Summer Reading Kickoffs

Choose a branch and get your summer started right:

College Avenue Branch
Family Fort Night Summer Reading Kickoff
Tuesday, May 30 @ 6:30pm
Families and children of all ages are invited to experience reading in a fort! Books, plastic tablecloths for construction, and a bedtime snack will be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring their own blankets and sheets. They can also sign up for the Library’s Summer Reading Program. Details

Central Library
IndyPL’s 2017 Summer Reading Kickoff!
Thursday, June 1 @ 11:00am
Celebrate the kickoff of the Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program, “Read It & Eat!” Join Indianapolis City-Council Councillor Michael McQuillen, OneAmerica’s Jim Freeman and CBS4 anchor Frank Mickens as they read stories to local kindergarten students and encourage others to participate in this year’s program. Details

Brightwood Branch
Summer Reading Kickoff
Thursday, Jun 1 @ 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Children of all ages and families are invited for a fun-filled afternoon. Sign up for the Library’s Summer Reading Program and enjoy music, food, balloons, coloring pages, prizes and face painting. There will be a special program with Ronald McDonald at 4 p.m. Details

Garfield Park Branch
Earth Friendly Festival & Summer Reading Kickoff
Saturday, June 3 @ 10:30am – 3:30pm
Families and children of all ages are invited for a fun-filled day of activities celebrating conservation and the kickoff of the Library’s Summer Reading Program. Learn how to make a rain barrel, learn about electric cars, see a Silly Safaris Animal Show  and more. Details

Irvington Branch
Irvington Summer Reading Kickoff & Irvington Children’s Festival
Saturday, June 3 @ 11:00am – 2:00pm
Families and children of all ages are invited to kickoff the Library’s Summer Reading Program and enjoy activities as part of the fifth annual Irvington Children’s Festival. See a performance by Jump ‘n Hop, learn about Native American music and storytelling, face painting, carnival and more. Details

Decatur Branch
Summer Reading Kickoff
Saturday, June 3 @ 11:00am – 3:00pm
Children of all ages and families are invited to sign up for the Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program, see a magic show, make crafts, get their faces painted, and see firefighting equipment up close. Details

East 38th Street Branch
Summer Reading Kickoff
Saturday, June 3 @ 11:30am – 3:00pm
Families and children of all ages are invited to kick off the Library’s Summer Reading Program with refreshments and entertainment. Enjoy face painting along with special guests Cinamon the Clown and Khabir the Storyteller with his special story drum! Details 

East Washington Branch
Summer Reading Kickoff
Saturday, June 10 @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Children of all ages and families are invited to a fun-filled afternoon of games and goodies to celebrate the beginning of the Library’s Summer Reading program. Sign up at this event and get bonus points on your point card. There will be face painting, balloon animals, snacks, coloring pages and plenty of time to check out some books! Details

Read Right Now! SPRING

Today is a great day to get outside! 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. Right now, the story is I Am Rosa Parks, by Brad Meltzer.

FREE Online eBooks about Spring:

Spring Senses150Spring Comes to the Desert150It's Spring

More FREE Online Reading:


eBooks:

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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:


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Bookmobile – You’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

Websites:

Bookmobiles Since 1910

Books:

Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile – Dorothy has always wanted to work in a library like the red brick one of her girlhood, but after moving to rural North Carolina she discovers that the type of library is less important than the books and the people who read them.
Biblioburro Biblioburro: a True Story from Colombia – After amassing piles of books, Luis, a voracious reader, dreams up a way to share his collection with ‘faraway villages.’ He starts with two burros–one for himself, one for books–and heads off. Tough terrain and menacing bandits challenge him along the way, but at last he reaches a remote town, where he holds a story hour and loans titles to eager kids before returning home to his wife and reading late into the night.
Waiting for the Biblioburro Waiting for the Biblioburro – When a man brings to a remote village two burros, Alfa and Beto, loaded with books the children can borrow, Ana’s excitement leads her to write a book of her own as she waits for the BibliBurro to return. Includes glossary of Spanish terms and a note on the true story of Columbia’s BiblioBurro and mobile libraries in other countries.
Wild About Books Wild About Books – A librarian named Mavis McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake.
Librarians Night Before Christmas Librarian’s Night Before Christmas – Santa flies in on a book mobile to bring a poor library gifts. In a parody of the famous poem by Clement C. Moore, a harried librarian and her facility get a surprise holiday visit from Santa and his bookmobile.
She'll Be Comin Around the Mountain She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – (DVD) To the melody of the popular children’s song, a community of friendly animals prepare for the arrival of the librarian in her bookmobile!
The Library Book The Library Book: the Story of Libraries from Camels to Computers – From books being delivered by camel in the hot lands of Kenya through the pack-horse librarians of Kentucky and beyond, this informative book explores how libraries existed and developed throughout history and the role they played in society in their time.
My Librarian is a Camel My Librarian is a Camel:How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World – Describes unusual mobile libraries found around the world.

Passover

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Passover this year is from April 10 – April 18, 2017.

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.

Websites:


eBooks:

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

Books:

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