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Adult Summer Reading for 2016 – Join in the Celebration of Indiana’s 200th Birthday

June 6, 2016 by Reader's Connection

In keeping with the festivities of this bicentennial year, our 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program will feature Indiana-related books.

We’ll read about jazz on Indiana Avenue, turtle soup along the Ohio River, monkey-siblings in Bloomington, Mexican immigrants in Indiana Harbor, John Dillinger and an Amish murder mystery and more.

(Note: You need to be at least 21 years old to attend a discussion at a brewery or tavern.)

We begin with the Miami Indians.

Stewart Rafert’s The Miami Indians of Indiana: A Persistent People, 1654-1994 will be discussed at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art (500 W. Washington Street) with Eiteljorg curator Scott Shoemaker on Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00 p.m.

The Miami Indians of IndianaSince the late 1670’s, the Miami Indians have been residing in the Indiana area. In the early years, their relationship with the French and then the British settlers were relatively peaceful, with both sides engaging each other in trade. When American settlers swarmed into Indiana, however, the Miamis were continually pressed by American leaders into signing treaties that ceded land to them. As a result of these agreements, many of the Miamis left Indiana in the 1840s to live on a reservation in Kansas, federally recognized as an official tribe. But others stayed only to realize that their tribal status was no longer recognized due to their agreement to parcel their remaining land as private property lots held by individuals. They are still fighting to this day to reclaim their tribal status.
Rafert’s sympathetic account of the Miami Indians of Indiana reveals a tragic yet rich history of an oppressed people. Despite the injustices and indignities they faced along the way, their story is a stirring testament to their continued strength and perseverance as they fight for their heritage.

 

On Monday, June 20th at 5:30 p.m., at the Sun King Brewery (135 N. College Avenue), Maria’s Journey by Ramón & Trisha Arredondo will be discussed.

Maria's JourneyThis captivating biography by Ramón and Trish Arredondo follows the life of Ramón’s mother, Maria Arredondo, from her humble origins in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution to her life as a wife and mother of ten in East Chicago, Indiana. Using first-hand accounts from his family members as well as his own experiences, Arredondo’s love and respect for his mother shines through every page to paint a courageous, resilient woman who overcame many obstacles and challenges to find a better life in America for herself and her family.
Considered by the Indiana State Library as one of the Best Non-Fiction Books of Indiana in 2011, Maria’s Journey provides a rare in-depth look at the Hispanic immigrant experience in the early 20th century. More than just a familial biography, Arredondo vividly incorporates historic and cultural details to capture the cultural, societal, and family structure of Hispanic immigrants during that era. More importantly, it serves as a recognition and celebration of the significant contributions by Hispanic immigrants to the community, workforce, and wartime efforts even in the face of language barriers, cultural division, and racial tension. Enlightening and inspiring, this heartfelt tale is an exemplary example of the American dream come true.

Maria’s Journey is also available as an eBook.

 

Kate Alcott’s A Touch of Stardust will be discussed at the Arts Council of Indianapolis (924 Pennsylvania Street) on Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00 p.m.

A Touch of StardustClark Gable and Carole Lombard’s passionate romance, fragile Vivien Leigh, and complicated and creative Margaret Mitchell come to life in this captivating novel set during the filming of Gone with the Wind. Alcott (The Dressmaker; The Daring Ladies of Lowell) knows how to write historical fiction, and she has an almost embarrassingly extensive wealth of subject matter here: the glamour, the backbiting, the gossip fed by columnists such as Louella Parsons, and daily crises on the set owing to controlling producer David O. Selznick. Alcott doesn’t neglect the uglier side of this period: Gable is recruited by the film’s African American cast members to protest the segregated bathrooms on the set (which he did by threatening to quit if it wasn’t changed); anti-Semitism is rampant, and the protagonist, Julie Crawford from Fort Crawford, IN, endures blatant sexism in her quest to become a screenwriter. Her romance with handsome Jewish assistant producer Andy Weinstein, who is concerned about his relatives’ safety in Europe, brings impending World War II into the picture. — Library Journal

A Touch of Stardust is also available as an eBook, an eAudiobook, an audiobook on CD, and in large print.

 

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site (1230 N. Delaware Street) will host a discussion of Michael S. Maurer’s books 19 Stars of Indiana : Exceptional Hoosier Women and 19 Stars of Indiana : Exceptional Hoosier Men on Saturday, June 25th at 2:00 p.m.

maurerThe 19 stars on Indiana’s flag indicate that we were the 19th state to join the union. In two companion volumes, Michael Maurer draws inspiration from these stars to feature 19 men and 19 women all across the state who have made an impact through their contributions to Indiana. Musicians, philanthropists, government and religious leaders, athletes, medical and scientific pioneers, artists and writers are featured, as are a Tuskegee airman and a Holocaust survivor.

 

On Tuesday, June 28th at 6:00 p.m., Books and Brews (9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400) will host a discussion of Michael Koryta’s So Cold the River.

So Cold the RiverEric Shaw’s promising career as a Hollywood cinematographer crashed and burned. Now he’s back in Chicago, making “video life portraits” of recently deceased people. One of these portraits brings a new commission: Eric is to travel to tiny West Baden, Indiana, and document the early years of Campbell Bradford, a wealthy, about-to-die Chicago businessman who was born in West Baden but has never spoken about his childhood. Within hours of his arrival, Eric experiences a vivid and portentous vision and hallucinations that seem related to the town’s mineral springs. Signs and portents of a resident evil bombard him as he researches his project, and eventually the evil becomes manifest. After successes with noirish mysteries, Koryta has ventured into genre-bending, successfully melding thriller elements to a horror story that recalls Stephen King. His tight, clear prose makes West Baden as creepy as Transylvania, and Eric is a compellingly flawed protagonist. Legions of King and Peter Straub devotees will be delighted by this change of direction; Koryta’s hard-boiled fans may feel a bit nonplussed at first, but they, too, will fall under the spell of this very strange Indiana town. — Booklist

So Cold the River is also available as an eBook and an eAudiobook.

 

Douglas A. Wissing’s IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State will be discussed at the Indiana Medical History Museum (3045 W. Vermont Street) on Tuesday, July 12th at 6:00 p.m.

IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier StateDouglas Wissing has been writing about Indiana for years, and in this book he has gathered essays that look at our state from a host of different angles.
Where in Indiana can you get a bowl of authentic (if illegal) turtle soup? When and where was John Dillinger buried? Where was Comedian Red Skelton born? And long-time Director of the Selective Service (the draft) Lewis B. Hershey? How long has Shapiro’s deli been downtown? Wissing answers most of these questions—he’s a bit secretive about the turtle soup—in winning, sometimes affectionate, sometimes heated essays.

IN Writing is also available as an eBook.

 

Vanetta Chapman’s mystery Murder Simply Brewed will be discussed at Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company (647 Virginia Avenue) on Thursday, July 14th at 4:00 p.m.

Murder Simply BrewedEnglischer Amber Wright manages a complex of Amish shops set in the heart of Middlebury, IN. Her idyllic existence is shattered when Ethan Gray, the proprietor of a coffee shop, dies suddenly of an apparent heart attack. His body is found by Hannah, a young Amish woman from a neighboring store. Although the police rule Ethan’s death is the result of natural causes, the ensuing vandalism perpetrated upon members of the tight-knit community casts doubts on that assumption. A bloody message, taken from the Bible’s Book of Daniel, is found near Tate Bowman’s fields. Amber and Hannah turn into amateur sleuths as they attempt to identify the culprit. As the vandalism escalates, so does Tate and Amber’s mutual attraction. Will they figure out who is behind the trouble before more people are killed? VERDICT Fans of romance and cozy mysteries will fall in love with the characters in this series opener . . . Readers will look forward to visiting the Amish Village Shops and their quirky inhabitants in the next installment. — Library Journal

Murder Simply Brewed is also available as an eBook and an eAudiobook.

 

Edward Kelsey Moore’s novel The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat will be discussed at the Sun King Brewery (135 N. College Avenue) on Monday, Jul 18th at 5:30 p.m.

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-EatOdette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean have been close friends since girlhood, growing up in the 1960s in the southern Indiana town of Plainview. Their personalities and cool good looks earned them the name the Supremes when they’d meet regularly to eat at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, with Big Earl keeping a watchful eye on them. Now in middle age, the Supremes meet regularly with their husbands for dinner at Earl’s, now managed by his son. The aging Supremes and Earl’s are institutions in a black community that has seen much progress since the 1950s, when the restaurant became the first black-owned business in a racially divided town. But the town as well as the women have also seen much trouble. Odette makes time in her busy life for the regular visitations of her dead mother, Clarice copes with the humiliation of an unfaithful husband, and Barbara Jean struggles to hide her drinking to assuage the death of her child. Moore intersperses episodes from the past with their current lives, showing their enduring friendship through good times and bad. — Booklist

The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is also available as an eBook, an eAudiobook, an audiobook on CD, and in large print.

 

Haunted Indiana: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Hoosier State, by James Willis, will be discussed at the Metazoa Brewing Company (140 S. College Avenue) on Mon, Jul 25th at 6:00 p.m.

Haunted Indiana: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Hoosier StateHighlighting some lesser known history from around the state, Haunted Indiana pays special attention to paranormal activity associated with that history. The bite-size stories include Indianapolis’s House of Blue Lights, The Smell of Death at Hannah House, Ghosts in the Old Bordello, Riverdale’s Haunted Pool, and The Ghostly Carriage Ride at Hawkeye. Although the stories are brief, Willis includes an extensive bibliography so readers can dive deeper into those of particular interest. Willis has written, “I can honestly tell you that Indiana has some of the most disturbing and twisted ghost stories in existence.”

Haunted Indiana is also available as an eBook.

 

Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters, Legends and Legacy of Indiana Avenue by David Leander Williams will be discussed at Bookmamas (9 Johnson Avenue) on Saturday, July 30th at 1:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters, Legends and Legacy of Indiana AvenueMr. Williams explores the rich and vibrant history of jazz in Indianapolis against the backdrop of Indiana Avenue. He traces the beginnings of African American cultural life on the Avenue from the pre-civil war era to its unfortunate demise in the 1970’s. In its heyday the Avenue was home to over fifty clubs offering blues, jazz and R&B entertainment; and these establishments were visited by artists like Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughn, Hoagy Carmichael and Cannonball Adderley. There were over three hundred businesses that included barbershops, funeral homes, cafes, pawn shops and dry cleaners. Williams succinctly explains how factors such as integration, urban renewal, highway expansion and crime ultimately led to the decline of Indiana Avenue.

Indianapolis Jazz is also available as an eBook

 

James Alexander Thom’s novel Fire in the Water will be discussed at the White River State Park, The Children’s Maze (801 W. Washington Street) on Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:00 p.m.

Fire in the WaterThe Civil War is ending and war correspondent Paddie Quinn has recently married and is looking forward to some honeymoon time when news of President Lincoln’s assassination reaches him. Paddie quickly finagles an assignment out of Harper’s Weekly and books passage for himself and his bride on the Sultana steamboat hoping to enjoy a honeymoon while writing his story. The trip takes an unexpected turn when it stops at Vicksburg to pick up numerous prisoners of war whom Paddie begins interviewing during their trip up the flooded Mississippi. It is during one of these interviews that he befriends Robbie Macombie, a Union soldier just released from the infamous Andersonville prison-of-war camp. Their fledgling friendship strengthens and buoys them through the tumultuous night of the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history.

 

Slaughterhouse-FiveThe discussion of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five will take place on Thursday, August 4th at 6:00 p.m.at the Red Key Tavern (5170 N. College Avenue) at 6:00 p.m.

If you’re tired of this novel, or (like me, your blogger) never liked it that much in the first place, you might enjoy what David Denby says about it in his book Lit Up : One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives. Denby might breathe new life into it for you, might even change your opinion about it.

Slaughterhouse-Five is also available as an eBook and an eAudiobook, and is on order as an audiobook on CD.

 

Barbara Shoup’s novel An American Tune will be discussed at the Metazoa Brewing Company (140 S. College Avenue) on Monday, August 15th at 6:00 p.m.

