In celebration of International FireFighters' Day take a look at these images from the history of firefighting right here in Indianapolis. At right is a photo of a horse drawn firetruck from 1874. In this digital collection you will be able to show your kids photos of old firetrucks and actual fires being fought right here in Indianapolis. A great hometown field trip? The Indianapolis Firefighters Museum and Historical Society on Massachusetts Ave.
- IndyPL Digital Collection: Indianapolis Firefighters Museum
- Official Website: Indianapolis Fire Department NOTE: Registration Form for Firefighter For a Day Camp in June!
- VisitIndy: Indianapolis Firefighters Museum & Historical Society
- Firefighters: Survive Alive!
Memorial Day Closing
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed May 25 - 27 for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, except for the InfoZone which will be open each day from 10am - 5pm.
That lovable little red puppy who grew up and became Clifford the BIG RED DOG is coming to town! Clifford will appear in the 2013 Indy 500 Festival Parade with library staff making sure he doesn't take any wrong turns or float away!
Made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Staff Association and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
Here are some websites and books that will help you know all the fun details of Clifford's BIG adventures with Emily Elizabeth.
- Clifford's Official Website
- Clifford: Activities & Printables
- PBS: Clifford
- NPR’s 2012 Norman Bridwell Interview on the occasion of Clifford’s 50th birthday. Did you know Norman was from Kokomo, Indiana?
- Indy 500 Festival Parade
- SLJ’s Interview with Norman Bridwell
- Clifford the Big Red Dog
- Clifford Takes a Trip
- Clifford at the Circus
- Clifford’s Birthday Party
- Clifford’s Good Deeds
- Clifford’s Pals
- Clifford’s Happy Easter
- Clifford’s Christmas
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Children of all ages and families are invited to Central Library's Clowes Auditorium as the Indianapolis School of Ballet performs an excerpt from its upcoming show, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Following the performance, ballet dancers will conduct a workshop in the Learning Curve's Green Screen Theatre highlighting various ballet dance moves. Children will be invited to participate in practicing the ballet steps the dancers will exhibit.
Sunday, May 5, 2013 @3:00pm
- Indianapolis School of Ballet
- Folger Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare for Kids
- University of Texas at Austin: ShakespeareKids
- BBC: William Shakespeare
Children of all ages and families are invited to hear members of the Indiana Pacers read their favorite stories in children's literature during "Read Like a Pro — Call-a-Pacer 2013" on The Indianapolis Public Library's 24-hour Call-a-Story telephone line.
By dialing 275-4444, or toll-free at 877-275-9007, callers will hear recorded stories from Pacers players who demonstrate their love of reading as a way to encourage young ones to develop the habit.
This year's "Read Like a Pro — Call-a-Pacer 2013" schedule includes:
|Beginning April 29 Read by: Paul George
Is Your Mama a Llama?
|Beginning May 6th Read by: Gerald Green
I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus
|Beginning May 13th Read by: Orlando Johnson
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?
|Beginning May 20th Read by: George Hill
How Do You Feel?
|Beginning May 28 Read by: Ian Mahinmi
Never Take a Shark to the Dentist
|Beginning June 3rd Read by: Jeff Pendergraph
|Beginning June 10th Read by: Tyler Hansbrough
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin, Jr.
|Beginning June 17th Read by: Miles Plumlee
Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum
"We're going over in a safe area," she told the 5-year-olds. Then, she opened a book and started to read. CNN
This is what we have to offer you today in the aftermath of the inexplicable. Come. Open a book. Start to read. Hold them close and revisit old friends together; Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, Arthur, The Little Engine That Could.
Or stay at home and do the same. Find the books in the bookcase with the dog-eared pages and the tell-tale bite marks on the spine; the ones you can probably recite without looking at the pages. Choose the one with the coffee ring on the cover for having been on the bedside table every night.
Favorite stories are steadfast old friends to count on in times of trouble.
It is clear from the resources we have gathered below that one of the best things we can all do is simply reassure children that many people - their family, their teachers, their neighbors, the people at day care or church or the library love and care about them and are looking out for their safety.
