Thursday, June 18, 2015

Drop Off Backpack Attack Donations at the Library

Backpack Attack is here again!  Along with the other two Boone County Public Libraries in Thorntown and Lebanon, and among 25+ locations, the Hussey-Mayfield Library is again a drop-off site for school supplies for the United Way of Central Indiana’s Backpack Attack.  Collection boxes are located near the main entrance on both public floors and school supplies may be dropped off between Thursday, June 18th and Monday, July 13th.  Students from all 10 elementary schools and 7 middle / high schools in Boone County will receive backpacks filled with school supplies to help them begin school this fall with some of the school supplies they need to be successful.

Backpacks have already been donated and it’s the fun stuff to put inside them that is needed now.  Priority items include:

•    Loose-leaf notebook paper
•    Spiral notebooks (no college-rule)
•    1” 3-ring binders
•    Dry-erase markers (black & blue)
•    #2 pencils
•    Scissors
•    Yellow highlighters


Also needed:

•    Colored pencils  (12-count)
•    Crayons (24-count)
•    Washable markers
•    Glue sticks
•    2-pocket folders
•    Plastic pencil boxes
•    Index cards

There are several opportunities to volunteer with the Boone County Backpack Attack in July and August.  Call Katie Hedge at (765) 894-1686 for more information or use the mysignupgenius website to sign up.

So, while you’re out shopping in the next few weeks, pick up some extra school supplies as outlined above and drop them off at the Hussey-Mayfield Library to be put in backpacks for kids who need them.  If you have questions about Backpack Attack, please contact Boone County Backpack Intern Katie Hedge at (765) 894-1686 or

Monday, June 8, 2015

Inspiring Real Life Heroes for Children to Read About!

This summer, children might be interested in reading about ordinary people who have a big voice.  Whether it is the audacity to ask questions, the need to stand up for injustice, the courage to persist in impossible situations, or maybe it is the need to help someone-heroes take many different forms and often have an interesting story to share; the Summer Reading them is, after all, Every Hero has a Story!  Here are some real, high-interest stories you might like to share with your family.

Picture Books to share

Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand- This rhyming picture book tells the amazing story of a four year old child with cancer who decides to raise money to help herself and others.  This summer, your child might like to participate in Alex's Lemonade Days to fight childhood cancer one cup at a time!

On a Beam of Light- This simple biography about Albert Einstein teaches us that sometimes it is important to ask questions. You might also like to read about The Librarian who Measured the Earth; he certainly liked to ask questions, too!

Wangari Maathai appreciated the trees as she grew up in Africa and noticed as she got older that the trees were gone and the land was changing.  She started planting Trees of Peace, which created Seeds of Change across the land.

The Boy who Loved Math didn't know how to butter his own bread, but he was able to solve math problems that others couldn't, and he was certainly willing to share his gift of math knowledge with the world!

Who Says Women Can't be Doctors?  A lot of people did a long time ago until Elizabeth Blackwell paved the way for women.  She believed in herself, worked very hard and changed society.

For the Middle Grade Readers 
(Some of these books have topics that may be difficult for young readers to handle)

The Who Was? series is a great way to introduce children to biographies about interesting and important people.  They are high interest books and there are many to choose from. See which ones might be interesting for your family!  

Thinking Differently was frowned upon by Steve Jobs' teachers; he did not do well in school.  He had many failures in his life, but he did not succumb to failure, rather he turned those failures into great successes! 

Bill and Melinda Gates are also in the computer industry and they have donated at least 26.2 million dollars to education, libraries, and global development.  You might be interested in reading more about their philanthropy.  

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) tells the story of one girl who wanted to go to school.  Her right to go to school was taken away by the Taliban, but she did not let this injustice destroy her belief in humanity. She stood up against the Taliban and spoke out for her right.  Her story of standing up for herself and for girls everywhere is a true inspiration; some topics you should be aware of that are in this book are war, violence, and terrorism.

Bethany Hamilton's story of survival is an inspiring one!  She has to face the challenges of losing an arm after a shark attack.  She does not give up on herself and she figures out how to overcome. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Do You Want to Help Set a World Record?

Has it been your deepest desire to set a world record?  Or be part of a team that challenges a Guinness World Record?  If so, then the Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield, IN has an offer you don't want to miss!  HCPL is trying to set a new World Record for the most people balancing a book on their heads at the same time!  The current record is 998 people so they are looking for at least 999 people to help them break the record!  What a great goal for a public library – do you want to help them set a new World Record?

Join others at the Greenfield Central High School football field at 810 North Broadway in Greenfield on Saturday, May 30th at 10 AM and plan to stay a couple of hours as the attempt to break the record comes together.  Check out the flyer for details about registering and what to bring with you to help set a new World Record and be recorded in the next edition of the Guinness Book of Records!  

Friday, May 22, 2015

Youth Summer Reading explained to Parents!

Hours, Books, or days—what do I choose?  If your children have never participated in our youth summer reading program, or if you have ever felt overwhelmed by the choices, please join us Monday, June 1 at 10:30 AM or 6:30 PM and we would love to explain the program to you!  You will learn how to get the most out of the HMMPL Summer Reading Program for your child and a librarian will be available to answer all of your questions.  Children may attend with you, but this program is geared towards parents.  Please register!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Busy Bags - Thursday, May 21 from 6:30 to 8:30pm

Busy Bags are small, portable, manipulative activities for toddlers and/or preschoolers. Some help with fine motor skills, others teach pre-literacy skills, and others are just a fun and quiet distraction to help pass time. 

The Busy Bag program is an adult-only program; there is no childcare. This is because it takes almost two hours to assemble all the activity bags that you will take home with you at the end of the evening.

If you sign up for Busy Bags, you are asked to either be a member or become a member of the Friends of the Library (individual membership is $10/year; family membership is $20/year). This membership helps offset the cost of supplies for the Busy Bags and also allows you to be part of a great organization. Friends' dues go toward helping fund library programs and grants. Also, if you choose, you may volunteer to staff Friends events and/or voice opinions on how best to support the Library.  

Sign up here or by calling Youth Services at 873-8342. Registration is limited to 12 adults. (No children.)

Friday, May 1, 2015

National Pet Week Collection for TheraPets of Indiana

Sunday, May 3 through Saturday, May 9 is National Pet Week. To celebrate, bring in a donation for TheraPets of Indiana ( These pups faithfully visit our library every month for our PAWS to Read program and are very active at St. Vincent Hospitals. 

A collection box will be at the Youth Services Reference Desk. Suggested items include gift cards, dog toys, and Milk-Bone brand dog biscuits.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Adult Programs

This May, take some time away from revving up the lawn mower and swimsuit shopping to join us at the Library for some great programs. First up, the Just the Facts Nonfiction Book Club still meets the first Tuesday of every month, and the Knitting Club still gathers on the second Saturday. Harley Sheets will be here on Saturday May 9 at 2 PM to talk about historic postcards, and will appraise any postcard collections customers have brought (many of Harley's Zionsville postcards are currently in the display windows at both entrances). Caleb Quick of Morgan Stanley will return to talk about securing your retirement via Social Security at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, May 12. For genealogy buffs, certified genealogist Betty Warren will demonstrate advanced research techniques in her Advanced Ancestry class on Tues., May 19 at 6 PM (this class is recommended for those who have taken Betty's previous class or at least know the basics of You can register for any of these events either by clicking on the hyperlinks or calling us at 873 8341.
See you at the Library!