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4th Annual Lego League Qualifying Tournament

4th Annual Lego League Qualifying Tournament


Families are invited to the Learning Curve’s annual LEGO® robotics competition. This year’s themes are Creature Craze and Animal Allies. Families who wish to watch the robot games and cheer the teams on can visit the Clowes Auditorium any time between 1 – 4 p.m.

  • During the course of the day, FIRST® LEGO® League & Jr. FIRST® LEGO® League teams from across Indiana will be showcasing projects, testing programs and running their robots.
  • From 10 a.m. – 12 noon, Animalia will have real animals to meet and learn about.
  • The Learning Curve’s huge board game collection and plenty of table space also will be available.


Official Website: Legos


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Ada’s Ideas: the Story of Ada Lovelace

Ada’s Ideas: the Story of Ada Lovelace

I know the girl on the back of that horse looks like she is from the old days…the hairdo, the ribbons, the long dress and all that. “The World’s First Computer Programmer” is not what you think of when you see her…but it’s the truth. Ada Lovelace was born in 1815. That is the year Napoleon fought in the Battle of Waterloo…just to give you an idea of the time we are talking….back when battles were fought on horseback. How is it possible that she could be considered the world’s first computer programmer?

You might not realize it, but the first computer was actually invented that long ago. Back than computers were mechanical, machines that counted things or made math computations or made repeating patterns possible in a machine like a loom or a player piano. Ada was friends with Mr. Charles Babbage who invented a mechanical device for math computations.

Ada had an amazing mind for math, and she used it in a time when girls typically weren’t educated much at all. Ada had to fight to do the things she wanted to do. A smart girl. A strong girl. This is her fascinating story.



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Chicago Cubs – 2016 World Champions!

Chicago Cubs – 2016 World Champions!


After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs win the World Series! Click on any of the book jackets or links below to learn all about the Cubs or read some stories that take place at Wrigley Field or are about the Cubs. One piece of Cub history I did not know – during World War II when so many ball players were soldiers and serving overseas, Phillip K. Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, led an effort to start a new baseball league for girls – a women’s baseball league. You can read about the life of one of the best players – Dorothy “Kammie” Kamenshek in the book, Kammie on First: baseball’s Dottie Kamenshek. Kammie’s story is told in the movie you may have heard of, “A League of Their Own” starring Gina Davis. I think I am in the mood to watch it!


Learn about the Cubs:


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Meet 2015 Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander

Meet 2015 Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander


You are invited to a whole afternoon of inspiration and entertainment furing Fall Fest at Central Library. Highlighting the festivities will be a presentation (2:10 p.m.) by 2015 Newbery Medal winner Kwame Alexander.

Saturday, November 12, Central Library



Reading Rockets Interview:

Time for Kids Interview:

Picture Books:

Acoustic Rooster Acoustic Rooster forms a jazz band with Duck Ellington, Bee Holliday, and Pepe Ernesto Cruz to compete in the annual Barnyard Talent Show against such greats as Thelonius Steer, Mules Davis, and Ella Finchgerald. Includes glossary, notes on the characters and songs, and jazz timeline.
Surfs Up “Surf’s up! Not yet, Dude! Books are boring! Not this one! Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can’t help but get curious. Before you can shout ‘Surf’s up!’ both frogs are sharing the same adventure, that is, until they get to the beach.

Chapter Books:

Booked Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. On the longlist for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, 2016. Finalists to be announced October 13th, winners announced November 16th.
The Crossover Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. Newbery Medal winner, 2015
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Immigrant Stories

Immigrant Stories

Here are some favorite books that will give you a chance to walk in the shoes of someone coming to America from somewhere new. You will meet some good friends in these stories. They are so strong and brave! Many of the stories are based on real people, often the author or a relative of the author.

anna-and-solomon_1Anna and Solomon – Based on the story of the author’s grandparents’ migration to the United States from late-nineteenth-century Russia, shares how Solomon moved to the U.S. first, where he worked to save money for Anna to join him.

cora-cooks-pancit_1Cora Cooks Pancit – When all her older siblings are away, Cora’s mother finally lets her help make pancit, a Filipino noodle dish. Includes recipe for pancit.

