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Meet Kate DiCamillo – Central Library, November 18th

Meet Kate DiCamillo – Central Library, November 18th

Kate DiCamilloLouisiana's Way HomeYou are invited to meet award-winning children’s author Kate DiCamillo who will be in Indianapolis November 18th to talk about her new book, Louisiana’s Way Home. After her presentation, Kate will sign and personalize an unlimited number of the new book, and one additional backlist title per person.

Websites, Activities & Printables:

  • Printables about Kate’s books including discussion guides, audio clips, activity guides, interviews and more.

More Books by Kate DiCamillo:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Because of Winn DixieBink and GollieFlora and UlyssesLa La LaLouise the Adventures of a ChickenMercy Watson to the RescueRaymie NightingaleThe Magician's ElephantThe Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneThe Tale of DespereauxThe Tiger Rising
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Native Americans

Native Americans

More Homework Help – History & Social Studies

Edward S. Curtis Chronicles Native NtionsEdward S. Curtis was an American photographer born in 1868. His specialty was taking pictures of the American West and Native Americans. He had a vision to document as much Native American tradition and culture as he could before their way of life disappeared.

In Native Nations you will learn about Curtis’s life, but also learn about how he became interested in documenting the lives of the people he saw and why he felt it was so important to capture these images. Thank goodness he did! The book includes many of his photographs. These are not re-enactments. These are not models or actors dressed in traditional clothes. These are photographs taken of real people in the actual time period. The images capture what a person would have seen at the time with his or her own eyes. Curtis was a photo-journalist long before anyone thought to use that term. Listed below are more websites and books to help you learn about Native Americans.

To give you a start looking at what their life was like, you can look at some historical artifacts like this cradleboard which is part of the collection of Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Cradleboard – “Native American mothers, aunts, and grandmothers demonstrated their love and hope for infants by creating elaborately decorated cradle covers or cradleboards. They used beads, pain, wood, or tacks to make special carriers for their infants. Mothers carried their babies in the cradleboards, like this one, or strapped it to the side of a horse. It was easy to prop the cradleboard with the infant near a tree or dwelling while the mother performed daily chores. Many elders believed cradleboards “socialized” infants when worn because it brought the child to the eye level of the adults.” More Native American Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.


Websites, Activities & Printables:

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U.S. History in Context: Native Americans is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about Native Americans.​

 

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NoveList K-8: Stories about Native Americans is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read about Native Americans. Click on “Check the Library Catalog” to see if IndyPL has the book.


Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

U-X-L Encyclopedia of Native American TribesNative Americans a Visual ExplorationHands on History Native AmericansBuckskin Dresses and Pumpkin BreechesLooks Like Daylight Voices of Indigenous KidsBones on the GroundChildren of the TipiBefore ColumbusExploring the Life, Myth and Art of Native AmericansDo All Indians Live in TipisTurtle IslandNative American HeroesSequoyahHiawatha and the PeacemakerRed CloudTecumsehUndefeated Jim ThorpePaiute PrincessChester Nez and the Unbreakable CodeSitting BullThe Rough Face GirlThe Legend of the Indian PaintbrushThe Legend of the BluebonnetBuffalo Bird GirlCrossing Bok ChittoHow Raven Got His Crooked NoseTricksterThe Birchbark HouseMakoonsGhost HawkIn the Footsteps of Crazy HorseFatty LegsHow I Became a GhostThe Spirit Trackers

Indiana Books & WebsitesFocus on Indiana:

The Miami, Potawatomi, Kickapoo, Mascoutens, Delaware (Lenape), Shawnee were some of the Native Americans that lived in Indiana before settlers came here. One of the most well-known Native Americans from Indiana is the Miami Chief, Little Turtle. The websites and books below will help you learn more about Native Americans who lived in Indiana.

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Scary Stories

Scary Stories

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Are You Afraid Yet

Do you actually like being scared? Lots of kids do. You can read about actual haunted houses and reports of ghosts or read made up stories starring vampires, werewolves ghosts. Some of our very favorite goosebump giving stories are listed below.  Are You Afraid Yet explains the science behind some things we think are scary. What do scientists say about mummies and ghosts? Reading this one might make you feel better, but reading the stories below, might make you want to sleep with your light on!

