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Teen Books: What To Read While The Library Is Closed

by Youth Services

The library may be closed, but there is something to read or listen to for everyone in our digital library.

YA Dark Fantasy

If you’re looking for a blend of dark elements, fantasy world building, and romance, or even just a really long book, these are the books for you.


The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. EBook
A massive standalone epic fantasy with court intrigue, travel through dangerous lands, fantastical religions, blood, love, and rhetoric. The physical copy is a whopping 848 pages, but with an e-reader, you won’t be able to tell how massive this book is. 

 

 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. EBook
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

 

 

Step Back in Time with Historical Fiction Favorites

 

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. EBook
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

 

The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow. EBook
Sydney Taylor Award-winning novel Berlin Boxing Club is loosely inspired by the true story of boxer Max Schmeling’s experiences following Kristallnacht. Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew. But the bullies at his school in Nazi-era Berlin, don’t care that Karl has never been in a synagogue or that his family doesn’t practice religion. Demoralized by attacks on a heritage he doesn’t accept as his own, Karl longs to prove his worth. So when Max Schmeling, champion boxer and German national hero, makes a deal with Karl’s father to give Karl boxing lessons, A skilled cartoonist, Karl has never had an interest in boxing, but now it seems like the perfect chance to reinvent himself.

 

Romance:

 

Love and Gelatoby Jenna Evans Welch. EBook
A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure. Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

 

Royal Reads:

 

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine. Audiobook. Narrated by Khristine Hvam
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and her father’s life. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common-magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

 

You’ve Seen the Movie, Now Read the Book:

 

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. EBook.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. Remember. Survive. Run.

 

Life As We Know It: Realistic YA:

 

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg. EBook
Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn’t want to think about, ever.
Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His “wives” and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won’t like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he’s the only one who can keep the family from falling apart.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendnan Kiely. Audiobook. Narrated by Guy Lockard and Keith Nobbs
In this New York Times bestselling novel, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

 

True Stories You Can’t Ignore


The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs—at once an intimate portrait of Russia’s last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers between the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia’s poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read. 


To download any of these titles or other books in our collection, you’ll need to download Libby through your device’s App store to access the library’s digital collection. Libby is super easy to use; it’s designed to get you reading as quickly and seamlessly as possible

 

 

 

 

 

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Activities & Resources For Parents/Teachers

by Youth Services

There are all kinds of activities you can do at home while we are practicing social distancing. Here are some ideas to keep you entertained and engaged during the weeks ahead.

 

Art

ArtBar – activity guide for kids in quarantine

Lunch Doodles with Mo – Mo Willems is inviting kids to draw, doodle and explore with him every day for the next few weeks. New episodes are posted each weekday at 1 p.m.

Draw Every Day with JJK – Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator, will be doing daily doodles for the next few weeks every day at 2 p.m. 

Books

Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Shout, is making herself available for a virtual Q&A. 

OverDrive/Libby – Check out books and audiobooks from the library while we’re closed on your device at home. 

Stimola Literary Studio is hosting live streamed read alouds, craft activities, and drawing demonstrations between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

StorylineOnline – Books read by celebrities 

Tumblebooks – Collection of animated, talking picture books, suited for elementary school children. 

Chores

Age-Appropriate Chores for Children

Cooking

Montessori Kids in the Kitchen

Montessori Food Preparation and Cooking Inspiration

A List of Kitchen Tools for Children 1 to 4 Years

COVID-19

BrainPOP Video for Kids – This video educates kids and helps alleviate fears. This site also has lots of other resources including related reading, games, and lesson plans.

Comic for Kids from NPR – NPR education reporter, Cory Turner, asked experts what kids might want to know about the Coronavirus. You can print and fold the comic.

Germ Smart Kids: How to Wash Your Hands

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Statistics and Research

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Symptoms, Prevention, and How to Discuss With Your Child

Indiana Department of Health – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

John Hopkins Coronavirus Covid-19 Interactive Map

What does “flatten the curve” mean? Check this article out for a great visual simulation.

Facebook

Emily Arrow – kidlit musician

Oliver Jeffers, children’s author and illustrator, read aloud schedule

Science Mom! – regular lessons from Science Mom!

Cincinnati Zoo is offering Home Sarari Facebook Live sessions

Learning Activities

ABDO Free Distance learning resources available free through June 2020. Also 10 free titles

Amazon Future Engineer classes – free through August 31, 2020

Duolingo – Learn a new language

Education.com is offering free worksheets for preschool through 5th grade students.

Free Online Learning Resources for Schools Affected by Coronavirus/COVID-19

Kate Messner, children’s book author, has collected a list of “learning at home” resources from authors and illustrators that include read-alouds, writing and drawing lessons, and research links.

Khan Academy

National Geographic Kids

Redgate Coding Club for Kids

Scholastic Learn at Home

Skype a Scientist – matches families to a scientist for a live video Q&A session.