the-day-of-the-pelicanThe Day of the Pelican – In 1998 when the Kosovo hostilities escalate, thirteen-year-old Meli’s life as an ethnic Albanian, changes forever after her brother escapes his Serbian captors and the entire family flees from one refugee camp to another until they are able to immigrate to America.

drita-my-homegirlDrita My Homegirl – When ten-year-old Drita and her family, refugees from Kosovo, move to New York, Drita is teased about not speaking English well, but after a popular student named Maxine is forced to learn about Kosovo as a punishment for teasing Drita, the two girls soon bond.

esperanza-risingEsperanza Rising – Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression. Disponible en español: Esperanza Renace, Pura Belpré medal winner for narrative, 2002.

four-feet-two-sandals_1Four Feet Two Sandals – Two young Afghani girls living in a refugee camp in Pakistan share a precious pair of sandals brought by relief workers.

going-home_1Going Home  Although a Mexican family comes to the United States to work as farm laborers so that their children will have opportunities, the parents still consider Mexico their home.

grandfathers-journey_1Grandfather’s Journey – A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather’s journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries. Caldecott Medal Winner, 1994.

heart-of-a-samurai_2Heart of a Samurai – In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2013-2014, 4-6 Nominee.

home-of-the-brave_1Home of the Brave – Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2009-2010, 6-8 Nominee.

im-new-here_1I’m New Here – Three children from other countries (Somalia, Guatemala, and Korea) struggle to adjust to their new home and school in the United States.

in-the-year-of-the-boar-and-jackie-robinsonIn the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson – In 1947, a Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her love for baseball.

inside-out-and-back-again_2Inside Out and Back Again – Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2013-2014, 4-6 Nominee.

the-keeping-quilt_1The Keeping Quilt – A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of an immigrant Jewish family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith.

kira-kiraKira Kira – Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill. Newbery Medal Winner, 2005.

landed_1Landed – After leaving his village in southeastern China, twelve-year-old Sun is held at Angel Island, San Francisco, before being released to join his father, a merchant living in the area. Includes historical notes.

a-long-walk-to-water_2A Long Walk to Water – When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2012-2013, 6-8 Nominee.

mariama-different-but-just-the-same_1Mariama Different But Just the Same – Everything’s new for Mariama after a long journey by car, train, boat, and plane from Africa. She’s going to discover a world where the streets, her school, and the food are all different. But what about the people?  Disponible en español: Mariama: Diferente Pero Igual

the-matchbox-diaryThe Matchbox Diary – An elderly man shares his story of coming to America with his great granddaughter. Since he did not know how to read or write when he was younger, he created a diary by keeping items inside matchboxes. Together, they open each one like you would a book and learn about where the man came from and his new life in the United States. Disponible en español: El Diario de las Cajas de Fósforos

miss-bridie-chose-a-shovel_1Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel Miss – Bridie emigrates to America in 1856 and chooses to bring a shovel, which proves to be a useful tool throughout her life.  Young Hoosier Book Award, 2007-2008, K-3 Nominee.

mollys-pilgrim_1Molly’s Pilgrim – Told to make a Pilgrim doll for the Thanksgiving display at school, Molly is embarrassed when her mother tries to help her out by creating a doll dressed as she herself was dressed before leaving Russia to seek religious freedom.

90-days-to-havana_190 Miles to Havana – When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian’s parents must make the heartbreaking decision tosend him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it’s not always clear how best to protect themselves.

the-red-pencil_1The Red Pencil – After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder.

return-to-senderReturn to Sender – After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.
Pura Belpré Award for narrative, 2010. Disponible en español: Devolver al Remitente

serafinas-promise_1Serafina’s Promise – In a poor village outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Serafina works hard to help her family, but dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor–then the earthquake hits and Serafina must summon all her courage to find her father and still get medicine for her sick baby brother as she promised. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2016-2017, 4-6 Nominee.

shooting-kabulShooting Kabul – Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.

the-turtle-of-oman_1The Turtle of Oman – When Aref, a third-grader who lives in Muscat, Oman, refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, his Siddi, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to a new home.

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