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Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower

National Geographic Kids Meteors

Have you ever seen a “shooting” or “falling” star? These streaks of light are not actually stars at all, but space rocks falling through the earth’s atmosphere. These rocks are called meteoroids or meteors. As the meteor falls it rubs against particle’s in the earth’s atmosphere which creates friction, making the meteor extremely hot. Usually, the meteors become so hot they burn up and disappear before hitting the earth. The flame of that burning up is what we see and what makes meteors look like a star falling out of the sky. If a meteor does survive its journey through the atmosphere and lands on the earth, it is called a meteorite.

At certain times of year we can see a lot of meteors all at once because the earth is passing through a field of space rocks. These times of year are called “meteor showers” because so many space rocks are falling through the earth’s atmosphere at one time. Each year in late summer the Earth passes through a trail of dust and debris left by an ancient comet called Comet Swift-Tuttle. This creates a high number of meteors and is called the Perseid Meteor Shower because the meteors appear to come from within the constellation Perseus.

This year, the Perseid Meteor Shower will occur from July 17 to Aug. 24.

The best way to see meteors is to go outside after dark, lie on your back and look straight up. You might have to wait. Bring a good snack – like popcorn!

You  might also like to know about the solar eclipse that will happen on August 21st!

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This meteorite is an Artifact at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

“Meteorites are one of the few extraterrestrial, from outer space, materials scientists have to study. Most meteorites found on the ground are iron, which are very dense and appear quite different from ordinary rock. This is a Gibeon meteorite made up mostly of iron and nickel. These meteorites resulted in a huge meteor shower that occurred thousands of years ago. Upon hitting he earth’s atmosphere, a large iron mass (or masses) fragmented, showering down to Earth. These fragments were first reported in 1838, with more fragments showing up in following years as Europeans moved in.”

 

 

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Comets Meteors and AsteroidsHow the Meteorite Got to the MuseumMeteor ShowersMeteorsNational Geographic Kids MeteorsSeven Wonders of Asteroids Meteors and CometsShooting StarsMeteor!My Friend the StarfinderOlivia Wishes on a StarOne Starry Night
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Indy 500

Indy 500

Great Moments in American Auto Racing tells the dramatic history of auto racing: the memorable moments, larger-than-life drivers and well-known races. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the location of many of these legendary moments, most of them taking place each may during the annual running of the Indy 500. If you are a loyal fan or just plain curious, this book will give you a pit row look at the personalities and events of American racing. Listed below are more eBooks & print books you can check out with your IndyPL Library card.

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eBooks:

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Books:

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Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels

Roller Girls

Keep an eye out each year in May for Free Comic Book Day. On that day IndyPL and Downtown Comics give away comic books at all indyPL branch locations on a first come, first serve basis, until supplies run out.

If you really like graphic novels & comics, listed below are some favorites you can read online, as eBooks or as traditional paper books. 

Printable: Children’s Book Week Free Comic


Free Comics to Read Online:

Marvel ComicsPeanutsProfessor Garfield's Toon Town ReaderBig NateGarfieldGo Comics

eBooks:

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Alamo All StarsArchie School DazeAttack of the Ninja FrogsAvatar the Last AirbenderBabymouse Goes for the GoldCalamity JackCaveboy DaveDog ManDork Diaries OMGGhostsJedi Academy Return of the PaduwanLast Kids on Earth Zombie ParadeLowriders from SpaceNoodleheads See the FutureOwly Flying LessonsPrince of the ElvesRocket and Groot Fight BackSHerlock HolmesSonic Kindred SpiritsThe Boxcar ChildrenThe Girl Who Owned a CityThe Secret of the SphinxThe Truth About StaceyThe Unbeatable Squirrel GirlWallace and Gromit Comic Strip Collection

Print Comic Books & Graphic Novels:

A Wrinkle in TimeEl DeafoRedwall the Graphic NovelThe Graveyard BookThe Lightning Thief Graphic NovelMiddle School the Worst Years of My LifeSunny Side UpRoller GirlsMissile MouseAmuletSmileZebrafishSecret Science AllianceCalvin and HobbesDiary of a Wimpy KidBig NateJoey FlyLunch LadyAmelia RulesCaptain UnderpantsRapunzel's RevengeInto the Volcano
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Happy Star Wars Day!