And in addition to this discussion: on Monday August 22nd at 6:00 p.m., Barbara Shoup will give an author talk in the Nina Mason Pulliam Indiana Special Collections Room at Central Library.

An American TuneNora Quillen spends her days contentedly helping with her husband’s veterinary practice and enjoying the beauty of the small town they call home. While helping her daughter prepare for college, though, she is brought face-to-face with, first, an old name and, then, an old love, remnants of a former life she has been hiding since one fateful night during the anti-Vietnam War movement almost 30 years ago. Unable to deny her past any longer, she is forced to look inside herself and make decisions that will inevitably alter the lives of everyone she loves. Shoup takes readers alternately to Indiana University during the 1960s antiwar movement and to northern Michigan at the beginning of the Iraq War, addressing the moral dilemmas of each while exploring Nora’s feelings of guilt and helplessness . . . However politically minded, this poignant and stirring novel is at its root a moving and passionate love story. — Booklist

An American Tune is also available as an eBook.

 

Monkey up! Karen Joy Fowler’s novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves will be discussed at the Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens (1200 W. Washington Street) on Tuesday, August 16th at 3:00 p.m. YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY TO GET INTO WHEREVER THE DISCUSSION IS BEING HELD.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Rosemary Cooke, the young woman who narrates this funny, upsetting novel, was raised in Bloomington, Indiana, with an older brother. She had a sister, too, who was about the same age as Rosemary; but the brother was a human, while the “sister” was a chimpanzee. Rosemary’s father was an IU professor who had added a simian to the family as part of a scientific experiment.
The experiment did not go well, and Rosemary can be a hilarious narrator. She is attending college in California—eternally, it would seem—and looking back at her Hoosier years with dismay. The family has fractured. Her brother and “sister” have long-since disappeared, and Rosemary misses them terribly. The novel makes us look anew at what it means to be a family, and what it means to be human.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is also available as an eBook, an eAudiobook, and an audiobook on CD.

 

Elizabeth O’Maley’s Bones on the Ground will be discussed at the Indiana Historical Society (450 W. Ohio Street) on Wednesday, August 17th at 5:00 p.m.

Bones on the GroundWhat happened to the Indians who called this area their home for so long? Bones on the Ground is an accessible examination of the Indians of the Old Northwest Territory and their struggle to maintain possession of their tribal lands while Colonial and American leaders pushed white settlement. O’Maley presents biographical sketches of the key players including Little Turtle, Tecumseh, William Henry Harrison, and William Conner, and alternates those histories with first-person narratives that help bring the characters to life. The book covers events in the Old Northwest Territory from before the American Revolution through the removal of the Miami from Indiana in 1846. With alternating points-of-view from both the Indians and the Colonial leaders, readers see that both sides bend and stretch the truth to validate their entitlements. With its focus primarily on the Indian tribes living in what would become Indiana, the book offers a concise, overall perspective on this important period in our state’s development.

Bones on the Ground is also available as an eBook.

 

The Sun King Brewery (135 N. College Avenue) will host the last of this year’s Adult Summer Reading discussions. John A. Beineke’s Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John Dillinger will be discussed on Monday, August 29th at 5:30 p.m.

Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John DillingerThe Great Depression was a time of hardship and bleakness… except when America’s favorite criminal made news! John Dillinger’s swash-buckling ways, smooth good looks, and his care for the poor farmers – leaving their money on the counter when robbing the banks – won the hearts of Hoosiers and Americans everywhere. For a period of fourteen months, John Dillinger’s escapades lifted the average American from their despair. This book, with historic photos generously splashed through the pages, gives us a fascinating look at Indiana during the Dillinger years (from Johnnie’s childhood through 1934). Fast-paced and full of Dillinger’s sparkling personality, it shows us Dillinger’s early childhood in Indianapolis and Mooresville, and escorts us through his escapades – and thrilling escapes – in a time when fast cars and new modern crime-fighting techniques were finding a place in current culture.

Hoosier Public Enemy is also available as an eBook.

 

If not otherwise attributed, book reviews were written by IndyPL staff.

 

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A Welcome to Beech Grove from IndyPL’s CEO, and Some Questions You May Have About Beech Grove Joining The IndyPL Family

June 1, 2016 by Reader's Connection


Click the picture to hear Jackie Nytes, CEO of the Indianapolis Public Library, welcome the new Beech Grove Branch to IndyPL.

 

 

And here are answers to some questions you might have.

Why are these libraries merging?
More DVDs, more resources, newer computers, more books (paper, audio and electronic, too), more Blu-ray discs, faster internet and the addition of streaming music and movies are all reasons for joining forces. And IndyPL has partnered with the Beech Grove Library on the Summer Reading Program for years; together, we’re going bigger!

How soon may I start using IndyPL items?
You may start using items June 1, including most of the above mentioned, so check out the catalog now!

What do I need to do to use Beech Grove now that it is part of IndyPL, you ask? Well, that depends…
1. If you already have an IndyPL card, you do nothing.
2. If you’ve already been using the Beech Grove branch and you want access IndyPL resources, initially you’ll continue using your current card for Beech Grove items. We’ll also give you an IndyPL card for IndyPL products. Why? Because we are currently merging our databases.
Once we do that, you’ll use your IndyPL card for everything.

What if I’d like to rent the community room at Beech Grove?
The community room will be added to the list of rentable rooms later this year. We expect to charge the same rate that has currently been used.

May I request an item to be put on hold at another branch within IndyPL?
Yes, you may! With your new IndyPL card, request an item and voilà, it’ll be waiting for you at the branch of your choice. Items may be sent to Beech Grove for hold pick-up starting July 1, 2016.

May I place a hold on something that is only in the Beech Grove catalog to be picked up at my Library branch?
You will be able to in August of 2016, so stay tuned!

How do I apply for an IndyPL card?
The next time you’re in a branch, speak with one of our staff who will get you an application.
Please have a form of ID and one proof of address and we’ll get you taken care of.

