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2014 Summer Reading Program: Read in Any Language

Summer Reading Program LogoChildren of all ages and families are invited to celebrate our local international community and experience the joy of reading
during The Indianapolis Public Library's 2014 Summer Reading Program, "Read in Any Language," June 2 - July 26.

The international theme of this year's program encourages participants to "think global & read local" and open up the world through books while discovering voices both similar to and different than their own. Taking a cue from the action-packed TV program, "The Amazing Race," young readers are challenged to race around the world, expand their boundaries and go where they haven't gone before in moving beyond their own reading level. Participants can map their getaway strategy and strive to arrive at their next reading destination where they will be rewarded with points that can be traded for global goods, aka great prizes, at the World Market in their local branch. The more books read, the more points will be earned. Additional points can be received by reading from a list of Bonus Books.

A new component this year will involve a drawing for two $529 scholarships good toward a college savings account courtesy of CollegeChoice Direct 529 Savings Plan and CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan. Participants can learn about qualifications to become eligible for the drawing upon registration at any Indy Library branch, Central Library and the Beech Grove Public Library.

Adults also are invited to be armchair travelers this summer by participating in an Adult Summer Reading Program that showcases books from around the world. A reading list of selected fiction and nonfiction books relating to numerous countries, cultures and travel themes is available. Additionally, the Library will host travelogues, author talks and book discussions throughout the summer.

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation is the proud sponsor of the 95th Annual Summer Reading Program. Additional support is provided by Carrier Corporation; Chase; Citizens Energy Group; Indiana Blood Center; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Mary Frances Rubly; Old National Bank; Pacers Foundation; 92.3 WTTS; CollegeChoice Direct 529 Savings Plan and CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan; The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund; The Kroger Co.; The Swisher Foundation, Inc., in memory of Glenn M. Swisher; Toysmith; and United Way of Central Indiana and the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation.

In 2013, a 10-year high of 58,901 young readers participated in the Summer Reading Program.

For more information on the 2014 Summer Reading Program, call 275-4099 or visit www.indypl.org.

 

Summer Workshops for Children

To accompany The Indianapolis Public Library's 2014 Summer Reading Program, school-age children
are invited to a wide variety of fun and educational workshops throughout the summer at all Library locations.
The Library also offers a number of free family programs to keep them engaged and entertained.

This summer's series of workshops and family events include:

Many Cultures, Many Instruments
Children of all ages and families are invited to enjoy a musical walk around the globe. Yurtfolk will play a collection of uncommon and unusual instruments that tell a story about different cultures.
Registration is recommended. Limit 35 children per session.

Graffiti-Inspired Word Art Workshop
Children ages 8 and up are invited to discover how perspective drawing and painting changed art forever. They'll use one-point perspective to make words and names pop off the page. To create a bold statement,they'll finish the work using color fill techniques inspired by the best graffiti artists.
Registration is required. Limit 20 children per session.

Paper Bead Jewelry Workshop
Children ages 7 and up are invited to learn the worldwide art of using paper to make jewelry during this workshop presented by Art With a Heart.
Registration is required. Limit 25 children per session.

Duct Tape Tote Bag Workshop
Children ages 8 and up are invited to create a tote bag for all their travels out of duct tape during this workshop presented by Art With a Heart. Younger children will need assistance.
Registration is required. Limit 15 children per session.

Indiana Pacers Summer Reading Tour
Children of all ages are invited to take a reading time out with community helpers and leaders and read like a pro during this storytime. Afterwards, those attending can spin the "wheel of prizes."
No registration required.

Critter Chats
Children of all ages and families are invited to meet animals face-to-face and spend time getting to know about them during this presentation by Animalia.
No registration required.

Critter Shows
Children of all ages and families are invited for an engaging show presented by Animalia that introduces them to up to five different animals.
No registration required.

Summer Family Concerts
Children of all ages and families are invited to jam in any language this summer! Three different bands will play throughout the Library system, and kids will have a chance to help out with the music during these 45-minute performances. Performing bands include the Jump Starters Trio (Cajun & New Orleans jazz), The Tides Trio (Caribbean/island music), and the Heartfelt Trio (American jazz & pop).

Mobile Lab
Children ages 10 and up are invited to use iPads to explore and investigate the digital realm.
Registration is required. Limit 12 children per session.

