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Hot Jazz for Cool Kids! Concert Series



Hot Jazz for Cool Kids! @Central Library

Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3pm

This program will feature a performance by the Allen Turk Burke Quintet. Allen’s talent on keyboard and vocals and skill as a music director has been tapped by celebrated performers such as the Spinners, Patti LaBelle and Marvin Gaye. Attendees will be enchanted by Allen’s interpretation of jazz and R&B classics.

These concerts 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. This series is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Details

Check-out or download some jazz stories and music to enjoy at home!

Jazz Stories:


Jazz CDs:

Downloadable Jazz Album for Kids:

Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE downloadable music. Click on the album cover & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?


StoryWalk® in the Ruckle Street Park

Take a walk and read a story as you go! The Indianapolis Public Library invites you to visit StoryWalk. Stroll through the park 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: &

Now appearing on StoryWalk® in the Ruckle Street Park 3025 Ruckle Street:

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson – Presents the text of ruckle-street-story-walk-i-have-a-dream-2the famous speech given on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. by Martin Luther King, Jr., complemented by paintings illustrating the ideals the civil rights leader described.I Have a Dream This StoryWalk is made possible by Regions Bank through a gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten


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!

More FREE Online Reading:

For more information about IndyPL’s early learning programs, call 317-275-4099 or visit

Read for the Record – The Bear Ate Your Sandwich


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! 

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

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 the-bear-ate-your-sandwich-spanish-240hearts 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

Call-a-Bus Story



City Buses & Bus Drivers:

Meet the Bus DriverBus DriversOn a BusWe Go Buses

City Bus Stories:

Last Stop on Market StreetThe Adventures of Patty and the Big Red BusArthur Lost and FoundThe Babies on the BusThe Boys on the BusA Bus Called HeavenDog on his BusDon't Let the Pigeon Drive the BusMaisy Drives the BusNext StopPirates Drive BusesThe Seals on the Bus

City Bus History:

Back of the BusIf a Bus Could TalkRosa's Bus

School Bus Stories:

Pete the Cat Wheels on the BusAxle Annie and the Speed Grump>The Berenstain Bears Catch the BusThe Bus for UsThe Bus StopCaillou The School BusGus the Dinosaur BusThe Haunted Ghoul BusHello School BusI Spy a School BusI'm Your BusJunie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly BusMighty Mike Saves a School BusSchool Bus

Meet Bob the Builder!



Meet Bob the Builder! September 25 from 2-4pm, Central Library – Sign up for your first library card with Bob the Builder! Pose for pictures with Bob, win cool prizes, check out books, building activities and more! Can we fix it? Build it? Read it? YES WE CAN! This event is free and open for families in the Learning Curve. Presented in partnership with WFYI. Bob the Builder © 2016 HIT Entertainment Limited and Keith Chapman. Details

FREE Online eBooks about Construction:

Time to Build a New LibraryTonka Chuck and FriendsToolsI Like Work Trucks

Construction eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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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?
Building Our HouseGoodnight Goodnight Construction SiteThis is the House that Jack BuiltC Is For ConstructionCurious George Builds a HomeOne Big BuildingPete the Cat Construction DestructionWhere Do Diggers Sleep at Night

More FREE Online Reading:

Printables, Crafts & More about Construction:

Bob the Builder Connect the DotsCement Mixer TracerT is for Truck Tracer

Building a Library:

ConstructionA Library StoryMighty Mike Builds a Library


Alphabet Under ConstructionBuilding a HouseBuilding Our HouseBuilt to LastDemolitionDesign a SkyscraperThe House That Max BuiltHow Did They Build That House?

Construction Equipment:

Bulldozer's Big DayDiggersGoodnight Digger Goodnight Goodnight Construction SiteI Am a BackhoeThe Little Dump TruckMachines at WorkMachines at a Construction SiteMike Mulligan and His Steam ShovelTools We Use BuildersYou Can Draw Construction Vehicles

Construction Workers:

Amelia Bedelia Under ConstructionBuild Dogs BuildBuilder GooseBuilding With DadConstruction WorkersConstruction Workers HelpJackhammer SamThe Night WorkersPop's BridgeSky BoyzSky Walkers

Directions: Sesame Street eBooks for Kids



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!



What You Need:

pc-icon-75How 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?


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Download and install the iOS app for iPads here or the Android app here (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:

E-mail address: 
Password:                      sesameebooks

You will not be asked to reenter this information unless you reinstall the app.


  1. You will then have access to all of the eBooks.
  2. Click the Download Now button to add any of the 200 eBooks to your bookshelf.  Once the title is downloaded, you can read it immediately by clicking Read.
  3. You will always be able to access the books you have chosen by tapping My Bookshelf at the bottom of the screen.  You can even read them offline!

More eBooks, eAudio, eMusic & eVideo to check out with your card can be found at:


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:

School ToolsSchool HelpersWhat Good Is a LineEmilySchoolAreYouReadyForSchoolSchool is Out for Summer

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!


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