That cranky lasagna loving cat Garfield is coming to town! Garfield will appear in the 2016 Indy 500 Festival Parade with library staff making sure he doesn’t take any wrong turns or float away!
Made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Staff Association and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
Memorial Day Closing
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed May 28 – 30 for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, except the InfoZone which will be open each day from 10am – 5pm.
Click on a story or book app to read a FREE Garfield eBook online right now! NOTE: The Garfield eBooks can be viewed on a desktop computer or on a mobile device that supports Adobe Flash Player. If you want to view them on an iPad, you need to view them on a Flash enabled browser. You can find them in the App Store. I use Photon Flash ($4.99). I tried some of the free ones but could not find one that worked very well. If you find one that does – leave a comment below!
|Read the Free App Garfield Daily – Feed your Garfield need with a daily dose of the classic comic! The Garfield Daily Comic iPhone app allows you to view every Garfield daily comic strip ever produced – that’s over 11,600 strips! Google Play, iTunes|
|Read the Free App Garfield KaBOOM! Comics – Everyone’s favorite lasagna-scarfing cat opens the fridge to an all-new ongoing comic book series! Join Garfield as he begins his monthly exploits with Jon, Odie, and the rest of the gang in the latest all-ages must-read from KaBOOM! Google Play, iTunes|
New Garfield Books to Check Out:
- Ready to Read: Free Online Stories Read Aloud
- Ready to Read: Story Apps for Kids
- Read Right Now! eReading Room for Kids
- List – Garfield Books at the Library
Websites, Apps & Printables:
- Dragoart: How to Draw Garfield
- Printable: How to Draw Garfield
- Printable: Garfield’s Daffy Dictionary
- Video: Draw Garfield with Jim Davis
- Website: Garfield Comic Strip History
- Garfield Apps (many of them are free)
- Children’s Museum Artifacts: Garfield Plush
Click on an image to open a printable writing activity:
CDs & DVDs:
Below are several reading programs you can participate in at home to encourage year-round reading and even earn prizes. You can visit any IndyPL library location to checkout books or you can Read Right Now! by visiting our eReading Room for Kids – free eBooks you can read from your device at home, no waiting!
- Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
- May 9-September 9, 2016
- Free online reading program for children.
- Virtual badges, stories, games, book lists, activities & prizes.
- National Readathon Day
- May 21, 2016
- If you are a library, school, or bookstore, start planning a reading party where readers can join together in person to celebrate Readathon Day. Email email@example.com to tell them about your event and have it featured on their Reading Parties page.
- Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program
- June & July, 2016
- Read for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July.
- Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your complete log to earn FREE Bookworm Bucks for each month.
- Printable Reading Log
- Book It! Summer Reading Challenge
- Summer 2016 TBA
- The more they read, the more prizes they can earn.
- Books-a-Million Summer Quest Reading Program
- Summer 2016 TBA
- Read 4 books from their summer reading list.
- Have a parent or guardian sign and verify the completed form.
- Return the form to your local Books-a-Million store to receive a FREE Camp Half-Blood Tote Bag.
- Printable Books-a-Million Reading Form & Booklist
- Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar
- Summer 2016, Offer expires 12/31/16
- Print the Reading Rewards calendar, mark it for reading every day for 2 weeks.
- Take it to a Chuck E. Cheese location to get 10 FREE tokens. Child(ren) must be present to redeem. Only at participating locations. Food purchase is required.
- Printable Calendar or en Español
- Book It! I Want My Hat Back Give Me 20 Fall Reading Challenge
- Fall 2016 TBA
- Eight-week challenge. Read to your child/children at least 20 minutes per day, five days per week and you can enter for a chance to win prizes.
- Online Registration Form.
- Star Wars Reads Day 2015
- October, 2016
- Star Wars fans, authors, and artists come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars.
- Jump Start Read for the Record
- October 27, 2016
- Read for the Record mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. On this day people across the country united to read a children’s book.
- Read Across America Day
- March 2, 2016
- The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 18th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
- Take the Read Across America Pledge
- World Book Day
- March 3, 2016
- To help make World Book Day special – and to encourage reading for the rest of the year too – there are a whole range of resources including lesson plans, activity sheets, discussion guides and free eBooks.
- D.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read
- April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday (but can by anytime!)
