Staff Pick: Poo in the Zoo

Poo in the Zoo

Bob McGrew, the head keeper at the zoo, loves his job, except when he has to clean up after the animals! One day, after escaping his cage, the iguana leaves behind something that catches the attention of the entire town, and a poo museum owner, that ends up making Bob’s messy job a lot easier!

“A children’s picture book about the everyday responsibilities of the zoo keeper, including the not so desirable task of cleaning up the poo!
As soon as I saw the title for this book, I knew it was going to be good. Poo in the Zoo is a laugh out loud tale of Bob McGrew, the zoo keeper.

Poor Bob has lots to do each day including cleaning up after all the zoo animals. In a rhyming tale of descriptive poo proportions, Bob starts out a normal day only to have it end extraordinarily different. There’s an escaped iguana, glow in the dark poo and a poo museum! In the end, Bob finds a solution to his problems and he and the animals are able to enjoy their days a little easier and a little less smelly.

This story is great to engage a large group of kids. They laugh and ‘eww’ at all the mentions of poo. It catches their attention from the beginning and keeps them watching and listening till the very end. Smallman spins a great tale for the imagination and Ada Grey’s illustrations are ‘illuminating’ and engaging for any young reader’s eye.
I’d recommend this book for anyone with a sense of humor and who’s not too squeamish!”

Recommended by Maggie Ward – Warren Branch

Staff Pick: Runaway Tomato

Runaway Tomato

After dodging an enormous, rolling tomato, townsfolk hold a festival to honor the red fruit.

“The Runaway Tomato is an action packed story of what happens when a giant tomato grows on a hill above the town. The town comes together to save the city from the huge tomato and even turns the giant mess into a fun time for all. The quirky story and vivid illustrations make this a fun story to read aloud and share the pictures with a small group. There are so many fun things to find in the illustrations it can keep a family occupied for an afternoon. With a nod to the classic “cloudy with a chance of meatballs”, this book brings the tomato into the realm of fun food.”

Recommended by Catherine Scheib – Wayne Branch

IndyPL Pokémon GO Gallery by Branch

More information about Pokémon GO and the Library:


Find out about PokéStops, Gyms & Sightings at our locations:


Brightwood Library – Brightwood is a Gym and not a PokéStop.

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Central Library

Central Pokemon 250Central Pokemon Caterpie 250Central Pokemon JinxCentral Library Vulpix 250


East 38th Steet  Library – GYM

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Fountain Square Library –  Fountain Square is a PokéStop but not a Gym. There is a Facebook report that “Fountain square has 3 stops u can get simultaneously and theres 4 gyms very close.”

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Irvington Library – There’s a pokestop at the library and many others (plus gyms) in easy walking distance!

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Garfield Park Library – PokéStop

There is a Facebook report that Garfield Park branch is a PokéStop.

Garfield Pokemon Zubat Garfield Pokemon Weedle Garfield Pokemon Spearow Garfield Pokemon Pinsir


Haughville Library – PokéStop

There is a Facebook report that Haughville branch is a PokéStop.


Pike Library – GYM

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Southport Library – PokéStop

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Warren Library – We have a GYM and quite a few PokéStops close by.

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Wayne Library – the Wayne Library is a Gym, and we have 2 PokéStops along where our fence used to be.

Wayne Pokemon on a BookWayne Pokemon ComputerWayne Pokemon Snacking

Pokémon GO, your Kids & the Library

Pokemon Visual CompanionPokémon…you had the card set and traded them on the school bus didn’t you? Did you have the binder too?  Some of us did! We do like things organized! And now there is the new Pokémon GO game.

This game has so much fun potential. It can get your family up and outside, visiting places in Indy you may have never even noticed before. It could be a great game to play with your kids, but as I’m sure you’ve heard or read on the news, there are some legitimate concerns being raised about safety. Playing the game is an experience that requires common sense at the very least, and as we know, kids need help with that. The game is most safely played by adults and families.
How to Draw the Newest Pokemon

Understanding the game and exercising caution is the prev ailing advice coming from experts, and it isn’t just advice from parenting & safety experts, it’s coming from consumer and financial experts too.

And you probably want to know if we have any. We do. Jynx is in the Atrium at Central. Our library locations are great places to start! IndyPL Pokémon GO Gallery Also, we are dropping lures at our locations on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Full details can be found here:

Add our sightings to the indyPL Gotta Catch ’em All…Reading! Pokedex: Find a Pokémon reading? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll add the sighting to our indyPL Gotta Catch ’em All…Reading! Pokedex.

We’re still discovering PokéStops throughout the library system and for those of you more advanced players, Brightwood, East 38th and Pike are all gyms! Show us what you find at https://www.facebook.com/indypl/ or comment on the IndyPL Pokémon GO Gallery!

