Friday Focus

Friday, Nov. 13 . . . vol. 3, no. 13

Friday Focus is a quick digest of news and notes for members of the Indianapolis Public Library Shared System.
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Get Your Game on ... at a Library

International Games Day (Saturday, November 21st) is a joint effort between ALA, Australian libraries and libraries in the Nordic countries. Want to celebrate where you are? Here's the info if you want to host your own Games Day pre-party. Several IndyPL branches are celebrating. Here's what I know so far.

Central: We are going 12-4 for all ages. We’ll have our game collection out for open gaming, our giant games will be set up, and we’ll be participating in the Minecraft Hunger Games Tournament hosted by Ann Arbor District Library. Activity Guides will be teaching the games provided by IGD (Inernational Games Day), and I also have some partners lined up to help demo board games by particular publishers.

College: We will have Minecraft, traditional games like checkers and Uno and strategic games (like Settlers of Catan). Something for everyone from preschool on up! We’d love to have some gamers or people who already know how to play things to set the tone.

Saturday, November 21 from noon to 4 p.m. in both of our conference rooms.

Pike: We are holding an event from 1:30-4:30 and partnering with Who’s Yer Gamers. They are going to bring a bunch of games from their huge game library and demo a bunch of games. They have a free event this weekend on Saturday, if any gamers are interested: We got a bunch of games provided by International Games Day as well.

Wayne: We are going to do an informal games table here at Wayne branch as well that day. Ours will be geared for school-aged students.

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Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. in Clowes Auditorium at Central Library

Have you heard anyone ask, or have you yourself ever wondered “Are computers going to ruin our schools?” Can tablets, laptops, smartphones, virtual teachers and cyber schools truly revolutionize learning? Join local educators in a discussion about how to use technology at school with effective results.

Panelists include: Laura Garmire, MSD Warren Township, Byron Brown, Principal, Carpe Diem-Shadeland, Steven Auslander, PBS Digital Innovator Winning Teacher, MSD Washington Township, Charles Langley, MSD Lawrence Township and Sarah Batt, IndyPL.

(You'll never guess what I'll suggest people do with their devices!)

Presented by WFYI, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Arts for Learning and The Indianapolis Public Library.

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Jean Fritz: It is not often that we get to celebrate the 100th birthday of an author (who was been a presence in children’s literature since her first book was published in 1954). Happy 100th to Jean Fritz!

During her long career as a children’s book author, she has won a Newbery honor, a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, two Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, a Hans Christian Andersen Award nomination, and was recognized with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal.

A blog post will be up Monday morning (her actual birthday) on the Kids’ blog to celebrate this occasion.

Want to send Jean Fritz birthday greetings? Her publisher is collecting them!

P.S. Our next possible chance to celebrate a century one of the greats of the children’s book world will be April 12, 2016, when Beverly Cleary turns 100!

ALA Youth Media Awards are a mere two months away! They will be announced on Monday, January 11, 2016) and speculation as to what will get recognition is in full force! Want to know what is be talked about as contenders? Head on over to these blogs to check it out!

Newbery Heavy Medal

For Those About to Mock

Caldecott Calling Caldecott

Printz Someday My Printz will Come

Rick Riordan will be launching a new series in May 2016. In addition, in April 2016, he will release his novellas/short stories as a compilation. And in October 2016, book #2 in the Magnus Chase series will come out.

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No Need to Search Back Issues

Some of you told me at our meeting last week that you hold on to back issues of Friday Focus to review later. While they're not indexed (yet), you can find back issues on the Shared System Extranet - - under the category of News.

Last week, I offered you a quick review of seven things in the August issues of Friday Focus in case you missed something your colleagues found useful! This week, the first six snippets are from September issues. They're a great reminder of good ideas you had just a little over a month ago. Act on one today!
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