Friday Focus

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 . . . vol. 3, no. 16

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

Jingle Books 2016

Once again this year, IndyPL is teaming up with the City of Indianapolis and Indy Reads to help every Indianapolis child receive a gift book during this holiday season. The flyers that arrived in my mailbox yesterday will be in your next delivery of blue totes!


We invite members of the community to donate gently used or new children’s books at all locations, as well as to pick out a book for their child over the next couple of weeks.

December 8– 23, 2015. You can do one, the other, or both!


And if you happen to have a stack of new books you haven't gotten around to adding to your collection for several years (I can't be the only procrastinator out there), give them up. Go wrap them up, or drop them off. You'll feel better afterward!

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New Year's Resolution. New Year's Resolution. New Year's Resolution.

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Open House

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 4pm to Monday, Dec. 21st, 6pm

Brightwood Library, 2435 N. Sherman Drive Indianapolis, IN 46218

Brightwood's doing a mash-up open house to celebrate Star Wars and the holidays. Games, crafts, movies, and a visit from Santa.
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Stocking stuffer. Stocking stuffer. Stocking stuffer.

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Here is the next roundup of news surrounding issues of diversity in children’s and young adult literature:


Wondering what has been coming out in 2015 that is considered “diverse?” Blogger and NYPL juvenile book selector Betsy Bird has been keeping a list!


YA lit is leading the way in representing alternative gender experiences. Find out more in an article in The Guardian.


Here's a look at YA titles and book covers that came out in 2015 featuring people of color from the Diversity in YA blog.


The blog Stacked provides an extensive teen reading list called Black Girls Matter.


Publisher's Weekly recently did a piece on representations of American Indians in Children’s Books. About halfway through the article (don't give up!) they cover new releases by several publishers, one of which is here in Indiana! "Wisdom Tales, based in Bloomington, Ind., is a small press that publishes books from traditions across the world, including recent books on Persian, Jain, and American Indian history and traditional stories." It's worth checking out.


Storytelling helps young English learners grow. Check out this print-rich classroom environment in an informative, 6-minute PBS video!


Not specifically literature related, but this article is making the rounds on blogs that discuss issues of diversity in books. Something to think about -- Your School Shapes How you Think about Inequality


I’ll be watching for this book, Was the Cat in the Hat Black?, in 2016!


We Need Diverse Books launches the #DrumItUp campaign to promote Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music, written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Pura Belpré Award-winning artist Rafael López.


Looking for an idea for your New Year’s resolution? Participate in #READ POC 2016, an initiative to read more books by people of color.


Happy Reading!

We are Marveling at Nativity!

Last week, Janet Spaulding pointed out how popular The Marvels has been at Nativity - with 25 circs there just this year. She wrote:


This is once again emphasizing what we know. Our shared system schools are a vital access point for kids to get books, not just for educational purposes, but also for recreational reading (which is how we make lifelong readers!)


Well, there's a an update! Out of 30 copies of The Marvels owned by IndyPL, only 4 are currently at IndyPL branches. All of the other 26 copies are at Nativity!

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On December 15, there will be a small change on our OverDrive website. They will be changing “Bookshelf” on our OverDrive website to “Checkouts”.


This should reduce confusion between a user’s bookshelf on our website and the bookshelf in the OverDrive app. When I introduce Overdrive to patrons, this is always one of the biggest sources of confusion for them. “Which Bookshelf??”

Relevant OverDrive Help articles will be updated accordingly. If you ever have questions or comments, please contact me.

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