You are welcome to come looking at any of our library locations. We’re air conditioned, have drinking fountains & bathrooms, and more free books than anywhere else in town. Some of them are Pokémon books – so don’t forget your library card!

TIP: If you are out about town with kids and have never tried them, I would suggest The Learning Curve @Central Library as well as our library branch inside The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Did you know we had one there? We do, and you don’t have to pay museum admission to visit it.

Have fun.
Be safe.

Websites:

 

Books:

Gotta Catch Em All Pokemon Visual Companion Now You See It Welcome to Camp Pikachu - Copy
How to Draw Pokemon How to Draw Johto Heroes How to Draw the Newest Pokemon

Staff Pick: My Family is a Zoo

My Family Is a Zoo

Everyone in my family has a special animal friend! My daddy has an elephant. My grandma has a bunny. My cousin has a kangaroo. And me? I have a bear! Pile in with the whole family–and more than a few of their favorite animals–for a special car ride.

“My Family is a Zoo is the story of a family and their animals taking a trip. Everyone has an animal even the dog has his own puppy. How many people will fit in the car; how many animals; where are they going? Read the book to find out about the special ending.”

Recommended by Judy Gray – Garfield Park Branch

IndyPL “Gotta Catch ‘em All….READING!” Pokémon GO Pokedex

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Below is an alphabetical list of Pokemon that have been spotted at Central Library or one of our Branches.

More information about Pokémon GO and the Library:


Abra
Aerodactyl
Alakazam
Arbok
Arcanine
Articuno
Beedrill
Bellsprout
Blastoise


Bulbasaur

Southport Bulbasaur 400


Butterfree
Caterpie
Chansey
Charizard
Charmander
Charmeleon
Clefable
Clefairy
Cloyster
Cubone
Dewgong
Diglett
Ditto
Dodrio
Doduo
Dragonair
Dragonite
Dratini
Drowzee
Dugtrio


Eevee

Southport Eevee 400


Ekans
Electabuzz
Electrode


Exeggcute

Southport Exeggcute 400


Exeggutor
Farfetch’d
Fearow
Flareon


Gastly

Wayne Gastly 400


Gengar
Geodude
Gloom
Golbat
Goldeen
Golduck
Golem
Graveler
Grimer
Growlithe
Gyarados
Haunter
Hitmonchan
Hitmonlee
Horsea
Hypno
Ivysaur


Jigglypuff

Southport Pokemon Jigglypuff 400


Jolteon


Jynx

Central Jynx 400


Kabuto
Kabutops
Kadabra
Kakuna
Kangaskhan
Kingler
Koffing


Krabby

Central Pokemon Krabby 400


Lapras
Lickitung
Machamp
Machoke


Machop

Public Collection Machop 400


Magikarp
Magmar
Magnemite
Magneton
Mankey
Marowak
Meowth
Metapod
Mew
Mewtwo
Moltres
Mr. Mime
Muk
Nidoking
Nidoqueen
Nidoran F
Nidoran M
Nidorina
Nidorino
Ninetales
Oddish
Omanyte
Omastar
Onix


Paras

Warren Paras 400

 


Parasect
Persian
Pidgeot
Pidgeotto


Pidgey

Irvington Pidgey 400


Pikachu


Pinsir

Garfield Park Pinsir 400


Poliwag
Poliwhirl
Poliwrath
Ponyta
Porygon
Primeape
Psyduck
Raichu
Rapidash


Raticate

Southport Raticate 400


Rattata

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Rhydon
Rhyhorn
Sandshrew
Sandslash
Scyther
Seadra
Seaking
Seel
Shellder
Slowbro
Slowpoke
Snorlax


Spearow

Garfield Park Spearow 400


Squirtle
Starmie
Staryu
Tangela
Tauros
Tentacool
Tentacruel
Vaporeon
Venomoth


Venonat

Southport Venonat 400


Venusaur
Victreebel
Vileplume
Voltorb


Vulpix

Central Library Vulpix 400


Wartortle


Weedle

Irvington Weedle 400


Weepinbell


Weezing

Southport Pokemon Weezing 400


Wigglytuff
Zapdos


Zubat

Central Zubat 400


Pokémon GO #IndyPLLureDay – What You Need to Know


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HOW IT WORKS:

  • Central Library: Lures will be dropped every 30 minutes during business hours.
  • SOME Branch Locations: The Library will also be dropping lures at various times during business hours at multiple branches.” Participating Branch Locations

PARKING:

Branch Location Parking Lots: Please keep an eye out for our library visitors who are often on FOOT or on BICYCLES. Additionally, it is common for our youngest visitors to dart toward the entrance. Please be vigilant in our parking lots for the safety of all of our visitors.

Central Library Parking Garage: The parking garage is underground so it is not as bright as a sunny day. Please be careful and watch for people walking as you make some tight turns winding through the garage. Be vigilant, keep your eyes on the road, and watch for other cars moving as well. The parking garage will close when the library closes at 5:00 pm.