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered. "Yes, Piglet?" "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
This video shares some expert advice from the makers of Sesame Street:
Professional Advice about Helping Children Cope with Violence and Tragic Events:
- The Fred Rogers Company: Fred Rogers Talks About Tragic Events in the News
- KidsHealth: How to Talk to Your Child About the News
- Boston Children's Hospital: Talking to Children After Tragedy
- Family & Children's Services: Boston Marathon Explosion - Resources for Parents
- Books to Help Kids Cope with Boston Marathon News
- Talking with Kids about the Tragedy in Boston
- Psychology Today: Helping Children Cope After the Boston Marathon Bombing
- Today Show Video: Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz offers tips on how to tell your kids about the tragedy in Boston and answer their questions while making sure they feel safe and secure.
- PBS Arthur Special Program: Helping Our Children Feel Safe
- El Señor Rogers: Cómo ayudar a los niños con acontecimientos trágicos en las noticias
- National Association of School Psychologists: Helping Children Cope
- LA Times: Helping Children Cope With Tragedy
- The National Institute of Health: Coping With Trauma after Violence and Disasters
- Common Sense Media: Explaining the News to Kids
How to Help:
If your family would like to do something tangible to help, here are some sites that can help you find where to offer support. There will be more, probably, in the coming days and we will add to this list when that information becomes available.
- How to Help: Boston Marathon Support & Resources
- Runners World: How to Help or Show Support for Boston
- American Red Cross: Donations
- American Red Cross: Donating Blood
- American Red Cross: Safe and Well Listings
- Google Person Finder: Boston Marathon Explosions
|While favorite stories are comforting and familiar, you may find that it would be helpful to read a book together that helps your child understand feeling afraid or anxious; or answers questions he or she might have about death. Below are several children's books that address separation anxiety, fear and grief. These are just a small sampling to show you the kinds of books that are available. Also listed are some parenting books about helping a child cope with anxiety. Click on any book jacket to go directly to the online catalog to make a request with your IndyPL Library Card, or visit any of our branch locations. IndyPL librarianswould be happy to help you find books like these.|
|A Terrible Thing Happened - After Sherman sees something terrible happen, he becomes anxious and then angry, but when a counselor helps him talk about these emotions he feels better.||Jenny is Scared - When Jenny and her brother are frightened by events in the world, their parents help them talk about their fears and feel better.|
|On That Day: a Book of Hope for Children - This book tells children that although terrible things happen, there is still hope that the world can be a better place.||Tough Boris - Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris von der Borch cries when his parrot dies.|
|Love Waves - While they are at work a mother and father send powerful "love waves" to their child at home, offering reassurance and comfort in their absence.||The Kissing Hand - When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.|
|The Kiss Box - As they prepare for a short separation, Mama Bear and Little Bear find a way to reassure each other while they are apart.||Mommy in My Pocket - A little girl gets anxious about separation from her mommy when she goes to school.|
|When Dinosaurs Die - Explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died.||Freeing Your Child From Anxiety - Written by an expert in the field of childhood anxiety disorders, this indispensable guide is for parents looking for safe, proven methods for reducing childhood anxiety. Dr. Chansky shows them how to teach their child to successfully deal with stress and face the challenges and uncertainties of life. This resource is a CD but is also available as a Downloadable eBook|
|Growing Up Brave - The author, a childhood anxiety expert, helps parents identify and understand anxiety in their children, outlines effective and convenient parenting techniques for reducing anxiety, and shows parents how to promote bravery for long-term confidence.||Tear Soup - A modern-day fable, told in a richly illustrated children's book format, about a woman who has suffered a terrible loss. Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, so she is cooking up a batch of "tear soup," in which the ingredients are parts of the grieving process, including memories, misgivings, feelings, and tears.|
|Love, Hugs & Healing - Helps children identify feelings that overwhelm them with anxiety and despair. Explains that sometimes bad things happen and good people are hurt. Children feel fear, sadness, and anger. The book teaches that there are ways of dealing with these emotions and helps children reaffirm fundamental truths about the world.||Healing Days - A guide for kids who have experienced trauma.|
|Snowflakes Fall - In this illustrated poem in honor of the victims of the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, falling snowflakes celebrate the uniqueness of life, its precious, simple moments, and the strength of memory.|
For the past year, Ms. Denise has been sharing her love of reading with the youngest patrons at College Avenue. Through sign language, songs, stories, activities and crafts, Denise helps families to realize that reading comes in different formats and can be found in many different places. Adults are always encouraged to be engaged and interactive with young people along their reading journey.
