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January is National Hobby Month. Hobbies are activities you do in your leisure time for enjoyment, and they can be just about anything. From a sport, to knitting, to painting, or even building things try a new hobby this month, or reacquaint yourself with an old favorite.

December 15, 2020
A photo of Bicentennial Art Contest winner Rebecca Mueller's drawing held in front of the Friends of the Library bears.

In 2020 we turned 200! Although our year-long birthday bash didn’t go exactly as planned, we still have many achievements to celebrate. 

December 15, 2020
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This #Ownvoice booklist features titles written about and by the Black community. #Ownvoice stories are important because it allows children to see themselves in stories and know the person behind the words is similar to them. It means that not only is the story important, but also who tells that story. Enjoy these great titles!

December 9, 2020
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Do you have what it takes to pass a United States citizenship test? If you are new to the United States, or want to brush up on your knowledge, these books are for you! Learn about the process for becoming a U.S. citizen and review American history and civics core concepts.

Find more online resources for Citizenship and Immigration at USHello and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

December 9, 2020
D&D Library Talk MCPL

D&D Library Talk is our new podcast on the ins and outs of RPG systems, like Dungeons and Dragons! We talk about how to make sure everyone enjoys the game, whether as a player or game master.

The podcast features Teen Librarian Sam Ott, Senior Information Assistant Laura Wise, and library volunteer and game designer Scott Murray. It is edited and with music by Andrew Slater. 

 

December 7, 2020
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In this picture book, a Black family explores the wonders and challenges of camping! Ernestine lives with her single dad in the city. When her aunt Jackie and cousin Samantha invite her to go camping with them she eagerly accepts. With dad's help, Ernestine gathers and packs all the essentials needed for an outdoor adventure. She imagines what camping will be like and can't wait!

December 7, 2020
The Coiled Crown

Journey into a ruined fantasy world in search of an ancient queen's crown. Inspired by games like Dark Souls, Mortal Shell, and Metroid, you'll need to unearth the forgotten lore of haunted places like the Netherworld Forest, Scorched Keep, and Lost Catacombs in order to solve the adventure's puzzles.

December 3, 2020

Follow along to learn how to make a light-up winter card! Watch the video then use the step-by-step instructions listed below for additional guidance in creating your card! This project uses supplies included in our Light-Up Winter Card: A Take & Make Teen program. If you weren't able to snag a kit you can still create a card, you'll just need the supplies listed below!

December 1, 2020
Get To Know Your Family!

For many of us, connecting with friends and family has been especially challenging this year. If you’re unable to spend time with loved ones in person this holiday season, here are some tools to help you connect with them online! 

To access these resources you’ll need your library card number and password. If you’re not sure where to find that information, visit our eLibrary access guide to get started.

December 1, 2020
November Teen Social Roundup

Did you know that the Library has an Instagram account JUST for teens? We post fun things like craft ideas and book recommendations along with announcements for special programs. Here is a round up of some of the topics and events we posted in November, if you like what you see, give us a follow at instagram.com/mcplindianateen so you do not miss out!

November 28, 2020
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Looking to explore a world of fantastic art and engaging visual storytelling? Check out some of these great graphic novels we have in our collection!

Print the Graphic Novels for Kids list

November 25, 2020
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Americans are awash in claims of fake news every day. How can we determine what to believe? And how did claims of fake news even begin? This list provides historical context for this issue, as well as guides to help you determine fact from fiction.

November 24, 2020
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Use this selection of titles to help build a successful nonprofit.

November 17, 2020
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What’s worse than being bullied the first week at your new school? Getting period on your white pants!

November 13, 2020
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Open enrollment for the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace is available now through December 15, 2020 for coverage beginning January 1.

November 13, 2020