Central Parking Rates


HOSPITALTY:

  • Restrooms: All of our locations have public restrooms. Please leave them as clean as you found them. If supplies are running low, please let us know and we will promptly take care of that for you.
  • Water: Saturday’s weather report is HOT. All of our locations have drinking fountains and sinks for filling water bottles.
  • Resting: If you are hunting Pokémon and decide to take a break at one of our air conditioned locations, please be courteous of all of our library visitors. We don’t really “shush” too much anymore, but all will appreciate your common sense voice.
  • First Aid: If you need assistance for any reason while visiting our locations, please let a staff member know. All IndyPL staff members wear an identification badge.
  • Free Wifi: Wireless access points are available at all IndyPL Locations.
  • Books: Find out how to download books & music to your phone or iPad…free! Don’t forget your library card!

Indianapolis Indians Library Night

What a great day to take your kids to Victory Field. You know what you need to get you through the long innings? A hot dog, of course, and some of the new baseball picture books listed below. Read some while you are waiting for the game to start.

Meet GARFIELD and party with his mascot friends, Digit and Rowdie!

Earn FREE passes to attend
LIBRARY NIGHT at VICTORY FIELD during the 2016 Summer Read Program

Monday, July 18 at 7 pm – Dollar Menu Night!

Although Indianapolis Indians passes are redeemable for admission to any game (excluding July 4), participants are encouraged to use their passes to attend Library Night, the exciting Summer Reading finale!

Baseball Picture Books & Early Readers

Baseball IsI Am Jackie RobinsonMake a Trade Charlie BrownNight at the StadiumMy First Book About BaseballSluggerCurious George, Home RunPirates at the PlateMr. Zinger’s HatFlat Stanley at BatFirst Base BluesLucky LuisHomerRandy Riley’s Really Big HitClorinda Plays BaseballGoodnight BaseballTake Me Out to the Yakyu

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

DIY Birthday Party: Curious George

Curious George CakeCurious George BooksBook characters make great birthday party themes because they are FAVORITES. Curious George is always a hit! Below you will find everything you need to plan a fun Curious George Birthday Party on the cheap. All you need is a computer, printer, some time…and your library card! We have the books, movies & music to make your party a memorable hit.

For our Curious George Party we looked at these sources of fun and picked our very favorites. You can follow our plan or mix and match activities that make sense to you and your birthday kid. Have fun!

Websites:


Invitations:

To get your party started, click and print a handy checklist and invitation of your choice – print in color or color yourself.

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Decorations:

Curious George Mask or Party Hats to print and color.

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Party Activities:

1. Greeting Guests Music & Coloring/Craft Activity 15-20 min Provide printable coloring pages & crayons/markers or paper for origami or learning to draw George step-by-step. Providing newspaper for the paper boats is even better – just like George! Print the picture frame on card stock for the kids to color. Make sure each child writes his/her name on it!

Boat OrigamiA Fun-Filled Curious George Event - How to Draw Curious GeorgeArthur Frame

2. Game 10 min Printable: Hundley’s Tummy Bingo

Hundleys Tummy Bingo

3. Read Aloud 10 min Read Curious George’s Birthday Surprise or the birthday boy/girl’s favorite Curious George book. List of Curious George Library Books

Curious George and the Birthday Surprise

4. Music Craft – Make a Curious George Tambourine and Sing Along! 15 min

Curious George TambourineCurious George Sing Alongs and LullabiesFollow That Monkey

5. Game 15 min Act Like an Animal

Act Like an Animal

6. Take a Group Photo or Individual Photo of Each Guest (Print copies while guests are eating cake. If you have time, attach the picture to the frame guests colored during the greeting time. If you don’t have time, add the frame and photo to their take home bags!) 5 min (Print for each guest.)

Arthur Frame

7. Cake/Food Sing and eat cake 10-15 min

Curious George Birthday CakeFrozen Banana PopsYellow Hat Table Setting 3

8. Games 15-2o min Printable: Butterfly Hide-and-Seek

Butterfly Hide and Seek

9. Videos During Pickup Time

Curious George Rides a Bike

10. Take Home Bags and Say Goodbye 10-15 min

You can make a printed Curious George Activity book for guests to take home. Follow these links to printable pages. Add your own small favors or treats.

Curious George Bookmarks 2Curious George Finger PuppetsCurous George Flip BookCurious George Matching Game

Thank You Notes:

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Books:

List of Curious George Library Books to check out.


June is LGBT Pride Month

Here are 12 picture books that celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and families:

And Tango Makes ThreeDonovans Big DayHeather Has Two MommiesI Am JazzIn Our Mothers HouseJacobs New DressMorris Micklewhite and the Tangerine DressMy Princess BoyRed A Crayon's StoryStella Brings the FamilyThis Day in JuneWorm Loves Worm

Selections by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services Area