- D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Because, what’s more fun(damental) than reading, really?
|Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile – Dorothy has always wanted to work in a library like the red brick one of her girlhood, but after moving to rural North Carolina she discovers that the type of library is less important than the books and the people who read them.|
|Biblioburro: a True Story from Colombia – After amassing piles of books, Luis, a voracious reader, dreams up a way to share his collection with ‘faraway villages.’ He starts with two burros–one for himself, one for books–and heads off. Tough terrain and menacing bandits challenge him along the way, but at last he reaches a remote town, where he holds a story hour and loans titles to eager kids before returning home to his wife and reading late into the night.|
|Waiting for the Biblioburro – When a man brings to a remote village two burros, Alfa and Beto, loaded with books the children can borrow, Ana’s excitement leads her to write a book of her own as she waits for the BibliBurro to return. Includes glossary of Spanish terms and a note on the true story of Columbia’s BiblioBurro and mobile libraries in other countries.|
|Wild About Books – A librarian named Mavis McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake.|
|Librarian’s Night Before Christmas – Santa flies in on a book mobile to bring a poor library gifts. In a parody of the famous poem by Clement C. Moore, a harried librarian and her facility get a surprise holiday visit from Santa and his bookmobile.|
|She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – (DVD) To the melody of the popular children’s song, a community of friendly animals prepare for the arrival of the librarian in her bookmobile!|
|The Library Book: the Story of Libraries from Camels to Computers – From books being delivered by camel in the hot lands of Kenya through the pack-horse librarians of Kentucky and beyond, this informative book explores how libraries existed and developed throughout history and the role they played in society in their time.|
|My Librarian is a Camel:How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World – Describes unusual mobile libraries found around the world.|
Read Online Right Now!:
- Read We’re Amazing 1 2 3 This story stars Elmo, Abby, and their friend Julia, who has autism. Together, the three pals have a delightful playdate.
- KidsHealth: Autism
- Autism Speaks: Facts About Autism
- Autism Society: Facts and Statistics
- Autism Society of Indiana
- Printable: Growing Up Together A Booklet About Friends With Autism
- Autism Speaks: Autism Awareness Month
- Autism Society: National Autism Awareness Month
- disabilityinkidlit.com: Autism on the Page
- IndyPL Ready to Read: Disabilities Awareness
Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services
|Start your reading pledge right now watching these three story videos featuring favorite Dr. Seuss books on Read Right Now! Dr. SeussYou can watch and read online stories all year: More free online reading and 100 Free Video Stories!|
Books, Music & Movies for your kids are available at the library. All you need to know is your library card number and PIN. What’s My Pin?
How Hoopla Music Works:
First, you will need to either register or login.
- Click on “Log In” in the blue box in the upper right corner.
- If you have already registered for hoopla, simply enter your email address and your password, then click log in.
- If you haven’t registered, click on the Sign Up Now button in the center near the bottom of the page.
- Click on your home library, in our case, that’s Indianapolis Public Library
- Enter in your email address, create a hoopla password (not your email password!!), your Library Card number and your Library Card PIN. What’s My Pin?
- Click Sign Up Now at the bottom of the page.
- Congrats, you are signed up for hoopla!
Once you are logged into hoopla, you can checkout a total of 10 items each month from hoopla to either watch or listen to on your computer or mobile device. You will be able to keep track of your limit by looking in the upper left hand corner of the webpage or the top of the app. Your limit resets on the first of the month.
You can browse the material by format (music, movies, television) and search directly using the box at the top of the screen.
Once you find material that you like, you can click on the word Borrow and begin to watch the video or listen to the music immediately. Videos will download to your device, so PLEASE make sure that you are on WiFi. Downloads will incur data charges and movies are a larger format. As soon as you click Borrow, you are charged for one checkout, even if you don’t watch or listen to the item.
Once you have checked out material, you will find them under My Titles at the top of the page when you log in next time. Underneath each title is a counter telling you how long until the item is automatically returned to hoopla. Movies are checked out for 72 hours and albums are checked out for 7 days.
The songs and movies stay on your device and are deleted automatically when their checkout time expires. They have DRM (Digital Rights Management) and can’t be copied, downloaded to another app or given away. Hoopla works on PCs, Macs, iOS devices and Android devices. There are apps in both the App Store for iOS and the Play Store for Android. Full details are here: under Supported Devices.