ST Math

Stuck at home? Enriching activities to do with all ages from the Indiana Young Readers Center

Typing Club is free and fun so kids can keep on top of typing skills

Miscellaneous Ideas

7 Things to Do if You Can’t Leave the House

51 Creative Ways to be Active Indoors

Cosmic Kids Yoga

PBS KIDS’ new weekday newsletter with activities and tips

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Virtual PLAYdates with Indy with Kids

Museum Virtual Tours

19 Immersive Museum Exhibits You Can Visit from your Couch

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – check out their Facebook page for free Facebook Live Events

Guggenheim Museum

Houston Zoo Live Animal Cameras

The Louvre

Take a Virtual Tour of these 12 Amazing Museums

Van Gogh Museum

Music and Entertainment

Live Virtual Concerts

Podcasts

15 Awesome Podcasts for Kids that You’ll Enjoy Too, Parents

Grace Lin started a new podcast Kids Ask Authors – a five to ten-minute podcast where children’s authors would answer one question from a young reader. Kids can submit a book review, poem, short story or joke to the podcast. Lin will release three episodes a week. 

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How To Get A Library Card When The Library Is Closed

by Library Admin

Even though the library is closed, our digital resources are still accessible for library cardholders. For those who need to get a new Evergreen Library card to access books, audiobooks, magazines, and videos online, follow these directions to submit your information for a new card.
 
Once the card has been processed we will send you your new card number and password by email or phone so that you can then get onto Overdrive.
 
The library appreciates your patience and understanding at this time as we continue to deliver our services to the community.
 
    1. Click Here
    2. Be sure to select PUTNAM COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY-MAIN as your “Home Library”.
    3. Fill out the form.
    4. Submit.
We will watch for it to come through as PENDING.
 

You do not need to provide us with an ID at this time. We will send your library card to you through the mail.

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Thrilling Titles From Overdrive And Libby

by Adult Services

Cozy up with these thrilling reads that will keep your head spinning from beginning to end! Mystery, intrigue, and more lay ahead in these exciting novels available through Overdrive and Libby. These titles are FREE with your library card. For help using Overdrive or Libby visit pcpl21.org/services/digital

Into the Water

Author: Paula Hawkins

Summary: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

Link: https://iddc.overdrive.com/iddc-putnam/content/media/3051224

After Anna

Author: Lisa Scottoline

Summary: Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower, and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she’d lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

Maggie and Noah know that having Anna around will change their lives, but they would never have guessed that everything would go wrong, and so quickly. Anna turns out to be a gorgeous seventeen-year-old who balks at living under their rules, though Maggie, ecstatic to have her daughter back, ignores the red flags that hint at the trouble brewing in a once-perfect marriage and home.

Events take a heartbreaking turn when Anna is murdered and Noah is accused and tried for the heinous crime. Maggie must face not only the devastation of losing her daughter but the realization that Anna’s murder may have been at the hands of a husband she loves. In the wake of this tragedy, new information drives Maggie to search for the truth, leading her to discover something darker than she could have ever imagined.

Riveting and disquieting, After Anna is a groundbreaking domestic thriller, as well as a novel of emotional justice and legal intrigue. And New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline will keep readers on their toes until the final shocking page

Link: https://iddc.overdrive.com/iddc-putnam/content/media/3337771

Artemis

Author: Andy Weir

Summary: Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich.

Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.

So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down.

The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.

Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.

Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal. 

Link: https://iddc.overdrive.com/iddc-putnam/content/media/3280473

Dark Places

Author: Gillian Flynn

Summary: Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben.

Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

Link: https://iddc.overdrive.com/iddc-putnam/content/media/199153

Gray Mountain

Author: John Grisham

Summary: The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track–until the recession hits and she is downsized, furloughed, and escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, all for a slim chance of getting rehired.

In a matter of days, Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Samantha’s new job takes her into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack. But some of the locals aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town, and within weeks Samantha is engulfed in litigation that turns deadly. Because like most small towns, Brady harbors big secrets that some will kill to conceal.

Link: https://iddc.overdrive.com/iddc-putnam/content/media/1811085

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Escape Your World With These Kanopy Documentaries

by Adult Services

Ever felt like you needed a vacation? Just an escape to somewhere else, a different place or a different time? Watch these Kanopy documentaries to step out of your world and into another.

Kanopy is a video-streaming platform dedicated to thoughtful and thought-provoking films. From the Great Courses to popular indie titles, to educational entertainment for children, Kanopy has the best in entertainment. Kanopy can be accessed on Android and iOS devices, Roku, Samsung SmartTV, Chromecasts, and FireTV devices. You must have a Putnam County Public Library Evergreen card to use this resource. Users may stream up to ten titles per month.

If you need a library card, contact the library at [email protected] 

Rewind This!

Link: https://pcpl.kanopy.com/video/rewind

Summary: Rewind This! explores the enormous cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape. Featuring interviews with filmmakers including Atom Egoyan, Mamoru Oshii, and Jason Eisener, distributors, store owners and rabid tape collectors, the 2013 SXSW Festival hit film traces the many ways home video altered the cultural landscape. Offering a wealth of weird and wild titles, home video transformed the viewing habits and tastes of a generation of audiences. The doc’s look at the home video revolution is enlightening, funny and totally entertaining.

