Friday Focus

Friday, February 19, 2016 . . . vol. 3, 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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THE Jacqueline Woodson to Speak in Indy!

Save the date – Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

We are thrilled to host National Book Award winner and Young People’s Poet Laureate, Jacqueline Woodson as the annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture speaker at Northview Middle School.

Ms. Woodson is the author of more than 30 books for children and young adults. Her work, Brown Girl Dreaming (2014), a novel in verse about Woodson’s family and segregation in the South, won many awards. Namely, it won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature given by the National Book Foundation and was named a Newbery Honor Book, her fourth.

In an op-ed for The New York Times, Woodson described how she wrote Brown Girl Dreaming: “As I interviewed relatives in both Ohio and Greenville, S.C., I began to piece together the story of my mother’s life, my grandparents’ lives and the lives of cousins, aunts and uncles. These stories, and the stories I had heard throughout my childhood, were told with the hope that I would carry on this family history and American history, so that those coming after me could walk through the world as armed as I am.”

Find out more about the Library Foundation. Remember, Friends of the Library have front row seats reserved for the McFadden Lectures!

(Thanks to Tami Edminster, Program Specialist, for the article above!)

What do you think? Can you get your students there? If you're at a high school, you might have students who can drive! Do you have a strong PTO that would rent a bus? Can you just suggest they meet you there?

You can find all kinds of information about her on, available through Inspire. Here's the direct link to author interviews, book synopses, book guides, and lesson plans. I had forgotten how many great books she's written! (Catholic schools, note that Ms. Woodson also won the St. Katharine Drexel Award in 2010 - found that on!)

Join the Friends of the Library

McFadden Lecture Sponsor - get your reserved seat here!

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Please remember these meetings are required in your Agreement with the Public Library - use that as leverage with your administrator if you need to.

Let me know if you want anything on the agenda!

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Want to create some hoopla in your library? Let your borrowers know about Hoopla, our new streaming movies and music service. To get the most hoopla for your time, you need to know how to use the service. Here you go - the Hoopla How-to:

Go to (or your choice… then click on hoopla.)

Either register or login.

  • Click on Log In in the blue box in the upper right corner.
  • If you have already registered for hoopla, simply enter your email address and your password, then click log in.
  • If you haven’t registered, click on Sign Up Now button in the center near the bottom of the page.
  • Click on your home library, in our case, that’s Indianapolis Public Library
  • Enter in your email address, create a hoopla password (not your email password!!), your Library Card number and your Library Card PIN.
  • Click Sign Up Now at the bottom of the page.

Congrats, you are signed up for Hoopla!

Once you are logged into Hoopla, you can checkout a total of 10 items each month to either watch or listen to on your computer or mobile device. Keep track of your limit by looking in the upper left hand corner of the webpage or the top of the app. Your limit resets on the first of the month. Browse the material by format (music, movies, television) and search directly using the box at the top of the screen.

Once you find material that you like, click on the word Borrow and begin to watch the video or listen to the music immediately. Videos will download to your device, so PLEASE make sure that you are on WiFi. Downloads will incur data charges and movies are a larger format. As soon as you click Borrow, you are charged for one checkout, even if you don’t watch or listen to the item.

Once you have checked out material, you will find them under My Titles at the top of the page when you log in next time. Underneath each title is a counter telling you how long until the item is automatically returned to hoopla. Movies are checked out for 72 hours and albums are checked out for 7 days.

The songs and movies stay on your device and are deleted automatically when their checkout time expires. They have DRM (Digital Rights Management) and can’t be copied, downloaded to another app or given away.

Hoopla works on PCs, Macs, iOS devices and Android devices. There are apps in both the App Store for iOS and the Play Store for Android. Full details are here: under Supported Devices.

Now, let's hear the hoopla at YOUR library!

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Wednesday, March 2, is National Read Across America Day! This day honors Dr. Seuss’ birthday. I have two Read Across American kits left to give away to Shared System members! These are available to the first two locations that I hear from (click on this link to send me an email)! The kits include an audiobook, bookmarks, a poster, and some fun ideas to incorporate Dr. Seuss books into your day.

Check out the Read Across America page and the National Education Association’s page for more information, booklists, and activity suggestions!

30 Second Book Talk (in English & Spanish) on How Tia Lola Came to Stay by Julia Alvarez

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