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Indy Author Fair Oct. 29 – for Kids!

Indy Author Fair Oct. 29 – for Kids!

kids-writing-300You are invited to the Indy Author Fair on Saturday, October 29, at Central Library. Work on your writing skills. Listen to and meet some of your favorite authors! The fair will feature special activities for kids including these 2 free workshops! 


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  1. Illustration for Kids by Kids Workshop (12 – 1 p.m., Learning Curve Arena) – A hands-on illustration workshop presented by Art with a Heart

kids-meeting-authors-3002. Writing for Young People Panel (1:30 – 3 p.m., Clowes Auditorium) – Interested in becoming a writer? Authors will share their experiences and expertise covering writing styles ranging from young adult novels to chapter books and picture books. Meet some of your favorite authors:

John David Anderson (aka Dave) is the author of critically acclaimed books for middle grade audiences, including john-david-anderson-photo“Sidekicked,” “Minion” and “Standard Hero Behavior.” A former writing instructor at the University of Illinois, he currently lives with his wife and two kids in Indianapolis, where he writes full time while also fulfilling the duties of a house-spouse. He thinks writing is the best…job…ever – except maybe for being a chocolate-stirring Oompa Loompa in the Wonka factory. That’d be sweet.

Standard Hero Behavior Print
Sidekicked Print, eBook
Minion Print, eBook, eAudio
The Dungeoneers Print, eBook
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day Print, eBook, eAudio
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Skila Brown is the author of verse novels “Caminar” and “To Stay Alive,” as well as the picture book “Slickety Quick: silka-brownPoems About Sharks,” all with Candlewick Press. She received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in Kentucky and Tennessee and now lives in Indiana where she writes books for readers of all ages.

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Robert Kent is the author of the horror novels “All Together Now: A Zombie Story” and “The Book of David,” the middle robert-kentgrade novel “Banneker Bones and the Giant Robot Bees,” and the novellas “Pizza Delivery” and “All Right Now: A Short Zombie Story.” He runs the popular blog for writers, Middle Grade Ninja. http://www.middlegradeninja.com/

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Sarah J. Schmitt is a K-8 school librarian and Youth Service Professional for Teens at a public library, where she runs a sarah-schmittteen writing program that combines Skype visits from well-known authors and screenwriters and critique group style feedback. She is the author of the YA novel “It’s a Wonderful Death.” Print, eBook

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Be sure to check out books by some of this year’s Indiana Authors Award winners and finalists! Their first-ever Genre Excellence Winner, April Pulley Sayre and one of this year’s Emerging Author Finalists, Bill Kenley.

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Happy Star Reads Wars Month!

Happy Star Reads Wars Month!

star-wars-readsStar Wars Reads is an annual series of event in October that get the whole country reading about the Star Wars Universe, all at the same time. But you don’t have to wait for a special day, you can have reading adventures with your favorite Star Wars characters EVERY day. There are picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, music files, craft books and more. Below you will find all kind of books, printables and activities to celebrate our favorite Star Wars characters.


Websites & Activities:

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Museum Artifacts:

Han Solo in CarboniteHan Solo in Carbonite – This replica of the original Han Solo prop was made from the actual molds created for the Star Wars films. In The Empire Strikes Back, the character Han Solowas captured by bounty hunter Boba Fett. Solo was flash-frozen in carbonite-alive, yet entombed. He hung as a trophy on Jabba the Hutt’s wall until being rescuedby his Rebel friends in the film, Return of the Jedi.

Millenium FalconStar Wars Millenium Falcon & Two Figures – Never tell me the odds! could well be Han Solo’s motto. Not the fresh faced hero of George Lucas’ film, Lucas considered Han Solo “a loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good.” From smuggler to general for the rebel alliance, Solo along with fellow adventurer Chewbacca formed a team in the classic tale of good versus evil which blended the best of old-fashioned cliffhangers and science fiction with groundbreaking special effects. This 1981 toy Millennium Falcon was made by Kenner. Toys released after Star Wars in 1977 launched the trend of “mega-marketing” major movies with products. A new generation of fans discovered the Star Wars series with the release of episodes I, II, and III between 1999 and 2005.


Picture Books jP:

A New Hope The Empire Strikes Back Return of the Jedi
Anakin to the Rescue Darth Maul's Mission Star Wars 2

Early Readers jZ:

The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars Rebels Star Wars Early Reader Series:

Chapter Books jE & j:

The Princess and the Scoundrel Series: A New Hope
#1: The Princess and the Scoundrel
#2: So You Want to be a Jedi
#3: Beware the Power of the Dark Side
Jedi Academy Series: Jedi Academy
#1: Jedi Academy
#2: Return of the Padawan
#3: The Phantom Bully
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Series: Origami Yoda#1: The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda
#2: Darth Paper Strikes Back 1311499
#3: The Secret of the  Fortune Wookiee
#4: The Surprise Attack of Jaba the Puppet
#5: Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue
#6: Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus
Rebel Force Series: Rebel Force
#1: Target
#2: Hostage
#3: Renegade
#4: Firefight
#5: Trapped
#6: Uprising
Dark Horse Comics Series: Star Wars Dark Horse Comics

Non-Fiction:

Star Wars The Complete Visual Dictionary Lego Star Wars the Visual Dictionary Who Are the Jedi Star Wars Rebels the Visual Guide
The Secret Life of Droids Beware the Sith Star Wars Incredible Vehicles Star Wars Complete Vehicles
Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Lego Star Wars in 100 Scenes Lego Star Wars The Dark Side Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
Star Wars Science Fair Book Star Wars Cook Book
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Happy 100th Birthday Roald Dahl!