Websites:


Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Books:

BunniculaBunnicula – Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.


The Cold PeopleThe Cold People – Adam and his friends are exploring the forest near Spooksville when they come across huge blocks of ice hidden among the trees. They decide to melt one, but when they do, a strange man comes out of the ice and tries to grab them. The man has very cold hands, and his eyes aren’t too warm either! Soon there are dozens of Cold People running around Spooksville freezing everyone. It seems like nothing can stop them. But Adam and his friends have an idea that just might save the day.


CoralineCoraline – Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.


The Eyeball CollectorThe Eyeball Collector – When a blackmail artist reveals a secret from the past, wealthy Hector Fitzbaudly ends up losing his social standing and fortune, prompting him to seek revenge on the man responsible for the act, the sinister Eyeball Collector.


The Ghost of Crutchfield HallThe Ghost of Crutchfield Hall – In the nineteenth century, Florence Crutchfield leaves a London orphanage to live with her great-uncle, great-aunt, and sickly cousin James, but she soon realizes the home has another resident, who means to do her and James harm.


The Graveyard BookThe Graveyard Book – Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.


The Halloween TreeThe Halloween Tree – A group of children and a “spirit” go back through time to discover the beginnings of Halloween.


Killer PizzaKiller Pizza – While working as summer employees in a local pizza parlor, three teenagers are recruited by an underground organization of monster hunters. Sequel: The Slice


The Legend of Sleepy HollowThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow – A superstitious schoolmaster, in love with a wealthy farmer’s daughter, has a terrifying encounter with a headless horseman.


The Monster Book of Creature FeaturesThe Monster Book of Creature Features – A mash-up of the first three books in the Wiley & Grampa’s Creature Features series finds Wiley and his goofy grandfather tackling numerous mythical creatures with the help of no-nonsense Gramma and a gang of neighborhood friends.


The Night GardenerThe Night Gardener – Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.


A Nightware on Clown StreetA Nightmare on Clown Street – Joining his uncle for a summer at the circus, Ray becomes a clown-in-training, but strange things start happening and he wonders about a place called “Clown Street” that even the other clowns are afraid to go to.


Revenge of the WitchRevenge of the Witch – Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from “ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties.


Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkScary Stories to Tell in the Dark – This spooky book of American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright. There is a story here for everyone — skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney. Stephen Gammell’s splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories — and even scary songs — all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark. If you dare!


The Seer of ShadowsThe Seer of Shadows – In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer’s apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn.


A Tale DArk and GrimmA Tale Dark and Grimm – Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms’ fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.


Wait Til Helen ComesWait Til Helen Comes – Heather likes to get her older stepbrother and stepsister into trouble. When the family moves to the country, Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen. Heather’s strange behavior concerns her siblings, but when Helen the ghost actually appears, concern diminishes into fear.


The WikkelingThe Wikkeling – Henrietta and her pals Gary and Rose all have headaches with an unknown cause and experience other strange incidents–including the appearance of a threatening creature called the Wikkeling–and are hopeful that an ancient bestiary can help solve these mysteries.


The WitchesThe Witches – A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches’ plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice.

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Star Wars

Star Wars

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It’s Star Wars Reads Month! Have a happy one! You don’t have to wait for a special month to enjoy Star Wars though, you can have reading adventures with your favorite Star Wars characters EVERY day.

There are chapter books, graphic novels, craft books, printables, activities and more to celebrate your favorite Star Wars characters. Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Websites & Activities:

 


Museum Artifacts:

Han Solo in CarboniteHan Solo in Carbonite – This replica of the original Han Solo prop was made from the actual molds created for the Star Wars films. In The Empire Strikes Back, the character Han Solowas captured by bounty hunter Boba Fett. Solo was flash-frozen in carbonite-alive, yet entombed. He hung as a trophy on Jabba the Hutt’s wall until being rescuedby his Rebel friends in the film, Return of the Jedi.

