Children and families are invited to this outstanding series of free performances by Indy’s leading jazz musicians. They are a great way to share jazz music with children that will be fun for everyone! These hour-long programs are presented by the Learning Curve at Central Library in partnership with The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest. Details
“Daily reading to infants, toddlers and preschoolers is the best way to establish a habit that will benefit them for a lifetime,” according to Abby Brown, IndyPL’s Early Literacy Specialist. “Whereas 1,000 books may sound daunting, if a parent reads one book a night to a child for three years, they will have read 1,095 books!”
You can do it and we can help! How to participate:
Register at any IndyPL location
Take home a tracking sheet to log their first 100 books
Books can be from home or the Library and can be read repeatedly. If you read The Cat in the Hat 5 times, that counts for 5 books.
After completing the first tracking sheet, return it to the Library to receive a progress sticker and additional tracking sheets another 100 books.
Prizes will be awarded for levels of 100, 500 and 1,000 books read.
Here are some more ways to read and enjoy stories (eBooks & read aloud videos) from home. Snuggle up with a child and a computer or iPad!
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® is a national read aloud campaign. On Thursday, October 27, 2016, children and adults will gather to learn, laugh, and read this year’s campaign book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, as part of the world’s largest shared reading experience. You can be a part of setting a reading record!
Click on the book covers below to read The Bear Ate Your Sandwich on your computer, smartphone, tablet, or smart board….for FREE!
Every thief needs a scapegoat. In The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, the thief constructs an elaborate tale that explains what happened to the missing sandwich. The actual klepto, a little dog, is revealed as the narrator at the end of the book. The dog spins an elaborate tale of a wondrous journey from the forest to the city park where he stumbles upon this irresistible treat. This story is sure to win the hearts of adults and children. It has beautiful illustrations that depict the fantastic tale spun by the dog. It definitely is an irresistible tale, just like its subject, the prized sandwich. If you have ever had a dog steal your food you will definitely get a good chuckle at this story.
Recommended by Lindsay Haddix – Nora Branch Library
Sesame Street eBooks– Use it to borrow read along eBooks & eAudiobooks. Devices: Sesame Street eBooks work on PCs & Macs and there are apps in both the App Store for iPad and the Play Store for most Android devices. Formats: eBooks & eAudiobooks Loan Limit: Unlimited checkouts Loan Period: Unlimited loan period Preview eBook Sample: Sesame Street Celebrate!
How to register and login to Sesame Street eBooks on a Computer:
1. Click here to begin. Click on “Library Card Login”. Enter your IndyPL Library Card number and your Library Card PIN. What’s My Pin?
How to register and login to Sesame Street on an iPad or Android Device:
Download and install the iOS app for iPads hereor the Android apphere. (Currently, for Apple, this app only works on iPads.) When you open the app for the first time, click on the “Already A Subscriber? Login” button. please enter the following information:
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