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Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

Mr. Ferris and his Wheel

Completed in 1889 for the World’s Fair, France’s Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure at 986 feet. Organizers of the next World’s Fair, in 1893 in Chicago, were under a lot of pressure to build something so impressive, so they held a contest to see who could come up with the best idea.

The winner was George Ferris, a steel expert who had a crazy idea…his structure would MOVE. This book is the story of how George built his enormous wheel. George was under a very tight deadline. Four months. In Chicago. During the winter! He really only had one chance to get it right.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “measure twice, cut once”? My Dad used to say that when he was working with wood. It means you should double-check your measurements and design for accuracy…because if you make a mistake you waste time and materials because you have to do it again. George did not have any time to waste and could not afford even a single mistake. The whole project is an amazing story of precision and teamwork. George’s Ferris wheel was assembled from over 100,000 separate parts from more than a dozen different steel mills. Correctly made parts arrived at the building site in the right order and were put together “like a giant Lego toy.” Amazing. Some men have the brains and the guts to dream big.

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s minds.”
~Daniel H. Burnham, American architect and construction chief of the 1893 World’s Fair

Websites:

Books:

Who Invented the Ferris Wheel George Ferris and his Amazing Invention George Ferris What a Wheel Roller Coasters
Amazing Amusement Park Rides Water Rides Ferris Wheels Carousels
Exciting Entertainment Inventions Fast Facts Roller Coasters
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Win a Visit from Andrew Luck & Dwayne Allen

Win a Visit from Andrew Luck & Dwayne Allen

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COLTSTRONG, LIBRARYSTRONG
CONTEST RULES
November 15 – December 31, 2014

•    The contest is to promote and encourage young people, 6 to 17 years-old, to use their library cards at the various branches and Central Library of the Indianapolis Public Library (the “Library”).
•    The contest begins 12 a.m. November 15, 2014, and ends 11:59 p.m. December 31, 2014.
•    Library card holders are automatically entered into the contest when they use their library card for any library service.  Only one library card usage per day, per person will count for entry into the contest.  No purchase is necessary to win the contest.
•    The more days during the contest period the library card holders use their library card, the more automatic chances are entered into the contest and the greater the odds of winning.
•    After the contest period ends, one winner will randomly be drawn by computer and notified on January 9, 2015.
•    The date and time of the Colts players visit is to be determined by the Indianapolis Colts and the Library.
•    The contest winner will be eligible to choose which Library location hosts the visit.
•   The event is limited to the winning child, the winning child’s family and 20 of the child’s friends each accompanied by an adult – not to exceed 50 people.
•    The contest winner must be a Library card holder, 6 to 17 years-old, and a legal resident of the fifty United States.
•    The contest is open to the general public, not Library employees.
•    The contest is run by the Indianapolis Public Library, P.O. Box 211, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-0211.
•    Contest prize has no retail value.

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Books:

Andrew Luck 321 Andrew Luck 580 Andrew Luck 581 Andrew Luck 582
The Indianapolis Colts 280 The Indianapolis Colts 416 The Story of the Indianapolis Colts Superstars of the Indianapolis Colts
Sports Illustrated Kids Football Big Book of Who Football The Everything Kids Football Book Fourth Down and Inches
Football Math on the Gridiron Amazing Football Records Football Frenzy
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Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs and Their Noses Save the World

Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs and Their Noses Save the World

The Grimm Legacy

Before reading Sniffer Dogs, I knew about all kinds of workings dogs – farm dogs, police dogs, fire dogs & therapy dogs. I also knew there were some dogs whose job had to do with their nose – like drug sniffing dogs and bomb sniffing dogs. But I didn’t know dogs could be trained to sniff out all kinds of other things. They can be trained to sniff out certain kinds of animals in the wild or be trained to sniff the changes in a person’s body chemistry to warn them of a medical problem – like an allergic reaction. These dogs, and their noses, are truly amazing.

In each section you will learn about a dog job and then you will see a picture of a real working dog and learn his/her story. The dog on the cover is an Eco Dog. His name is Tucker. He is trained to track wolverines, gray wolves, moose, caribou, and orca whales – that’s why he has on a life jacket! But he doesn’t even like to swim. He just knows that if he sniffs out orca whale scat (poop) – he gets to play ball. : ) When he’s in the boat, his nose tells the scientists where to go to study whales.

Websites:

Books:

Bomb Sniffing Dogs Eco Dogs Fire Dogs Lifeguard Dogs
Medical Detective Dogs Pest Sniffing Dogs Service Dogs Snow Search Dogs
Therapy Dogs Wilderness Search Dogs Lily Rags Hero Dog of WWI
Tuesday Tucks Me In
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Handle With Care an Unusual Butterfly Journey

Handle With Care an Unusual Butterfly Journey

Handle With Care an Unusual Butterfly Journey

This book has the greatest pictures – just look at the cover. See the butterfly’s wings showing through the pupa (or chrysalis)? Inside is where a caterpillar is changing into a butterfly. That process is called metamorphosis. Amazing. All of the pictures are this detailed and colorful.

The book tells the story of a butterfly farm in Costa Rica. The caterpillars live inside a greenhouse. As caterpillars they eat the greenhouse plants, but once they turn into butterflies they eat sugar water…and bananas! The most amazing fact I read…there are so many caterpillars in the greenhouse that workers can hear the caterpillars chewing!

The butterflies are raised to go to museums so people can learn about butterflies. When they are pupating (inside the pupa) they are packed up and mailed. The timing has to be just right so the butterflies hatch out AFTER they’ve reached their destination.

Websites:

Books:

Grow Your Own Butterfly Farm Butterfly House Catterpillar to Butterfly National Geographic Butterflies
Waiting for Wings Origami Birds & Butterflies
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