Mary Titcomb, a librarian in Maryland in the early 1900s, was always looking for ways to improve her library. One of the things she worried about was getting books to people who lived far away from her library building. She also wanted to have more space and more books for children. Mary set up book-deposit stations, kind of like the Little Libraries we see popping up around town today. She also made a children’s room in her library. Her most unique idea though, was a horse-drawn book wagon. No one had ever seen one of those before! Soon book wagons were appearing in other parts of the country, and by 1922, the book wagon idea was very popular. The bookmobile was born!
Maybe you have seen one of our bookmobiles driving around town. We have two that visit neighborhoods and schools all over the city each day delivering books to people who live or go to school where getting to a library branch is difficult. If you want to take your child to visit one, bring your library card and come to one of our bookmobile stops. Kids love trucks, books and cozy little spaces. Our bookmobiles are all three! Below is a video showing what one of our bookmobiles looks like on the inside. It is filled with great books and great people! To learn more about bookmobiles check out one of the books below. Each tells the story of a bookmobile. Some of them are from a different part of the world where it makes sense to deliver books by boat, burro or camel!
Indianapolis Public Library Digital Collection: Bookmobiles
Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile – Dorothy has always wanted to work in a library like the red brick one of her girlhood, but after moving to rural North Carolina she discovers that the type of library is less important than the books and the people who read them.
Biblioburro: a True Story from Colombia – After amassing piles of books, Luis, a voracious reader, dreams up a way to share his collection with ‘faraway villages.’ He starts with two burros–one for himself, one for books–and heads off. Tough terrain and menacing bandits challenge him along the way, but at last he reaches a remote town, where he holds a story hour and loans titles to eager kids before returning home to his wife and reading late into the night.
The Book Boat’s In – On a book boat on the Erie Canal in the 1800s, Jessie spots a used copy of The Swiss Family Robinson, then works very hard all week to earn the money he needs to buy it. Includes historical note.
Waiting for the Biblioburro – When a man brings to a remote village two burros, Alfa and Beto, loaded with books the children can borrow, Ana’s excitement leads her to write a book of her own as she waits for the BibliBurro to return. Includes glossary of Spanish terms and a note on the true story of Columbia’s BiblioBurro and mobile libraries in other countries.
Wild About Books – A librarian named Mavis McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake.
Librarian’s Night Before Christmas – Santa flies in on a book mobile to bring a poor library gifts. In a parody of the famous poem by Clement C. Moore, a harried librarian and her facility get a surprise holiday visit from Santa and his bookmobile.
She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – (DVD) To the melody of the popular children’s song, a community of friendly animals prepare for the arrival of the librarian in her bookmobile!
In this story, a lion walks in the front door of the local library like he is a person and belongs there! People looking at books are surprised to see a lion walking down the aisles, but since he is not running and is quiet, they let him stay. His soft paws walk very quietly, his tail is good for dusting shelves and he LOVES story time. In fact, he loves story time a little too much (if that is possible). He ROARS in protest when it is over! He feels much better when he is invited back for story time the next day.
It turns out the lion isn’t an library intruder at all, he’s a library friend, especially when he becomes a library hero! Find out what happens when a lion has a good reason for breaking the rules, even at the library! You can enjoy the story Library Lion right now by watching this Storyline video. Listed below it are more free online eBooks and activities as well as eBooks, eAudios and print books you can check out with your indyPL library card. We love books and we love sharing them with you! Have a great National Library Week!
The website A Mighty Girl is an outstanding collection of books, toys, music and movies “for smart, confident, and courageous girls.”
A Mighty Girl’s music section features more than 100 girl-empowering songs in a wide range of genres for all ages of Mighty Girls. You can also filter the collection by recommended age, genre, and theme. Each song description has a ‘Note to Parents’ to help you get the right song to your mighty girl at the right time.
Below is the playlist of Mighty Girl Music. It is a great place to start for making a playlist for your own Mighty Girl.
Remember you can download 5 FREE songs a week with your library card from The library’s Freegal music catalog.In the list, the songs that are available from Freegal are in bold. Download 5 today and add the rest to your wishlist to make it easy to grab 5 more songs each week.
By May you will have a list of power songs for girls – a great soundtrack for the summer!