Will I start receiving emails from IndyPL?
Yes, if you wish. You can receive emails when a requested item is ready to pick up, when some items are due, when we’re closing for a holiday, and on other occasions. All you have to do is give a staff member at a branch your email address and we’ll email you. If you’d rather not receive emails, let us know.

What if I want to use other branches in the IndyPL system?
Go ahead, we’d love to see you use as many branches as you’d like. Just stop on in. And you can even return items from another branch at any of our locations.

Are the hours for the Beech Grove Branch staying the same?
Hours are changing a bit. New hours are Monday through Wednesday, 10 AM to 8 PM; Thursday and Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM; and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM. This branch will be closed on Sundays.

Is the number for Beech Grove staying the same?
Glad you asked. For the time being, the phone number will stay the same. In a few months, the new number will be (317) 275-4560.

Will I have to pay for any of the new services?
Nope, it’s all FREE with your new IndyPL card!

Does anyone have a guide to the IndyPL Website?
Yes. Click here to get to a quickie guide.

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A look at the IndyPL website, for our new Beech Grove members and anyone who’s interested

June 1, 2016 by Reader's Connection

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Welcome, Beech Grove Branch! As of June 1st, the Beech Grove Public Library is merging with the Indianapolis Public Library. If any of our new library members–or any of our members at all–would like a better understanding of our website, click on some of the questions below. If you have questions that aren’t here, leave a comment.

Also leave a comment if I’m not going into enough detail.

There may be more than one way to get where you want to go, and in some cases I’ll just be telling you about my favorites.

And before we get started, I should say that you can click here to see another set of questions, not web-related, about the Beech Grove-IndyPL merger.

CATALOG – How do I get there?

KID’S CATALOG – Do you have one?

REQUESTING BOOKS & CD’S & DVD’S – How do I do it?

E-BOOKS & AUDIOBOOKS & E-MUSIC – Where are they?

PROBLEMS WITH E-STUFF – How do I get help?

MY ACCOUNT – How do I get there?

RENEWING STUFF – How do I do it?

FINES – Can I pay pay them on the website?

PICK-UP LOCATION – How can I change the library branch where I pick up my requests?

EMAIL ADDRESS – Where can I put in an email address that the library can use to send me messages? Or where can I change that email?

PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER – Where can I change the PIN that I use with my barcode to log in?

ASK A LIBRARIAN – Is there some way I can ask a librarian a question through your website?

SUGGEST FOR PURCHASE – Where do I go to ask the library to add something to their collection?

INTERLIBRARY LOAN – How do I request something from another library system?

LIBRARY BRANCHES – How do I find out where they are?

THE NEWEST – What is the stuff that just arrived?

MOST POPULAR – What is getting checked out most often?

DIGITAL INDY – What is that? Is it true that some Beech Grove High School Yearbooks are there?

BLOGS – How do I get to your incredible, mind-expanding blogs? (Hold up a second. Who wrote this table of contents?)

DATABASES – Do you have an index to magazine articles? Can I read some of the articles while I’m on the web?

STAFF PICKS – Do you have a website feature where the library staff write about their favorite books?

INFO GUIDES – What are those?

 

Catalog

To look for books and CD’s and DVD’s and so on in our catalog, go to the upper right corner of the homepage and click on “Catalog Search.”

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You’ll be taken to SHERLOC, one of IndyPL’s web catalogs. You can enter your search terms and click on Search.

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If you want to be more specific with your search, you can click on Advanced Search.
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The Advanced Search compartment will appear, and you can specify (among other choices) an author’s name, a format (book or DVD or whatever), a series, or publication date. Then click on Search.
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Your results will appear.
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I like SHERLOC, but some people prefer our Standard Catalog. If that’s what you want, click on Standard Catalog on the upper right of the SHERLOC screen.
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You’ll have your choice of alphabetical and keyword searching methods. If you have questions about either catalog, enter a comment on this blog post.
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SHERLOC, Jr.

If you’d like to use a catalog that retrieves only titles specifically selected for children, go to the top of the SHERLOC catalog and click on SHERLOC, Jr.
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You’ll be taken to a catalog where I can’t retrieve any of Lawrence Block’s sometimes hyper-violent Matthew Scudder mysteries (I just tried) but I can retrieve the works of any children’s author that comes to mind.
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Making Requests

TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING REQUESTS:
(1) During the month of June, Beech Grove patrons will be able to request materials from other branches in the system; but they won’t be able to pick them up at Beech Grove until (we think) July 1st. For that first month, they’ll have to select another branch as a pick-up location.
(2) No borrowers in the library system will be able to request material from Beech Grove until (we think) early in August.

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Having said that, it’s pretty easy to request stuff. The Make Request button in SHERLOC is usually on the right, beneath the cover art . . .

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. . . or beneath the sad announcement that there’s no cover art in the catalog.

 

The button on the Standard Catalog is on the lower right of the screen, above the copies list.

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If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to log in with your library card barcode and PIN (last four digits of your barcode, unless you’ve changed it).

It will usually be the case that your home branch will automatically be selected as your pick-up location. But as noted above, prior to June 1st, Beech Grove patrons will have to select another branch for their pick-up location.

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After your pick-up location is selected and you’ve clicked Request, you’ll get one of these confirmation messages.

 

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Remember that certain things can’t be requested from SHERLOC or the Standard Catalog. You can’t request reference books, and for e-materials (e-books, e-audiobooks, e-music, e-movies) you have to go elsewhere.

 

E-books, E-music, E-movies

You can search for most of our e-books and e-audiobooks in our web catalogs, but don’t let our Standard Catalog fool you into thinking you can request them there.

Here’s an e-book version of a Lawrence Block mystery Hope to Die as you see it in our Standard Catalog. Don’t make the mistake of clicking on the Make Request button . . .

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. . . oh, no . . . you’ve done it . . . now you’re wandering down a dark, lonely path . . .

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. . . convinced that you’re going to be able to request this e-book.

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But no. When you try to request it, you’re left in the cold.

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When trying to request eBooks in the Standard Catalog, you need to ignore the Make Request button, and click where it says, URL: Click here to access.

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You will usually be taken to OverDrive, our principal eBook vendor, and it is on this site that you would borrow or request your e-title.

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Sometimes the link to the eBook vendor is wordier . . .

