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!
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!
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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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
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
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
Families and children of all ages are invited as the Indianapolis School of Ballet presents a sneak peak of the magical world of Carnival of the Animals. Following the performance, children will be invited on stage to explore the brightly-colored costumes and participate in an introductory ballet class. This program will be held in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium.
At 3:00 PM on Sat, Apr 16, 2016
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.
At 11:00 am on Tue, Apr 12, 2016
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Today for Story Time for Little Learners we had such a big turnout that we moved from the Baby Zone to the Green Screen Theatre! That makes things so much more fun! I’ll be a little sad when everyone goes back to school after Spring Break.
To celebrate April Fool’s day, I told bad Knock Knock Jokes and I read four very silly books!
April Foolishness by Teresa Bateman
Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli
Watch Out! Big Bro’s Coming! by Jez Alborough
Don’t Play with Your Food! by Bob Shea
The theater was filled with giggles and everyone loved guessing what was going to happen next in each story!
After we were done reading and singing, everyone stayed after to make a “Poisson D’Avril” (Literal translation: “April Fish”), which is an April Fool’s tradition in France that started back when the calendar changed the New Year celebration from April 1st to January 1st. Some folks in France missed the memo and forgot that they no longer celebrated New Years in April and started having a party. The people who remembered laughed and taped paper fish to the backs of the partying people and has been a fun prank in France for every April Fool’s day. So today we decorated our own paper fish and had fun taping it to our backs!
I’m already looking forward to doing this Story Time again next year!
Don’t forget to join us every Friday morning at 11:00 AM in the Learning Curve for Story Time! We have a new theme each week!