When you are on on vacation, running errands or just away from home, read along stories are a great way to fill what can be hours of waiting into a lot of fun! Listed below are more than 100 video read alongs from old favorites like Where the Wild Things Are to book character heroes like Little Jumbo who might be new to you. Listen below to hear Little Jumbo’s story and then click on a book jacket to here another one! Your child will have enough stories to get them through the longest doctor’s appointment wait or oil change. Plus, this listening library is available every day for returning to old favorites. “Read it again!” has never been easier!
Our newest story is Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown. 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. The book includes a glossary of Spanish terms and a note on the true story of Columbia’s BiblioBurro and mobile libraries in other countries. This read aloud video is brought to you by Brightly, an organization committed to helping you raise children who love to read, just like us!
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Poor Farmer Duck! He is wiped out from having to do all the work for a lazy farmer. No need to worry, the farmyard animals have the duck’s back and come up with a plan to rescue him from his endless chores and to teach that farmer a lesson! Loyalty is sweet! This story is a funny rural twist on the old favorite, The Little Red Hen.
Listed below are online activities and even MORE farm books – eBooks and printed books you can check out with your indyPL library card.
Today is a great day to get outside! Take a favorite book and find a park bench, swing or blanket. You might even find a place you can watch some ducks. Indy with Kids has a great list of 8 Places to Find Ducks in Indy. The article talks about feeding them, but did you know the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and other conservation groups say that for the good of the ducks, we all need to stop hand feeding them? Bread is especially bad for them! Here are two really great article that explains why hand feeding is bad for ducks and geese:
That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them though. You can learn what food might be healthy for them. You can watch them and also take some pictures! While you are out, point out the ducks you see and hear. How does a duck look different than a goose? What colors are their feathers? What sounds do ducks and geese make? How many ducks can you count?
You can listen to the story Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell right now. Listed below are some more free online eBooks & activities about ducks as well as several eBooks you can check out with your IndyPL Library card.
Today is a great day to get outside! Take a favorite book and find a park bench, swing or blanket. Or, did you know you can take a walk and read a story as you go, right here in Indianapolis? Visit the Story Walk in the Ruckle Street Pocket Park. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Stories are rotated on a monthly basis. While you are out, point out the birds you see and hear. Can you see a cardinal? What color is it? Can you hear a robin? How many different bird songs can you count?
Listed below are some free online eBooks & activities as well as several eBooks you can check out with your IndyPL Library card.
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
That Book Woman – A family living in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1930s gets books to read during the regular visits of the “Book Woman”–a librarian who rides a pack horse through the mountains, lending books to the isolated residents. e-video,
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!