Code Girl

Link: https://pcpl.kanopy.com/video/code-girl

Summary: Join high school-aged girls from around the world as they try to better their community through technology and collaboration in this thrilling, heartfelt documentary. By 2017, the app market will be valued at $77 Billion. Over 80% of these developers are male. The Technovation Challenge aims to change that by empowering girls worldwide to develop apps for an international competition. From rural Moldova to urban Brazil to suburban Massachusetts, CODEGIRL follows teams who dream of holding their own in the world’s fastest-growing industry. The winning team gets $10K to complete and release their app, but every girl discovers something valuable along the way.

Killswitch

Link: https://pcpl.kanopy.com/video/killswitch

Summary: The Internet is under attack. Free speech, innovation, and democracy are all up for grabs. KILLSWITCH is about the battle for control over the Internet. This is the story of two young hacktivists, Aaron Swartz & Edward Snowden, who symbolize the disruptive and dynamic nature of the Internet. Their lives parallel one another as they free information to millions on the Internet, putting them directly in the cross-hairs of the most powerful interests in the world. Will this be a cautionary tale of what happens when you dare to take on elite power structures? Or will it be the spark that ignites a revolution that will redefine democracy in the digital age?

Rise of the Superstorms

Link: https://pcpl.kanopy.com/video/rise-superstorms

Summary: Dive into the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. How can scientists better predict these storms, and what does the 2017 season tell us about the likelihood of similar storms in the future?

Rabbit Fever

Link: https://pcpl.kanopy.com/video/rabbit-fever

Summary: You’ve heard of dog and horse shows, but are you familiar with rabbit shows? Rabbit Fever is a coming-of-age story that follows six competitors as they strive to win the top title at the National American Rabbit Convention – an event that draws more than 20,000 rabbits in one building, the largest mass of rabbits in the world. While adult members of the rabbit habit compete for BEST IN SHOW, the teenage enthusiasts quest for an even more coveted honor in the rabbit community – RABBIT KING and QUEEN!

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Library Coronavirus Updates

by Library Admin

3/20/2020

Putnam County Community,

As you might have noticed, our website alert has now been changed to reflect that the closure of the library has now been amended from a specific date to “until further notice.” This change reflects language agreed upon after consulting with the library board. By being less specific, we will be better able to adjust to conditions in real time. We will be closely monitoring not only recommendations from the CDC and health organizations, but also local schools and area libraries for their best practices in this time. Hopefully, the worst of this crisis will soon be over. But we at the library would much rather have it said that we were overly cautious in this time than have it said that we were careless with the safety and health of our staff and patrons.

Until we reopen, I would have you take note that we will help however we can via the [email protected] email address. Also, do not forget that we have an abundance of resources which can be accessed completely digitally. In the coming weeks the staff and I will be doing our best to expand those resources not only with additional funding, but with our staff time as well. I will continue to provide updates as they become available, and I look forward to seeing all of you in the library again soon.

Matt McClelland, Director

 

3/16/2020

Putnam County Community,

In the interest of public and staff safety, the Putnam County Public Library will be closing at 8:00pm on 3/16/2020 due to concerns caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. This closure will be in effect until at least 4/6/2020. During these coming weeks, we will constantly be monitoring the situation for changes and updates from our community, state, and federal resources. While it is never an easy decision to take away valuable resources from our community, we recognize the need to assist in stopping the spread of this virus. Please feel free to use our digital resources and monitor our webpage and Facebook for any updates. In addition, the [email protected] email address will be monitored during this closure. If we can assist you with answering questions or providing information, we will make every attempt to do so.

Matt McClelland, Library Director

 

3/13/2020

Putnam County Community,

In addition to previously
announced measures, it is with regret that I announce that PCPL has made the
difficult decision to cancel all library programming and meeting room usage
through the end of March. At that time, we will reassess the situation. While these
services are vital to our county, we also have a responsibility to do our part
to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through our communities. In addition, the
Evergreen Consortium has extended
 due dates on library materials
to April 28th. We would ask that if you are sick, that you remain at
home and do not return materials. Any overdue fines relating to COVID-19
caution will be waived.

We regret any inconvenience that this may cause and look forward to
resuming all programming and services when it is safe and prudent to do so.

Thank you,

Matt McClelland, Library Director

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3/12/2020

Putnam County Community,

I wanted to take a moment to let our patrons know that we at the library are taking the recent Coronavirus outbreak in our state very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation for new developments. We will also continually be evaluating our operations in regards to what is in the best interest of the public and of our staff in regards to safety. This currently includes more frequent cleaning of high use areas, temporary removal of certain frequently used toys/objects in our children’s section, and signage that you will likely see around the library and on our webpage that explains best practices on how we as a community can help to slow the spread of this virus.

While you can certainly refer to the CDC materials linked on our webpage, the most important of these is thorough and frequent personal hygiene, and staying out of public areas such as the library when you are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms. We also ask that you bear with us in regards to sudden and unforeseen ways in which this might affect library services in the near future. We as a library work with many other community organizations and it is likely that services such as outreach efforts and programming will be impacted by not only our decisions, but those of our community partners as well. We will do our best to keep you as updated on any changes as we can via our webpage and Facebook.

Thank you,

Matt McClelland, Library Director

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