Happy 100th Birthday Roald Dahl!

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Born on September 13, 1916, today marks Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! With a writing career that spanned more than 30 years, Dahl’s books are cherished favorites. Choose one and settle in for an amazing adventure!

Websites:


Books:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Taking up where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory leaves off, Charlie, his family, and Mr. Wonka find themselves launched into space in the great glass elevator. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Missing Golden Ticket The Missing Golden Ticket – Presents a series of anecdotes from the English author’s early life and writing experiences, in a text that includes a chapter that was not included in the author’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Print, eBook
Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory – Explores the lasting legacy of Roald Dahl’s popular book, examining the development of the original story and characters, its social history, and the varying film and stage adaptations. Print
James and the Giant Peach James and the Giant Peach – A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The BFG The BFG – The Big Friendly Giant is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and it’s lucky for Sophie that he is. If she had been carried off by any of the other giants she would have been breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are headed to England to steal some little children, she and the BFG decide they must stop them once and for all. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Matilda Matilda – Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Witches The Witches – A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches’ plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice. Print, CDeBook, eAudio
Fantastic Mr. Fox Fantastic Mr. Fox – Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family. Print, CDeBook, eAudio
Danny the Champion of the World Danny, the Champion of the World – A young English boy describes his relationship with his father and the special adventure they share together. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Twits The Twits – The misadventures of two terrible old people who enjoy playing nasty tricks and are finally outwitted by a family of monkeys. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
George's Marvelous Medicine George’s Marvelous Medicine – George decides that his grumpy, selfish old grandmother must be a witch and concocts some marvelous medicine to take care of her. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Enormous Crocodile The Enormous Crocodile – The enormous crocodile devises secret plans and a few clever tricks to secure his lunch only to have them foiled by his neighbors. Print
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me The Giraffe, and the Pelly & Me – A small boy with a desire to own a candy shop meets a window-washing team of a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey and together they go to work for the wealthy Duke of Hampshire, who makes all their dreams come true. Print
The Magic Finger The Magic Finger – Angered by a neighboring family’s sport hunting, an eight-year-old girl turns her magic finger on them. Print, eBook, eAudio
Esio Trot Esio Trot – Old Mr. Hoppy, a shy and lonely man with a secret unrequited love for Mrs. Silver, tries to think of a way to win her attention away from her beloved pet turtle. Print
The Minpins The Minpins – Ignoring warnings against it, little Billy enters the Forest of Sins, only to be pursued by the fearsome Grinder, a creature who chases him high up an ancient tree, where he encounters a city of tree-dwelling, matchstick-sized people. Print, eAudio
Revolting Rhymes Revolting Rhymes – Humorous retellings in verse of six well-known fairy tales featuring surprise endings in place of the traditional happily-ever-after. Print, eAudio
Dirty Beasts Dirty Beasts – Roald Dahl’s inimitable style and humor shine in this collection of poems about mischievous and mysterious animals. From Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl’s animals are nothing short of ridiculous. A clever pig with an unmentionable plan to save his own bacon and an anteater with an unusually large appetite are among the characters created by Dahl in these timeless rhymes. This new, larger edition is perfect for reading aloud and makes Quentin Blake’s celebrated illustrations even more enjoyable. Print, eBook
Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories – Dahl read some 749 supernatural tales at the British Museum Library before selecting the 14 that comprise this anthology. “Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story,” Dahl writes. “It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts.” For this superbly disquieting collection, Dahl offers favorite tales by such masterful storytellers as E. F. Benson, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith Wharton. Print
Roald Dahl's Mischief and Mayhem Roald Dahl’s Mischief & Mayhem – Offers step-by-step instructions for pranks and tricks, along with jokes, quizzes, and excerpts from such Dahl classics as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “The Witches.” Print, eBook
Boy Tales of Childhood Boy: Tales of Childhood – Presents humorous anecdotes from the author’s childhood, including his summer vacations in Norway and life at an English boarding school. Print, eBook, eAudio
Going Solo Going Solo – As a young man working in East Africa for the Shell Company, Roald Dahl recounts his adventures living in the jungle and later flying a fighter plane in World War II. Print, eBook, eAudio
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar & Six More – An account of how the author came to be a writer and selections from his writer’s notebook augment stories juxtaposing fantasy and truth, and peopled with outrageous and courageous characters. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio

Audio Collections:


Biographies:

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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!

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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.

 

 

Websites:

Books:

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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