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U.S. Revolution

U.S. Revolution

Eyewitness Civil War The U.S. Revolution lasted from 1775-1783. It is also called The Revolutionary War or The War for Independence. It was fought between Great Britain and the 13 Colonies. By its end, America was recognized as an independent nation. Famous events of the U.S. Revolution include: The Boston Masacre, The Boston Tea Party, The Battles of Lexington & Concord, The Battle of Bunker Hill, The Battle of Trenton & The Battle of Gettysburg.

Famous people of The Revolution include: John Adams, Samuel Adams, John Quincy Adams, Abigail Adams, Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold, Crispus Attucks, George Rogers Clark, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Dolly Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Dolly Madison, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere & George Washington.

The following websites and books will help you learn more about the people and events of The U.S. Revolution.

Websites:


FunkWagnalls2 Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia: U.S. Revolution an Encyclopedia article you can read online at any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card.

KidsSearch2 Kids Search: U.S. Revolution 1775-1783 is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. This U.S. Revolution Page will take you to information about the U.S. Revolution. Choose any of the following: Magazines, Newspapers, Books & Encyclopedias, Biographies & Primary Sources

USHistoryContext2 U.S. History in Context is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Each of these links will take you to information about the U.S. Revolution: Encyclopedias & DictionariesImagesPrimary SourcesMagazine Articles & Videos

Focus on Indiana

Indiana & the U.S. Revolution:

IndianaHistoryOnline Indiana History Online: U.S. Revolution Information about Indiana and the U.S. Revolution you can read online at any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card.

Books:

The U.S. Revolution Voices of the American Revolution The Signers George Vs/ George
Black Regiments Friends Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Benedict Arnold
Betsy Ross Weapons & Gear of the U.S. Revolution Revolution & Dress Independent Dames
Cannons

Stories:

Jump Ship to Freedom Mr. Revere and I My Brother Sam is Dead Johnny Tremain
Chains Forge Revolution Hanukkah
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U.S. Civil War

U.S. Civil War

Eyewitness Civil War The U.S. Civil War lasted from 1861-1865. It was between the Northern States (the Union) and the Southern States (the Confederacy). Famous events of The Civil War include The Battle of Bull Run, The Battle of Vicksburg, Antietam, Appomattox and The Battle of Gettysburg.

Famous people of The Civil War include Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, William ShermanBenjamin Harrison, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The following websites and books will help you learn more about the people and events of The U.S. Civil War.

Websites:

Focus on Indiana

Indiana & the U.S. Civil War:


Databases:

Encyclopedia, magazine & newspaper articles about the U.S. Civil War.

  • Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia: U.S. Civil War an Encyclopedia article you can read online at any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library CardKids Search: U.S. Civil War 1861-1965 is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. This page will take you to information about the U.S. Civil War. Choose any of the following: Magazines, Newspapers, Books & Encyclopedias, Biographies & Primary Sources & Photos.
  • U.S. History in Context is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Each of these links will take you to information about the U.S. Revolution: Encyclopedias & DictionariesImagesPrimary SourcesMagazines & Videos
  • Indiana History OnlineU.S. Civil War Information about Indiana and the U.S. Revolution you can read online at any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card.

Non-Fiction Books:

CivilSecretHarriet CivilAZ CivilBrady CivilOutrageous
CivilDressing CivilEyewitness CivilScholastic CivilSpy
CivilSpying CivilJoke CivilSiege CivilAppomattax
CivilVoices CivilGettysberg CivilWouldnt LincolnFreedman

Stories:

CivilRedMoon CivilHomer CivilRedBadge
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Remembering Nelson Mandela

Remembering Nelson Mandela

One day when Nelson Mandela was nine years old, his father died and he was sent from his village to a school far away from home, to another part of South Africa. In Johannesburg, the country’s capital, Mandela saw fellow Africans who were poor and powerless. He decided then that he would work to protect them. When the government began to keep people apart based on the color of their skin, Mandela spoke out against the law and vowed to fight hard in order to make his country a place that belonged to all South Africans.

In this book, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Mandela, a global icon, in poignant verse and glorious illustrations. It is the story of a young boy’s determination to change South Africa and of the struggles of a man who eventually became the president of his country by believing in equality for people of all colors. Readers will be inspired by Mandela’s triumph and his lifelong quest to create a more just world.

Websites:

Books:

Mandela and Truth and Reconciliation Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela and his Struggle for Freedom Long Walk to Freedom
Tree Shaker Nelson Mandela a Lifetime of Persistence Nelson Mandela Mandela the rebel who led his nation to freedom
Release of Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela Who is Nelson Mandela? The Herd Boy

Resources Collected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Aerodynamics – Paper Airplanes

Aerodynamics – Paper Airplanes

The Kids' Guide to Paper AirplanesFind More Science Experiments

If you love airplanes, try out some of these paper creations. If you understand how the forces of aerodynamics work, you can make a plane that flies far. In The Kids’ Guide to Paper Airplanes the  directions are really clear with color photographs to help you make the folds correctly. The planes start out easy and get harder and harder as you move through the book. The last plane requires 18 folds! The author even includes some tips for getting these planes to fly far.

What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paper Clips

Do you know why paper airplanes fly? They fly because of the forces that affect movement on earth. These forces are thrust, drag, lift and gravity.

Here are some websites that will help you understand aerodynamics and how to make good paper airplanes:

 

Science Rocks! Fly a Dart (page 52) and Fly a Glider (page 53)

Streg Nona: Her Story Super Simple Paper Airplanes Making Paper Airplanes Paper Airplanes

Words to Know:

Lift -  The force that is opposite the weight of an airplane and holds the airplane in the air.
Drag – Air pushing back on the plane as it moves forward.
Thrust – What makes the airplane move forward. This can be a propeller, a jet engine, or your throwing arm.
Gravity – The force that pulls objects back to the earth.
Aerodynamics – Aero means air and dynamics means motion. Aerodynamics  is the study of motion through the air.

Look at NASA: Four Forces on an Airplane for a great diagram and explanation of these aerodynamic forces.

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Lego League & Junior First Lego League Robotics Day

Lego League & Junior First Lego League Robotics Day

 

LegoLeagueGraphicAll day on Saturday, Nov. 23rd, everyone is invited to check out Central Library’s inaugural LEGO robotics tournament! LegoLogoThis is your chance to meet 18 real-life central Indiana FIRST LEGO League and Jr. FIRST LEGO League robotics teams who will be showcasing their research, ideas, and solutions for extreme weather! The morning will highlight Jr. FLL teams presenting natural disaster preparedness and response projects, while the afternoon will feature this year’s exciting robot game challenges which face the FLL teams! Be sure to drop in, experience the fun, share the enthusiasm, and cheer the teams on! Event Details.

There are some things you can just never have enough of…M&Ms…and Legos! Here are some websites & books to keep ideas coming little brick by little brick.

There are two places you can go in Indianapolis this summer to experience exceptional Lego play – The Library and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis:

Lego Library books to keep you building:
LegoCity LegoMinifigs LegoStarWars LegoAdventure
LegoSuperheroes LegoSith LegoSummer LegoBook
LegoMan LegoIdeas LegoCool LegoBible
LegoFarm LegoCoolCars LegoCoolCastles LegoCoolCity
LegoRobots LegoToys
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