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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.

Start the New Year with some fantastic Indiana authors!

Mike Mullin




After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.




Christine Johnson

Claire de Lune


Claire de Lune

On her sixteenth birthday Claire discovers strange things happening and when her mother reveals their family secret which explains the changes, Claire feels her world, as she has known it to be, slowly slipping away.









After the tragic events of the summer, Claire wants to worry about nothing but finding the perfect dress for the Autumn Ball, but her worst nightmares come true when someone learns that she is a werewolf, placing everyone she knows at risk.





   Helen Frost




When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra’s father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back.






 The Vespertine

Saundra Mitchell

The Vespertine

It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions that offer glimpses of the future. When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos.



 Julia Karr




Preparing to receive a government-mandated tattoo declaring her sexual readiness to the public at sixteen, Nina is shattered by a brutal attack on her mother, who before dying reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past.








A sequel to XVI continues the story of Nina Oberon, who joins a teen Resistance group to end a terrifying program by the Governing Council that further victimizes unprotected young women.







 John Green

The Fault in Our Stars


The Fault in Our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis, but when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Thanksgiving: Nom Nom Nom

Now that you’re a teen, you may want to help out with Thanksgiving dinner. The library has cook books just for you! Click here. 
Also, a recipe to get you started:

Yum, Yum Dessert

1 10oz (maybe 12 oz) bag of Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips
1 10oz (maybe 12 oz) bag of Ghirardelli white chocolate chips
Saltine crackers
Cocoa Krispies cereal
Toffee bits
1 box of Jiffy white cake mix

On a baking sheet, lay out the saltines end to end covering the entire pan.  Melt the dark chocolate chips in a mixing bowl – this can be done in a microwave (see tips below).  Be sure the microwave-safe bowl is dry.  Pour the melted chocolate on top of the saltines and spread out.   Sprinkle Cocoa Krispies on top of the chocolate.  Place pan into the fridge for 5 minutes, to cool.  Melt white chocolate in the same way.  Add 1 cup of white cake mix to the melted white chocolate.   Mix together well.  This will create a very thick mixture – you may need to add a little water…heat to help the water absorb and thin the mixture a bit – this part is a bit tricky.
Drizzle mixture out over the dark chocolate and crackers.  Sprinkle toffee bits on top, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours (or at least until hard).

Break into pieces to eat.   You’ll need to use your hands, because it will be really hard.

Store leftovers in the fridge, otherwise the dessert will melt and get messy!

Have fun!

For tips for melting chocolate in the microwave visit:

Contributed, taste tested and teen approved by Jeanine Fox (and her daughter) from the infoZone.
Do you have a great recipe to share? Please add it in the comments!