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Although our building may be closed we still want to “see” you!  Join us for one of our online programs.  Like, comment and share all of our prerecorded programs or join a zoom club.  Keep an eye out for new and exciting ways to interact with library staff and other library lovers.  To join in send an email request to reference@ indianafreelibrary.org

  • Culture is defined as “The sum total of the learned behavior of any given society.” This is a great definition for Mr. Kocher’s high school World Cultures class that it came from, but for the purposes of this program, it will also mean how we experience culture in our own community, tapping into the rich talents within our own town. Libraries are a hub of culture in any community.
    Join in as we explore topics such as music, painting, theater, languages, story-telling, history, crafts, poetry, pottery, film watching and making, and any other aspect of culture that we can include.

  • Fourth Thursday of the month at 10:30
    Join us as we read and discuss many of the great works of classic literature. Message us on Facebook or email iflteens@gmail.com with your name and email address to be added to the group.

  • Our True Story Book Club meets on Zoom the first Tuesday of each month at 11 AM. Our subjects are from all around the world: of places, events, and people of any time period. The only thing that matters to us in this club is if it is a true story! You can access the titles on the cloudLibrary or by using our GrabNGo service here at the library.

    Please email me (Val) at iflkidsfun@gmail.com with your name and email address so you may be added to the book club member list. Hard copies of the next month's meeting titles will be available after each meeting. You do not need to take part in the meeting, but I do need to know if you want to read the books so that I can order enough copies for everyone. I also need to know if you would like special materials such as a large print or audiobook versions. Sometimes, these are available to us.

    When the materials arrive, I will process them for checkout and you will then be notified when you can come in and pick it up. Please be aware that because of Covid, I am not in the library every day, so there may be a lag in the availability of the materials. Our GrabNGo service can be found at 724-465-8841 or iflgrabngo@indianafreelibrary.org. Please state that you want the True Story Book Club, the date of the meeting and the title that interests you so that we can get you the right book.

    >>>Please email me (Val) at iflkidsfun@gmail.com at least the evening before the Zoom meeting so that I know to include you in the invite. If you are already a member of the club, you will automatically get an invite.<<<

    Here is the schedule for 2021 (Or click on the logo to view the title and summary):

    January 5th - Just Don't Fall: A Hilariously True Story of Childhood, Cancer, Amputation, Romantic Yearning, Truth, and Olympic Greatness by Josh Sundquist (336 pp)
    February 2nd-The Real Diana: The Revealing Biography of the Princess of Wales by renowned Royal Biographer, Lady Colin Campbell (348 pp)
    March 2nd- 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin (288 pp)
    April 6th- Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson (301 pp)
    May 4th- Goodbye to All That: An Autobiography by Robert Graves (347 pp)
    June 1st- Not Without My Daughter: The Harrowing True Story of a Mother's Courage by Betty Mahmoody and William Hoffer (420 pp)
    July 6th - Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life (Ackroyd's Brief Lives) by Peter Ackroyd (304 pp)
    August 3rd – Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan (320 pp)
    September 7th - I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt (384 pp)
    October 5th - H.J. Heinz: A Biography by Quentin R. Skrabec Jr. (291 pp)
    November 2nd - Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune by Mary Jo Ignoffo (280 pp)
    December 7th - My Father's Paradise : A Son's Search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq by Sabar, Ariel (369 pp)

  • Second Monday of the month at 7:00
    Join us on a Zoom call to discuss each month’s selected title. We will be reading a variety of fiction titles. Message us on Facebook or email iflteens@gmail.com with your name and email address to be added to the group.

  • Third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM on Zoom.

    The We Be Book N' Book Club is a new book club geared toward the "tweens" of our library community. We'll read fiction, non-fiction, and even graphic novels in our schedule this year. All books have an age rating from the website of Goodreads.com and will be stated along with the title. If you have questions of whether or not the title is appropriate for your child, you may view the summary of each book by clicking on the We Be Book N' logo where the age rating will also be visible. Please read these summaries carefully if you have a concern about the material and your child's reading level. I was one of those kids who read Moby Dick and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea when I was about ten years old and thoroughly enjoyed them. Meanwhile, my daughter didn't get into Harry Potter until she was well into her teens, so I know very well that every child has completely different tastes and reading levels.

    Please email me (Val) at iflkidsfun@gmail.com with your name and email address so you may be added to the book club member list. Hard copies of the next month's meeting titles will be available after each meeting. You do not need to take part in the meeting, but I do need to know if you want to read the books so that I can order enough copies for everyone. I also need to know if you would like special materials such as a large print or audiobook versions. Sometimes, these are available to us.

    When the materials arrive, I will process them for checkout and you will then be notified when you can come in and pick it up. Please be aware that because of Covid, I am not in the library every day, so there may be a lag in the availability of the materials. Our GrabNGo service can be found at 724-465-8841 or iflgrabngo@indianafreelibrary.org. Please state that you want the We Be Book N' Book Club book, the date of the meeting, and the title so that the librarians can get the right material to you.

