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Diverse Superheroes for Kids

Diverse Superheroes for Kids

Batgirl New Hero of the NightIf you passed out a quiz and asked people to name superheroes, chances are the first names to appear on their lists would be Superman, Batman or Spiderman. You can see the three letters these names all have in common! If you start to make a list though, you notice that over the years superheroes have become a really interesting and diverse group. Some are children, some are women, some are Hispanic or African-American, and they are not all from fictionalized American cities like Metropolis or Gotham City. Listed below are books that tell the stories of a wonderfully diverse cast of superhero characters. Who doesn’t want to see themselves as a superhero? I do, and I can! Batgirl is a librarian!

Miles Morales the Ultimate SpidermanThe Unbeatable Squirrel GirlSupergirl Takes OffThe Gumazing Gum Girl: Chews Your DestinyMs Marvel's Fists of FuryWonder Woman Warrior for JusticeZapato PowerSuperheroLucia the LuchadoraNino Wrestles the WorldThe Adventures of SparrowboySuper Oscar
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Juneteenth & Indy Book Fest – Central Library

Juneteenth & Indy Book Fest – Central Library

June 19th is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery. Why this day? On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers arrived in Texas and spread the word that President Lincoln had delivered his Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863…two YEARS earlier. Back in those days, it took news A LOT longer to travel! Plus, in this case, there were people who deliberately kept the news from traveling. Here is the timeline:

1. January 1, 1863 The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order made by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. It declared slaves in the Confederacy free. It affected some slaves, but not all of them.

  • 2. June 19, 1865 Freedom Day in Texas – Texas was very remote back then and news traveled slow. It also took a long time for the Union army to makes its way to Texas. On June 19, a Union General read out loud “General Order No. 3”, announcing the total emancipation of slaves in Texas. The day became known as “Juneteenth” (“June” plus “nineteenth”) and is widely celebrated today in Texas and across the country, as an important day commemorating the freeing of slaves in America.

3. December 6, 1865 The Thirteenth Amendment This amendment to the Constitution completely abolished slavery and involuntary servitude except as the punishment of a crime.

Join us on Saturday, June 16, Juneteenth, at Central Library for our 1st Annual Indy Book Fest –  You are invited for activities that celebrate the African American experience.  With the theme, “Words of Strength: A Juneteenth Celebration,” there will be indoor and outdoor presentations throughout the Library including:

  • arts & crafts
  • ethnic food
  • writers, spoken word poets
  • visual artists
  • storytellers
  • musicians
  • writer’s workshop
  • local book club conference
  • coloring and face painting for kids
  • author signings
  • vendor merchandise


Abraham Lincoln the Great EmancipatorBen and the Emancipation ProclamationDays of JubileeEmancipation Proclamation Lincoln and the Dawn of LibertyEmancipation ProclamationFifty Cents and a Dream Young Booker T. WashingtonFreedom's Gifts a Juneteenth StoryHope's GiftHow Abraham Lincoln Ended SlaveryJuneteenthJuneteenthJuneteenthJuneteenthJuneteenth JamboreeLift Every Voice and SingThe Story of JuneteenthWhen Were the Slaves First Set Free After the Civil War
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Superhero Service Dogs

Superhero Service Dogs

A service dog is specially trained to help people who have a disability. The most commonly known service dogs are probably guide dogs who help people who are blind. A service dog can also help someone with a hearing impairment or other physical disability that makes it hard for them to move safely on their own. A service dog can also use its especially good senses to help people who have anxiety or seizures or diabetes. Service dogs are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. This means they are allowed to go anywhere their person needs to go, even if dogs are not normally allowed there, like on airplanes or in restaurants. Rescue and Jessica is the story of girl who lost her legs and the service dog who helps her.

A therapy dog is also a specially trained helper dog. A therapy dog’s job is different than a service dog though. A therapy dog is trained to comfort people. They are especially good at making people feel safe and calm. Therapy dogs visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools or disaster areas where people might be feeling anxious or afraid. Therapy dogs are not protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Therapy dogs need to be invited to go to the places they visit. Moose! The Reading Dog is the story of a dog who visits libraries to listen to children read. Moose is a good listener. He is a great friend for kids who might feel anxious while reading because reading is hard for them. Have you ever felt nervous at school because you had to read out loud while the whole class listened? Many children do. Moose helps kids feel less anxious because he is quiet and patient. Moose doesn’t mind mistakes! He says, “Sometimes they show me the pictures. Sometimes they tell me the story.” He is a great friend for reading practice!

Did you know that you can go to IndyPL branches to read to dogs?

