Friday Focus

Friday, Oct. 14 . . . vol. 4, no. 11

Friday Focus is a quick digest of news and notes

for members of The Indianapolis Public Library Shared System.

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You, Horizon and Ten Digit Dialing

News Flash and Instructions from the IndyPL IT Area:

This Saturday, October 15th, 10-digit dialing will become mandatory for Central Indiana.

The new Central Indiana 463 area code is needed because of the low supply of available 317 phone numbers.

IndyPL IT has been preparing for this for a while now. Please note the following:

  • Area code 317 has been broken into 2: 317 and 463 (463 spells IND!) Therefore, now you always need to dial the area code.
  • Area Code 463 has been created, but has not yet been assigned anywhere.
  • This change affects ALL phone numbers - including your landline (if you have one) and your cell phones - work and home!
  • The new 463 area code will be “overlaid” over the Central Indiana geographic area – this means eventually your next door neighbor could have a 463-xxx-xxxx phone number while you have 317-xxx-xxxx. Or your landline has 317 but your newly created cell phone number is assigned 463.
  • When dialing Central Indiana, you do NOT need to dial a “1” before 317 or 463 as these are not considered long distance.
  • You still need to include the “1” prefix outside of 317 & 463 area codes.
  • We have taken steps to update all the patron phone numbers in the catalog with a 317 area code. You MUST enter patron phone numbers as 10-digits from now on, or things like texting or phone notices will fail.
  • Please do not assume 317 is a patron’s area code. Always ask.
  • We have taken steps to update all phone number references on the website; however, if you see something we missed, please call the IndyPL HelpDesk at 317-275-4900).

Earn and Learn - at Last

When I looked in mid-September, 1,097 current Shared System students owed money to either your library or the public library. Only 93 of them owed more than $25. And the most anyone owed? $140. Most surprising to me is that the average debt is just $2.29. Some of the students on the Fines and Fees reports are already on the list of 508 Earn and Learn students in the Shared System. Some signed up at your library; some signed up at the public library.

While the Earn and Learn program is optional, both for you to administer and for the student to participate, I would urge you, at the very least, to reach out to those students who may have enrolled elsewhere to make sure the books they return to you count as they read down their debt.

If you would like to read the nitty gritty details, they're now available on the Intranet, so you'll need to be behind the VPN to see them. If you need to request EAL flyers, EAL point cards, or lists of EAL students at your school, please use the Help Form on the Extranet.

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Editor's Note: Janet just received the Helen L. Norris Distinguished Service Award from the Indianapolis Public Library for her contributions to children's literacy in Indianapolis. She is a solid selector, a consistent communicator, and an avid advocate for kids and reading. In addition to all she does for the public library, Janet is always the first to volunteer to help me set up for Shared System meetings, and always thinks of you all when she hears things that might interest you. She sets aside freebies for you and offers to order extra posters she thinks you might enjoy. In every way, her service to our children is distinguished by excellence. Thought you should know!

Diversity in Children’s and Teen literature:

SLJ Interview with YA author David Levithan. (My favorite quote – “…the best mirror in understanding yourself is a window into other people.”)

30 Beginning Chapter Books with Diverse Main Characters

We Need Diverse Books Launches Curated Books App. The app is designed to guide teachers, librarians and families to a curated list of titles featuring diverse characters or themes.

Diverse Children’s Books Need More Visibility This article focuses primarily on books by and about Hispanic people and provides some leads to finding more of them!

What America’s Most Challenged Books Say About us This CNN piece on the most banned books of 2015 offers an intriguing quote "The first way we accommodate change is by complaining about it." (This may apply to more than diversity!)

Here are a variety of viewpoints on the recent controversy over VOYA’s review of Kody Keplinger’s new book, Run.

And two links on how school librarians have made book choices about controversial titles.

How libraries save lives The inspirational story in this piece was turned into a StoryCorps animation (see below). You should watch it - and so should your students. Reading, books, libraries and the people who love them really do change lives.

Display Ideas

As you start putting together your Halloween displays, don’t forget to pull related non-fiction items (a great way to stretch your display offerings!). How about books on:

Black Cats – j636.8

Spiders – j595.4 and j595.7

Creepy Tales – j398s

Haunted Places – j133.12

Pumpkins – j635.62

General Costumes – j464.478 and j792.026

Happy Reading!

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It’s fall and it’s time for the next Big Library Read! This month’s title is this is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp.

Starting on October 13th and running through October 27th, we are offering unlimited copies of this great teen eBook title on our Library’s OverDrive site. Be sure to check out your copy here! .

What’s it about? Here’s a brief summary: After being dismissed from a welcoming assembly in the school’s auditorium, students try to leave but find the exit doors locked. Then the shooting begins. The next 54 harrowing minutes are told from four different points of view, none of which are from the actual shooter. This focus on the struggle to survive, the diverse characters, and the slow reveal of the backstory will be sure to generate lots discussion for your groups. Teens (14 and up, according to the book) will find this a riveting page turner.

Visit the official website. Here you will find ideas for discussions, reviews from readers, and a description of the book itself. Lots of good information for you and your patrons

Be sure to read all of the reviews available on Novelist Plus so you can discuss the title with your patrons who might enjoy the Big Read this month!

As always, I’m available if you have any questions or comments!

Join the Friends of the Library

Mark your calendar for the Indy Author Fair!

The articles below are repeated for emphasis.

Yes, There's an 11th Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

It's called Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down, which we haven't even received yet, although it's on order so it shows up in the catalog! Since I wrote about it last week, we've added some requests from LTST (Skiles Test) and LTHH (Harrison Hill) and, of course, a few more from our Lady of Lourdes. Remember: we ordered several hundred copies so if you know of students who might like it (!), keep the Horizon Exact Number 1759251 nearby so you can search for it quickly (F2 in Horizon) and help grow that request list!

(If you're not sure how to do this, send in a Help request, and we'll get you going!


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