Friday Focus

Friday, December 18, 2020, vol. 8, no. 23

Friday Focus is a quick digest of news and notes

for members of The Indianapolis Public Library Shared System.

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Jonathan Jennings Book Delivery

I thought I would share some pictures of Teresa delivering books to students which they ordered through the shared system. She even made a Bookmobile sign for her vehicle! She said the kids were thrilled to receive them! We all miss our kids, so I love to see the staff being creative and putting in the extra effort to support them!

Kevin McMahan

Principal, Jonathan Jennings 109

Kudos to school library manager Teresa Rozzi and library assistant Cindy Nice for coming up with such a fun way to get books into their students' hands. They've seen how excited students are when the blue totes arrive - imagine how excited they were when the Jonathan Jennings bookmobile pulled up in front of their house!

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Since we are going back to curbside service on Monday, and since some of you may have time to attack some projects you've been putting off for a while, I wanted to let everyone know that remote access has been extended for these databases:

Alldata (Automotive repair information such as electrical diagrams, diagnostic and repair procedures, maintenance schedules, recalls, and parts and labor estimates.)

Access until June 30, 2021 with these credentials:

Login - imcpltemp and Password - imcpltemp-1

Ancestry Library Edition (Access to genealogy, family trees, and family history records via documents that record the lineage of over 4 billion individuals. Includes census, military, immigration, and vital records.)

Access until at least March 31st 2021

Foundation Directory Online Essential (Information for nonprofits on over 140,000 U.S. foundations and corporate donors, and over 8.5 million grants including funders' application information, limitations, and their funding interests.)

Through December 31, 2020, you can access Foundation Directory Online Essential from home here.

Access “through 2021"

Virtual Storytimes Must Follow Copyright

Here is a link to the School Library Journal's updated document on publisher permissions. Most have extended until at least March 2021. Each publisher has slightly different guidelines. Some requirements include:

· Name the author and illustrator. Say, “Read with permission of <publisher name>.”

· If you are recording, it must be shared as private or unlisted (so someone would need a link to access the recording).

· All recordings need to be taken down after a set amount of time. Be sure to have a plan for removing them.

· Check publisher’s website to see if they require you to submit a form.

Shael Weidenbach

Early Literacy Specialist

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The best of the best of 2020 lists are being announced! While there will be more coming out between now and December 31, here is a roundup what we have seen thus far. We will likely see some of these titles recognized on ALA Award Day (January 25, 2021 at 8am CT; mark your calendars now!). Jess Lawrence and I are checking these lists to make sure we have it all! Best of 2020 collections have been posted in Axis 360 and Overdrive.

As you scan the list, please think about which teachers should see some of these lists. I suspect that some of your math and science teachers don't know there are lists of Best Books for their subject areas!

ALA’s Notable Children’s Books

Amazon’s Best Books of 2020 – Children and Teen

Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of 2020

Booklist’s Starred Review for 2020 (available without login in until January 31, 2021; Children and Teens start on page 46)

Book Riot’s Best Books of 2020 (Includes categories for children’s and young adult)


Best Board Books of 2020: Babies & Toddlers

Best Picture Books of 2020: Ages 3-5

Best Books for Tweens of 2020

Best Young Adult Books of 2020

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature’s Best Books of 2020

Children’s Book Council’s 2020 Children’s and Teen Choice Award Winners

Colours of Us 50 Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2020

Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020

Fuse #8 Production is doing 31 days, 31 lists Best of 2020

Good Reads Best Books of 2020 (main page)

Best Picture Books of 2020

Best Middle Grade of 2020

Best Young Adult Fiction of 2020

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction of 2020

The Guardian’s Best Children’s and Teen books of 2020

Horn Book’s 2020 Fanfare

Imagination Soup

Noteworthy Board Books of 2020

Best Nonfiction Children’s Books of 2020

Best Children’s Picture Books of 2020

Best Middle Grade Chapter Books of 2020

Kirkus’ Best Fiction of 2020

Middle Grade

Picture Books


National Council of Teachers of English’s 2021 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children and the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

National Science Teacher’s Association’s Outstanding Science Trade Books for 2021

National Science Teacher’s Association’s Best Stem Books for 2021

New York Public Library’s Best Books for Kids 2020 and Best Books for Teens 2020

New York Times Best Illustrated of 2020 – cancelled for 2020 due to the pandemic

New York Times25 Best Children’s Books of 2020

NPR’s Concierge to the Best of 2020 (includes Kids Books and Young Adult)

Publishers Weekly’s Best of 2020

Picture Books

Middle Grade

Young Adult

School Library Journal’s Best of 2020

Smithsonian’s Ten Best Children’s Books of 2020

Tablet Magazine’s Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2020

Time Magazine’s 10 Best YA and Children’s Books of 2020

Washington Post’s Best Children’s Books of 2020

YALSA’s 2021 Award for Excellence in Nonfiction finalists

YALSA’s 2021 Morris Award finalists

YALSA’s Best of the Best 2020 Lists

2020 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks (Full List)

2020 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults (Full List)

2020 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens (Full List)

2020 Top Ten Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (Full List)

Happy Reading!

Wishing all of you Happy Holidays!

Janet Spaulding and Jess Lawrence

Collection Development Librarians

Home Grown Best of 2020 Lists

Children's and teen librarians at IndyPL submitted titles of their favorite kids books they had read during 2020. They did not have to be published in the year 2020, just be relatively new! The juvenile fiction list includes picture books, beginning readers, and novels. Selections are listed in order alphabetically by title starting with picture books, beginning readers, and novels.

IndyPL Staff Picks Juvenile Fiction:

IndyPL Staff Picks: Juvenile Nonfiction:

Graphic Novels for kids and Young Adult book lists are coming soon! Do a lists search in BiblioCommons for #indyplstaffpicks.

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Remember to Sign Up and Encourage Others to Join the Challenge!

Feel free to use the graphics on the extranet ( Our social media maven, Katie Bulloff, asks that you please tag us on Instagram @indylibrary.

#WakeUpIndy continues through April 30th and will run through Beanstack . (Beanstack is an app, but is also available in your browser.)The program DOES NOT have a prize component. That doesn't mean you can't add one! Just have students send you a screenshot of their Beanstack reading log or earned badges and do your own prize awarding.

Check BiblioCommons lists by doing a list search for #WakeUpIndy. A blog posting about the program will be hosted at

Back to School Dates

We have scheduled EVERYTHING (delivery, pick up locations in BiblioCommons, hold suspensions) based on your answers to the survey we sent out at the end of November. We will go by those dates UNLESS you tell us you are opening earlier. We understand that things change, that your school or district may not have made a decision yet. You don't have to do anything at all unless and until you hear that you're coming back in person earlier than expected.

Requests will remain suspended until January 25th. If you haven't taught your students how to manage their holds, ask your teachers to show them how next week, or ask your principal to include the instructions in a newsletter.

Just in case, here's how:

Un-pause Your Holds! Login to the catalog ( Next, select your user name at the top and choose On Hold from the drop down menu. On the left a small screen will summarize the number of holds not yet filled, waiting to be picked up and... paused. Select the holds that are paused and on each of them, click the Resume Hold button.

Renewal Limit Raised - Temporarily

IndyPL has changed the renewal limit from 10 to 20 during this time that we are open to the public only for curbside pickup or computer use. This change has been made to all of your items as well. We hope this cuts down on the number of panicked emails we all get from people who've run out of renewals during a time when they can't physically come to any of our libraries to renew the item in person.

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