Saturday, April 19, 2014

Where did the fish go?

The fish tank is a landmark at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library and regular visitors want to know, “What happened to the big fish?”  Don’t worry; our big fish are happily retired!  They get to enjoy warm temperatures, early dinners, and great company at retirement homes around Zionsville. 

The baby fish that we have at the Library are going to grow over the next few months and we will get to see them transform into big colorful cichlids.  These new fish are happy in their new home, they love to greet visitors, and they even follow visitors when they move in front of the tank!  We are so fortunate to have these colorful babies; we are definitely looking forward to watching them grow!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams is known for his sweeping black and white images of the natural world.  It has been thirty years since his passing, but fortunately his images live on.

Adams' life is the epitome of a second chance.  He started playing the piano seriously at the age of twelve, and for many years, strove to be an accomplished pianist.  Thwarted by his small hands, he faced reality, and shifted his focus to photography.

Adams was a purist when it came to photography.  He did not believe in making alterations to his images with filters or color, but he did use color on occasion.   Although we often think of his larger-than-life landscapes, one of his best still-life photographs is “Rose on Driftwood”.

Have you been, or are you planning to visit the Ansel Adams Exhibit?  It is currently at the 
Eiteljorg Museum.  You have until August 3rd to see 75 of his works on display.  In addition to the exhibit, the museum has several events scheduled that will be of interest to
photography enthusiasts.   

If you are interested in Adams, and want more resources, your library has the following:


He completed this book shortly before his death in 1984.  In “Ansel Adams: An Autobiography” you read his life story, interspersed with photographs on almost every page. He describes the struggle to include the newcomer of photography into the arts community.  You will also learn about his work with the Sierra Club.  Adams was one of our country's early conservationists, with a passion to preserve the beauty of the American West.

 “Looking at Ansel Adams” by Andrea Stillman is one of the latest books on the famous photographer.  The author knew Adams personally, and had worked with him on several projects.
She gives you the inside story of 20 of his most famous photographs.  You will gain insight into Adams' creative process.  The text adds the back story of each photograph, increasing the enjoyment of the images.

PBS has produced  "Ansel Adams: American Experience. This documentary features images of Adams' work and his writing.  In an attempt to get at the heart of what inspired him, the film follows in Adams' footsteps as he traveled around the America West, and shows footage of the actual sites of many of his iconic images.  

Adams was a pioneer in his field, and he gave us his images so we could appreciate the majestic landscapes that he loved. Whether you visit the exhibit or not, these resources will enhance your discovery of Ansel Adams' legacy.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kids, Join Lemonade Day!

And learn how to start, own and operate a successful lemonade stand!

By participating in Lemonade Day, a metro Indianapolis area program, you can become a budding entrepreneur and learn practical business experience, while having fun with your family and friends.

Interested families, with students in grades pre-K through 12, may register for the program at and then stop by the Library to pick up a free Lemonade Day tote bag! and meet our new Lemonade guy for a flyer.  Participants will work through web-based lessons to prepare to open their first lemonade stand. The site is full of business start-up information for both the young entrepreneur and sponsoring adult. 

All stands should be open on the official  Lemonade Day:  Saturday, May 17. More information and a the online registration form are available here.

We look forward to meeting all the new entrepreneurs when they pick up their free tote bag at the Library!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Five Fitness Goals - Your Library Can Help!

I recently read a blog by Amy Roberts.  She is a personal trainer and writes for "Women’s Health".  It reminded me of our discussion in January about making SMART fitness goals.  If you missed it, you can link to that blog here.

The premise of Amy’s blog is the importance of goal-setting.  The author suggests that we set five particular goals.  Once you’ve set your goals, your library has resources to help you achieve them.

Goal #1: Lower Your Body Fat Percentage
Often, when we say we want to lose weight, what we really want to do is lose body fat.  This will make our body look more compact, and rev up our metabolism.  Unfortunately, wishing doesn’t make it so.  We need to perform exercises that will help us to change our body composition. 
Many times, that is the frustration of walkers.  They will put in a lot of time “hoofing it”, but won’t see a change in their figure.  Adding weight training to your cardio routine will help you lower your body fat. 
If you are new to strength training, try Petra Kolber’s “Step-by-step Strength Training”. 
Petra is an experienced instructor who will lead you into a safe and effective workout.  You have the choice of four short sessions that will hold your interest.

Goal #2: Get Stronger
We have the freedom to set any goal we want.  Most women hate to do pushups because we are generally weak in our upper body.  If you had a plan to get better at pushups, you would be more likely improve, and maybe like them…or hate them less.  Remember: any goal that gets us stronger will also give us more lean muscle, and as we discussed in Goal #1, that’s a good thing!
One great workout to help us toward this goal is “Strong Body, Fit Body” by Erin O’Brien. 
You will perform exercises that work multiple body parts at once.  This will shorten your exercise time, the full-body workout is only 45 minutes.

