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
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.
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!
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!!
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!
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.