CDs & shoes can be recycled?

What do these three items have in common? All three can be recycled!
And bras, too? You might be in the middle of cleaning out your room before heading off to college or just ready for a change.

Nike collects old tennis shoes, regardless of their condition or brand, and turns them into gymnasium floors and running tracks.  So, rescue that pair of sneaks from the trash and visit Nike’s Reuse a Shoe site to find a collection location near you.

Got a drawer full of old bras, ones you’ve outgrown or just didn’t work with your favorite shirt?  They too, can be recycled.  Titled the “Bosom Buddy” program, this organization takes your discards and distributes them to women staying in transitional housing.  For more information visit The Bra Recyclers.  This donation will require postage, as there is not a drop-off location in Indiana.

Read that book infinitum or downloaded that favorite CD to your MP3 player?  Visit Swaptree and find out how you can trade in that unwanted CD for another that you have been dying to add to your collection. There is a shipping cost.  Also, if you are under 18, you will need to get your parents involved to participate.  Other alternatives to consider are donating your used book or CD to IMCPL for their Secondhand Prose book sale or visiting local resale shops like Half-Price Books.

Remember to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!
For more on recycling visit Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Indiana  Recycling  Coalition  .

The Summer Teen Film Series

Ready to watch some movies at the library? If some of these titles appeal to you, click on the Schedule links to find out when and where they’ll be shown.

American Teen (PG-13) 95 minutes

Billed as the documentary version of The Breakfast Club, this film follows four high school students in Warsaw, Indiana from September of their Senior year right up until graduation. This film is a fascinating snapshot of the frustrations of small town kids on the cusp of adulthood dealing with heartache, social hierarchy, and the other pressures. Schedule

The Blind Side (PG-13) 128 minutes

This film is the remarkable true story of Michael Oher. He grew up a homeless youngster from a broken home. Michael was taken in by a wealthy family who helped him fulfill his potential as a person and as an athlete. Stars Academy-Award winning actress Sandra Bullock. Schedule

Coraline (PG) 100 minutes

Coraline is a curious young girl who unlocks a mysterious door in her family’s new home and enters into an adventure in a parallel reality. On the surface, this “Other World” eerily mimics her own life. Coraline must rely on her resourcefulness, determination and bravery to get back home. Nominated for an Academy, this film is based on Neil Gaiman’s work of the same title. Schedule

Fame (PG) 107 minutes

This film is an updated version of the 1980 musical which centers on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts. This school provides a facility where the most gifted and talented public school students of New York City could study various aspects of the performing arts. Schedule

My Sister’s Keeper (PG-13) 106 minutes

After their daughter is stricken with leukemia, a couple conceives another child who can provide a donor match. The family is torn apart when, after countless surgeries, transfusions and shots so that her older sister Kate can somehow fight leukemia, the healthy younger sibling sues her parents for the right to decide how her body is used. Schedule

9 (PG-13) 79 minutes

The animated feature is set in a post-apocalyptic world where rag dolls band together to survive. A rag doll named 9 happens upon a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. 9 convinces the others that they must stand and fight to survive. Schedule

Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself (PG-13) 113 minutes

When Madea catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she delivers the young delinquents to their Aunt April. April wants nothing to do with the kids but her cold heart softens with the arrival of the handsome Sandino who challenges April to open her heart to the new possibilities of family, faith … and even true love. Schedule

Where the Wild Things Are (PG) 101 minutes

This adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story follows Max, a disobedient little boy who is sent to bed without his supper. Max creates an imaginary forest world populated by the wild things who embrace Max as their ruler. Schedule

The Princess and the Hound, by Mette Ivie Harrison

TITLEI have to admit that what first attracted me to The Princess and the Hound was the cover: a beautiful princess in a bejeweled green velvet dress standing solemnly but regally, her loyal and noble black hound alert by her side.  Surprisingly, the book isn’t primarily about the girl or her dog. Instead, the tale is told through the eyes of a young prince named George, heir to the kingdom of Kendel. As a child, George is intrigued by his mother’s ability to speak to animals….in their own tongue. Her mastery of the horse language is especially amazing. George quickly learns that the Queen’s special gift—and his own developing talent for the so-called animal magic—must never be revealed. Throughout the kingdom such magic is equated with witchcraft or sorcery and its practitioners put to death if found out.  Like his mother then—and especially after her early death–George finds he must live only a strange half-life, never fully bonding with anyone lest they discover his dreadful secret. When he comes of age George learns that he is to marry young Princess Beatrice of Sarrey …who has her own secrets that she shares only with Marit, the wild black hound who is constantly at her side. George senses a different kind of magic at play here, but the aloof, almost hostile Beatrice shares nothing with her betrothed. What will George lose if he at last unleashes his animal magic to save Beatrice and Marit from the spell that binds them together….and what will it mean for the princess and her hound?

Getting Crafty

Summer is just around the corner and now is the time to be thinking about ways to keep busy.  Often thoughts are directed at making money:  to save for college; to earn money to help out at home; to have spending money for the swimming pool, movies, concerts or grabbing a burger.  One way to stave off boredom and maybe even make some money is to tap into your creative powers.  Crafts are fun, make terrific gifts and are popular selling items at festivals, fairs and even yard sales.  Here are samples of crafts made in programs at the Fountain Square Library and a few titles of books available to spark your ideas.  Happy Crafting!





 Duct Tape!




Got Tape? : Roll Out the Fun with Duct Tape!

Got Tape? : Roll Out the Fun with Duct Tape! : 25+ Quick and Easy Duct Tape Projects for the Whole Family by Ellie Schiedermayer







Ductigami : The Art of the Tape

Ductigami : The Art of the Tape by Joe Wilson



























Plush You! : Lovable Misfit Toys to Sew and Stuff

Plush You! : Lovable Misfit Toys to Sew and Stuff by Kristen Rask






Invasion of the Plush Monsters!

Invasion of the Plush Monsters! : Wickedly Weird Creatures You Just Gotta Sew by Veronika Alice Gunter









Everyday Life


Craftcycle: 100+ Eco-Friendly Projects and Ideas for Everyday Living

Craftcycle: 100+ Eco-Friendly Projects and Ideas for Everyday Living by Heidi Boyd








The Crafty Diva's Lifestyle Makeover

The Crafty Diva’s Lifestyle Makeover : Awesome Ideas to Spice up Your Life by Kathy Cano-Murillo







 Interested in making jewelry?

  Check out these titles:
Street-Chic Jewellery

Street-Chic Jewellery by Susie Johns









Cool Jewels: Beading Projects for Teens

Cool Jewels: Beading Projects for Teens by Naomi Fujimoto

National Library Week

Have you been to your library lately?  Don’t forget to visit your local branch for several interesting things like books, CDs, magazines to checkout or the website ( for downloadable, blogs for children and teens, staff reviews of materials, story times, book clubs, or other library related happenings like the McFadden Lecture.

How many of you know that this week is known as National Library Week, along with National Bookmobile Day on April 14th?

Interesting IMCPL facts:

1927 Circulation hits 2,000,000
1991 Circulation hits 7,000,000
2009 Circulation hits 17,000,000
1981 VHS available to checkout
1986 Audiocassettes available for checkout
1997 All branches have personal computers available
1997 Website debuts

Just think how the library has changed since 1997.  What library changes have happened or are happening in your life time?
Why not start celebrating National Library Week by reading a book from any of the following award lists:
Alex Awards
Margaret A. Edwards Awards
William C. Morris YA Debut Award

Odyssey Award
Michael L. Printz Award
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults