Shake, Rattle and Roll: Baby Music Workshop

Babies up to age 2 are invited for an interactive program with music, action songs and movement presented by Bongo Boy Music Center. Instruments such as maracas, bells, hand drums and gathering drums are used, as well as colorful scarves for visual tracking and movement. The program’s core intention is to use rhythm, music and movement to create a caring and connected rhythmic community. This 30-minute class requires the participation of caregivers. No older siblings, please. Space is limited. Registration is required. This program is sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. This program will be held in the Learning Curve at Central Library.

Tue, Apr 12, 2016 @ 11:00 am

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Tribute to Dr. Seuss Magic Show

Children of all ages and families are invited to celebrate the wonderful worlds created by Dr. Seuss in this magical tribute show presented by magician Don Miller. This program will be held in the Learning Curve.

Sat, Apr 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

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Reach Out and ReadIN!

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 aloud to children. Families and individuals can read books to win prizes. Every book read will help build the home library of an at-risk preschooler. The day also will feature Grammy-nominated artist José-Luis Orozco (11 a.m.) who will present a family concert in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium. The first 150 children in attendance at the concert will receive a free CD by the storytelling musician. There will be strolling magic, Crouching Tigers classes, a Tribute to Dr. Seuss magic show, face painting, arts and crafts, and appearances by Clifford the Big Red Dog. 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. This program is co-sponsored by WFYI, American Graduate, the Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Reach Out and Read, and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Sat, Apr 1, 2017 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Foil Art Class for Kids!

Children ages 6 – 12 are invited to use a variety of materials to create their own work of art. They’ll then add a frame to finish it off! Registration is required. Space is limited to 25 participants. This program will be held in the Learning Curve.

Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

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Duct Tape Craft Class

Children ages 6 and up are invited to create their own hip clutch or billfold out of duct tape during this program presented by Art With a Heart. This program will be held in the Learning Curve.

Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

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Healthy Snacking Preschool Workshop

Preschoolers and an adult are invited to join the Marion County Health Department for some tasty fun as they learn about healthy snacking options. This program will be held in the Learning Curve.

Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

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Beauty and the Beast Storytime

Children and families are invited to an interactive reading of the story, “Beauty and the Beast,” featuring guests from Ballet Theatre of Indiana. This program will be held in the Learning Curve.

Mon, Mar 20, 2017 @ 11:00 am

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March @ the Learning Curve!

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Activity of the Month: Toontastic!

 

Making cartoons is hard work.  Whether you’re doing it analog, using a stop motion technique or a computer, it can take years to make a cartoon.

Not so with the Toontastic app on the iPad!  You can make a cartoon in minutes!  It’s easy to use and can be personalized for maximum creative fun.

In the Toontastic app, you have the option of making a short cartoon with 3 scenes, a longer cartoon with 5 scenes or creating a presentation for a science experiment that uses elements of the scientific method.

I had a fun, silly time creating my first cartoon with my fellow Activity Guide, Shannon.  I created my own character and for our first scene, I created my own setting by drawing on the iPad with my finger.  You also customize a character already made in the app by changing the color of their skin, hair and clothing.   Don’t be afraid to let loose and be goofy when you’re making your own cartoon!  You can either improvise each scene as you go along, or you figure out a script ahead of time.

Toontastic is not only fun, it’s educational!  If you have to do a science experiment for school, you can use Toontastic to create a presentation.  The app helps you organize your presentation by providing scenes for each part of your experiments process, including the question, the hypothesis, experiment, results and conclusion.

Come to the Media Workshop to check out Toontastic on our iPads!

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Young Actors Theatre: Anne of Green Gables

Families, school-age children and teens are invited for the classic story of a girl who overcomes impossible odds through the magic of her imagination performed by the Young Actors Theatre. This original adaptation of “Anne of Green Gables” will transport attendees to a world where everything has potential and where one should never, ever give up. This free one-hour performance will be held in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium.

Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

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