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Remembering Maya Angelou

Remembering Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou : a biography of an award-winning poet and civil rights activist


The legendary Maya Angelou died today, she was 86 years old. Maya was a writer, actress, professor, singer, dancer & activist whose voice and actions were celebrated and admired all over the world.

Dr. Maya Angelou Speaks is a series hosted by Scholastic which features video clips of the celebrated poet answering important personal and cultural questions – including her poetic inspirations, the importance of commitment to community, and more. Two of the clips are especially moving today::

“Life is a constant lesson and so I’ve passed some and I’ve flunked some and so people will read, and see, and they will use what is useful for them.” We will. And we thank you Maya.

This one is Maya’s message to you:

A wise woman.


Books for Kids:

Poetry for Young People Maya Angelou My painted house, my friendly chicken, and me
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Indianapolis Zoo Orangutan Exhibit

Indianapolis Zoo Orangutan Exhibit

indyzooThe International Orangutan Center biome at the Indianapolis Zoo is scheduled to open May 24, 2014.



Cincinatti Zoo Sumatran Orangutan

San Diego Zoo Orangutans & Siamangs

Orangutan Stories:

Goodnight, me Operation orangutan Miracle in Sumatra : the story of Gutsy Gus Rainforest Rescue An Island Escape
The last notebook of Leonardo Orangutan tongs : poems to tangle your tongue

Orangutan Non-Fiction:

Orangutans Let's make a difference : we can help orangutans Orangutans Orangutans Orangutans
Orangutans Orangutans Orangutan Suryia & Roscoe : the true story of an unlikely friendship Suryia swims! : the true story of how an orangutan learned to swim
Survival in the Jungle Orangutans are ticklish : fun facts from an animal photograph
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Dwayne Allen’s Black History Month – Super Read Challenge

Dwayne Allen’s Black History Month – Super Read Challenge
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  • The contest is to promote and encourage adults and children to read more books during February Black History Month and to use their library cards at the various branches and Central Library of the Indianapolis Public Library.
  • The winner of the contest will receive a pair of 2014-2015 Colts season tickets.
  • The contest is open to children and adults who are library card holders. Any library card holder, under the age of 18 years of age, must have a parent/guardian who will be responsible for the prize.
  • Simply by using their Library cards to check out any book during February, patrons are automatically entered in the contest.
  • The contest is limited to books, including books in Overdrive Ebook, Overdrive Audiobook and Audiobook CD formats.
  • Upon entry, each book checked out on a Library card will count as a chance to win.
  • The more books checked out between February 1 and February 28, 2014, 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 March 7, 2014.
  • The winner will be presented the prize at a location and on a date determined by the Indianapolis Colts and the Library.
  • The contest is open to the general public, not Library employees.
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Black History Books for Kids:

Miles Powerful Handy Sugar
Color Courage Job Marching
Time to Break the Silence

Find MORE books about Black History Heroes for Kids:

Black History Books for Adults:

Down to the Crossroads The King Years The March on Washington Waking from the Dream
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks Stokely a Life Time Civil Rights Black Firsts
Let Freedom Ring Many Rivers to Cross Controversy and Hope


28 Days Later: a Month-Long Black History Celebration of Children’s Books!


During February, follow 28 Days Later, a month-long Black History Celebration of the best in Picture Books & Chapter Books for kids from the blog, The Brown Bookshelf.  A stand-out author or illustrator will be saluted each day during February.

List of Featured Authors & Illustrators at IndyPL

Read more about the founders of The Brown Bookshelf blog here.


Indiana Black History Challenge – Learn about outstanding black Hoosiers in medical care and advocacy and test your knowledge by taking the online quiz. The first 5,000 entrants will receive two tickets to the Indiana Experience, and 30 lucky players will receive four tickets to see the Indianapolis Indians. One winner will receive the grand prize – an overnight stay at the Omni Severi Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, four tickets to The Children’s Museum and a household membership to the Indiana Historical Society, which includes free year-round Indiana Experience admission.


View the works of 18 prominent local African-American artists during the 26th annual presentation of “Meet the Artists,” beginning Wednesday, January 29 and continuing through Saturday, March 22 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street. Details


On May 19, 1876 Fire Chief W. O. Sherwood appointed the first four black men to the Indianapolis Fire Department in 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. View Photo Collection

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