Friday, October 31, 2014

Don't Miss This LEGO Event Downtown!

All you LEGO lovers, be sure to check out LEGO KidsFest at the Indiana Convention Center, coming up November 7-9. Hurry to get your tickets now because this traveling event has sold out at other tour locations in the recent past; in other words, you might not be able to purchase tickets at the door. This tour includes interactive play and build areas, LEGO Master Builders, and intricate models of LEGO structures and creations.

Watch for LEGO programs at the library!
Starting November 11, you can sign your kiddos up for LEGO Read, Build, Play on Monday nights in December at the library. We will have three different story sessions of LEGO play on Monday, December 1, 8, and 15, from 6:30-7:00pm. This is an interactive storytime for ages 3-6 with a parent.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Great News for Lifelong Learners

Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity
If you like learning new things and enjoy listening to distinguished experts talk about subjects that matter, you’ll want to try one of The Great Courses. 

The Library recently added over twenty new lectures in this acclaimed instructional series, and more terrific titles are coming soon!  Explore astronomy with Skywatching: Seeing and Understanding Cosmic Wonders. Delve into the relationship between neuroscience and consciousness with Origins of the Human Mind. Roam the galleries of the world with How To Look At and Understand Great Art. Challenge yourself with Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity. And these are just a few of the intriguing offerings.

We're in the process of consolidating The Great Courses in one convenient location.  For now, you'll find our latest additions on second floor next to the World Languages. Or you can search the online catalog.

Since The Great Courses have no exams or homework, they're perfect for lifelong learners!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

That's Gross

October is a month full of bonfires, candy, scares, and sometimes things that are gross.  
Our teen librarian knows the students of Zionsville love any program that deals with food, so she decided to mix it with something that is just plain gross.  
In the past we've had October programs centered around cupcakes and there's this other book that is downright disgusting, but don't worry, it's pure fake. 
Now if you are looking for something that leaves you reading about gross things and not eating foods that look gross, the library has you covered.  If you want to make something that looks gross and tastes delicious, students in grades 6-12 will have to join us on Wednesday, October 29 at 5:30PM for our Gross Desserts program.  Registration is recommended to ensure we have enough supplies.  What are we making?  Let's just say that is so gross that you don't have to worry about anyone eating it.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Trick or Treating and Reading

Bring your children to Boone Village Shopping Center for safe trick or treating on Wednesday, October 29 from 5:30-7 PM and you will see your local librarians passing out candy. 

Not only will we be passing out candy at this special event, but we will also have an exclusive reading challenge for children ages Birth through 5th grade.  The challenge sheet will only be available at the trick or treating event, and it will be very simple to complete.

The Librarians are challenging children birth-grade 5 to read 10 Library books or to read at least 100 pages of a Library book by November 23, 2014.  You choose the challenge you want to accept and start reading.  Though it is called the scary book challenge, you do not have to ready scary books!  After you have completed the challenge, return your completed form to the Youth Services Reference desk where you will be entered into a drawing for the Very Scary Book Basket.

This form will not available at the Library, you can only pick it up at the Boone Village Trick or Treat event!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MINGLE - creative ideas for unique gatherings

The holidays are fast approaching.  Once Halloween is over it is such a short jump to Thanksgiving.Then after Thanksgiving, need I say more?  Christmas is at our doorstep!!!

If you need some help with ideas for decorating, what to serve, or gifts themselves,  check out a copy of Mingle.  The current Autumn, 2014 issue is bursting with ideas for all of your favorite holidays.

Halloween - how about a pumpkin drink cooler or maybe homemade candy apples with tree branches for sticks and spiders crawling to the top.  And don't forget s'mores on a stick - non-messy and great for kids.

Thanksgiving - looking for a different approach?  What about a southwest Thanksgiving theme. Instead of turkey,  maybe filet of salmon prepared with herbs and Three Sisters Stew.  This is a stew combining squash, corn and beans  - they were planted close together by the Indians so that they would thrive and survive.
Christmas - many knitting ideas from the owner of a Washington craft shop named Apple Yarns.  Also if you're thinking about a different kind of holiday party,  an afternoon get-together drinking hot chocolate and sharing time unhurried away from the hustle and bustle could be the perfect solution.  Hot Chocolate Highlights by Danielle Mohler gives all the information you need.

Hmmmmm - a Ladies Winter Whiskey Tasting Party - fantastic idea!!  Kate Bowler tells us that whiskey can be a well-loved ladies' drink when mixed properly with the perfect ingredients.
Ideas galore and beautiful pictures that can help you bring these ideas into your own home and your family's celebrations.  Come into the library and check out the Autumn issue of Mingle

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

No Rules Teen Program!

Our teen librarian should really clarify what she means here.  Kitchen Sink Crafts is a repeating program for students in grades 6-12 and college that tends to occur on no school days like fall and winter break.  As for that no rules thing, it is more of an "anything goes" policy.  You see, each teen program done at the library has supplies for 20-30 teens.  What happens if only 10 teens show up?  Our teen librarian is left with those supplies and after years and years of programs, our library owns a strange array of craft items, like bottle caps and clothespins.  We do not repeat programs and throwing away perfectly good items would be downright wasteful.  Thus, Kitchen Sink Crafts was born.  For a whopping three hours, we lay down tablecloths, throw open the craft cabinets and let the creating begin.  We are making nothing and everything all at once.  Perhaps you can find a use for a few of those plastic eggs we have left over from when we made dragon eggs during one of our Harry Potter programs.  Or maybe you missed it when we made a Wookie tissue box cover and desperately want to make one.  Either way, we've got you covered.  The fun begins this Friday at noon and registration is recommended.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

National Book Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2014 National Book Award, one of the nation’s most prestigious literary prizes, were announced last week on NPR’s Morning Edition. Each year the National Book Foundation makes awards in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. In order to be eligible, a book must be written by an American citizen and published by an American publisher between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year.

This year’s fiction and nonfiction finalists are:


  • An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer
  • Redeployment by Phil Klay
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson
  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
  • No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal
  • Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr
  • Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos
  • The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson

For a complete list of finalists in all categories click here.  Winners will be announced November 19.