Category Archives: Holidays

Read Right Now! HALLOWEEN

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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!


FREE Online eBooks about Halloween:

I Need My Monster

Halloween eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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Click Clack BooHaunted House Haunted MouseHalloween IsBy the Light of the Halloween MoonLos Gatos Black on HalloweenSpace CaseA Very Brave WitchBats at the LibraryScaredy Cat SplatFancy Nancy Halloween or BustShake Dem Halloween BonesNate the Great and the Halloween HuntThe Berenstain Bears Trick or TreatHumbug WitchMonster Needs a CostumeHalloweenGeorgeGeorgeCostumeRottenTrickBooCowMarthaHauntedOldLadyOverLittle Goblins Ten

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Printables, Crafts & More about Halloween:

Candy Corn TracerHalloween LettersTrick or TreatBat Connect the Dots

Free Music to Check Out with your IndyPL Library Card:

Free Freegal Apple Song Music Downloads
with your IndyPL Library Card! Details

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Favorite Halloween Books:

Ten Trick or TreatersThe 13 Nights of HalloweenAlph Oops H is for HalloweenBabymouse Monster MashBig PumpkinClick Clack BooFive Little Monkeys Trick or TreatThe Hallo WienerHalloween HuntHalloween IsHappy Haunting Amelia BedeliaIt's the Great Pumpkin Charlie BrownLittle Goblins TenMinerva Louis HalloweenNate the Great and the Halloween HuntNational Geographic HalloweenScaredy Cat SplatSpace CaseThree Bears HalloweenTrick or Treat a Happy Haunter's Halloween

Books Selected By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Read Right Now! APPLES

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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, divisions of the American Library Association.

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!


FREE Online eBooks about Apples:

Apple AnnieWho Was Johnny AppleseedInvestigate Apples

Apple eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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Johnny AppleseedApplesApplesThe Apple Trees DiscoveryA Visit to the Apple OrchardApplesOutApplesLifeApplesSeasonsApplesSeedApplesShootApplesFarmerApplesCycleApplesCrispApple Cider Making Days

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Printables, Crafts & More about Apples:

A is for Apple Printable 150Apple Dot to DotA is for Apple 2Trace the Letter A

Apple Orchards to Visit in Central Indiana:
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Favorite Apple Books:

Apples GaloreThe Apple Trees DiscoveryApples and ButterfliesApplesRiddle>ApplesApplesauceThe AppleCurious George: Apple HarvestApplesBiggestApplesCiderApplesPumpkinsThe AppleTap the Magic TreeApplesGibbonsApplesFruitApplesSeasonsApplesArnoldWe Harvest Apples in the FallApplesCrispApples A to ZEating ApplesApplesCookSo You Want to Grow a Pie

Read Right Now! July 4th

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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, divisions of the American Library Association.

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!


FREE Online eBooks about July 4th:

Fourth of July

July 4th eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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Anna and Solomon Read AlongThe Rockets Red GlareThomas JeffersonScrambled States of AmericaFourth of July Mice

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Printables, Crafts & More about July 4th:

Crayola Flag Coloring PageStatue of LibertyFireworks TracerCapital and Flag

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Fourth of July Books to Check out:

 

What Is the Fourth of July The First Independence Day The Explosive Story of Fireworks Red White and Boom Paper Crafts for the Fourth of July Looking for Uncle Louie on the Fourth of July Independence Day Hats Off for the Fourth of July Happy Birthday America Happy Birthday America 2 God Bless Our Country Fourth of July Mice Fourth of July Fireworks Fireworks for AllEloise and the Big ParadeApple Pie Fourth of July

Report Reveals Reading Bad for Kids Before Age Five

April Fools!

Of course!

Reading is GREAT for kids before age five. The BEST.

Plenty of reports show it, like these:

And lots of fun to be had:

Books:

Barnyard FunApril Fool, Phyllis!Zelda and Ivy: Keeping SecretsPearl and Wagner: One Funny DayApril Fool!  Watch Out at School!April FoolishnessMichael le Souffle and the April FoolApril Fools!
Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Holiday Gift Picks for Kids from IndyPL Librarians 2014

Picture Book Picks:

The Book With No PicturesPanda Bear Panda Bear What Do You SeeNocturneStop Snoring BernardThe Going to Sleep BookProfessor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABCThe Twelve Days of Christmas Pop-UpThis Book Just Ate My DogTake Away the ASam and Dave Dig a HoleMr FrankThe Twelve Days of Christmas in IndianaGood Night IndianaGo to Sleep Little FarmTelephoneCircle Square Moose

Chapter Book Picks:

The Mysterious HowlingThe Magic ThiefThe Mysterious Benedict SocietyThe Squires TaleWildwood ChroniclesSidekickedEl DeafoGreenglass HouseThe Chicken SquadThe Case of the Weird Blue Chicken

Technology Toy Picks:

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App Picks:

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Best Books of 2014:

Links provided by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Best Apps of 2014:

Free Apps:

  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Story Apps for Kids (includes links to several FREE book apps)
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Apps for Kids (includes links to several FREE apps)

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.

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Favorite Passover Books:

Passover Celebrating Now Remembering ThenLittle Red Hen and the Passover MatzahPrivate Joel and the Sewell Mountain SederPassover!The Matzo Ball BoyWonders and Miracles a Passover CompanionMatzah Man a Passover StoryMiriam's CupMatzah That Papa Brought HomeThe Longest Night: A Passover StoryGrover and Big Bird’s Passover CelebrationThe Passover LambJodie’s Passover AdventureIzzy the Whiz and PassoverA Sweet PassoverThe Elijah DoorThe Passover Zoo SederHoppy Passover!Tale of Two SedersSarah’s PassoverPassover

Passover eBooks:

Book Recommendations By Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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 RobinClifford’s Spring Clean-upSpring, An Alphabet AcrosticSpring ThawSplish Splash, SpringThe Search for SpringIt’s Spring!Wake Up, It’s Spring!Mouse’s First SpringSigns of SpringSpring BlossomsPlants in SpringWeather in SpringPeople in SpringAnimals in SpringHow do you know it’s spring?Spring colorsExploring SpringWhy is it spring

Book Recommendations By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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.

Favorite Christmas Stories:

Arthur's ChristmasThe Best Christmas Pageant EverHow the Grinch Stole ChristmasMr. Willowby's Christmas TreeNight Before ChristmasNutcrackerPolar ExpressRudolph the Red Nosed ReindeerSanta's Book of NamesThe Story of Holly and IvyThe Twelve Days of ChristmasYear of the Perfect Christmas Tree