After dodging an enormous, rolling tomato, townsfolk hold a festival to honor the red fruit.
“The Runaway Tomato is an action packed story of what happens when a giant tomato grows on a hill above the town. The town comes together to save the city from the huge tomato and even turns the giant mess into a fun time for all. The quirky story and vivid illustrations make this a fun story to read aloud and share the pictures with a small group. There are so many fun things to find in the illustrations it can keep a family occupied for an afternoon. With a nod to the classic “cloudy with a chance of meatballs”, this book brings the tomato into the realm of fun food.”
Pokémon…you had the card set and traded them on the school bus didn’t you? Did you have the binder too? Some of us did! We do like things organized! And now there is the new Pokémon GO game.
This game has so much fun potential. It can get your family up and outside, visiting places in Indy you may have never even noticed before. It could be a great game to play with your kids, but as I’m sure you’ve heard or read on the news, there are some legitimate concerns being raised about safety. Playing the game is an experience that requires common sense at the very least, and as we know, kids need help with that. The game is most safely played by adults and families.
Understanding the game and exercising caution is the prev ailing advice coming from experts, and it isn’t just advice from parenting & safety experts, it’s coming from consumer and financial experts too.
We’re still discovering PokéStops throughout the library system and for those of you more advanced players, Brightwood, East 38th and Pike are all gyms! Show us what you find at https://www.facebook.com/indypl/ or comment on the IndyPL Pokémon GO Gallery!
You are welcome to come looking at any of our library locations. We’re air conditioned, have drinking fountains & bathrooms, and more free books than anywhere else in town. Some of them are Pokémon books – so don’t forget your library card!
TIP: If you are out about town with kids and have never tried them, I would suggest The Learning Curve @Central Library as well as our library branch inside The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Did you know we had one there? We do, and you don’t have to pay museum admission to visit it.
Everyone in my family has a special animal friend! My daddy has an elephant. My grandma has a bunny. My cousin has a kangaroo. And me? I have a bear! Pile in with the whole family–and more than a few of their favorite animals–for a special car ride.
“My Family is a Zoo is the story of a family and their animals taking a trip. Everyone has an animal even the dog has his own puppy. How many people will fit in the car; how many animals; where are they going? Read the book to find out about the special ending.”
Branch Location Parking Lots: Please keep an eye out for our library visitors who are often on FOOT or on BICYCLES. Additionally, it is common for our youngest visitors to dart toward the entrance. Please be vigilant in our parking lots for the safety of all of our visitors.
Central Library Parking Garage: The parking garage is underground so it is not as bright as a sunny day. Please be careful and watch for people walking as you make some tight turns winding through the garage. Be vigilant, keep your eyes on the road, and watch for other cars moving as well. The parking garage will close when the library closes at 5:00 pm.
Restrooms: All of our locations have public restrooms. Please leave them as clean as you found them. If supplies are running low, please let us know and we will promptly take care of that for you.
Water: Saturday’s weather report is HOT. All of our locations have drinking fountains and sinks for filling water bottles.
Resting: If you are hunting Pokémon and decide to take a break at one of our air conditioned locations, please be courteous of all of our library visitors. We don’t really “shush” too much anymore, but all will appreciate your common sense voice.
First Aid: If you need assistance for any reason while visiting our locations, please let a staff member know. All IndyPL staff members wear an identification badge.
What a great day to take your kids to Victory Field. You know what you need to get you through the long innings? A hot dog, of course, and some of the new baseball picture books listed below. Read some while you are waiting for the game to start.
Meet GARFIELD and party with his mascot friends, Digit and Rowdie!
Although Indianapolis Indians passes are redeemable for admission to any game (excluding July 4), participants are encouraged to use their passes to attend Library Night, the exciting Summer Reading finale!
Book characters make great birthday party themes because they are FAVORITES. Curious George is always a hit! Below you will find everything you need to plan a fun Curious George Birthday Party on the cheap. All you need is a computer, printer, some time…and your library card! We have the books, movies & music to make your party a memorable hit.
For our Curious George Party we looked at these sources of fun and picked our very favorites. You can follow our plan or mix and match activities that make sense to you and your birthday kid. Have fun!
To get your party started, click and print a handy checklist and invitation of your choice – print in color or color yourself.
Curious George Mask or Party Hats to print and color.
1. Greeting Guests Music & Coloring/Craft Activity 15-20 min Provide printable coloring pages & crayons/markers or paper for origami or learning to draw George step-by-step. Providing newspaper for the paper boats is even better – just like George! Print the picture frame on card stock for the kids to color. Make sure each child writes his/her name on it!
6. Take a Group Photo or Individual Photo of Each Guest (Print copies while guests are eating cake. If you have time, attach the picture to the frame guests colored during the greeting time. If you don’t have time, add the frame and photo to their take home bags!) 5 min (Print for each guest.)
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!