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22Mar/130

Passover

Passover Celebrating Now Remembering Then

Passover this year is from March 25 - April 2, 2013. During Passover Jewish people remember how their ancestors left slavery behind them when they were led out of Egypt by Moses. The Passover celebration lasts for seven or eight days, depending on where you live.

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. An extra cup is on the table and the door is left open for Elijah. Jews believe that the prophet Elijah will reappear to announce the coming of the Messiah.

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.

Websites:

Favorite Passover Books:

Passover Celebrating Now Remembering Then Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah Private Joel and the Sewell Mountain Seder Passover! The Matzo Ball Boy
Wonders and Miracles a Passover Companion Matzah Man a Passover Story Miriam's Cup Matzah That Papa Brought Home

New Passover Books:

The Longest Night: A Passover Story Grover and Big Bird’s Passover Celebration The Passover Lamb Jodie’s Passover Adventure Izzy the Whiz and Passover
A Sweet Passover The Elijah Door The Passover Zoo Seder Hoppy Passover! Tale of Two Seders
Sarah’s Passover Passover

Passover eBooks:

Book Recommendations By Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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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

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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16Mar/130

St. Patrick’s Day

 

New Books:

The Leprechaun Under the Bed The Story of the Leprechaun Ten Lucky Leprechauns Green Shamrocks St. Patrick’s Day

eBooks:

And I should have included the e-books:

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, Dear Dragon Let’s Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day Favorites

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever! Good Luck! A Fine St. Patrick’s Day
Paper Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day Let’s Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party! Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day What is St. Patrick’s Day? St. Patrick’s Day
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10Feb/130

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year starts February 10. Here are some books and websites to help you explore this holiday together.

Stories about Chinese New Year:

Red is a Dragon Bringing in the New Year Thanking the Moon My First Book of Chinese Words
The Runaway Wok A Gift The Year of the Snake The Year of the Rabbit
The Year of the Tiger The Year of the Dragon New Year Dragon Dilemma The Star Maker

Learn about Chinese New Year:

Chinese New Year Cultural Traditions in China Chelsea’s Chinese New Year Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year Paper Crafts for Chinese New Year Super Simple Chinese Art Chinese New Year Crafts

 

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16Jan/130

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

I Have a Dream

Monday, January 21, 2013 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here at the Library we're closed, but there are a lot of Indianapolis attractions that are open with FREE activities. Take a look at the choices: Indianapolis Downtown Inc. Calendar of Events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2013.

You can learn a lot together about Martin Luther King. Jr. in some favorite and new books listed below, or by looking at these websites.  You can also make a craft to honor and remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s work - find one on the Ready to Read Pinterest Board: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Websites:

Favorite Books:

Coretta Scott I Have a Dream March On Marching for Freedom Martin's Big Words

Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963:

Bobby Kennedy Announces Martin Luther King's Death, Indianapolic, IN 1968:

New Books:

Coretta Scott King I Have  Dream Marching to the Mountaintop Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
My Uncle Martin’s Words for America We March What Was Your Dream, Dr. King
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10Dec/120

Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa – Classics & New

 

December is a great time to share favorite stories; there are just so many old holiday favorites to choose from to get your family into the holiday spirit. On this page you will find Chistmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa classics as well as brand new 2012s that just might be classics in the making.

Favorite Christmas Stories:

Arthur's Christmas The Best Christmas Pageant Ever How the Grinch Stole Christmas Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
Night Before Christmas Nutcracker Polar Express Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa's Book of Names The Story of Holly and Ivy The Twelve Days of Christmas Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

Favorite Hanukkah Stories:

Chanukkah Guest Eight Wild Nights Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night

NoTimeForFlashcards Blog: Picture Books About Hanukkah

Favorite Kwanzaa Stories:

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa Seven Spools of Thread

New Christmas Books:

A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus The Birds of Bethlehem Christmas Parade The Christmas Quiet Book The Christmas Story: The Brick Bible for Kids
The Christmas Tugboat Christmas Wombat Christmastime Cowboy Christmas Dinosaur vs. Santa
The Friendly Beasts The Christmas Crisis How Do Dinosaurs say Merry Christmas Just Right for Christmas The Night Before Christmas, Deep Under the Sea
The Night Santa Got Lost Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List Pete the Cat Saves Christmas Santa from Cincinnati Santa on the Loose!
Santa Retires The Santa Trap Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas Together at Christmas Tom the Christmas Elf
Turkey Claus Who Built the Stable?

New Hanukkah Books:

Caleb’s Hanukkah The Count’s Hanukkah Countdown Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap
The Golem's Latkes The Hanukkah Hop How do Dinosaurs say Happy Chanukah? Jeremy’s Dreidel Maccabee Meals
Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles

New Kwanzaa Books

Kwanzaa Kwanzaa Kwanzaa Kwanzaa: Count and Celebrate! Kevin’s Kwanzaa
Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa
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9Nov/120

Thanksgiving

Balloons Over BroadwayEven the smallest of us know that it is a good thing to always remember to say "thank you!"

Thanksgiving stories are a great way to remember together the many things we can be thankful for...for one thing...we can be glad SOMEBODY REMEMBERED TO MAKE DINNER. (See: Thanksgiving at the Tappletons')

Listed below are some new Thanksgiving titles for 2012 and some favorites that qualify for "read it again!" Librarian's favorite? Balloons Over Broadway. Who can resist learning about those big balloons?

Websites

Books

NEW Thanksgiving Books for 2012:

Bear Says Thank You Grace's Thanksgiving Let's Throw a Thanksgiving Party Sarah Gives Thanks Splat Says Thank-You
Thanksgiving What Is Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Origami Paper Crafts for Thanksgiving

Don't Miss These Thanksgiving Favorites:

10 Fat Turkeys Arthur's Thanksgiving I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Run Turkey Run
Thanks for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks Thanksgiving Mice!
Turkey Pox

Books recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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