    **Please email me (Val) if you have questions. Like I said, I am not in the Children's Department every day, so I'm not able to take or return phone calls or messages in a timely manner. Email is the quickest way to an answer. That email is: Iflkidsfun@gmail.com.

    >>>If you are member of our book club and have provided me with your email address, you will automatically receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting. If you aren't a member yet, please email me (Val) at iflkidsfun@gmail.com at least the evening before the Zoom meeting so that I can include you in the invite.<<<

    Our 2021 schedule is:
    January 18th: Wish by Barbara O'Connor (256 pp, ages 9-12)
    February 15th: Doll Bones by Holly Black (272 pp, ages 10-14)
    March 15th: My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope by Diane Guerro, and Erica Moroz (256 pp, ages 10-14)
    April 19th: New Kids by Jerry Craft (Juvenile Graphic Novel, 256 pp, ages 8-12)
    May 17th: Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley (320 pp, ages 9-12)
    June 21st: Wolf Hollow by Mauren Wolk (320 pp, ages 10-13)
    July 19th: Fly Girls (Young Reader's Edition): How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'briend (320 pp, ages 10-up)
    August 16th: The Woman's Hour (Adapted for Young Readers): Our Fight for the Right to Vote by Elaine Weiss (224 pp, ages 8-12)
    September 20th: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (288 pp, ages 8-12)
    October 18th: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (215 pp, ages 12-up)
    November 15th: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (320 pp, ages 10-13)
    December 20th Compass South: A Graphic Novle (Four Points Series, Book 1) by Hope Larson (224 pp, Ages 10-12)

    What should you think about when reading the book? Here are some questions that may come up in our discussions!

    1. What did you like best about this book?
    2. What did you like least about this book?
    3. What other books did this remind you of?
    4. Which characters in the book did you like best?
    5. Which characters did you like least?
    6. Share a favorite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out?
    7. Would you read another book by this author? Why or why not?
    8. If you got the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?
    9. Which character in the book would you most like to meet?
    10. Which places in the book would you most like to visit?

    To view a complete list of book club discussion questions that make you really think about the book, visit: Book Riot at https://s2982.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/printable-book-club-discussion-questions.pdf

  • Fourth Tuesday of the month at 11:00 AM on Zoom.

    Hello! I'm Val! I usually work as the Youth Services librarian, but I am also an historian with a master's in history from IUP. I take my title seriously and hope to promote enlightenment and profound discussion on the events and characters that have set our country apart from any other in the history of the world.

    We will read titles with the subjects ranging from early North American settlements and colonial days through the modern era. Please email me (Val) at iflkidsfun@gmail.com with your name and email address so you may be added to the book club member list. Hard copies of the next month's meeting titles will be available after each meeting. You do not need to take part in the meeting, but I do need to know if you want to read the books so that I can order enough copies for everyone. I also need to know if you would like special materials such as a large print or audiobook versions. Sometimes, these are available to us.

    When the materials arrive, I will process them for checkout and you will then be notified when you can come in and pick it up. Please be aware that because of Covid, I am not in the library every day, so there may be a lag in the availability of the materials. Our GrabNGo service can be found at 724-465-8841 or iflgrabngo@indianafreelibrary.org. Please state that you want the American History Book Club book, the date of the meeting, and the title so that the librarians can get the right material to you. Thanks for your interest and keep reading!! It is so important for the preservation of our unique American culture!

    >>>If you are member of our book club and have provided me with your email address, you will automatically receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting. If you aren't a member yet, please email me (Val) at iflkidsfun@gmail.com at least the evening before the Zoom meeting so that I can include you in the invite.<<<

    Our schedule for 2021 is:

    January 26th: Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program by Pat Duggins (The author will sit in on our meeting). (264 pp)
    February 23rd: Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City by Wes Moore (273 pp)
    March 23rd: The Moundbuilders: Ancient Peoples of Eastern North American by George R. Milner (224 pp)
    April 27th: A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca by Andres Resendez (336 pp)
    May 25th: A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke by James Horn (304 pp)
    June 22nd: Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation by David A Price (304 pp)
    July 27th: A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience by Emerson W. Baker (416 pp)
    August 24th: Into the American Woods: Negotiations on the Pennsylvania Frontier by James H. Merrell (464 pp)
    September 28th: A Few Acres of Snow: The Saga of the French and Indian Wars by Robert Leckie (388 pp)
    October 26th: The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America by Colin G. Calloway (240 pp)
    November 23rd: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade (304 pp)
    December 28th: The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828 by Lynn Hudson Parsons (277 pp)

  • Every Monday after 3PM on Facebook and this website.

