Read Return Repeat

RRRHey Teens,

Have you heard about the Indy PL’s new program just for you? It’s called “Read Return Repeat” and it allows you to check out a bag with three teen books in it, even if you have fines or don’t have a library card!

Look for the red bags and logo to the left at your local branch! Be sure to stop by the circulation desk on your way out of the library to check them out (no card is necessary!). After you read the books, bring the books and bag back to the library and select a new one! No two bags are alike!

Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge IX

Teen Poets show off your talents!

Do verses just run through your head? Do you love writing poetry and giving it a voice?
WIN CASH AWARDS and the opportunity to perform at:

FALL FEST 2014 / SLAMMIN’ RHYMES CHALLENGE VIX

Saturday, November 15, 2014

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Central Library – Clowes Auditorium
40 East St. Clair Street.

The CHALLENGE:
Write with the inspiring thoughts of:
Raising the Bar – I Am Connected, Unique, and Powerful!

 

How to Enter:
Please submit a typed or legible written copy of your original poem and a recording (cassette or CD) of your reading to: Cordia Watkins, Lawrence Library, 7898 North Hague Road, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46256 or deliver to your local INDYPL library.

DEADLINE for entries: Monday, October 27, 2014

All participants will receive participation gift cards. Ten teen poets will be selected to receive $25.00 gift cards and perform their winning entries at FALL FEST 2014.

Award presentation will be given by Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever forward, 2012 WNBA Champion, 2011 WNBA MVP, and 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist.

This event is made possible by the Library’s African-American History Committee, and by the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation; the Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation; the Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund; The Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Pick up details and entry forms at your local branch or click on the links below for printable documents.

Slammin Rhymes Challenge

 

Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge IX Information

Teen Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge IX Entry Form

 

 

 

Rainbow Rowell and Malinda Lo visiting Indy the same week!

FangirlAs part of our celebration of Banned Books Week, and to kick off the Library’s Teen Read Week activities, author Rainbow Rowell will appear at Central Library on Tuesday, September 23rd. The author will discuss her works at 6:30 p.m., followed by a book signing at 7:30 p.m.

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And the next day, Malinda Lo makes two appearances!
Continuing our celebration of Teen Read Week, we will welcome author Malinda Lo, who will speak and sign books at two different locations on Wednesday, September 24th.

InheritanceYou can see her at the Glendale Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Or you can see her at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (340 N. Senate Ave.), where she will speak and sign books from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

If you show up at 5:00 at the Vonnegut Library, the Gourmet Girls will be creating some “banned books treats.”

Walter Dean Myers, 1937 – 2014

Walter Dean Myers, African American author of over 100 books for children and teens, passed away on July 1, 2014, after a brief illness. Myers’ award winning and realistic work has touched many over the years. “He wrote with heart and he spoke to teens in a language they understood,” Susan Katz, president and publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, said in a statement. We celebrate the life and work of Walter Dean Myers by sharing some of his titles here, with you.

Hoops

 

Hoops

A teenage basketball player from Harlem is befriended by a former professional player who, after being forced to quit because of a point shaving scandal, hopes to prevent other young athletes from repeating his mistake.

 

 

 

 

Monster

 

Monster

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book, 2000.

 

 

 

Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels

A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death aren’t the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S. is there at all.

Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner, 1989.

Autobiography of My Dead Brother

 

Autobiography of My Dead Brother

Jesse pours his heart and soul into his sketchbook to make sense of life in his troubled Harlem neighborhood and the loss of a close friend.

 

 

 

 

Harlem Summer

 

Harlem Summer

In 1920s Harlem, sixteen-year-old Mark Purvis, an aspiring jazz saxophonist, gets a summer job as an errand boy for the publishers of the groundbreaking African American magazine, “The Crisis,” but soon finds himself on the enemy list of mobster Dutch Shultz.

 

 

 

 

Sunrise Over Fallujah

 

Sunrise Over Fallujah

Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.

A Junior Library Guild selection

 

 

 

Game

 

Game

If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, then professional, basketball, he will have to improve at being coached and being a team player, especially after a new–white–student threatens to take the scouts’ attention away from him.

A Junior Library Guild selection

 

Riot

 

Riot

In 1863, fifteen-year-old Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and a federal draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy “swells” of New York City.

 

 

 

Lockdown

 

Lockdown

Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.

 

 

 

The Cruisers

 

The Cruisers

Friends Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi, caught in the middle of a mock Civil War at DaVinci Academy, learn the true cost of freedom of speech when they use their alternative newspaper, TheCruiser, to try to make peace.

 

 

 

All the Right Stuff

 

All the Right Stuff

The summer after his absentee father is killed in a random shooting, Paul volunteers at a Harlem soup kitchen where he listens to lessons about “the social contract” from an elderly African American man, and mentors a seventeen-year-old unwed mother who wants to make it to college on a basketball scholarship.

 

 

Invasion

 

Invasion

Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry were friends in Virginia, but now that they are both involved in the Normandy invasion, the differences in their positions is uncomfortable, for Josiah is a white infantryman and Marcus is a black transport driver, the only role the segregated army will allow him.

Prequel to: Fallen Angels and Sunrise Over Fallujah.

 

 

Darius & Twig

 

Darius & Twig

“Two best friends, a writer and a runner, deal with bullies, family issues, social pressures, and their quest for success coming out of Harlem”– Publisher’s note.

 

 

 

 

The new novel by Walter Dean Myers, On a Clear Day, is scheduled to be released in September.

For more information on Walter Dean Myers, you can visit his site.

To see everything we have available by Walter Dean Myers, click here.

-Michelle Frost