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7Jul/140

Free App – Toy Story Read Along

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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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1Jul/140

Read for My Summer Free Online Reading – Sports

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

Each week We Give Books will highlight a special book for you and your child to read online, along with fun activities and reading tips to make them come to life, including custom activities from ReadWriteThink.org.

Read for My Summer Week #4

0 to 3

Baby Max: Sandbox. During playtime, Max and his sister Ruby mix delectable treats out of bubbles, berries, birdseed, and sand. When you are finished reading, visit the Read for My Summer page for some fun Max and Ruby games and activities!

4 to 7

The Soccer Fence, Meet Hector, who loved playing soccer in Johannesburg. He dreamed of playing on a real pitch with the boys from another part of the city, but apartheid made that impossible.  This poignant story of friendship artfully depicts a brief but critical moment in South Africa’s history and the unique role that sports can play in bringing people together. After reading, head over to our program page to tell sports stories with an activity from ReadWriteThink and color the South African flag.

8 to 10

Skate! Follow the progress of a beginning skateboarder as he advances from basic moves to more exciting tricks and jumps. After you read, try your hand at moving sports poetry with an activity from ReadWriteThink and make a mini-skateboard.

Stay tuned for more summer reading next week!

 

 

 

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30Jun/140

Free App – Spatter & Spark

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Starring Spark an inventor fox and her friend Spatter an artistic porcupine, Spatter & Spark invites children to invent, learn, and create. 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
  • "Read Alone" or "Read to Me" Option
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24Jun/140

Read for My Summer Free Online Reading – Dinosaurs!

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

Each week We Give Books will highlight a special book for you and your child to read online, along with fun activities and reading tips to make them come to life, including custom activities from ReadWriteThink.org. Get started now!

Read for My Summer Week #3

Ages 0 to 3

Discover huge and gentle plant eaters, and small and fierce meat eaters, in this week’s book for children up to age 3, Let’s Look: Dinosaurs. The Let's Look series uses colorful images, simple text labels, and fun "I spy" games to introduce curious preschoolers to the world. Then, visit our program page to find a dinosaur coloring page and instructions for making your very own dinosaur fossil.

Ages 4 to 7

Travel to the Sahara Desert with Josh Smith, real-life archeologist, and his crew of intrepid dinosaur hunters in our pick for the 4-7 age group this week, The Big Dinosaur Dig.  Read about how they face fierce sandstorms and, later, the joy of discovering a new species of dinosaur! After you read, become a young archeologist with an activity from ReadWriteThink and play some dinosaur games!

Ages 8 to 10

This week’s book for the 8-10 age group, Dinosaur Detectives, is an introduction to paleontology that weaves together facts about fossil hunting with fictionalized first-person accounts from dinosaur detectives. When you have finished reading, visit the Read for My Summer page for some tips on how to draw a T-Rex and become a dinosaur word detective with an activity from ReadWriteThink.

Thanks for continuing to read with us! Stay tuned for more summer reading next week!

 

 

 

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22Jun/140

Read For My Summer Free Online Reading Program

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

Each week We Give Books will highlight a special book for you and your child to read online, along with fun activities and reading tips to make them come to life, including custom activities from ReadWriteThink.org. Get started now!

 

 

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18Jun/140

Free App – Little Finder

LittleFinder

App Features:

  • Free
  • iTunes Preview
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  • Turn audio on or off - turn it off if you would like your child to practice reading.
  • Adjustable field size - while 20 hidden objects is the default, you can go down all the way to just 4 (great for toddlers) or all the way to 56 hidden objects for the ultimate challenge.
  • Select the categories you want to display
  • Update the spelling and audio to your own voice and your own language.
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids

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17Jun/140

Free App – Jellytoons Bobo’s Birthday

JellytoonsShapesIt's Bobo's birthday today! Before he can receive his presents, Bobo's friends would like to play six fun games to help kids with reading and motor skills.

App Features:

  • Free
  • Rated 4+
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  • Shape and color matching
  • Fine motor skills
  • Counting from 1 to 10
  • Logic and observation
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids
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16Jun/140

Free App – DK Readers

DKReaders

App Features:

  • Download five of the e-books for Free: Preschool Level #1: Fishy Tales, Level #1: Animals at Home, Level #2: Emperor Penguins, Level #3: Ant Antics and Level #4: Secrets of the Mummies – one for each of the reading levels. In app purchases available for more.
  • Rated 4+; Made for Ages 6–8
  • Compatible with iPad & Android
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids
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13Jun/140

Summer Family Concerts

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Children of all ages and families are invited to jam in any language this summer! Three different bands will play throughout the Library system, and kids will have a chance to help out with the music during these 45-minute performances. This concert will be presented by the Jump Starters Trio, featuring New Orleans & Cajun music. Schedule

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11Jun/140

Free App – Lazoo Let’s Color

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Simply color a page, press the GO button, and watch your drawings come to life. A few dots become falling snow. Scribbles turn to smoke plumes puffed from chimneys. A jagged line pulsates into fire (or water or mustard or whatever a child imagines) spewing from a dinosaur’s mouth. iTunes Preview

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