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Black History: Scientists and Inventors

Black History: Scientists and Inventors

All About Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C. J. Walker is recognized as America’s first female self-made millionaire. Walker made her fortune inventing and selling beauty and hair products for black women through her company, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

You are invited to hear the author of All About Madam C.J. Walker, A’Lelia Bundles, discuss her book Thursday, February 22nd, 6:30pm at Central Library A’Lelia Madam Walker’s great-great granddaughter. Listed below are books, websites & databases that will help you learn about more African American scientists and inventors.

Here are two contributions from African American inventors, both are Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Madam C.J. Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower Sarah Breedlove Walker, better known as Madam C.J. Walker, was a central figure in the development of the African-American market for commercial beauty products. She developed a formula for hair growth and a steel straightening comb and ointment. Starting with door-to-door sales of these products, she built a business empire. Not only did the business bring her personal success, but it also opened up new job opportunities for African-American women as sales agents and Beauty Culturists.

Traffic Signal – Garrett Morgan worked to bring order to busy streets. In 1922 he observed an accident. After seeing the confusion, Morgan improved the stationary Stop and Go lights by adding a warning pause so that drivers knew the light was about to change. An African American, Morgan had difficulty promoting his ideas.

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black scientists and inventors, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.


Websites:

Biography in Context is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Login using your library card number and PIN. What’s My PIN? Biography in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about African American scientists and inventors.


eBooks:

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National Georgraphic Kids George Washington CarverWhat Color Is My World?

Books:

Mae JemisonAfrican American InventorsBrilliant African American Scientists 9 Exceptional LivesBlack InventorsBlack Stars African American InventorsCharles DrewDaniel Hale WilliamsGarrett MorganGeorge Washington CarverInspiring African American Inventors 9 Inspiring LivesLewis LatimerMadam C.J. Walker Inventor and MillionaireTicktock Banneker's ClockUrban Biologist Danielle Lee

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25 Olympic Books for Kids That Are Pure Gold

25 Olympic Books for Kids That Are Pure Gold

Long-Armed Ludy is the story of Olympic athlete Lucile Godbold. Lucile competed in track and field events at the 1922 Women’s World Games. The Women’s World Games were held when the International Olympic Committee refused to include women’s events in the 1924 Olympic Games. I did not know that happened! I had never heard of The Women’s World Games before. Lucile was a trailblazer! It takes a lot of hard work and practice to be an Olympic athlete. It also takes a lot of money. Find out how Lucile made it to the games with a little help from her friends! 

Listed below are more books, websites & databases that will help you learn about the history of Olympic competition and find out more about athletes like Lucile.

You can even view some online images of Olympic Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis like this 2002 Winter Olympics Banner. “The mascots of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics represented the land and culture of Utah and the American West. Inspired by images from ancient petroglyphs, Powder the Hare, Coal the Bear and Copper the Coyote were chosen as ideal icons for the 2002 Games.”

Websites:


eBooks:

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The Boys in the BoatThe OlympicsOlympic ExpertInside the Olympics

Print Books:

A Passion for VictoryAmerica's Champion SwimmerBright Path: Young Jim ThorpeDream Big Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Olympic GoldFreeze Frame Winter OlympicsHow to Train with a T Rex and Win 8 Gold MedalsJesse Owens Fastest Man AliveMassacre in MunichMiracle on IceNadia the Girl Who Couldn't Sit StillThrough Time OlympicsQueen of the TrackRun with MeSixteen Years in Sixteen SecondsSurfer of the CenturySwifter Higher StrongerThe Golden Girls of RioThe Wildest Race EverThe World's Greatest OlympiansTouch the SkyUndefeated Jim ThorpeWilma UnlimitedYou Wouldn't Want to Be a Greek Athlete
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20 Trivia Books to Entertain & Amaze

20 Trivia Books to Entertain & Amaze

 

Did you know it is impossible for most people to lick their own elbow? (Try it!) Are you “most people” or are you uniquely amazing? After reading one of these books full of human oddities and record breakers you too can be the life of the trivia party! You can recite all kinds of silly stories and fun facts or demonstrate one of your own amazing abilities! Maybe you can try to get in the record books yourself. Did you know there is actually a person who holds the record for most live rattlesnakes held in a mouth! If ever the advice “don’t try this at home” applied, it is for that one! Maybe try for the most socks put on one foot in 30 seconds instead!

