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Monthly Newsletter: January 2021

Decorative banner with red and green paint strokes, stars. Reads Putnam County Public Library Monthly Newsletter January 2021.

Calendar

Winter Reading Club

Winter Reading Club

The 2021 Winter Reading Club will run from January 1-February 28. Children and teens can pick up a Bingo challenge in the Imagination Portal or access them online. Earn a bingo to win a cool prize! Adults can pick up their reading sheet at the circulation desk on the main level of the library or access them online.

We will accept the following methods of returning your Bingo Sheet or Reading Challenge to the library:

    1. Return your physical copy to the Imagination Portal if you are under 18, or to the Circulation Desk if you are 18+.
    2. If you are an adult, please email refdesk@pcpl21.org with your answers for the adult Reading Challenge.
    3. If you are a child, please email ys@pcpl21.org and provide them with your information. 

Prizes may be picked up during the challenge or at your convenience after the challenge has ended. 

Featured Services

Curbside Service
The Putnam County Public Library is excited to offer Curbside Services @ PCPL. Simply place your items on hold and we’ll deliver them to your vehicle!

Free Public Wi-Fi
The library has free public Wi-Fi for your connectivity needs. Our Wi-Fi extends to the library parking lot, allowing access after hours.

Library of Things

We love books at the library, but sometimes books alone don’t do the job. With generous funding from the Dr. James Elrod fund at the Hendricks County Community Foundation (HCCF), the library has purchased materials for a “Library of Things”.

The Library of Things is a collection of items that are unconventional to libraries but may be of use to the community. These items can include kitchen appliances, tools, crafting supplies, outdoor games, board games, and a wide array of other items. These items are loanable to the community just like any other library material.

Featured Resource

CYPRESS RESUME

With Cypress Resume, you can effortlessly create a professional resume in minutes! Its easy-to-use design assures you won’t spend hours trying to perfect your document — all the hard work is done for you! Simply plug in your basic information (as much or as little as you like), and we create a perfectly formatted document to help you land that dream job.

You need a library card to access this resource.

Carry the Library in Your Pocket

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Carry the Library in Your Pocket

Digital Resources for Children

OVERDRIVE/LIBBY

Thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, and videos available with your Library card. Enjoy them immediately—or transfer to your eReader or mobile device with the OverDrive and Libby apps.

You need a library card to access this resource.

KANOPY KIDS

Kanopy Kids is full of kid-friendly clips, films, and videos to keep your little ones entertained by educational content! Check out Kanopy Kids today!

You need a library card to access this resource.

Click here for Kanopy Kids

TUMBLEBOOKS

A collection of animated, talking picture books, suited for elementary school children. Each story comes with puzzles and games geared to ensure reading comprehension.

You need a library card to access this resource.

iTunes
Google Play

Help Using TumbleBooks

VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING

Join the library for virtual Storytime, Tiny Tunes, and more by following the library on Facebook and Youtube.

You DO NOT need a library card to access this resource.

Facebook
Youtube

FREE Coloring Page

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Children's Books: What To Read While The Library Is Closed

by Youth Services

The library may be closed, but there is plenty to read and listen to digitally. Our Children’s staff has gathered some of their favorite, too-good-to-miss digital books.

TumbleBooks

A collection of animated, talking picture books, suited for elementary school children, TumbleBooks take existing picture books and add sound, engaging animation, music, and narration to create stories that come to life for children.

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
From the award-winning author of Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink comes a clever take on the age-old optical illusion: is it a duck or a rabbit?
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight.
Mercy Watson To the Rescue by Kate Dicamillo.
To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig–she’s a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons’ bed. BOOM! CRACK! As the bed and its occupants slowly sink through the floor, Mercy escapes in a flash “to alert the fire department,” her owners assure themselves. But could Mercy possibly have another emergency in mind–like a sudden craving for their neighbors’ sugar cookies?

