GIGANTIC PHOTOS SHOWING LOVE FOR INDY BUS DRIVERS
(Street Art/Outdoor Installation)
WHEN: November 1 - End of November
WHERE: Covering Meridian Street Side of Central Library; Big Car Service Center; R Bistro (on Mass. Ave.)
WHY: Join in on International Art Project (Inside Out Project) & show our appreciation for public transit operators!
DETAILS: Press Release
ALSO: Indy is awesome!
- Official Website: IndyGo
- Twitter: IndyGo
- Official Website: Inside Out Project
- Nuvo: Inside Out: Faces in Unexpected Places
Videographer: Tucker Krajewski
City Buses & Bus Drivers:
- Printable: City Bus Coloring Page
- Printable: I Rode the City Bus Today
- Printable: Double Decker London Bus Coloring Page
- Printable: The Magic School Bus Everyone on the Bus
- Printable: School Bus Coloring Page
- Printable: Dora Says It Two Ways "School Bus"
- Printable: B is for Bus
- Printable: B is for Bus Trace the Letters
- Printable: I Rode the City Bus today Trace the Letters
- Printable: Trace "Bus"
- Online Games: The Magic School Bus
City Bus Stories:
City Bus History:
School Bus Stories:
||Read Otis - When a big new yellow tractor arrives, Otis the friendly little tractor is cast away behind the barn, but when trouble occurs Otis is the only one who can help. Try these activities at home:|
- Loren Long’s Official Website
- Video Loren Long Talks About Otis
- More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids
Read Right Now Farm Books:
||Read Maisy's Morning on the Farm - Morning is a busy time on Maisy's farm. There are chickens and pigs to feed, and the cow to milk. Moo! After the chores are finished, there's just one more thing to do--eat a yummy breakfast.Try these activities at home:|
||Read See How They Grow: Lamb - Follow an adorable pony on its path from newborn to adult in this fun and informative picture book. See How They Grow introduces the fascinating world of animals and how they develop, step-by-step.Read More! See How They Grow:|
||Listen to All Pigs are Beautiful - Whimsical ull-color illustrations enhance a close-up look at pigs, celebrating them in all their glory as they build nests, roll in mud, and have their backs scratched.|
More Otis Books:
More Books About Loyalty to Old Friends & Old Ways:
Here are some more books about the reality of change. Kids are often comforted by routine and patterns. If something is suddenly different it can be a hard adjustment for them. These stories might help make accepting change easier - "If Mary Ann the Steam Shovel can do it, so can you!" First three - gems! Change doesn't mean forgetting. Who can resist feeling bad for The Lonely Little Phone Booth after cell phones come along?
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The Big Library Read - Everybody able to read or listen to the same book at the same time for two weeks! Mystery Activities everyday from September 16-30th!
Nancy and her best friend, Bree, have everything they need to solve a mystery, from their totally professional trench coats to their top-secret code. But when crime strikes in their classroom, will these super sleuths be able to crack the case? Find out in the glamorous start to an all-new chapter book series featuring everyone's favorite fancy girl!
Nancy Clancy Series:
If you are like Nancy and want to be a detective...uncover clues...follow leads...solve mysteries - here are some online detective activities to get you started. Detective Activities will appear on the Kid's Blog every day from September 16-30th. On the 30th you can try to solve online mysteries using your new skills! Make a Rookie ID and stash it in one of these homemade wallets:
- Crayola: Paper Wallet
- FamilyFun: Juice/Milk Carton Wallet
- ReplyGround: Cereal Box Wallet
- Duct Tape Guys: Duct Tape Wallet (Safety Tip: Use SCISSORS instead of the craft knife!)
- Nancy Drew Activities
- Cam Jansen Super Sleuth Headquarters
- How to Draw Chet Gecko, Private Eye
- The Mysterious Benedict Society Games
New Activities & Online Mysteries Each Day Sep. 16 - Sep. 30:
Now you're ready to learn a new detective skill each day for two weeks. Tomorrow you can begin by assembling a detective tool kit with things found easily around the house. Check in every day to learn a new detective skill and read a free online mystery!
- Sep. 17: Detective Tool Kit & Private I. Guana
- Sep. 18: Surveillance Tools & Disney's Donald's Lost Lion (Overdrive)
- Sep. 19: Listening Skills & Diary of a Wimpy Kid Mystery of the Missing Dictionary
- Sep. 20: Observation Skills & A Sammy Keyes Casebook
- Sep. 21: Memory Skills & Disney's Tink and the Messy Mystery (Overdrive)
- Sep. 22: Fingerprints & Detective Dinosaurs
- Sep. 23: Cracking Codes & Clueless McGee
- Sep. 24: Disguises & Disney's Lizzie Maguire Mystery In the Doghouse (Overdrive)
- Sep. 25: Face Recognition & The Mystery of the Missing Organizer
- Sep. 26: Handwriting Analysis & Disney Minnie Mysteries Flower Prowler (Overdrive)
- Sep. 27: Invisible Ink & Disney's Jasmine The Missing Coin (Overdrive)
- Sep. 28: In the Forensics Lab & Mickey Mouse Mysteries (Overdrive)
- Sep. 29: DNA Fingerprinting & One Minute Mysteries
- Sep. 30: Crack the Cases
On September 12th, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was a key figure in ending apartheid in South Africa, will visit Indianapolis to speak at Clowes Memorial Hall - a great time to share with your kids his life's journey in South Africa. Here are some websites and books to help:
- Desmond Tutu Peace Center: Biography
- PeaceJam: Biography
- CNN: Desmond Tutu Facts
- Crayola Lesson Plan: Desmond Tutu
Books - Desmond Tutu:
Books - Foregiveness & Peace:
Books - South Africa:
DC Comics has designated June 12thas Superman Day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the legendary superhero. What better day to remember your own imaginary adventures being the Man of Steel than by reading a Superman adventure and then putting together a costume for your own little Superboy or Supergirl! You can use an old towel or try one of the more involved costumes below - either way, the imagination will take over.
- DC Comics: Superman
- Infographic: A Brief History of Superman
- IndyPL Ready to Read Pinterst Board: Easy Costumes (Several for Superheroes!)
- Online Game: Justice League Training Academy - Superman
- Printable: Superman Coloring Page
- Printable: Superman Coloring Page #2
- Printable: Superman Coloring Page #3
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Memorial Day Closing
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed May 25 - 27 for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, except for the InfoZone which will be open each day from 10am - 5pm.
That lovable little red puppy who grew up and became Clifford the BIG RED DOG is coming to town! Clifford will appear in the 2013 Indy 500 Festival Parade with library staff making sure he doesn't take any wrong turns or float away!
Made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Staff Association and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
Here are some websites and books that will help you know all the fun details of Clifford's BIG adventures with Emily Elizabeth.
- Clifford's Official Website
- Clifford: Activities & Printables
- PBS: Clifford
- NPR’s 2012 Norman Bridwell Interview on the occasion of Clifford’s 50th birthday. Did you know Norman was from Kokomo, Indiana?
- Indy 500 Festival Parade
- SLJ’s Interview with Norman Bridwell
- Clifford the Big Red Dog
- Clifford Takes a Trip
- Clifford at the Circus
- Clifford’s Birthday Party
- Clifford’s Good Deeds
- Clifford’s Pals
- Clifford’s Happy Easter
- Clifford’s Christmas
Books Recommended By: Janet Spaulding - Selection ServicesPrint This Post
For the past year, Ms. Denise has been sharing her love of reading with the youngest patrons at College Avenue. Through sign language, songs, stories, activities and crafts, Denise helps families to realize that reading comes in different formats and can be found in many different places. Adults are always encouraged to be engaged and interactive with young people along their reading journey.
Ms. Denise looks forward to reading with you soon and invites you to visit one of her storytimes:
- All programs begin at 10:30 am
- Tuesdays- Baby & Me (children ages 9 months and younger who are not crawling - this program is not for older siblings)
- Wednesdays- Preschooler & Me (children ages 3-5 years)
- Thursdays- Toddler & Me (children 10 months to 2 years)
Time with the Library: 4 ½ years
Favorite book: Any book that gets a young child excited about reading.
Favorite Thing about being a Librarian: “Hearing from parents about how their children “play library” or sing our regular storytime songs while at home and the stories about the adults who encourage their friends and even strangers to come to the College Avenue Branch storytimes. Sharing a love of learning and reading with others.”Print This Post
Opening Day for baseball is the day professional baseball teams begin their regular season. For major league baseball that date for 2013 is March 30th, today. But here in Indiana, home of the Indianapolis Indians, opening day is:
April 4 vs. Columbus Clippers
Opening Night Fireworks, Schedule Magnet Giveaway & 60 Degree Weather Guarantee
The defending IL West Division Champion Indians take the field to start the 2013 season! Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show after the game. The Indians will guarantee a 60 degree game or you will receive a free ticket to an April game of your choice.
What a great day to take your kids to Victory Field...a game and fireworks both! 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 fireworks to start.
And don't miss Library Night! The Indiana Blood Center Library Night is July 29, 2013.