Ms. Denise looks forward to reading with you soon and invites you to visit one of her storytimes:
- All programs begin at 10:30 am
- Tuesdays- Baby & Me (children ages 9 months and younger who are not crawling - this program is not for older siblings)
- Wednesdays- Preschooler & Me (children ages 3-5 years)
- Thursdays- Toddler & Me (children 10 months to 2 years)
Time with the Library: 4 ½ years
Favorite book: Any book that gets a young child excited about reading.
Favorite Thing about being a Librarian: “Hearing from parents about how their children “play library” or sing our regular storytime songs while at home and the stories about the adults who encourage their friends and even strangers to come to the College Avenue Branch storytimes. Sharing a love of learning and reading with others.”Print This Post
Opening Day for baseball is the day professional baseball teams begin their regular season. For major league baseball that date for 2013 is March 30th, today. But here in Indiana, home of the Indianapolis Indians, opening day is:
April 4 vs. Columbus Clippers
Opening Night Fireworks, Schedule Magnet Giveaway & 60 Degree Weather Guarantee
The defending IL West Division Champion Indians take the field to start the 2013 season! Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show after the game. The Indians will guarantee a 60 degree game or you will receive a free ticket to an April game of your choice.
What a great day to take your kids to Victory Field...a game and fireworks both! 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 fireworks to start.
And don't miss Library Night! The Indiana Blood Center Library Night is July 29, 2013.
- Official Website: Indianapolis Indians
- 2013 Indianapolis Indians Promotions
- Major League Baseball: Kids
- Major League Baseball Schedule
- National Baseball Hall of Fame
- Kidshealth: Baseball Safety
New Baseball Picture Books & Early Readers
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IndyStar: Spring Break Fun Close to Home by T.J. Banes "Check out these "staycation" options in Central Indiana."
We agree! There are A LOT of fun things to do listed in this article including fun events at the library! Here are some more programs and workshops that are happening in our branches next week. For a full schedule of events available each day see our IndyPL Online Calendar of Events. Add to the adventure! Pick a branch you don't usually go to. IndyPL Locations and Hours.
IndyPL Events for Kids During Spring Break:
- Spades Park Mini Book Festival Details & Schedule
- Paws to Read at Lawrence, Eagle, Wayne
- Family Movie Days Details & Schedule
- Food and Fun Featuring Jose-Luis Orozco Details & Schedule
- Get Ready for Lemonade Day 2013: Kids Biz Workshop @ Central Library Details & Schedule
And here are even MORE fun library events, each one offered all over the city. Click on each picture for details & a schedule of dates and times:
March is Indiana Disability Awareness Month organized by the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. The Indiana Disability Awareness website has a lot of information including a free awareness kit and a recommended reading list for children.
Listed below are some selections from your own IndyPL Children's Librarians of their favorite titles that feature characters with disabilities.
