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6Feb/140

Read Right Now! VALENTINE’S DAY

Read Right Now! books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!


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Read Mommy Loves Me - Mommy kisses, and Mommy hugs. But what else does she do? This charming book, featuring heartwarming illustrations of baby animals spending time with their mommies, will make moms want to cuddle up and read with their young ones.

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Read Mommy Loves Me - Soft, warm, safe, strong - in our early years, Mommy is the center of our world. Celebrate the special bond between mom and child with this lovingly illustrated book.

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Valentine's Day Favorites:

Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine Arthur’s Valentine One Zillion Valentines The Valentine Bears
It’s Valentine’s Day The Day It Rained Hearts Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink Clifford’s First Valentine
Froggy’s First Kiss Little Bear’s Valentine If You’ll Be My Valentine Love Splat
Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch You're Loveable to Me Note the Great and the Mushy Valentine Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool

Valentine's Day eBooks & eAudio:

Learn About Valentine's Day:

What is Valentine’s Day Let’s Throw a Valentine’s Day party! Valentine’s day Valentine’s Day Origami
Valentine’s Day Sweets and Treats Valentine Be Mine I Haiku You Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day Crafts Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day Funny Valentine’s Day jokes
Valentine’s Day

New Valentine's Day Books:

Mouse and Mole, Secret Valentine Consider Love Melvin’s Valentine Never too Little to Love
The Max and Milo Mixed-Up Message Foxy In Love The Valentine

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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23Dec/130

Read Right Now: A Christmas Carol

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Read Disney's A Christmas Carol - The timeless tale of an old miser who must face Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come, is re-imagined by cinematic visionary Robert Zemeckis. The three Ghosts remind Scrooge of the man he once used to be, the cold truth of who he is today, and what will happen if Scrooge does not strive to be a better man for tomorrow! Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card. See books below for more downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks.

Find even MORE free online reading at Read Right Now! Christmas & Read Right Now! Free Online Books & Stories

Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users - Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
  • WeGiveBooks eBooks - To view books available through WeGiveBooks you need to set up a Username & Password in WeGiveBooks - it is very easy and FREE.
  • Disney Free Downloadables - To view Disney Downloadables you will need your IndyPL Library Card and Password to Login. If you don't live in Indianapolis - check with your library, they may have the Disney Collection too!
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9Jun/130

Father’s Day

My Dad!

June 16th, Father's Day, is just one week away. This is the perfect time to find some great books about Dads and Grandpas and to find the perfect craft that will show Dad how much fun he is!

Websites:

New Father's Day Books:

Always Daddy’s Princess Because I’m Your Dad Big Brave Daddy Daddies Do It Different Giddy-Up Daddy!
Hug a Bull: An Ode to Animal Dads I Love My Daddy My Dad! My Dad is Big and Strong, but -- My Dad Thinks He is Funny
Saturday is Dadurday Saturday With Daddy When a Dad Says “I Love You” When Dads Don’t Grow Up Grandpa’s Tractor
How to Babysit a Grandpa My grandpa

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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26Mar/130

Report Reveals Reading Bad for Kids Before Age Five

April Fools!

Of course!

A little early, but hey, what good are websites and book titles if you don't see the ideas before you need them? You have six days to get ready, now go have a little fun of your own:

And just so we're clear:

Reading is GREAT for kids before age five. The BEST.

Plenty of reports show it, like these:

Books:

Barnyard Fun April Fool, Phyllis! Zelda and Ivy: Keeping Secrets Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day April Fool!  Watch Out at School!
April Foolishness Michael le Souffle and the April Fool April Fools!

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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24Mar/130

Easter

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

Websites

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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22Mar/130

Passover

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.

Websites:

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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16Mar/130

St. Patrick’s Day

 

New Books:

The Leprechaun Under the Bed The Story of the Leprechaun Ten Lucky Leprechauns Green Shamrocks St. Patrick’s Day

eBooks:

And I should have included the e-books:

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, Dear Dragon Let’s Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day Favorites

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever! Good Luck! A Fine St. Patrick’s Day
Paper Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day Let’s Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party! Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day What is St. Patrick’s Day? St. Patrick’s Day
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16Jan/130

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

I Have a Dream

Monday, January 21, 2013 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here at the Library we're closed, but there are a lot of Indianapolis attractions that are open with FREE activities. Take a look at the choices: Indianapolis Downtown Inc. Calendar of Events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2013.

You can learn a lot together about Martin Luther King. Jr. in some favorite and new books listed below, or by looking at these websites.  You can also make a craft to honor and remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s work - find one on the Ready to Read Pinterest Board: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Websites:

Favorite Books:

Coretta Scott I Have a Dream March On Marching for Freedom Martin's Big Words

Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963:

Bobby Kennedy Announces Martin Luther King's Death, Indianapolic, IN 1968:

New Books:

Coretta Scott King I Have  Dream Marching to the Mountaintop Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
My Uncle Martin’s Words for America We March What Was Your Dream, Dr. King
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10Dec/120

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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9Nov/120

Thanksgiving

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?

Websites

Books

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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