Category Archives: Holidays & Seasons

National Day of Prayer

"TalkingThe National Day of Prayer is an American day of observance  that occurs each year on the first Thursday in May. People gather together in churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, schools and homes to take a moment to reflect on both challenges and blessings.

It is a great day to celebrate your own family’s religious beliefs as well as learn about the religious beliefs of others. Discovering common ground is a first step toward fostering respect of others and the value of differences. Prayer itself is common ground between the world’s religions.

The library has many books of prayers and stories for children that will help you explore with your child what the prayer traditions are in your family and what those traditions are in other families whose religion or culture is different than yours. Some of the books collect prayers from several different religions so that you can learn about  several at one time. Other books tell the story of a single person or family and what it means to them to pray.  After sharing one talk about the ways the character in the story prayed that were the same as how you pray in your own house. How were the prayers different? Listed below are some of our favorites to help you get started.

A Child's Book of Prayers and BlessingsA Child’s Book of Prayers and Blessings: from Faiths and Cultures Around the World  is a collection of poems and prayers for children about things both great and small.

Talking to GodTalking to God: Prayers for Children from the World’s Religions – In this book of short prayers from major world religion you will find many well-known prayer favorites. You will also find prayers from across the globe that you have probably never heard before.

Everyone PraysEveryone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World – Shows young readers that the practice of prayer can be found in religions around the world.

Giving ThanksGiving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving – Meditations on what it means to be truly grateful are paired with meticulous and exquisite cut-paper illustrations to give you a collection of more than 50 graces, poems and praise songs harvested from a wide range of cultures, religions, and voices.

The Always Prayer ShawlThe Always Prayer Shawl – At the outbreak of the revolution in Czarist Russia, Adam’s grandfather gives him a prayer shawl that was given to him by his own grandfather. As Adam sets sail for a new land, the life of Adam and his shawl unfolds from the past to the present, when Adam has a grandson of his own.

Baby BlessingsBaby Blessings: a Prayer for the Day You are Born – Celebrates the blessings that parents wish for their newborn babies through a prayer that emphasizes family bonds.

Beautiful Moon: a Child’s Prayer – Under a radiant moon and surrounded by all the noises of the city at night, a little boy prays for those in need, for wars to end, for the sick to be healed, and for all the members of his family.

Blueberry GirlBlueberry Girl – Rhyming text expresses a prayer for a girl to be protected from such dangers as nightmares at age three or false friends at fifteen, and to be granted clearness of sight and other favors.

Brother Sun, Sister MoonBrother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures – Re-imagines Francis of Assisi’s 1224 prayer of praise in celebration of God’s gifts throughout the universe.

Deep in the SaharaDeep in the Sahara – An Arab girl of the Sahara who wants to wear a malafa, the veiled dress worn by her mother and older sister, learns that the garment represents beauty, mystery, tradition, belonging, and faith.

Don't Let Aunt Mabel Bless the TableDon’t let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table – An extended family gathers for Sunday dinner, but the food grows cold as Auntie Mabel’s prayer encompasses everything and everyone in sight.

The Gift of the Sacred Dog – In response to an Indian boy’s prayer for help for his hungry people, the Great Spirit sends the gift of the Sacred Dogs, horses, which enable the tribe to hunt for buffalo.

In Your HandsIn Your Hands – A prayer from mother to son that he will always be in safe hands.

The Lord's Prayer and other Classic Prayers for ChildrenThe Lord’s Prayer and Other Classic Prayers for Children –  The prayers in this collection include the Lord’s Prayer and other traditional prayers such as those by John Milton, Mother Teresa, and St. Francis of Assisi. The prayers are divided into categories like morning, nighttime prayers, praise and forgiveness.

Our FatherOur Father – Explores the meaning behind each line of the Lord’s Prayer.

Prayer for a ChildPrayer for a Child – A prayer full of the intimate gentleness for familiar things, the love of friends and family, and the kindly protection of God. Though it was written for one little girl, the prayer is for all boys and girls, and it carries a universal appeal. Caldecott Medal Winner, 1945.

Thank You GodThank You God – Offers readers of all ages and backgrounds the perfect chance to reflect on all the things that they have to be grateful for. It is a celebration of family and friends, of homes and food to share, and of the wonder of creation from the first light of day to the calm, peaceful night.

Time to PrayTime to Pray – When young Yasmin goes for a visit, her grandmother teaches her a Muslim’s daily prayers, makes special prayer clothes, and gives a gift that will help Yasmin remember when to pray. Includes facts about prayer customs.

The Way of the Cross – A book to help children follow and meditate on the Stations of the Cross. Beautifully illustrated and simply written, this little guide is a powerful introduction to this important prayer of the Church.

Read Right Now! SPRING

Today is a great day to curl up with a good book! Hang in there! The sun is trying! When it gets just a little warmer take a favorite book and find a park bench, swing or blanket. Or, did you know you can take a walk and read a story as you go, right here in Indianapolis? Visit the Story Walk in the Ruckle Street Pocket Park. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Stories are rotated on a monthly basis. Here are some books about Spring you can read right now! Warmer weather is on the way!

