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Black History – IndyPL Digital Collections

Black History – IndyPL Digital Collections

The Indianapolis Public Library has a digital collection full of digital images that will give you a good look at black history in America and right here in Indiana. These items are the real thing. The collection includes photographs, photographs of artifacts and documents which would be great resources for school reports.


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Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – A digital collection of 1,000 artifacts from the museum collection. Selected objects range over school subjects from Social Studies to Science to Geography with a particular emphasis on Indiana. You can visit the whole collection or you can see just the African-American artifacts.



Free Soil Banner – The Free Soil Banner was a newspaper published in Indianapolis from 1848 to 1854 published by the Free Soil Party. The main plank in the Party’s platform was that slavery should not be extended to the territories newly gained in the war with Mexico, but should be “free soil”, worked by free (as opposed to slave) labor. They stopped short at advocating the abolition of slavery, preferring to contain it to the areas where it was already allowed, believing that it would eventually die out. “Free soil, free speech, free labor, free men.”



African American Firefighters – On May 19, 1876 Fire Chief W. O. Sherwood appointed the first black men to the Indianapolis Fire Department on Hose Company 9, located at 31 West Saint Joseph Street. This station, eventually renumbered as Station 1 and relocated to 441 Indiana Avenue, grew to become an all-black double company firehouse, with approximately 24 firefighters who rotated through two 24-hour shifts.

Black firefighters remained segregated from the rest of the Fire Department until the practice was officially ended on Jan. 1, 1960. Hired before integration in 1955, Joseph Kimbrew became the first black Fire Chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department on January 19, 1987.


The Indianapolis Postcard Collection - This postcard is a photo of the 1943 Negro League Indianapolis Clowns. The postcard collection is a great resource for Indianapolis history, especially if you have to know about a landmark in the city. The we_are_the_shipcollection is mostly made up of postcards of buildings, but I didn’t want to miss pointing out this one. For more information about the negro leagues and black athletes take a look at Black History: Athletes. Especially don’t miss We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson


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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows…

In 1939, Robert May created the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as a holiday promotion for Montgomery Ward. This beloved red-nosed reindeer first aired on NBC on December 6, 1964.

In honor of the 75thth anniversary of Rudolph’s story and 50th anniversary of the original air date, this classic has been re-released in both print and multi-media format. It has also been adapted in early reader and graphic novel format.

Check it out today!



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Items Recommended by Janet Spaulding and Jessica Lawrence, Selection Services

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Win a Visit from Andrew Luck & Dwayne Allen

Win a Visit from Andrew Luck & Dwayne Allen


November 15 – December 31, 2014

•    The contest is to promote and encourage young people, 6 to 17 years-old, to use their library cards at the various branches and Central Library of the Indianapolis Public Library (the “Library”).
•    The contest begins 12 a.m. November 15, 2014, and ends 11:59 p.m. December 31, 2014.
•    Library card holders are automatically entered into the contest when they use their library card for any library service.  Only one library card usage per day, per person will count for entry into the contest.  No purchase is necessary to win the contest.
•    The more days during the contest period the library card holders use their library card, the more automatic chances are entered into the contest and the greater the odds of winning.
•    After the contest period ends, one winner will randomly be drawn by computer and notified on January 9, 2015.
•    The date and time of the Colts players visit is to be determined by the Indianapolis Colts and the Library.
•    The contest winner will be eligible to choose which Library location hosts the visit.
•   The event is limited to the winning child, the winning child’s family and 20 of the child’s friends each accompanied by an adult – not to exceed 50 people.
•    The contest winner must be a Library card holder, 6 to 17 years-old, and a legal resident of the fifty United States.
•    The contest is open to the general public, not Library employees.
•    The contest is run by the Indianapolis Public Library, P.O. Box 211, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-0211.
•    Contest prize has no retail value.



Andrew Luck 321 Andrew Luck 580 Andrew Luck 581 Andrew Luck 582
The Indianapolis Colts 280 The Indianapolis Colts 416 The Story of the Indianapolis Colts Superstars of the Indianapolis Colts
Sports Illustrated Kids Football Big Book of Who Football The Everything Kids Football Book Fourth Down and Inches
Football Math on the Gridiron Amazing Football Records Football Frenzy
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2nd Annual First Lego League Qualifying Tournament

2nd Annual First Lego League Qualifying Tournament


A full day of special robotics events for kids 6-14.

MORNING: (in the Learning Curve)

  • First Lego League (FLL) teams, for young ones ages 9 – 14, will rotate through three rounds of judging on the theme, “World Class – Learning Unleashed.”
  • FLL teams, for those ages 6 – 8, will exhibit on the topic, “Think Tank – Redefining Learning,” and have review sessions to prepare them for FLL judging sessions.

AFTERNOON: (Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium)

  • FLL teams will participate in a “robot games” competition, followed by an awards ceremony.

The presenting sponsor is the Society for Information Management – Indianapolis. Additional sponsorship comes from 3M and the Broad Ripple Kiwanis. For information on joining or forming a tournament team, go to the “newcomer” section of the Indiana Championship site at

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.



Here are some selected Lego Library books to keep you building. See all the Library’s Lego Books.
Star Wars the Dark Side Lego Friends Character Encyclopedia Lego Ninja the Visual Dictionary Lego Movie the Essential Guide
LegoCity LegoMinifigs LegoStarWars LegoAdventure
LegoSuperheroes LegoSith LegoSummer LegoBook
LegoMan LegoIdeas LegoCool LegoBible
LegoFarm LegoCoolCars LegoCoolCastles LegoCoolCity
LegoRobots LegoToys
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