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  Sorting and classification are great ways for children to develop and learn early literacy skills. Making a game of sorting and classification is one of the best ways to introduce these skills to your child! An interesting activity will engage them and the hands-on learning...

When Fionn and his older sister Tara go to live with their grandfather on Arranmore Island, off the coast of Ireland, he doesn’t expect to discover a literally magical place. But that's exactly what happens in The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle. As he explores...

Preserving history is a mission of the Indiana Room. We wanted to be sure to capture this moment in pandemic history and document it for the future. Thanks to the Plainfield residents who participated in our Oral History project. Listen in their own words how...

Join us for a visual history of Plainfield, Indiana on May 25 at 6:30pm.  Part of the new Plainfield Community Forum, the Indiana Room's Sarah Wright will present this engaging look into Plainfield's past. The program will be held at the Plainfield Friends' Meeting, 106...

What is Día? Did you know that children's librarians have a special day to celebrate books about children from diverse backgrounds? Sponsored by the American Library Association, Día, or Children's Day, is an annual celebration of children's books and a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the...

So many books today seem to take place in either California or Washington, D.C. And their authors all seem to be from New York. And while we love these books, well, sometimes we just want something a little more familiar. Perhaps a different location, or...

Get your scientific thinking caps on! We’re going to learn about ocean layers, also known as zones, with this easy experiment you can try at home! The ocean has several layers. For our experiment, we’re focusing on three of those layers: The Sunlight Zone The Twilight...

Why read a mystery novel? From the drama to the complex plots, mysteries are a mental puzzle. Readers follow every crumb of evidence the author leaves behind, trying to solve the puzzle on their own before the big reveal at the end of the book. From...

Did you know that the PGTPL Children's Room has a whole section devoted to folk and fairytales? That's right! Head over to the non-fiction shelves and look for J 398. Some of the books in this area are collections of classic fairytales, and others are...

  As children develop their awareness of reading and language, it can be helpful to point out all of the many different ways that words are part of the world around us. Here are a few ideas to help encourage print-awareness in your child! Look at...