Goal #3: Master a Skill
Choose a sport, skill or exercise that you’re interested in, and give it a try.  This is not only good for your body, learning a new skill is good for your brain.  There are many leagues and groups that do a wide variety of activities in our area.
One group fitness activity is Zumba.  This Latin-inspired dance craze can be found in many gyms, churches and rec centers.  If you don’t want to try it for the first time in front of a lot of hip-shaking enthusiasts, you can try it on DVD in the privacy of your own home. 
We have the entire 7-DVD set of Zumba Exhilarate.  Disc 1 is a guide through the steps.  Each additional DVD will lead you through the unique aspects of this fitness system.  By the time you’ve tried all seven, you’ll be ready to join a live class. 

Goal #4: Make Fitness a Part of Your Routine
What is the typical answer that we give people when they ask us how we are?  “Busy!”  Everyone seems to have the same problem.  If we don’t schedule fitness into our routine, it will easily go by the wayside. 

With over 300 fitness DVDs at your library, you can check out several (remember the limit on DVDs is ten at a time), and find the ones that you will enjoy.  We have several DVDs from the series “10 Minute Solution”. 
Each DVD has five 10 minute workouts, why not start with one and see what you think?  It may be just what you need if you’re in an exercise slump.

Goal #5: Train For an Event
This time of year there are charity 5k’s all over the place.  If you train ahead for an event, then you will be able to get to the end with a smile on your face, instead of hobbling in pain. 
The library has many cardiovascular workouts that will help you boost your speed and endurance.  We also have great books that will give you a plan for success.  3 Months to Your First 5K” is just one.  
 Whatever your goals are, remember your library when you are looking for inspiration and motivation. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

National Library Week

Stop by the Library during National Library Week (April 13 - 19) and enter to win one of three fabulous prize baskets! National Library Week is seven-day celebration to recognize the importance of libraries, librarians, and library workers not just in your community, but across the country. At the Library, we are big fans of celebrations and recognition, so we are giving away three prize baskets. Library goers ages birth to fifth grade can drop their name in for a prize on the first floor, students in grades 6-12 and college can drop their name in for another prize on the second floor, where adults will also find a prize. Each prize is packed with goodies, including books hand-selected by your favorite librarians. Perhaps we’ve yet to mention the best part . . . you can enter your name in the drawing once a day, every day of National Library Week! So make extra stops to the Library the week of April 13-19 to show your support for your Library and your chance to win big.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Teen Volunteers Needed for Summer 2014!

Here is a snippet of a conversation frequently had between parents and our teen librarian about the library's Teen Volunteer Corps.

Teen Librarian: It's a great way for your child to get job experience with a minimal commitment.  We schedule each student for one two-hour shift per week for eight weeks.  We also hold a two-hour training session with a one hour focus on customer service skills, which is designed to be similar to a job orientation.  Plus, each student gets a free shirt, which will get your child used to wearing a uniform.

Parent: What will my child do?

Teen Librarian: Your child will be either upstairs working with teens or downstairs working with little kids and will pass out summer reading prizes, sign people up for summer reading, answer questions, as well as shelve materials and help keep the library tidy.  

Parent: We have a big vacation coming up during summer reading.

Teen Librarian: That is exciting.  Are you going somewhere fabulous?  (This is where our teen librarian who almost never gets time off in the summer is briefly jealous and excited for families and their awesome summer vacations.)  This is not a problem at all.  We are happy to work around scheduled vacations and camps.  We just ask that volunteers make up any missed shifts.  We will show students how to do this during training and can remind them at any time during the summer if needed.

Parent: How old does my child have to be?

Teen Librarian: Your child has to currently be in sixth grade or higher.  Applications are due Thursday, May 1st and are available on our website or in the library.

On the other end, this is what our teen librarian tells teens...
  1. It is job experience that you can use when you get your first job
  2. It is only two hours a week.
  3. It gets you out of the house and away from your siblings.  Plus, if you're not at home, you can't mow the lawn.
  4. If you get perfect attendance of 18 hours or more, you get an invite to a special event which is held on the first Saturday in August.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

LibraryReads - Books Librarians Love

Can't decide what to read next? Tired of reading traditional bestsellers? Want to surprise your book group with a new title? Then visit LibraryReads. Each month this awesome website lists the top ten new books librarians around the country are recommending to their readers. It’s not a contest or a sales gimmick, simply a way for people who love books to share their collective favorites.

There are, of course, a few caveats. LibraryReads’ recommendations are based on publishers’ advance copies, and hardcover editions may not yet be available.  Or the hardcover edition may have been received, but is waiting to be cataloged, which takes a little time. So, if you see a book on LibraryReads that’s not in the Evergreen catalog, talk to a reference librarian, who will be happy to find out whether it’s been ordered, and, if it has, to get it to you as soon as possible.

Stop by the Readers' Advisory bookshelf the next time you're in Teen & Adult Services.  We've put together a binder containing a printed copy of the current LibraryReads list as well as all previous lists. Just look for the orange and blue logo.