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Supporting Black Lives Through Books

Looking for materials to read with your kids to help them to learn and process current events (and the history leading up to them)? Perhaps you would simply like to expose them to diverse voices and perspectives.  Maybe you would like some advice directed at you - the caregiver - for engaging in tough conversations about race, racism, and prejudice. We want to help! We've put together a list of some of the books we have in our department that feature black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) characters, authors, and illustrators. Keep in mind that this is not a complete list - but it is a list of titles we recommend. You can check our catalog for additional titles. We have also included a link to further reading and resources for kids and caregivers, compiled by librarians around the country. 

If there are items we do not have in our catalog that you would like to see, please reach out to us using the contact form at the bottom of this page. Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Events
Wed, Jul 08, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Columbus - Tween Area
Celebrate all things dragonic today in the Tween Area!

Thu, Jul 09, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus
Join Miss Kelly for a special virtual poolside storytime. Enjoy a summer themed story, songs, and more. This session will be premiering on July 3 and be available on YouTube all summer.

Thu, Jul 09, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Columbus - Tween Area
Meet others and geek out!

Fri, Jul 10, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus
Join Miss Kelly for this special enchanted program. You will learn how to create your very own enchanted diorama. This program will premiere on July 10 and be available on YouTube all summer.

Sat, Jul 11, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus
Do you enjoy arts & crafts? Join Ami & Kelly for a fun artistic session. Artistic Saturday will be premiering on July 11 and available on YouTube all summer.

Mon, Jul 13, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus
Babies and Toddlers Storytime

Tue, Jul 14, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus
Grab a beach ball and a marker while joining Miss Kelly for a beach themed session of Music & Movement. This session will be premiering on July 14 and be available on YouTube all summer.

Tue, Jul 14, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Columbus - Red Room
Get on your feet and imagine a story together like you never have before.

Wed, Jul 15, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Columbus - Meeting Room 3
It?s Honeycon 2020! You are going to undertake the greatest heist the world has ever seen. You have a complex plan that requires precise timing. Also?you?re a bear!

Thu, Jul 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Columbus - Story Time Room
Still waiting on your Hogwarts letter? Get a jumpstart on your magical studies in this magical program.

Fri, Jul 17, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus
Join Miss Kelly for a special virtual poolside storytime. Enjoy a summer themed story, songs, and more. This session will be premiering on July 17 and be available on YouTube all summer.

Sat, Jul 18, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus
Family History

Mon, Jul 20, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus
Preschool Storytime

Tue, Jul 21, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus
Join Miss Kelly for a new session of Music & Movement premiering on July 21 and available on YouTube all summer. In this session you will need a jump rope and ready to learn some fun jump rope songs.

Wed, Jul 22, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Columbus - Meeting Room 3
The time has come to pick up your sword and answer the call to adventure!

Fri, Jul 24, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus
Who is your favorite witch or wizard?

Fri, Jul 24, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Columbus - Conference Room
To grandmother?s house! Stay in the library after-hours for this fairytale themed lock-in.
Please contact the library to register for this event.

Sat, Jul 25, 10:00am - 10:45am
Columbus
Bring a family heirloom or some memorable item and share its story with others. Prior to the start time, please email [email protected] for a Zoom link and password.

Mon, Jul 27, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus
Babies and Toddlers Storytime

Tue, Jul 28, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus
Claim your Music & Movement Badge!!!

Spread joy, not germs!

Instead of spreading germs, let's spread something good this season - joy! To help you pass the time at home, we've put together a list of resources we love (and hope you'll love, too)!  We've included everything from virtual storytimes and podcasts to learning games and activity lists. Please feel free to share with others - our goal is to support ongoing learning and enjoyment for the families we serve. And don't forget to follow us on social media - who knows what the children's librarians might get up to!

Imagine Your Story for Summer Learning 2020 


This summer, we are teaming up with other local organizations to present Imagine Your Story: the Bartholomew County Community Summer Learning program. With virtual programs and tracking, you can read, watch, do, and learn your way to points, prizes, badges, and more! 

Are you ready to imagine your story with us? Register now - program ends July 31. 

Register for Summer Learning

Resources for . . .
Caregivers
Supporting Beginning Readers

Supporting Independent Readers

Educators
Learn with the Library

Lesson Plans and Materials

Homeschooling

Continuing Education

Everyone