- Indiana Disability Awareness
- Mayor Ballard: Celebrating Diversity: a Guide to Disability Etiquette
- Order your FREE Awareness Kit
- Children's Reading List (5th Link)
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Kid's Quest on Disability & Health
- Best Buddies Indiana
|Describes a day in the life of a seeing eye dog, from going with his owner to the grocery store and post office, to visiting a class of school children, and playing ball. Also describes their three-hundred mile walk from Boston to New York. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2004-2005, K-3 Nominee.Looking Out for Sarah by Sarah Lean~Janet Spaulding, Selection Services|
|For the younger children there is Helping Sophia by Anastasia Suen (j179.9) about a young girl in a wheelchair whose classroom helper has to take time off to have a baby. The other kids in the class take turns and learn to help Sophia get around in her wheelchair. Thy find out it’s not easy, but gain understanding of Sophia’s situation.Helping Sophia by Anastasia SuenWhen Sophia's helper is absent, her fellow third-graders help out by learning how to push her wheelchair.~Linda Tegmeyer, Brightwood Branch Library|
|I really loved this year’s Schneider Family Book Award winner for the younger children category “Back to Front and Upside Down!” While the rest of the class makes birthday cards for the principal, Stanley struggles with his words and letters.Back to Front and Upside Down by Claire Alexander~Janet Spaulding, Selection Services|
|Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.Wonder by RJ Palacio~Barb Obergfell, Outreach Services|
|Nine-year-old Lila, born with xeroderma pigmentosum, a skin disease that make her sensitive to sunlight, makes secret plans to feel the sun's rays on her tenth birthday. And so, she plays at night with her friends – who might or might not be real.Cool Moonlight by Angela JohnsonBarb Obergfell, Outreach Services|
|Spider, a baby abandoned on an English farm, grows up to be mentally slower than other children but manifests a remarkable talent for communicating with animals as he comes of age during World War II, a slower child whose quiet, calm, kind nature is a gift to everyone.Spider Sparrow by Dick King-Smith~Barb Obergfell, Outreach Services|
|Wonderful! Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures.Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick~Erin Moehring, Southport Branch Library and Janet Spaulding, Selection Services|
|Fifth-grader Cally Louise Fisher stops talking, partly because her father and brother never speak of her mother who died a year earlier, but visions of her mother, friendships with a homeless man and a disabled boy, and a huge dog ensure that she still communicates.A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean~Janet Spaulding, Selection Services|
|For the older boys and girls I highly recommend Sharon Draper’s Out Of My Mind( jFIC). It’s also a Young Hoosier Book – very well written and thought provoking. It’s about a young girl who’s body is deformed (wheelchair bound), she can’t speak and her body spasms uncontrollably at the most inopportune times. She is very bright and knows the answers to the questions teachers ask, but has no way to express her knowledge. Everyone, except her family thinks she is retarded or dumb. How frustrating that must be. Finally with the help of a special computer she is able to communicate. I couldn’t wait to read what happened next!Out of My Mind by Sharon DraperConsidered by many to be mentally disabled, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2012-2013, 6-8 Nominee.~Linda Tegmeyer, Brightwood Branch Library|
|I recommend:The Kaleidoscope Kid by Elaine LarsonPresents a collection of poems pointing out the variety of intellectual strengths and personality traits possessed by children with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism.~Joseph Fox, Wayne Branch Library|
The Tortoise and the Hare
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Lilly Theater
March 16–April 21
"Based on one of Aesop's Fables, this well-known tale concerns a boastful hare that ridicules a slow-moving tortoise and challenges him to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, decides to take a nap midway through the course. When he awakes, however, he finds that his competitor, moving slow and steady, finishes before him. The story teaches important lessons about humility and believing in yourself. 30 minutes, recommended for ages 4 and up."
There are lots of stories most kids can rattle off without thinking much – The Tortoise and the Hare, The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, Cinderella, etc. Some of these stories are so commonly told that children all over the world know them. Sometimes, storytellers like to just have fun with a traditional story. For example a storyteller might think, “what if Sleeping Beauty was a boy?” or “What if Cinderella wanted to play in a hockey game instead of go to a ball?” or “What if we heard the Big Bad Wolf’s side of the story?”
At the library, we have several re-tellings of The Tortoise and the Hare from a groovy modern one to a tale from the Southwest. Retelling traditional tales in new ways is really fun. If your kids like these kinds of fractured fairy tales try the IndyPL Kid's Blog Page: Fractured Fairy Tales. This page is a list of traditional stories that have a twist – the stories are either set in a different country, are told from a new point of view or have some kind of fun twist to make the story unique.
Here are some fun retellings of The Tortoise and the Hare: