Category Archives: Announcements

Ruckle Street Pocket Park StoryWalk

Take a walk and read a story as you go! InfoZone, a branch of The Indianapolis Public Library, and the Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation invite you to visit “StoryWalk in the Ruckle Street Pocket Park” – 3025 Ruckle Street. 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:

  • Twitter – @infoZone_indypl
  • Facebook – facebook.com/InfoZoneLibrary

StoryWalk is made possible by Regions Bank through a gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Pocket Park Map

 

 

The Story for November, 2015:Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

Streg Nona: Her StoryFletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson – When his favorite tree begins to lose its leaves, Fletcher the fox worries that it is sick, but instead a magical sight is in store for him.

This month’s story is brought to you by Greenwillow Books.

Official Website: Julia Rawlinson

The StoryWalk will close in December, 2015 – but reopen in April/May, 2016 depending on the weather.

 

Read for the Record TOMORROW: Not Norman A Goldfish Story

JumpStart Read for the Record – On October 22, 2015, people across the country will unite to read the children’s book Not Norman A Goldfish Story, written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, is a humorous tale about a child who finds a new friend in an unexpected place. With vivid illustrations and expressive language, the story is sure to engage children and adults of all ages. Help us break the world reading record (again!) for the most people reading the same book on the same day in support of Jumpstart’s mission: to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

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Read Right Now!

Read Not Norman A Goldfish Story – As a boy attempts to convince someone else to take his disappointing pet, he learns to loveNorman the goldfish himself.


More FREE Online Reading:


Raising Lifelong Readers

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Boys Read – Developing a new generation of literate men. It’s not that boys can’t read, it’s that boys won’t read. Their mission: transform boys into lifelong readers.

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Brightly: Helping Parents Grow Lifelong Readers – Connects kids with the right books at the right time to keep them engaged with reading as they grow.

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Digital Storytime – A site to help parents and educators find picture book apps for iPad. Detailed ratings and information are included for every app reviewed.

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FirstBook – First Book provides access to new books for children in need. Start reading and sharing beautiful stories with the children in your life with FirstBooks literacy partner WeGiveBooks at their free online library.

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Guys Read – Helping boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers – recommend books that guys have told them they like. “Our idea is to help guys become readers by helping them find texts they want to read.”

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In the Middle Books – Find series and online resources for kids ages 5-9, 7-10, and 8-12. Choose books by age or theme, get chapter excerpts, printable acitivity pages, videos, and more! From Simon & Schuster Publishing.

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IndyPL Kids’ Blog – Chapter to read next and homework help.

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IndyPL Read Right Now! eReading Room for Kids – Free online reading for kids, no waiting!

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IndyPL Ready to Read Blog – Book suggestions and reading practice ideas for parents of children ages 0-5.

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James Patterson’s Read Kiddo Read – Helps parents and educators connect their children with the books that will turn them into lifelong readers.

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Jumpstart – Working toward the day every child in America enters Kindergarten prepared to succeed.

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KidsReads – Ever craved a good book and just not been inspired by anything you see? Or wished you had a place to discover new books? KidsReads can help figure out what to read next.

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Little eLit – Little eLit is a crowd-sourced, grass-roots learning network that works to develop promising practices for the incorporation of new media (eBooks, apps, video, etc.) into library collections, services and programs for families with young children.

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Little Free Library – Little Free Library’s are “take a book, return a book” places where neighbors share their favorite books – anyone may stop by and pick up a book and bring back another book to share. This site provides a map of the US showing where registered little libraries are located.

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A Mighty Girl – Over 2,000 girl-empowering books starring stellar Mighty Girl characters.

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Reach Out and Read – Reach Out and Read is an organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by integrating children’s books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits.

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Reading is Fundamental (RIF) – Their vision is a literate America in which all children have access to books and discover the joys and value of reading, to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life.

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Reading Rockets – Reading Rockets is a national literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

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The Stacks – Book and author news, games, videos and more from Scholastic Kids.

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Too Small to Fail or Pequeños y Valiosos – Activities to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five to help them prepare to succeed.

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Unite for Literacy – Over 120 free picture books narrated in: Arabic, ASL, Burmese, Cherokee, Chinese, Cup’ik, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Karenni, Kekchi, Korean, Mopan, Navajo, Polish, Portuguese, Q’anjob’al, Russian, Swetswana, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish & Vietnamese.

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United Through Reading – One of the most difficult things a child can experience is having a parent deployed to a war zone for an indeterminate period of time. United Through Reading helps ease the stress of separation for military families by having deployed parents read children’s books aloud via DVD for their child to watch at home.

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WeGiveBooks – We Give Books makes digital books available in an online library. Some books are available in español.

Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award – Vote Now!

The first inaugural 2015 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award winner is Bill Cotter for his book “Don’t Push the Button.”