 

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. . . and you link to another vendor, in this case to EBSCO. (This particular e-title is also available on OverDrive, which is where you’ll usually be going for eBooks. Don’t be confused. Everything will work out.)

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In this regard, SHERLOC is more humane than the Standard Catalog. There’s no Request button. Beneath the cover art, there is a To eBook link (or a To eAudiobook link, if that’s what you’re trying to request), and when you click on that will take you to the eBook vendor where you’ll make your request, or download the book, or stream it, or let it flow into your hot tub as a toe-cleansing ointment.

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IF THIS IS ALL TOO COMPLICATED, and you’d rather go straight an eBook vendor–let’s say OverDrive–without searching our catalog for titles, you can do that from our homepage.
In the green Entertainment block there are links to various e-media.

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Most of these are unnecessary. Just click on eBooks & eAudiobooks to the left . . .

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. . . and you’ll be taken to our array of downloadable and streaming materials. Scroll down. There are movies, music, e-magazines, e-books, e-audiobooks and probably more.
 
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Problems with your e-gizmos?

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: On Saturday, June 4th, as we celebrate the merger of Beech Grove PL and IndyPL (and the kick-off of the Summer Reading Program) with a party at Beech Grove (click the picture for details), there will be a eBook Tinker Station on site from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
A Tinker Station Specialist will help you with questions you might have about your e-gadget.

We hope to schedule more Tinker Station visits to the Beech Grove Branch in the near future.

If you’re having trouble with an e-book or e-audiobook on OverDrive, you can go to the top of the OverDrive page and click on Help.
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You’ll be taken to a list of help resources, including training videos. For help with your specific question, you can click on the bottom link, Support.
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Which will take you to the OverDrive help desk, where you can fill in the form and ask your question.
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CONFESSION: I don’t spend much time on the e-page. But if you have questions about eBooks, eAudiobooks, Hoopla, Freegal, Zinio or any other of our e-resources, please leave a comment. If I can’t answer the question–which is likely–I’ll find someone who can.


 

My Account

To get to your account, go back to the top right hand side of the homepage and click on My Account.
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You’ll be asked to enter your barcode and PIN–which, unless you’ve changed it, is the last four digits of your barcode.
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Renewing stuff

When you arrive at the overview of your account, you’ll have many options. We’re going to start with renewals. If you want to renew something, you can click on one of the links that take you to a list of the items you have checked out.

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A list of your checkouts will appear, and you can click and make a check mark by each item you want to renew. (I’m clicking the box at the top, which is a quick way of selecting everything that I have checked out.) Then click the Renew Selected Items button.

When the renewal is complete, the new due dates are over to the right. If some items can’t be renewed–for example if someone else has requested them–a red-letter message appears.

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Paying Fines

There are a couple of links that you can click if you want to pay a fine. On the overview of My Account, you can click where it says Pay your fines online!
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Or, if you want more information, you can click on the Fines and Messages link at the top of the page.
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This patron gets to see what his fine is for. Notice that he is also being informed that a couple of requests are waiting for him.
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If you click on either of the Pay your fines online! links, you are taken to a Payment Information page–hey wait, the patron is me–and you click Yes to proceed.
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There’s a page for your address info . . .
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. . . and a page for credit card info. When everything is filled in, you can click the Complete Payment button, and you’re set.
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Changing your PIN or your pick-up location or email address

 

Down below Fines and Messages on the My Account overview there’s a Profile link. Click on that.
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At your profile you’re able to do three different things:
(1) change the library branch where you pick up your requests.
(2) give the library an email address where they can send you information, OR change that email address.
(3) change your personal identification number (PIN), which you use along with your library card barcode to log in to the site.
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Ask a Librarian

Scrolling down on the My Account Overview, there’s a link to Ask a Librarian.
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There’s also an Ask a Librarian link on the lower right hand of the homepage, so you don’t need to be logged into launch this page.
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You can ask your question–your email address is required–and click Send the Message.
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Scrolling down that Ask a Librarian form, there’s more info about ways to ask questions.
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Suggest for Purchase

 

Back on the My Account Overview, below the Ask a Librarian Link, there’s a Suggest for Purchase link. Click there if you think there’s something that the library should buy.
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You’ll be taken to a page that spells out the rules for purchase suggestions . . .
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. . . and gives you a space to make your suggestion.
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Interlibrary Loan

 

The last link on the My Account Overview is for Interlibrary Loan. Use this if you want IndyPL to borrow something from another library system.
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Click there and you are taken to a page where it is explained that only certain formats of items can be requested from other library systems, and then gives you links to forms where you can request those formats.
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Locations & Hours

 

Want some information about where other library branches are located, and what their hours are? My favorite way to get to that info is on the right hand side of the homepage.
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Click there and you are taken to a list which shows the branch names, phone numbers and hours. I’m working on this blog post ahead of time, and Beech Grove isn’t listed here, yet, so I’m clicking on College Avenue, my neighborhood branch . . .
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. . . and I’m taken to a page with all manner of information.
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New Arrivals

If you’re interested in looking at the materials that have recently arrived at the library, go to the left side of the homepage and click on either New Adult or More New Arrivals. Even if you’re looking for new kids’ books, this is your best link.
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You’ll be taken to a page that displays new kids’ books, fiction books, nonfiction books, music and movies. Little arrows at the end of each row will bring on more titles in that category.
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If you click on New Kids or Kids’ Collection on the homepage . . .
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. . . you are taken to the Kids’ Collection. There are eight new titles here. No magic arrows, but the kids’ blogs and other features are here.
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Most Popular

If you want to know what’s getting checked out the most, go to the Entertainment block on the homepage and click Most Popular.
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You’ll go to a page with the same format breakdown as the New Arrivals page–Fiction, Nonfiction, Kids, Music, Movies–and the same little arrows that roll out more titles.
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Digital Indy

 

If you go to the Resources block on the homepage and click on Digital Collections . . .
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. . . you’ll be taken to Digital Indy, a collection of digitized posters, post cards, letters, high school yearbooks, news magazines and other documents.
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And yes, the newest addition to Digital Indy is a run of Beech Grove High School yearbooks from 1947 to the early 21st Century, with only a few years missing.
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Blogs–Ready to Read, Kids’, TeenScene, Reader’s Connection

