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Water Around the World

Water Around the World

Websites:

Books:

Common Ground A Cool Drink of Water Not a drop to Drink One Well
Our World of Water Ryan and Jimmy A Tale of One Well in Malawi A Thirst for Home
Water World We Need Water

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services


A Long Walk to Water

Part of this story is about a boy named Salva. He lives in Sudan, a country in Africa, during a Civil War that happened there in 1985. The other part of this story is about a girl namy Nya and takes place in Sudan right now.

When we say “The Civil War” here in America we are referring to our own Civil War that happened 150 years ago. The Civil War in Sudan was only 25 years ago. During the War in Sudan many people were killed, children were made orphans and families were separated. In order to get to safety many people WALKED to Ethiopia or Kenya.

When you are reading Salva’s part of the story you hear about how he slept on the ground at night and could hear lions hunting around him:

Marial was gone – vanished into the night. He would never have wandered away from the group on his own. His disappearance could mean only one thing. Lion. (page 40)

Salva even has to cross a river infested with crocodiles. Some of the people do not make it across the river. On the other side of the river is a desert…which the people also have to walk across. Can you even imagine surving a journey like that? I can’t.

Nya’s part of the story is about how she walks twice a day, EVERY DAY to a pond to get water. Nya carries the water in a plastic jug and balances it on her head to walk home. That’s what she does every single day; once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The pond is so far away from her home that she has no time to do anything else. No school. No playing. Just walking – carrying water to keep her family alive.

A Long Walk to Water shows you how Salva’s story and Nya’s story are related even though they take place 25 years apart.

There are parts of the book that are hard to read and very, very sad. Some parts are scary. In the end, though, this is a book about really good things. It is about people looking after each other – even if they are stangers to begin with. It is about trying hard and doing your part and it is about hoping for something better.

The really great thing is that A Long Walk to Water is based on a real boy named Salva – you can see his picture with the author on the book jacket or in the video below. (He’s grown up now.) At the end of the book there is a letter to you from Salva that I think you’ll like to read. The best thing he says is, “Stay calm when things are hard or not going right with you. You will get thorugh it when you persevere instead of quitting.” (page 117) Those are pretty powerful words when you realize they come from a kid who survived a situation much, much more difficult than anything we will probably ever face.

  • Amazon Look Inside A Long Walk to Waterwater-for-sudan-logo
  • Linda Sue Park’s Official Website
  • Linda Sue Park’s Blog
  • Watch the PBS Need to Know Episode “The Lost Boy of Sudan” – it’s about Salva himself.
  • Watch a Video of Salva talking to small children about his project.
  • Water for Sudan – Salva’s own organization that drills wells to provide water to people Southern Sudan.
Here are some more books about people like Salva who decide to DO something:
Wengari's Trees of Peace Three Cups of Tea Do Something Ryan and Jimmy and the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together
Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand A Gift from Childhood Making Change The Doggy Dung Disaster
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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 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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  • MysteryNet; A-Z Mysteries Mini mysteries to read and solve yourself.

Websites:

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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TimeForgot SherlockAdventures MysteriesAC MysteriesDG
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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.

Websites:

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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ColtsPeloza ColtsStewart

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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