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Staff Pick: Robot Dreams

Staff Pick: Robot Dreams

Robot Dreams

The enduring friendship between a dog and a robot is portrayed in this wordless graphic novel.

Dog builds a robot from a kit and after visiting the library to find out where dog beaches are, they go to the beach. Robot jumps into the water and then rests on a towel. Oh no, he rusts solid! Dog doesn’t know what to do. He goes home alone and when he comes back, the beach is closed. Dog can’t get robot out. Over the winter, robot has dreams about better times while Dog looks for other friends. There are no words in this book. Check out ROBOT DREAMS to find out what happens to Dog and Robot.

Recommended by: Mary Sullivan, Decatur Branch

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Read Right Now Mysteries

Read Right Now Mysteries

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Watch The Mystery of the Missing Organizer - Being a detective, I have to see everything. So I always arrive ten minutes early. That’s what Bernstein’s Manual says. Follow Bernstein’s manual with Half Moon to solve The Mystery of the Missing Organizer.

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Watch The Mystery of the Missing Dictionary - You all know that Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley. He’s got a mystery in his classroom that needs clearing up. Can Greg help, or will he just make it worse? You be the judge

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Watch Private I Guana - Leon the chameleon is missing! But Ace Detective Private I. Guana is on the case. This engaging adventure will tickle your funny bone.

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Read Dinosaur Detectives - This introduction to paleontology weaves together facts about fossil hunting with fictionalized first-person accounts from dinosaur detectives.

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Read Clueless McGee – Through a series of letters to his father, a private investigator, fifth-grader PJ “Clueless” McGee tells of his efforts to discover who stole macaroni and cheese from the school cafeteria.


SammyKeyesLogo200Local seventh-grade sleuth Samantha “Sammy” Keyes is not an easy kid to get a hold of. If she’s not putting out fires or planting baby-monitor listening devices, shes not tracking down missing valuables, then she’s running from the law herself! See if you can solve one of her cases: Sammy Keys Casebook


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Read Mystery in Midair – Never Fear…Detective Mickey is Here! Flight 815 has disappeared into thin air carrying a planeload of passengers and a shipment of precious jewels worth millions of dollars! The police have no leads or suspects, and they’re getting nowhere fast…until ace detectives Mickey and Minnie join the investigation. Can they get to the bottom of the high-altitude mystery before another plane disappears. Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card. See books below for more downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks.

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Read Mystery of the Secret Treasure – Dig a Good Mystery?
Mickey and Minnie want to like Clarabelle’s new friend. But they just can’t shake their suspicions that he’s up to no good. Then Clarabelle discovers her late grandfather’s diary, with directions to his secret buried treasure. Could Clarabelle’s friend be after her grandfather’s gold? And can Mickey and Minnie dig up the truth before Clarabelle ends up hurt–and penniless? Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card. See books below for more downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks.

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Read The Mystery of the Garbage Gang – Extra! Extra! Detective Mickey is on a Case! Something fishy is going on. The local newspaper is receiving threatening letters and phone calls, and Mickey and Minnie have been hired to get to the bottom of it. The daring detectives decide to go undercover as investigative reporters to get the real scoop. Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card. See books below for more downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks.

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Read Tink and the Messy Mystery - It’s up to Tink to solve the mystery of the mess in Pixie Hollow. Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

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Read: Disney Donald’s Lost Lion - Oh, no! Donald has lost his toy lion and can’t fall asleep without it. Mickey helps him search everywhere. Pete is also very sad because he lost his toy, too! What happens next? Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

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Read: Lizzie Maguire in the Doghouse - A Doggone Mystery! To raise money for an animal shelter, Lizzie starts her own dog-walking and dog-sitting business. The idea is such a good one that cheerleaders Kate and Claire are furiously jealous–since their own lame pom-pom fundraiser is a total failure. In fact, Lizzie gets so much business she has to collar Miranda and Gordo to help! Then someone deliberately lets the dogs out of the McGuires’ backyard, and Lizzie is howling mad. Can she track down the lost dogs (including Vice Principal Putney’s pedigree pup) and sniff out the guilty party before she ends up in the doghouse?

