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This year, Easter is on March 31, 2013. On this Sunday families will gather to attend church, eat, hunt for Easter Eggs and many other family traditions. Here in the Indianapolis area there are several Easter activities for families including a trip to the library for your favorite Easter stories. Or, try a new one - there are a lot this year!

Favorite Books for Easter:

He Is Risen Rechenka's Eggs The Golden Egg Book The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown


Indianapolis Area Easter Egg Hunts:

Springtime in Indianapolis is a really beautiful time. This year, Easter is a little early so the weather could go either way. But cold weather or not, your kids are going to want to participate in an Easter egg hunt or two. Many local churches, parks and non-profit organizations host Easter egg hunts. If you aren't sure where to take the kids, this list may come in handy.

New Easter Books for 2013:

Chester’s Colorful eggs The Bad Easter Bunny Easter Bunny on the Loose! Marley and the Great East Egg Hunt The Little Gray Bunny
Chick’s Work of Art Happy Easter! Easter Egg Haunt Wake Up, It’s Easter! The Easter Bunny’s Assistant
Piggy Bunny Lily’s Easter Party God Gave Us Easter Benjamin’s Box The Legend of the Sand Dollar
Easter Sweets and Treats Easter Origami Lily’s Easter Party Decorating Eggs Simon and the Easter Miracle
Easter Paper Crafts for Easter Emma’s Easter

Easter eBooks:

Easter Downloadable Audio:

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services







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Passover Celebrating Now Remembering Then

Passover this year is from March 25 - April 2, 2013. During Passover Jewish people remember how their ancestors left slavery behind them when they were led out of Egypt by Moses. The Passover celebration lasts for seven or eight days, depending on where you live.

On the night before Passover starts, there is a special meal called a Seder. Families read the story of how the Israelites fled from Egypt from a book called the Haggadah. An extra cup is on the table and the door is left open for Elijah. Jews believe that the prophet Elijah will reappear to announce the coming of the Messiah.

The books and websites on this page can be enjoyed by families celebrating Passover themselves or by families who would like to learn about the Passover traditions of their friends and neighbors.


Favorite Passover Books:

Passover Celebrating Now Remembering Then Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah Private Joel and the Sewell Mountain Seder Passover! The Matzo Ball Boy
Wonders and Miracles a Passover Companion Matzah Man a Passover Story Miriam's Cup Matzah That Papa Brought Home

New Passover Books:

The Longest Night: A Passover Story Grover and Big Bird’s Passover Celebration The Passover Lamb Jodie’s Passover Adventure Izzy the Whiz and Passover
A Sweet Passover The Elijah Door The Passover Zoo Seder Hoppy Passover! Tale of Two Seders
Sarah’s Passover Passover

Passover eBooks:

Book Recommendations By Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa – Classics & New


December is a great time to share favorite stories; there are just so many old holiday favorites to choose from to get your family into the holiday spirit. On this page you will find Chistmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa classics as well as brand new 2012s that just might be classics in the making.

Favorite Christmas Stories:

Arthur's Christmas The Best Christmas Pageant Ever How the Grinch Stole Christmas Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
Night Before Christmas Nutcracker Polar Express Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa's Book of Names The Story of Holly and Ivy The Twelve Days of Christmas Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

Favorite Hanukkah Stories:

Chanukkah Guest Eight Wild Nights Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night

NoTimeForFlashcards Blog: Picture Books About Hanukkah

Favorite Kwanzaa Stories:

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa Seven Spools of Thread

New Christmas Books:

A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus The Birds of Bethlehem Christmas Parade The Christmas Quiet Book The Christmas Story: The Brick Bible for Kids
The Christmas Tugboat Christmas Wombat Christmastime Cowboy Christmas Dinosaur vs. Santa
The Friendly Beasts The Christmas Crisis How Do Dinosaurs say Merry Christmas Just Right for Christmas The Night Before Christmas, Deep Under the Sea
The Night Santa Got Lost Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List Pete the Cat Saves Christmas Santa from Cincinnati Santa on the Loose!
Santa Retires The Santa Trap Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas Together at Christmas Tom the Christmas Elf
Turkey Claus Who Built the Stable?

New Hanukkah Books:

Caleb’s Hanukkah The Count’s Hanukkah Countdown Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap
The Golem's Latkes The Hanukkah Hop How do Dinosaurs say Happy Chanukah? Jeremy’s Dreidel Maccabee Meals
Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles

New Kwanzaa Books

Kwanzaa Kwanzaa Kwanzaa Kwanzaa: Count and Celebrate! Kevin’s Kwanzaa
Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa
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Balloons Over BroadwayEven the smallest of us know that it is a good thing to always remember to say "thank you!"

Thanksgiving stories are a great way to remember together the many things we can be thankful for...for one thing...we can be glad SOMEBODY REMEMBERED TO MAKE DINNER. (See: Thanksgiving at the Tappletons')

Listed below are some new Thanksgiving titles for 2012 and some favorites that qualify for "read it again!" Librarian's favorite? Balloons Over Broadway. Who can resist learning about those big balloons?



NEW Thanksgiving Books for 2012:

Bear Says Thank You Grace's Thanksgiving Let's Throw a Thanksgiving Party Sarah Gives Thanks Splat Says Thank-You
Thanksgiving What Is Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Origami Paper Crafts for Thanksgiving

Don't Miss These Thanksgiving Favorites:

10 Fat Turkeys Arthur's Thanksgiving I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Run Turkey Run
Thanks for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks Thanksgiving Mice!
Turkey Pox

Books recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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