Friday Focus

Friday, Dec. 4 . . . vol. 3, no. 15

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

The statistics above paint a picture, for me, anyway, of the strength of the Shared System. Janet Spaulding sent it to me with this comment:

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!) Take a look at the top circs for Rachel Renee Russell’s most recent Dork Diary book. The top 3 are all shared system!

Janet also noted "Nativity Catholic School leads in the most number of checkouts of Brian Selznick’s The Marvels, with 15 checkouts in November and 10 checkouts in October. Plus there are 18 hold requests with Nativity as the pickup place!"

Pat Hagerty (NAT) won The Marvels poster and maps in the drawing at our October meeting and I wondered if that might have been the inspiration. Here's the story from Bonnie Kurtz (NAT):

It all started with a smart-alecky student asking me to read the "biggest book" in my library. This was actually early September. I presented him with Hugo Cabret and challenged him to read it (without letting him see that it is mostly pictures). His ego pushed him to accept the challenge and he actually read it! (This being a student who doesn't like to read.) He really enjoyed it, so I used him as an advertisement for the Selznick books. The Marvels came out, and the poster arrived along with the maps, which are a prize for reading all 3 books (Pat's idea), and that's how it all happened. Plus, it just looks mighty impressive to be reading such a thick book. Ahhh, the joy of being a librarian!

Anime Club

Monday, Dec. 21st, 6-7:30pm

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

Young people ages 12 - 18 are invited to watch Anime and talk cosplay, manga and graphic novels with Mr. Jason. Bring your own decks and duel with others, work on your own artwork, and see what's new to the Library collection. Make suggestions for what the Library can add.
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Here's some info about the Indiana LIbrary Federation awards and nominees.

2016-2017 YHBA nominees

(We will be getting copies of all of these titles to supplement our collection, as well as adding any titles that are available digitally or as audiobooks that we do not already own; and Carrie will be creating a page for the on the Kid’s Collection page. More information will be forthcoming in February or March 2016!)

2016 Read Alouds too Good to Miss!

(Includes Primary, Upper Elementary, Middle Grade, High School, Ageless lists)

2016-2017 Eliot Rosewater nominees

(I will be checking our stock of all of these titles to make sure we have sufficient copies for anyone who wants to read their way through the list)


Did you know that the YHBA committee provides lesson plans and other resources for each title on the list? Check out the YHBA Resources page! (Pass the word on to your media specialists!!!)

Did you know that the only titles that the YHBA committee considers for the list each year are the titles that are suggested by teachers, students, parents, librarians, and media specialists (that includes you!)? Is there a book that you think would make a great YHBA nominee? Suggest it here!

And for your OWN reading enjoyment, I offer the following tidbits I found interesting this week.

Sendak items for sale!

Because how could you not love this face?!

What a great post by Loren Long on why picture books are important

The Pout-Pout Fish just doesn’t get any better than this!

Kwame Alexander aims to win readers who are at the age he hated books


Happy Reading!


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After a long time with little attention, an education authorization bill in front of Congress (the Every Student Succeeds Act) includes specific mention of school libraries. ALA has created a succinct summary of the provisions for libraries, ALA's Washington office notes the following as a talking point: "This language is historic: For the first time in half a century Congress, has underscored the importance of effective school library programs by expressly including them in multiple parts of this watershed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act."

Wednesday night, the House of Representatives passed ESSA. It now goes to the Senate. Spread the word!

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