Summer Reading Kickoff!

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The Summer Reading Program Kickoff will take place on Sunday June 5th from 12-4 pm!

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More Francis Bellamy Little Architects!

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Story Time with Little Learners: See the Shapes!

This week at Story Time was all about shapes!

We read:

Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier (This was a big hit with the little ones!)

Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

Whoo? Whoo?  by David A. Carter

Little Cloud by Eric Carle

It Looked Like Spilt Milk  by Charles Shaw

We drew shapes in the air and learned some new rhymes.

Then at the end, I pulled out our light table and we all played together with shapes. We mixed different colored shapes to make new colors! We also made silly faces with the shapes!

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When it was time to go thankfully there were no tears and I had lots of little helpers for clean up!

 

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Francis Bellamy Little Architects!

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Story Time 2.0: Sunnyside Elementary

This week, Sunnyside Elementary came with 3rd and 4th grade classes to visit the library!

During their visit, they participated in Storytime 2.0. The students were split up into small groups of 3-4 and were able to collaborate together to write a 5 sentence short story. The goal for each story was to have a setting, characters, and a beginning, middle, and end. Once they were all done with their stories, each group had the opportunity to come up onto the stage in our Green Screen Theater to read and act out their story! We recorded each story using Mixcraft so that you can listen to all of their stories below! They did a fantastic job!

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Minecraft Club’s replica of Monument Circle and more!

Minecraft Club has been very busy lately and has crafted an amazing replica of downtown Indianapolis’ Monument Circle! Check out a presentation from members of Minecraft Club showing off their amazing work!

 

Minecraft Club’s mayor of Central Land, CreeperMaster, is showing off his Creeper-themed White House! Check out his mayoral office here:

Join us as Minecraft Club continues to make amazing builds. We are currently working on a replica of Chase Tower complete with a hidden underground vault!

Minecraft Club meets Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm right here in the Learning Curve @ Central Library!

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Story Tellers Drum!

Habari gani everyone!

What does Habari gani mean? It means “What’s up?” or “What’s the news?” in Swahili!

So what’s up?

I’ll tell you what’s up….

Story Tellers Drum threw us a party in the Learning Curve this past Sunday! storytellers drum

Brought to us from Arts for Learning for our Journey Around the World in 30 Days program, this band of very talented folks played some fantastic traditional West African music on handmade drums such as a Djembe (a drum made out of a hollowed out tree trunk), told us stories, and helped us learn some rhythm through playing drums and dancing!

The music could be heard throughout the entire Learning Curve so even those who weren’t participating could move to the beat as they worked!

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If you missed them at the Curve you can catch them again at the Flanner House Branch on May 4th! Find more information here.

 

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Reach Out and ReadIN!

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In partnership with Reach Out and Read Indiana, families and children of all ages are invited for a celebration of language and learning throughout the Learning Curve. Beginning at 10 a.m., guest celebrities will read stories each half hour. Families and individuals can read books to win prizes. Every book read will help build the home library of an at-risk preschooler. At 11 a.m., Grammy-nominated artist José-Luis Orozco will present a family concert in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium at which the first 150 children in attendance will receive a free book title by the musician and story performer. There will be strolling magic and face painting beginning at 12:30 p.m., arts and crafts, and appearances by Curious George and The Man With the Yellow Hat. Reach Out and Read is a non-profit organization that supports medical providers who give books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud at well-child exams.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Sat, Apr 30, 2016

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Kite-Making Class for Kids

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Children ages 6 – 12 are invited to get ready for spring by making a kite to fly! This program is presented by The Art Lab. Adults with children ages 6 – 8 are encouraged to stay for the program to assist their child if needed. This program will be held in Central Library’s Learning Curve.

At 11:00AM on Sat, Apr 30, 2016

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Journey Around the World in 30 Days!

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Children ages 4 – 10 and families are invited to experience rhythms in West African music and dance and hear stories in some of the languages of West African culture. This program will be held in the Learning Curve.

At 1:00PM on Sun, Apr 24, 2016

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