Staff Picks For Kids

Celebrate Disability Awareness Month by exploring these books for all ages! For more Disability Awareness events and activities, click here.   Kids  Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari I Am Not a Label by Cerrie Burnell I Talk like a River by Jordan Scott Teens It's My Life by Stacie Ramey Show me...

By: Danielle Acton March is Disability Awareness Month, sponsored by the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities. While HEPL's events are virtual this year to ensure everyone's safety during the pandemic, our goal is to promote awareness of disabilities, provide resources for caregivers, and highlight...

By: Lori Holewinski Bedtime stories are a traditional way to help children transition into sleep after a busy day. The Mayo Clinic suggests that bedtime rituals, like reading, can help all of us ease from wakefulness into sleepiness. (Imagining a bear settling down with a good book...

By: Lisa Glesil It’s time to have a fun, magical time in the kitchen. I have included two very cute and easy recipes which will make you feel like a wizard in no time. The first recipe is “Cheese and Pretzel Broomsticks.” For this recipe, you...

By: Allison Kartman Magic awaits at our annual Harry Potter Book Night reimagined into a fully virtual week of everything magical and fantastical! Beginning on February 1 and continuing through Sunday, February 7, join us virtually for our Week of Wizardry and Wonderment. If you are...

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...