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4Feb/140

The 2014 Winter Olympics

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The XXII  Winter Olympic Games take place February 7-23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Below you will find websites and books to help you enjoy and follow all of the details, from countries to athletes to records with your kids.

Websites:

Olympic Picture Books:

Tacky and the Winter Games Hockey Scramble Glove, Mitts, & Pads Squirrel on Skis

Olympic Picture eBooks:

Tacky and the Winter Games Caillou Learns to Skate

Learn About the Olympics:

The Winter Olympics So You Think You Know the Olympics

Winter Olympic Sports:

Alpine and Freestyle Skiing Biathlon, Cross-Country, Ski Jumping, and Nordic Combined Bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton Figure Skating
Ice Hockey and Curling Snowboard Speed Skating Curling
Figure Skating Ice Hockey Skiing Ski Slopestyle
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31Jan/140

Overdrive for Kids

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31Dec/130

My First Day – Staff Recommend

My First Day

Explore some of the fascinating things that animals do on their first day.

Human babies can’t do much on the first day they’re born. Can animal babies do more? This book talks about many different animals on their first day. The baby capybara swims and dives on his first day. The baby polar bear curls up in a snow den with his mother. The baby sifaka rides piggyback. This is a wonderful description of what baby animals do to survive their first day. It also has extra information in the back about each animal in the book.

Recommended by: Mary Sullivan, Decatur Branch Library

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17Dec/130

Read Right Now! A Most Mizerable Christmas

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Read A Most Mizerable Christmas For years, The Miz has bullied the kids of Wrescal Lane yet managed to stay on Santa's list of good boys. A new kid arrives in town and shakes the foundation of The Miz's selfish beliefs. Will the new kid (with the help of Santa and a very special elf!) help everyone on Wrescal Lane - especially The Miz - enjoy Christmas? This special holiday story features many of the top WWE Superstars as kids including: The Miz, John Cena, C.M. Punk, Zack Ryder, Sheamus, and many more.

Find even MORE free online reading at Read Right Now! Christmas & Read Right Now! Free Online Books & Stories

Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users - Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
  • WeGiveBooks eBooks - To view books available through WeGiveBooks you need to set up a Username & Password in WeGiveBooks - it is very easy and FREE.
  • Disney Free Downloadables - To view Disney Downloadables you will need your IndyPL Library Card and Password to Login. If you don't live in Indianapolis - check with your library, they may have the Disney Collection too!
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16Dec/130

Read Right Now! Jingle All the Way

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Read Jingle All the Way Free Kindle Download: Jingle All the Way is the tale of a loveable, obedient pup who wants nothing more than a place to call home for the holidays.

Find even MORE free online reading at Read Right Now! Christmas & Read Right Now! Free Online Books & Stories

Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users - Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
  • WeGiveBooks eBooks - To view books available through WeGiveBooks you need to set up a Username & Password in WeGiveBooks - it is very easy and FREE.
  • Disney Free Downloadables - To view Disney Downloadables you will need your IndyPL Library Card and Password to Login. If you don't live in Indianapolis - check with your library, they may have the Disney Collection too!
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11Dec/130

Read Right Now! The Christmas Tree Ship

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Read The Christmas Tree Ship - Every year Elsie, Pearl, and Hazel help their father gather Christmas trees to take to the big city on his ship. When the ship does not return one year, the girls and their mother know what they must do.

Find even MORE free online reading at Read Right Now! Christmas & Read Right Now! Free Online Books & Stories

Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users - Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
  • WeGiveBooks eBooks - To view books available through WeGiveBooks you need to set up a Username & Password in WeGiveBooks - it is very easy and FREE.
  • Disney Free Downloadables - To view Disney Downloadables you will need your IndyPL Library Card and Password to Login. If you don't live in Indianapolis - check with your library, they may have the Disney Collection too!
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22Oct/130

Read Right Now!: FALL

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Read Right Now:

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Read Thumper's Autumn Adventure - Thumper and his sisters discover everything from falling leaves to forest friends getting ready to hibernate as they hop through the forest on a crisp autumn day. Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

Downloadable eBooks

">Autumn ">FallAcrostic ">Fall Orange ">FLeap Jumpers

New Fall Picture Books:

Fall Ball Sophie's Squash Squirrel's Fall Search Apples and Butterflies
I See Fall Fall Mixed Up

New Non-Fiction:

