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Read Right Now! books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!

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Read Emily Elizabeth Goes to School - In the “Emily Elizabeth Goes to School” Clifford Interactive Storybook (K–2), early readers follow Emily Elizabeth during her “big day” at school.

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Read You Can't Go To School Naked - Kids will giggle and squirm at the silly scenarios this little guy imagines and cheer his unique solution. No library card required. Just set up a username and password and start to read.

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Read Are You Read for School? Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

More FREE Online Reading:


Want to read more without ever leaving home? Use your indyPL library card to download eBooks and audiobooks. Click on a book jacket to choose a book to download.

Downloadable eBooks:

Alice Miranda at School Back to School Rules The Berenstain Bears and the Homework Hassle The Berenstain Bears Go to School
The Berenstain Bears Trouble at School Boomer Goes to School Curious George First Day of School
Dancing Dinos Go to School
A Day at School Edward Almost Goes to School First Day Jitters First Year Letters
Franklin Goes to School Kindergarten Countdown Late for School Max Goes to School
Ollie's School Day Rufus and Friends School Day Sammy Spider First Day of School School Day Math
Snuffy Goes to School We Love Our School

Downloadable Audiobooks:

Amelia Bedelia First Day of School Pinkalicious School Rules Biscuit Goes to School Mittens at School
Morris Goes to School


Streg Nona: Her Story The Legend of the Blue Bonnet For the Duration Favorite Legends
Streg Nona: Her Story The Legend of the Blue Bonnet For the Duration Favorite Legends
Streg Nona: Her Story The Legend of the Blue Bonnet For the Duration Favorite Legends
The Legend of the Blue Bonnet For the Duration Favorite Legends

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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The Dark

Like a lot of kids, Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is a hard thing to be afraid of because it lives right where kids are. You can have a night light, of course, but the dark, the dark still lurks in the corners.

The dark lived in the same house as Laszlo, a big place with a creaky roof, smooth, cold windows, and several sets of stairs. Sometimes the dark hid in the closet. Sometimes it sat behind the shower curtain. But mostly it spent its time in the basement.

In this story, The Dark is a character, just like Laszlo. It hangs out in all the places you would expect The Dark to like; the closet, behind doors, under the bed. Laszlo is a smart kid. He decides to face his fear. Armed with a flashlight, he goes to visit The Dark. When he does, he finds out that like a lot of unknown things, The Dark isn't so bad. In fact, The Dark is pretty nice. It is especially nice when you close your eyes to go to sleep. A great book for re-imagining The Dark as a friend instead of something scary. Author: Lemony Snicket

One of the best things about the dark is stars...and also meteors! Watching meteor showers is a great way to appreciate the dark and there is a good one coming up that peaks in a few days. It is the Perseid Meteor Shower.

From NASA: Perseids
Peak Activity: Aug 10 - Aug  13, 2014
Peak Activity Meteor Count: Up to 100 meteors per hour

More books about facing up to fears from big bears to nightmares to monsters:

There's a Nightmare in My Closet Where's My Teddy?
Go Away Big Green Monster


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Read For Summer Free Online Reading Program – Art



Read for My Summer Week 7Check out their featured books this week about colors, painters, and illustrators!

0 to 3

Perfect for reading aloud and encouraging early word recognition, Baby: Colors! contains a rainbow of objects, from green balloons to purple butterflies. After reading, head over to our program page to go on a rainbow toy hunt or create heart ball art!

4 to 7

In the summer of 1871, a young painter named Thomas Moran joined a team of scientists heading for the untamed land called "the Yellowstone." Tom had never ridden a horse or slept under the stars before, but the paintings he created on his journey from city boy to seasoned explorer would lead to the founding of America's first national park. Follow his journey in this week's 4 to 7 age group pick, Yellowstone Moran, then visit the Read for My Summer page for a Yellowstone scavenger hunt and an outdoor art show activity from ReadWriteThink!

8 to 10

Ted Geisel loved to doodle from the time he was a kid. He had an offbeat, fun-loving personality. He often threw dinner parties where guests wore outrageous hats! And he donned quirky hats when thinking up ideas for books such as his classic The Cat in the Hat. Who Was Dr. Seuss? brings an amazingly gifted author-illustrator to life. When you finish the book head over to our program page for a ReadWriteThink activity and Dr. Seuss games.


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Free App – Just Me and My Mom


Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he spends the day in the city with his mom. Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. From the train station to the museum, how will Little Critter do in the big city? iTunes Preview

App Features:

  • Free
  • Made for Ages 5 and Under
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5
  • Highlighted narration
  • Learn new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
  • Record yourself reading
  • Play two find-the-creature mini games! Can you can find all of the spiders and grasshoppers within the story?
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids


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Free eMusic for Kids at the Library


Free and legal music downloads for you AND your kids are available at the library.

How Freegal Music Works:

  • Library users have a weekly download limit. You will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the site. Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download. You must be logged in to enjoy the sample clips. (Login using your library card and password.)
  • The downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM, and videos are in the MP4 format with no DRM. This service will work on almost any computer, player, tablet or smartphone. The Freegal Music mobile app is free in the Apple® App Store and in Google® Play.
  • Music videos will cost you 2 of your allotted downloads. If you do not have 2 downloads available you will not be able to download a music video.
  • The search engine is both a simple and advanced search, and will return results primarily by the album that the song is from.


