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National Parks & National Forests

National Parks & National Forests

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The Camping Trip That Changed America is the story of a very important adventure in the great outdoors. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt asked naturalist John Muir to take him camping. Roosevelt was so ready to get lost in the woods he ordered all of his aids away. The two men hiked and camped alone in the redwoods of Yosemite. Muir talked about the geology and the animals and the things he felt endangered them. President Roosevelt watched and listened. When he returned to Washington, President Roosevelt got to work.

In 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt established the U.S. Forest Service. Their spokesperson is someone you might know – Smokey the Bear! Today the U.S. Forest Service is responsible for 154 National Forests and 20 National Grasslands.

The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act. This act created the National Park Service to help manage national parks, battlefields, historic sites, and monuments. Today, the National Park Service is responsible for 59 National Parks and 78 National Monuments.

Indiana has 1 National Forest:

Indiana has 3 National Parks:

 

The eBooks, books, websites, activities and more on this page will help you learn about America’s stunning National Parks.


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U.S. History in Context: National Parks is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Login using your library card number and PIN. What’s My PIN? It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about U.S. National Parks.​


eBooks:

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Ranger Rick's National ParksYellowstone National ParkWhere Is Mt. Rushmore?Where is the Grand Canyon?The Grand Canyon

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Non-Fiction Printed Books:

Yellowstone MoranThe Camping Trip That Saved AmericaMountain ChefNational Parks a Kids' GuideA Weird and Wild BeautyThe 12 Most Amazing American Natural WondersNational Parks Guide USAOur Great Big Back YardWhat are the 7 Natural Wonders of the United StatesMy Book of AnimalsPark ScientistsBuddy Bison's YellowstoneGrand CanyonGrand Canyon National ParkGreat Smoky MountainsGreat Smoky Mountains National ParkYellowstoneYellowstone National ParkYosemiteYosemite National ParkDeath ValleyDeath ValleyDeath Valley National ParkEvergladesEverglades National ParkMount Rushmore

Printed Fiction:

The Missing Grizzly CubsSand Dune PonyThe Grand Canyon Burros that BrokeThe Everglades Poacher Who PretendedThe Mount Rushmore Face That Couldn't SeeThe Yellowstone Kidnapping That Wasn'tDanger in the NarrowsGlacier National Park Going to the SunGrand Canyon National Park Tail of the ScorpionGreat Smoky Mountain National Park Ridge Runner RescueMount Rushmore, Badlands & Wind Cave Going UndergroundOlympic National Park Touch of the Tide Pool Crack of the GlacierRocky Mountain National Prk Peril on Longs PeakYellowstone National Park Eye of the GrizzlyYosemite National Park Harrowing Ascent of Half DomeArches and Canyonlands National Park The Land of Standing Rocks
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Black History Month

Black History Month

Heart and Soul

Sometimes history can be overwhelming for me. It’s hard to keep the people and places and dates straight. I really like Heart and Soul because the history unfolds like a story. In fact, the book is written like an old lady talking. It’s like listening to your Grandmother explain it.

This is the kind of book that makes you proud to be a part of your country and it doesn’t matter if you are black or white or young or old. Our country is only 236 years old. That’s a baby country. And in that time we have worked through some struggles that could have ended really badly. Instead, we have struggled together to work out our differences and find common ground and build a life together.

This book shows how a country can go from thinking a black person was property to having a black president. It explains how changes were slowly made to help make that happen. It doesn’t say the job is done, but it shows how we got to where we are today. And it has the BEST paintings. Author: Kadir Nelson

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If you like reading about the story of America and African Americans try these::
Traveling Experience Miles Powerful
Crafts Woodson Moving Job
Marching Culture Come Color
Handy Harlem Sugar Courage
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Indiana

Indiana

INDIANA FACTS

Indiana It's My State

If you have Indiana homework this page will help you get started tracking down facts and finding information about Hoosiers, even the ones that aren’t that famous. The page is divided into five sections:

  • Facts
  • Images & Project Ideas
  • People
  • Landmarks
  • Stories Set In Indiana

Each section includes a list of books and websites. Pay special attention to the “Images and Project Ideas” Section – listed here are places to find Indiana photos online, pictures of Indiana artifacts and even instructions for drawing Indiana pictures.

