Library Resources & Programs
ALL of GPL’s Kids Programs are open to ALL children! The following programs may be of particular interest. If you have any questions or concerns about accommodations for your child please feel free to contact Katie at (317)885-5035 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GPL is bringing the fun to you! Join us for virtual baby, toddler and preschool storytimes! Check our calendar for dates and times, as well as information on registering to pick-up craft kits for the programs. Did you miss a program? No problem! Subscribe to our YouTube channel to view past virtual programs!
The Children’s Department of GPL features a Parent/Teacher section where you can find books on topics from dyslexia to autism to education. Search our catalog, or talk to a librarian in the Children’s or Reference sections for assistance locating additional materials.
If you’re looking for books featuring characters with disabilities ask a librarian for help searching, or check out these resources to find titles.
Schneider Family Book Award
The Schneider Family Book Awards, from the American Library Association, honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Visit their website to view current and past winners.
Rethinking Kid Lit
The Representation Matters project of RethinkingKidLit.com, from Ball State University, contains reviews of books featuring characters with disabilities. Rewriting the Story features free, online original stories or retellings of classic stories featuring disabled characters.
Disability in Kidlit
Disability in Kidlit features reviews of middle grade and young adult books with a focus on the disabled perspective. All of the site’s contributors identify as disabled. While they are on hiatus from new submissions, past reviews and their “Honor Roll” of recommended books can lead to some great finds.
Teaching Books features author interviews, lesson plans, book trailers, and other resources. They feature lists of books in various cultural collections, including a Disability Collection featuring over 1,000 books.
We Need Diverse Books
View resources for finding diverse books on their website, or download the Our Story app and create a free account to search for books by type of disability, reading level, genre, etc.
Databases & Websites
INSPIRE Health & Medicine Databases
INSPIRE databases, from the Indiana State Library, are free to use from home or at the library.
KidsHealth features doctor-reviewed advice on hundreds of topics, as well as sections for both kids and parents.
This free website from the National Library of Medicine features high-quality, accurate medical information that is easy to read.
Medical Library Association Top Health Websites
MLA provides a list of websites evaluated for credibility, sponsorship/authorship, content, audience, timeliness, disclosure, purpose, links, design, interactivity, and disclaimers.
Simply Sayin' Medical Jargon
Simply Sayin' is a free app that can help easily explain medical jargon, appointments, and procedures to children. This can help ease anxiety.
Located in Indianapolis, this center features a lending library, video resource materials, and software to create personalized visual schedules.
INDATA/Easter Seals Assistive Technology Lending Library
This program provides short-term loans of equipment for individuals with visual, cognitive, hearing, mobility, learning, and other impairments. It provides users with the chance to try out equipment before deciding on a purchase. Visit the link above for more information and to search the catalog.
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community Library
IIDC offers access to thousands of books, kits, and DVDs throughout the state. You can search their catalog online. They will mail items for free, but you will be asked to return items at your own expense within four weeks.
Indiana State Library Talking Book & Braille Library
Patrons across the state can borrow braille books, digital audio books, large print books, audio magazines, and special playback equipment. Materials can be mailed to your home.