Enjoy the site!

You can browse through all the music on freegal or look at just the listings for children's music.


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Free Online Stories Read Aloud – No Library Card Required!

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AngusDucks BabyBrains Stripes ForgetManners
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Blueberries BraveIrene BugtownBoogie Charlie
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ChestersWay Chrysanthemum Corduroy Crow
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DeSoto Dreamygirls Drummer Cover
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DuckSoup EnemyPie ExcuseMe FancyNancy
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Posh Bonjour FarmerDuck Goldilocks
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Harry GrannyMcFanny GreenEggs LoveYou
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HereComesCat Hooray Jose MyMonster
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MouseCookie Kitchen JohnHenry KissMissed
OnlineStorytimeLong  NewHampshireLogo  NewHampshireLogo  StorylineLogoSmall

Kissing Hand Knots  LadybugBeach LibraryLion
 OnlineStorytimeLong  StorylineLogoSmall  OnlineStorytimeLong StorylineLogoSmall

 BigDay  RedHen  MakeWay  Cat
ReadToMeLasVegas NewHampshireLogo  NewHampshireLogo  StorylineLogoSmall

 Millions  Mitten OldSchoolBus  Rotten
 NewHampshireLogo  OnlineStorytimeLong  ReadToMeLasVegas  StorylineLogoSmall

Followed Nana Noah Officer
 StorylineLogoSmall  StorylineLogoSmall  CandlewickPressLogo  NewHampshireLogo

Olivia Owen OwlBabies Paperboy
 OnlineStorytimeLong  NewHampshireLogo  CandlewickPressLogo  NewHampshireLogo

Penguin2 Pinkalicious PolarExpress Guana
 CandlewickPressLogo  OnlineStorytimeLong  OnlineStorytimeLong  StorylineLogoSmall

RainbowFish Rapunzel Romeow Roller
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Suzy SmashCrash SomeDo Sophie
 CandlewickPressLogo  OnlineStorytimeLong  CandlewickPressLogo  StorylineLogoSmall

SoupOpera SplishSplash Stellaluna StoneSoup
 ReadToMeLasVegas  OnlineStorytimeLong  StorylineLogoSmall  NewHampshireLogo

AStory Strega Sylvester Hatch
NewHampshireLogo  OnlineStorytimeLong  NewHampshireLogo  StorylineLogoSmall

House Tickle Time Drum
 CandlewickPressLogo  OnlineStorytimeLong  NewHampshireLogo  StorylineLogoSmall

TheTooth Hungry Village GirlDreamed
StorylineLogoSmall  OnlineStorytimeLong NewHampshireLogo ReadToMeLasVegas

Pigasso WildThings WhiteSocks Mosquitoes
StorylineLogoSmall OnlineStorytimeLong  StorylineLogoSmall  NewHampshireLogo

Wilfrid Favorites ZlatehGoat Zin
StorylineLogoSmall CandlewickPressLogo  NewHampshireLogo NewHampshireLogo
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Free App – Cinderella


Cinderella - A Princess Storybook for iPad and iPhone from One Hundred Robots on Vimeo.

Turn a pumpkin into a coach, change 3 mice into horses, transform a ragged dress into a magnificent gown, and help an old pair of shoes become glass slippers! Touch objects on each page to discover hidden sounds. You will feel like Cinderella — being graced by a fairy godmother, transforming into the radiant beauty of the ball, and becoming a princess! This interactive book includes 40 storybook scenes. iTunes Preview


App Features:

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Read for My Summer Free Online Reading Program – Horses


Read for My Summer is We Give Books’ free online summer reading program!

Horses are remarkable creatures. Learn all about them this week during the midpoint of Read for My Summer!

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NEW! Streaming Video for Kids

IndyPL's new collection of streaming videos from Overdrive includes more than 400 titles appropriate for juvenile audiences.

Movie selections include movie versions of:

  • Caldecott winners, including "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Make Way for Ducklings"
  • Animated picture book classics, such as "The Ugly Duckling" and "Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type"
  • Episodes from tv shows such as Sesame Street and Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Instructional videos on a variety of topics, including yoga; and so much more!

Take a Look

The Adventures of Paddington Bear Chicka Chicka Boom  Boom Click Clack Moo Cows That Type Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Harold and the Purple Crayon Harry the Dirty Dog Locomotive Me, Eloise
Mr. Wuffles The New Adventures of Madeline Sesame Street Sonic the Hedgehog
The Ugle Duckling Where the wild Things Ared

Video Titles Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Free App – Toy Story Read Along


Meet Woody, a cowboy doll that comes to life when humans aren’t around. When his owner Andy receives a Buzz Lightyear space ranger for his birthday, Woody and the other toys fear they’ll be replaced. Woody’s plan to get rid of Buzz backfires and he ends up lost outside the world of Andy’s room, with Buzz as his only companion! The toys work together to find their way back to Andy and discover the meaning of true friendship along the way. iTunes Preview

App Features:

  • Free
  • Rated 4+
  • Compatible with iPad
  • Words light up as each is read
  • Record your own voice reading the story! (Great for Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa!)
  • Additional games and activities
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids



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