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Black History – Images & Artifacts

Black History – Images & Artifacts

The Indianapolis Public Library has a 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.


Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – A collection of photographs of 1,000 artifacts from the museum collection. The objects would be good for Social Studies, Science and Geography homework. Many of the objects have a tie to Indiana. Take a look at the African-American artifacts.

African American Firefighters Collection – This is a collection of photographs and artifacts that document the history of African American Firefighters in Indianapolis. 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.



Free Soil Banner – This is a collection of old newspapers you can read online. The Free Soil Banner was a newspaper in Indianapolis from 1848 to 1854 published by the Free Soil Party. The Free Soil Party thought 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.”

Another really stunning photo collection is at The National Museum of African American History and Culture. You can explore their full collection online by topic:

More Info Guides about Black History:


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Check Out BirdIndy Trunks

Check Out BirdIndy Trunks

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Here are some ideas to get you started exploring and having fun in your own wild backyard:

If you want to explore a little further than your own backyard here are some great places right here in Indianapolis to go find some outdoor adventure:

Some books you might like about animals, science and nature crafts right in your own backyard:
Backyard Bugs Think Like a Scientist in the Backyard Yard Monsters Backyard Cookbook
Wildlife Gardening Backyard Science A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens Backyard Detective
Wild Animal Neighbors Birdhouses Organic Crafts Eco Crafts
Beautiful Birds Birds a Question and Answer Book Birdology A Nest is Noisy

Find more books with these Catalog Searches:

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Fun With Garfield

Fun With Garfield

Free Books to Read Online:

Click on a selection and read it right now!

NOTE: The Garfield eBooks can be viewed on a desktop computer or on a mobile device that supports Adobe Flash Player. If you want to view them on an iPad, you need to view them on a Flash enabled browser. You can find them in the App Store. I use Photon Flash ($4.99). I tried some of the free ones but could not find one that worked very well. If you find one that does – leave a comment below!

Garfield in the Park Garfield on the Farm Garfield and the Tiger Im Not Afraid Garfield at the Gym
Garfields Week Whats It Like Wheres Everybody Going Jon's Bad Day

Websites That Include Free Books:

Garfield Storybook Reader Fat Cat Books Level 1 250 Toon Book Reader

Free Garfield Apps:

Garfield Daily iTunes icon Read the Free App Garfield Daily – Feed your Garfield need with a daily dose of the classic comic! The Garfield Daily Comic iPhone app allows you to view every Garfield daily comic strip ever produced – that’s over 11,600 strips! Google PlayiTunes
Garfield Kaboom iTunes icon Read the Free App Garfield KaBOOM! Comics – Everyone’s favorite lasagna-scarfing cat opens the fridge to an all-new ongoing comic book series! Join Garfield as he begins his monthly exploits with Jon, Odie, and the rest of the gang in the latest all-ages must-read from KaBOOM! Google PlayiTunes
  • More Garfield Apps (many of them are free)

  • Printables, Online Games, Videos & Activities:

    Click on a link or an image to open an online or printable activity.

    Draw With Jim Davis
    Garfield Maze Draw Garfield 2 Garfield Word Search

    Movies & Music:

    Stream or Download Garfield CDs and DVDs free using your IndyPL Library Card number and PIN. Directions; What’s My Pin?

    Hoopla Garfield and Friends Season 1 Hoopla Garfield Movie Hoopla Logo

    New Garfield Books to Check Out:

    Garfield Hams It Up Garfield Bigger and Better Garfield the Big Cheese Garfield Tons of Fun Garfield Cleans His Plate
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    April: National Autism Awareness Month

    April: National Autism Awareness Month




    Rain Rein Spaghetti is Not a Finger Food Mockingbird Mind Blind Livvie Owen Lived Here
    Autism Spectrum Disorder How to Be Human Temple Grandin Temple Grandin The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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