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3Oct/130

Read for the Record – Otis

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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:

 

Read Right Now Farm Books:

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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:

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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:


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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:

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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?

The Little House Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel The Lonely Phonebooth A Street Through Time
The Little Red Light House and the Great Gray Bridge A House Held Up By Trees Where Once There Was a Wood The Elevator Man
The Window Out of the Way, Out of the Way
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16Sep/130

Big Library Read: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth

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No waiting in line!

Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth

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!

Websites:

Nancy Clancy Series:

#1 Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth
#2 Nancy Clancy Secret Admirer
#3 Nancy Clancy Sees the Future

Detective Activities:

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:

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!

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6Sep/130

Desmond Tutu in Indianapolis – Forgiveness & Empathy

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:

Websites:

Books - Desmond Tutu:

God's Dream Desmond and the Very Mean Word Children of God Storybook Bible Desmond Tutu : fighting apartheid

Books - Foregiveness & Peace:

The Forgiveness Garden That's Not Funny! That's Not Funny Desmond Tutu : fighting apartheid
Wise at heart

Books - South Africa:

South Africa We Visit South Africa  The Fall of Apartheid in South Africa Foods of South Africa
Recipe and Craft Guide to South Africa S is for South Africa A Song for Jamala The Herd Boy
Goal!
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12Jun/130

Superman Day! 75th Anniversary

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.

Picture Books

DC Super Heroes Story Book Collection Superman: Attack of the Toyman Superman: Darkseid’s Revenge Superman: Parasite City Superman: The Story of the Man of Steel
Superman and the Mayhem of Metallo Superman: The Incredible Shrinking Super Hero!

Early Readers

Bizarro Day! Crime Wave! Superman: Escape from the Phantom Zone Superman: Superman versus Mongul Brain Freeze!
Superman: Superman versus Bizarro I am Superman

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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3May/130

Clifford the Big Red Dog 500 Festival Parade Balloon

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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.

Books:

Clifford the Big Red Dog Clifford at the Circus Clifford Gets a Job Clifford Takes a Trip Clifford’s Good Deeds
Clifford’s Good Deeds The Clifford Collection Clifford the Small Red Puppy Clifford’s Puppy Days Clifford, We Love You

Clifford DVDs:

Clifford the Big Red Dog Big, big Collection Dog Days of Summer

Downloadable Audiobooks:

Books Recommended By: Janet Spaulding - Selection Services

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9Apr/130

Storytime Spotlight: College Avenue

CollegePuppetsSmallIf you happen to be at the College Avenue Branch and hear lots of singing or giggling coming from the community room, it means storytime with Ms. Denise is in session!

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)

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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.”

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30Mar/130

Baseball Opening Day

indianapolis-indians-logoOpening 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.

New Baseball Picture Books & Early Readers

Slugger Curious George, Home Run Pirates at the Plate Mr. Zinger’s Hat Flat Stanley at Bat
First Base Blues Lucky Luis Homer Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit Clorinda Plays Baseball
Goodnight Baseball Take Me Out to the Yakyu

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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27Mar/130

Spring Break Fun Right HERE

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:

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:

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2013FebKidzBiz 2013JanDogCommunications
2013JanDrawingComics 2013JanMythology101
2013JanPreschoolYoga 2012OctMusclesAndBones
2013Pets101 2013FebFacePainting
2013JanSingAlongMissBobbie 2013JanStorytimeCivicTheatre
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23Mar/130

Disabilities Awareness

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.

Websites

Looking Out for Sarah 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
Helping Sophia 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
Back to Front and Upside Down 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
Wonder 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
Cool Midnight 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 Sparrow 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
Wonderstruck 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
A Dog Called Homeless 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
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20Mar/130

And Then It’s Spring!

And then it IS Spring! Finally! TODAY, March 20th, the vernal equinox. This is the day that the sun moves from south of the equator to north of the equator. Spring is in our hemisphere! The days, which have been getting longer since the winter solstice on December 21st, are now the same length as the nights. Equinox is latin for "equal nights."

When small children think of Spring, they think of lambs, chicks, ducklings, flowers and playing outside. There are a lot of books at the library to celebrate Spring: stories about baby animals and planting gardens getting outside again. Pulling a wagon to the library and filling it up with books is a great way to spend a pretty day!

You know what else is a sign of spring? Caterpillars. That means butterflies and moths are coming! Who better to usher in Spring than Eric Carle himself reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar for today, March 20th, the First Day of Spring as well as The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, 2013!

Websites

  • National Geographic Kids: Tiny Frogs Ring in Spring
  • Martha Stewart: Kids Spring Crafts
  • TO DO: Indianapolis Zoo/Hilbert Conservatory: Butterfly Kaleidoscope Opens March 22, 2013! See over 40 species of butterflies!
  • TO DO: White River State Park: Flight of the Butterflies 3D Downtown Indy IMAX movie follows the year-long annual migration cycle of monarch butterflies. Hundreds of millions of monarchs flying their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico.
  • TO DO: Holliday Park, Indianapolis April and May 2013 Calendar of Events

Favorite Books about Spring

My Spring Robin Clifford’s Spring Clean-up Spring, An Alphabet Acrostic Spring Thaw Splish Splash, Spring
The Search for Spring It’s Spring! Wake Up, It’s Spring! Mouse’s First Spring

New Spring Stories for 2013

Oh So Tiny Bunny Mama Hen’s Big Day Peep and Ducky Rabbit’s Spring Adventure And then it’s Spring
I See Spring Rain! Rain, Rain, Smurf Away It’s Raining, It’s Pouring!

New Spring Non-Fiction for 2013

Signs of Spring Spring Blossoms Plants in Spring Weather in Spring People in Spring
Animals in Spring How do you know it’s spring? Spring colors Exploring Spring Why is it spring

Book Recommendations By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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