OverDrive/Libby

If you haven’t already, download Libby through your device’s App Store to access the library’s digital collection. Libby is super easy to use; it’s designed to get you reading as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

Start Now!: You Can Make a Difference by Chelsea Clinton. Audiobook
For the youngest activists among us, a book geared just for them: full of facts, stories and tips on how to change the world read by the author, Chelsea Clinton. How can I eat healthy? What can I do to save endangered animals? Why do I need to cover my mouth when I cough? With information on problems both large and small, Chelsea breaks down the concepts of health, hunger, climate change, endangered species, and bullying, so that listeners can understand the world around them, and how they can make a difference in their own lives, as well as in their communities and the world at large. 

Blended by Sharon M. Draper. E-book
Eleven-year-old Isabella’s blended family is more divided than ever in this thoughtful story about divorce and racial identity from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Audiobook
Minli spends her days working hard in the fields and her nights listening to her father spin fantastic tales about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon. Minli’s mother, tired of their poor life, chides him for filling her head with nonsense. But Minli believes these enchanting stories and embarks on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man of the Moon and ask him how her family can change their fortune. Narrated by Janet Song.

Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen. Audiobook
A girl discovers her boarding school is actually an elite spy-training program, and she must learn the skills of the trade in order to find her mother in this action-packed middle grade debut! Narrated by Kelsey Navarro.

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds. E-book
Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.

You need a library card to access TumbleBooks and OverDrive. If you’re having troubles accessing either with your card, contact info@pcpl21.org.

If you do not have a library card (and even if you do!), check out some of our favorite books read by celebrities through Storyline Online. The books also include activity guides you can do at home together.

Snappsy The Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko, read by David Harbour, of Stranger Things
The Hula-Hoopin Queen by Thelma Godin, read by Oprah Winfrey
Guji Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen, read by Robert Guillaume

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Activities & Resources For Parents/Teachers

by Youth Services

There are all kinds of activities you can do at home while we are practicing social distancing. Here are some ideas to keep you entertained and engaged during the weeks ahead.

Art

ArtBar – activity guide for kids in quarantine

Lunch Doodles with Mo – Mo Willems is inviting kids to draw, doodle and explore with him every day for the next few weeks. New episodes are posted each weekday at 1 p.m.

Draw Every Day with JJK – Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator, will be doing daily doodles for the next few weeks every day at 2 p.m. 

Books

Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Shout, is making herself available for a virtual Q&A. 

OverDrive/Libby – Check out books and audiobooks from the library while we’re closed on your device at home. 

Stimola Literary Studio is hosting live streamed read alouds, craft activities, and drawing demonstrations between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

StorylineOnline – Books read by celebrities 

Tumblebooks – Collection of animated, talking picture books, suited for elementary school children. 

Chores

Age-Appropriate Chores for Children

Cooking

Montessori Kids in the Kitchen

Montessori Food Preparation and Cooking Inspiration

A List of Kitchen Tools for Children 1 to 4 Years

COVID-19

BrainPOP Video for Kids – This video educates kids and helps alleviate fears. This site also has lots of other resources including related reading, games, and lesson plans.

Comic for Kids from NPR – NPR education reporter, Cory Turner, asked experts what kids might want to know about the Coronavirus. You can print and fold the comic.

Germ Smart Kids: How to Wash Your Hands

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Statistics and Research

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Symptoms, Prevention, and How to Discuss With Your Child

Indiana Department of Health – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

John Hopkins Coronavirus Covid-19 Interactive Map

What does “flatten the curve” mean? Check this article out for a great visual simulation.

Facebook

Emily Arrow – kidlit musician

Oliver Jeffers, children’s author and illustrator, read aloud schedule

Science Mom! – regular lessons from Science Mom!

Cincinnati Zoo is offering Home Sarari Facebook Live sessions

Learning Activities

ABDO Free Distance learning resources available free through June 2020. Also 10 free titles

Amazon Future Engineer classes – free through August 31, 2020

Duolingo – Learn a new language

Education.com is offering free worksheets for preschool through 5th grade students.

Free Online Learning Resources for Schools Affected by Coronavirus/COVID-19

Kate Messner, children’s book author, has collected a list of “learning at home” resources from authors and illustrators that include read-alouds, writing and drawing lessons, and research links.

Khan Academy

National Geographic Kids

Redgate Coding Club for Kids

Scholastic Learn at Home

Skype a Scientist – matches families to a scientist for a live video Q&A session.