FREE Online eBooks:

Spring Senses150Spring Comes to the Desert150It's Spring

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Crafts to Make in the SpringLooking for SpringSplish Splash SpringSpring is HereSpring SurprisesSpringThe Super Gifts of Spring

Printables, Crafts & More about Spring:




Passover this year is from March 30 – April 7, 2018.

During Passover Jewish people remember how their ancestors left slavery behind them when they were led out of Egypt by Moses. On the night before Passover starts, there is a special meal called a Seder. Families read the story of how the Israelites fled from Egypt from a book called the Haggadah.

The books and websites on this page can be enjoyed by families celebrating Passover themselves or by families who would like to learn about the Passover traditions of their friends and neighbors.



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Grover and Big Bird's Passover CelebrationSammy Spider's First PassoverMrs. Katz and TushThe Story of Passover


PassoverLet My Children CookPassover a Festival of FreedomABC Passover HuntMore Than EnoughA Place for ElijahStone Soup with Matzoh BallsLittle Red Hen and the Passover MatzahThe Matzo Ball BoyMiriam's CupTHe Matzah That Papa BroughtThe Longest NightThe Passover LambIzzy the WhizA Sweet PassoverTHe Elijah DoorThe Passover Zoo SederThe Tale of Two SedersSarah's PassoverJodie's Passover Adventure

Book Recommendations By Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Read Right Now! EASTER

The Easter Egg Hoppi’s friends and neighbors are all working on creating eggs for an Easter contest. Each friend he visits is making a different kind of egg. It is fun to see the different ways Hoppi’s friends are making eggs. Some are predictable, like the egg made of chocolate, but others are surprising like an egg made of wood and a mechanical egg that has moving parts. Hoppi wants to make an egg to enter in the contest, but he gets sidetracked by kindness and becomes an Easter hero instead…at least mama Robin thinks so! Listen to more Easter read alouds below right now, try some fun online activities or look for books to check out with your library card.

FREE Video Read Alouds:

The Easter EggIts Easter Little CritterTale of Peter Rabbit

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Ollies-Easter-EggsThe-Best-Easter-Egg-Hunt-EverHappy Easter Curious GeorgeLlama Llama Easter EggMy First EasterPinkalicious EasterMy First Story of EasterEaster


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Pete the Cats Big Easter AdventureThere Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a ChickSilly-Tilly-and-the-Easter-BunnyCliffords-Happy-Easter

Printables, Crafts & More:

Easter B is for BasketEaster Six Easter EggsEaster BookEaster Counting Book


The Story of EasterThe Country BunnyChicken SundayThe Golden Egg BookMiz Fannie Mae's Nice New Easter HatEaster ParadeHungryEasterOllie's Easter EggsAngelina and the Easter BonnetBunny BusHere Comes the Easter CatHow to Catch the Easter BunnyOlivia and the Easter Egg HuntThe Berenstain Bears Easter SundayWe're Going on an Egg HuntThe Easter BeagleThe Legend of the Sand DollarThe Littlest Bunny in IndianaDora's Easter Basket

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services



Somebody Loves You Mr. HatchWhen lonely Mr. Hatch receives a mysterious note that simply says, “Somebody loves you,” it completely upends his previously dreary life. While he is wondering who his secret admirer could be he smiles when he didn’t before and he whistles while he works. It feels so good to be loved! When the identity of his admirer is finally revealed it is not at all who Mr. Hatch expected. He learns a great thing about love when this happens…when you are brave enough to give it, it comes right back to you! Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch is a lovely story to share on Valentine’s day. You can snuggle up with your favorite little Valentine and enjoy the story right now by watching this Storyline video. Listed below are more free online Valentine eBooks and activities as well as eBooks, eAudiobooks and print books you can check out with your indyPL library card. We love books and we love sharing them with you! Have a great Valentine’s Day!

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The Night Before Valentine's DayDo You See Hearts?

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Dora Loves BootsFranklin's ValentineNate the Great and the Mushy ValentineThe Berenstain Bears' Funny Valentine


Pete the Cat Valentine's Day is CoolAmelia Bedelia's First ValentineOne Zillion Valentines

Printables, Crafts & More:

Printable Be MinePete the Cat Valentine PrintableMarley Valentine PrintableThe Berenstain Bears Funny Valentine Word Hunt

Print Books:

A Giant CrushArthur's ValentineClick Clack Moo I Love YouClifford's First Valentine's DayCurious George Makes a ValentineElmo Loves YouFroggy's First KissLittle Bear's ValentineLove IsLove SplatLovePeppa's Valentine's DayRoses Are Pink Your Feet Really StinkThe Day It Rained HeartsThis is Not a ValentineValensteins a Love StoryXO, OX a Love Story

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