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Black History: Scientists and Inventors

Black History: Scientists and Inventors

All About Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C. J. Walker is recognized as America’s first female self-made millionaire. Walker made her fortune inventing and selling beauty and hair products for black women through her company, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

You are invited to hear the author of All About Madam C.J. Walker, A’Lelia Bundles, discuss her book Thursday, February 22nd, 6:30pm at Central Library A’Lelia Madam Walker’s great-great granddaughter. Listed below are books, websites & databases that will help you learn about more African American scientists and inventors.

Here are two contributions from African American inventors, both are Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Madam C.J. Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower Sarah Breedlove Walker, better known as Madam C.J. Walker, was a central figure in the development of the African-American market for commercial beauty products. She developed a formula for hair growth and a steel straightening comb and ointment. Starting with door-to-door sales of these products, she built a business empire. Not only did the business bring her personal success, but it also opened up new job opportunities for African-American women as sales agents and Beauty Culturists.

Traffic Signal – Garrett Morgan worked to bring order to busy streets. In 1922 he observed an accident. After seeing the confusion, Morgan improved the stationary Stop and Go lights by adding a warning pause so that drivers knew the light was about to change. An African American, Morgan had difficulty promoting his ideas.

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black scientists and inventors, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.


Websites:

Biography in Context is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Login using your library card number and PIN. What’s My PIN? Biography in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about African American scientists and inventors.


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National Georgraphic Kids George Washington CarverWhat Color Is My World?

Books:

Mae JemisonAfrican American InventorsBrilliant African American Scientists 9 Exceptional LivesBlack InventorsBlack Stars African American InventorsCharles DrewDaniel Hale WilliamsGarrett MorganGeorge Washington CarverInspiring African American Inventors 9 Inspiring LivesLewis LatimerMadam C.J. Walker Inventor and MillionaireTicktock Banneker's ClockUrban Biologist Danielle Lee

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Hanging Off Jefferson’s Nose – Mt. Rushmore and Other Unique Stories about U.S. Presidents

Hanging Off Jefferson’s Nose – Mt. Rushmore and Other Unique Stories about U.S. Presidents

Hanging Off Jefferson's NoseHanging off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing up on Mount Rushmore – Lincoln Borglum was a young boy when his father, the great sculptor Gutzon Borglum, suggested to a group of South Dakota businessmen that he should carve the faces of four presidents into a side of a mountain as an attraction for tourists. But Mount Rushmore would never be finished by Gutzon. It would be his son who would complete the fourteen-year task and present America with one of its most iconic symbols.


The Camping Trip That Changed AmericaThe Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks – Offers insight into the camping trip that President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir took to the redwoods of Yosemite in 1903, during which the two men had experiences and conversations that eventually contributed to the establishment of national parks in the United States.


What To Do About AliceWhat to do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove her Father Teddy Crazy! – A brief biography in pictures and simple text of Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt and his first wife.


Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a PicnicHot Dog!: Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic – In June of 1939, British monarchs King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit America, the first visit ever by reigning British royalty. As part of the festivities, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt hosts an all-American picnic that includes hot dogs, a menu item that shocked some people!


What's the Big Deal About First LadiesWhat’s the Big Deal about First Ladies? – Discusses what made each first lady unique and describes their role, ambitions, and partnerships with their presidential husbands.


Did President Grant Really Get a Ticket for Speeding a Horse Drawn CarriageDid President Grant Really Get a Ticket for Speeding in a Horse-drawn Carriage? – Discusses facts and myths about American presidents, including if Washington cut down a cherry tree, if Lincoln walked twenty miles to school, and if Taft weighed more than an elephant.


White House KidsWhite House Kids: the Perks, Pleasures, Problems, and Pratfalls of the Presidents’ Children – Shares the experiences of growing up in the White House, discusses the good and the bad, and profiles the children that have lived there.


The First PupThe First Pup: the Real Story of How Bo Got to the White House – Once upon a time, a man named Barack Obama ran for president of the United States. On the night of his victory, he made a very important announcement…his daughters would get a puppy!


Mis Lady Bird's WildflowersMiss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America – A biography of Lady Bird Johnson who, as the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, reminded citizens about the importance of conserving natural resources and promoted the beautification of cities and highways by planting wildflowers.


First KidsFirst Kids: the True Stories of all the Presidents’ Children – First Kids are, and were, kids like any other, they just lived with parents who happened to be busy running the free world. This book will highlight all of the 43 president’s children leading into their adulthood.


Presidential MisadventuresPresidential Misadventures: Poems that Poke Fun at the Man in Charge – A rollicking collection of presidential poems shares lively facts about the misbehaviors of America’s commanders-in-chief.


Kid PresidentsKid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood from America’s Presidents – Presents twenty stories featuring the United States presidents when they were children, including William Taft’s dance lessons, Lyndon Johnson’s classroom pranks, and Gerald Ford’s struggles with dyslexia.


First MothersFirst Mothers – Profiles of the American presidents’ mothers reveal their achievements while sharing anecdotes and childhood stories, from Thomas Jefferson’s mother’s solo management of a plantation to Abraham Lincoln’s mother’s stint as a wrestler.


The President's Stuck in the BathtubThe President’s Stuck in the Bathtub : Poems about the Presidents – A playful, poetic celebration of lesser-known presidential events and eccentricities reveals such examples as John Quincy Adams’ skinny-dipping forays in the Potomac and Herbert Hoover’s Chinese-language conversations with his wife, in a volume complemented by footnotes and an additional “Presidential Notes and Quotes” section. 10,000 first printing. Jr Lib Guild Premier.


Rutherford B. Who Was He?Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems about Our Presidents – Innovative rhymes about America’s 19th president while placing his achievements within the context of his time, incorporating short biographical details and presidential quotes.