- Official Website: Indianapolis Indians
- 2013 Indianapolis Indians Promotions
- Major League Baseball: Kids
- Major League Baseball Schedule
- National Baseball Hall of Fame
- Kidshealth: Baseball Safety
New Baseball Picture Books & Early Readers
Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection ServicesPrint This Post
There are A LOT of fun things to do including fun events at the library! Here are some more programs and workshops that are happening in our branches next week. For a full schedule of events available each day see our IndyPL Online Calendar of Events. Add to the adventure! Pick a branch you don't usually go to. IndyPL Locations and Hours.
IndyPL Events for Kids During Spring Break:
- Spades Park Mini Book Festival Details & Schedule
- Paws to Read at Lawrence, Eagle, Wayne
- Family Movie Days Details & Schedule
- Food and Fun Featuring Jose-Luis Orozco Details & Schedule
- Get Ready for Lemonade Day 2013: Kids Biz Workshop @ Central Library Details & Schedule
And here are even MORE fun library events, each one offered all over the city. Click on each picture for details & a schedule of dates and times:
March is Indiana Disability Awareness Month organized by the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. The Indiana Disability Awareness website has a lot of information including a free awareness kit and a recommended reading list for children.
Listed below are some selections from your own IndyPL Children's Librarians of their favorite titles that feature characters with disabilities.
- Indiana Disability Awareness
- Mayor Ballard: Celebrating Diversity: a Guide to Disability Etiquette
- Order your FREE Awareness Kit
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Kid's Quest on Disability & Health
- Best Buddies Indiana
|Describes a day in the life of a seeing eye dog, from going with his owner to the grocery store and post office, to visiting a class of school children, and playing ball. Also describes their three-hundred mile walk from Boston to New York. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2004-2005, K-3 Nominee.Looking Out for Sarah by Sarah Lean~Janet Spaulding, Selection Services|
|For the younger children there is Helping Sophia by Anastasia Suen (j179.9) about a young girl in a wheelchair whose classroom helper has to take time off to have a baby. The other kids in the class take turns and learn to help Sophia get around in her wheelchair. Thy find out it’s not easy, but gain understanding of Sophia’s situation.Helping Sophia by Anastasia SuenWhen Sophia's helper is absent, her fellow third-graders help out by learning how to push her wheelchair.~Linda Tegmeyer, Brightwood Branch Library|
|I really loved this year’s Schneider Family Book Award winner for the younger children category “Back to Front and Upside Down!” While the rest of the class makes birthday cards for the principal, Stanley struggles with his words and letters.Back to Front and Upside Down by Claire Alexander~Janet Spaulding, Selection Services|
|Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.Wonder by RJ Palacio~Barb Obergfell, Outreach Services|
|Nine-year-old Lila, born with xeroderma pigmentosum, a skin disease that make her sensitive to sunlight, makes secret plans to feel the sun's rays on her tenth birthday. And so, she plays at night with her friends – who might or might not be real.Cool Moonlight by Angela JohnsonBarb Obergfell, Outreach Services|
|Spider, a baby abandoned on an English farm, grows up to be mentally slower than other children but manifests a remarkable talent for communicating with animals as he comes of age during World War II, a slower child whose quiet, calm, kind nature is a gift to everyone.Spider Sparrow by Dick King-Smith~Barb Obergfell, Outreach Services|
|Wonderful! Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures.Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick~Erin Moehring, Southport Branch Library and Janet Spaulding, Selection Services|
|Fifth-grader Cally Louise Fisher stops talking, partly because her father and brother never speak of her mother who died a year earlier, but visions of her mother, friendships with a homeless man and a disabled boy, and a huge dog ensure that she still communicates.A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean~Janet Spaulding, Selection Services|
|For the older boys and girls I highly recommend Sharon Draper’s Out Of My Mind( jFIC). It’s also a Young Hoosier Book – very well written and thought provoking. It’s about a young girl who’s body is deformed (wheelchair bound), she can’t speak and her body spasms uncontrollably at the most inopportune times. She is very bright and knows the answers to the questions teachers ask, but has no way to express her knowledge. Everyone, except her family thinks she is retarded or dumb. How frustrating that must be. Finally with the help of a special computer she is able to communicate. I couldn’t wait to read what happened next!Out of My Mind by Sharon DraperConsidered by many to be mentally disabled, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2012-2013, 6-8 Nominee.~Linda Tegmeyer, Brightwood Branch Library|
|I recommend:The Kaleidoscope Kid by Elaine LarsonPresents a collection of poems pointing out the variety of intellectual strengths and personality traits possessed by children with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism.~Joseph Fox, Wayne Branch Library|