*32 Flavors Ani DiFranco
A Mother’s Love Mark Masri *A Sorta Fairytale Tori Amos *Ain’t got No/I Got Life Nina Simone
Almost There The Princess and the Frog Soundtrack
Amelia Almost 13 Carrie Newcomer *Anything You Can Do from Annie Get Your Gun *Atalanta from Free to Be You and Me
B*tch bad Lupe Fiasco *Beautiful Christina Aguilera
Born This Way Lady Gaga
*Brave Sara Bareilles *Breakaway Kelly Clarkson
Build a Levee Natalie Merchant *Butterfly Kisses Bob Carlisle *Child of Mine Carol King
Come Over to My Dollhouse Lunch Money *Cornflake Girl Tori Amos
Courage Beauty form Pain 1.1 *Crucify Tori Amos *Daddy Byonce Knowles
Defying Gravity Idina Menzel
Do My Thing Estelle
Everything Alanis Morissette *Father and Daughter Paul Simon *Feeling Good Nina Simone *Fighter Christina Aguilera
Firework Katy Perry
Fixing Her Hair Ani DiFranco
Fly to Your Heart Selena Gomez
Free to Be You and Me The New Seekers
Future Man, Future Lady Ziggy Marley
Get Up Superchick
Girl Tori Amos *Girl Disappearing Tori Amos
Girl in a Country Song Maddie and Tae *Girl On Fire Alicia Keyes *Girl Shanty Sons of the Never Wrong
Girls With Guitars Wynonna Judd
Gold Rush Brides Natalie Merchant
Good Mother Jann Arden
Gotta Be Me Secret Anget 23 Skidoo
Gotta Be You Secret Agent 23 Skidoo *Hammer and Nail Indigo Girls
Headstrong 10,000 Maniacs
Heroes Ann Reed
Hey Hey Superchick
Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benatar
How You’ve Grown 10,000 Maniacs
I Am NOt My Hair India Arie *I Am Woman Helen Reddy
I Hope You Dance Lee Ann Womack *I’m Coming Out Diana Ross *I’m Every Woman Whitney Houston *I’m Going to Live the Life Mahalia Jackson
I’m Gonna Be An Engineer Peggy Seeger *I’m Not Perfect Laurie Berkner
I’m Ready Kim Possible Soundtrack *In My Daughter’s Eyes Martina McBride
In Or Out Ani DiFranco *Independent Women Destiny’s Child
It’s Amazing Jem
Joyful Girl Ani DiFranco
Julie Through the Glass Carly Simon
Jump Miss Melodee
Just a Girl No Doubt
Just the Way You Are Bruno Mars
Learn Me Right Brave Soundtrack *Least omplicated Indigo Girls
Let It Go Frozen Soundtrack
Let It Grow Ester Dean
Let Your Heart Sing Katherine McPhee *Love Song Sara Bareilles
Mean Taylor Swift *Mean Girls Rachel Crow *More Beautiful You Jonny Diaz
My Little Girl Tim McGraw
No Man’s Woman Sinead O’Connor
Not a Pretty Girl Ani DiFranco
One and Lonely Superchick
Overrated Ashely Tisdale
Part of Me Katy Perry
Pearl Katy Perry *People Like Us Kelly Clarkson *Perfect Pink *Perfect Girl Sarah McLachlan *Proud Heather Small *Respect Aretha Franklin *Right as Rain Adele
Roar Katy Perry
Rock What You Got Superchick
Science Fair (Album)
She’s Not Just a Pretty Face Shania Twain *Silent All These Years Tori Amos *Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves Eurythmics
Skipping Eddie Vedder
Stand in the Rain Superchick
Strong Women Meg Braun *Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) Kelly Clarkson *Stupid Girls Pink *Superwoman Alicia Keyes *Survivor Destiny’s Child
Tell It Like It Is Tracy Chapman
Tell Yourself Natalie Merchant *Thank God for Kids Kenny Chesney *Thank U Alanis Morrisette
That I Would Be Good Alanis Morrisette
The Climb Miley Cyrus
The Emperor’s New Clothes Sinead O’Connor *The Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston *The Long Way Around Dixie Chicks
The Middle Jimmy Eat World
The Princess Who Saved Herself Jonathan Coulton *The Voice Within Christina Aguilera *The Wood song Indigo Girls *This One’s For the Girls Martina McBride
Tomboy in a Princess Dress Suzi Shelton
Tomboy Princess Meg Braun
Touch the Sky Julie Fowlis Brave Soundtrack *True Colors Cyndi Lauper
Try Colbie Caillet
Typical Girl Cheri Magill *Unwritten Natasha Bedingfield
Video India Arie
What I Am Edie Brickell *When I Was a Boy Dar Williams
Who I Am Jessica Andrews
Who Says Selena Gomez
Who’s That Girl Robyn
Whole Wide World Mindy Gledhill *Wide Open Spaces Dixie Chicks
Wild One Faith Hill
Willing to Fight Ani DiFranco *Wonder Natalie Merchant *You Gotta Be Desree *You’re Aging Well Dar Williams
Men in top hats gathering around a burrow and luring a large rodent out to see if he casts a shadow to make a weather prediction is an unusual tradition! Odder still is that a sunny day, which will cast a shadow, means MORE winter, not less. That seems backwards!
Checking on one’s shadow is not a very scientific way to predict the weather, but Groundhog Day is a perfect time to talk about the science of shadows! Listed below are books and activities to help you explore shadows with your child.