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Adventure Begins at Your Library
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What better way to launch into the Library's Summer Reading Program than with books about the cosmos? This list features plenty of books that are out of this world! Discover faraway galaxies, explore the surface of Mars, and meet some aliens with these stellar books!

Special Collections
May 13, 2024
2024 Total Solar Eclipse

What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

The 2024 total solar eclipse is happening on Monday, April 8! A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the face of the sun. Five phases will occur during this event:

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February 13, 2024

If you enjoy traversing the wondrous world of Percy Jackson, you may enjoy some of these other fantasy and mythical tales for children.

Read-a-Likes
December 19, 2023
Giving and Sharing
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Giving and sharing is an important development in the social and emotional growth of a child. When children are aware of others' needs, they are often more motivated to help however they can! These titles help foster empathy and encourage generosity in a variety of situations.

Special Collections
November 28, 2023
If You Like Dog Man
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Dav Pilkey has created some of the funniest and most popular characters for kids ever published: Captain Underpants, Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot, and Dog Man! His books are funny, fast-paced, and wildly entertaining. Check out the "supa funny" titles below if you enjoyed the hilarious adventures of Dog Man and Cat Kid! All books are recommended for ages 9–12. 

Read-a-Likes
November 9, 2023
2023 MCPL Children's Staff Favorites
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Want to read something new? Here are some of our favorite titles that have been released in 2023!

Award Winners/Best of...
November 9, 2023
Text reads 'Taylor Swift The Eras Tour (mcpl's version). Above the text are two hands forming a heart around the MCPL logo. There is also a friendship bracelet with beads that spell MCPL.

Her Eras Tour broke worldwide record ticket sales, and more recently, her documentary broke the box office. That’s right; we’re talking about the pop culture phenomenon herself, Taylor Swift. Lately, it seems like you can’t look at a single screen without seeing Taylor’s face. And until she makes her way to Indianapolis in fall of 2024, screens are all local Taylor fans are going to get. Luckily, she’s been all over the news with her record-breaking album sales and sold-out arena tours.

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October 19, 2023
Pura Belpré Award Winners
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The Pura Belpré Award is given annually to a writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Hispanic cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. This list contains the Children's Narrative and Youth Illustrator award winners from the past 10 years, as well as some books about the life and work of Pura Belpré.

Award Winners/Best of...
September 14, 2023
Young Hoosier Book Award 2024–2025: Middle Grade
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The Young Hoosier Book Award Program encourages self-selected reading among elementary and middle school/junior high students. Teachers, librarians, and students from all across Indiana vote on their favorite recent books. This program is run by the Indiana Library Federation (ILF).

Check out the list of the 2024–2025 Middle Grade nominees! Recommended for ages 11–13.

Award Winners/Best of...
August 30, 2023
Young Hoosier Book Award 2024–2025: Intermediate
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The Young Hoosier Book Award Program encourages self-selected reading among elementary and middle school/junior high students. Teachers, librarians, and students from all across Indiana vote on their favorite recent books. This program is run by the Indiana Library Federation (ILF).

Check out the list of the 2024–2025 Intermediate nominees! Recommended for ages 8–10.

Award Winners/Best of...
August 29, 2023
Young Hoosier Book Award 2024–2025: Picture Books
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The Young Hoosier Book Award Program encourages self-selected reading among elementary and middle school/junior high students. Teachers, librarians, and students from all across Indiana vote on their favorite recent books. This program is run by the Indiana Library Federation (ILF).

Check out the list of the 2024–2025 Picture Book nominees! Recommended for ages 5–8.

Award Winners/Best of...
August 28, 2023
Aunt Flow period products now available

Approximately 86% of people reportedly start their period in public without the supplies they need.* The Library has selected the vendor Aunt Flow to bring free period products to patrons to help address period poverty, equity, and inclusivity within the community.

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July 25, 2023
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Tyler was the kind of kid who couldn't sit still at school and couldn't explain why he was acting the way he did. But when he started a new medicine called Ritalin, he was able to pay attention in class and focus. At the time, he hadn't heard the term "Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder" (it was actually called Attention Deficit Disorder when he was growing up), but that's what he was experiencing.

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December 6, 2022
A cake decorated with blue candy waves, a lightning bolt, a trident, and icing writing Percy Jackson.

The first Great MCPL Kid’s Bake Off is a wrap! We challenged 17 children to make their best book-inspired dessert. The catch? They had to include a mystery ingredient–beet root powder!

Each participant received a kit that included measuring spoons, beet root powder, some suggestions for baking books, and a copy of The Complete Cookbook for Young Scientists: Good Science Makes Great Food: 70+ Recipes, Experiments, & Activities to keep.

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September 14, 2022
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Sue (Suyapa) does not want to have a quinceañera where she'd be required to wear a poofy dress and dance around, so when her mom surprises her by having planned one and invited guests during a family trip to Honduras, Sue isn't happy. That is, until she makes a deal with her mom: 1 quinceañera for 1 overnight sleep camp with her friends. However, preparing for the celebration takes a tragic turn when Sue's beloved grandmother passes away suddenly.

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August 24, 2022