Free Comic Book Day!

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On Saturday May 4th, we will be giving away comic books for free! Comics will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Limit one per patron. Don’t forget to browse our extensive collection of comics and graphic novels that are always available for checkout. (At the Flanner House Branch, Free Library Day will be Monday, May 6th.)

You can also check out Free Comic Book Day at our friendly neighborhood comic book store, Downtown Comics.

They go quickly, so get out of bed and get to the Library early.

What will you get this Saturday? Let us know in the comments below!

Did you know that comic books are big business, generating more than $700 million in sales in North America alone last year? First created in the early 1930s, the modern comic book featuring superheroes has expanded into a wide range of storylines and characters, making the genre more popular than ever.

It’s Teen Tech Week!

techdatesWe’re celebrating TTW 2013 with free ear buds! Stop by any branch and pick up a TTW questionnaire (or print one here). We’re highlighting different online services of the library this year. Like what? Well, did you know that you can download music legally and for free from our Freegal site? If you have a smartphone or a tablet, we offer over 50,000 book titles from our e-collection for you to download and read or listen. Our ilibrary.org gateway site gives you access to thousands of biographies, articles, encyclopedias and databases. What’s that? You could use some help with your homework? We have that covered with our Homework Help service. And there is much, much more.

Take a few minutes, explore the online services that the Library offers, write down your answers and turn the completed form in to a librarian. We’ll give you a free set of ear buds. Maybe you can listen to that music you just downloaded from us.

And don’t forget to check out all of the different events that are happening at different library branches. (Check out our earlier Teen Tech post for a schedule.) We’re offering MuVChat (text messages that appear on screen while you are watching a movie), Your Gourmet Girlfriends (make some nommish snackage for movie night) and Gamer Jewelry workshops (take a d20 and create something wearable).

Explore the Library today!

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.

YouTube of John and Hank Green at Carnegie Hall

If you weren’t able to make it to Carnegie Hall this past Tuesday–or Central Library, either, where we streamed the event–you can click on the picture of John Green below to see a YouTube video of his and brother Hank’s “An Evening of Awesome.”

As soon as the video begins, click where it says SKIP TO THE BEGINNING OF THE SHOW! Or, if those words don’t appear, drag yourself forward 35 minutes and 10 seconds.