Staff Picks For Kids

By: Missy Flanagin It’s nothing new that young students love unicorns. Unicorns are literally everywhere you turn. They can be found on the cereal box you may have in your kitchen or they can be on your pajamas you snuggle up in at night. So, it’s...

By: Angela Dubinger Whether you are researching and learning for yourself or need resources and stories for your children, our library has gathered a list to help support your conversation about race justice in America. These resources are partly referenced from the School Library Journal list. Books...

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...

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...

Solar Energy STEAM Activity for the Whole Family to Enjoy By: Julie Armstrong You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again – Renewable energy is the energy of the future! Doesn’t it make sense then to begin now to teach our children about these energy choices...

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...

DIY Breakout Rooms By: Julie Armstrong So you are a lover of games. You and your family play board games, video games, mind games (no, not those!) How about breakout rooms? They seem to be all the rage right now and they are incredibly fun and challenging,...

Recent Favorite Picture Books Review by: Angela Dubinger Folks, we love picture books. Sure, they’re geared toward preK to early elementary kids, but we think that picture books are really for EVERYONE. It’s true! And when you are one of the storytime providers at our library, you...