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Young Adult Author Sarah Dessen at Glendale!

Sarah DessenBestselling young adult author Sarah Dessen will discuss her works and career during a free program on Saturday, May 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue.

Dessen is the author of twelve novels, including Someone Like You, Just Listen, The Moon and More, and her latest, Saint Anything. Many of her works have been among the American Library Association’s “Best Fiction for Young Adults” selections, including her first novel in 1996, That Summer. Her 2009 book, Along for the Ride, earned a spot on the New York Times Bestsellers list. The 2003 film, How to Deal starring Mandy Moore, was based on both Someone Like You and That Summer. In 1999, Someone Like You was one of two winners of the School Library Best Book award, and the following year her book, Keeping the Moon, was the sole winner.

Dessen was born in 1970 in Evanston, Illinois, and graduated with highest honors in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She resides in North Carolina with her husband and daughter.

Book sales provided by Kids Ink and autographing will follow her presentation.

Call 275-4410 for more information about this free program.

 

Conversations About Education '15: "Building a GradNation"

johnbridgeman_education.jpgParents, policymakers and educational practitioners are invited to a discussion on ways to improve high school graduation rates during the next program in The Indianapolis Public Library's "Conversations About Education" series on Tuesday, May 19 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Central Library, in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Leading the discussion will be John Bridgeland, CEO of Civic Enterprises, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C., and co-author of "Building a GradNation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic," an annual report produced as part of a "Civic Marshall Plan" that details progress toward the goal of achieving a national average on-time high school graduate rate of 90 percent by 2020.

Released by the Alliance for Excellent Education, America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, the most recent GradNation report in 2014 shows that the nation's high school graduation rate rose above 80 percent for the first time in the nation's history. In addition, the number of students enrolled in dropout factories has dropped 47 percent over the last decade, and students of color have led the way in increasing graduation rates and leaving dropout factory high schools. These increases have come as standards to graduate have gotten tougher.

Among his many other enterprises, Bridgeland's work on the high school dropout crisis has received national attention, including a TIME cover story, "Dropout Nation," two Oprah Winfrey programs prompted by his report, "The Silent Epidemic," and his leadership of a national summit on the issue with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association and MTV.

During this program, Bridgeland will discuss promising strategies, ways to improve K-12 practices, and implications for the 2015 GradNation report to be issued in May.

"Conversations About Education" is co-sponsored by WFYI and the American Graduate Initiative.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.

 

eBook Tinker Stations

eBook Tinker StationContinuing through 2014, patrons are invited to learn how to select and use eReaders, as well as search and download materials from the Library's extensive collection of eBooks, audiobooks and digital music by visiting the "eBook Tinker Station" at various Indy Library locations

Patrons can drop in anytime during the scheduled two-hour Tinker Station visits which are staffed by an eReader expert who can answer questions about the equipment and collection. The Tinker Stations provide reliable and unbiased information about this growing technology.

Tinker Stations will be available at several times and locations throughout the system.

For individuals who cannot visit a Tinker Station in person, they may call the eBook Tinker Hotline at 275-4500 to have questions answered by qualified staff. 

 

Library Job Centers Target Workforce Development

Throughout December, The Indianapolis Public Library is providing greater one-on-one assistance to chronically unemployed or underemployed individuals through the Job Centers at nine Library locations.

In partnership with EmployIndy, the non-profit workforce investment board for Marion County, as well as WorkOne, a local specialist in career counseling and programming, the Library's Job Centers provide technological training, specialized resources and educational opportunities for those seeking to enhance their employment skills. Each session focuses on job search strategies, interviewing skills, resume development, and instruction on basic computer skills.

Funding for the Job Centers is made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. In addition to Central Library (The TCU Foundation Job Center), Job Center sites are located at the Brightwood, College Avenue, Eagle, East Thirty-Eighth Street, Garfield Park, Pike, Southport and Warren branch locations.

No registration is required. Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library service.

 

2015 Summer Reading Program! “Beatz & Bookz”

Summer Reading Program LogoChildren of all ages and families are invited to tune up their reading performance and pump up the volume for reading during The Indianapolis Public Library's 2015 Summer Reading Program, "Beatz & Bookz," beginning June 1 and continuing through July 25 at all IndyPL branch locations, Central Library and the Beech Grove Public Library.

This year's music theme is inspired by the long-term support of 92.3 WTTS, whose Rock to Read concerts have generated nearly $100,000 for Library programs since 2007. The program's mascot and top summer reading dog, Beatz, will be every young reader's best friend and jammin' book jockey by enthusiastically "woof-woofing" and tweeting about recent book releases, hot tracks and classic hits for participants to check out or download from the Library's collection.

Readers earn points for all books read, regardless of difficulty level, that can be exchanged for a variety of great prizes donated by community businesses and organizations. Those seeking greater rewards can choose from a list of notable Bonus Books. Among the prizes to be earned are tickets to an Indianapolis Indians game during Library Night at Victory Field on Monday, July 20 at 7 p.m. Game passes also are redeemable for admission to any Sunday - Thursday Indians baseball game.

Participants also can enter to win a drawing for two $529 scholarships good toward a college savings account courtesy of CollegeChoice Direct 529 Savings Plan and CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan.

The 96th Annual Summer Reading Program is made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation Friends of the Library and presenting sponsor 92.3 WTTS. Additional support is provided by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation; BKD, LLP; Carrier Corporation; Chase; Citizens Energy Group; CollegeChoice Direct 529 Savings Plan and CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan; Hartley and Margaret Dellinger; Eli Lilly and Company; Lilly Endowment Inc.; The Library Fund, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation; The Kroger Co.; Old National Bank; Pacers Foundation; Mary Frances Rubly; The Swisher Foundation, Inc., in memory of Glenn M. Swisher; Toysmith and United Water.

In 2014, 58,375 children, teens and parents participated in the Summer Reading Program.

For more information on the 2015 program, call 275-4099 or visit www.indypl.org.