For the Whole Family

By: Christina Shields Are you missing library storytimes and your favorite songs? We are missing reading and singing along with you and your little ones, too! Happily, you don’t have to wait until we meet again to enjoy many of our regular storytime songs! You can...

By: Lisa Glisel Making ice cream in a bag is a great activity for any age, even preschoolers! It’s a fun recipe that involves fine and gross motor skills. You can use this opportunity to discuss ingredients and nutrition, measurements, and the science behind making ice...

By: Allison Kartman Young children learn in many different ways, including through play! During National Library Week we are encouraging families to “Find the Library at Your Place.” Read through the following library-inspired pretend play ideas with your children and see what excites them!   Storytime!   Host your own...

By: Christina Shields I am missing all of the creative families that attend our monthly Create, Color & Chill program at HEPL’s Noblesville location. As you may remember, Create, Color & Chill usually includes a fun, sensory station; a musical component; and a creative activity. Below...

Ready, Set… Start Growing! By: Hella Rumschlag, Youth Services Assistant Early April is too early to put plants in the ground in central Indiana, but it’s never too early to start planning and dreaming of that bountiful summer garden. Imagine ripe, red tomatoes; crisp, green peppers; and...

Vote for the Indiana Firefly Award! By: Allison Kartman The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award is an initiative of the Indiana Center for the Book. The award is administered by the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Committee. The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Committee is made up of professionals in...

For the Love of Graphic Novels By: Allison Kartman “Psst”… want to know a secret most children’s librarians really want you to know? Graphic novels are real books! Graphic novels ARE real reading! Yes, really. Reading is reading! Our society is an ever increasing visual society. Emojis, texting, GIFS and...

I Loved this Book! What Should I Read Next? By: Allison Kartman, Noblesville Youth Service Librarian We have all been there. You’ve finished a series or a book that blew you away. You laughed, you cried, and now you’re hungry for more! Maybe you are a parent, on...

Babies Need Words Everyday By: Allison Kartman, Noblesville Youth Service Librarian Parents are their child’s first teacher. We say this often to caregivers in our storytime and baby programs. From an early age, your baby watches you to learn about their world and how to interact in...

New Traditions: Classic and New Books to Read Aloud with the Family By: Allison Kartman, Noblesville Youth Service Librarian Is spending more time together as a family at the top of your 2018 New Year’s resolution list? Reading aloud for 20 minutes a night can be easily incorporated...