Friday Focus

Friday, January 29, 2016 . . . vol. 3, no. 20

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

We all want our materials to get there - and back! Five of our schools have similar names so we all need to be careful what we write on routing slips.


We have THREE Oaks Academy schools, with three different location codes. OAKB - The Oaks at Brookside, OAKF - The Oaks at Fall Creek, and OAKM - The Oaks Middle School. IF you just write The Oaks, our drivers don't know whether to go east, south east or way east.


We also have TWO Christel House Academy schools. CHA is the one on the southside, near Garfield Park. CHW is Christel House West at Washington and Tibbs. If you just write Christel House, our drivers don't know whether to go south or west.


Thank you!


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When Bad Things Happen...

Thanks to many helpful librarians at IndyPL, I have updated the post about Helping Children Cope with Tragic Events. This page originally deployed on September 12, 2001 on the Kids’ Blog. It opened at that time with a letter Laura Bush wrote to school children. The page has been updated before…Sandy Hook, Boston, Paris, and now, too close to home with the loss of a well-loved principal in Lawrence Township. Every time I update it I think, “May I never have to do this again.”


Many suggestions came in for chapter books as well, so a new list has been created on the Kids' Blog about Coping with Loss. The Loss page is also on the Kids’ Blog Booklist Index so you can find it when you need it in the future.


If you know of a title I should add, please let me know.

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Using Google Apps for Education at your school? What about Google Classroom? Or maybe you're just a Google Drive guru? If you use any Google app, you'll get the shivers when you think about this: ALL of Gale's In Context databases are now integrated with Google tools.


That's right. You (or your students) can mark up articles, save them (WITH your notes and highlights), save folders of documents, and even save citations directly to your Google Drive. Go here to see the video overviews of using the Gale databases with either Drive or Classrooms. Sarah has uploaded the Tip Sheets from Gale to the Extranet for a step by step guide.


Let me know what you think! I think it's awesome sauce!

Final Warning: Do NOT Miss the Bus!

Have you read this yet? I told you last week not to miss it. I see there's a copy over at Christel House West, and that several of you have requested it. I'm going to stop nagging after this week, I promise!


Here's the link so you can request it. Here's the Read-Along copy in OverDrive.

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OverDrive just put out a list of the Top Twenty ebooks at their school locations. Here's the list, with convenient links to find the books in the IndyPL OverDrive collection!


The Maze Runner 24,147

Wonder 15,477
Divergent 15,042
The Long Haul 14,702
Cabin Fever 14,089
Big Nate Makes a Splash 14,027
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 13,952
The Scorch Trials 13,437
The Ugly Truth 12,883
The Lighting Thief 12,828
The Giver 12,491
The Last Straw 11,991
Rodrick Rules 11,960
Dog Days 11,806
Insurgent 11,771
The Fault in Our Stars 11,708
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 11,386
Pray for a Fire Drill 10,483
If I Stay 10,332
Hard Luck 10,019

Bookmarks and Posters, Oh My!

It took me a while, but I managed to package and distribute into blue totes going to elementary school libraries more than a thousand bookmarks promoting Library programs. Don't worry! You'll only get about 12 or 15 for each program. Since it does cost money to print these, and time to count, rubber band and sort them, please put them to good use.


Find a spot where most parents will see at least one of each of the bookmarks for school age programs, maybe a bulletin board near your office. Put others out in the library for kids to see. We would love to have you give the preschool program bookmarks to your preschool/preK teachers to put where parents will see them. Greater still would be for all teachers to encourage families to attend these programs!


These programs are sponsored all over the city by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Space is often limited, and registration is usually required. Check the flyers for exact details!


Tribute to Dr. Seuss Magic Show (family/all ages audience)

Celebrate the wonderful worlds created by Dr. Seuss in this magical tribute show.

Presented by: Magician Don Miller


Conservation & Green Thumb Class (school age audience) Carol from Indy Science Fun

Discuss trash, recycling, and reusing items. We would then talk about composting and worm. Get instructions for building your own worm compost available. Kids will plant their own seeds to take home.

Presented by: Indy Science Fun


Minecraft-Inspired Portrait Class (school age audience)

Create a pixelated self-portrait using square paper pieces.

Presented by: Art With Heart


Character Club House Design Class (school age audience) Kionna Walker

Design a space for your favorite character or super hero through model making. Bring an empty old shoe box for your design, and if you have extras, we’d be happy to have them for other friends at the session!

Presented by: Next Great Architects


Dog Communications Class (family/all ages audience) John Kroetz

Let’s talk about some pets & pet ownership, especially dogs! Be advised that a real dog may be in attendance, so plan accordingly if you have allergies.

Presented by: Humane Society of Indianapolis


Parent and Preschooler Yoga

Preschoolers and their parents are invited to enjoy the health benefits that yoga can offer during this 45-minute program presented by certified yoga instructors from the Greater Indianapolis YMCA.


Snowy Science: Preschool Science Workshop

Preschoolers and an adult are invited for a snow day at the Library! They'll learn how snow is made, explore snowflakes, discover some of the snowiest places to visit, and build a snowman. No mittens are required! Space is limited. Registration is required. This program is presented by Indy Science fun and made possible by RTV6 and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.


Trains, Planes, Boats and Hot Air Balloons: Preschool Workshop

Preschoolers who love things that go are invited to join Express Kids for music, activities and fun centered around transportation.


Monkey Business: A Preschool Art Workshop

Preschoolers are invited to grab their yellow hats and bring their favorite curious little monkeys to a mixed media workshop led by The Art Lab and inspired by the book, "Curious George Builds a House."

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