If 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!
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
- writer’s workshop
- local book club conference
- coloring and face painting for kids
- author signings
- vendor merchandise
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.
- PAWS to Read at College Avenue Branch
- PAWS to Read at Eagle Branch
- PAWS to Read at Glendale Branch
- PAWS to Read at Lawrence Branch
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?
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:
- Printable: DC Comics Make Your Own Crest
- Printable: Superman Coloring Page
- Printable: Wonder Woman Coloring Page
- Printable: Flash Coloring Page
- Printable: DC Heroes Spot the Difference
- Printable: Spiderman Maze
- Printable: Guardians of the Galaxy Coloring Page
- Printable: Avenger Heroes Coloring Page
- DC Comics: Activities & Printables
- Marvel Comics: Activities & Printables
FREE Online Superhero Comic Books for Kids:
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?
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.
More FREE Online Reading:
- More Free DC Comics for Kids
- More Free Marvel Comics for Kids
- Download and Stream for Kids – Free with your indyPL Library Card.
I’m sure you’ve heard people say that dogs are man’s best friend. 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 American 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.