

Wednesday the 27th is the last day to turn in Winter Reading Program tickets!

Thursday the 28th is the End of Winter Reading Reception! (4-5p)


Hover over bottom of the page to see arrows which will take you to the calendar pages.

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Minutes of the HCPL Board of Trustees


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May 18 Executive Meeting

May 18 Regular Meeting



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April 21 Regular Meeting Minutes

April 28 Special Meeting Minutes

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September 15

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Board of Finance Annual Meeting – January 2020

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March-April (April 9)

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June 17

Executive Meeting – July 15, 2020

July 15

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Nov – no meeting

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Local Newspapers from 1894 on Microfilm

Interested in learning more about history of the community through the years? HCPL has microfilm of our local newspaper in-house! What is microfilm? It is a length of film containing microphotographs of a newspaper, catalog, or other document. These reels of film are then put into a machine which magnify the print, similar to photography slides. This makes it an economical method of preserving civic and government files and data long-term. Rolls are numbered and dated; additional rolls provide indices, as well. See what is available below:


1894-1958 Hartford City Evening News

1958-2010 Hartford City News Times

2 rolls (#217 for October-December 1995 and #225 for November-December 1997) are missing; please inquire at the Blackford County Historical Society for access to these files.

Papers since 2010 are archived on property until they are microfilmed.

Additional indices are available with the following information:
– I.O.O.F. Cemetery
– Censuses from 1840-1920
– Western Christian Advocate – Genealogy 1843-1845

Please stop at the front desk and ask for assistance if interested in using this resource.