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Every child in Indiana, aged 0-5, may vote one time for the Indiana Early
Literacy Firefly Award. They will need to work with a parent, a librarian, a
teacher, a babysitter or other caregiver adult.

  • Print a Ballot
  • Circle one of the titles
  • Turn the Ballot in to your local Public Library or voting location.
  • The last day to vote is May 10, 2015.

Libraries will then email their totals to the Indiana Center for the Book.


Nominated Titles:

Tap the Magic Tree Don't Push the Button Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy Count the Monkeys
Mix It Up Tiptoe Joe Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons Pouch

A Mighty Girl Playlist – Free with Your Library Card!

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The website A Mighty Girl is an outstanding collection of books, toys, music and movies “for smart, confident, and courageous girls.”

A Mighty Girl’s music section features more than 100 girl-empowering songs in a wide range of genres for all ages of Mighty Girls. You can also filter the collection by recommended age, genre, and theme. Each song description has a ‘Note to Parents’ to help you get the right song to your mighty girl at the right time.

Below is the playlist of Mighty Girl Music (as of today, they will continue to build the list, so keep checking it for new ones.) It is a great place to start for making a playlist for your own Mighty Girl.

Remember you can download 5 FREE songs a week with your library card from The library’s Freegal music catalog. In the list, the songs that are available from Freegal are in bold. Download 5 today and add the rest to your wishlist to make it easy to grab 5 more songs each week.

By May you will have a list of power songs for girls – a great soundtrack for the summer!

*32 Flavors Ani DiFranco
A Mother’s Love Mark Masri
*A Sorta Fairytale Tori Amos
*Ain’t got No/I Got Life Nina Simone
Almost There The Princess and the Frog Soundtrack
Amelia Almost 13 Carrie Newcomer
*Anything You Can Do from Annie Get Your Gun
*Atalanta from Free to Be You and Me
B*tch bad Lupe Fiasco
*Beautiful Christina Aguilera
Born This Way Lady Gaga
*Brave Sara Bareilles
*Breakaway Kelly Clarkson
Build a Levee Natalie Merchant
*Butterfly Kisses Bob Carlisle
*Child of Mine Carol King
Come Over to My Dollhouse Lunch Money
*Cornflake Girl Tori Amos
Courage Beauty form Pain 1.1
*Crucify Tori Amos
*Daddy Byonce Knowles
Defying Gravity Idina Menzel
Do My Thing Estelle
Everything Alanis Morissette
*Father and Daughter Paul Simon
*Feeling Good Nina Simone
*Fighter Christina Aguilera
Firework Katy Perry
Fixing Her Hair Ani DiFranco
Fly to Your Heart Selena Gomez
Free to Be You and Me The New Seekers
Future Man, Future Lady Ziggy Marley
Get Up Superchick
Girl Tori Amos
*Girl Disappearing Tori Amos
Girl in a Country Song Maddie and Tae
*Girl On Fire Alicia Keyes
*Girl Shanty Sons of the Never Wrong
Girls With Guitars Wynonna Judd
Gold Rush Brides Natalie Merchant
Good Mother Jann Arden
Gotta Be Me Secret Anget 23 Skidoo
Gotta Be You Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
*Hammer and Nail Indigo Girls
Hands Jewell
Headstrong 10,000 Maniacs
Heroes Ann Reed
Hey Hey Superchick
Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benatar
How You’ve Grown 10,000 Maniacs
I Am NOt My Hair India Arie
*I Am Woman Helen Reddy
I Hope You Dance Lee Ann Womack
*I’m Coming Out Diana Ross
*I’m Every Woman Whitney Houston
*I’m Going to Live the Life Mahalia Jackson
I’m Gonna Be An Engineer Peggy Seeger
*I’m Not Perfect Laurie Berkner
I’m Ready Kim Possible Soundtrack
*In My Daughter’s Eyes Martina McBride
In Or Out Ani DiFranco
*Independent Women Destiny’s Child
Intuition Jewell
It’s Amazing Jem
Joyful Girl Ani DiFranco
Julie Through the Glass Carly Simon
Jump Miss Melodee
Just a Girl No Doubt
Just the Way You Are Bruno Mars
Learn Me Right Brave Soundtrack
*Least omplicated Indigo Girls
Let It Go Frozen Soundtrack
Let It Grow Ester Dean
Let Your Heart Sing Katherine McPhee
*Love Song Sara Bareilles
Mean Taylor Swift
*Mean Girls Rachel Crow
*More Beautiful You Jonny Diaz
My Little Girl Tim McGraw
No Man’s Woman Sinead O’Connor
Not a Pretty Girl Ani DiFranco
One and Lonely Superchick
Overrated Ashely Tisdale
Part of Me Katy Perry
Pearl Katy Perry
*People Like Us Kelly Clarkson
*Perfect Pink
*Perfect Girl Sarah McLachlan
*Proud Heather Small
*Respect Aretha Franklin
*Right as Rain Adele
Roar Katy Perry
Rock What You Got Superchick
Science Fair (Album)
She’s Not Just a Pretty Face Shania Twain
*Silent All These Years Tori Amos
*Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves Eurythmics
Skipping Eddie Vedder
Stand in the Rain Superchick
Strong Women Meg Braun
*Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) Kelly Clarkson
*Stupid Girls Pink
*Superwoman Alicia Keyes
*Survivor Destiny’s Child
Tell It Like It Is Tracy Chapman
Tell Yourself Natalie Merchant
*Thank God for Kids Kenny Chesney
*Thank U Alanis Morrisette
That I Would Be Good Alanis Morrisette
The Climb Miley Cyrus
The Emperor’s New Clothes Sinead O’Connor
*The Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston
*The Long Way Around Dixie Chicks
The Middle Jimmy Eat World
The Princess Who Saved Herself Jonathan Coulton
*The Voice Within Christina Aguilera
*The Wood song Indigo Girls
*This One’s For the Girls Martina McBride
Tomboy in a Princess Dress Suzi Shelton
Tomboy Princess Meg Braun
Touch the Sky Julie Fowlis Brave Soundtrack
*True Colors Cyndi Lauper
Try Colbie Caillet
Typical Girl Cheri Magill
*Unwritten Natasha Bedingfield
Video India Arie
What I Am Edie Brickell
*When I Was a Boy Dar Williams
Who I Am Jessica Andrews
Who Says Selena Gomez
Who’s That Girl Robyn
Whole Wide World Mindy Gledhill
*Wide Open Spaces Dixie Chicks
Wild One Faith Hill
Willing to Fight Ani DiFranco
*Wonder Natalie Merchant
*You Gotta Be Desree
*You’re Aging Well Dar Williams

