Summer Reading Book Bash Starts June 6!

2016 SRP Logo V3AIn honor of Indiana’s 200th Birthday, The Indy PL and Garfield are teaming up to bring you the Summer Reading Book Bash! Some locations have already begun signing people up! Books you check out and read right now can be returned on June 6 for points and prizes, and the Indy PL has some awesome prizes to choose from! You can read more about the Summer Reading Book Bash here! Want to check out the prizes this year? Click here! Every year the Indy PL offers a certain selection of books known as “Bonus Books” that offer readers a chance to earn a few extra points if they read them. This years’ Bonus Books can be found here. Don’t forget to check out the programs the Indy PL is offering this Summer, too! We have all kinds of exciting workshops to attend from Going Native Animal Shows presented by Animalia to the Digital Animaker Lab. There is something for everyone! The program runs June 6-July 30th. Teens may read books on their own, or to younger siblings and/or friends to earn points.

Don’t have a library card because of overdue fines? Ask about the Earn and Learn (EAL) Program at the desk where you check out. Similar to the Summer Reading Program, EAL teens are able to read books to earn points that will eliminate any debt they may have on their card. In this case, not only will you earn Summer Reading Points for prizes, but you could end up with a fine-free card in the process! Some limitations apply, so be sure to ask at the desk about it.

RED rrr button cropped2Don’t have a library card? We’ve got your covered. Check out the RED Read, Return, Repeat bags which have three different pre-selected books in each one. No two bags are alike. You may borrow them for three weeks at a time. And best of all, they are worry free! There are NO fines if you return them late! Ask about the Read, Return, Repeat bags at the checkout desk. Brand new books will be sent to all Indy PL locations just in time for the Summer Reading Book Bash!


BLUE RRR LogoAnd coming soonBLUE Read, Return, Repeat bags which will contain pre-selected teen books in Spanish. These bags are made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund through a grant to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.



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Still looking for something to do this Summer? Don’t forget to check out our calendar of events



Heartless by Marissa Meyer REVIEW

heartlessAvailable at the library this fall.

I managed to snag an advanced reader’s copy of Marissa Meyer’s first book post-Lunar Chronicles. I attended a panel discussion with her, Matthew Quick, Amanda Talley and Paul Rudnik. Meyer talked about her love for Alice and Wonderland and how it inspired her to write a prequel about the Queen of Hearts.

Meyer’s Heartless addresses what life might have been like for Catherine the Queen of Hearts before she became queen. Was she always so mean? Did she want the power and control of being queen? Meyer gives a look at her own idea of what the world of Hearts was like before Catherine the Queen took reign.

The book intrigued me from the start. I love the fantastical world of Alice and Wonderland and Meyer’s world of the Lunar Chronicles. Heartless does not disappoint in painting a world full of oddities and clever characters. Meyer’s descriptions of costumes, the Mad Hatter’s hats and Catherine’s bakery treats come alive off the page. I enjoyed her portrayals of classic characters from before Alice’s time in Wonderland.

The story overall, is well written and I was almost sad when the story ended because I wanted to keep reading more about the characters. But of course, I could go on to read Lewis Carroll’s works instead!
If you loved the Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer’s first standalone novel will be a great read for you. And for those who love the whimsical world of Lewis Caroll, this book will delight. You may have to wait a while though, this book will be released on November 8th, 2016.


Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award

The 2015-2016 ‘Rosie Award’ winners have been announced!

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. The votes are tabulated each May, and the winner is announced.

For more information about the awards, please visit here.

The 2015-2016 winner is Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley!

pretty girl 13Avaialable in Print and eAudiobook.

The honor books are:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

the 5th waveAvailable in Print, Audio CD, Large Type, eBook & eAudiobook.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

throne of glassAvailable in Print.


The 39th Annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture

15-17956_Woodson_McFaddenLecture_300x200_CCICelebrated children’s and young adult author Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the National Book Award and Newbery Honor Medal, will present the 39th annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Northview Middle School auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public with seating on a first-come, first served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Preferred seating is available for Friends of the Library cardholders until 6:45 p.m. Books sales and signing will follow the lecture.

foundation.jpg.pagespeed.ce.bGRpFwwCyPMade possible through gifts from Friends of the Library to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.



The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Inc. was established in 1969 to promote the development and improvement of Library facilities and services, and to support and enhance Library programs and projects by raising private contributions. All gifts to the Library Foundation assure the continuation of support for children’s reading programs, lecture series, and other special events and programs presented by the Library for the benefit of the community.

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation

The Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture Series was established after the Library Foundation received a gift from the estate of Marian McFadden, Director of Public Libraries from 1945-1956. This annual author lecture series was named in her honor.


Starflight by Melissa Landers REVIEW

starflightAvailable in Print.

Starflight starts a new science fiction series for author, Melissa Landers. This book was one part Firefly and one part comedic Shakespeare but lots of fun all around.

Starflight centers around the story of an orphaned girl, Solara Brooks, who is setting out for new opportunities in the fringe planets of the galaxy. Her trek is derailed when she ends up stuck traveling with her arch nemesis from school, Doran Spaulding. Through a series of events and calamities, Solara and Doran make their way on board the Banshee where they quickly become friends with the ragtag crew of misfits on board.

This book started out wobbly for me. I liked the premise and the storyline so I soldiered on but the first third was hard to get into. I think my main hang up was my lack of empathy for the characters. Solara’s true personality didn’t shine through for more until she was on the Banshee. Once aboard the ship, she and Doran really blossomed as characters for me. Things take off at an epic pace from there. There are pirates, run-ins with the law, crash landings and escapes from bounty hunters.

Rocky start aside, once I knew the characters fully, I truly enjoyed the book. I’m a big science fiction fan and I love anything with fast paced action. Starflight meets all the criteria for me there. The characters all have secrets, weaknesses, strengths and desires that make them interesting to get to know. I believe the second book in the series will highlight the story of two other characters from the banshee, Cassia and Kane.

I think this series will only get better with time and more books so I look forward to the next one. If you are a fan of science fiction, good humor and action-packed hi-jinks, give this series a whirl.

Happy Reading!
Warren Branch