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Open Letter to Teens

Dear Teens,
We would like to hear from you, yes, YOU! Now is the chance for you to speak and be heard. Let us know what types of programs you would be interested in attending at your local library or downtown at Central. Are crafts your thing? Do you like to Cook? Do gadgets and gizmos excite you? Do you love technology? Are you athletic or interested in being fit and healthy? Do you love to read and discuss books, or is music your thing? Are you a movie buff? Maybe you love animals? Here’s your chance to be heard and share some of YOUR ideas for some awesome future programs created just for you, the Teens of the Indy Public Library, by some awesome people who want to provide services that engage, inspire and excite you!!

Leave your comments below with all your awesome ideas and be on the lookout in the future for some teen-inspired programs created just for you!



— Michelle Frost

The 2014 Rosie Results Are In!

What is the Eliot Rosewater High School Book Award?
The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award) is chosen annually by students across Indiana in grades nine through twelve. Students at participating high schools and public libraries who read any of approximately 20 nominated books are eligible to rate each book they’ve read. For more information and to see past winners, visit Eliot Rosewater online.

78 Indiana schools participated this year, with 4,436 readers and 11,053 votes!

The Winner, with 6,277 votes: Divergent by Veronica Roth.



In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Also available as a downloadable e-book, an audiobook on CD, a downloadable audiobook and in large print.



Honor Titles:

With 6,264 votes: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
The Fault in Our Stars

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

Also available as an audiobook on CD, a downloadable e-book and in large print.





With 3,005 votes: Ashfall by Mike Mullin.



After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished. This is the first book in the Ashfall Trilogy.

Ashfall is allso available as a downloadable e-book.

-Michelle Frost

5 More Teen Top Ten Nominees


Here are some more of the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association’s) nominees for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten. The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.

(View the complete listing of nominees here!)

Let us know which ones you’ve read and what you thought about them in the comments below!
–Michelle Frost

The Nightmare Affair


The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for “magickind,” sixteen-year-old Destiny Everhart feeds on the dreams of others, working with a handsome human student to find a killer.





Of Triton


Of Triton by Anna Banks

When her mother’s reappearance in the Syrena world turns the two kingdoms — Poseidon and Triton– against one another, Emma must risk everything she loves and reveal herself — and her Gift — to save a people she’s never known. Sequel to Of Poseidon.

Also available in Audio CD and downloadable audiobook formats.



Siege and Storm


Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Hunted across the True Sea and haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. (Grisha trilogy ; Book 2).





Love in the Time of Global Warming


Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

After a devastating earthquake destroys the West Coast, causing seventeen-year-old Penelope to lose her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother, she navigates a dark world, holding hope and love in her hands and refusing to be defeated.




Earth Girl


Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

Abandoned on Earth because of her inability to survive on other planets, Jarra crafts a fake background for herself to join a class of norms who are excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities.
Also available as a downloadable e-book.

Tumblebook Cloud is here!

What’s Tumblebook Cloud?   It’s an online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books, which offers students and adults of all reading levels access to an amazing range of content.  We have a growing collection of Read-Alongs of Core Curriculum titles such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Hamlet, and The Great Gatsby. Plus, our enhanced novels include chapter/plot summaries, character sketches, and quizzes. In addition all of our books allow you to highlight portions of a book and add notes! Sweet!  Go to our downloadables page  to use your library card to get these free eBooks for anywhere and anytime.

–Michael Perry

Teen Tech Week wrap-up, or: Who won the iPod Touches?

We held 33 different Teen Tech Week programs during the month of March and served 390 people.

Over 170 of you filled out our crossword puzzle for the awesome USB bracelet prize and a whopping 400 teens entered into our drawing for the iPod Touches.

Who won them? Congrats to Jada Simpson, age 12 and Alex Hernandez, age 12, our two winners!

See you in the fall for Teen Read Week!!!

–Michael Perry