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Read Right Now: Libraries

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!


More FREE Online eBooks about Libraries:

We Love the Library

More FREE Online Reading:


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Bats at the LibraryCan I Bring Woolly to the Library Ms. Reeder?Curious George Visits the LibraryThe LibraryA Library Book for BearLibrary MouseLola at the LibraryMaisy Goes to the LibraryMax Goes to the LibraryThe New LiBEARianNop Pirates Allowed at the LibraryOur LibrarySplat the Cat and the Late Library Book

Printables, Crafts & More:

Print Books:

A Big Surprise for Little CardA Library StoryAmelia Bedelia's First Library CardBiscuit Loves the LibraryBunny's Book ClubChicken Story TimeD.W.'s Library CardDaniel Visits the LibraryDinosaur vs. the LibraryDo Not Bring Your Dragon to the LibraryIf You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the LibraryKevin Goes to the LibraryLottie Paris and the Best PlaceLuna Loves Library DayMadeline Flynn and the Library DogMiffy at the LibraryMr. Putter and Tabby Turn the PageNo T Rex in the LibraryOlivia Goes to the LibraryPeppa Pig and the Library VisitPlease LouisePoindexter Makes a Friend


A Mighty Girl Playlist – Free with Your Library Card!

Mighty Girl Music 3

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
Hands Jewell
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
Intuition Jewell
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

The Science of Forecasting: It’s the Shadow Not the Hog

Groundhog's Runaway Shadow 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.

FREE Online eBooks:

Show Me a Shadow

More FREE Online Reading:

Printables, Crafts & More:

Clifford Shadow MatchCount the GroundhogsG is for Groundhog


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?Overdrive Logo

A Garden for a GroundhogCaptain Hook's ShadowGroundhog DayHand Shadow FunSubstitute GroundhogThe Groundhog Day Book of Facts and FunShadow

Print Books:

Follow It Learn About ShadowsGeorge and His ShadowGroundhog's Day OffGroundhog's DilemmaGroundhog's Runaway ShadowHortense and the ShadowMe and My Shadow a Book about LightMy ShadowPunxsutawney PhyllisShadow ChasersSmoot a Rebellious ShadowThe Shape of Me and Other StuffThe Wolf and His ShadowWhat is a Forecast?What Is Groundhog Day?What Will the Weather Be?Who's There, BewareWill Spring Be Early of Will Spring Be Late


25 Kids’ Books to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

Let the Children MarchEven young children can understand the concepts of fairness and justice. They are well equipped as preschoolers to describe what it means to be fair, take turns or share. Young children also know what it means to stand up for what you think is right. Who hasn’t heard a child protest, “that’s not fair!”? In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are 20 books for children that highlight Dr. King’s life and legacy as standing up for these ideas; fighting for equality and justice beyond the playground.

In 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially recognized as a National Day of Service. Volunteers across the country will work together to make a difference. Many of them will be children! To help talk about the many ways even small children can contribute to the bigger world outside their own home, take a look at the book suggestions on  Not Too Little to Help: Raising Socially Conscious Kids. “Can I help?” Yes, you CAN!

Websites & Online Activities:

Martin Luther King Jr. Color By Number PrintableMartin Luther King Jr. I Can Dream WorksheetMartin Luther King Jr. Coloring SheetMartin Luther King Jr. March on Washington Maze


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I Can Read Martin Luther King Jr.Be a KingThe Cart That Carried MartinI Have a DreamI Am Martin Luther King Jr.

Print Books:

The Little Book of Little ActivistsA is for ActivistA Sweet Smell of RosesBack of the BusBelle the Last Mule at Gee's BendMake a ChangeThat Is My DreamThese HandsWe Shall Overcome the Story of a SongOur Children Can SoarHappy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.March OnMartin & MahaliaMartin RisingMartin's Big WordsMartin's Dream DayWe MarchWhen Martin Luther King Jr. Wore Roller SkatesThe Youngest Marcher

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, 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.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

Read Right Now! WINTER & SNOW

It’s cold! I know, stating the obvious! A good day to remember this famous storybook quote:

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.”

It would be a good day for a visit from The Cat in the Hat to change things up and make a big fun mess!

Since The Cat in the Hat won’t really stop by, here are some books that might help you figure out how to have some fun together on a cold day, and later in the week, on a snowy day!

FREE Online eBooks about Snow:

Friendly Frosty MonstersThe MittenIsItColdOutsideA Blanket of SnowIts WinterBrave Irene

More FREE Online Reading:


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?


Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eAudiobooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?

Printables, Crafts & More about Snow:

Winter FrostyWinter Ice SkateWinter Color HatsWinter Let It Snow


Oliver and Amanda and the Big SnowSnowThe Jacket I Wear in the SnowLemonade in WinterCliffords First Snow DaySnowFrostySnowflake BentleyKaty and the Big SnowSnowLadybugThe Snowy DayFroggy Gets Dressed

Winter & Snow Non-Fiction:

SnowCreatingSnowKnowSnowWeKnowSnowFortsBuild Your Own Fort IglooThe Kids Winter Fun Book

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