If you would like to see only content for kids when you are browsing Hoopla, or you want your kids to see only content for kids, you can make that selection in the Hoopla app under “Settings”. NOTE: This setting stays with the device, not the account. So if a parent enables “Kid’s Mode” on a child’s iPad, it’s set only for that iPad. If the child uses another device (like a PC), the parent will have to enable Kid’s Mode on that device, too.
“We’re going over in a safe area,” she told the 5-year-olds. Then, she opened a book and started to read.” ~Kindergarten Teacher, Sandy Hook Elementary School
This is what we have to offer you today in the aftermath of the inexplicable. Come. Open a book. Start to read. Hold them close and revisit old friends together; Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, Arthur, The Little Engine That Could.
Or stay at home and do the same. Find the books in the bookcase with the dog-eared pages and the tell-tale bite marks on the spine; the ones you can probably recite without looking at the pages. Choose the one with the coffee ring on the cover for having been on the bedside table every night.
Favorite stories are steadfast old friends to count on in times of trouble.
It is clear from the resources we have gathered below that one of the best things we can all do is simply reassure children that many people – their family, their teachers, their neighbors, the people at day care or church or the library love and care about them and are looking out for their safety.
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered. ”Yes, Piglet?” ”Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Professional Advice about Helping Children Cope with Violence and Tragic Events:
- The Fred Rogers Company: Tragic Events
- The Fred Rogers Company: Dealing With Death
- Blog: Books That Heal Kids
- Video: Fred Rogers Talks About Tragic Events in the News
- El Señor Rogers: Cómo ayudar a los niños con acontecimientos trágicos en las noticias
- Children’s BBC: Advice if You Are Upset By the News
- KidsHealth: How to Talk to Your Child About the News
- Common Sense Media: Explaining the News to Kids
- Laura Bush’s Letter to Elementary School Students, September 12, 2001
- The National Institute of Health: Coping With Trauma after Violence and Disasters
- Boston Children’s Hospital: Talking to Children After Tragedy
- Resources To Help Families Deal with Traumatic News
- PBS Arthur Special Program: Helping Our Children Feel Safe
- National Association of School Psychologists: Helping Children Cope with Loss, Death & Grief
- LA Times: Helping Children Cope With Tragedy
|While favorite stories are comforting and familiar, you may find that it would be helpful to read a book together that helps your child understand feeling afraid or anxious; or answers questions he or she might have about death. Below are several children’s books that address separation anxiety, fear and grief. These are just a small sampling to show you the kinds of books that are available. Also listed are some parenting books about helping a child cope with anxiety. Click on any book jacket to go directly to the online catalog to make a request with your IndyPL Library Card, or visit any of our branch locations. IndyPL librarians would be happy to help you find books like these. NOTE: The first two titles, Owl Babies and The Kissing Hand, you can watch right now online – no waiting. Both are about learning to cope with separation anxiety.|
||Watch Right Now: Owl Babies – Three baby owls panic when they awaken one night and find their mother gone, worrying about what has happened to her and becoming frightened by all the scary things that surround them in the dark. Print, Downloadable eBook, en español|
||Watch Right Now: The Kissing Hand – When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him. Print, Downloadable eBook, en español|
|The Invisible String – When Liza and Jeremy run to their mother during a scary storm, she comforts them by telling them about the Invisible String, which connects people who love each other no matter where they are and means that they are never alone. Print|
|Boats for Papa – Buckley and his mother cope with the loss of their father/husband by sending small wooden boats, built by Buckley, off into the ocean. Print|
|Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories – After his mother explains why his classmate is not returning to school, she teaches Chester Raccoon how to make a memory. Print, Downloadable eBook|
|City Dog, Country Frog – In spring, when City Dog runs free in the country for the first time, he spots Country Frog sitting on a rock, waiting for a friend. “You’ll do,” Frog says, and together they play Country Frog games. In summer, they meet again and play City Dog games. Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog’s rock. In winter, things change for City Dog and Country Frog. Come spring, friendship blooms again, a little different this time. Print|
|The Giving Tree – A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return. Print, Downloadable eBook|
|Grandpa Green – A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed in his topiary garden. Explores aging, memory, and the bonds of family history and love. Print|
|Grandpa’s Soup – After the death of his wife, an old man gradually realizes that making the soup she used to cook and sharing it with friends eases his loneliness. Print|
|Healing Days – A guide for kids who have experienced trauma. Print|
