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Elections

Elections

The United States presidential election of 2016 will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. It will be the 58th U.S. presidential election. Becausee of the term limit established by the Twenty-second Amendment, the incumbent president, Barack Obama cannot be elected for a third term. The 2016 election will determine the 45th President President of the United States. The two candidates are Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hilary Clinton.

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Voting Machine

Thousands of Marion County, Indiana residents voted at this machine between the 1930s and the 1980 election. During this time, many African Americans struggled to gain the civil rights Caucasian men and women enjoyed. Even though the 15th Amendment granted all American citizens the right to vote regardless of “race, color or previous condition of servitude,” African Americans still struggled for the right to vote particularly in the southern United States. In Indiana, African Americans continued to Voting Machine 2work for equal rights welcoming two significant federal laws, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voter Rights Act of 1965, helped to ensure African Americans the right to vote. Artifacts at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 

See More Elections Artifacts from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Collection

Books about Elections:

Election Day Getting Elected Presidential Races Voting
Womens Right to Vote Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts Lillians Right to Vote Heart on Fire

Stories about Elections:

Big Nate Mr. Popularity Caste Your Ballot The Ellie McDoodle Diaries Ellie for President I Am a Genius of Unspeakable
The Kid Who Ran for President The Misfits How to Run for Class President Dont Vote for Me
Granddaddy's Turn Vote the Theory Practice and Destructive Properties of Politics
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Finding Winnie: the True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Finding Winnie: the True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Finding Winnie

Finding Winnie is the story of a veterinarian named Harry Colebourn who was a soldier in 1914 during World War I. Harry’s job was to take care of the calvary’s horses. A cavalry is a group of soldiers who fight on horseback. Harry was from Winnepeg, Canada, which is located north of the border between North Dakota and Minnesota.
Winnie the True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
To get to the east coast to catch a boat to Europe, Harry rode on a troop train. Trains were a very common way to transport troops during the war. During one of the train’s stops on its way East, Harry took a walk on a train platform. While walking, he ran into a trapper with a baby bear. Harry could not walk away from that bear! He bought the bear for $20, and took it with him on the boat to Europe! He named the bear “Winnie”, after his home town of Winnepeg and she became his unit’s mascot.

If you think for just a few seconds, you can think of another bear you know named “Winnie.” Could there be two? An odd coincidence. But what if there was only one? Read this one to find out what this Winnie, the London Zoo, the bear you know, and a little boy named Christopher Robin (the real one!) have to do with each other! Finding Winnie in Print and on DVD.

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Military Animals:

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Bears & Zoos:

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Other Working & Helping Animals:

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Identifying Leaves

Identifying Leaves

Have you been assigned making a leaf collection yet? If you have started your collection already but haven’t identified the leaves yet, here are some websites and books that will help you figure out the names of the trees your leaves came from.

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Pinterest Logo 25More Websites, Printables & Activities on the IndyPL Kids Pinterest Board: Leaves & Leaf Identification


Local Places to Find Leaves:

If you haven’t started your collection yet or want to add to what you already have, there are two great places you can go in Indianapolis to find leaves, Crown Hill Cemetery and Butler University. Both places have websites you can go to for maps and directions. They even label the trees so that you know for sure what kind of leaf you have. Put on some old shoes and go on a leaf hike. The sun is shining, you get a map, the trees are labelled – Easy A!

Crown Hill Cemetery Logo 700 West 38th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Phone: 317-925-3800

Butler University 4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: 317-940-9413 or 317-940-8302

101 Trees of Indiana 3300 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803The “Indiana Veterans Memorial Mile” is a one mile walking trail around Indiana State University’s Memorial Stadium located at Wabash and Brown Avenues on the Historic National Road.


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If you want to check out one of the libary’s tree identification books, don’t wait until the last minute to put one on hold. These go fast! And if you want to read about someone who feels your pain – try Gianna Z, she’s got a leaf collection due also, and if her disorganizatin and procrastination keep her from getting it done, she can’t run in the cross-country sectionals. She is feeling the pressure to find the leaves and identify them before it is too late.
Golden Guide Trees of North America Golden Guide Trees 101 Trees of Indiana National Audobon First Field Guide to Trees
Eyewitness Trees Strange Trees and the Stories Behind Them Trees of Indiana Tell Me Tree
Tree Deep Roots Eyewitness Tree 20 Ways to Draw a Tree
The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Super Simple Leaf Projects Apple Trees to Cider Please
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Amazing Olympic Athlete Wilma Rudolph

Amazing Olympic Athlete Wilma Rudolph

Amazing Olympic Athlete Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph had polio when she was six years old. Polio is a virus that can cause paralysis. Now we have a vaccine for polio but that wasn’t invented yet when Wilma was little. The polio did not paralyze Wilma, but it did leave one leg crooked and Wilma had to wear a brace to help her walk.

When Wilma was nine she took the brace off and when she was eleven she started to play sports in school. Eventually, Wilma won gold medals at the Olympics as a runner. For the next two weeks you can watch the stories of Olympic athletes at the 2010 Vancourver Winter Olympic games. Lots of them will have inspirational stories too. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to compete at the Olympic Level.

Take a look at this great video of Wilma talking about her own life and her experiences at the Olympics.

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Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight!

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight!

The Perseid Meteor Shower will peak TONIGHT, August, 11th, 2016. This Meteor Shower happens every year in August when Earth passes through a trail of debris left by an ancient comet. The debris become meteors in Earth’s atmosophere, more commonly called “shooting stars” or “falling stars” because they create an arc of light in the sky before the heat of re-entry burns the debris completely up. The Perseid Meteor Shower is famous for having bright meteors. This year, it is expected to be even better. NASA predicts that there will be double the normal rate of shooting stars on the night of August 11th. Some say up to 200 an hour! Start asking now to stay up late!

The best way to see meteors is to go outside after dark, lie on your back and look straight up. You might have to wait. Bring a good snack – like popcorn!

TCM Meteor

 

This meteorite is an Artifact at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Meteorites are one of the few extraterrestrial, from outer space, materials scientists have to study. Most meteorites found on the ground are iron, which are very dense and appear quite different from ordinary rock. This is a Gibeon meteorite made up mostly of iron and nickel. These meteorites resulted in a huge meteor shower that occurred thousands of years ago. Upon hitting he earth’s atmosphere, a large iron mass (or masses) fragmented, showering down to Earth. These fragments were first reported in 1838, with more fragments showing p in following years as Europeans moved in.

 

 

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Comets Meteors and Asteroids How the Meteorite Got to the Museum Meteor Showers Meteors
National Geographic Kids Meteors Seven Wonders of Asteroids Meteors and Comets Shooting Stars Meteor!
My Friend the Starfinder Olivia Wishes on a Star One Starry Night Pieces of Another World
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