How Do You Know It's Fall? How Do We Know It Is Fall? Fall Walk Fall Shakes to Harvest Bakes
What Happens to Leaves in the Fall? What Happens to Animals in the Fall? What Happens to People in the Fall? What Happens to Weather in the Fall?
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3Oct/130

A Scare-Free Halloween

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"It can be fun to be scared, as many of us will recall from Halloweens past. But if we think back, we’ll probably agree that there were two things that made it possible for that scariness to be fun. First, that we knew we were safe because someone we loved was nearby. Second, we knew that whatever was scaring us was only pretend.” ~Fred Rogers

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Smart words from Mr. Rogers! Many small children don't find Halloween fun at all!...the masks, the jumping out surprises and all the ghosts & vampires & scary looking pumpkins. Below are several stories that can help kids turn their Halloween fears into Halloween fun. If Arthur & Scaredy Squirrel can do it, so can your child! Also consider a trip to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Haunted House but go during lights ON hours. The volunteers go out of their way to be extra friendly as your child walks through.

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Scare-Free Stories:

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Read Scaredy Squirrels Prepares for Halloween - Scaredy Squirrel puts together a collection of helpful safety tips and step-by-step instructions to guide you through common Halloween obstacles such as carnivorous plants, haunted houses and encountering the infamous Frankenstein.

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Read Me and My Dragon Scared of Halloween - A boy tries to find the perfect Halloween costume for his pet dragon, so they can go trick-or-treating together.

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Read Boo Bunny - Two small bunnies face their fears while trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

HalGoAway
Read Go Away Big Green Monster - A scary green monster begins to disappear, piece by piece and page by page, in a die-cut picture book that lets youngsters take control of the monsters in their lives.

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Read The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything - A brave little old lady who was not afraid of anything receives the scare of her life and comes up with an ingenious solution to conquer her fears.

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Read Arthur’s Halloween - Arthur finds everything about Halloween scary, including his little sister's costume, his morning snack, and the big house on the corner.

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Read Never Say Boo - When Gordon, a ghost, moves to a new school, everyone is afraid of him until they learn that he is not as scary as they thought he was.

HalGeorgie
Read Georgie - Georgie the friendly ghost is happy living with the Whittakers, but then things change and he decides to find a new place to haunt.

HalWinifred
Read One Wish for Winifred Witch - In this rhyming story, little Winifred Witch is excited about enjoying Halloween night with the big witches, but she has one small problem--she is afraid of the dark. Her secret wish is never to be scared of the dark again. She asks her Aunt Broomhilda, who owns a shop of spells, to help. When magic fails, Broomhilda shows her another solution to her fears.

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Read Vunce Upon a Time - A fearful, young vampire, who prefers candy to blood, bravely ventures into the human world on Halloween night to satisfy his sweet too.

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Read Humbug Witch - A little girl tries unsuccessfully to do all the tricks of a witch.
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1Oct/130

Read Right Now! Pumpkins

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The Read Right Now! books below you can read online, right now, with no waiting! Also don't miss the Early Readers Club - your child can pick up a free book at participating IndyPL branches from Sep. - May each year until age six. Really! Books to Keep! Details.

More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids


Going to the pumpkin patch or orchard is often a favorite Halloween activity for small children. Here are some Sesame Street videos to introduce visiting a pumpkin patch and carving a jack 'o lantern. Don't miss the Read Right Now! Pumpkin Books - free eBooks with your IndyPL Library Card, no waiting! The stories feature Pooh, Donald Duck and The Little Einsteins. More eBooks are available at the bottom of the page...but you might have to wait in line for these.

Websites:

Read Right Now:

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Read A Pumpkin for Pooh - What will Winnie the Pooh and Piglet do with their perfect pumpkin? Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

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Read Farmer Donald's Pumpkin Patch - When Donald Duck hears about a pumpkin growing contest, he decides to become a farmer and grow the biggest pumpkin ever! But Donald soon discovers that growing a garden isn't as easy as he thought. With help from the team and a lot of hard work, Farmer Donald's garden grows. But will his pumpkin win the grand prize? Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

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Read Pooh's Halloween Pumpkin - Winnie the Pooh plants some pumpkin seeds. He waits and eats and eats and waits…but will he have a pumpkin by Halloween? Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

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Read The Pumpkin Patch Puzzle - Quincy is excited about celebrating his favorite holiday, but something just isn't right in the clubhouse. Can you help Quincy find a pumpkin for his party? Hop on board and help the Little Einsteins with their mission to find out why they are are no pumpkins in the pumpkin patch! Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

