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Curious Critters – Family Program


Sunday, June 9, 2013
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Central Library

Families are invited to join award-winning photographer and writer David FitzSimmons in exploring the amazing world of animals as described in his award-winning children's picture book, "Curious Critters," and found in his 24-image exhibit at Central Library on display through June 28.

  • Silly Safaris will present live animals for children and families to ask questions about from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • At 2 p.m. in Learning Curve's Green Screen Theater, FitzSimmons will perform parts of his picture book. Children will shriek like hawks, hop like toads, and slither like snakes. They'll learn how butterflies drink, the ways mammals fly, and why frogs sing.
  • The show will include puppets and take-home activities for all children.
  • At 3 p.m. in the Atrium, FitzSimmons will show his unique animal photos and describe how he turned these mesmerizing portraits into his award-winning picture book. He'll discuss the techniques, challenges and purposes for photographing creatures against white backgrounds, as well as the process of bringing a book from idea to reality.
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Summer Reading Program Kickoff with Cubbie & Digit


Children and families are invited for stories from guest readers, games, activities and snacks during this program sponsored by IMCU. Meet the Library's mascot, Digit, as well as Cubbie from IMCU. Those attending are encouraged to register for the Library's 2013 Summer Reading Program and receive a prize. Schedule

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International FireFighters’ Day – May 4


HorseDrawnFiretruckIn 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.




Fire Safety A Day With Firefighters A Trip to the Firehouse Meet the Fireman Firefighters
Fire! Fire! Molly, By Golly!: the Legend of Molly Williams, America's First Female Firefighter The Firefighters' Thanksgiving Firefighteres A to Z The Fire Cat
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Clifford the Big Red Dog 500 Festival Parade Balloon


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 the Big Red Dog Clifford at the Circus Clifford Gets a Job Clifford Takes a Trip Clifford’s Good Deeds
Clifford’s Good Deeds The Clifford Collection Clifford the Small Red Puppy Clifford’s Puppy Days Clifford, We Love You

Clifford DVDs:

Clifford the Big Red Dog Big, big Collection Dog Days of Summer

Downloadable Audiobooks:

Books Recommended By: Janet Spaulding - Selection Services

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Midsummer Night’s Dream Ballet & Workshop – Central Library


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



A Midummer Nights Dream A Midummer Nights Dream A Midummer Nights Dream The Best of Shakespeare
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Call-a-Pacer Read Like a Pro!

Read Like A Pro LogoChildren 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:


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Beginning April 29 Read by: Paul George
Is Your Mama a Llama?
Is Your Mama a Llama?
Deborah Guarino
Beginning May 6th Read by: Gerald Green
I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus
I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus
Jack Prelutsky
Beginning May 13th Read by: Orlando Johnson
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?
Jane Yolen
Beginning May 20th Read by: George Hill
How Do You Feel?How Do You Feel?
Anthony Browne
Beginning May 28 Read by: Ian Mahinmi
Never Take a Shark to the DentistNever Take a Shark to the Dentist
Judi Barrett
Beginning June 3rd Read by: Jeff Pendergraph
Doreen Cronin
Beginning June 10th Read by: Tyler Hansbrough
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin, Jr.
Beginning June 17th Read by: Miles Plumlee
Pop! The Invention of Bubble GumPop! The Invention of Bubble Gum
Meghan McCarthy

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Helping Children Cope with Tragic Events – Sandy Hook, Boston Marathon

"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:

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.

Dad and Children Reading Photo 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 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 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 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 Tough Boris - Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris von der Borch cries when his parrot dies.
Love Waves 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 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 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 Mommy in My Pocket - A little girl gets anxious about separation from her mommy when she goes to school.
When dinosaurs die : a guide to understanding death 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 [CD] 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 : expert strategies for helping your child overcome fear, stress, and anxiety 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 recipe for healing after loss 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.
Growing up brave : expert strategies for helping your child overcome fear, stress, and anxiety 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 Healing Days - A guide for kids who have experienced trauma.
Snowflakes Fall 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.
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Storytime Spotlight: College Avenue

CollegePuppetsSmallIf you happen to be at the College Avenue Branch and hear lots of singing or giggling coming from the community room, it means storytime with Ms. Denise is in session!

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)

Meet Ms. Denise:CollegeDeniseSmall

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.”

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Baseball Opening Day

indianapolis-indians-logoOpening 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.

New Baseball Picture Books & Early Readers

Slugger Curious George, Home Run Pirates at the Plate Mr. Zinger’s Hat Flat Stanley at Bat
First Base Blues Lucky Luis Homer Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit Clorinda Plays Baseball
Goodnight Baseball Take Me Out to the Yakyu

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Spring Break Fun Right HERE

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:

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:

2013FebBalloonTwisting 2013MarCelebrateElDia
2013FebKidzBiz 2013JanDogCommunications
2013JanDrawingComics 2013JanMythology101
2013JanPreschoolYoga 2012OctMusclesAndBones
2013Pets101 2013FebFacePainting
2013JanSingAlongMissBobbie 2013JanStorytimeCivicTheatre
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