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!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Library Card Expired?! Now What?

If you have received an email that says your Evergreen library card will expire soon, don't worry, this process is simple and routine.  Every two years we have to make sure your information in the Evergreen system is accurate and up-to-date.  Just like a routine check-up at the doctor's office, it is quick and painless, and you will likely even keep the same card.

To renew your account, just bring in your Evergreen library card, your I.D. with your current address listed, and yourself to one of the Circulation desks.  The friendly Circulation worker will ask to see your I.D. and to verify your phone number and e-mail address… That’s it, you are done!  Your account will be renewed for another two years.

Why should you renew your library account?  You are not able to renew library materials past your account’s expiration date, so you will want to make sure to update your account.  Also, if your account has expired, you will not be able to use library computers, access Overdrive, Freegal, Rocket Languages, or any of the other online databases that the library has to offer.  That’s why it is important that you don’t delay when the time comes to renew your library account.

Have questions about renewing your library account?  Contact the Circulation Department at or 317-873-8340.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

We've Got Your Fitness Needs Covered

Your Library has a collection of over 400 fitness DVDs! 

We try our best to have a wide variety of choices.  From chair exercises to advanced (makes you sweat just to look at it), there's a DVD for your situation.  

How do you find just the right one for you?  Of course, the catalog is the most comprehensive resource.  But, if you want to browse, the Fitness DVD Collection binder is here to help.  The binder is located on top of the book case that holds the DVDs.  It has four sections.
  • The first section has the DVDs listed in Dewey Decimal order, just as they're found on the shelf. 
  • The second section is by title. Do you know the title of your favorite DVD?  Find its location in this section.
  • The third section is by presenter.  Do you love Jari Love?  If you like a particular presenter, this section has all of their DVDs listed together. 
  • The fourth section has them grouped by keyword.  Do you want to exercise with kettle bells?  Or what about step aerobics?  From abdominal exercises to vinyasa yoga, and every topic in between, we have something for you.
Our goal is to have the DVDs that fit your fitness needs.  If we don't have a particular DVD that you want, leave a suggestion in our box by the binder.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Book Award

The first annual Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Book Award nominees have been announced!  The purpose of this award is to encourage parents, caregivers, and very young children to interact together with exceptional picture books.  These exceptional books promote at least three of the five early literacy skills: reading, writing, singing, talking and playing.

And the nominees are…
Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett and Kevin Cornell
Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter
Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Pouch by David Ezra Stein
Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
Mix it Up! By Herve Tullet

Children who are under age 6 as of May 10, 2015 may vote for the 2015 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. It is expected that most children will require help from a parent. Children should stop by the library to look at the books and circle their favorite Firefly Nominee on the ballot, then turn it into HMMPL's Youth Services Reference Desk. Children may vote one time.

The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award is an initiative of the Indiana Center for the Book, which promotes interest in reading, writing, literacy, libraries, and Indiana's literary heritage by sponsoring events and serving as an information resource at the state and local level.