Category Archives: Crafts/Activities

Storybook Character & Easy Costumes

Finding the right costume is the treasure hunt of Halloween isn’t it? The best kind, of course, are the homemade kind! These Pinterest boards, books and web links will help you find some great ideas for easy, cheap costumes…some of them even for your child’s favorite book character! Come up with a good one? Send us a picture on Facebook or Twitter!




Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month @the Library!



Música de las AméricasSunday, October 16, 3pm at Central Library. Individuals of all ages are invited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a high energy performance by Pavel and Direct Contact! Experience the music and irresistible rhythms of North, Central and South America. This program will be held in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium. Details

Instrument & Dance Programs:


¡RITMO LATINO! Frame Drum Making Workshop Children and young people ages 6 and up are invited to make a traditional Latin American frame drum with an authentic sound from common, everyday materials. Schedule

¡TUMBAO! CHANCLETA: DANCE AND MUSIC of Cuba Teens are invited to learn the chancleta, a dance created by African slaves popular in the eastern part of Cuba. They’ll also learn the traditional rhythms as both dancers and drummers. Schedule

DIY Birthday Party: Arthur

Athurs BirthdayBook characters make great birthday party themes because they are FAVORITES. Arthur is always a hit! Below you will find everything you need to plan a fun Arthur 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 Arthur Party we looked at these sources of Arthur 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.



To get your party organized from the start, click and print the printable guest list tracker and invitation of your choice, full color or color your own!

Guest List 150Arthur Invitation 2 150ArthurInteractive pdfs.inddArthurInteractive pdfs.indd


Arthur & DW party hats and a birthday banner to print and color.

Arthur Crown 150ArthurInteractive pdfs.inddArthurInteractivepdfs_round3.inddArthurInteractivepdfs_round2.indd

Party Activities:

1. Greeting Guests Music & Coloring Activity 15-20 min

Arthur Frame

  • Play the Arthur Theme Song
  • Printable Crayola Picture Frame (Best to print on card stock if you have it.) Make sure each child puts their name on their own picture frame! Later, a party picture will go in the frame.
  • Hand out paper and pens/pencils/crayons and have the guests learn to draw Arthur from this great video – the teacher is Marc Brown himself!

2. Game 10 min

3. Read Aloud 10 min

Arthurs Birthday

4. Music Craft 15 min

Arthur Shake the Shaker

5. Game 15 min

6. Take a Group Picture 5 min (Print one for each guest.)

Arthur Frame
  • Crayola Printable Picture Frame (Print copies of the picture 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 frame and photo to their take home bags!)
  • 7. Cake/Food Sing and eat cake 10-15 min

    8. Games 15-2o min

    9. Videos During Pickup Time

    Arthur Hoopla

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

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

    Arthur Mini Book 150Arthur Paper Doll 150Binky Maze 150Go Fetch Game 150

    Thank You Notes:


    Alternate Activity for a longer party or for older guests – Put on Play:

    Library Books:

    IndyPL Downloadable Audiobooks:

    • Marc Brown’s Arthur Chapter Books Vol 1 
    • Marc Brown’s Arthur Chapter Books Vol 2
    • Marc Brown’s Arthur Chapter Books Vol 3
    • Marc Brown’s Arthur Chapter Books Vol 4
    • Marc Brown’s Arthur Chapter Books Vol 5
    • Arthur Anniversary Collection

    Crafty Chloe

    Chloe loves to make stuff. Out of anything. Craft supplies. Stuff she finds around the house. Trash. Stuff that doesn’t belong to her – like her Dad’s shirt! She is one creative girl! When she gets invited to a friend’s birthday party she is determined to make something truly special. Her motivation? Jealousy! I know, not what you expected. She wants to give her friend a gift at least as good as what one of the other guests is bringing! She comes up with something perfect…in fact, it is SO perfect it erases the jealousy and makes all three girls smile. The best gifts really are the homemade kind! Author: Kelly DiPucchio

    More books about craft loving kids:

    Some Books:

    Alex and Lulu Two of a KindPolka Dot Penguin PotteryArt's SuppliesThe DotEmma's Rug

    Winter Fun on a Cold Day

    It’s cold! I know, stating the obvious! A good day to remember this famous storybook quote:

    “The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.”

    It would be a good day for a visit from The Cat in the Hat to change things up and make a big fun mess!

    Since The Cat in the Hat won’t really stop by, here are some websites and books that might help you figure out how to have some fun together on a cold day, and later in the week, on a snowy day!


    Winter Books:

    Charley’s First NightLittle Bea and the Snowy DayHenry Goes SkatingOlivia Builds a SnowladyThe ReaderSnow Day for MouseSnowboy 1,2,3Snowmen at WorkA Snowy Day in Bugland
    Build Your Own Fort, Igloo, and Other HangoutsHow Do You Know It’s Winter?The Kid’s Winter Fun BookWinter Colors