Teen Tech Week @ Your Library – March 10-17

Teens, March is your month at the Library. We’re celebrating Teen Tech Week all month with events at your branch. What will you do?

MuVChat: Ever watched a movie and wanted to comment on it LIVE with your friends? Kind of like Imgur, Tumblr and YouTube all rolled up in one? Then you have got to try out MuVChat . Visit your local branch and watch a movie with friends and strangers. When you want to comment on what you see on the screen, just send a text to a number that we’ll hand out. Then it appears on the screen!

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• Mar 4, 2013 6:00 pm, Warren Branch
• Mar 6, 2013 5:30 pm, Eagle Branch
• Mar 9, 2013 2:00 pm, Fountain Square Branch
• Mar 12, 2013 3:00 pm, Pike Branch
• Mar 15, 2013 4:00 pm, Spades Park Branch
• Mar 16, 2013 2:00 pm, Central Library

 

Your Gourmet Girlfriends: Want to make something wicked tasty for a movie night with your friends? Check out this cooking workshop hosted by Your Gourmet Girlfriends. Will it be a snack mix that is a salty-sweet combination of everything you might find on the floor of a movie theater? Something even better? Come on in and learn some great recipes for your next movie night!

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• Mar 12, 2013 3:30pm, Glendale Branch
• Mar 12, 2013 5:30pm, West Indianapolis Branch
• Mar 13, 2013 6:00pm, Wayne Branch
• Mar 14, 2013 4:30pm, Pike Branch
• Mar 16, 2013 11:00am, Fountain Square Branch
• April 27, 2013 2:00pm, Southport Branch

 

Gamer Jewelry: Show your inner gamer pride by creating bracelets and earrings made from d20 die and other gamer pieces during this workshop presented by And Sewing Is Half the Battle. Get ready for Gencon!

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• Mar 18, 2013 4:00pm, Decatur Branch
• Mar 19, 2013 4:00pm, College Avenue Branch
• Mar 25, 2013 4:00pm, Brightwood Branch
• Mar 27, 2013 4:00pm, Franklin Road Branch
• Mar 28, 2013 4:00pm, Irvington Branch
• Apr 15, 2013 4:00pm, Haughville Branch
• Apr 16, 2013 4:00pm, InfoZone Branch

 

CD Sun Catchers: Teens are invited to celebrate Teen Tech Week by creating their own unique sun catcher using od CDs and 3D paint. All supplies will be provided.

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• Mar 11, 2013 4:00pm, Wayne Branch

CHANGE THE WORLD. (Or at least your Library…)

Have you ever wanted to have an adult listen to you and your concerns? I mean REALLY listen to you? And wouldn’t it be great if that person had the power to make the changes that you suggest? Well, when it comes to your Indianapolis Public Library, that time is right now.

trumpetPresenting the We Love Our Library Tour. The CEO of our library is Jackie Nytes (pronounced NEE-tus). Over the next six weeks, she will be visiting every branch of the Indianapolis Public Library system. (Here’s her calendar of visits.) She’s interested in hearing about our library, what we do right and what we can do better. Even what we do wrong.

“Whoa…” you say in your best Neo-from-The-Matrix voice. Talk to a CEO? Me? Yep. Jackie is very approachable, open-minded and very willing to hear from all of our patrons. And she can make the changes you suggest.

The concentration during this year’s tour is on our collection. eBooks? Teen fiction? More databases? Large print? What can we add or change to make our Library better for you.

Want to make a difference? Then this is your opportunity. It’s knocking, don’t pass it up.

The Michael L. Printz Award

It’s award season. You’ve heard of the Oscars and the Golden Globes for movies and TV. Then you’ve got the Grammys, the People’s Choice Awards, even the MTV Music Awards for music. But did you know there is an award for the best Young Adult book?

Looking for AlaskaIt’s called the Michael L. Printz Award. It “honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. The awards announcement is made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting”* which is this weekend. On Monday morning, January 28, there is a news conference broadcast over the web, announcing all of the ALA award books.

Going BovineSo, who is this Michael Printz? He was a school librarian in Topeka, Kansas and was involved with YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). He had a passion for books and reading.
Past winners of this award have included Looking for Alaska by John Green (we love him!!) and Going Bovine by Libba Bray. Who’ll win this year?

Come back to this blog on January 28th, 2013 and we’ll announce it when it happens!

*from http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz

– by Michael Perry

YA2U Contest


“Why won’t a book tour make a stop in my hometown?” Ever asked that question? Well, read this! Several YA authors are hosting a contest – everyone gets to put in whatever city they most want us to go to, and whatever town has the most votes, will get an exclusive tour stop from all five of us!

And that’s not all – they’re also hosting another contest where, if you help them spread the word, they’ll give you ten signed books, all the books that the authors have published so far!

You can find the full details of the project by clicking here or on the YA2U poster, and you can also go ahead and enter your hometown (Indianapolis, right?) for the win and help spread the word. There’s also lots of cool features on the site, including downloadable posters (consider putting them up in your school or library! [ask first, duh] More votes = a better chance for you to win!) and other tips on how to win.

TL;DR: you could win a tour stop in your hometown from five award-winning and best-selling YA authors or ten signed books direct from the authors! Sounds fun, yes?