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Read: Minnie Mysteries The Flower Prowler - What happened to Minnie’s daffodils? The stems are still standing, but the flowers are gone. Join Minnie and Daisy as they follow the clues, put the pieces together, and unravel the mystery of the disappearing daffodils.

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Easy Mystery eBooks:

The Nystery of the Blue Ring The Fenway Foul Up Who Cloned the President?
The Case of the Lost Boy The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport The Absent Author
January Joker The Great Cake Mystery The Boxcar Children
The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds The Chameleon wore Chartreuse Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Easy Mystery eAudiobooks:

A to Z Mysteries Vol. 1 Calendar Mysteries Vol. 1 The Boxcar Children Collection
The Great Cake Mystery Geronimo Stilton, vol. 1 The Bunnicula Collection
Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries, Vol. 1

Easy Mystery Books:

The Absent Author January Joker The Great Cake Mystery The Boxcar Children The Absent Author
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse Bunnicula Howliday Inn
The Case of Hermie the Missing Hamster Scooby Doo! And the Groovy Ghost Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme

Chapter Book Mysteries:

Rescuing Seneca Crane Shakespreare's Secret Found The Mysterious Benedict Society
Half Moon Investigations The Dead Drop The Pickle King The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye
The Vanishing Girl When You Reach Me The Name of this Book is Secret The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy
Scat The Danger Box The London Eye Mystery Joey Fly Private Eye

 

Want to read more without ever leaving home? Use your indyPL library card to download eBooks and audiobooks. Click on a book jacket to choose a book to download.

Downloadable Books:

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Downloadable Audiobooks:

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Big Library Read Crack the Cases – Online Mystery Games

Big Library Read Crack the Cases – Online Mystery Games

Nancy Clancy Super SleuthNow that you’ve finished the Big Library Read you are a super sleuth – just like Nancy Clancy! Try out your new Ace Detective  talents on some of these online mysteries:

Today is your last day to read or listen to Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth without having to wait your turn!

Easy Mystery eBooks Like Nancy Clancy:

The Nystery of the Blue Ring The Fenway Foul Up Who Cloned the President?
The Case of the Lost Boy The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport The Absent Author
January Joker The Great Cake Mystery The Boxcar Children
The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds The Chameleon wore Chartreuse Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Easy Mystery eAudiobooks Like Nancy Clancy:

A to Z Mysteries Vol. 1 Calendar Mysteries Vol. 1 The Boxcar Children Collection
The Great Cake Mystery Geronimo Stilton, vol. 1 The Bunnicula Collection
Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries, Vol. 1

Easy Mystery Books:

The Absent Author January Joker The Great Cake Mystery The Boxcar Children The Absent Author
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse Bunnicula Howliday Inn
The Case of Hermie the Missing Hamster Scooby Doo! And the Groovy Ghost Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme

Chapter Book Mysteries:

Rescuing Seneca Crane Shakespreare's Secret Found The Mysterious Benedict Society
Half Moon Investigations The Dead Drop The Pickle King The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye
The Vanishing Girl When You Reach Me The Name of this Book is Secret The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy
Scat The Danger Box The London Eye Mystery Joey Fly Private Eye
2013augBigLibraryReadNancy500 Use your IndyPL Card:

No waiting in line!

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New COLTSTRONG, LIBRARYSTRONG Commercial

New COLTSTRONG, LIBRARYSTRONG Commercial

In their second commercial with The Indianapolis Public Library, Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck and Dwayne Allen join a group of young readers for storytime at Central Library.

This commercial is a follow up to last year’s COLTSTRONG, LIBRARYSTRONG campaign, where the players encouraged kids to sign up for library cards. Luck and Allen said they believe libraries play an important role in supporting lifelong learning. Life-size cutouts of the players will be on display in each Library branch. Take your photo with Andrew and Dwayne and post it on your branch’s Facebook page!

