Teen Read Week Events @ Your IndyPL!


 As part of Teen Read Week (Oct. 13-19), IndyPL has scheduled some way cool workshops around the city. Click on the workshop title to find one near you and to get info on how to register!

Google Glass

Get your hands on Google Glass in this two-hour demonstration and interactive session.

Art with a Heart Duct Tape Sketchbook

Create a place to sketch and dream by designing a handmade sketchbook with a duct tape cover.

Art with a Heart Paper Bowls

Re-purpose candy wrappers into a bowl.

Fantasy Treats Gourmet Girlfriends Workshop

Begin with an ice breaker that focuses on Divergent, put together a trail mix in honor of The Hunger Games, and conclude with a little Harry Potter sorcery with an edible potion.


Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge IX

Teen Poets show off your talents!

Do verses just run through your head? Do you love writing poetry and giving it a voice?
WIN CASH AWARDS and the opportunity to perform at:


Saturday, November 15, 2014

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Central Library – Clowes Auditorium
40 East St. Clair Street.

Write with the inspiring thoughts of:
Raising the Bar – I Am Connected, Unique, and Powerful!


How to Enter:
Please submit a typed or legible written copy of your original poem and a recording (cassette or CD) of your reading to: Cordia Watkins, Lawrence Library, 7898 North Hague Road, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46256 or deliver to your local INDYPL library.

DEADLINE for entries: Monday, October 27, 2014

All participants will receive participation gift cards. Ten teen poets will be selected to receive $25.00 gift cards and perform their winning entries at FALL FEST 2014.

Award presentation will be given by Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever forward, 2012 WNBA Champion, 2011 WNBA MVP, and 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist.

This event is made possible by the Library’s African-American History Committee, and by the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation; the Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation; the Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund; The Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Pick up details and entry forms at your local branch or click on the links below for printable documents.

Slammin Rhymes Challenge


Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge IX Information

Teen Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge IX Entry Form





Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

complicitAre you looking for a good psychological thriller? Then look no further. COMPLICIT, by Stephanie Kuehn, tells the story of Jamie Henry and his sister, Cate, whose mother was violently murdered. After witnessing his mother’s murder, Jamie is left with emotional scars that affect him physically, causing him to have blackouts and to temporarily lose the use of his hands when he is under stress. Jamie and Cate were lucky enough to get adopted by a loving couple who are super rich, but then Cate starts acting out and doing bad things. Eventually she sets fire to a neighbor’s barn and is sent to juvenile detention. This fast-paced, gripping story picks up right when Cate is released from the detention center and starts contacting Jamie, threatening to come for him. What follows is an interesting psychological cat-and-mouse type game where the reader discovers things from their past through various interactions, and learn that things are not always as they seem. You will want to add this title to your “to read” list.

– Michelle Frost


The Grisha Trilogy Review

Shadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo has constructed an entrancing work of art in her beautifully-written novels Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising, which combine to make the Grisha Trilogy.

Siege and StormThe novels burst with magic. Grisha, people who study the small science, can manipulate air and water, stop hearts, heal, and wield other stunning powers. They are involved in a struggle between good and evil, literally darkness versus light as the protagonist tries to help everyone in Ravka, her home country, escape the grasp of the antagonist. The trilogy contains captivating adventure as the protagonist, Alina, attempts to distinguish what is right and what is wrong as she struggles to create a better world for the Ravkan people.

Ruin and RisingMost importantly, Bardugo incorporates heart-wrenching romance in which Alina must figure out whether or not her most valued relationship was spawned by true love or by manipulation. Bardugo weaves intense relationships into the fibers of the story in such a way that the chemistry between the main characters can be clearly felt by the enraptured reader.

This trilogy is going to reach the heights of popularity of books like Divergent and The Hunger Games, to which it has been compared, so start reading because this trilogy is about to blast off.

–Corajean Medina, Southport Teen Advisory Board