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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Owls: Preschool Art Workshop

Preschoolers and an adult are invited to explore sculpture, simple shapes, and drawing and painting with The Art Lab. Children will listen to a favorite owl story, hand-build a mixed media sculpture, and draw and paint their creation using watercolor and crayons. This program will be held in the Learning Curve.

Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 11:00 am

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Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!

Children and families are invited to this outstanding series of free performances by Indy’s leading jazz musicians. They are a great way to share jazz music with children that will be fun for everyone! These hour-long programs are presented by the Learning Curve at Central Library in partnership with The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest. This series is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. This program will feature a performance by the Allen Turk Burke Quintet. Allen’s talent on keyboard and vocals and skill as a music director has been tapped by celebrated performers such as the Spinners, Patti LaBelle and Marvin Gaye. Attendees will be enchanted by Allen’s interpretation of jazz and R&B classics.

Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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February at the Learning Curve!

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Superkids Story Time!

We had a BLAST at Story Time on Friday! The theme was Super Kids and we read stories and sang songs and rhymes about being a super hero!

The books we read were:

Kiki’s Blankie by Janie Bynum

Mighty Max! by Harriet Ziefert

Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod

and

Baron Von Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident by George McClements

For the activitie all the kiddos made super hero masks and I brought dress ups and props for them to play pretend! Here’s a picture of two of our brave heroines sporting capes and a shield. Not pictured is a dumbbell I made out of paper towel rolls and paper plates for the kids to test their super strength!

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January at the Curve

The Media Workshop is open at normal hours again! Check out January at the Curve!

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Master Builders in the Media Workshop!

Check out this awesome neighborhood that was made today!

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Statehood Celebration Day at Central Library!

As part of The Indianapolis Public Library’s celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial, families and individuals of all ages are invited to “Statehood Celebration Day” on Sunday, December 11 from 12 noon – 5 p.m. at Central Library

Call 317-275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.

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