Millenium FalconStar Wars Millenium Falcon & Two Figures – Never tell me the odds! could well be Han Solo’s motto. Not the fresh faced hero of George Lucas’ film, Lucas considered Han Solo “a loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good.” From smuggler to TCM Logo 150general for the rebel alliance, Solo along with fellow adventurer Chewbacca formed a team in the classic tale of good versus evil which blended the best of old-fashioned cliffhangers and science fiction with groundbreaking special effects. This 1981 toy Millennium Falcon was made by Kenner. Toys released after Star Wars in 1977 launched the trend of “mega-marketing” major movies with products. A new generation of fans discovered the Star Wars series with the release of episodes I, II, and III between 1999 and 2005.


Books:

Darth Vader and FriendsEdge of the GalaxyFinn and the First OrderJedi AcademyReturn of the Dark SideStar Wars AliensThe Adventures of C-3POThe Life and Legend of Obi Wan-KenobiThe Phantom Menace StorybookRey's StoryThe Empire Strikes BackThe Force AwakensSkywalker Strikes Volume OneStar Wars Darth Vader Volume OneStar Wars Rebel HeroesVader Down Volume OneThe Strange Case of Origami YodaRebel ForceDark Horse Comics

Non-Fiction:

Star Wars Character EncyclopediaStar Wars Galactic MapsStar Wars the Force Awakens Incredible Cross-SectionsThe Force Awakens Visual DictionaryThe Amazing Book of Lego Star WarsThe Amazing Book of Star WarsStar Wars The Complete Visual DictionaryLego Star Wars the Visual DictionaryWho Are the JediStar Wars Rebels the Visual GuideThe Secret Life of DroidsBeware the SithStar Wars Incredible VehiclesStar Wars Complete VehiclesLego Star Wars in 100 ScenesLego Star Wars The Dark SideStar Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to KnowStar Wars Science Fair BookStar Wars Cook Book
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Pioneers

Pioneers

More Homework Help – History & Social Studies

Presenting Buffalo BillIn American history, the time period know as the Old West is the time between the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and the last continental state, Arizona, being added to the Union in 1912 (two states were added later, Hawaii and Alaska). People living during this time period are well known for populating the land west of the Mississippi. Stories from this time period often recount the legendary deeds of explorers, trappers, and mountain men. One of those people is William Frederick Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill. Buffalo Bill is one of the most well-known larger-than-life figures of the American West. He served for the Union during the Civil War, was a scout for the US Army, received the Medal of Honor in 1872, performed in shows depicting life on the frontier and founded Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

By reading about an event from the perspective of different people, you can get a more well-rounded idea of what that event or time period was really like. You can do the same thing by reading books that tell you about the different people, customs and events of a certain time period. Listed below are books, websites & databases that will help you learn about pioneering and the Old West.

To give you a start looking at what life was like in the American West, here is a Conestoga Wagon, an Artifact at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “Hundreds of years ago, travelers depended on wagons and carriages just as we depend on our cars today. Made in Pennsylvania about 1803, this wagon hauled farm produce or machinery. As pioneers moved west, families used wagons like this one to move all of their family belongings and tools west of the Appalachian Mountains.”

More Pioneer Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.


Websites, Activities & Printables:

 

US History in Context Logo

U.S. History in Context: Homesteading & the Oregon Trail – A database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about the American West, pioneers and the frontier.​

 

Novelist K-8 Logo

NoveList K-8: Stories about Pioneers and the American West is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read set in the time of the American West. “Check the Library Catalog” to see if IndyPL has the book.


Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Bad News for OutlawsDressing a NationDaniel BooneThe Donner PartyExplorers Trappers and PioneersGreat Pioneer ProjectsWild Women of the Wild WestHow to Get Rich on the Oregon TrailYou Wouldn't Want to Be an American PioneerSeed By SeedPainting the Wild FrontierThe Westward MovementYou Wouldn't Want to Live in a Wild West TownHornbooks and InkwellsTexas RangersVoices of the Western FrontierThe Ballad of Lucy WhippleCaddie WoodlawnDonner Dinner PartyHattie Big SkyLittle House on the PrairieMay BSarah Plain and TallWoods Runner

Indiana Books & Websites:

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AloneThe Bears of Blue riverThe Conners of conner PrairieLog Cabin in the WoodsMy Brother AbeOllie's Cabin in the WoodsA Place Called FreedomSalt a Story of FriendshipThe School at Crooked CreekWhere the River GrinsBlossoms on the RoofThe Floating House
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