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10Jan/150

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

I Have a Dream

Monday, January 19, 2015 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here at the Library we're closed, but there are a lot of Indianapolis attractions that are open with FREE activities. Take a look at the choices: Indianapolis Downtown Inc. Calendar of Events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015. (Scroll down to see the day's activities.)

You can learn a lot together about Martin Luther King. Jr. in some favorite and new books listed below, or by looking at these websites.  You can also make a craft to honor and remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s work - find one on the Ready to Read Pinterest Board: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Websites:

Favorite Books:

Coretta Scott I Have a Dream March On Marching for Freedom Martin's Big Words

Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963:

Bobby Kennedy Announces Martin Luther King's Death, Indianapolic, IN 1968:

New Books:

Martin Luther King Jr. In His Own Words Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Coretta Scott King
I Have  Dream Marching to the Mountaintop Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day My Uncle Martin’s Words for America We March What Was Your Dream, Dr. King

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5Jan/150

Read Right Now! WINTER & SNOW

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." ~The Cat in the Hat

It would be a good time 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, snowy day!


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

IsItColdOutside UniteForLiteracy75
Read Is It Cold Outside? Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

Frosty the Snowman Small WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Frosty the Snowman Everybody's favorite snowman comes magically to life! Featuring the festive spirit and rollicking lyrics of the original song, this delightfully illustrated picture book is the perfect read-aloud for the holiday season.

Little Dog Lost Small WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Little Dog Lost On a cold winter day, a curious dog wandered onto a frozen river, and before he knew it he was traveling fast on a sheet of ice. Many people tried to help, but the dog could not be reached. Finally, after two nights and seventy-five miles, the little dog was saved by a ship out in the Baltic Sea.

Snowmen at Night Small WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Snowmen at Night Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked? And you've wondered....what do snowmen do at night? This wonderfully told wintertime tale reveals the enchanting secret life of snowmen everywhere.

Rabbit's Snow Dance WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Rabbit's Snow Dance A hip and hilarious fable perfect for wintertime. Rabbit loves the winter. He knows a dance, using a traditional Iroquois drum and song, to make it snow--even in springtime! The other animals of the forest don't want early snow, but Rabbit doesn't listen to them. Instead, he sings and dances until more and more snow falls. But how much snow is too much, and will Rabbit know when to stop?

The Hat WeGiveBooksSmall
Read The Hat When Lisa's woolen stocking flies off the clothesline, a curious hedgehog finds it and pokes in his nose. The stocking gets stuck on his prickles-and then the fun begins...

A Blanket of Snow WeGiveBooksSmall
Read A Blanket of Snow 

Three Snow Bears Small WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Three Snow Bears This stunningly illustrated interpretation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears transports the well-loved story to the Arctic north. There, the raven-haired Inuit girl, Aloo-ki, comes upon an igloo that turns out to be the home of a polar bear family.

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Listen to Al Gore read Brave Irene Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker's daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn't feeling so well and can't possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she's made for the duchess to wear that very evening. So plucky Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that's brewing-- quite an errand for a little girl.

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Favorite Winter & Snow Stories:

Oliver and Amanda and the Big Snow Snow The Jacket I Wear in the Snow Lemonade in Winter
Cliffords First Snow Day SnowFrosty Snowflake Bentley Katy and the Big Snow
SnowLadybug The Snowy Day Froggy Gets Dressed

New Winter & Snow Stories:

The Snowman and the Snowdog Skippyjon Jones Snow What Mimi and Bear in the Snow The First Snowfall
An Amazing Snowman Snowy Blast What Happens in Winter Sugar White Snow and Evergreens
Blizzard The Wonderful Gifts of Winter Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear The Winter Train
Earmuffs for Everyone

Winter & Snow Non-Fiction:

SnowCreating SnowKnow SnowWeKnow SnowForts
Build Your Own Fort Igloo The Kids Winter Fun Book

Snow eBooks:

SnowThomas SnowToby SnowWillow SnowSkate
SnowChill SnowFrosty2 SnowFall SnowBerty

Snow eAudiobooks:

SnowBiggest SnowSnowDay SnowZach SnowBlow
SnowMarley

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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1Jan/150

Read Right Now! African American Stories

 

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Alice Loses Her Voice WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Alice Loses Her Voice - Alice has lost her voice! Join Alice and her friend Andy as they visit people and places across town in search for her voice. What sort of sounds will they hear along the way? This is a Common Core-aligned book for Kindergarten.