The blogs are featured here and there on the website, but the quickest way to look at all of our blogs is to click Reader Blogs on the Entertainment block.
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You’ll be taken to a page where the four of them coexist happily.
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Online Databases

 

There’s a link to the library’s databases on the Resources block.
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It will take you to iLibrary.org. I’ve chosen the alphabetical arrangement. Many of the magazine and journal articles that you find here are available in full text.
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Staff Picks

 

The link to Staff Picks is on the Entertainment block.
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A new adult recommendation is posted just about every week. and at the top of the page there’s a link . . .
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. . . to the Kids’ Staff Picks.
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Info Guides

 

There’s a link to the library’s info guides on The Resources.
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The guides cover a variety of topics. Open some up and see what’s there.
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Book Discussions in June – including the beginning of the Adult Summer Reading Program

May 24, 2016 by Reader's Connection

Our June discussions will go a-roving. Not only is the Warren Branch’s discussion happening at the Irvington Branch, but there are two discussions at the Beech Grove Library (which will become an IndyPL branch on June 1) and, with the advent of the Adult Summer Reading Program, we have discussions at a museum and breweries and elsewhere.

The Warren Library‘s book discussion group will discuss Susan Crandall’s novel Whistling Past the Graveyard on Thursday, June 2nd at 10:30 a.m. — but the discussion will happen at the Irvington Library, do to the ongoing renovations at Warren.

Whistling Past the GraveyardThe South on the eve of the civil rights movement, as seen through the eyes of this novel’s plucky nine-year-old narrator. Starla Claudelle lives in Mississippi with her stern grandma. Her daddy is away working on an oil rig. Her mama has gone to Nashville to be a star, so Starla decides to head there when she gets herself in trouble one too many times. She’s offered a ride by a black woman named Eula, who has with her a white baby found abandoned on the steps of a church. Eula takes Starla and the baby home, but violence forces them back on the road with no money and a truck about to break down. During their long and sometimes perilous trip, Starla sees firsthand what it’s like to be the wrong color in a segregated society, and her keen sense of injustice and need for love help her create a bond with Eula that transcends any barriers . . . Readers will take to Starla and be caught up in her story. — Booklist

Whistling Past the Graveyard is also available as an eBook,an eAudiobook, and an audiobook on CD.

 

 

The Portrait of a Lady

 

On Fridays in June–the 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th–the Shared Reading Group at the East 38th Street Library will continue to read and discuss The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James.

From 10:00 to 11:30, attendees will read aloud (if they wish to), sample refreshments (if they wish to), and discuss. A poem will be read.

 

 

 

 

 

Ann Patchett’s novel State of Wonder, a novel by Ann Patchett, will be discussed at the Wayne Library on Monday, June 6th at 6:30 p.m.

State of WonderMarina Singh gave up a career as a doctor after botching an emergency delivery as an intern, opting instead for the more orderly world of research for a pharmaceutical company. When office colleague Anders Eckman, sent to the Amazon to check on the work of a field team, is reported dead, Marina is asked by her company’s CEO to complete Anders’ task and to locate his body. What Marina finds in the sweltering, insect-infested jungles of the Amazon shakes her to her core. For the team is headed by esteemed scientist Annick Swenson, the woman who oversaw Marina’s residency and who is now intent on keeping the team’s progress on a miracle drug completely under wraps. Marina’s jungle odyssey includes exotic encounters with cannibals and snakes, a knotty ethical dilemma about the basic tenets of scientific research, and joyous interactions with the exuberant people of the Lakashi tribe, who live on the compound. In fluid and remarkably atmospheric prose, Patchett captures not only the sights and sounds of the chaotic jungle environment but also the struggle and sacrifice of dedicated scientists. — Booklist

State of Wonder is also available as an eBook and an audiobook on CD.

 

 

The Glendale Library‘s Cooking Chats will meet on Monday, June 6th at 6:30 p.m. June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables month. Come share smoothie recipes and favorite farmer’s markets.

Featured cookbooks:

The Healthy Smoothie Bible

 

The Healthy Smoothie Bible by Farnoosh Brock

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Ripe by Cheryl Rule

 

Registration is required for this program. Please call 275-4412.

 

Central Library will host a discussion of Michael O. Tunnell’s Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot” on Tuesday, June 7th at 6:00 p.m.

Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's Chocolate raining from the sky is something many children would love, but for children living in blockaded post-World War II West Berlin, the delivery of chocolate via bomber plane meant more than just a treat. It began when American pilot Gail Halvorsen noticed a group of German children and gave them the two pieces of gum he had. When he saw how they passed the gum around “so everyone could breathe in the sweet, minty smell,” he began to deliver gum and candy, dropping them — attached to handkerchief parachutes — from his plane. Halvorsen persuaded his fellow servicemen to donate theirs, and eventually the candy drops became an institution. The copious photographs and the reproductions of the touching letters Halvorsen received bring the children and their gratitude to life. By beginning with these personal stories, Tunnell piques readers’ interest in learning more about the background of the conflict between the Soviets and the Germans, information he provides in later chapters. With its story of the ongoing relationship between the American serviceman and the German children that lasts to the present day, this is not just a glimpse into history but also a look at promoting understanding between former enemies. — Horn Book

Candy Bomber is also available as an eBook

 

 

Susan Orlean’s Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend will be discussed at the Franklin Road Library on Tuesday, June 7th at 6:30 p.m.

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the LegendIn this exceptional book, Orlean portrays the magical bond, which led to lasting international fame, between a special puppy found on a World War I battlefield and Lee Duncan, the man who rescued him. She spent ten years researching and writing their story, a richly textured narrative filled with personal accounts, astute cultural and social backdrops, behind-the-scenes details on film and television, and an informed look at the historical roles of dogs in war, on-screen, and in the home. Orlean describes Rin Tin Tin’s career from the early days in film through the popular 1950s television series. His heroic persona transformed into immortal legend, as subsequent dogs sustained both his name and the noble qualities he symbolized. Duncan and others who were a part of Rinty’s story are honestly yet compassionately portrayed. — Library Journal

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend is also available as an audiobook on CD and in large print.

