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Indianapolis StoryWalks: Take a Walk – Read a Story!

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.The Sunhat More about: Jennifer Ward This 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.


Now appearing on StoryWalk® at Delaware Lake in Ft. Harrison State Park:

Fort Harrison StorywalkWoodpecker 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! Woodpecker Wham 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).

Read Right Now! STARTING SCHOOL

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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:

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eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card about Starting School:

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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?
Alice Miranda at SchoolBack to School RulesThe Berenstain Bears and the Homework HassleThe Berenstain Bears Go to SchoolThe Berenstain Bears Trouble at SchoolBoomer Goes to SchoolCurious George First Day of SchoolDancing Dinos Go to SchoolA Day at SchoolEdward Almost Goes to SchoolFirst Day JittersFirst Year LettersFranklin Goes to SchoolKindergarten CountdownLate for SchoolMax Goes to SchoolOllie's School DayRufus and Friends School DaySammy Spider First Day of SchoolSchool Day MathSnuffy Goes to SchoolWe Love Our SchoolAmelia Bedelia First Day of SchoolPinkalicious School RulesBiscuit Goes to SchoolMittens at SchoolMorris Goes to School
Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

More FREE Online Reading:


Printables, Crafts & More about Starting School:

 

Family Music Play with Jim Gill Coming Soon!

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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


Take a look at the fun you’ll have!:

 


Books & CDs:

Jim Gill Makes It Noisy in Boise, Idaho Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on His Toe Leg Knee Jim Gill Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song
Jim Gills Irrantional Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense Music Play for Folks of All Stripes Vote for Jim Gill May There Always Be Sunshine
Soup Opera

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

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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.

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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

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

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