Friday Focus

Friday, September 25, 2015 . . . vol. 3, no. 7

Friday Focus is a quick digest of news and notes for members of the Indianapolis Public Library Shared System.

Sharing CDs

Hearing no objections, all CDs are now requestable. Thank you!
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These updates are from Sarah, not Janet, but Janet had the info for you first:

As reported last week, Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10, Old School, (available 11/3/2015) is in the catalog! See bib# (also known as Horizon Number Exact) 1609545. And many of you will have students among the first readers of the 250 copies we ordered! Still fewer holds than I would have thought - just 29 - but one or two students (or staff) at the following schools are on the list: both Heritage Christian schools, Nativity, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Matthew, St. Richard's. Spread the word!

Forgot to mention that The Big Read in October which will feature 2 YA titles is a project of OverDrive. The books are The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley and In the Shadow of Blackbirds. Remember, Big Read allows for limitless checkouts of these two titles during the month of October. Either title would be great for a book club, book report or even just to read for fun! Check out the samples in this article.

Young Hoosier Book Award: Janet has been working diligently to promote the Young Hoosier Book Award contest held this year. A list of nominees is published in three different age categories and students vote for the favorite. I'll be sending out lots of bookmarks to elementary schools next week. Thanks to a grant from the Library Fund at the Central Indiana Community Foundation, IndyPL is well-stocked with print, ebook and audio copies of these titles.

Follow Me to Find Almost Free New Books!

All but two titles were selected last week. I try to keep the shelf at just about twenty titles so it's not overwhelming. You should be able to choose to receive email notification when I add titles to my list to increase your chances of getting the good stuff first!

You can find complete directions on how to access my account and the books on the external intranet here.

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You get a sneak peek! We will be releasing a new teen OverDrive portal next week, but wanted you to know about it first! Everything here is geared to be of interest to middle and high school students. For example, the Collections menu leads to a list of "If you liked John Green" and to the 2015-2016 Eliot Rosewater Nominees.

Check out the graphic novels now available for teens on OverDrive. And watch in the left hand column - you can filter and look at just the ebooks with embedded audio. This will be of special interest to your resource teachers. Please be sure to let them know!

While we love to have your students come through the website, you could post an announcement about the new site and include a direct link:

In other OverDrive news, if you are looking for eBooks or eAudiobooks using the OverDrive app on an Android or iOS phone/tablet or a Chromebook, the copy on the Download button has been changed. Users will now see the option to “Add to App” instead of “Download.” This wording is more consistent with the user’s actual in-app experience.

And this one will save most of you and your patrons time. (It’s been a pet peeve of mine!) OverDrive added the ability to jump to the first or last page of your search results pages (including the wish list)!

Join the Friends of the Library

(They take credit cards - even American Express!) And they would make a great teacher gift, too! Suggest that to your principals and school families!

Get Away @ Your Library!

It's Teen Read Week time - although IndyPL stretches the celebration out for more than a month!

The following are the Teen Read Week events with links to the blog entries that give event locations and times. Please note that some events are already happening across the system!

***Please help promote this program series by sharing this with your middle school, high school and other community contacts.***

Teen Read Week 2015: Vlog Like a YA Pro!
Central Library (Central)
Saturday, October 3, 2015
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Age Level: Teen (12-17)
Category: Activity

Teens are invited to learn from local young adult authors how to vlog, blog and post on social media as a way to get their names out. This panel discussion will be led by the Indiana Writers Center.
This program will be held in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium.

Blog post URL to share across social media:

Teen Read Week 2015: Paper Towns Book Discussions

At Participating Locations

Age Level: Teen (12-17)
Category: Book Discussion

Teens are invited to read the book, "Paper Towns" by John Green and participate in this book discussion program led by experts from the Indiana Writers Center. Write a tweet review at #WheresMargo and at #IndyPLTeens. The top five reviews will win a gift card!

Blog post URL to share across social media:

Teen Read Week 2015: Paper Towns - Rounding Off the Edges

Age Level: Teen (12-17)
Category: Class or Workshop

Teens are invited to learn how to create well-rounded characters in their stories by examining the characters from John Green's "Paper Towns" and comparing them to other favorite characters. This workshop will be led by Butler Bridge MFA student Bailey Merlin.

Blog post URL to share across social media:

Teen Read Week: 3Doodler Art Session
At Participating Locations

Age Level: Teen (12-17)
Category: Class or Workshop

Teens are invited to sketch in 3D during this drop-in workshop featuring the 3D printing pen that can draw in the air!

Blog post URL to share across social media:

Thank you for helping us promote Teen Read Week in Indy at your library location!

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