Orleans, by Sherri L. Smith

OrleansIf you’ve had enough of flesh-eating zombies, but still enjoy novels with post-apocalyptic themes, try Orleans, by Sherri L Smith. The author of Flygirl (a fictionalized account of a “lighter-skinned” African American female who passes for white in order to join WASP [Women Airforce Service Pilots]), stretches her story-telling skills by penning a dystopian novel of post-Katrina New Orleans where a virus has killed most of the Gulf Coast residents. Only those without tainted blood survive. Survivors find food, family, shelter, and protection by aligning themselves tribally by blood type, rather than by race/ethnicity.

Hardscrabble Fern de la Guerre must deliver a newborn baby girl to the Outer States before her blood is contaminated by the Delta Fever virus. Aided by Daniel, a scientist from outside Orleans, Fern embarks on a dangerous journey to ensure the baby girl is given an opportunity for a virus-free life.

Recommended by Rhonda Oliver, Brightwood Library

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Happy Thanksgiving this week from the Indianapolis Public Library!

First things first, we’re closed this Thursday on Thanksgiving Day, and we close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the day before. If you need to renew materials, look up some cool in one of our databases, download free music or ebooks, our web branch at www.imcpl.org is open 24/7 to serve your needs.

Now on to the holiday. If the thought of gathering around a table with your relatives drives you bonkers (especially if you sit at the little kids table), maybe it’s time to do something a little different this Thanksgiving. There are several opportunities for you to volunteer over the weekend, here’s just a few.

Gleaners Food Bank – Help with serving Thanksgiving dinners to the homeless or to other drives. Contact information: 3737 Waldemere Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46241
(317) 925-0191

Mozel Sanders Foundation – Call 317) 636-7985 or click here.

You could always try a local religious organization, several are offering dinners or other help for needy families at this time.

Finally, if the volunteer bug bites you harder than just for the weekend, try VolunteerMatch.org.

If you know of someone who needs a Thanksgiving dinner, check out this Indy Star feature on free Thanksgiving meals.

Hoping your Thanksgiving is the best,
The Teen Scene staff.

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Teen Read Week – winding down….

Short blog today. Did you know that there is still time to enter to win a signed copy of one of Jeff Belanger’s books! He was GREAT at our Hunting the Haunted event on October 19th at Central Library. Not only that, you’ll also be entered into the grand prize drawing for an iPad! This is part of the our celebration of Teen Read Week. Hurry, the drawing takes place on October 31st!

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“Hunting the Haunted” – A Teen Read Week “Seek the Unknown” event

Do ghosts roam the halls of Central Library after the lights go out? Find out this October 19th at a very special AFTER HOURS event just for teens! Part of the Teen Read Week’s theme of Seek the Unknown, it’s called “Hunting the Haunted”, and it all happens from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Central Library.

Please call 275-4119 to register for this event at Central.

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First, we have GHOST TOURS of the Library. Yep, real actual tours that reveal strange, unexplained happenings and sighting in the Library over the last 140 years. You’ll get to see places in the Library that are normally closed to the public. Like a hidden staircase and more!

What? That’s not enough? We’ve got more! We have Jeff Belanger, from the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures,” speaking from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. He will be sharing his haunting tales for everyone to hear.

Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! Yep, we’ll have the movie playing from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Since you can’t actually call them, we have the next best thing. It’s called MuVChat; it’s like a cross between Twitter and Mystery Science Theater 3000. You text comments, jokes, pithy observations or just random stuff, and it all appears on the screen for everyone to see.

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More? What about tarot cards? Crafts? And even more paranormal activities! What else will you be able to see, do and learn about? Come to the Central Library on October 19th from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. and “Seek the Unknown”!

If you can’t get to the event, look up other happenings at branches near you. We’ve got Haunted Indianapolis, more MuVChat showings of Ghostbusters, and even Tarot Card Art Workshops!

Have a great October and we’ll see you at the Library!

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