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Juneteenth

Juneteenth

It is easy to boil down something that happened a long time ago into a simple story that really wasn’t simple at all. Sometimes that happens because time passes and memories fade. Sometimes that happens because the story is complicated to begin with. The ending of slavery in America is complicated in that way. It did not happen all at once like you might think.

Today, June 19th, is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery. Why this day? On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers arrived in Texas and spread the word that President Lincoln had delivered his Emancipation Procalamation on January 1, 1863…two YEARS earlier. Back in those days, it took news A LOT longer to travel! Plus, in this case, there were people who deliberately kept the news from traveling. Here is the timeline:

1. January 1, 1863 The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order made by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. It declared slaves in the Confederacy free. It affected some slaves, but not all of them.

2. June 19, 1865 Freedom Day in Texas – Texas was very remote back then and news traveled slow. It also took a Free at Lastlong time for the Union army to makes its way to Texas. On June 19, a Union General read out loud “General Order No. 3”, announcing the total emancipation of slaves in Texas. The day became known as “Juneteenth” (“June” plus “nineteenth”) and is widely celebrated today in Texas and across the country, as an important day commemorating the freeing of slaves in America.

3. December 6, 1865 The Thirteenth Amendment This amendment to the Constitution completely abolished slavery and involuntary servitude except as the punishment of a crime.

Books:

Abraham Lincoln the Great EmancipatorBen and the Emancipation ProclamationDays of JubileeEmancipation Proclamation Lincoln and the Dawn of LibertyEmancipation ProclamationFifty Cents and a Dream Young Booker T. WashingtonFreedom from SlaveryFreedom's Gifts a Juneteenth StoryHope's GiftHow Abraham Lincoln Ended SlaveryJuneteenthJuneteenthJuneteenthJuneteenthJuneteenth JamboreeLift Every Voice and SingThe Story of JuneteenthWhen Were the Slaves First Set Free After the Civil War
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Garden to Table – Urban Gardening for Kids

Garden to Table – Urban Gardening for Kids

The Nitty Gritty Gardening Book Garden to TableYou don’t need a lot of space to plant a garden. You can plant in containers and set them out on your porch or patio, or even put them in a sunny window. These books will help you get started thinking about what to try first. You can follow easy step-by-step directions for planting, watering and harvesting. Listed below are even more books to help you start learning about gardening and using home grown food in recipes.

Garden Buddy Art ClassDo you know what would be even better? Getting good at this so you can EAT what you have grown! Fill your plate with fresh, self-sustained produce that comes straight from your garden.

Join us at the Library this summer for our Garden Buddy Art Class for Kids: Use found objects to create your own yard or garden buddy.


eBooks:

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Gardening Lab for KidsKids Container GardeningOutdoor Science LabSquare Foot Gardening

Books:

Backyard CookbookCooking and Gardening ProjectsEat Your GreensFrom Field to PlateGrow with Me TomatoA Kid's Guide to Keeping ChickensLet's GardenFirst Gardening BookPick Pull SnapUltimate Guide to GardeningLet's Eat Sustainable FoodHow to Grow a GardenDown to Earth, How Kids Help Feed the WorldOur School GardenFrom Farm to TablePotatoes on Rooftops
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Where Food Comes From

Where Food Comes From

Grow! Raise! Catch!In Grow! Raise! Catch! you can learn about the people who grow the fruits and vegetables, raise the farm animals, and catch the fish that the rest of us eat. Have you ever wondered where your bacon comes from? How about your apples or lettuce or carrots? What about your french fries and chicken nuggets?  

Listed below are several books to help you get the answers to some of these questions. Some ingredients to your favorite foods you can even try to grow yourself. There are lots of ideas for growing food in small areas in the booklist IndyPL Kids’ Blog: Garden to Table – Urban Gardening for Kids.


Books:

Garden to TableFrom Field to PlateGrow Your Own Ice CreamGrow Your Own Pasta SauceCane to SugarCocoa Bean to ChocolateMilk to Ice CreamCool Basil from Garden to TableCool Carrots from Garden to TableCool Green Beans from Garden to TableCool Leaf Lettuce Garden to TableCool Potatoes from Garden to TableCool Tomatoes from Garden to TableFarmer Will Allen and the Growing TableFrom Farm to TableFarmed FishMeat: Life on a Sheep FarmProducing MeatTime for CranberriesWhat's In Your Hot Dog?What's in Your Chicken Nugget?What's In Your Hamburger?What's In Your Pizza?What's In Your Soda?What's In Your Macaroni and Cheese?
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Kids Changing the World, Like You!

Kids Changing the World, Like You!

Kids Who Are Changing the World

Kids Who Are Changing the World tells the stories of forty-five children around the world who are taking steps to help the environment. Some of them are raising money, some of them are organizing peaceful protests, and some of them are raising awareness by doing art projects or speaking.

Listed below are books about more ways you can give back to your community as well as books about kids, both real and imagined, who have made a real difference.

This summer, you can be one of those kids. You can get started taking action right now! Download The Kid’s Guide to Social Action or start giving back to your community today by donating to the Gleaners Food Bank right here in Indianapolis. Donate non-perishable food items at any Library branch and earn 20 points for the Read It and Eat Summer Reading Program. (Limit 20 points per point card.)