Favorite & New Pumpkin Books:

The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin Big Pumpkin The Biggest Pumpkin Ever Into the Pumpkin It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Pumpkin Trouble
Pumpkinhead Grow Your Own Soup How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? How Did That Get to My Table: Pumpkin Pie The Pumpkin Book Pumpkin Light
Pumpkins a Story for a Field Ready for Pumpkins See Sprout Pumpkin Pie The Story of the Jack O Lantern We Harvest Pumpkins in the Fall

Pumpkin eBooks:

PrizePumpkin FindPumpkin SeedsPumpkin PumpkinPiggies
PickPumpkin FallPumpkins PumpkinTime PumpkinsFarmer
DoraPumpkin PumpkinsNelson MarleyPumpkin PumpkinParable
PumpkinPrayer
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1Oct/130

Read Right Now! Halloween

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The Read Right Now! books below you can read online, right now, with no waiting! Also don't miss the Early Readers Club - your child can pick up a free book at participating IndyPL branches from Sep. - May each year until age six. Really! Books to Keep! Details.

More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids

 


Here are some great stories and activities to make Halloween fun. Read Right Now! Free Online eBooks with no waiting! For the Disney Digital Books you will just need your IndyPL Library Card. For those of you struggling with a child who is frightened about Halloween traditions try IndyPL Ready to Read: Scarefree Halloween. There are several good stories that will help calm spooky fears so the fun can take over!

Websites:

Read Right Now:

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Read Pooh's Happy Halloween - Watch out for the heffalumps! Winnie the Pooh and Piglet get in the Halloween spirit with a fun night of trick-or-treating. Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

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Read Sweet & Spooky Halloween - Carve pumpkins, wear silly costumes, and tell creepy stories with the Disney Princesses as they celebrate everything sweet and spooky about Halloween! Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

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Read Phineas and Ferb Thrill-o-Rama - The days and nights get spooky when Phineas and Ferb create a haunted house. Their friend Isabella has an extreme case of hiccups, and the boys plan to scare them out of her. What better way than a creepy house that's full of shocking surprises and thrilling twists and turns? Plus, Phineas and Ferb search for a mummy in an old theater showing monster movies. Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

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Read Mater & the Ghost Light - Mater likes to play pranks on his friends in Radiator Springs, until they play a joke on him. Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

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Read Pooh's Halloween Parade - It's Halloween, and Pooh and his friends are all dressed-up and ready for their annual parade. Will there be tricks, or treats? Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

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Read Little Einstein's Halloween Surprise - It's Halloween, and the Little Einsteins are trick-or-treating at some of the most beautiful palaces and castles in Europe! While on a mission to fill up their giant goodie bag with treats and costumes for the big Halloween party, the team gets spooked--could that be ghosts following them? Find out in this frighteningly good adventure! Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

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Read Phineas and Ferb Haunted Hayride - It's Halloween night, and Phineas and Ferb have completely transformed their backyard into a giant corn maze. They've even built a wagon to take all of their friends on a haunted hayride! But little do they know that the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz has created a giant monster to destroy their town. And when the monster heads for Phineas and Ferb's house, will Perry the Platypus--aka Agent P--be able to save the day? Or will this Halloween be a total fright night? Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

New and Favorite Halloween Books:

10 Trick or Treaters The 13 Nights of Halloween Alpha Oops H is for Halloween Babymouse Monster Mash Big Pumpkin Cinderhazel the Cinderella of Halloween
Click Clack Boo Five Little Monkeys Trick or Treat The Hallo-weiner Halloween Hunt a Spot It Challenge Halloween Hustle Halloween Is
Happy Haunting Amelia Bedelia The House that Drac Built It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Halloween Is Minerva Louise on Halloween Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt
National Geographic Kids Halloween Level 1 Scaredy Cat Splat Shake Dem Halloween Bones Space Case The Three Bears’ Halloween Trick or Treat Old Armadillo
Trick or Treat a Happy Haunter’s Halloween

eBooks:

MarleyPumpkin FranklinHalloween HalloweenGeorge HalloweenMice
HalloweenGus HalloweenHarriet HalloweenOllie GeorgeCostume
RottenTrick BooCow HauntedParty MarthaHaunted
NotAfraid

eAudio:

HalloweenMittens DirkBones OldLadyOver
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