The commercial was made possible with support from The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

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Colts Contests (details at Colts Kids Club):

  • Fair Oaks Farm Milk Mustache Entry Deadline: Tuesday, September 3 Send us a picture of your best milk mustache and a short essay about why you love Fair Oaks Farms Milk. Whether you’re watching the game or eating dinner with your family, Fair Oaks Farms would like to see your creativity! Game: Sunday, September 15 @ 1PM – Miami Dolphins ONLINE FORM | MAIL-IN ENTRY FORM
  • Create a New Colts Song Entry Deadline: Monday, September 23 Do you love music? Write a short song about the Colts and then perform it for us! Send us your song’s title, lyrics and video of your performance, but be prepared to sing it if you win! Game: Sunday, October 6 @ 1PM – Seattle SeahawksONLINE FORM | MAIL-IN ENTRY FORM
  • “Show Us Your Colts Pride” Poster Entry Deadline: Monday, October 7 Game: Sunday, October 20 @ 8:30PM – Denver Broncos MAIL-IN ENTRY FORM
  • Halloween Costume Contest Decided Tuesday, October 29 @ Kids Club Halloween Party Game: Sunday, November 10 @ 1PM – St. Louis Rams
  • “Where in the World is Blue?” Entry Deadline: Monday, November 18 Send 1-3 photos and a short explanation of the crazy places you’ve taken your Blue doll. Has your Blue doll been to the Zoo? What about a wedding? It is time to do a little traveling with your favorite NFL mascot! Game: Sunday, December 1 @ 1PM – Tennessee Titans ONLINE FORM | MAIL-IN ENTRY FORM
  • Lend a Helping Hand, Help a Hoosier Entry Deadline: Monday, December 2 In what ways are you helping your community? There are so many random acts of kindness you can do to help someone! Send a brief summary explaining how you have helped a Hoosier throughout the past year. Don’t forget a photo! Game: Sunday, December 15 @ 1PM – Houston Texans ONLINE FORM | MAIL-IN ENTRY FORM
  • COLTSTRONG Photo Collage Entry Deadline: Monday, December 16 Show us why you are the Kids Club Biggest Fan by sending us pictures of yourself in your gameday gear! How have you been COLTSTRONG? Show us pictures of yourself, family and friends celebrating Colts wins. We want to see all the emotions and creativity you can fit into 3-5 photos. Game: Sunday, December 29 @ 1PM – Jacksonville Jaguars ONLINE FORM | MAIL-IN ENTRY FORM

Colts eBooks:

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Colts Books:

Andrew Luck: Rising NFL Star Andrew Luck
The Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts
Meet the Colts Pro Football’s Dream Teams

Football Books:

Football Math on the Gridiron The Ultimate Collection of Pro Football Records The Big Book of Who Super Bowl
Football The Ultimate Guide to Pro Football Teams Pro Football’s Dream Teams Pro Football’s Most Spectacular Quarterbacks
Pro Football’s Stars of the Defense Pro Football’s Stars of the Offense AFC North NFC West
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Read Right Now! Sandy’s Circus

Read Right Now! Sandy’s Circus
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Read Sandy’s Circus – As a boy, Sandy was always fiddling with odds and ends, making objects for friends. When he got older he started creating wire sculptures. Sandy made a lion. Next came a lion cage. Before he knew it, he had an entire circus and was traveling between Paris and New York performing a brand-new kind of art for amazed audiences.

Alexander Calder (nicknamed “Sandy”) was an American artist in the early 1900s. He is best known for making mobiles. He is also famous for making a miniature circus out of wire and bits of metal and string. This book is the story of Mr. Calder and his circus. The circus figures were tiny mechanical toys that used springs and string and air to move. Mr. Calder carried the little circus around in suitcases and would unload all of the pieces and perform the circus himself – kind of like a puppet show. You can watch the video below and see the real Mr. Calder performing his circus show. Remember that each of those circus figures he made out of bits of trash. Now that’s an artist – making a work of art out of trash! In the video, the circus pieces balance and move and do exactly what he wants them to do – and they look like what they are supposed to look like too…the lion, the trapeze artist, the elephant. Watch the horse rider figure flip in the air and land balanced on the horse – how did he do that? Amazing!

 

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