Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy, she’s all over the news. As if the word “hurricane” isn’t scary enough, they’re not just calling her “Sandy”. They’re calling her a “Superstorm” and even “Frankenstorm”. Even though we don’t live in the path of Sandy here in Indiana, she’s still kind of scary.  Being from Indiana, we know what it feels like to be afraid of storms because we have tornadoes here. Just like the tornadoes here, hurricanes can be less scary if we learn about them. Knowledge is power – when you understand what is going on you feel safer; confident that you know what to do.

Wherever you live, Indiana or New Jersey, it’s important to remember that there are grownups out there that know a lot about storms and how to keep people safe. Meteorologists and scientists and policemen and firemen…plus all kinds of other people who are trained to know what to do during weather emergencies. On this page are books and websites that can help you understand Sandy and hurricanes in general, as well as what can be done to keep you and the people you care about safe.

Why is Hurricane Sandy such a big deal? After reading this article Time Science & Space: Why Hurricane Sandy Will Be Historic I think Sandy is getting so much attention because:

  • Sandy is a LARGE storm.
  • Usually, air pressure pulls hurricanes out to sea…but at this time of year, there happens to be a winter storm coming from the West and cold air coming from the North. These air pressures make Sandy come ashore instead of blowing out to sea.
  • The moon affects tides…today is a full moon.
  • Sandy is hitting in a VERY populated area – 50-60 million people could be affected
  • National Hurricane Center: Hurricane Sandy 
  • NASA Hurricane Sandy Video Gallery

Here are some websites, books and a video to help you understand Hurricanes and how to stay (and feel) safe during one:

Hurricane Books:

Surviving Hurricanes Saving Animals from Hurricanes Hurricanes The Worst Hurricanes of All Time The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane

 

 

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Homework Help: Countries of the World

Homework Help: Countries of the World

The Grimm Legacy

If you need to do a report about one of the countries of the world the websites and books on this page will help you get started. You will be able to find maps, flags, national anthems, food, clothing, games and more.SHERLOC, JR To find library books, use the online catalog for kids Sherlock Jr. Uganda

To find a book
about a particular country, like the book on the right about Uganda, just type the name of the country in the search box in Sherlock Jr. and click “search.”

Around the World CookbookThere are also country books about themes, like  “games” or “festivals”, that will have information about individual countries. The book on the right, for example, is a cookbook that features recipes around the world. In books like these, indiviual countries will have a chapter or a section. Or, you might have to look up a country’s name in the index at the back of the book, to find out which page to go to.

Websites:

Books:

Timeline History of the World Children Just Like Me Wonders of the World Children from Australia to Zimbabwe
Clothes Dream Around the World A Faith Like Mine Sacred Stories
If the World Were a Village It's Back to School We Go A Life Like Mine The World's Most Amazing National Parks
One World Kid's Cookbook My Rows and Piles of Coins Our World School Days Around the World
What We Wear You and Me Together

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services


Databases:

CultureGramsKids
CultureGramsKidsMap
CultureGrams Kids Edition Choose a country to find up-to-date information for reports including:

  • language
  • climate
  • geography
  • economy
  • history
  • population
  • government
  • holidays
  • religion
  • recipes
IndyPL Library Card 150 You need to know your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to login to CultureGrams Kids EditionWhat’s my PIN?

 

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Now That’s a Tree House!

Now That’s a Tree House!

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is having a tree house built at her Edinburgh home – an awesome tree house version of Hogwarts. Take a look at these plans and pictures. I don’t think her kids are ever going to want to come in for dinner.

If you don’t quite have the kind of allowance that would make a treehouse like hers possible, try something doable like a clubhouse made out of newspapers and masking tape.

 

Extreme Structures Amazing Stadiums Build It! Build Your Own Fort

 

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Staff Pick: What Color Is My World?

Staff Pick: What Color Is My World?

What Color is My World?“Have you ever wondered who invented some of the items we use and depend on each day?  Well take a look at this title What Color is My World?:  the Lost History of African-American Inventors.  Twins Ella and Herbie have just moved into an older home with their parents.  The home is in need of much repair.  Handy Man, Mr. Mital, is able to restore the home and pass on history to Ella and Herbie about famous inventors.  Herbie gets so excited about the information that he pulls out his notebook and writes notes so that he won’t forget anything.  This is an excellent source for children of all ages to learn about great inventions and inventors.”

Recommended by Denyce Malone – Flanner House Library

And to make the book even more interesting, note that it is written by the basketball legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

More Staff Picks

 

 

 

 

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Kid Review from Mia: Emily and Carlo

Kid Review from Mia: Emily and Carlo

Emily and CarloThe only sibling left in the Dickinson house In Amherst, Massachusetts, in the winter of 1849, Emily gets a dog who becomes her constant companion and who is featured in some of the poems she writes. Includes brief notes on the life and work of Emily Dickinson.

Mia says:

I read this book with my great-aunt last week-end and I love it. The story, the poems and the pictures are beautiful! The story of a very large dog and a very small woman that loved to write poetry – Emily Dickinson. My favorite poem in the story is:

Twas my one glory
Let it be
Remembered
I was owned of thee.”

Emily and her dog, Carlo, were best friends and loved to walk and watch – flowers, frogs, everything. They were best friends! I love gardens, dogs and poems! I hope you like it too.”

Some more books you might like about the writer Emily Dickinson – her life and her poetry:
My Uncle Emily Emily Dickinson's Letters to the World The Mouse of Amhurst Emily
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