 

 

Chris Guillebeau’s The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life will be discussed at the Fountain Square Library on Thursday, June 9th at 1:30 p.m.

The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your LifeWhen he set out to visit all of the planet’s countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journey’s biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist – each pursuing a challenging quest. And, interestingly, these quests aren’t just travel-oriented. On the contrary, they’re as diverse as humanity itself. Some involve exploration; others the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence; still others a battle against injustice or poverty or threats to the environment. The more Chris spoke with these strivers, the more he began to appreciate the direct link between questing and long-term happiness — how going after something in a methodical way enriches our lives — and he was compelled to complete a comprehensive study of the phenomenon and extract the best advice. In The Happiness of Pursuit he draws on interviews with hundreds of questers, revealing their secret motivations . . . Publisher’s note

The Happiness of Pursuit is also available as an eBook.

 

 

Gabrielle Zevin’s novel The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry will be discussed at the Irvington Library on Thursday, June 9th at 1:30 p.m.

The Storied Life of A. J. FikryThe only thing that’s “storied” in the life of A.J. Fikry, a curmudgeonly independent bookseller, in this funny, sad novel from Zevin, is his obvious love of literature–particularly short stories. Fikry runs Island Books, located on Alice Island, a fictional version of Martha’s Vineyard. It’s a “persnickety little bookstore,” in the words of Amelia Loman, the new sales rep for Knightley Press. Her first meeting with Fikry does not go well. He’s disgruntled by the state of publishing, and bereft because his beloved wife, Nic, recently died in a car accident. Soon after the meeting, he suffers another loss: a rare first edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Tamerlane (Fikry’s primary retirement asset) goes missing. But then Fikry finds an abandoned toddler in his bookstore with a note saying, “This is Maya. She is twenty-five months old.” Somewhat unbelievably, Maya ends up in his care and, predictably enough, opens the irascible bookseller’s heart. The surprisingly expansive story includes a romance between Fikry and Amelia, and follows Maya to the age of 18 before arriving at a bittersweet denouement. Zevin is a deft writer, clever and witty, and her affection for the book business is obvious. — Publishers Weekly

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is also available as an eBook.

 

 

The Palm at the End of the Mind: Selected Poems and a Play
The Poetry & Lyric Discussion Group at the Beech Grove Library (which will be joining us as an IndyPL branch on June 1st) will meet on Monday, June 13th at 6:30 p.m.
They meet each month to discuss one poem and one song.

TapestryTheir poem in June will be “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens, and their song will be “Tapestry” by Carole King.

 

 

 

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Don’t let this picture scare you. It’s not some sort of mummy thing.

 

This is Summer (1573), by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, and this jolly (if initially alarming) figure is here to help us celebrate our Indiana-related Adult Summer Reading Program.

 

 

 

 

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Other programs connected with the Adult SRP are taking place, but the first full-fledged discussion will take place at the Eiteljorg Museum on Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00 p.m.

Stewart Rafert’s
The Miami Indians of Indiana: A Persistent People, 1654-1994 will be discussed.

I want to tell you. Lacrosse used to be even more violent than it is today. Wait until you read about how the Miamis and other Indians played it.

 

 

And on Monday, June 20th at 5:30 p.m., at the Sun King Brewery, Maria’s Journey by Ramón & Trisha Arredondo will be discussed.

TITLEBorn into the Mexican Revolution, Maria Perez entered an arranged marriage at age fourteen to Miguel Arredondo. The couple and their tiny daughter immigrated to the United States in the 1920s, living in a boxcar while Miguel worked for a Texas railroad and eventually settling in East Chicago, Indiana, where Miguel worked for Inland Steel. Their story includes much of early-twentieth-century America: the rise of unions, the plunge into the Great Depression, the patriotism of World War II, and the starkness of McCarthyism. It is flavored by delivery men hawking fruit and ice, street sports, and Saturday matinees that began with newsreels. Immigration status colors every scene, adding to their story deportation and citizenship, generational problems unique to new immigrants, and a miraculous message of hope. — Publisher’s note

Maria’s Journey is also available as an eBook.

 

 

Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You will be discussed at the Pike Library on Monday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m.

Everything I Never Told YouA teenage girl goes missing and is later found to have drowned in a nearby lake, and suddenly a once tight-knit family unravels in unexpected ways. As the daughter of a college professor and his stay-at-home wife in a small Ohio town in the 1970s, Lydia Lee is already unwittingly part of the greater societal changes going on all around her. But Lydia suffers from pressure that has nothing to do with tuning out and turning on. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting. Her mother is white, and their interracial marriage raises eyebrows and some intrusive charges of miscegenation. More troubling, however, is her mother’s frustration at having given up medical school for motherhood, and how she blindly and selfishly insists that Lydia follow her road not taken. The cracks in Lydia’s perfect-daughter foundation grow slowly but erupt suddenly and tragically, and her death threatens to destroy her parents and deeply scar her siblings. Tantalizingly thrilling, Ng’s emotionally complex debut novel captures the tension between cultures and generations with the deft touch of a seasoned writer. Ng will be one to watch. — Booklist

Everything I Never Told You is also available as an eBook, an eAudiobook, and in large print.

 

 

Andy Weir’s blockbuster novel The Martian will be discussed at the Lawrence Library on Tuesday, June 21st at 10:15 a.m.

The Martian

Weir combines the heart-stopping with the humorous in this brilliant debut novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars. When its mission is scrubbed as a result of a powerful windstorm, the team of Ares 3 move from their habitat to the ascent vehicle. In transit, Mark Watney’s spacesuit is punctured by debris, knocking him unconscious and disabling the suit’s biosign monitor so that he appears to be dead. When he regains consciousness, Mark realizes that his crew has left him: “I’m pretty much fucked.” Now all he has to do is survive, reestablish communications, find a source of food, and last until the next mission to Mars. Like TV’s MacGyver, Mark does have a few potatoes, lots of duct tape, and plenty of resourcefulness. If only Mars would stop trying to kill him and the crew had left behind something other than disco music and 1970s sitcoms for entertainment. VERDICT By placing a nail-biting life-and-death situation on Mars and adding a snarky and wise-cracking nerdy hero, Weir has created the perfect mix of action and space adventure. Mark is hilarious, which makes the terror of marooned death on Mars not just bearable but downright fun. — Library Journal

The Martian is also available as an eBook, an audiobook on CD, and in large print.

