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Godspeed Astronaut John Glenn

Godspeed Astronaut John Glenn

John Glenn was born in Ohio in 1921. He was a Marine, a fighter pilot and test pilot before he became an astronaut as well as a US senator. That is a lot of jobs!

In 1959 NASA chose seven men to by the country’s first astronauts. John was one of them and he became the first American to orbit the Earth. His space capsule was called the Friendship 7. During his mission scientists learned many things that helped them figure out how to send a manned spacecraft to the moon.

In 1998, President Bill Clinton invited John to be an astronaut again on a space shuttle mission. He was 77 years old and became the oldest person in space! He helped NASA learn again by showing what happens to an older person during space travel.

John Glenn died yesterday, December 8, 2016. He was 95 years old.

“I suppose the one quality in an astronaut more powerful than any other is curiosity. They have to get some place nobody’s ever been.” ~ John Glenn

Video:

Websites:

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Artifact:

mercury-gi-joe Artifact from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Mercury GI Joe – America’s entry into the space race with the Soviet Union came with the 1958 creation of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and the introduction of Project Mercury in 1959. NASA chose to be the first astronauts: Alan Shepard, Gus Grisson, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton. They become known as the Mercury Seven. Hasbro’s 1997 GI Joe line commemorated the history of spaceflight by issuing a Mercury astronaut GI Joe, honoring those pioneering astronauts. GI Joe was the first well known action figure made for boys. In the late 1970s, the three and a half inch GI Joe became popular and less expensive.
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Pink is for Blobfish

Pink is for Blobfish

 

“The World of Weird Animals” says it all. I have never even heard of a blobfish, but there one is, right on the cover. The animals in this book are all unusual, and oddly, they are all pink! If you like the Animal Kingdom and learning about the diversity there, this is a really fun book. Each animal has a full page picture so you can see every detail of their interesting and unusual bodies. Each animal also gets a page of interesting facts, kind of like a baseball card. The facts cover species name, size, diet, habitat & predator threats. as well as some surprising stories about how the animal lives. This isn’t a book that overwhelms you with information. It isn’t the kind that includes everything you need for a report, although it would help with one. Instead, it shows you amazing members of the Animal Kingdom and makes you smile and say, “Oh!….wow!”

Websites:

Books about Animal Colorations:

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Series: My Life is a Zoo

Jess Keating also has a series of fiction books, My Life is a Zoo, about twelve-year-old Ana whose zoologist parents move her whole family into a zoo.

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4th Annual Lego League Qualifying Tournament

4th Annual Lego League Qualifying Tournament

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Families are invited to the Learning Curve’s annual LEGO® robotics competition. This year’s themes are Creature Craze and Animal Allies. Families who wish to watch the robot games and cheer the teams on can visit the Clowes Auditorium any time between 1 – 4 p.m.

  • During the course of the day, FIRST® LEGO® League & Jr. FIRST® LEGO® League teams from across Indiana will be showcasing projects, testing programs and running their robots.
  • From 10 a.m. – 12 noon, Animalia will have real animals to meet and learn about.
  • The Learning Curve’s huge board game collection and plenty of table space also will be available.

Websites:

Official Website: Legos

Books:

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Indy Author Fair Oct. 29 – for Kids!

Indy Author Fair Oct. 29 – for Kids!

kids-writing-300You are invited to the Indy Author Fair on Saturday, October 29, at Central Library. Work on your writing skills. Listen to and meet some of your favorite authors! The fair will feature special activities for kids including these 2 free workshops! 


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  1. Illustration for Kids by Kids Workshop (12 – 1 p.m., Learning Curve Arena) – A hands-on illustration workshop presented by Art with a Heart

kids-meeting-authors-3002. Writing for Young People Panel (1:30 – 3 p.m., Clowes Auditorium) – Interested in becoming a writer? Authors will share their experiences and expertise covering writing styles ranging from young adult novels to chapter books and picture books. Meet some of your favorite authors:

John David Anderson (aka Dave) is the author of critically acclaimed books for middle grade audiences, including john-david-anderson-photo“Sidekicked,” “Minion” and “Standard Hero Behavior.” A former writing instructor at the University of Illinois, he currently lives with his wife and two kids in Indianapolis, where he writes full time while also fulfilling the duties of a house-spouse. He thinks writing is the best…job…ever – except maybe for being a chocolate-stirring Oompa Loompa in the Wonka factory. That’d be sweet.

Standard Hero Behavior Print
Sidekicked Print, eBook
Minion Print, eBook, eAudiobook
The Dungeoneers Print, eBook
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day Print, eBook, eAudiobook
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Skila Brown is the author of verse novels “Caminar” and “To Stay Alive,” as well as the picture book “Slickety Quick: silka-brownPoems About Sharks,” all with Candlewick Press. She received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in Kentucky and Tennessee and now lives in Indiana where she writes books for readers of all ages.

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Robert Kent is the author of the horror novels “All Together Now: A Zombie Story” and “The Book of David,” the middle robert-kentgrade novel “Banneker Bones and the Giant Robot Bees,” and the novellas “Pizza Delivery” and “All Right Now: A Short Zombie Story.” He runs the popular blog for writers, Middle Grade Ninja. http://www.middlegradeninja.com/

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Sarah J. Schmitt is a K-8 school librarian and Youth Service Professional for Teens at a public library, where she runs a sarah-schmittteen writing program that combines Skype visits from well-known authors and screenwriters and critique group style feedback. She is the author of the YA novel “It’s a Wonderful Death.” Print, eBook

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Be sure to check out books by some of this year’s Indiana Authors Award winners and finalists! Their first-ever Genre Excellence Winner, April Pulley Sayre and one of this year’s Emerging Author Finalists, Bill Kenley.

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