Going to the State Fair?

We have to tell you when we think of the State Fair, the first thing we think of is deep-fried anything. Twinkies, Snickers, Butter, oh yeah. After that it’s a mish-mash of rides and games along the Midway, some really good music, pigs and cows and sheep and…, well, you get the idea.

The State Fair has announced that 2013 is officially “The Year of Popcorn”

But it’s always the Fair food that is first. Did you know that there is actually a LOT to eat at the State Fair that is pretty good for you and under 350 calories? What? It’s true! Check out this page for more information: Healthy Food Options at the Indiana State Fair. What’s that? Forget the healthy stuff? SHOW ME THE DEEP-FRIED GOODNESS? Okay, here’s a State Fair cookbook for you! Picnics – Potlocks and Prizewinners. Nomnomnom.

So this State Fair thing…. How long have they been around? What did it look like back in the beginning? To answer these questions and a lot more, try out this title: The Great Indiana State Fair at 150: A Pictorial Celebration by Stephen Baker. Full of pictures and more from the history of the State Fair, you’ll enjoy it!

Last but not least, Tuesday, August 13, 2013 is Turkey Hill $2 day. If you’re not in school yet or even want to go in the evening, click here for a $2 admission coupon.

Can’t go to the Fair? Click here for an Indianapolis Star section of pictures, stories and more.

However you can, enjoy the Fair!


Where did the summer go?

We’re sure that a few of you would have welcomed this in June, while others of you are in denial about the beginning of school even today. No matter how you feel, it’s bound to happen: school either started today or is starting in the next few weeks. Either way, we hope you’ve had a great summer full of books, relaxing, sun, swimming and everything else that makes summer so great.

We’re here to help you ease back into the school mindset, so take some time to explore some of these books about high school, middle school, and all of the interesting dilemmas and such of being a student.

Here’s to a great school year! Have fun reading and Carpe Diem!*

Simply Alice


Simply Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

It’s Alice’s first year of high school and she’s nervous and excited at the same time. As she attempts to juggle challenges with friends, family, and school activities, Alice begins to feel better about herself than ever before.





The Chocolate War


The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Jerry is a high school freshman who one day makes a decision that’s unpopular among his classmates-and it will change his whole life. Jerry’s persistence and determination not only catches the attention of an elite group of bullies, but also from the corrupt administration of the school.




The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things


The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

Ginny is an overweight, self-conscious sophomore at a private high school in Manhattan. She doesn’t want anyone to know how overweight she is, so she wears baggy clothing. After several situations, Ginny gains control of her life. She realizes that she must understand who she is on the inside and that this is much more important than external appearances.


Looking for Alaska


Looking for Alaska by John Green

Bored, bored, bored. Miles is 16 and ready for a change, ready to start leading a life full of more adventure than monotony. After he transfers to an Alabama boarding school, he meets beautiful, eccentric Alaska, who fills his life in more ways than he could have ever expected.



*Seize The Day!

Dazzling Duct Tape!

From Michael:

It’s already the second week of the Summer Reading Program. Can you believe it? Hope you are all reading for yourselves and saving points for something really nice. How about a Indiana State Fair pass? Or maybe a Haunted House Pass? Or perhaps something else, let us know in the comments below!

Meanwhile, be sure to check out your local branch for a TEENS-ONLY workshop: Duct Tape Messenger Bag Workshop. You’ll be using duct tape and some pretty sharp cutting tools to create a one-of-a-kind messenger bag. But hurry! Only 15 seats are available for each session and they are going to fill up fast! Here’s the list of workshops.

Can’t wait for the workshop? Want to make something else? We’ve got books for that. Try one of the titles below.

Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape)


Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape)



Stick it!  99 D.I.Y. Duct Tape Projects


Stick it! 99 D.I.Y. Duct Tape Projects



Go Crazy with Duct Tape


Go Crazy with Duct Tape



The Duct Tape Book


The Duct Tape Book


Tape It & Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities


Tape It & Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities



Crazy Cool Duct Tape Projects


Crazy Cool Duct Tape Projects



Dazzling Duct Tape Designs


Dazzling Duct Tape Designs


There’s also a Duct Tape craft website.

Take a picture of something you made or want to make and leave a link in the comments below.

Tiger Eyes at the Movies

We’ve talked about summer movies in a past blog, but this one almost passed us by! Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes has been made into a movie and it’s coming out June 7th. It stars Willa Holland as Davey, Amy Jo Johnson (former Felicity star) as Davey’s mom, Cynthia Stevenson as Bitsy and Tatanka Means (The Host) as Wolf.

Tiger EyesIf you don’t remember the book, here’s a quick review: Davey is a girl whose life is turning upside down. Her dad was killed in a robbery, her mom has decided to move to New Mexico to start over, and Davey has no anchors in her life anymore. Hiking in the neighboring canyons, she meets a mysterious boy named Wolf. He leads her on a path of self-discovery, forgiveness and healing, but the journey is so hard. Will she make it?

The author’s son is the director, we hope that helps keep the movie close to the book. Here’s a link to the trailer.

Can’t wait? Want to read it now? Here you go: Tiger Eyes.

Tiger Eyes on CD
And Tiger Eyes is also available as an audiobook on CD, a downloadable e-book, and a
downloadable audiobook.


Other good Judy Blume titles for you to read:






Just as Long As We’re Together


Just as Long As We’re Together



Then Again, Maybe I Won’t


Then Again, Maybe I Won’t

See you at the Library!


This post was sent by Janet Spaulding and Michael.

Novels in Verse

From Janet Spaulding and Michael:

April is many things to many people, but for us literary types, it’s “National Poetry Month”. Poetry can be traditional couplets, weird haikus, rap, old-school, modern, freeform, and the list goes on and on. The Library offers different programming not just through April, but throughout the year in various ways. We’ve offered poetry slams, weekly open mics, contests and more.

But one of the most interesting things that’s out there for our readers are teen titles that are novels-in-verse. Instead of the story being told in prose (the usual way), the tale is told through poetry. It makes for some unusual and wonderful reading. You’ll find some intense emotional scenes, interesting use of white space, and often some pretty edgy content tucked away between the covers. Instants can pass between pages. Or years. Viewpoints switch, sometimes in the same stanza or section.

It might seem like it’s hard to read or something to pass on, but the books are easy to read, great for reluctant readers and voracious readers alike. Are you up to it? Here’s a sampling of teen titles that are novels-in-verse.

Happy reading and comment below or on our Facebook page about what you’ve read!

October Mourning


October Mourning by Lesléa Newman





Hidden by Helen Frost





Perfect by Ellen Hopkins



Addie on the Inside


Addie on the Inside by James Howe



The Girl in the Mirror


The Girl in the Mirror by Meg Kearney





Sold by Patricia McCormick



After the Kiss


After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy



The Day Before


The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder





Orchards by Holly Thompson





Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe



The Watch That Ends the Night


The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf



Love & Leftovers


Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay



Amiri & Odette


Amiri & Odette by Walter Dean Myers