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Jamila has to find a way to avoid going to boring old Science Camp and spend more time shooting hoops! So when oddball Shirley Bones offers a deal that will keep Jamila out of camp, Jamila jumps at the offer. There is only one problem - Shirley is weird. But soon, Jamilia realizes that Shirley isn't just weird, she's a detective! The two girls set out to solve the case of the missing gecko and save their summer!

Think Library,   Tween,   Kids,   Reviews
June 28, 2022

Have you heard of our Tween Space? The Tween Space at the Downtown Library is a place where kids ages 7–12 can hang out, explore crafts and other activities, enjoy pop-up programs, work on homework, or play!

May 25, 2022
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Mary, born into slavery in 1868, loved watching the birds fly free in the sky while she worked in the fields. She wanted to be free too! But she had to keep working. No time for rest. No time to learn. Even when Mary and her family were freed from slavery she still had to work hard.

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May 16, 2022
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Be an engineer! Find books about engineering in the nonfiction section with call number 620. Try designing  a new, cool-looking tennis shoe at home, then check out these titles to explore more about fashion, design, and biomechanics.

 

May 11, 2022
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Be an engineer! Find books about engineering in the nonfiction section with call number 620. Check out these titles that supplement your exploration of physics and mechanical engineering.

 

May 11, 2022
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Be an engineer! Find books about engineering in the nonfiction section with call number 620. For more titles about electricity and circuits, please check our juvenile nonfiction in the J 537s and J 621s, and for more on sculpture and clay modeling, go to the J 730s and the J 731.42s.

May 11, 2022
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Be an engineer! Find books about engineering in the nonfiction section with call number 620 and take a look at these titles related to robotics, and painting. (For more on robotics, please check our juvenile nonfiction at J 629.892, and for more on painting, go the J 750s.)

May 10, 2022
IU Engineering Kit Summer STEM Challenge

Note: Are you already registered for one of the IU Engineering Kits? The following videos and booklists will help you take part in the IU Engineering Kit Summer STEM Challenge.

May 2, 2022
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Enjoy these children's books that celebrate Oceans of Possibilities, which just happens to be the theme of our 2022 Summer Reading Game!

April 29, 2022
Oceans of Possibilities Youth Art Contest Winners

Winners from left to right include: Ben McClary, Zoa Barker, Emilee Allsop, Mackenzie Wood (top), Remy Niederman (bottom), and Lola Burkson 

In March we asked children to create original artwork using the theme of our summer reading games––Oceans of Possibilities! As usual, you did not disappoint, submitting over 70 pieces of artwork to the contest!

Our staff members were pleased to receive so many creative and imaginative entries.

“It certainly made the decision tough––we ended up choosing six winners!” said Ginny Hosler, a librarian, and the contest’s programmer.

Think Library,   Adults,   Infant/Toddler,   Preschool,   Tween,   Teens,   Kids
April 26, 2022
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This first-chapter book stars an adorable tuxedo cat who loves living the outdoor life! It can hang out with its friends (other animals in the neighborhood), has lots of great places to eat, and doesn't have to worry about any pesky humans. All of the cat's animal friends have human pets with the weirdest habits and flaws––one human stays in their room all day and another's group of mini-humans jumps all over it.

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Animals,   Friendship,   Read
April 21, 2022
Level Up

There are now more ways to get creative in Level Up, our digital creativity space! 3D printing and memory preservation have joined our existing services, which include video and audio recording, Adobe Creative Cloud-equipped workstations, and more!

Think Library,   Adults,   Teens,   Kids,   Level Up
April 15, 2022
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Deep in the desert, not too far from infamous Area 51, is a government facility called the Playroom. In this secret facility are a group of six kids, who are not-quite-human. While the Playroom is a refuge for them, it is also an enclosure.

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April 4, 2022
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Damien hasn't had many positive experiences in his past. His mother was killed when he was just a baby, his brother and aunts and uncles don't understand his hobbies and passions, and he's not even sure he understands himself. So he's starting over in a new school after being bullied harshly at his last. This time around, Damien vows to stay silent and give the kids at his new school absolutely nothing to go on if they want to bully him.

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March 31, 2022
Poetry Month

Every April, the world celebrates poetry! The month is a reminder that poets play an integral role in our culture and that poetry matters. To celebrate, we have a lot of opportunities to read, listen, connect, and create with poetry in a variety of ways.

Think Library,   Adults,   Tween,   Teens,   Kids
Connect,   Create,   Learn,   Library News,   Poetry
March 31, 2022