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Staff Pick: Plant a Pocket of Prairie

Staff Pick: Plant a Pocket of Prairie

Plant a Pocket of Prairie

Discusses prairies and their endangered status, describes the plants and animals that inhabit them, and encourages readers to plant native prairie plants in their backyards to sustain the insects and animals that depend on them.

If you see the word prairie do you think about Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder?   The great prairielands that Laura and her family knew once covered about 40 percent of the United States.  This important, endangered, ecosystem currently covers less than 1 percent of our country.

Through the poetic words and beautiful art of this informative picture book Phyllis Root and Betsy Bowen give us a look at important prairie plants and the birds, butterflies and other animals that use  these  plants for food and shelter.  They also encourage us to plant a pocket of prairie in our own backyards or on our porches.  We may be surprised to see who might creep, crawl, or fly in for a visit!

For information on a Hoosier Prairie visit this website: http://www.in.gov/dnr/naturepreserve/4739.htm

Recommended by: Catherine Lutholtz Bridge, The Learning Curve at Central Library

 

 

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Check Out BirdIndy Trunks

Check Out BirdIndy Trunks

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Here are some ideas to get you started exploring and having fun in your own wild backyard:

If you want to explore a little further than your own backyard here are some great places right here in Indianapolis to go find some outdoor adventure:

Some books you might like about animals, science and nature crafts right in your own backyard:
Backyard Bugs Think Like a Scientist in the Backyard Yard Monsters Backyard Cookbook
Wildlife Gardening Backyard Science Backyard Pets Backyard Detective
Wild Animal Neighbors Birdhouses Organic Crafts Eco Crafts
Beautiful Birds Birds a Question and Answer Book Birdology A Nest is Noisy

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Staff Pick: Fly Away

Staff Pick: Fly Away

Fly Away

While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows.

Can you keep a secret? Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan is a story about secrets, bravery, and family. Lucy adores her family, but especially her father and little brother Teddy. Lucy can’t sing, but she can write poems. Her father is a poet and a farmer who believes no one can write a poem as beautiful as a cow.  When Lucy’s family sets out to help Aunt Frankie on her farm danger awaits and secrets come out. Will this family come out stronger or will they fall apart? Can Lucy write a poem more beautiful as beautiful as a cow?

Recommended by: Kamara McKinney – Spades Park Branch

 

 

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Homework Help: Music

Homework Help: Music

Musical Instrument Pinterest Boards:

Accordion
Bagpipes
Bells
Cajon
Castanets
Cello
Clap Sticks
Clarinet
Cymbals
Didgeridoo
Drums
Dulcimer
Flute
French Horn
Gong
Guiro
Guitar
Harmonica
Harp
Kazoo
Pinterest Instruments Maracas
Oboe
Piano
Rainstick
Saxophone
Shekere
Shofar
Sistrum
Tambourine
Triangle
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba
Ukelele
Violin
Vuvuzela
Wind Chimes
Xylophone
Zamponas

 

Free Music Files with Your Library Card:

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You can download FREE and LEGAL music with your IndyPL Library Card. Freegal Directions

You can browse through all the music on freegal or choose the genre “Children’s Music” to see a complete list of just Kids’ Music. Or, you can look at some of our favorite albums for kids on Pinterest:

Booklists:

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