Furry Tails With a Twist
Families with children ages 2 - 11 are invited as Minnetrista Theatre Preserves will bring theater to life. They'll enjoy the production of "Furry Tails With a Twist," a play by Jennifer Hickock DeFratis, featuring off-beat characters and puppets. Those attending will help deconstruct and reconstruct three beloved fairy tales.
Registration is recommended.

Summer Library Concert!
Monday, June 23 at 6 p.m.
Central Library, Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair St.
Those of all ages are invited to a special summer concert at the Library with Wizard Rock & Nerd Rock, a jam session featuring Kirstyn Hippe, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Tonks & the Aurors.
Free and open to the public.

For more information about summer activities for children and families, call 275-4099 or visit www.indypl.org.

 

Summer Showtime @ the Library

It's free movie madness during the summer at The Indianapolis Public Library. All Library locations will present a complete lineup of Hollywood blockbusters for children and families during the "Summer Showtime" film series.

This year's film lineup features:

Cloudy With a Chance for Meatballs 2 (PG) 94 minutes

Despicable Me 2 (PG) 92 minutes

Frozen (PG) 108 minutes

Jungle Book (G) 78 minutes

The Lego Movie (PG) 101 minutes

Monsters University (G) 104 minutes

Pirate Fairy (not rated)

Planes (PG) 92 minutes

The Smurfs 2 (PG) 105 minutes

Catching Fire (PG-13) 146 minutes

Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13) 125 minutes

All films are free. However, some branches require free tickets to be picked up prior to each
movie showing. Day care centers, summer camps and other groups are encouraged to contact their local
branch in advance for special arrangements to attend.

For a complete schedule of "Summer Showtime" films, visit www.indypl.org.

 

2014 Hometown Roots Concert Series

Individuals of all ages are invited to a series of performances inspired by American musical traditions when the Library's "2014 Hometown Roots Concert Series" continues at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The series continues on Sunday, August 3 at 2:30 p.m. featuring three local songwriters who will share their original material. Myah Evans is a self-taught musician who has devoted herself to creating emotionally charged lyrics and melodies. Cara Jean Marcy, who will be joined by cellist Grover Parido, presents a unique style of songwriting that reveals a balancing act of personal experience and inevitable human truth. Luke Austin Daugherty believes in collaboration and improvisation while playing acoustic and electric guitars with harmonica and live loops. The diversity among these talented performers in the songwriter genre will make for a great afternoon of original music.

A returning crowd favorite will be featured on Sunday, September 21 at 2:30 p.m. when the high energy percussion ensemble CLANG! performs. Consisting of percussionists Michael Beck, Brian E. Paulson and Joe O'Connell, CLANG will perform on such instruments as Steel Pan drums, Cajon drums, Djembe drums, talking drums and more unusual percussion instruments from around the world. With an energy that makes your body shake in rhythm and a penchant for interacting and taking a wacky direction on homemade and exotic percussion instruments, CLANG will improvise on whatever they have at hand to set your feet a tappin' and make you smile!

This year's series concludes with an afternoon of jazz on Sunday, October 12 at 2:30 p.m. It will feature a performance of selections from the American Songbook along with jazz standards by The Bruce Polson Quartet with saxophonist Rich Cohen. Then, contemporary jazz vocalist Cynthia Layne will perform with her band a mix of groove-based R&B with strong jazz undertones.

This series is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
For more information about this free Library series, call 275-4099 or visit www.indypl.org.

 

The Fatherhood Forums

Adults are invited as a panel of experts from the Indiana Healthy Marriage and Family Coalition Inc.'s network of partnerships gathers to help enlighten, inform and empower families to tackle the challenges of responsible fatherhood and manhood during the series entitled "The Fatherhood Forums" throughout the year various Indianapolis Public Library locations. The lineup of programs in this series includes:

Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration
Tuesday, August 12 from 6 - 8 p.m.
East Thirty-Eighth Street Branch, 5420 E. 38th Street
Register by calling 275-4350

Family Law
Tuesday, October 14 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Spades Park Branch, 1801 Nowland Avenue
Register by calling 275-4520

Family Law
Tuesday, December 9 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Decatur Branch, 5301 Kentucky Avenue
Register by calling 275-4330

This free series is sponsored by the Indiana Healthy Marriage and Family Coalition Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.