Happy Star Wars Day!

star-wars-readsToday, May 4th, is Star Wars Day – may the fourth be with you! You can also celebrate Star Wars Reads – an annual event in October that gets the whole country reading about the Star Wars Universe, all at the same time. But you don’t have to wait for a special day, you can have reading adventures with your favorite Star Wars characters EVERY day. There are chapter books, graphic novels, craft books, pintables, activities and more to celebrate your favorite Star Wars characters.


eBooks:

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A New HopeDarth Vader and FriendsEdge of the GalaxyFinn and the First OrderJedi AcademyReturn of the Dark SideStar Wars AliensThe Adventures of C-3POThe Life and Legend of Obi Wan-KenobiThe Phantom Menace Storybook

eAudios:

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Return of the Jedi Beware the Power of the Dark SideRey's StoryThe Empire Strikes BackThe Force Awakens

Websites & Activities:

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Museum Artifacts:

Han Solo in CarboniteHan Solo in Carbonite – This replica of the original Han Solo prop was made from the actual molds created for the Star Wars films. In The Empire Strikes Back, the character Han Solowas captured by bounty hunter Boba Fett. Solo was flash-frozen in carbonite-alive, yet entombed. He hung as a trophy on Jabba the Hutt’s wall until being rescuedby his Rebel friends in the film, Return of the Jedi.

Millenium FalconStar Wars Millenium Falcon & Two Figures – Never tell me the odds! could well be Han Solo’s motto. Not the fresh faced hero of George Lucas’ film, Lucas considered Han Solo “a loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good.” From smuggler to TCM Logo 150general for the rebel alliance, Solo along with fellow adventurer Chewbacca formed a team in the classic tale of good versus evil which blended the best of old-fashioned cliffhangers and science fiction with groundbreaking special effects. This 1981 toy Millennium Falcon was made by Kenner. Toys released after Star Wars in 1977 launched the trend of “mega-marketing” major movies with products. A new generation of fans discovered the Star Wars series with the release of episodes I, II, and III between 1999 and 2005.


Fiction:

Skywalker Strikes Volume OneStar Wars Darth Vader Volume OneStar Wars Rebel HeroesVader Down Volume OneThe Princess and the ScoundrelJedi AcademyThe Strange Case of Origami YodaRebel ForceDark Horse ComicsBB-8 on the Run

Non-Fiction:

Star Wars Character EncyclopediaStar Wars Galactic MapsStar Wars the Force Awakens Incredible Cross-SectionsThe Force Awakens Visual DictionaryThe Amazing Book of Lego Star WarsThe Amazing Book of Star WarsStar Wars The Complete Visual DictionaryLego Star Wars the Visual DictionaryWho Are the JediStar Wars Rebels the Visual GuideThe Secret Life of DroidsBeware the SithStar Wars Incredible VehiclesStar Wars Complete VehiclesLego Star Wars in 100 ScenesLego Star Wars The Dark SideStar Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to KnowStar Wars Science Fair BookStar Wars Cook Book
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Jazz Music

Jazz Music

 

Ella’s Big Chance is the classic story of Cinderella set in the jazz-filled roaring 1920s. “Ella Cinders loves helping her father in his dress shop and laughing with her friend Buttons, the store’s delivery boy. Then comes the terrible day when her father remarries and everything changes. Her stepmother makes her sew in the dreary basement. Her stepsisters mock her shabby dress. And to top it off, the new Mrs. Cinders forbids Ella to attend the duke’s grand ball. Heartbroken, Ella is sure that her life will never be what she dreamed. But with the help of a fairy godmother and some sparkling courage of her own, this Cinderella discovers that dreams can come true in the most unexpected of ways.”

 


Find out more about some of our country’s great jazz musicians by checking out or downloading any of the books below. You can also find lots of printables, crafts and other music activities to do at home on the indyPL Kids’ Blog Musical Instrument Pinterest Boards.

Jazz eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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More about Jazz & the Greats of the 1920s:

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