Beecher Feature

Volume 21 - April, 2022

Welcome, SPRING!

Spring - a time of rebirth and, for many, a time of rejuvenation via a much needed Spring Break. As we dive deeper into the month of April, our focus shifts to poetry (April is National Poetry Month!), our mother earth (Earth Day is April 22), and a host of other national days! Check out April national days here!

April - National Poetry Month

Visit the DCHS Library Media Center and you will find our display of poetry works! We've included novels in verse as well, because we know they are a favorite of many of our students here at DCHS.

Check out this poetry list of lists! That's right....poetry lists, curated by our awesome partners at IndyPL using Bibliocommons. The list feature in Bibliocommons is fantastic!

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Earth Day is Approaching

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Suzan Beraza is the director of the award-winning PBS documentary BAG IT, the environmental film about the overuse of plastic viewed at thousands of schools throughout the country. As educators and thought leaders, now more than ever it is crucial that we guide our students and fellow citizens to become stewards of the environment.

Try going a day without plastic. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy for plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now. (Reel Thing Films)

Check out the trailer, below, and then read on to learn how to watch the entire show for FREE.


Watch Bag It for FREE, on Kanopy with your INDYPL card!

The trailer above is just a taste!

See the film in its entirety (79 minutes) at no cost with your IndyPL card....find the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the eBooks and streaming page at IndyPL.
  2. Click Kanopy
  3. Sign in with your IndyPL card
  4. Create a free account with Kanopy
  5. Search Bag It - enjoy!

*Note: Access Kanopy Kids by clicking "GO TO KANOPY KIDS" at the top right side if you would like to share Kanopy with your "Littles".

The Choice Academy is once again selling t-shirts to promote Earth Day. Make your orders here by Wednesday, April 6th.

Final RosieCon Session

Shaun David Hutchinson - Author - Brave Face

To find out more about the book, request a copy, or check out the ebook, visit the IndyPL catalog, or click here.

Can't catch the panels LIVE? Events are recorded and posted to YouTube. Educators and Librarians can view and use each session after it airs LIVE. Go to RosieCon YouTube Channel HERE.

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Mindy McGinnis Comes to Indy!

A Favorite Comes to Town!

Join Mindy McGinnis, author of books such as "The Initial Insult," "The Last Laugh" and "The Female Of The Species" as she speaks about her books and writing.

Mindy McGinnis has made multiple appearances on our Indiana Eliot Rosewater nominee list, some of which are pictured below. McGinnis's writing is edgy, engaging, and real - YA audiences and adults alike flock to her chilling and thought provoking tales.

Event Details:

  • Date: Tuesday, April 26
  • Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Location: Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch (downtown Indy)

PSSST....Teachers: There will be a session earlier in the day for schools who can take students on a field trip!

Axis 360 News/Update

We would like to draw your attention to one change in particular. The New Books list was removed and replaced with four narrower lists:

  1. Ebooks for Kids
  2. Audiobooks for Kids
  3. Ebooks for Teens
  4. Audiobooks for Teens

Let us know whether your students like these lists or would prefer a list of fiction and another of nonfiction.

The following collections are live. Titles are still being added to all of them, so check back in a few days to see what's new. They all have plenty in them to start off.

  • World Water Day (New)
  • Muslim Voices for Ramadan (Updated) (April is also Arab American Heritage Month, so that is included in this list)
  • Eid Mubarak!: Ramadan 2022, April 2 – May 2 (New)
  • 15 April 1912…10th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic (New)
  • Passover, April 15 – April 23, 2022 (New)
  • Bunnies and Eggs, Oh My!: Easter 2022 (Updated)
  • Reading Through Spring (Updated)
  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (Updated)
  • Caring for Our Earth and Her Creatures… (Updated)

    Still coming will be a collection of Neurodiverse titles to celebrate Autism Awareness Month in April.


    At the very top of the screen, both in the browser and on your device, you can set goals for the number of minutes you want to read or listen to each day, and the number of books you hope to read each month and each year. Note that this will (obviously) keep track only of ebooks and audiobooks in Axis 360, but it's still kind of cool. It also keeps track of your streaks - how many days in a row you meet your goal.

    Hot Jazz for Cool Kids

    Attention budding musicians everywhere! It's the ninth season of Hot Jazz for Cool Kids at Central Library.

    Sunday, April 10 at 3pm

    The Gene Markiewicz Band will perform the music of jazz legends to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month! Drummer Gene Markiewicz brings together an “A+” group of musicians who will lead the audience on a musical journey to some of the high points of jazz history.

    A Few Updates

    • We still continue to work through issues with our new virtual reality goggles.
    • Our 3D projector computer is "in the shop", but we are confident that our vendor will have us up and running soon.
    • Book Club in a Bag - we are ready to get you started using our kits! Reach out for a planning session!

    Decatur Central High School Library Media Center

    The Decatur Central High School media center strives to support the curriculum of the school, provide 21st century resources to all learners, and the skill development to use those resources.

    The DCHS media center has a unique relationship with the Indianapolis Public Library (INDYPL). As a "Shared System Partner", DCHS students use their own INDYPL library card to borrow items not only from the DCHS media center but from any INDYPL branch. INDYPL also provides wonderful research tools for us, including online databases and eBooks. Free music and eMagazines are another added bonus.

    Our goal is to motivate learners to be independent users of information, encourage critical thinking and problem solving, and to promote good digital citizenship.