Reading and writing go hand-in-hand, so we’re adding journals to our book share stations to collect your thoughts on reading, writing, and art and to encourage a moment of pause in our busy world. Please see below for some guidelines and a list of possible themes to consider. The journals will be available until November 30. If you’d rather journal digitally, please visit our online version here.



What you choose to write about is completely up to you, but all writings must be civil, respectful, and appropriate for young audiences.

You can write about why you read or what art means to you personally. Alternatively, you can share a poem, an inspirational thought, or even create an illustration. Entries can be made anonymously, or you can opt to sign your name, date and the city in which you live.

Just like the books, you are welcome to take a journal home with you to write, but please return it to the book share station as soon as you are finished to keep the conversation going.


Need some inspiration?

  1. If you could do anything in the world what would you do?
  2. Write a poem.
  3. What do you want to be remembered for?
  4. Draw how you feel.
  5. Start a conversation about literacy. Encourage the next writer to add to your post.
  6. What is your favorite book? Why?
  7. Tell us something about yourself that you wish others knew.
  8. Draw your favorite place in Indy.
  9. Draw a picture of someone nearby.
  10. Write about something or someone you’re thankful for.
  11. What do you love most about yourself? What do you love most about your favorite person? Are the two connected?
  12. Tell us about a time when you felt out of place.
  13. You have 15 minutes to address the whole world live (on television or radio—choose your format). What would you say?
  14. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment?
  15. Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
  16. “Think global, act local.” Write a post connecting a global issue to a personal one.
  17. Tell us about something you know you should do . . . but don’t.
  18. When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you?
  19. Have you ever had a mentor? What was the greatest lesson you learned from him or her?
  20. Write about the last disagreement you had with a friend or family member—from their perspective.
  21. Tell us about the most surprising helping hand you’ve ever received.
  22. When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? What are you now? Are the two connected?
  23. What was the last lie you told? Why did you tell it?
  24. What is important to you? List four things that money can’t buy.
  25. Write a letter to the teacher that most changed your life.
  26. Write a letter to your future self.
  27. Write about something you find to be beautiful that most don’t.
  28. If you could change one thing in the world, what would you change?
  29. What does social justice mean to you? What does educational justice mean to you?
  30. Have the arts (visual, performance, musical, etc.) played a significant role in your life? What does art mean to you?

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