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Read Amazing Grace - Grace loves stories, whether they're in books or in movies or the kind her grandmother tells. She acts out the most exciting parts of all sorts of tales...sometimes Hiawatha, or Aladdin, of Joan of Arc...There's nothing that Grace enjoys more.

Anansi Goes to Lunch ReadToMeLasVegas
Read Anansi Goes to Lunch - Anansi is invited to three concurrent parties and wants to attend them all. He finds himself getting tugged and caught in the middle when the food is ready at all three parties at the same time.

A Dance Like Starlight WeGiveBooksSmall
Read A Dance Like Starlight - Little ballerinas have big dreams. Dreams of pirouettes and grande jetes, dreams of attending the best ballet schools and of dancing starring roles on stage. But in Harlem in the 1950s, dreams don’t always come true—they take a lot of work and a lot of hope. But the first African-American prima ballerina, Janet Collins, did make her dreams come true. And those dreams inspired ballerinas everywhere.

Hansel and Gretel WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Hansel and Gretel Set in Africa - A stunning interpretation of this classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, setting the infamous witch's cottage deep in a lush African forest. Hansel and Gretel's plight feels all the more threatening as they're plunged into the thick, dark jungle.

Harriet Tubman Follow the North Star Scholastic Logo
Read Harriet Tubman Follow the North Star - Describes the life of Harriet Tubman, who escaped from slavery in Maryland only to return south many times as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to lead others to freedom.

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Read The Hunterman and the Crocodile - Donso, a West African hunterman, learns the importance of living in harmony with nature and the necessity of placing humans among, not above, all other living things.

The Legend of John Henry WeGiveBooksSmall
Read The Legend of John Henry - Legend says that when John Henry was a baby, he spotted a hammer and a steel spike lying by the door of the family cabin. Before anyone could stop him, little John Henry picked up the hammer and with one blow drove the spike into the floor! This is the story of a mighty hero and a symbol of courage and strength for working people. This is a Common Core-aligned book for Grade 4.

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Read The Music in Derrick's Heart - A poem celebrating the people, sights, and sounds of Harlem. Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book, 1998.

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Read No Mirrors in my Nana's House - A girl discovers the beauty in herself by looking into her Nana's eyes.

Parts of Me UniteForLiteracy75
Read Parts of Me

Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. ReadingRainbow
Read A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. - A brief, illustrated, biography of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader whose philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience helped American blacks win many battles for equal rights.

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Read Playground Games

The Snowy Day WeGiveBooksSmall
Read The Snowy Day - The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. Caldecott Medal Winner, 1963.

To Be a Drum StorylineLogoSmall
Read To Be a Drum - Daddy Wes tells how Africans were brought to America as slaves, but promises his children that as long as they can hear the rhythm of the earth, they will be free.

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Read What Should We Wear?

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Read White Socks Only - Grandma tells the story about her first trip alone into town during the days when segregation still existed in Mississippi.

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24Dec/140

Read Right Now! No Room at the Inn

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Read No Room at the Inn The story of the first Christmas is a favorite with Christians worldwide. And it isn't just a holiday story. The Nativity story is taught at vacation Bible schools, Sunday schools and in Christian homes all year.

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Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users - Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
  • WeGiveBooks eBooks - To view books available through WeGiveBooks you need to set up a Username & Password in WeGiveBooks - it is very easy and FREE.
  • Disney Free Downloadables - To view Disney Downloadables you will need your IndyPL Library Card and Password to Login. If you don't live in Indianapolis - check with your library, they may have the Disney Collection too!
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23Dec/140

Read Right Now! A Wind in the Willows Christmas

A Wind in the Willows Christmas Storynory
Listen and follow along to A Wind in the Willows Christmas - (Chapter 5). Mole feels an animal urge to return to his home. He invites Ratty back for Christmas and they are entertained by some field mice who sing a Christmas Carol. Geoffrey Newland reads this chapter for Storynory. Sit back and enjoy.

