Free Heart Screenings for Teens

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Riley Children’s Hospital at IU Health has teamed up with Screen Across America to provide free heart screenings for teenagers.

Who: Students ages 13 – 19 from Marion County

When: Saturday, April 4, 10 am – 2 pm

Where: Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet School, 1140 W. Martin Luther King Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46201

Online registration is required. Register for an appointment time now by logging onto:

  • Click on the Crispus Attucks (April 4) location and complete the consent and registration process.
  • You will receive a confirmation of your registration by email, then just show up at your appointment time on April 4.
  • The Heart Screening is not a formal clearance for sports participation. Clearance for sports must be obtained from your physician.

Greenwood Wal-Mart, TeenWorks are hiring

Greenwood Wal-Mart, TeenWorks are hiring (read more)

Teens, are you looking for a job? Check these opportunities out!

In addition to the Wal-Mart openings, “TeenWorks plans to hire 270 teens for jobs at community partner sites such as IU Health, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Indy Urban Acres, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Great Places and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail/Bikeshare. Students who have at least a 2.5 grade point average and qualify for free or reduced-price lunches will have preference for the jobs.”

Links to click on:


Be sure to check out the Indy PL Teen Scene Resources Page for more helpful links that will assist you in your job search.

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Teen Tech Week Events in March


Teen Tech Week Events @ Central Library

Saturday, March 14th

As part of the American Library Association’s Teen Tech Week, teens and tweens are invited to participate in various activities.

  • From 1 – 3 p.m. in the Learning Curve Arena, 3D Parts Manufacturing will lead a workshop showcasing 3D printing technologies.
  • From 2 – 5 p.m. in the Clowes Auditorium Lobby, they can drop in to the LED Light Workshop and create their own light-up jewelry with Art With a Heart, or participate in an interactive demonstration of Google Glass.
  • From 3 – 4 p.m. in the Clowes Auditorium, the workshop entitled, “Fanfic: Your Creativity, Other People’s Playgrounds,” led by young adult author Saundra Mitchell, will help them learn about fan fiction and online fanfic communities. There’ll be puzzles, giveaways and raffles for prizes throughout the afternoon.

The entire day’s activities are free, but registration is required (limit of 30 participants) for the 3D Printing Workshop by calling 275-4222.

Other Indy PL locations will be celebrating Teen Tech Week throughout the month of March. Check your local branch for event dates and times. Some events may require registration. 


I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil REVIEW

gladI’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil

Available in Print and eBook.

JJ Green wants to be a professional songwriter. Her mom is a lawyer. Her dad is a judge. Her brother is in law school. Hmmm…I wonder what they want her to do?

Luckily for JJ, she lives in New York City. In 1963, there is no place better for aspiring songwriters than the Brill Building, home to successful music composers and publishers.

JJ’s mom has nothing kind to say about the music business (largely due to her brother Bernie), but has agreed to let JJ work the summer as an intern in the Brill Building with the stipulation that JJ has to write a song that becomes a hit record by the end of summer or she gives up her dream of becoming a professional songwriter.

JJ often has lunch with her estranged Uncle Bernie (who is a big executive in the building). She is happy to learn from him, but she would never tell her mother about their contact. She meets Luke, who at first is aloof and mysterious, but turns out to be a lyricist who immediately understands her music. JJ befriends the night janitor who turns out to be the once famous singer Dulcie Brown herself. It is a fateful friendship that reveals much about everyone’s past. And then there is the murder…

…Or is it suicide like the police think? This is not just a story of a girl trying to prove something to herself and her parents (with a little romance thrown in, too). JJ must solve the murder of someone close to her – it becomes more important than anything else that summer including songwriting.

Cynthia Weil, the author, is a songwriter who worked in the Brill Building in 1960s and along with her husband wrote some of the most famous pop songs of the time.

~Review by Will Smither, Indy PL Librarian and Teen Services Committee. You Know You Wanna Read It Blog.


For Fans of The Walking Dead

Things have gone seriously downhill for the human race in these sometimes grim, often gruesome apocalyptic horror novels featuring zombies, epidemics and the undead.

If you like #TheWalkingDead you might like the following titles!

enclaveEnclave by Ann Aguirre.

Available in Print, eBookAudio CD, and Downloadable Audiobook .

In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong– and dangerous.



infectsThe infects by Sean Beaudoin.

Available in Print.

Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. These kids have seen zombie movies. They know the rules. Unfortunately, knowing the rules isn’t going to be enough.


ashesAshes by Ilsa J. Bick.

Available in Print, eBook and Audio CD.

Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.



eatEat, brains, love by Jeff Hart.

Available in Print and eBook.

New Jersey teens Jake Stephenson and Amanda Blake are turning into zombies and, having devoured half of their senior class, they are on the run, pursued by teen psychic Cass, a member of a government unit charged with killing zombies and keeping their existence secret.



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