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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.


Focus on Indiana

Indiana & the U.S. Civil War:


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


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.



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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Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

Lincoln's Grave Robbers

Describes how a counterfeiting ring plotted to ransom Lincoln’s body to secure the release of their imprisoned ringleader, and how a fledging Secret Service and an undercover agent conducted a daring election-night sting operation.

Counterfeiting, the Secret Service, and Abraham Lincoln.  Though seeming to have little in common, the connection between these three led to an incredible chain of events in 1875.  When master counterfeiter Benjamin Boyd  is arrested, members of the counterfeiting ring conspire to steal the body of Abraham Lincoln from his resting place and ransom his body for money and demand Boyd freed from prison.  With Secret Service on their heels, the conspirators unknowingly allow a double agent in on the plot, who kept the Secret Service updated every step of the way and ultimately helped bring about the downfall of the conspirators.

            Based on true events, Sheinkin has created a thrilling and suspenseful true crime account for  children that reveals much about the counterfeiting problems that plagued the later part of the 19th century.  Even more, children will be fascinated by the crime-fighting methods of that time, and will be drawn in  by the action and liveliness of the plot.   With just the right amount off factual information woven into the story, readers will find themselves on a rollicking historical ride that won’t stop until the thrilling conclusion.  A must-read for children!  

Recommended by: Emily Chandler, Lawrence Library


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