 


eBooks:

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101 Amazing Facts About SharksFacts to Annoy Your TeacherStat Attack Crazy CarsNarnia TriviaTime for Kids Big Book of Answers

Print Books:

13.5 Incredible Things to Know About EverythingA World of InformationAmazing AnimalsAnimal Record BreakersBet You Didn't KnowFrightlopediaGaming Record BreakersGuinness World Records 2018Listopia Planet EarthMagic Treehouse Incredible Fact BookRipley's Believe It or Not 2018Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know125 Wacky Roadside AttractionsWWE Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
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Free Classic eBooks for Kids

Free Classic eBooks for Kids

Classic /ˈklasik/ Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind. Ex. “a classic novel”

If you were alive in 1917 when Central Library was built, this is what one of the bookcases in the children’s section might have looked like.

Listed below are 50 books for kids published before 1917 that were on the shelves back then. These books are classics, having stood the test of time. They have been favorites for more than 100 years! Click on any book jacket to read the book right now! You don’t even need to wait to check it out. These books are part of the public domain. Public domain means that since these books were published before 1923, they are not subject to copyright. That means you can read them for free! You can find even MORE classic books for kids to read for free at Read.gov: Classic Books and at The International Children’s Digital Library.


The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Adventures of Tom SawyerAesop's FablesAlice's Adventures in WonderlandAnne of Green GablesThe Arabian NightsBlack BeautyThe Blue Fairy BookThe Call of the WildA Christmas CarolCinderellaGrimm's Fairy TalesGulliver's TravelsHans BrinkerHans Christian Andersen StoriesHeidiJack and the BeanstackThe Journey to the Centre of the EarthThe Jungle BookKidnappedThe Legend of Sleepy HollowThe Little PrincessLittle WomenThe Merry Adventures of Robin HoodNights with Uncle RemusOliver TwistPeter and WendyPeter RabbitThe Pied Piper of HamlinPinocchioPollyanna width=The Princess and the GoblinRebecca of Sunnybrook FarmRip Van WinkleRobinson CrusoeThe Secret GardenSnow WhiteThe Story of the Champions of the Round TableThe Story of the Three PigsThe Swiss Family RobinsonThe Tales of Mother GooseThe Nutcracker and the Mouse KingThe Three MusketeersThrough the Looking GlassTreasure IslandTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the SeaA Visit from Saint NicholasWhite FangThe Wind in the WillowsThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz
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Andrew Luck Book Club

Andrew Luck Book Club

I often get recognized by my teammates and the media for my passion for Andrew Luck Book Club 150reading. And it’s no secret that I enjoy sharing suggestions for books with my teammates, family and friends. So starting this online book club felt like a natural and really fun opportunity. AndrewLuckBookClub.com will be a platform for me to share my love of reading with an even larger audience. By using #ALBookClub on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, let’s build a community of readers. ~ Andrew Luck

New for Spring 2017: Andrew Luck Takes Book Club to Airwaves – The Andrew Luck Book Club will air monthly on Monday nights at 9 p.m. on 90.1 FM, and listeners can also access the show via podcast.

 


Andrew’s Picks So Far:

The Trumpet of the SwanThe Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White Print, eBook, eAuidio, CD

Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter swan, finds himself far from his wilderness home when he determines to communicate by learning to play a stolen trumpet.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


The Autobiography of Santa ClausThe Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Jester Print

This story of St. Nicholas is based on historical facts and laced with the magic of legend told from the perspective of Santa himself. It is filled with details of Nicholas’s life, the beginnings of his gift giving, the expansion of his holiday calling, and more.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


The Phantom TollboothThe Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Jester Print, eBook,
CD

A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


ReunionReunion by Fred Uhlman Print

The story of two teenagers, Hans and Conrad, whose profound friendship is pulled apart by the Nazi regime and its toxic ideas.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Despite the HeightDespite the Height by Ivory Latta

The true story of Ivory Latta, one of the smallest women to play for the WNBA. Follow young Ivory as she learns to play basketball, perfect her game, and outplay her big brothers – all despite her height.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio Print, eBook

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2014-2015, 4-6 Nominee.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Black BeautyBlack Beauty by Anna Sewell Print, eBook, eAudio

A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Where the Sidewalk EndsWhere the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein Print

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author’s own drawings.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


The Lost Years of MerlinThe Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron Print, CD, eBook, eAudio

A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Zen ShortsZen Shorts by Jon J. Muth Print
When Stillwater, a giant panda, moves into the neighborhood, the stories he tells to three siblings teach them to look at the world in new ways. To Addie he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Number the StarsNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. Newbery Medal winner, 1990.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Little House on the PrairieLittle House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Pa’s homestead thrives, Laura gets her first job in town, blackbirds eat the corn and oats crops, Mary goes to college, and Laura gets into trouble at school, but becomes a certified school teacher.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


HatchetHatchet by Gary Paulsen Print, CD, eBook
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Maniac MageeManiac Magee by Jerry Spinelli Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries. Newbery Medal winner, 1991

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