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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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DIY Clubhouses, Forts & Models

DIY Clubhouses, Forts & Models

Build Your Own Fort Igloo and Other Hangouts

A lazy summer day is a great time to build your own fort or clubhouse. Listed below are two kinds of books. You can get ideas for help getting started on a model-size structure like a fairy house, lego or minecraft creation, or you can get ideas for a fort, clubhouse or tree house that you can build for yourself and your friends. There are also some books about interesting architects. Architects are people who design the homes and buildings we live and work in. They are artists who create on a giant scale.


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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.

The Fort That Jack BuiltThe Big Book of BuildingThe Better Tree FortBuilt to LastIn the Tree HouseFroggy Builds a Tree HouseDreaming UpCreating Fairy RetreatsThe Fort on Fourth StreetFrank Lloyd Wright for KidsBottle HousesBuilding BigBuilding on NatureFort Building TimeOliver Pig and the Best Fort EverTake Shelter at Home Around the WorldThe Illustrated Atlas of ArchitectureThe Lego ArchitectThe World is Not a RectangleAn Igloo on the Moon: Exploring ArchitectureCool StructuresLet's Build a ClubhouseUp In the LeavesCool Architecture
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DIY Dog Treats

DIY Dog Treats

Cool Pet TreatsMeasure, mix and stir something for your loyal four-legged friend. Below are some books with easy to follow step-by-step directions made with ingredients you probably already have at home. Your dog will beg for more! Pet Treats

We tried “Peanut Butter Pooches” which sound an awful lot like something people could eat. One for you and two for me!

Since Layle the dog was happily willing to demonstrate her patient obedience for these treats, I think they passed the dog taste test! These treats stayed nicely fresh in a ziploc bag too. Many more tail wagging recipes can be found in Cool Pet Treats or in any of the books listed below.


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.

Everything Cooking for Dogs BookThe Ultimate Dog Treat CookbookDIY For Your DogDoggy DessertsHome Cooking for Your Dog
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Dig In! Cookbooks for Kids

Dig In! Cookbooks for Kids

Cooking ClassCooking: 57 fun recipes kids will love to make (and eat!) explains basic cooking skills and recipes using fresh ingredients. You can try putting together a variety of different foods like granola bars, popcorn balls, quesadillas, and apple crisp.

Summer vacation is a great time to experiment in the kitchen. Listed below are websites as well as more eCookbooks and printed cookbooks you can check out with your indyPL library card. Try one out to get started putting together something delicious in your own kitchen. These books can help make cooking for yourself easy, fun, and GOOD – the most important part!


Websites, Activities & Printables:


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.

Little Monsters CookbookNational Geographic Kids CookbookNoodlemaniaTwist It UpAmerican Girl CookingNew Junior CookbookBig Meals for Little HandsComplete Children's CookbookCook It Step by StepCooking SkillsCustom ConfectionsEasy Peasy RecipesHelp Yourself Cookbook for KidsYoung ChefHow to Cook in Ten Easy LessonsLittle Cowpokes CookbookOfficial Chase in Yer Face CookbookSmart CookieBall Park Eats
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Science Experiment: Light – Make a Kaleidoscope

Science Experiment: Light – Make a Kaleidoscope

Exploring the Science of Light

Many of you have probably played with a kaleidoscope. It is a tube that you hold up to your eye. You point the tube toward light and then slowly turn it. As you turn the tube you can see patterns of colors at the other end of the tube. A kaleidoscope works by reflecting light.

Light travels in a straight line. When light bumps into something it changes direction. If light bumps into something shiny it reflects back in the direction it came from. Think of light like a bouning ball. In a kaleidoscope there are shiny surfaces. If you make your own kaleidoscope you can use mirrors or aluminum foil. When you point the kaleidscope toward light, the light enters the kaleidoscope and reflects back and forth between the shiny surfaces inside the kaleidoscope. Since you have filled the end of the kaleidoscope with little shiny objects, the light bounces off those too and makes the interesting patterns of color. As you turn the kaleidoscope the little shiny objects move which makes the patterns of color move.


Websites, Activities & Printables:

Science in Context: Kaleidoscopes andLight is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. The Science in Context database will show you articles, images and videos to help you learn about Kaleidoscopes and light.​

 

 

You can also ask a math and science expert for homework help by calling the Ask Rose Homework Hotline. They provide FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students in grades 6-12.

 


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.

LightScience Experiments with LightStomp Rockets Catapults and Kaleidoscopes
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