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?

John and Hank Green at Carnegie Hall, streamed live at Central Library January 15th

The Fault in Our Stars

Let’s say happy birthday to The Fault in Our Stars! I mean the book by John Green.

Green and his brother Hank will be celebrating his novel’s anniversary at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. Their musical guests will be the Mountain Goats.

If you can’t make it to Carnegie Hall that night, join us in the Clowes Auditorium at Central Library, where we will stream the event live.

“My nostalgia is so extreme that I am capable of missing a swing my butt never actually touched.” Attend this event, and your nostalgia for it will be within reason.

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

You know the kids from Sandy Hook Elementary School are going to Chalk Hill (an old middle school building) in January, right? The Newtown PTO is wanting their return to be VERY special. This is a letter from the PTO describing “Snowflakes for Sandy Hook”

“I have heard so many requests for ways to help Sandy Hook families. In response, I wanted to let you all know that our elementary PTO has been asked to create a winter wonderland for Sandy Hook students when they come to Chalk Hill for the remainder of the school year.

They are asking for snowflakes – as many snowflakes as we can make – to decorate the school. They will hang on windows, bulletin boards, doors and walls. They will hang from the ceiling and from desks, and anything else they can think of. Please make all of the snowflakes you can manage, and to the teachers included here, your whole school can send snowflakes as well.

There is no such thing as too many snowflakes. The kids will be allowed to take some home, so they will be replenishing them daily – it’s a fantastic idea. Please send me the name of your group/school/family so that we can make sure that the Newtown PTO can know where all of the love is coming from.

Mail your snowflakes no later than January 1st to:

Sandy Hook Snowflakes
c/o Lya Schulz
24 Squire road
Monroe, CT 06468″

(You can also send your snowflakes directly to the Connecticut PTSA through Jan. 12: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514)

The Hobbit

Remember in The Lord of the Rings, where Frodo had to take the One Ring of Power and pitch it into a volcano in Mordor? How did that Ring start in the Shire anyway? That story is called The Hobbit and comes out this Friday, December 14th.

This year’s movie is actually the first of three. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey takes Bilbo Baggins (the Hobbit) from his home in the Shire all the way to the Misty Mountains where he meets an interesting fellow named Gollum. Gollum, you may remember, was the weird looking character in the Lord of the Rings movies who went around talking about “my precious” all of the time. The next movies will deal with Smaug the dragon and the War of the Five Armies.

The Hobbit
The book, The Hobbit, is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Originally published in 1937, this book has never gone out of print. We’ve ordered extra copies at the library just for the movie. Click on the cover to the right and request a copy to pick up at your favorite branch–or go to your favorite branch and ask if a paperback is available.

*And for those Trekkies out there, go see The Hobbit at an IMAX location. You’ll be treated to the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness. Hobbits and Vulcans in the same night. Niiiiiiice.

Win a Visit from Andrew Luck & Dwayne Allen

The Indianapolis Colts are joining The Indianapolis Public Library to promote using your library card during the “COLTSRONG, LIBRARYSTRONG” campaign through December 31.

Andrew Luck and Dwayne Allen of the Colts

  • The contest is to promote and encourage young people, 6 to 17 years-old, to use their library cards at the various branches and Central Library of the Indianapolis Public Library (the “Library”).
  • The contest begins 12:00 am on November 26, 2012, and ends 11:59 pm on December 31, 2012.
  • Library card holders are automatically entered into the contest when they use their library card for any library service. Only one library card usage per day, per person will count for entry into the contest. No purchase is necessary to win the contest.
  • The more days during the contest period the library card holders use their library card, the more automatic chances are entered into the contest and the greater the odds of winning.
  • After the contest period ends, one winner will randomly be drawn by computer and notified on January 2, 2013.
  • The date and time of the Colts players visit is to be determined by the Indianapolis Colts and the Library.
  • The event is limited to the winning child, the winning child’s family and 20 of the child’s friends each accompanied by an adult – not to exceed 50 people.
  • The event is limited to 50 people.
  • The contest winner must be a Library card holder, 6 and 17 years-old, and a legal resident of the fifty United States.
  • The contest is open to the general public, not Library employees.
  • The contest is run by the Indianapolis Public Library, P.O. Box 211, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-0211.
  • Contest prize has no retail value.