If you are just beginning to read or have trouble feeling anxious when asked to read out loud, you are invited to read to one of our visiting non-judgmental registered therapy dogs who love to listen to stories! It’s a great way to improve and get more confident about reading out loud.



Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eBooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?Overdrive Logo
Dog HeroesTuesday Takes Me There
Or, use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN (What’s My PIN?) to set up a Hoopla account to check out FREE e-books. Click on a book jacket to begin.Hoopla
Dogs to the Rescue Service DogsMy Hero Service DogsDogs to the Rescue Therapy DogsHero Therapy Dogs

Print Books:

Animals Helping with HealingCraig and FredGuide DogsHelen Keller's Best Friend BelleNadine My Funny and Trust Guide DogSeizure Alert DogsSmiley a Journey of LoveTherapy DogsTuesday Tucks Me In
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Free Superhero E-comics for Kids – Read Right Now!

Free Superhero E-comics for Kids – Read Right Now!

DC Super Friends

DC and Marvel Comics both publish several free comic book issues online. You can get read about traditional comic book characters like the Super Friends or Spiderman or maybe discover a character you have not heard of yet. Listed below are direct links to several DC and Marvel comic books as well as fun printable superhero activities and e-comic books you can check out with your IndyPL library card!

Printables, Crafts & More about Spring:

FREE Online Superhero Comic Books for Kids:

The Tiny TitansSupergirl Comic AdventureDC Super FriendsTeen Titans GoBatman and the BoldBilly Batson and the Magic of ShazamJustice League UnlimitedThe Batman StrikesMeet Ms MarvelUltimate SpidermanAvengersGuardians of the Galaxy


Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online e-books from Overdirve. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?
Comic Chapter Book BatmanComic Chapter Book SupermanMinionPowerlessPublic School SuperheroShredderman Secret IdentitySidekickedSidekicksWonder Woman at Super Hero High
Or, use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN (What’s My PIN?) to set up a Hoopla account to check out FREE e-comics. Click on a book jacket to begin.Hoopla Logo
Chakra InvincibleEartha Kitt Femme FataleGuardians of the Galaxy Friends and FoesNick the SidekickScooby Doo Team UpStar Trek Assignment EarthSuperduck Superhero fo th eDayTeen Titans Go Party PartyTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesThe Muppet Show Muppet Mash

More FREE Online Reading:

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Amazing and True Animal Stories

Amazing and True Animal Stories

I’m sure you’ve heard people say that dogs are man’s best friend.Animal Stories When you read some of these books, you’ll discover that there are a lot of animals that have been man’s best friend as well as best friends to each other! Who would have thought that a deer and a dog or a dog and a duck could be friends?

Some of these animals just have the best life stories. Some are famous, like Koko the gorilla that learned Puppy Love True Stories of DevotionAmerican Sign Language. Or the 21 elephants that walked across the Brooklyn Bridge when it was built, just to prove it was safe! Or Eclipse, the dog in Seattle that learned how to catch the bus to the dog park all by himself!

Check out some of these books for amazing stories about some special members of the animal kingdom.

Unlikely Animal Friendships:

Tarra and BellaSuryia and RoscoeOwen and MzeeRickie and HenryOne Big Happy FamilyTwo BobbiesKate and PippinLenore Finds a FriendThe Tiger Cubs and the ChimpUnlikely Friendships The Leopard and the CowUnlikely Friendships The Dog and the PigletUnlikely Friendships The Monkey and the Dove

Loyal Friends to People:

Stubby the War DogFinding WinnieHachiko the True Story of a Loyal DogHelen Keller's Best Friend BelleEmi and the Rhinocerous ScientistLittle Dog LostKoko LoveJack and JillMidnightStep Right UpTuesday Takes Me ThereTuesday Tucks Me InRags Hero Dog of World War IDarling Mercy Dog of World War IFly Cher Ami FlyWar DogsNubsBunny the Brave War HorseHachiko WaitsDadblamed Union Army CowThe Donkey of Gallipoli

Amazing True Animal Stories:

Bob the Railway DogClara the True Story of the Rhinocerous Who Dazzled KingsDog on BoardDozer's RunElephants Can Paint TooHerbertEllie's Long WalkFaithful ElephantsElizabeth Queen of the SeasHope for WinterIvanThe Giraffe That Walked to ParisLily a True Story of CourageLooking for MizaOut of the WoodsQueenieSaving the Baghdad ZooShep Our Most Loyal DogStayJumbo the Most Famous Elephant in the WorldThe World's Greatest ElephantWonder HorseZeraffa Giraffa
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