|The Hugging Tree – Told in rhyming text, a little tree clings tenaciously to a granite cliff, determined to live, tended by a little boy, and ultimately loved by the people in the community. Print|
|I Miss You – Explores the difficult issue of death for young children. Feelings and questions about this sensitive subject are looked at in a simple but realistic way. Written by a psychotherapist and counselor this book helps children to understand their loss and to come to terms with their feelings. Print, Downloadable eBook|
|Jenny is Scared – When Jenny and her brother are frightened by events in the world, their parents help them talk about their fears and feel better. Print|
|The Kiss Box
– As they prepare for a short separation, Mama Bear and Little Bear find a way to reassure each other while they are apart. Print
|Love, Hugs & Hope – Helps children identify feelings that overwhelm them with anxiety and despair. Explains that sometimes bad things happen and good people are hurt. Children feel fear, sadness, and anger. The book teaches that there are ways of dealing with these emotions and helps children reaffirm fundamental truths about the world. Print|
|Love Waves – While they are at work a mother and father send powerful “love waves” to their child at home, offering reassurance and comfort in their absence. Print|
|Mommy in My Pocket – A little girl gets anxious about separation from her mommy when she goes to school. Print|
|Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs – Four-year-old Tommy enjoys his relationship with both his grandmother and great-grandmother, but eventually learns to face their inevitable death. Print|
|On That Day: a Book of Hope for Children – This book tells children that although terrible things happen, there is still hope that the world can be a better place. Print|
|Remembering Crystal – Zelda is a young duck that lives in the garden. Her friend Crystal is a turtle who is growing old. The two do many things together. One day Crystal is not in the garden. But friendship never dies. Print|
|Remembering Mrs. Rossi – Although she loves her father, their home in New York City, and third-grade teacher Miss Meadows, Annie misses her mother who died recently. Print, Downloadable eBook|
|The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm – When little Mica is frightened by a storm, her father tells her the story of a rhino who was feeling lost and alone, until he learns that with the love of family and friends, there will always be help during tough times. Downloadable eBook|
|Sad Isn’t Bad – a good grief guidebook for kids dealing with loss. Downloadable eBook|
|Snowflakes Fall – In this illustrated poem in honor of the victims of the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, falling snowflakes celebrate the uniqueness of life, its precious, simple moments, and the strength of memory. Print, Downloadable eBook|
|Some Bunny To Talk To – When Little Bunny’s problem makes him feel sad and fearful, he goes to a therapist for help. Print|
|Tear Soup – A modern-day fable, told in a richly illustrated children’s book format, about a woman who has suffered a terrible loss. Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, so she is cooking up a batch of “tear soup,” in which the ingredients are parts of the grieving process, including memories, misgivings, feelings, and tears. Print|
|A Terrible Thing Happened – After Sherman sees something terrible happen, he becomes anxious and then angry, but when a counselor helps him talk about these emotions he feels better. Print|
|Tough Boris – Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris von der Borch cries when his parrot dies. Print|
|What To Do When You’re Scared and Worried – Why do we have worries and fears? — Fears after something bad has happened — Fears of people, animals, and situations — Worries about being away from your parents : separation anxiety — Thoughts and behaviors you can’t stop — Worrying all the time — Panic, feeling you are going crazy or about to die — How to control your worries and fears — When fears and worries will not go away — For parents : helping your children cope with worries and fears. Print, Downloadable eBook|
|When Bad Things Happen: A Guide to Help Kids Cope – Truly bad things happen in life. And while we cannot shelter children from every hurt and harm, we can reassure them that they will always be loved and cared for. We can teach children the skills needed for coping with life’s biggest challenges and changes. And we can restore children’s trust that life, after all, is good. Downloadable eBook|
|When Dinosaurs Die – Explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died. Print|
|Where is Grandpa? – As his family reminisces after his beloved grandfather’s death, a boy realizes that his grandfather is still with him in all the special places they shared. Print|
|Freeing Your Child From Anxiety – Written by an expert in the field of childhood anxiety disorders, this indispensable guide is for parents looking for safe, proven methods for reducing childhood anxiety. Dr. Chansky shows them how to teach their child to successfully deal with stress and face the challenges and uncertainties of life. This resource is a CD but is also available as a Print; Downloadable eBook|
|Growing Up Brave – The author, a childhood anxiety expert, helps parents identify and understand anxiety in their children, outlines effective and convenient parenting techniques for reducing anxiety, and shows parents how to promote bravery for long-term confidence. Print|