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The Tortoise and the Hare at The Children’s Museum

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:

The Really Groovy Story of the Tortoise and the Hare The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit The Great Race The Tortoise and the Hare Race Again   The Tortoise and the Hare
The Race of the Century The hare and the tortoise = La liebre y la tortuga
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Superheroes at The Children’s Museum


An invitation from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis:

"You’ve seen them on TV, read about them in books, and heard about them in folk tales. Superpowered characters from around the world might share similar powers, but it’s their stories that make them unique. Fly, teleport, or use your super-speed to make your way to the museum for a Superpowered Spring Break!"

Here is some of the fun stuff you can do at the Superheroes exhibit March 16 - May 5:

  • Invent your own unique super hero and tell its story
  • See amazing artifacts from our collection
  • Meet Spider-Man: March 16
  • Participate in "Be a Superhero" day: March 23
  • Meet Batman: April 6
  • Watch a brand new Bumblebee transformation program
  • Put on a cape and mask and pretend to be a superhero

That sounds like a lot of fun! While you wait for your turn to go, here are some websites that show you how to have some superhero fun at home!


And finally - here are some great superhero adventures stories. Find out the story of the real Superman or what it's like at Superhero School!


Superhero School Five Minute Marvel Stories I Can Read Batman vs. Man-Bat Do Superheroes Have Teddy Bears?
DC Super Pets The Hopping Hero DC Superheroes Storybook Collection The Amazing Spiderman Storybook Collection Dex the Heart of a Hero
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man Superman the Story of the Man of Steel Eliot Jones Midnight Superhero Superheroes
Max Traction Man is Here! Another Perfect Day Superhero ABC
Kapow! The Adventures of Sparrowboy Timothy and the Strong Pajamas a Superhero Story The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy
Superhero Joe Super Guinea Pig to the Rescue Buzzboy and Flygirl Wordgirl Robot Rampage
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World Read Aloud Day – Today!


Read It Forward on World Read Aloud Day
Celebrate by reading aloud, giving away a book, or taking action in any way you can to Read It Forward on behalf of the 793 million people who cannot read.

  • World Read Aloud Day Blog

You can come to the library today to checkout some books to read aloud or stay right where you are - here are some picture books you can read or listen to online:

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The Ooey Gooey Lady Preschool Workshop


Lisa Murphy, the Ooey Gooey Lady: Extending the Stories for Every Child
Central Library (Central)
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Age Level: Adults
Registration Required Please Contact Central Library 275-4096

Adults are invited as Lisa Murphy, nationally renowed childhood education specialist, shares ideas for meaningful and fun activities to extend learning beyond traditional storytime. Attendees will leave with activities from their favorite children's books and stories, as well as hear Lisa's spin on Howard Gardner's classic multiple intelligences theory. This program will be held in the Clowes Auditorium at Central Library. Official Website The Ooey Gooey Lady

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Face Painting & Balloon Twisting


Children ages 8 and older are invited to learn the basics of face painting in this hands-on workshop presented by Hugabug Family Entertainment. Schedule

Streg Nona: Her Story Fun with Face Painting Face Painting Extreme Face Painting

Children ages 8 and older are invited to learn the basics of balloon twisting during this hands-on workshop presented by Hugabug Family Entertainment.2013FebBalloonTwisting Schedule


Extreme Balloon Tying Kid’s Guide to Balloon Twisting The Ultimate Balloon Book Ballooning
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Geckos at The Children’s Museum

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has a new exhibit about geckos - those cute lizards with the really sticky feet. (The Geico lizard!) You can take your kids to visit the exhibit from February 2 - May 15, 2013. Here are some websites and books to make you love geckos just a little bit more!
tcm_logo_med The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Gecko Exhibit



Geckos Geckos My Pet Gecko The Leopard Gecko
Flying Geckos and Other Weird Reptiles Geckos Keeping Unusual Pets Go to Sleep Gecko Meet the Gecko

The Gecko & Sticky Series:

#1 The Gecko and Sticky: Sinister Substitute
#2 The Gecko and Sticky The Greatest Power
#3 The Gecko and Sticky Villain’s Lair
#4 The Power Potion

The Chet Gecko Mysteries:

#1 The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse
#2 The Mystery of Mr. Nice
#3 Farewell My Lunchbag
#4 The Big Nap
#5 The Hamster of the Baskervilles
#6 This Gum For Hire
#7 The Malted Falcon
#8 Trouble is My Beeswax
#9 Give My Regrets to Broadway
#10 Murder My Tweet Chet Gecko
#11 The Possum Always Rings Twice Chet Gecko
#12 Key Lardo Chet Gecko
#13 Hiss Me Deadly Chet Gecko
#14 From Russia With Love Chet Gecko
#15 Dial m for mongoose : from the tattered casebook of Chet Gecko private eye
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Call-a-Neighborhood Story

Call-a-Neighborhood Story A free phone call! 275-4444

Listen to local WFYI staff read stories about neighbors this month as they welcome the new show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to WFYI 1 Public Television. Find out more about Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood at or at

Nov 1-12 Read by:
Scott Hoke, Morning Edition Host
A Good Night Walk
A Good Night Walk
Elisha Cooper
Nov 13-18 Read by:
Sharon Alseth, Morning News Anchor
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?
Jane Yolen
Nov 19-25 Read by:
Don Hibschweiler, All Things Considered Host
Around Our Way on Neighbor's Day
Around Our Way On Neighbor's Day

Tameka Brown
Nov 26-Dec 2 Read by: Jill Sheridan, Afternoon News Anchor
Silly Sally
Silly Sally

Audrey Wood


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Ready to Read Sponsors & Partners

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation recognizes that without the support and generosity of its sponsors and partners, many Library programs would not be possible.

Ready to Read is a multi-year Library initiative designed to help children under the age of five develop the early literacy skills needed for a successful start in reading.

new PMCH logo
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana

Louise Lage Kirtland and Hugh C. Kirtland Endowment Fund, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation

The Herbert Simon Family Foundation

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November Picture Book Month

It's a Picture Book Celebration! Picture Book Month encourages everyone at home, at school, at the library, in the park...anywhere! celebrate reading with picture books. Every day in November, there will be a new post at from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important. (See calendar of reading champions.) We think picture books are important too! Come on in and check some out! See if you can read a picture book every day. Make it easy on yourself - check out a Bunny Book Bag - a bag of picture books or board books with NO FINES!

Last years inaugural trailer:

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Getting a Child a Library Card

You can sign your child up for a regular library card OR you can sign them up for My First Library Card. My First Library Card is for kids from birth through age six. Why would you want a My First Library Card? Because you can borrow children's books and never get charged an overdue fine! Nice, huh? Find a children's book after 3 months wedged between the toy box and the wall? Not a problem!





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