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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?

Life after The Hunger Games

If You Liked “The Hunger Games”…


Now that you’ve fallen in love with the trilogy, you may be wondering what to read next. The staff of the Lawrence Public Library–that’s in Lawrence, Kansas, not our Lawrence Branch–has compiled a list to help you find your next favorite book, whether you loved The Hunger Games for the action and adventure, the love triangle, or the dystopian elements.

1984 Gathering Blue The Handmaid's Tale Fahrenheit 451 Neuromancer Brave New World Across the Universe The Adoration of Jenna Fox The House of the Scorpion Feed Ender's Game Epic Candor The Line Variant Little Brother The Kindling The Masque of the Red Death Eve Unwind The Declaration Delirium Wither Bumped Incarceron Matched The Selection Birthmarked America Pacifica Ashfall Ashes, Ashes Blood Red Road The Carbon Diaries Life as We Knew It Under the Never Sky Enclave The Diary of Pelly D Cherry Heaven Shatter Me The Supernaturalist The Maze Runner Legend Divergent Article 5 The Knife of Never Letting Go The Bar Code Tattoo Uglies The Scorpio Races Graceling Cinder To Go

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

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, you can access a live tutor to get help with your homework straight from your phone or tablet! From the 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 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 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 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 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