Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Remembering Nelson Mandela

One day when Nelson Mandela was nine years old, his father died and he was sent from his village to a school far away from home, to another part of South Africa. In Johannesburg, the country’s capital, Mandela saw fellow Africans who were poor and powerless. He decided then that he would work to protect them. When the government began to keep people apart based on the color of their skin, Mandela spoke out against the law and vowed to fight hard in order to make his country a place that belonged to all South Africans.

In this book, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Mandela, a global icon, in poignant verse and glorious illustrations. It is the story of a young boy’s determination to change South Africa and of the struggles of a man who eventually became the president of his country by believing in equality for people of all colors. Readers will be inspired by Mandela’s triumph and his lifelong quest to create a more just world.

Websites:

Books:

Mandela and Truth and Reconciliation Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela and his Struggle for Freedom Long Walk to Freedom
Tree Shaker Nelson Mandela a Lifetime of Persistence Nelson Mandela Mandela the rebel who led his nation to freedom
Release of Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela Who is Nelson Mandela? The Herd Boy

Resources Collected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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DNA Fingerprinting

DNA Fingerprinting

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DNA is found in the nucleus of cells. Our bodies are made of cells. Each person has a particular DNA in the nucleus of their cells. If you can get a sample of a person’s cells, like a hair or a drop of blood, you can see what their DNA looks like in a lab. A suspect’s DNA can be compared to DNA found at a crime scene.

In the game csi: Squeak Sneak, Fetch’s squeaky toy is missing. Look at the crime scene and collect evidence. Use DNA to finger the real culprit.

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Now watch the Dragonfly TV Forensic Whodunnit Video: The Cake Caper. Somebody has tampered with a birthday party table. The investigators find fiber, saliva and fingerprint evidence at the crime scene, so they gather fiber, saliva and fingerprint samples from everyone they think is a suspect.  Watch them analyze the evidence using a forensics lab to help solve the mystery.

Want to know more about DNA and DNA Evidence? Try these books:

Blood and DNA Evidence Science Beats Crime Amazing DNA
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Trivia Facts and Records

Trivia Facts and Records
  • The solar system is in orbit around the center of the Milky Way.
  • We’re mov¬ing at about 483,000 miles an hour.
  • The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” uses every letter in the alphabet.
  • A ladybug in flight beats its wings up to 85 times per second.

Find facts and trivia about nature, sports, human oddities and more in these books that will make you believe it…or not!

AnimalRecord 101Animal 5000Awesome DinosaurRecord
Outrageous HumanFootprint KidsAlmanac Ripleys
ScholasticKids ExtremeEarth Incredible Strange
QuizWhiz ProBaseball ProBasketball ProFootball
UltimateWeird WeirdTrue2 WeirdTrue3 WeirdTrue4
Guinness TimeKidsAlmanac Awesome

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Aerodynamics – Paper Airplanes

Aerodynamics – Paper Airplanes

The Kids' Guide to Paper AirplanesFind More Science Experiments

If you love airplanes, try out some of these paper creations. If you understand how the forces of aerodynamics work, you can make a plane that flies far. In The Kids’ Guide to Paper Airplanes the  directions are really clear with color photographs to help you make the folds correctly. The planes start out easy and get harder and harder as you move through the book. The last plane requires 18 folds! The author even includes some tips for getting these planes to fly far.

What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paper Clips

Do you know why paper airplanes fly? They fly because of the forces that affect movement on earth. These forces are thrust, drag, lift and gravity.

Here are some websites that will help you understand aerodynamics and how to make good paper airplanes:

 

Science Rocks! Fly a Dart (page 52) and Fly a Glider (page 53)

Streg Nona: Her Story Super Simple Paper Airplanes Making Paper Airplanes Paper Airplanes

Words to Know:

Lift -  The force that is opposite the weight of an airplane and holds the airplane in the air.
Drag – Air pushing back on the plane as it moves forward.
Thrust – What makes the airplane move forward. This can be a propeller, a jet engine, or your throwing arm.
Gravity – The force that pulls objects back to the earth.
Aerodynamics – Aero means air and dynamics means motion. Aerodynamics  is the study of motion through the air.

Look at NASA: Four Forces on an Airplane for a great diagram and explanation of these aerodynamic forces.

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Lego League & Junior First Lego League Robotics Day

Lego League & Junior First Lego League Robotics Day

 

LegoLeagueGraphicAll day on Saturday, Nov. 23rd, everyone is invited to check out Central Library’s inaugural LEGO robotics tournament! LegoLogoThis is your chance to meet 18 real-life central Indiana FIRST LEGO League and Jr. FIRST LEGO League robotics teams who will be showcasing their research, ideas, and solutions for extreme weather! The morning will highlight Jr. FLL teams presenting natural disaster preparedness and response projects, while the afternoon will feature this year’s exciting robot game challenges which face the FLL teams! Be sure to drop in, experience the fun, share the enthusiasm, and cheer the teams on! Event Details.

There are some things you can just never have enough of…M&Ms…and Legos! Here are some websites & books to keep ideas coming little brick by little brick.

There are two places you can go in Indianapolis this summer to experience exceptional Lego play – The Library and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis:

Lego Library books to keep you building:
LegoCity LegoMinifigs LegoStarWars LegoAdventure
LegoSuperheroes LegoSith LegoSummer LegoBook
LegoMan LegoIdeas LegoCool LegoBible
LegoFarm LegoCoolCars LegoCoolCastles LegoCoolCity
LegoRobots LegoToys
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