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Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World

The Nutcracker is a German story written in the early 1800s by E.T.A. Hoffmann about a girl whose favorite Nutcracker comes to life, battles an evil Mouse King and then takes her to a magical kingdom of dolls. The story was turned into a ballet by composer Tchaikovsky. Attending a production of the Nutcracker ballet is a common Christmas tradition in the US.

At the Library you can try one of the many picture book versions of The Nutcracker, like The Nutcracker in Harlem, set In Harlem in the 1920s. It’s fun to read about the different customs and traditions of people all over the world who celebrate Christmas.

Here is an artifact that shows you a Christmas tradition from Europe. This creche, or nativity scene, is from Poland and is an Artifact at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

“Christmas nativity scenes are replicas of the birth of Jesus, which is the story taken from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Nativity sets are an essential part of the Christmas celebration all around the world. Many of the nativity scenes today originated with German crèches, a French word for “crib” or “manger.” Christmas Nativity creches representing Mary, Joseph and others around the crib of baby Jesus at the Bethlehem stable have a long-standing tradition in Poland. During the holiday season you will find one in every church. Krakow boasts a unique tradition of creches shaped after the Krakow church of St. Mary. Each creche is hand-crafted by various professional artists and amateurs, and entered in an annual competition.”

Choose one of the books below to experience Christmas from another time period or from a part of the world different than your own!


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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.

Too Many TamalesThe Night of Las PosadasThe Legend of the PoinsettiaThe All I'll Ever Want Christmas DollNine Days to Christmas12 Days of ChristmasA Kenya ChristmasA Stork in a Boabab TreeBaboushka and the Three KingsCharro ClausCraft It Up Christmas Around the WorldGrace at ChristmasHallelujah a Christmas CelebrationJoy to the World Christmas Stories from Around the WorldKatie's London ChristmasLa Noche BuenaThe Legend of Old BefanaThe Flying Canoe a Christmas StoryThe Little Match GirlThe Night Before ChristmasThe Wee Christmas CabinTree of CranesTwas NochebuenaWhen Christmas Feels Like HomeYoon and the Christmas Mitten
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Middle Ages

Middle Ages

The Totally Gross History of Medieval Europe

The Middle Ages, or Medieval period, lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. This period is well known for the Bubonic Plague, feudalism (a social structure of knights, nobles & peasants), and castles.

Today, the Bubonic Plague kills about 120 people a year. In the 14th Century, during the Middle Ages, it swept through Europe, Asia and African and killed an estimated 50 million people. 50. Million. The population of Indianapolis is about 865,000. 50 million people is Indianapolis about 60 times. That is A LOT of people. Back then, people did not know about bacteria and how simple hand washing can keep disease from spreading.

In The Totally Gross History of Medieval Europe you can learn about what it would have been like to be alive during this time period. The books and resources below will give you a good look at even more details about life in a castle or on a farm during this time.


Websites, Activities & Printables:

World History in Context LogoWorld History in Context: The Middle Ages is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. World History in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about the Middle Ages.​

 

Novelist K-8 Logo

NoveList K-8: Stories about the Middle Ages is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read set in the time of the Middle Ages. 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.

DK Knights and CastlesEyewitness KnightA Medieval FeastWho Wants to be a Princess?If You Were a Kid in a Medieval CastleKnights Secrets of Medieval WarriorsMedieval LegoMinecraft Medieval FortressThe Adventures of Sir Lancelot the GreatThe Hawk of the Castle a Story of Medieval FalconryYou Wouldn't Want to be in a Medieval DungeonMedieval LifeArts and Crafts Knights and CastlesCrispin The Cross of LeadGood Masters Sweet LadiesGreat Medieval ProjectsKing ARthur Tales from the Round TableFast Tracker Knights and CastlesThe Midwife's ApprenticeRanger's Apprentice The Ruins of GorlanSir Gawain and the Green Knight
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Drawing Books for Kids

Drawing Books for Kids

Drawing Fantastic Dragons

We have a lot of drawing books for kids at the library. You can find one for just about any interest you have. You can learn to draw NASCAR, forest animals, sea creatures, cartoon characters, buildings and much more.  How to Draw Dragons is a great place to start learning how to draw the action poses and details of fantastical creatures. Some of the books feature simple cartoon style drawings and others, for more experienced artists, go into great detail. Each one includes step-by-step directions though, so even if you are a beginner you can create some pretty amazing pictures. You can start right now by checking out an e-book with your IndyPL library card or come into one of our branches to check out print books. We also have graphic novels starring your favorite characters!

 


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.

Ed Emberley's How to Draw Monsters and Other Scary StuffHow to Draw Almost EverythingHow to Draw DinosaursLearn to Draw Star WarsLearn to Draw Your Favorite Disney Pixar CharactersReady Set Draw Sea CreaturesYoung Artists Draw MangaHow to Draw AnimeKids Draw MangaHow to Write a Comic BookYou Can Draw MangaThe Ultimate Guide to Creating ComicsHow to Draw Superman and His Friends and FoesHow to Draw Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern and Other DC Super HeroesDraw Comics and Graphic NovelsComics: Investigate the History and Technology of American Cartooning
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Native Americans

Native Americans

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:

US History in Context Logo

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.​

 

Novelist K-8 Logo

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.

The MiamisSalt
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Scary Stories

Scary Stories

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!

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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.

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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