 


Social Action Guides for Kids:

Do Something a Handbook for Young ActivistsDo Something! A Handbook for Young Activists – Describes projects for the young activist, such as fighting hunger, ending poverty, and saving the environment.


It's Your WorldIt’s Your World – In a book for young people, Chelsea Clinton informs readers about issues facing our world and what kids can do to help solve them.


The Kids' Guide to Service ProjectsThe Kids’ Guide to Service Proects – Over 500 service ideas for young people who want to make a difference.


The Power of ChildrenThe Power of Children – The Power of Children Awards program (POCA) was established in 2005. In ten years of its existence, it has recognized fifty young people who have made enormous positive impacts on their communities and the world. The Power of Children offers profiles of these fifty young trailblazers, educators, and helpers, describing the projects that led to their awards.


Pay It Forward KidsPay It Forward Kids – Meet ordinary kids from across North America who have done extraordinary things, all on their own initiatives. They have set out to pay it forward to someone else, with astonishing results. The ripple effect of their deeds have inspired others to join their causes, and in some cases, to start missions of their own. These powerful stories demonstrate that you are never too young to make a difference or to improve the life of another. Kindness can be done by anyone, you just need to step up and start.


PhilanthropartiesPhilanthroparties – Why just party when you can party with a purpose? Seventeen-year-old Lulu Cerone shows teens how to bring social activism into their daily lives—and have fun while doing it—with this colorful DIY party planning guide perfect for every socially conscious kid!


Real Kids Who Made a Difference:

Painting for Peace in FergusonPainting for Ferguson – Painting for peace in Ferguson is the story of a community coming together, hundreds of artists and volunteers, black and white, young and old, to bring hope and healing to their community using the simplest of all tools- a paintbrush. Written in child-friendly verse, the actual artwork painted on hundreds of boarded up windows in Ferguson, South Grand and surrounding areas illustrates the story.


Luna and MeLuna and Me: the True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest – Social activism combines with environmentalism in this picture book bio of Julia Butterfly Hill and Luna, the thousand-year-old redwood tree whose life she saved.


Malala Activist for Girls' EducationMalala Activist for Girls’ Education – Describes how a young Pakistani activist was violently targeted by the Taliban for her efforts to secure educational rights for girls.


Our Heroes How Kids Are Making a DifferenceOur Heroes: How Kids are Making a Difference – Biographies of ten children from around the world who never set out to be heroes or to be famous, but whose actions have made the world a better place.


The Youngest MarcherThe Young Marcher – Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963.


We Will Not Be SilentWe Will Not Be Silent: the White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler – A carefully researched portrait of Hans and Sophie Scholl describes how they questioned the beliefs of Austria’s Hitler Youth and risked their freedom and lives to organize a resistance campaign with other students.


We've Got a JobWe’ve Got the Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March – Discusses the events of the 4,000 African American students who marched to jail to secure their freedom in May 1963.


The Boys Who Challenged HitlerThe Boys Who Challenged Hitler – Presents the story of a group of Danish boys who formed a resistance organization against the Nazi occupation of their country.


Stories About Kids Who Made a Difference:

The End of the WildThe End of the Wild – Eleven-year-old Fern helps to take care of her impoverished family by foraging for food in the forest, but when a fracking company rolls into town, she realizes that her peaceful woods and her family’s livelihood could be threatened.


FlushFlush – With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2007-2008, 6-8 Nomine.


HootHoot – Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.


Judy Moody Saves the WorldJudy Moody Saves the World – When Judy Moody gets serious about protecting the environment, her little brother Stink thinks she is overdoing it, but she manages to inspire her third grade class to undertake an award-winning, environment- saving project.


Operation RedwoodOperation Redwood – In northern California, Julian Carter-Li and his friends old and new fight to save a grove of redwoods from an investment company that plans to cut them down.


SlackerSlacker – When eighth-grader Cameron Boxer creates the Positive Action Group at school he intends it as a diversion to fool his parents, teachers, and sister into letting him continue to concentrate on his video-gaming–but before he knows it other kids are taking it seriously, and soon he finds himself president of the P.A.G., and involved in community service, so the boy who never cared about anything is now the center of everything, whether he likes it or not.


Violet Mackerel's Pocket ProtestViolet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest – Violet and Rose organize a protest to save the big oak tree in Clover Park.

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Andrew Luck Book Club Pick: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Andrew Luck Book Club Pick: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Andrew Luck Book Club 150

Where the Sidewalk EndsSummary Where the Sidewalk Ends:

“If you are a dreamer, come in,

If you are a dreamer,

A wisher, a liar,

A hope-er, a pray-er,

A magic bean buyer . . .

Come in . . . for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. You’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Shel Silverstein’s masterful collection of poems and drawings is at once outrageously funny and profound.” ~ http://andrewluckbookclub.com/book/where-the-sidewalk-ends/

 

You can check out Where the Sidewalk Ends with your indyPL library card as a print book or as an audio file on your phone. Use your library card number and PIN to access the audio file. What’s My PIN?


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Here are a couple more funny poetry books by Shel plus another one by another funny poet – Jack Prelutsky. The last one, For Laughing Out Loud – that one is a collection of funny poems written by a bunch of different people.
Where the Sidewalk Ends A Light in the Attic My Dog May Be a Genius For Laughing Out Loud

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