Friday Focus

Friday, Sept 16 . . . vol. 4, no. 7

Friday Focus is a quick digest of news and notes for members of

The Indianapolis Public Library Shared System.

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Book Drop Love

Is that not the most beautiful book drop you have ever seen? It was built by a graduate of The Oaks Academy Middle School, now in high school, for his old school library. The Oaks just joined the Shared System nine months ago! Bravo to the student for contributing time and talent, and bravo to Dayna Masih, his librarian, for helping inspire that library love!
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Note from the editor: Janet's original submission has lots of bookcovers, which I can't reproduce for you. There is a gorgeous layout of all of these titles with links to the catalog now available as a sneak peek on the IndyPL Kids' Blog - it won't be published there till November. It's just for library staff now, so you'll be among the first to see it!

With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them coming out this fall (the movie hits theaters on November 18!), there are a number of new Harry Potter related titles coming out that I want you all to be aware of. I have come up with a “cheat sheet” here to give you shortcuts for looking them up in the catalog. Scroll down to the bottom for some bonus non-Harry Potter titles!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Bib# 1759252

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Bib# 1715733

Harry Potter Cinematic Guide: Albus Dumbledore, Bib# 1665644

Harry Potter Cinematic Guide: Harry Potter, Bib# 1665645

Harry Potter Cinematic Guide: Hermione Granger, Bib# 1665646

Harry Potter Cinematic Guide: Ron Weasley, Bib# 1665647

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Movie Handbook, Bib# 1759249

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Character Guide, Bib# 1759248

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Cinematic Guide, forthcoming. Publication has been postponed until December

J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic (yes, I know it has flaps and other novelty parts, but there is expected demand for this item; We will have copies and just recognize that it may have a shorter than usual shelf life), Bib# 1759245

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (the illustrated edition), Bib# 1759246

Adult items that may be of interest to Harry Potter fans:

Harry Potter on Location, Bib# 1717200

Inside the Magic, forthcoming

The Art of the Film, forthcoming

***** Not Harry Potter, but also high demand items! *****

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down, Bib# 1759251

The Hammer of Thor, Bib# 1759253

Dork Diaries #11: Tales from a Not-so-Friendly Frenemy, Bib# 1759247

Let the hold placing commence!

Speaking of decades that made a difference...

It's amazing what you can find when you're not looking for it. Check out the Indy Kids' Blog post about treasured reads from the 1960s. While you're there, check out the homework/book lists on the right, the calendar of kids' events at the library, and the links to ebooks and audiobooks!
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EBSCO recently ended three products that were intended for students: Searchasaurus, Student Research Center and Kids Search. The interfaces for these products were very dated, leading a lot of tech-savvy kids to stop using the products altogether. Locally, our access to these three databases had been furnished by INSPIRE, the Indiana State Library's database portal site. But usage had dropped and patron feedback was not positive. To answer these concerns, EBSCO has created a new interface for these databases and calls it "Explora."

Explora's new modern interface offers a simple discovery search that takes the patron's query and searches across several databases at one time. It then delivers these results which include articles, essays, primary sources and more, all on one results screen. This ensures that our patrons will get relevant results easier and quicker. Again, rather than searching in one database at a time (or worse, not even TRYING a database!), our patrons will be able to access the content of those three mentioned databases and more!

With this new interface, students will also be able to explore subject areas like Arts, Literature, Biography, Business and Careers, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more. There are facets (or filters) on the left side of the results page, helping the student refine the search to meet their needs. And all of the great EBSCO features are on the right of the results page, letting the patrons save their work, share it, email it, print it and so much more.

Better yet, Explora now comes in a variety of presentations, each designed for a specific group of users: Explora for Elementary School, Explora for Middle School, Explora for High School (all under Student Resources at and Explora Public Libraries. There's even an Explora Educators Edition! (The last two can be found in the alphabetical list at

To sum up, Explora is a great new way to look at information in a variety of subject areas.

If students or teachers ask about Searchasaurus, Student Research Center or Kids Search, please introduce them to Explora. Hopefully, they'll find the interface more friendly and appropriate to their child's needs.

We plan to have some promotional material for you and your patrons soon. In addition, I have created some one-pagers for training. You can find them in an Info post on the Shared System Extranet!

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Thanks for reminding folks about the Library Store sale this weekend!


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