Take a walk and read a story as you go! The Indianapolis Public Library invites you to visit two Indianapolis StoryWalks. Stroll through the parks and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Stories will be rotated on a monthly basis. Families are encouraged to post photos of their visit on social media: twitter.com/indylibrary & www.facebook.com/indypl
There are TWO StoryWalks for you to choose from:
StoryWalk® in the Ruckle Street Park
StoryWalk® at Ft. Harrison State Park
Now appearing on StoryWalk® in the Ruckle Street Park 3025 Ruckle Street:
The Sunhat by Jennifer Ward – Rosa has a wonderful hat that fits her just right, but when the wind blows it away the hat shelters a wide variety of desert creatures from a storm. More about: Jennifer WardThis StoryWalk is made possible by Regions Bank through a gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.NOTE: This storyWalk closes in December – it reopens in April/May, depending on the weather.
Woodpecker Whem by April Pulley Sayre – Enter woodpecker world and get a bird’s eye view of everyday life: hiding from hawks, feeding hungry chicks, and drilling holes to build homes. Woodpeckers are nature’s home builders, creating holes that many other animals live in when the woodpeckers move on. A variety of woodpecker species fly through these pages–perhaps some that live near you! Official Website: April Pulley SayreThis StoryWalk® is made possible by a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources, Friends of Ft. Harrison State Park, and The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. The activity is also recognized as by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.NOTE: This StoryWalk is located INSIDE Fort Harrison State Park, which requires an entrance fee. The StoryWalk is available for families to visit through October of this year (2016).
Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a program of the Association for Library Service to Children and Public Library Association, divisions of the American Library Association.
Use IndyPL’s Read Right Now! pages to have fun at home doing the five things that build early reading skills: Reading, Playing, Writing, Singing & Talking. Find books to read, songs to listen to, games to play, crafts to make and more! Things you can do RIGHT NOW, at home – no waiting!
FREE Online eBooks about Starting School:
eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card about Starting School:
Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eBooks & eAudiobooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?
Preschoolers and their families are invited to sing, clap, dance and sneeze along during this concert by award-winning musician and author Jim Gill. His distinctive music play creates the spirit of a family room in the concert hall and serves as an invitation to families to sign and play together. Schedule
Pokémon…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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!