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25 Olympic Books for Kids That Are Pure Gold

25 Olympic Books for Kids That Are Pure Gold

Long-Armed Ludy is the story of Olympic athlete Lucile Godbold. Lucile competed in track and field events at the 1922 Women’s World Games. The Women’s World Games were held when the International Olympic Committee refused to include women’s events in the 1924 Olympic Games. I did not know that happened! I had never heard of The Women’s World Games before. Lucile was a trailblazer! It takes a lot of hard work and practice to be an Olympic athlete. It also takes a lot of money. Find out how Lucile made it to the games with a little help from her friends! 

Listed below are more books, websites & databases that will help you learn about the history of Olympic competition and find out more about athletes like Lucile.

You can even view some online images of Olympic Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis like this 2002 Winter Olympics Banner. “The mascots of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics represented the land and culture of Utah and the American West. Inspired by images from ancient petroglyphs, Powder the Hare, Coal the Bear and Copper the Coyote were chosen as ideal icons for the 2002 Games.”

Websites:


eBooks:

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The Boys in the BoatThe OlympicsOlympic ExpertInside the Olympics

Print Books:

A Passion for VictoryAmerica's Champion SwimmerBright Path: Young Jim ThorpeDream Big Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Olympic GoldFreeze Frame Winter OlympicsHow to Train with a T Rex and Win 8 Gold MedalsJesse Owens Fastest Man AliveMassacre in MunichMiracle on IceNadia the Girl Who Couldn't Sit StillThrough Time OlympicsQueen of the TrackRun with MeSixteen Years in Sixteen SecondsSurfer of the CenturySwifter Higher StrongerThe Golden Girls of RioThe Wildest Race EverThe World's Greatest OlympiansTouch the SkyUndefeated Jim ThorpeWilma UnlimitedYou Wouldn't Want to Be a Greek Athlete
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African-American Artists

African-American Artists

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Heart and Soul

African American artist Ashley Bryan was born in 1923 and grew up in the Bronx in New York City. When he was a little boy his parents noticed right away that he loved to draw and paint and make things. They did everything they could to make sure he had art supplies to use to create things. After he graduated from high school he wanted to go to college and study art. This would have been in the time right before World War II, well before the Civil Rights Movement. Ashley interviewed for a spot at an art institute. He says in his autobiography Ashley Bryan Words to My Life’s Song,”

The interviewer stated that mine was the best portfolio that he had seen. However, he also informed me that it would be a waste to give a scholarship to a colored person.

In his book, Ashley explains how he listened to good advice from his parents. They told him to not let anyone or anything ever stop him from doing what he loves. Ashley persevered. He attended the Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering and Columbia University. He studied art in France and Germany too.

Ashley has taught art, written and illustrated books and created countless beautiful things that you can see in this book like stained glass windows, paintings, sculptures, puppets and more. There is one picture in this book that shows Ashley at home in a room full of his creations. It’s like looking at an I Spy picture of wonderful things. I would love to wonder through his studio, pull up a stool and begin creating something. When you read this book written in his own words, you’ll realize that if you did walk into his studio, that is exactly what he would want you to do!

Miles Davis by Kevin West

Listed below are books, websites & databases that will help you learn more about African American Art and African American Artists.

You can also visit Central Library throughout February and March to see the 2018 Meet the Artists Exhibit (January 30 – April 1) which showcases the accomplishments of 11 prominent local African-American artists. In addition, works from other artists will be exhibited in the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. 

At the Exhibit’s Gala Opening Reception (Saturday, February 10, 5:30 pm — 10:00 pm) there will be all kinds of fun activities going on including music and art workshops for kids!


Websites, Activities, Printables & Databases:

Biography in Context is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Login using your library card number and PIN. What’s My PIN? Biography in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about African American Artists.​


eBooks:

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A Splash of Red the Life and Art of Horace PippinEtched in ClayGordon ParksRadiant ChildIt Jes Happened When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

Print Books:

Art from the Heart Folk Artist Clementine HunterDraw What You SeeDrawing in the Sand a Story of African American ArtFaith RinggoldGoing Back Home an Artist Returns to the SouthRomare BeardenSewing Stories Harriet Powers Journey from Slave to ArtistWake Up Our Souls a Collection of African American ArtistsWords with Wings a Collection of African American Poetry and ArtJerry PinkneyCome Look with Me the Story of African American Art for ChildrenStarting Home the Story of Horace Pippin, PainterStitching Stars the Story Quilts of Harriet PowersStory Painter the Life of Jacob LawrenceDave the PotterHenry Ossawa Tanner

More Info Guides about Black History:


To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

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20 Trivia Books to Entertain & Amaze

20 Trivia Books to Entertain & Amaze

 

Did you know it is impossible for most people to lick their own elbow? (Try it!) Are you “most people” or are you uniquely amazing? After reading one of these books full of human oddities and record breakers you too can be the life of the trivia party! You can recite all kinds of silly stories and fun facts or demonstrate one of your own amazing abilities! Maybe you can try to get in the record books yourself. Did you know there is actually a person who holds the record for most live rattlesnakes held in a mouth! If ever the advice “don’t try this at home” applied, it is for that one! Maybe try for the most socks put on one foot in 30 seconds instead!

 


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101 Amazing Facts About SharksFacts to Annoy Your TeacherStat Attack Crazy CarsNarnia TriviaTime for Kids Big Book of Answers

Print Books:

13.5 Incredible Things to Know About EverythingA World of InformationAmazing AnimalsAnimal Record BreakersBet You Didn't KnowFrightlopediaGaming Record BreakersGuinness World Records 2018Listopia Planet EarthMagic Treehouse Incredible Fact BookRipley's Believe It or Not 2018Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know125 Wacky Roadside AttractionsWWE Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
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