Holidays in Indianapolis

With the snow over the weekend, it is looking like winter is here a bit early. We love the look of the season. There’s so much to do, though! Finals! Shopping! Family Get-togethers! Holiday celebrations!

What’s that? Want some more? Here’s a few ideas for you to try out this month…

Library branches are hosting a program called Holiday Origami. You’ll get a chance to get folding during this program that’s presented by Art with a Heart. You’ll learn basic folds and create your own holiday masterpieces.

Every evening, Wednesday through Sunday during the month of December, surround yourself with the magic and beauty of the holiday season as the Indianapolis Zoo hosts its 45th year of Christmas at the Zoo. Details are here.

The Children’s Museum has a great holiday celebration every winter. Check out Jolly Days at the Children’s Museum this year!

One of our favorite things to do is climb into the car and go look at the lights. Several neighborhoods are locally famous for their light shows. There’s Christmas on Victory in Carmel, and of course, the HUGE display at the Reynolds John Deere dealership in Noblesville at 126th and SR 37. Make sure to allow extra time. Lines can be VERY long!

What do you like to do during this time of year? Let us know in the comments below!

Orleans, by Sherri L. Smith

OrleansIf you’ve had enough of flesh-eating zombies, but still enjoy novels with post-apocalyptic themes, try Orleans, by Sherri L Smith. The author of Flygirl (a fictionalized account of a “lighter-skinned” African American female who passes for white in order to join WASP [Women Airforce Service Pilots]), stretches her story-telling skills by penning a dystopian novel of post-Katrina New Orleans where a virus has killed most of the Gulf Coast residents. Only those without tainted blood survive. Survivors find food, family, shelter, and protection by aligning themselves tribally by blood type, rather than by race/ethnicity.

Hardscrabble Fern de la Guerre must deliver a newborn baby girl to the Outer States before her blood is contaminated by the Delta Fever virus. Aided by Daniel, a scientist from outside Orleans, Fern embarks on a dangerous journey to ensure the baby girl is given an opportunity for a virus-free life.

Recommended by Rhonda Oliver, Brightwood Library

Happy Thanksgiving this week from the Indianapolis Public Library!

First things first, we’re closed this Thursday on Thanksgiving Day, and we close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the day before. If you need to renew materials, look up some cool in one of our databases, download free music or ebooks, our web branch at www.imcpl.org is open 24/7 to serve your needs.

Now on to the holiday. If the thought of gathering around a table with your relatives drives you bonkers (especially if you sit at the little kids table), maybe it’s time to do something a little different this Thanksgiving. There are several opportunities for you to volunteer over the weekend, here’s just a few.

Gleaners Food Bank – Help with serving Thanksgiving dinners to the homeless or to other drives. Contact information: 3737 Waldemere Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46241
(317) 925-0191

Mozel Sanders Foundation – Call 317) 636-7985 or click here.

You could always try a local religious organization, several are offering dinners or other help for needy families at this time.

Finally, if the volunteer bug bites you harder than just for the weekend, try VolunteerMatch.org.

If you know of someone who needs a Thanksgiving dinner, check out this Indy Star feature on free Thanksgiving meals.

Hoping your Thanksgiving is the best,
The Teen Scene staff.

Teen Read Week – winding down….

Short blog today. Did you know that there is still time to enter to win a signed copy of one of Jeff Belanger’s books! He was GREAT at our Hunting the Haunted event on October 19th at Central Library. Not only that, you’ll also be entered into the grand prize drawing for an iPad! This is part of the our celebration of Teen Read Week. Hurry, the drawing takes place on October 31st!