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Like the Avengers

Like the Avengers

Avenger Things To Do:


Superhero School Five Minute Marvel Stories I Can Read Batman vs. Man-Bat Do Superheroes Have Teddy Bears?
DC Super Pets The Hopping Hero DC Superheroes Storybook Collection The Amazing Spiderman Storybook Collection Dex the Heart of a Hero
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man Superman the Story of the Man of Steel Eliot Jones Midnight Superhero Superheroes
Max Traction Man is Here! Another Perfect Day Superhero ABC
Kapow! The Adventures of Sparrowboy Timothy and the Strong Pajamas a Superhero Story The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy
Superhero Joe Super Guinea Pig to the Rescue Buzzboy and Flygirl Wordgirl Robot Rampage
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Iron Man and Thor Pt 1 Captain America Pt 1 Young Justice Flash and Flame
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How to Draw Superheroes Heroes Draw Your Own Superheroes How to Draw Justice League How to Draw Comic Book Heroes
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Zinio eMagazines for Kids – Directions

Zinio eMagazines for Kids – Directions

Overdrive Sample ImageRead full digital copies of favorite magazines on your computer, tablet or mobile device on Zinio. All you need to know is your library card number and PIN.

Your library card number is located on the back of your library card. When entering your barcode number leave no spaces or dashes between the numbers.  If you have forgotten your PIN, you can reset it: What’s My Pin?

Zinio requires the creation of two accounts – a library Zinio account to view the Indy Library’s collection and a free Zinio.com account to read magazines online or via the Zinio Reader app on a mobile device. Users can visit their device’s app store to download and install the Zinio Reader app to read magazines, or use a web browser to browse and check out new issues of Library magazines.

Set up an account and then choose a magazine to get started!

  • unlimited checkouts
  • unlimited loan period



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Science Experiments

Science Experiments


Looking for an idea for a science project? Here are several science experiment ideas that use materials easily found in your house. A couple of them might require a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy, but mostly you can just raid the garage, kitchen or medicine chest for the ingredients. Many experiments you will want to do OUTSIDE. Each experiment will give you directions as well as suggest websites and books that will help you explain what science is at work during the experiment.

Science Project Ideas:

Atoms: A Bunch of Empty Space
Density: Buoyancy
Density: Layer Column
Density: Marbling Paper
Density: Straw Mix
Miscible Molecules: Lava Bottle
Polymers: Poke Holes in a Ziploc
Polymers: Borax Goo
Polymers: Cornstarch Goo
Saturation: Growing Crystals
Soluability: Sharpie Pen Tie Dye
Supersaturated: Borax Crystals & Rock Candy
Static Electricity: Salt and Pepper Separator
Surface Tension: Pepper Scatter
Surface Tension: Soap Bubbles
Surface Tension: Sand Castles

Acids: Bouncing Egg
Acids: Folding Egg
Chemical Bond: Kool Aid Tie Dye
Chemical Reaction: Exploding Ziploc
Chemical Reaction: Penny Cleaner
Chemical Reaction: Plastic Bottle Geyser
Chemical Reaction: Milk Play Dough
Chemical Reaction: Milk Glue
Nucleation: Mentos Volcano
Oxidation: Brown Apples

Heat: Fireproof Balloon
Insulators: Blubber Test
Insulators: Keeping Warm
Melting Point: DIY Slushie
Heated Gases Expand: Ivory Soap

Aerodynamics: Paper Airplanes
Air Pressure: Straw Through an Apple
Air Pressure: Do Not Open Bottle
Centripetal Force: Hex in a Balloon
Centripetal Force: Tornado in a Bottle
Friction: Thick Book Friction
Momentum: Pendulums
Newton’s 1st Law (Inertia): Tablecloth Trick & Egg Drop
Newton’s Second Law: Comet Cratering
Newton’s Third Law: Rocket
Center of Gravity: Fork on a Glass & Balanced Pop Can
Chromatography: Black Ink
Gravity: Stacking
Engineering: Newspaper Geodesic Dome
Engineering: Build a Bridge
Potential & Kinetic Energy: Marshmallow Catapult

Cell Respiration: Balloon Blow Up
Hydrologic (Water) Cycle: Make a Terrarium
Transpiration: Flower Transformation
Sight: Make a Kaleidoscope
Sound Waves: Salt Sound Meter
Forensic Science: DNA Fingerpringing


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Here are some websites that have great step-by-step directions and photographs for planning a great science project.


GaleScience Science in Context: This is a database you can look at with your IndyPL Library Card Number and PIN to get Science Experiment ideas and to do background research once you choose a subject. (What’s my PIN?)
science-fair-discoverer-logo Science Fair Discoverer: This is a great way to find experiments that use common around-the-house items.  Search by asking where you want to begin:  In the recycling bin?  In the junk drawer?  In the yard? In the Kitchen? In the Bathroom?   When an experiment is selected, you will see a list of needed items and directions. (What’s my PIN?)



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Coretta Scott King Award

Coretta Scott King Award

march-book-threeThe Coretta Scott King Award is given in January each year to one African American author and one African American illustrator for outstanding books that promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples.