    Cruise Into Kindergarten is a program for those children aged 3-4 who are getting ready to go to school for the first time! Even if your child is in preschool, you can take part in our program and help your child learn skills they'll need at school and at home. The program includes a set of sixteen activity cards that you will need to pick up at the library. Each one has a different activity, craft, rhymes, and recommended reading for the day and range in themes such as Letters and Numbers, Doing the Laundry, and Taking a Walk, among many others.

    If you are interested in the program, please click on the CiK logo. Starting on January 25th you will see IFL 2021 Cruise Into Kindergarten. Click on that event and then, click on the Register Button and fill in your information. You will then be notified when you can come in and pick up your activity cards. Space is limited to 20 children, so please register quickly before all the spaces fill up!

    Each Monday's program will be posted onto the IFL Facebook page and this website by 3 PM. The programs on Facebook must be removed after three months, so watch those while you are able. Don't worry if you miss one though, there are a couple back ups. To view the programs on this website, visit "What We Do," then "Youth Programs." All our online programs are there in the Cruise into Kindergarten button for the choosing and in chronological order. Or you can go back to the Calendar and click on the date of the program that you want to watch. It's that easy! You can even go back to one you enjoyed or missed!

    There is no registration for these programs and they are free and available to the public at all times.

    **For additional info contact Val at iflkidsfun@gmail.com. Please do not call the Children's Department if you have questions. Due to Covid, I am not in the Department every day, so I cannot receive or return calls in a timely matter. Thanks!

  • Tuesday's and Thursday's after 3 PM on this website and the IFL Facebook Page.

    Join IFL Children's Librarian Val as she reads stories every Tuesday and Thursday from her home. There might be random visits from the house chickens during story-time who love to listen to the stories while they snack on their cheese. Story-time will be 15-30 minutes and all ages are welcome to join! Tuesday's will be more for kids aged Birth-4 years old as we will read one or two easy stories. On Thursday's, we'll read a longer, non-fiction story fit for 5-8 year old children and put together an easy, but fun craft with things you can find around the house or the Dollar Store. But, no matter your age, all are welcome to watch and join in the fun!

    Each day's program will be posted onto the IFL Facebook page and this website by 3 PM. The programs on Facebook must be removed after three months, so watch those while you are able. Don't worry if you miss one though, there are a couple back ups. To view the programs on this website, visit "What We Do," then "Youth Programs." All our online programs are there in the Storytime at the Hen House button for the choosing and in chronological order. Or you can go back to the Calendar and click on the date of the program that you want to watch. It's that easy! You can even go back to one you enjoyed or missed!

    There is no registration for these programs and they are free and available to the public at all times.

    **For additional info contact Val at iflkidsfun@gmail.com. Please do not call the Children's Department if you have questions. Due to Covid, I am not in the Department every day, so I cannot receive or return calls in a timely matter. Thanks!

  • Wednesdays at 3:00
    Lauri will walk you through a weekly craft from start to finish using materials that you could find around your house. The videos will be posted to the timeline if you need to source materials and you can watch at your leisure.

  • Wednesday's at 3 PM on Facebook and this website.

    Do you enjoy gazing at the night sky? Have you ever wondered how those stars, comets, and planets got up there and where they go during the day? Do you know their names? If you wonder about those twinkly little things up there in the sky or the faces our moon makes at us, this is the program for you! Our new program is for kids of all ages and astronomy ability!

    In Stories and Stars, we’ll read fun, fictional stories of stars or something from our science collection that will satisfy your curiosity of the things that surround our Earth. We’ll even dive into some science about the Earth and its role in our solar system and universe!

    As an added science experiment, we’ll go on a virtual “Star Walk,” in every program. If you want to follow along, you’ll need a smart phone or other device and download your choice of star apps from Google Play. I recommend and use Star Walk 2, but there are others such as NASA App, Sky View Lite, and Star Chart.

    Every now and then, we’ll also have special star gazing events at a local park to show off our knowledge and star identification skills. These will be advertised on Facebook and also on the Calendar on this website.

    You can watch all our Stories and Stars programs after 3PM each Wednesday on our IFL Facebook page for three months or for eternity on this website. Just go into “What We Do,” then to “Youth Programs,” and you will see the Stories and Stars programs there in chronological order. Or go back to the Calendar and click on the date of the program that you want to watch. It's that easy!

    There is no registration for these programs (other than the special star gazing events), and they are free and available to the public at all times.

    If you have questions, please email me (Val), at iflkidsfun@gmail.com. Please do not call the Children’s Department if you have a question. Due to Covid, I am not in the Department every day and I cannot receive and return calls or messages in a timely manner.

  • We normally hold an in-person book club once a month where we come together to talk about a certain cookbook, now we are pivoting to a different platform. An online community where we can all come together to swap recipes and talk about the success and challenges we are having during this time of having to cook more than we probably all usually do.

Our Impact This Year

  • People with Library Cards

    15,818

  • Items borrowed

    19,693

  • Dollars Raised

    $56,249

  • Program Participants

    7007

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