Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Andrew Carnegie Medal Winners

Established in 2012 by the American Library Association, the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction “recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year.” This year's winners are The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
An ALA press release provides the following summaries:

"Tartt’s The Goldfinch, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette BookGroup, Inc., tells the tale of 13-year-old Manhattanite Theo. In the wake of his father’s abandonment, Theo grows extremely close to his vivacious mother—until an act of terrorism catapults him into a dizzying world bereft of gravity, certainty or love. Tartt writes from Theo’s point of view with fierce exactitude and magnetic emotion.

Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, published by Simon & Schuster, examines the complex relationship between two presidents, Roosevelt and Taft, who played major roles in the Progressive movement of the early twentieth century. Acclaimed historian Goodwin offers a superb re-creation of a period when many politicians, journalists and citizens of differing political affiliations viewed government as a force for public good."

Winners were selected from a shortlist of three fiction and three nonfiction finalists and a longlist of 50 titles.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Learn About Herbs at the Library


    This July, don’t miss a couple of exciting chances to learn about growing herbs. First, whether you want oregano for your spaghetti sauce, cilantro for your salsa, or lavender for you potpourri, Master Gardener and garden designer Amy Mullen can help you plant the perfect herb garden. Join us on July 17th for an introductory-level seminar to learn more about cultivating common garden herbs.
    Next, learn how herbs can heal. Have you ever wondered about which herbs to take for which ailments? If so, licensed practical nurse, holistic health practitioner, and master herbalist Dee Weis will cover the basics of herbal medicine, discussing safety issues and how to select herbal medicines. A beginner's guide to herbs will be raffled off to one lucky participant!
    Please register for both of these programs, either online (click here for Herb Gardens and here for Herbal Medicine 101) or by calling 317-873-3149.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Carnival Time!! Friday, August 1, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Our annual carnival is a time to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program AND the library's birthday (52 years old this year!). Register NOW for the fun!

If you like bounce houses, fire and police vehicles and personnel, face painting, balloon animals, carnival games, popcorn, live music, and free raffles and prizes from Whole Foods Market, you will LOVE our carnival! Hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Library.

Bring the family!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Our Little Library Gains National Attention

As the teen librarian and an employee, I am a bit biased, but I think we can all agree that our Library is pretty special.  I hear it dozens of times from people who are visiting from out of town or are here to present a library program.  The woodwork is fabulous, the children's area is stunning, the staff are incredibly polite and helpful, the list goes on and on.  I wanted to take some time to talk about some of the local and national grants our Library has been a part of in the last six months.  One of the grants is written by our Teen Council, which is made up of students in grades 7-12 and meets once a month.  These students have been working hard since last November to select prizes for our Teen Summer Reading program, which includes working intensely with a tight budget.  In February, those same teens presented their vision to a small group of their peers and adults which make up the Youth As Resources board.  Youth As Resources is a division on the United Way which challenges youth to design projects that will help their communities.  Nearly all of the leveled prizes in the teen program are funded thanks to Youth As Resources and the immense research and planning of our Public Library's Teen Council.  Interested in being a member? Just email our teen librarian for details.

Our Library is not just known for winning local grants, but also for national grants.  For the third year in a row, our Library has been awarded 1 of 20 grants across the country to support a Teen Summer Intern program, which is generously funded by the Young Adult Library Services Association and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  To be eligible to apply as an intern, students must be in at least their second year of Teen Volunteer Corps and have good attendance.  These students have an intense six hour training session over two days, manage their peers, and are trusted with additional responsibilities. 

While the two above grants awarded so far in 2014 are impressive, there is yet another awesome grant or potential grant which we had to mention.  Zionsville's own Natasha Wujek entered the Healers Trilogy Contest is 1 of 19 finalists! As you can see, our Library may not be the biggest in the state, but we our staff and teens are doing great things to improve the Library for you and your family.  Great job to everyone and thanks for making the Library a part of your life!

Monday, July 7, 2014

SRP Update - Lots of New Books and Prizes!

We are just a few kids shy of having 2,000 Zionsville children registered with 3 or more books, hours or days.  That would be a new record for our Summer Reading Program!

We have loaded up our prize shelves with new books and new prizes. Please bring in your log sheets and your prize coins and claim your reading prizes. We want to reward everyone for their hard work this summer.

Remember: The store closes when the program ends on Saturday, July 26th at 4:45pm. Don't wait until the last minute. Prize selection is good right now!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Unseen Face of Immigration

It’s no coincidence that the covers of both Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok and The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina HenrĂ­quez depict faceless women.  Both novels explore complex questions of identity:  How do others see us?  How do we perceive ourselves?

Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok’s debut novel, tells the story of Ah-Kim who arrives in New York City with her mother.  Both are eager to forge a new life.  Almost immediately, they learn that the house they were promised is, in fact, a squalid apartment, and that the "big American factory" is a sweatshop.  Bright, ambitious Kim believes she can save them, but the closer she comes to realizing the American dream, the more she struggles with questions of identity and family. 

Healing and loss lie at the heart of Cristina HenrĂ­quez's new novel, The Book of Unknown Americans. The Riveras come to the United States seeking rehabilitation for their beautiful, brain-damaged fifteen-year-old daughter. The move places them in a dilapidated apartment complex amidst other struggling Latino families who share the American dream. What happens is both loving and painful. Booklist calls The Book of Unknown Americans a "compassionately imagined, gently comedic, and profoundly wrenching novel of big dreams and crushing reality, courageous love and unfathomable heartbreak.”

Monday, June 30, 2014

More Free eBooks in July

StarWalk Kids Media is repeating a  Free Summer Reading program, the PopUpLibrary, for the entire month of July 2014. During this month, a collection of 500+ eBooks will be available free to anyone with Internet access — children, families, educators — who would like to access and read  engaging non-fiction and fiction eBooks for children.

Visitors to this site in July can immediately read any eBook in our Pre-K thru 8th grade eBook collection, which is carefully curated for exceptional quality and written by well-known and respected authors including their founder, noted science author Seymour Simon.  They allow multiple simultaneous access with no check-in or check-out required.  Most of their eBooks also offer a “Read to Me” option for kids, with high quality, professional narration that accompanies the text.
They don’t require any form of user identification to use this program; they just want to make sure more kids read more eBooks this summer than ever before.

Don't forget that your HMMPL also offers downloadable books for free all of the time with Overdrive!  However, only one person can check out a copy at a time, so our patrons can utilize more copies through the Free PopUpLibrary this summer!