The award is designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.


Author Winner: March: Book Three by John Lewis

Illustrator Winner: Radiant Child: the Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Stevenson

Author Winner: Rita Williams-Garcia for Gone Crazy in Alabama
Illustrator Winner: Bryan Collier for Trombone Shorty

Author Winner: Jacqueline Woodson for Brown Girl Dreaming, eBook, eAudio, CD
Illustrator Winner: Christopher Myers for radiant-childFirebird

Author Winner
Rita Williams-Garcia for P.S. Be Eleven
Illustrator Winner: Bryan Collier for Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me

Author Winner
Andrea Davis Pinkney for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
Illustrator WinnerBryan Collier for I, Too, Am America

Kadir Nelson for Heart and Soul
Illustrator: Shane Evans for Underground

Author: Rita Williams-Garcia for Once Crazy Summer
Illustrator: Bryan Collier for Dave the Potter

Author: Vaunda Nelson for Bad News for Outlaws
Illustrator:Charles R. Smith Jr. for My People

Author: Kadir Nelson for We Are the Ship
Illustrator: Floyd Cooper for The Blacker the Berry

Author: Christopher Paul Curtis for Elijah of Buxton
Illustrator: Ashley Bryan for Let it Shine

Author: Sharon Draper for  Copper Sun
Illustrator:Kadir Nelson for Moses

Author: Julius Lester for Day of Tears
Illustrator:Bryan Collierfor Rosa

Author: Toni Morrison for Remember
Illustrator:Kadir Nelson for Ellington Was Not a Street

Author: Angela Johnson for The First Part Last
Illustrator: Ashley Bryan for Beautiful Blackbird

Author: Nikki Grimes for Bronx Masquerade
Illustrator:E.B. Lewis for Talkin’ About Bessie The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

Author: Mildred Taylor for The Land
Illustrator: Jerry  Pinkneyfor Goin’ Someplace Special

Author: Jacqueline Woodson for Miracle’s Boys
Illustrator: Bryan Collier for Uptown

Author: Christopher Paul Curtis for Bud, Not Buddy
Illustrator:Brian Pinkney for In the Time of the Drums

Author: Angela Johnson for Heaven
Illustrator:Michele Wood for I See the Rhythm

Author: Sharon Draper for Forged by Fire
Illustrator:Javaka Steptoe for In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall

Author: Walter Dean Myers for Slam!
Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney for Minty

Author: Virginia Hamilton for Her Stories
Illustrator:Tom Feelings for The Middle Passage

Author: Patricia McKissack for Christmas in the Big House
Illustrator:James Ransome for The Creation

Author: Angela Johnson for Toning the Sweep
Illustrator: Tom Feelingsfor Soul Looks Back in Wonder

Author: Patricia McKissack for The Dark Thirty
Illustrator:Kathleen Atkins Wilson for The Origin of Life on Earth

Author: Walter Dean Myers for Now is Your Time
Illustrator: Faith Ringgold for Tar Beach

Author: Mildred Taylor for The Road to Memphis
Illustrator:Leo and Diane Dillon for Aida

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Like Percy Jackson

Like Percy Jackson

The Lost Hero

If you really liked reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, think about the reason you liked it so much. Did you like the myth connection? The battles? The friendship between Percy, Annabeth & Grover? After you think about the reason, look at some of these suggestions of other books you might like. They are divided into groups so that you can choose a good one based on what it is you liked about Percy.



1. Did you like how a modern day kid was pulled into the myths and how that kid was part of a prophecy from ancient times or found out he had some kind of power? If you liked that connection between the present and the past, your best bet is Rick Riordan’s new (starts 2010) series The Heroes of Olympus, which also takes place at Camp Half-Blood. In the first book, The Lost Hero: Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for “bad kids,” find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself. When you are done with Percy Jackson and Jason, try one of these:

The Red PyramidThe Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan again, but this time about Egyptian Mythology. After their father’s research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a dangerous journey across the globe–a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
The Kane Chronicles
#1: The Red Pyramid
#2: The Throne of Fire
#3: The Serpent’s Shadow
Iris, messengerIris, Messenger by Sarah Deming
After discovering that the immortals of Greek mythology reside in her hometown of Middleville, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Iris listens to their life stories, gaining wisdom, beauty, and startling revelations about her past.
The GameThe Game by Diana Wynne Jones
Sent to a boisterous family gathering in Ireland by her overly strict grandmother, orphaned Hayley feels out of place until her unruly cousins include her in a special game involving travel through the mythosphere, the place where all the world’s stories can be found, and where some secrets of her past are revealed.
The Shadow ThievesThe Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu
After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil.
The Cronus Chronicles
#1: The Shadow Thieves
#2: The Siren Song
#3: The Immortal Fire
Gods of ManhattanGods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus
Thirteen-year-old Rory discovers a spirit world that thrives alongside his contemporary New York City, filled with fantastical creatures and people from the city’s colorful past who have become gods and goddesses and who have chosen Rory to perform a dangerous mission.
Gods of Manhattan
#1: Gods of Manhattan
#2: Spirits in the Park
#3: The Sorcerer’s Secret
The Secret CountryThe Secret Country by Jane Johnson
Having learned from a talking cat that he and his sisters are the half-elfin royalty of a parallel world called Eidolon, twelve-year old Ben Arnold attempts to stop his evil uncle from smuggling magical creatures between the two worlds to sell on the black market.
Eidolon Chronicles
#1: The Secret Country
#2: The Shadow World
The Secret of the SirensThe Secret of the Sirens by Julia Golding
Upon moving to her aunt’s seaside home in the British Isles, Connie becomes part of a secret society that shelters mythical creatures, and must use her ability to communicate with these beings to protect them from evil and the incursions of humans.
The Companions Quartet
#1: The Secret of the Sirens
#2: The Gorgon’s Gaze
#3: Mines of the Minotaur
#4: The Chimera’s Curse
The Akhenaten AdventureThe Akhenaten Adventure by P.B. Kerr
When twelve-year-old twins Philippa and John discover that they are descended from a long line of djinn, their mother sends them away to their Uncle Nimrod, who takes them to Cairo where he starts to teach them about their extraordinary powers.
Children of the Lamp
#1: The Akhentaten Adventure
#2: The Blue Djinn of Babylon
#3: The Cobra King of Kathmandu
#4: The Day of the Djinn Warriors
#5: The Eye of the Forest
Walking With the DeadWalking With the Dead by L.M. Falcone
After his father brings home an ancient mummy from the museum of oddities, Alex starts having strange dreams and is shocked when the mummy comes to life and asks for his help.
Gregor the OverlanderGregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
Underland Chronicles
#1: Gregor the Overlander
#2: Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
#3: Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
#4: Gregor and the Marks of Secret
#5: Gregor and the Code of Claw
The Sea of TrollsThe Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.
#1: The Sea of Trolls
#2: Land of the Silver Apples
The MythlopediaDid you really like how the Greek Myths & Gods were part of the story? If you did, try The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan himself. Use it to become an expert on everything in Percy’s world. What a Beast and Oh My Gods are encyclopedias of the Gods and Monsters in the myths. You can look up each one and find out what their powers are, who they are related to & what stories they are in.
Zeus King of the GodsZeus King of the Gods by George O’Connor
A graphic novel that tells the story of Kronos, terrified of being killed by one of his children, whos devours each of his offspring in turn. Only Zeus, the youngest, is saved. Though raised to enjoy a life of leisure, Zeus must fulfill his destiny and lead a new race of gods–and he must begin by destroying his own father.
Have a Hot Time in HadesHave a Hot Time in Hades by Kate McMullan
Hades, king of the underworld, reveals the true story behind the myths. When he and his siblings were born, their father Cronus swallowed them whole because of a prophecy that said one of his children would be mightier than he. Can Hades and his brothers and sisters overthrow their big, bad dad?
Lost in the LabyrinthLost in the Labyrinth by Patrice Kindl
Fourteen-year-old Princess Xenodice tries to prevent the death of her half-brother, the Minotaur, at the hands of the Athenian prince, Theseus, who is aided by Icarus, Daedalus, and her sister Ariadne.

Maybe you liked all the Camp Half-blood campers. That’s called an ensemble cast…like in a TV show or play when there are several strong characters, like Percy, Anabeth and Grover or Harry, Ron and Hermione.  Strong characters that are good friends have dialogue that is snappy and witty and funny.  If what you liked is the friendship in the face of great battles set in magical worlds, try these:

BlackbringerBlackbringer by Laini Taylor
Magpie Windwitch, faerie, devil hunter, and granddaughter of the West Wind, must defeat an ancient evil creature, the Blackbringer, who has escaped from his bottle and threatens to unmake all of creation.
Faeries of Dreamdark
#1: Blackbringer
#2: Silksinger
Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the AncientsSkulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients by Derek Landy
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle’s estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.
#1: Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients
#2: Playing With Fire
#3: The Faceless Ones
The Magic ThiefThe Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard Nevery Flinglas, who has returned from exile to attempt to reverse the troubling decline of magic in Wellmet City.
The Magic Thief
#1: The Magic Thief
#2: The Magic Thief: Lost
#3: The Magic Thief: Found
AnatopsisThe Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
The Ranger’s Apprentice
#1: The Ruin’s of Gorlan
#2: The Burning Bridge
#3: The Icebound Land
#4: The Battle for Skandia
#5: The Sorcerer of the North
#6: The Siege of Macindaw
#7: Erak’s Ransom
#8: The Kings of Clonmel
#9: Halt’s Peril
The Lost Years of MerlinThe Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.
The Lost Years of Merlin
#1: The Lost Years of Merlin
#2: The Seven Songs of Merlin
#3: The Fires of Merlin
#4: The Mirror of Merlin
#5: The Wings of Merlin
The Amulet of SamarkandThe Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.
Bartimaeus Trilogy
#1: The Amulet of Samarkand
#2: The Golem’s Eye
#3: Ptolemy’s Gate
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