April is National Poetry Month

You can celebrate National Poetry Month by checking out some of these novels in verse at your Indy PL!

audacityAUDACITY by Melanie Crowder.

Available in Print.

“A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women’s labor rights in the early 20th century in New York.”–
Provided by publisher.

Read reviews and more on Goodreads.

Follow Melanie Crowder on Facebook and Twitter.


capCapricious by Gabrielle Prendergast.

Available in Print.

“Ella’s grade-eleven year was a disaster (Audacious), but as summer approaches, things are looking up. She’s back together with her brooding boyfriend, Samir, although they both want to keep that a secret. She’s also best buddies with David and still not entirely sure about making him boyfriend number two. Though part of her wants to conform to high school norms, the temptation to be radical is just too great. Managing two secret boyfriends proves harder than Ella expected, especially when Samir and David face separate family crises, and Ella finds herself at the center of an emotional maelstrom. Someone will get hurt. Someone risks losing true love. Someone might finally learn that self-serving actions can have public consequences. And that someone is Ella.”–Amazon.

Read reviews and more on Goodreads.

Follow Gabrielle Prendergast on Facebook and Twitter.

rumbleRumble by Ellen Hopkins.

Available in Print, e-Book.

Eighteen-year-old Matt’s atheism is tested when, after a horrific accident of his own making that plunges him into a dark, quiet place, he hears a voice that calls everything he has ever disbelieved into question.

Read reviews and more on Goodreads.

Follow Ellen Hopkins on FacebookTwitter, tumblr, and Pinterest.

Read your favorite magazines online for free

Did you know that the library offers access to your favorite magazines online? Check out Zinio, the world’s largest newsstand. Zinio offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from your library’s collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

  • Mobile apps — Read magazines on 95% of today’s mobile devices including iOS (Apple), Android, Win8, and Kindle Fire/HD/HDX.
  • Current Issues — New issues are released simultaneously with the print edition. Many are available before they arrive at your library and are ready for immediate download.
  • Back List — As your collection grows, so does the digital backlist for anytime checkout and reading.
  • Easy browsing and checkout — Browse your library’s collection of titles one at a time, search for your favorite magazines by title or use the convenient category feature to find new magazines which meet your interests.
  • Manage your collection — Using the personal account you create, you will have the opportunity to checkout magazines and read them instantly on your computer (both PC and Mac) or access the content on a portable media device. (Note: viewing options, including the ability to download or view the content while online, may differ based on the device and/or magazine publisher).
  • No limit permanent check out — Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you wish

Spotlight on Realistic Books about Anxiety Disorders for Teens

The Nature of JadeThe nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

Seattle high school senior Jade’s life is defined by her anxiety disorder and dysfunctional family, until she spies a mysterious boy with a baby who seems to share her fascination with the elephants at a nearby zoo.

Available in Print and Downloadable Audiobook.




Anything but TypicalAnything but typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.

Available in Print, Downloadable Audiobook, and CD Audiobook.




Waiting for YouWaiting for you by Susane Colasanti

Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Marisa, who has an anxiety disorder, decides that this is the year she will get what she wants–a boyfriend and a social life–but things do not turn out exactly the way she expects them to.

Available in Print, CD Audiobook, E-book, and Downloadable Audiobook.



4Stupid fast by Geoff Herbach

Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of “Squirrel Nut” to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family’s past and current problems.

Available in Print, E-book, and CD Audiobook.



5Dr. Bird’s advice for sad poets by Evan Roskos

A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house.

Available in Print.




6I don’t want to be crazy by Samatha Schutz

A poetry memoir in which the author tells of the pressures that led her to suffer debilitating anxiety attacks, and the path she took to coping and recovery.

Available in Print and E-book.





  • Check out these books at your local Indy PL. Have you read a great book about teens with anxiety? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!

Fall Fest 2014 is coming!

fall fest

FALL FEST LECTURE AND Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge IX

Raising the Bar:

I am Connected, Unique, and Powerful

Individuals of all ages are invited for an afternoon of inspiration and cultural entertainment during this program sponsored by the Library’s African-American History Committee. Featured speaker will be Tamika Catchings, former WNBA MVP with the Indiana Fever who’s the author of the book, “Dreams Are for Catching: Discovering the Star in You, the Inspiring Story of Tamika Catchings.”

In addition, an awards ceremony and poetry performance will feature winners of the teen Slammin’ Rhymes Poetry Challenge IX.(Entry deadline for Marion County students in grades 9 – 12 was October 27.) This year’s theme is “Raising the Bar – I am Connected, Unique and Powerful!”

There will also be performances by the Sankofa Fare Institute African dance and drum ensemble; R&B, jazz and blues musician Goldie Johnson, the Deckademic DJ School, the Top Flight All Stars of Indiana elite cheerleading team; and poet and spoken word artist Manon “Voice” Bullock

This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Central Library, Clowes Auditorium

40 East St. Clair St.

12:00 – 4:00 PM

Presented by The Indianapolis Public Library African American History Committee, this program, to be held in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium, is made possible by the Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation; The Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund; The Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund; and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.


Open Letter to Teens

Dear Teens,
We would like to hear from you, yes, YOU! Now is the chance for you to speak and be heard. Let us know what types of programs you would be interested in attending at your local library or downtown at Central. Are crafts your thing? Do you like to Cook? Do gadgets and gizmos excite you? Do you love technology? Are you athletic or interested in being fit and healthy? Do you love to read and discuss books, or is music your thing? Are you a movie buff? Maybe you love animals? Here’s your chance to be heard and share some of YOUR ideas for some awesome future programs created just for you, the Teens of the Indy Public Library, by some awesome people who want to provide services that engage, inspire and excite you!!

Leave your comments below with all your awesome ideas and be on the lookout in the future for some teen-inspired programs created just for you!



— Michelle Frost