 

 

If Someone Says “You Complete Me,” Run!: Whoopi’s Big Book of Relationships will be discussed at the Spades Park Library on Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00 p.m.

If Someone Says Goldberg, performer and cohost of the talk show The View, shares her wisdom on love and relationships in this no-nonsense guide to personal fulfillment. She denounces the false expectations engendered by popular music, films, fairy tales, and even Viagra commercials that depict an unachievable romantic ideal, imploring readers to “get your heads out of your butts.” The title, originally a line from the 1996 film Jerry Maguire, refers to Goldberg’s recommendation to have a full life and a complete identity that’s wholly your own, for as Goldberg notes sagely, “If they complete you, they can deconstruct you as well.” A chapter on “red flags” advises readers on bad behaviors to watch out for, issued along with the all-important and easily forgettable proclamation that “you can’t change him.” Goldberg’s views on sex in and outside of relationships, particularly for older people, are progressive, sensitive, and spot-on . . . This is a funny, conversational (at times rambling), and occasionally profane take on modern romance from a legendary humorist, and is an entertaining if not entirely necessary addition to the canon. — Publishers Weekly

If Someone Says “You Complete Me,” Run! is also available as an audiobook on CD and in large print.

 

 

The Adult Summer Reading Program continues as Kate Alcott’s A Touch of Stardust is discussed at the Arts Council of Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00 p.m.

A Touch of StardustClark Gable and Carole Lombard’s passionate romance, fragile Vivien Leigh, and complicated and creative Margaret Mitchell come to life in this captivating novel set during the filming of Gone with the Wind. Alcott (The Dressmaker; The Daring Ladies of Lowell) knows how to write historical fiction, and she has an almost embarrassingly extensive wealth of subject matter here: the glamour, the backbiting, the gossip fed by columnists such as Louella Parsons, and daily crises on the set owing to controlling producer David O. Selznick. Alcott doesn’t neglect the uglier side of this period: Gable is recruited by the film’s African American cast members to protest the segregated bathrooms on the set (which he did by threatening to quit if it wasn’t changed); anti-Semitism is rampant, and the protagonist, Julie Crawford from Fort Crawford, IN, endures blatant sexism in her quest to become a screenwriter. Her romance with handsome Jewish assistant producer Andy Weinstein, who is concerned about his relatives’ safety in Europe, brings impending World War II into the picture. — Library Journal

A Touch of Stardust is also available as an eBook, an eAudiobook, an audiobook on CD, and in large print.

 

 

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The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site will host a discussion of Michael S. Maurer’s books 19 Stars of Indiana : Exceptional Hoosier Women and 19 Stars of Indiana : Exceptional Hoosier Men on Saturday, June 25th at 2:00 p.m.

 

 

Author Francesca Zappia will join in a discussion of her book Made You Up on Monday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Beech Grove Branch.

Made You Up

Nothing is what it seems in Zappia’s debut novel. Diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic at age 14, Alexandra Ridgemont, a senior entering a new high school after an infamous graffiti episode, meets Miles, a boy she believes she conjured in childhood. Her uncertainty and the pressures of a new school create an unraveling of the barriers between imagination and reality. Told from Alex’s perspective, Zappia’s story submerges readers into a world where they, too, are left unsure of what to trust. As the stakes get higher for Alex–with obstacles that include a principal who fanatically worships a scoreboard, a fellow student buckling under family pressure, and her mother’s threats of hospitalizing her–the truth continues to blur. Despite support from Miles, who comes to her aid even as he struggles with an abusive father and alexithymia, Alex must push past increasingly frightening hallucinations to uncover a surprising secret . . . Alex’s sardonic voice and the rapid, Heathers-like dialogue will hold readers’ interest. — Publisher’s Weekly

Made You Up is also available as an eBook.

 

 

The final Adult Summer Reading discussion for June will transpire at Books and Brews on Tuesday, June 28th at 6:00 p.m. Michael Koryta’s So Cold the River will be discussed.

So Cold the RiverEric Shaw’s promising career as a Hollywood cinematographer crashed and burned. Now he’s back in Chicago, making “video life portraits” of recently deceased people. One of these portraits brings a new commission: Eric is to travel to tiny West Baden, Indiana, and document the early years of Campbell Bradford, a wealthy, about-to-die Chicago businessman who was born in West Baden but has never spoken about his childhood. Within hours of his arrival, Eric experiences a vivid and portentous vision and hallucinations that seem related to the town’s mineral springs. Signs and portents of a resident evil bombard him as he researches his project, and eventually the evil becomes manifest. After successes with noirish mysteries, Koryta has ventured into genre-bending, successfully melding thriller elements to a horror story that recalls Stephen King. His tight, clear prose makes West Baden as creepy as Transylvania, and Eric is a compellingly flawed protagonist. Legions of King and Peter Straub devotees will be delighted by this change of direction; Koryta’s hard-boiled fans may feel a bit nonplussed at first, but they, too, will fall under the spell of this very strange Indiana town. — Booklist

So Cold the River is also available as an eBook and an eAudiobook.

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Omar Tyree will be at East 38th Street’s Local Author Fair

May 19, 2016 by Reader's Connection

 

There’s a Summer Reading Program party at the East 38th Street Branch on Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 to 3:30. Hot dogs and entertainment will be provided.

 

Capital City

 

That same day, from 10:00 to 4:00, the branch will host their third Annual Local Author Fair. Local authors will take part in panel discussions at 12:45 and 3:00 pm.

 

Flyy Girl

 

At 2:00 pm, bestselling author Omar Tyree will speak. He’ll promote a new movie based on his novel Flyy Girl, and he’ll lead a discussion.

 

Welcome to Dubai

 

Come and enjoy the fun and food and discussion.

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