ST Math

Stuck at home? Enriching activities to do with all ages from the Indiana Young Readers Center

Typing Club is free and fun so kids can keep on top of typing skills

Miscellaneous Ideas

7 Things to Do if You Can’t Leave the House

51 Creative Ways to be Active Indoors

Cosmic Kids Yoga

PBS KIDS’ new weekday newsletter with activities and tips

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Virtual PLAYdates with Indy with Kids

Museum Virtual Tours

19 Immersive Museum Exhibits You Can Visit from your Couch

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – check out their Facebook page for free Facebook Live Events

Guggenheim Museum

Houston Zoo Live Animal Cameras

The Louvre

Take a Virtual Tour of these 12 Amazing Museums

Van Gogh Museum

Music and Entertainment

Live Virtual Concerts

Podcasts

15 Awesome Podcasts for Kids that You’ll Enjoy Too, Parents

Grace Lin started a new podcast Kids Ask Authors – a five to ten-minute podcast where children’s authors would answer one question from a young reader. Kids can submit a book review, poem, short story or joke to the podcast. Lin will release three episodes a week. 

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Escape Your World With These Kanopy Documentaries

by Adult Services

Ever felt like you needed a vacation? Just an escape to somewhere else, a different place or a different time? Watch these Kanopy documentaries to step out of your world and into another.

Kanopy is a video-streaming platform dedicated to thoughtful and thought-provoking films. From the Great Courses to popular indie titles, to educational entertainment for children, Kanopy has the best in entertainment. Kanopy can be accessed on Android and iOS devices, Roku, Samsung SmartTV, Chromecasts, and FireTV devices. You must have a Putnam County Public Library Evergreen card to use this resource. Users may stream up to ten titles per month.

If you need a library card, contact the library at info@pcpl21.org. 

Rewind This!

Link: https://pcpl.kanopy.com/video/rewind

Summary: Rewind This! explores the enormous cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape. Featuring interviews with filmmakers including Atom Egoyan, Mamoru Oshii, and Jason Eisener, distributors, store owners and rabid tape collectors, the 2013 SXSW Festival hit film traces the many ways home video altered the cultural landscape. Offering a wealth of weird and wild titles, home video transformed the viewing habits and tastes of a generation of audiences. The doc’s look at the home video revolution is enlightening, funny and totally entertaining.

Code Girl

Link: https://pcpl.kanopy.com/video/code-girl

Summary: Join high school-aged girls from around the world as they try to better their community through technology and collaboration in this thrilling, heartfelt documentary. By 2017, the app market will be valued at $77 Billion. Over 80% of these developers are male. The Technovation Challenge aims to change that by empowering girls worldwide to develop apps for an international competition. From rural Moldova to urban Brazil to suburban Massachusetts, CODEGIRL follows teams who dream of holding their own in the world’s fastest-growing industry. The winning team gets $10K to complete and release their app, but every girl discovers something valuable along the way.

Killswitch

Link: https://pcpl.kanopy.com/video/killswitch

Summary: The Internet is under attack. Free speech, innovation, and democracy are all up for grabs. KILLSWITCH is about the battle for control over the Internet. This is the story of two young hacktivists, Aaron Swartz & Edward Snowden, who symbolize the disruptive and dynamic nature of the Internet. Their lives parallel one another as they free information to millions on the Internet, putting them directly in the cross-hairs of the most powerful interests in the world. Will this be a cautionary tale of what happens when you dare to take on elite power structures? Or will it be the spark that ignites a revolution that will redefine democracy in the digital age?

Rise of the Superstorms

Link: https://pcpl.kanopy.com/video/rise-superstorms

Summary: Dive into the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. How can scientists better predict these storms, and what does the 2017 season tell us about the likelihood of similar storms in the future?

Rabbit Fever

Link: https://pcpl.kanopy.com/video/rabbit-fever

Summary: You’ve heard of dog and horse shows, but are you familiar with rabbit shows? Rabbit Fever is a coming-of-age story that follows six competitors as they strive to win the top title at the National American Rabbit Convention – an event that draws more than 20,000 rabbits in one building, the largest mass of rabbits in the world. While adult members of the rabbit habit compete for BEST IN SHOW, the teenage enthusiasts quest for an even more coveted honor in the rabbit community – RABBIT KING and QUEEN!

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