Library Education Services

Need a test proctored for online or other education? More information about that here.

Brush up on your technology skills in a group class or one-on-one appointment. Check our calendar for current class offerings.

Our Youth Services department offers many educational programs and opportunities for kids and teens, as well.

We offer an assortment of research databases for your own independent study or class research project. Be sure to check out TeachingBooks for K-12 activities and lessons on various books.

Custom Collections Service

Muncie Public Library offers a special collection service for preschool, elementary or home-school teachers, as well as parents and individuals. Librarians prepare thematic or pleasure reading collections for pick-up at the location of your choice. This service allows teachers, parents, or individuals to supplement their classroom, school or home collections with great resources from MPL!

Guidelines to remember when planning your collection:

  • A minimum of one week notice is preferred.

  • Pick-up from Kennedy or Maring-Hunt Library.

  • Materials can be renewed in person, by phone, or by using the online catalog.

  • No fines for overdue materials are charged if the materials are checked out with a Muncie Public Library teacher's card. Teacher's cards are available to preschool, Head Start, Day Care, elementary and secondary school teachers who teach in the Library service area.

  • You will be charged for lost or badly damaged materials and teachers may lose their teacher card privileges if materials are not returned or replacement payment is not made.

  • To qualify for a teacher's card, teachers must teach within Center Township. Proof of employment is required of those employed by a school or child care agency.

Interested in taking advantage of this great service? Fill out our Custom Collections Form here or call the Youth Services Department at Maring-Hunt Library 741-5151 or Kennedy Library 741-7333.

Book Club Kits

Need reading material for a crowd? Our book club kits are a great way for homeschoolers, teachers, and other groups to facilitate discussion about literature with kids and teens.

Each book club kit comes ready-packed in a bookbag and generally contains: 

  • 8 copies of book title
  • Teacher guide to the literature

We also have science kits available--these kits focus on topics of science and contain hands-on activities to go along with the readings. Look below to browse our selection of titles!

 J Fiction Book Club Kits

Crispin: the Cross of Lead by Avi
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Fudge-a-mania by Judy Blume
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963: A Novel by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup... by Kate DiCamillo
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt
Every-thing on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Holes by Louis Sachar
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

YA Fiction Book Club Kits

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Squashed by Joan Bauer
Fair-weather Friends by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Harsh Pink: Color Me Burned by Melody Carlson
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Downriver by Will Hobbs
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Science Kits

Science kits are geared towards K-5 students and contain books as well as activities about various science topics. These kits are currently available at Maring-Hunt and Kennedy library branches. 


Bridging the Gap

Build your own structures as you learn about the science behind bridges! Kids who love legos and blocks will flip for this kit. 

I Can't Believe My Eyes
Want to instill a love of science in your creative child? Check out the 'I Can't Believe My Eyes' kit, which teaches about the art and science that make optical illusions trick your eyes. 

Magnificent Magnets
Explore the science of magnetic poles and fields while playing with magnets at home.

Book Club Kits for Adults

Need reading material for a crowd? Our book club collection offers multiple copies of interesting titles that are a great way for groups to facilitate discussion about literature.

For more information or to reserve these books, contact 765-747-8204 or [email protected].

Fiction

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams                             
  • Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis                                        
  • Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg                                  
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood                           
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen                                        
  • Giovanni's Room by William Baldwin                        
  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty                                         
  • 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino                                 
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury                                           
  • Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt                                
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler                                         
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham                          
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis                       
  • The Green Road by Anne Enright                                          
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner                            
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald                                
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn                                          
  • The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass                                              
  • The Vegetarian by Kang Han                                     
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway                              
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman                                          
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston                                
  • Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde                               
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James                                             
  • The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson                                             
  • Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones                                               
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka                                      
  • On The Road by Jack Kerouac                                    
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes                                               
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver                                   
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch                                      
  • The Whip by Karen Kondazian                                   
  • Bagmen by William Lashner                          
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee                                     
  • Watergate by Thomas Mallon                                   
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy                                 
  • The Elementals by Michael McDowell                                  
  • The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma                          
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor                                 
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett                                          
  • The Wanderers by Richard Price                                           
  • The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman                                             
  • Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice                                        
  • Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley                      
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan                                    
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker                                             
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe                       
  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut                                         
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton                                           
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde                                       
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf                                           
  • Chess Story by Stefan Zweig

Nonfiction                                     

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie                                       
  • Life on the Color Line by Gregory Howard Williams             
  • And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts                                          
  • Devil In the White City by Erik Larson                                   
  • A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold                                          
  • H Is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald                           
  • The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel                                          
  • Rescue Road by Peter Zheutlin                                              
  • Hiroshima by John Hersey                                         
  • 1776 by David G. McCullough                       
  • My Life in France by Julia Child                                             
  • A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel                                              
  • A Loss For Words by Lou Walker
General Homework and Study Help
  • AskRose - If you're struggling with math and science, then check out Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Homework Hotline. The hotline provides free math and science help to Indiana students grades 4-12. All you have to do is call 1-877-ASK-ROSE from 7pm-10pm, Sunday-Thursday, or 12pm-3pm Monday-Friday to get connected with a tutor. There are also chat and email options available on their website
  • Purdue's Online Writing Lab - Get advice on research papers and just about anything else you might have to write (especially citations and bibliographies)
  • High School Ace - Interactive study quizzes for High School subjects
  • StudyStack - Search free flashcards shared by students and teachers to help with memorization
Test Prep
  • CollegeBoard's SAT site offers practice tests, testing locations, and online registration options
  • StudyPoint's page of Free Resources lists a number of articles, webinars, and tools like the Practice Tests Scoring Tool which gives students an in-depth diagnostic breakdown of their practice ACT & SAT exams
  • LearningExpress Library provides free eBooks of study guides and interactive practice quizzes for a wide variety of academic and professional certification exams.
High School Equivalency (HSE)

What is HSE?

The Indiana HSE diploma, or High School Equivalency, is an alternative to earning a high school diploma. It is earned by completing a test based on five subject areas including math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. The skills tested are at the same level as those of graduating high school seniors. A person must be at least 16 years old before they may take the test.

The GED is no longer offered in Indiana. Students now take the TASC, also known as Test Assessing Secondary Completion. Past GEDs are considered valid HSEs.

For more information, contact the Indiana Department of Workforce Development by e-mail at [email protected], by phone at 1-866-220-6675, or visit their website about HSE.

How does a person prepare?

  • The Muncie Area Career Center provides free classes to adults who have not earned a high school diploma or those who need some help preparing to be College and Career Ready. Contact the Adult Education Program by phone at 765-747-5257 or visit their website.
  • For self-guided study online, LearningExpress offers online practice tests and study guides. LearningExpress is free to Hoosiers via INSPIRE, the state's virtual library. To access the practice tests and study guides from the LearningExpress homepage, choose High School Equivalency Center.

How does a person take the test?

Find testing centers at indiana.tasctest.com

How does a person get my HSE Transcript or Diploma?

To obtain an official transcript or your High School Equivalency Diploma, visit DiplomaSender.com.

What is an alternative to HSE?

The Excel Center is a free public school that gives adult students the opportunity to earn an Indiana Core 40 high school diploma. Contact the Muncie Excel Center by phone at 765-283-0916 or visit their website.

Driver's Test and Practice
  • Driving-Tests.org offers practice tests for Indiana Driver's Tests--including learner's permits, standard driver's license, motorcycle, and CDL tests--along with an FAQ about applying for a driver's license in Indiana
  • Indiana's Driver License and Permit FAQ - Find out the ways you can apply for your license or practice with the various practice driving tests provided.