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Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users - Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
  • WeGiveBooks eBooks - To view books available through WeGiveBooks you need to set up a Username & Password in WeGiveBooks - it is very easy and FREE.
  • Disney Free Downloadables - To view Disney Downloadables you will need your IndyPL Library Card and Password to Login. If you don't live in Indianapolis - check with your library, they may have the Disney Collection too!
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22Dec/140

Read Right Now! Waldo’s Christmas Surprise

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Read Waldo's Christmas Surprise - When Waldo's friend Emily writes a letter to Santa Claus everyone gets a surprise!

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Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users - Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
  • WeGiveBooks eBooks - To view books available through WeGiveBooks you need to set up a Username & Password in WeGiveBooks - it is very easy and FREE.
  • Disney Free Downloadables - To view Disney Downloadables you will need your IndyPL Library Card and Password to Login. If you don't live in Indianapolis - check with your library, they may have the Disney Collection too!
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21Dec/140

Read Right Now! The Christmas Nutcracker

The Christmas Nutcracker Storynory
Listen and follow along to The Christmas Nutcracker - The classic story with music by Tchaikovsky from his famous ballet. Clara and Fritz have a very special godfather who makes inventions out of clockwork (or perhaps they are magical) and his Christmas presents are always amazing and wonderful. This year he gives them something rather small and simple – a nutcracker-doll in the form of a soldier. It’s rather ugly, and soon it is broken, but Clara loves it all the same. And then it comes to life and proves himself to be a true hero.

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Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users - Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
  • WeGiveBooks eBooks - To view books available through WeGiveBooks you need to set up a Username & Password in WeGiveBooks - it is very easy and FREE.
  • Disney Free Downloadables - To view Disney Downloadables you will need your IndyPL Library Card and Password to Login. If you don't live in Indianapolis - check with your library, they may have the Disney Collection too!
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20Dec/140

Read Right Now! The Night Before Christmas by Tomie dePaola

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Listen to The Night Before Christmas Curl up next to the fire with your family and enjoy this classic holiday story, 'The Night Before Christmas', read aloud by LeVar Burton. Share this story about St. Nick with new and old readers while you ring in the holiday cheer!

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Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users - Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
  • WeGiveBooks eBooks - To view books available through WeGiveBooks you need to set up a Username & Password in WeGiveBooks - it is very easy and FREE.
  • Disney Free Downloadables - To view Disney Downloadables you will need your IndyPL Library Card and Password to Login. If you don't live in Indianapolis - check with your library, they may have the Disney Collection too!
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18Dec/140

Read Right Now! Curious George Christmas Countdown

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Read Curious George Christmas Countdown - George keeps busy counting down the days before Christmas. Six days before Christmas, he wraps presents; five days before, he selects his Christmas tree; four days before he cuts out and bakes cookies. With three days to go until Christmas, he and the Man in the Yellow Suit look at the decorated shop windows in the city. With two days to go Curious George takes part in the Christmas play. On Christmas Eve George makes gifts for his friends. Finally, it is Christmas.

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Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users - Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
  • WeGiveBooks eBooks - To view books available through WeGiveBooks you need to set up a Username & Password in WeGiveBooks - it is very easy and FREE.
  • Disney Free Downloadables - To view Disney Downloadables you will need your IndyPL Library Card and Password to Login. If you don't live in Indianapolis - check with your library, they may have the Disney Collection too!
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17Dec/140

Read Right Now! How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Dateline Logo
Listen to Dateline's Keith Morrison Reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway.


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Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users - Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
  • WeGiveBooks eBooks - To view books available through WeGiveBooks you need to set up a Username & Password in WeGiveBooks - it is very easy and FREE.
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