Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter Reading Program - There's Still Time!

There's still a chance to sign up for the Winter Reading Program. Simply stop by the Teen & Adult Services Reference Desk to get your Challenge Sheet and you're all set. If you've already picked up a Challenge Sheet, be sure to bring it back by Saturday, Feb. 28 for a shot at a gift basket brimming with prizes. If you haven't picked up a sheet yet, what's stopping you? You'll get a free book, a piece of chocolate, and a chance to win great stuff. Teens, be sure to ask about the program for Young Adults.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Winter Reading Wrap up!

The last day to return your Youth Winter Reading Log is Saturday, February 28.  Bring in your log and help one of these reading buddies find a home!  When reading logs are returned, children will also be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card.

The goal of winter reading is simple, read OUT LOUD to your child or have your child read OUT LOUD to you  15 minutes a day for 21 days and your child gets a prize.  The purpose of Winter Reading is to help your family make reading a habit: when reading is a habit, everybody wins!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Valentines To Go

Homebound Library patrons received a special treat this month.  In addition to the usual goodie bag of books and audios, each senior received valentines created especially for them by the Library’s Tween Council.  Below are a couple of the happy recipients!

For information about about Books To Go, the Library's service to the homebound, contact Barbara in Teen & Adult Services, barbaral@zionsvillelibrary.org. To inquire about the Library's Tween Council, contact Julie in Youth Services, juliem@zionsvillelibrary.org.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Editing Hold Activation Dates

Tired of all of your hold items arriving at the exact same time?  You can avoid this by changing the activation dates for each hold; a feature available through your online Evergreen account.   By changing the activation dates, the hold items can be suspended until the date specified for their reactivation.  This will help to stagger the dates they will arrive at the Library.   


To change an item’s hold activation date, log into your Evergreen account, select the “Holds” tab, and click the “Edit” link for the item. (See example above.)

Next to “Active?”, choose to suspend the hold, then enter the desired activation date next to “If suspended, activate on.”  Finally, click the “Submit” button to save the activation date changes.  Congratulations, your hold is now suspended until the chosen activation date!

Leaving town for Spring Break?  Postponing your hold activation dates also helps you avoid the $1 expired hold fee for holds not picked up. Suspending your holds before your vacation means you won't get charged, plus that book you've been waiting for could be ready once you return.

If you need help accessing your online Evergreen account, please contact the Circulation Department at circ@zionsvillelibrary.org or 317-873-8340. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hail to the Chief

This Presidents' Day, challenge yourself to some star-spangled fun, by seeing how many of the following you can you answer?
  1.  Name the four presidents memorialized on Mount Rushmore.
  2. The Library of Congress recently unsealed love letters written by which president to his mistress?
  3. Name two of the three presidents who died on July 4.
  4. Which president was the first to appoint a woman to his Cabinet?
  5. After an urgent plea to surrender was rejected, which president ordered atomic bombs dropped on Japan?
  6. What's the title of former President George W. Bush's current best-selling book
  7. Who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence?
You'll find more interesting facts in The Handy Presidents Answer Book, 2nd ed., by David L. Hudson, Jr., and The Presidents, "About the White House," online.
    Answers:  1. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln  2. Warren G. Harding  3. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe   4. Franklin D. Roosevelt   5.  Harry S. Truman  6.  41: A Portrait of My Father  7. Thomas Jefferson

    Friday, February 13, 2015

    Meet the Author of Farty McFee!

    Grades K - 5 can spend a lively morning with author Jim McVeigh and illustrator William Johnson as they describe how their book, The Ballad of Farty McFee, came to be. Jim will bring along his musical and story-telling talents, and Bill will invite you to try your hand at illustrating a story using pencil and paper.  Please register, the program will be Monday, February 16 at 10 AM (it is President's day so kids are out of school).

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

    Bringing the World to Zionsville! International Fair at the Library

    Do you enjoy learning about countries and cultures other than your own?  Have you ever wanted to spend a little time in another country but don’t have the means or the time? 

    If so, put Saturday, February 21st, 1 - 2:30 PM on your calendar and come to the first floor of the Hussey-Mayfield Library for our 8th International Fair!

    Our first International Fair was held in 1999 as part of a Youth Summer Reading Program and it has been held almost every other year since then. 

    This year, there will be at least 16 countries represented with tables full of cultural curios, crafts, cloths, music, books written in different languages, maps, food, etc. as well as participants from those countries available to tell you about their home country and culture.  

    People from these countries and cultures will be represented at this year’s International Fair: Japan, Switzerland, Haiti, Lebanon, Bulgaria, China, Sweden, India, Latvia, South Vietnam, Germany, Nicaragua, Ukraine, Jamaica, Lithuania, and Libya. Others may be added before Feb. 21st.

    You might find activities and crafts for you to do that are illustrative of the culture and life in their home countries at some of our friends' displays.  


    There will be young dancers demonstrating dance from Latvia during the afternoon Fair as well as a woman from  India playing a Veena.  And more entertainment may be added!

    Additionally, the American Field Service (AFS) high school foreign exchange student program will have a table and invites visitors to learn about hosting foreign exchange students as well as possibly becoming one! 

    We are in for a bit of snow and very cold temperatures between now and then, and the 10-day forecast currently shows that Saturday as being  drizzly with a high temp near freezing.  Brrr!

    So, come to the Library on Saturday afternoon, February 21st at 1 PM and warm up inside while you make some new friends and learn about countries and cultures from around the world!  

    Registration is recommended to help our participants plan for amounts of food to bring for visitors to sample and enjoy. Registration may be done via the Library’s website Event Calendar http://bit.ly/1zUd36x . Go to Saturday, February 21st on the calendar and register at the link for the International Fair.  See you there!