Reading Programs All Year Long

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!


World Read Aloud Day 2016
World Read Aloud Day
February 24, 2016
  • Every year on the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.
  • Download the 2015 World Read Aloud Day Picture Book: New Day, New Friends
  • Download Community Packet

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National Education Association: 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 2016
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.

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Book It! Give Me 20 Spring Reading Challenge
March 7, 2016 – April 29, 2016
  • 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.

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Free Comic Book Day
May 7, 2016
  • Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America (including IndyPL Library Locations!) and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops!

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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?

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
May 4-September 4 , 2015
  • Free online reading program for children.
  • Virtual badges, stories, games, book lists, activities & prizes.

Barns and Noble Imagination Station
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination
May 19th and September 7th, 2015
  • Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal.
  • Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.
  • Choose a FREE BOOK.

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Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program
June & July, 2015
  • 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
  • Reading Certificate

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Book It! Summer Reading Challenge with Wimpy Kid
June 22 – August 15 , 2015
  • The more they read, the more prizes they can earn.

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Books-a-Million Summer Quest Reading Program
Summer 2015
  • 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

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We Give Books Read for My Summer
2015 Summer Dates TBA
  • Read for My Summer is We Give Books’ free online summer reading program. Each week we highlight a special book for you and your child to read online, along with fun activities and reading tips to make them come to life, including custom activities from ReadWriteThink.org.
  • Remember, you can keep reading online all year in the We Give Books free online library.

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Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar
Summer 2015, Offer expires 12/31/15
  • 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

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Sylvan Book Adventure
Ongoing
  • Read, click, and win with Book Adventure – a free, motivational reading program available to children in grades K-8.
  • Register Now

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Book It! I Want My Hat Back Give Me 20 Fall Reading Challenge
October 19 – December 11, 2015
  • 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
Star Wars Reads Day 2015
October 10, 2015
  • Star Wars fans, authors, and artists come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars.

Star Wars Reads Day @Pike Library Branch Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 2pm Costume parade, craft table, trivia quiz, Jedi/Sith Training Course & more. Details


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We Give Books Jump Start Read for the Record
October 22, 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.
  • Remember, you can keep reading online all year in the We Give Books free online library.

Read Right Now! Dr. Seuss

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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, divisionsof the American Library Association. Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a registered trademark and is used with permission. Early literacy begins at home with the adults in a child’s life.

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!


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Listen to Rachel Ray read Green Eggs and Ham or listen to Tim Tebow read Green Eggs and Ham  Sam-I-Am tries to persuade his friend to try green eggs and ham

The Cat in the Hat Pizza Hut Book It 75 Listen to Justin Bieber read The Cat in the Hat – Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat who shows them some tricks and games.

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Listen to Dateline’s Keith Morrison Reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway.

More FREE Online Reading:


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Freegal Grinch Songs from Seuss

How to Download Freegal Songs (Free & Legal!) with Your Library Card.


Talking

The more words children hear, the more words they learn, the better prepared they are to read! Here are some tips for talking about letters:

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