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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.


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!


  • 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

Winter Fun on a Cold Day

It’s cold! I know, stating the obvious! A good day to remember this famous storybook quote:

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.”

It would be a good day for a visit from The Cat in the Hat to change things up and make a big fun mess!

Since The Cat in the Hat won’t really stop by, here are some websites and books that might help you figure out how to have some fun together on a cold day, and later in the week, on a snowy day!


Winter Books:

Charley’s First NightLittle Bea and the Snowy DayHenry Goes SkatingOlivia Builds a SnowladyThe ReaderSnow Day for MouseSnowboy 1,2,3Snowmen at WorkA Snowy Day in Bugland
Build Your Own Fort, Igloo, and Other HangoutsHow Do You Know It’s Winter?The Kid’s Winter Fun BookWinter Colors