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Summer is Almost Here!

Just a few more days before summer begins. We can’t believe it either. It’s almost summer and the memories are just waiting to happen. Some kids just sleep in every day and take it one day at a time. Others plan every moment out to maximize the fun. So, our question for you is: “What are you going to do this summer?”


Of course, our first suggestion is to participate in the Summer Reading Program at the Library. Details are here. Don’t let it pass you by. This year’s prizes are pretty sweet.


Need something else? Here’s a couple of ideas:

• Visit a big city: Mom and Dad probably aren’t going to let you go to Chicago or Cincinnati by yourself, but they might let you plan the trip. Show off your skills with a budget and do some research to see what’s available. We’ve got the books to help!



• Volunteer at your local agency, hospital, shelter or church. There are always those who need help and those who provide it. Interested in medicine later on? Find a hospital to volunteer in and soak up some atmosphere while you help people.


There are so many other things to do. Learn to play guitar. Take up painting. Play a sport. Learn macramé. Figure out how computers really work. The list goes on and on.

Whatever you decide to do, the best place to start is the library. Stop by your local branch today and get started!!

–from Michael

A Guide to Disability Etiquette

People with disabilities sometimes make us feel awkward. We see something or hear something that makes us uncomfortable and we just freeze up. Or look away. Or turn around. But they’re people, too.
You know what we’re talking about.

“I see this person everyday, but I never know what to say.”

“One time, I bumped the wheelchair and she got angry. Why?”

“I want to ask him questions, but have no idea how to ask.”

“Do I offer help to someone or will that make them mad?”

….and more and more
What can you do? How do you act? What’s the right word? Well, the Mayor’s Advisory Council on People with Disabilities recently completed a 1-page etiquette guide that I wanted to share with everyone. It’s called “Celebrating Diversity: A Guide to Disability Etiquette”. Here’s the guide.
Hope this helps!

A Message for Teens from Library CEO Jackie Nytes (and the Library’s Teen Films for July 8 – 14)

OK, maybe when you were a little kid, you lost a library book and your folks said it was up to you to find the money to pay for it and you couldn’t do that so you ended up not using the library any more. Well, now, with Earn and Learn, this is your chance to clean up your card even if you don’t have a job or the money to do it—it is within your power to “read it clean” and while cleaning up your room can be a drag, cleaning up the fines and charges on your library card will open the door to all kinds of fun this summer and help insure greater success when you go back to school this fall… I really hope you will join us this summer for this program because we would love to have you back at the Library, checking out things and exploring all the Library has to offer you!

M. Jacqueline Nytes
Chief Executive Officer
Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library

And here are the teen movies we’ll be showing July 8 – 14. Click on any title to see where else it will be playing this summer.



Tue., July 10, 3:00 pm

Joyful Noise


Tue., July 10, 5:45 pm

Stomp the Yard


Tue., July 10, 6:00 pm

Real Steel


Wed., July 11, 6:00 pm

War Horse

Fountain Square

Fri., July 13, 2:00 pm

Stomp the Yard

Spades Park

Fri., July 13, 3:00 pm

Madea’s Big Happy Family


Fri., July 13, 3:00 pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol


Fri., July 13, 3:00 pm

Madea’s Big Happy Family


Sat., July 14, 2:00 pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

College Avenue

Sat., July 14, 2:00 pm

Real Steel


Sat., July 14, 2:00 pm

Get ready for some football!

While you’re waiting for the big game, check out these football stories from the library.

Dairy Queen


Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her. 




Gym Candy


Gym Candy by Carl Deuker

Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.





Leverage by Joshua Cohen

High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.




Shooting Star


Shooting Star by Fred McKissack Jr.

Jomo Rogers, a naturally talented athlete, starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order to be an even better high school football player, but finds his life spinning out of control as his game improves.






Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
Fed up with the increasingly violent rivalry between the football and soccer teams at Hamilton High, Lissa and other players’ girlfriends go on strike, but the girls will succeed only if their libidos can be controlled longer than the boys’ can.