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IMAGES & PROJECT IDEAS

Books

How to Draw Indianas Sites and Symbols Great Lakes States Crafts

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PEOPLE

Books:

Bill Peet Madam CJ Walker Major Taylor Ernie Pyle

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Indiana University: Indiana Authors Database – A searchable database of the book, Indiana Authors and Their Books, published by Wabash College in 1949, 1974, and 1981. The encyclopedia covers nearly two hundred years of Indiana’s literary history (1816–1980).

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LANDMARKS

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STORIES SET IN INDIANA

The Bears of Blue River The Beef Princess of Practical County Bernie Macgruder and the Bats in the Belfrey Blossoms on the Roof
Chasing Orion Chrsitmas After All The Dark Didnt Catch Me A Girl of the Limberlost
A Halloween Scare in Indiana Help Im Prisoner in the Library Here Lies the Librarian Honey
Izzys Place The Mighty Miss Malone My Brother Abe A Place Called Freedom
Running Out of Time The School at Crooked Creek
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Black History: Scientists and Inventors

Black History: Scientists and Inventors

The Frog ScientistI wish all science books were written like this one! The Frog Scientist is the story of Dr. Tyrone Hayes who started out as a boy collecting frogs, turtles and snakes in the swamp near his home. Fast forward 20 years and Tyrone is a Harvard graduate studying frogs. He’s a frog scientist, just like he always wanted to be.

As you read the book you learn about how Tyrone became a scientist, but you also learn about how he does his research. You see pictures of Tyrone out in the wild collecting samples and inside his lab studying frogs under a microscope. Tyrone’s research is about the affects of pesticides on frogs. Pesticides are chemicals that farmers spray on crops to kill pests like insects or weeds. In particular, he studies atrazine, a chemical used to kill weeds. Reading this book just might make you want to follow the debate about whether or not atrazine should be used. According to Tyrone’s research, the chemical causes all kinds of problems in frogs…they can grow extra legs or even make a boy frog turn into a girl frog!

This book has fabulous pictures of frogs, frog parts & frog insides. There are also great pictures of Tyrone and his students in his lab or out in the wild collecting specimens. The pictures are all crisp and clear and full of color. I really liked the pictures inside the lab. I also liked hearing about being a scientist right from Tyrone. The author used Tyrone’s real words throughout the book. It was cool to read about a little boy who grew up to do exactly what he dreamed of doing. It’s also cool to read about someone that is really passionate about what they do.

Listed below are books, websites & databases that will help you learn about African American scientists and inventors. Here are two inventive contributions, both are Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Madam C.J. Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower Sarah Breedlove Walker, better known as Madam C.J. Walker, was a central figure in the development of the African-American market for commercial beauty products. She developed a formula for hair growth and a steel straightening comb and ointment. Starting with door-to-door sales of these products, she built a business empire. Not only did the business bring her personal success, but it also opened up new job opportunities for African-American women as sales agents and Beauty Culturists.

Traffic Signal – Garrett Morgan worked to bring order to busy streets. In 1922 he observed an accident. After seeing the confusion, Morgan improved the stationary Stop and Go lights by adding a warning pause so that drivers knew the light was about to change. An African American, Morgan had difficulty promoting his ideas.

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black athletes, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.


Websites:

Biography in Context is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Login using your library card number and PIN. What’s My PIN? Biography in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about African American scientists and inventors.


eBooks:

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Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eBooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?Overdrive

National Georgraphic Kids George Washington CarverWhat Color Is My World?

Books:

Mae JemisonAfrican American InventorsBrilliant African American Scientists 9 Exceptional LivesBlack InventorsBlack Stars African American InventorsCharles DrewDaniel Hale WilliamsGarrett MorganGeorge Washington CarverInspiring African American Inventors 9 Inspiring LivesLewis LatimerMadam C.J. Walker Inventor and MillionaireTicktock Banneker's ClockUrban Biologist Danielle Lee

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