Friday Focus

Friday, April 11, 2014 . . . vol. 1, no. 5

Meant to cut down on the number of emails you receive from me, Friday Focus is a quick digest of news and notes for members of the Indianapolis Public Library Shared System.

With this issue, I'm trying out a new design - no index available, so keep on scrolling! It's not as long as it looks. :-)

Shared System Meeting/Retirement Party/Book Giveaway/Evaluation Discussion

Thursday, April 17th, 1-3pm

2450 N Meridian St

Indianapolis, IN

Cake will be served at 1, the evaluation discussion will begin at 2. Please come between noon and 1 to pick out your books!


We need you! We really do! Our Indy Library Store is overflowing with juvenile and TEEN books of all varieties. We would like you to come early to the Shared System meeting next week and help yourself to three blue totes halfway full. If you want to give them away as prizes, go for it. If you want to give them to teachers, go for it. If you want to have them added to your collection, we’ll skip the packing slip and just keep track. Those of you who want to build up your beginning to read (aka jZ) collections, now’s the time. Need to add some classics? Now’s the time. Need to add some teen vampire dark and dismal titles? Now’s the time. Need to add some read-alouds for your preschool? Now’s the time. In short, this is the time, and we’ve got the books.

Here’s the 411: we’ll be here at noon with blue totes ready for you and carts. You can shop in the juvenile and teen sections only (the other areas are not overstocked!). At 1, we’ll go upstairs and start cutting the cake. If you need to finish up after the cake, there will be time before our evaluator starts her session with you at 2.

Don't need new books? (Really?) Please come anyway and help out another library.

“Read in Any Language” Summer Reading Program June 2 – July 26, 2014


“Kusoma” means “read” in Swahili. It’s “Ca rel,” if you speak Chin. In our Sister City, Piran, Slovenia, the word “read” translates into Slovenian as “Prebari.” Kusoma, Ca rel and Prebari: these are only a few of the myriad of words from around the world that define IndyPL’s Summer Reading Program, “Read in Any Language.” This year’s theme celebrates Indianapolis’ international community and invites families to “Think Global & Read Local” at their nearest neighborhood library location. As a free resource the Library is an excellent summertime destination for discovery, a place where readers of all ages can open up the world through books and hear voices both different and similar to their own, from both within their own community and beyond.


Taking a cue from The Amazing Race, the action-packed TV show, the SRP challenges young readers to race around the world, expand their boundaries, go where they haven’t gone before and even move a little outside their reading comfort zone. True to form, Janet Spaulding has once again spanned the globe to bring you a variety of challenging Bonus Books! As participants map their getaway strategy and strive to arrive at their next reading destination, they will be rewarded along the way with points which can be traded for global goods, aka great prizes, at the World Market located in branches, Central Library and the Beech Grove Public Library.


Thanks to the Library Foundation’s efforts, new sponsor, CollegeChoice is sponsoring a drawing for two $529 Scholarships good toward a new college savings account.


Top-notch tour guide, Tami Edminster has mapped out a line-up of blockbuster films for families and awesome workshops for school-aged kids, for example: the Mobile Lab, Graffiti-Inspired Art, Summer Concerts-Jam in Any Language and Wizard Rock band Tonks & the Aurors.


Make your branch a part of the world! Several branches are inviting guest readers from the international community to share other languages at instant storytimes.

Philanthropy idea – collect SRP cards at end of summer – find sponsors to match dollar for points or something and buy books for the school libraries.

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