Tutor.com To Go

 Our thanks go to Casey Harron at Tutor.com for writing this blogpost about mobile use of Tutor.com

We don’t need to tell you how popular mobile is. You already know that there’s an app for this and a HTML5 site for that. But did you know one of the things you can do with mobile is get free help with your homework?

Through IndyPL’s partnership with Tutor.com, you can access a live tutor to get help with your homework straight from your phone or tablet! From the Tutor.com To Go app available on all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices to our HTML5 site that provides access from any mobile phone or tablet, you can access a tutor from pretty much anywhere.

And the process is easy. To connect in your phone’s browser, just follow these three steps:
1. Sign in the same way you do at your computer
2. Choose the subject
3. Work with a tutor!

And to connect through the Tutor.com To Go app, follow these four:
1. Download the app to your phone
2. Sign in the same way you do at your computer
3. Choose the subject
4. Work with a tutor!

It’s pretty simple, right? So this fall when you head back to school, remember IndyPL’s partnership with Tutor.com. That way you can get help at the park, the mall, at your friend’s house, on a family road trip, the possibilities are endless. But just not at the dinner table, because no one should use their phone at the dinner table!

Before you leave, check out a demo of Tutor.com To Go on the iPhone from our VP of Technology, Russell Greenspan!

Enter the “It Came from a Book!” contest (and the Last 3 Teen Films for the Summer)

 From now through September 30th, you can enter a contest over at The Library as Incubator website. They’re planning to collect a huge online gallery of the entries and announce the winners on their website during Teen Read Week, October 14th-20th, 2012. Read on for more info on submitting your library-incubated artwork and the prizes the winner could take home!

Here are the basics: read any book and create a piece of art inspired by the story. Your artwork can be any type– photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, manga– they want to see it all! Submit a digital photograph of your work to trwartcontest2012@gmail.com by 11:59 PM CST September 30th, 2012. Be sure to include the following information with your entry to ensure that it is eligible:
• Make sure your entry has the subject heading TRW Art Contest
• Include your full name, your library (school or public), and the title and author of the book that inspired your art.
• Include the statement “I affirm that this is an original piece of artwork.”
During Teen Read Week, the Library as Incubator Project will host a digital art gallery of all entries to the It Came From a Book! TRW Art Contest, and we will also collect votes on the best library-incubated artwork. The winner will be announced on their site the following week!

• $50 Amazon giftcard
• Original art from The Real Fauxtographer
• Library as Incubator Project t-shirts
• Signed books from hot YA authors

Stay tuned… we have big plans at the library this year for Teens!

AND THE TEEN FILM PROGRAMS for this summer are winding down. We’ve been announcing the next week’s schedule, all summer, but after this week there are only three more showings.

Click on any of the titles in the boxes below to see where that movie is playing this week or next, and if you had your heart set on watching Footloose, Madea’s Big Happy Family, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, War HorseOR Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, click on the title for this week’s showings.

Stomp the Yard


Wed., August 1, 6:00 pm

Joyful Noise

Fountain Square

Fri., August 3, 2:00 pm

Real Steel

Infozone at the Children’s Museum

Sat., August 18, 1:00 pm

Here Comes V-Day!

Valentine’s Day: Either the best day ever with your sweetie or the most pointless waste of cardstock and roses that you’ve ever encountered.

Good news- if you’re in love, music makes it better. The right songs can make you feel even more devoted to your honey and your forever hookup.

Good news- if you think love sucks, music makes it better. The right songs can make you feel on top of the world, footloose and proud to be single.

Did you know you can download free (legal!) music from the library with your card? You can have 3 MP3s a week that are totally yours, forever.

Check out these Screenr videos to see how it’s done-

Internet Explorer:


You can do it through Chrome too- looks a lot like Firefox.

What’s your favorite V-Day song?
Tell us in the comments!

Is Miss Peregrine´s Home Available as an e-Book or Not?

Does everyone know about the e-books and audiobooks that you can download from our website with a library card? If this is news to you–if you just got an e-reader as a gift–and you’re interested, you can click on the earphoned guy on the left and be taken to some questions and answers about how to go about it.

There are also classes at the library about how to download–you can click here for a schedule of classes–and it’s always possible to email the Webmaster with a question. Click here to do that.

The answer to Question 1 on that list is a biggie–it tells you how to find the directions for downloading materials to your device.

But there are a few other answers I’d like to mention.


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

 Number 2, for example. Can I use the web catalog instead of OverDrive to do my searching?
A: You can. But not all the downloadable content appears in the web catalog, and everything you find on Overdrive is circulated through that site. If the OverDrive browsing is driving you crazy, be aware that the site includes an Advanced Search.

 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a tragic case. This is one of our most popular downloadable e-books at the moment, but if you search for that title in our regular catalog, you find only the paper copy.   




There are lots of books that the library has only on paper, but this isn’t one of them. To find the e-copies, you can go to our downloadables site at http://ecollection.imcpl.org/, and do an Advanced Search for your title.





You can pick a format if you like, for your e-book or audiobook. If you don’t, you’ll get all the downloadable versions of that title.


The cover art for Miss Peregrine above takes you to the ebook versions, but an audiobook version is available, too.


 peregrine_requestsAt the moment, you would need to place a hold request on this title. If Miss Peregrine’s unavailability confuses you, please refer to Question 18.
If it is electronic, why aren’t titles always available for checkout?
A: The Overdrive ebooks and the ebooks from EBSCOhost are purchased by the library. The publishers of these ebooks and the vendors who sell them are working on a print-book model. They want us to buy multiple copies if we intend to circulate them to different users at the same time.


Witch & Wizard
Here are a few other popular e-titles. Unlike Miss Peregrine, these can be found by searching in our regular catalog.











If you do find an e-title in the catalog, though, you need to go to our downloadables page to check it out or make a hold request.










I Am Number Four



When you’ve opened up the e-book’s full record in the catalog . . .











click where it says “Full text” . . .



 . . . and you’ll be taken to the book’s record on the downloadables page. We may change that “Full text” language to something more recognizable. 


The Twilight Saga CollectionSo look the list of questions & answers over.

If you still have questions, contact the Webmaster.  And remember that the library is giving classes about downloading.