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2015 Summer Reading Program! “Beatz & Bookz”

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Children of all ages and families are invited to tune up their reading performance and pump up the volume for reading during The Indianapolis Public Library's 2015 Summer Reading Program, "Beatz & Bookz," beginning June 1 and continuing through July 25 at all IndyPL branch locations, Central Library and the Beech Grove Public Library.

This year's music theme is inspired by the long-term support of 92.3 WTTS, whose Rock to Read concerts have generated nearly $100,000 for Library programs since 2007. The program's mascot and top summer reading dog, Beatz, will be every young reader's best friend and jammin' book jockey by enthusiastically "woof-woofing" and tweeting about recent book releases, hot tracks and classic hits for participants to check out or download from the Library's collection. Kids will be able to follow Beatz on Twitter @cantBeatzIndyPL

Readers earn points for all books read, regardless of difficulty level, that can be exchanged for a variety of great prizes donated by community businesses and organizations. Those seeking greater rewards can choose from a list of notable Bonus Books. Among the prizes to be earned are tickets to an Indianapolis Indians game during Library Night at Victory Field on Monday, July 20 at 7 p.m. Game passes also are redeemable for admission to any Sunday - Thursday Indians baseball game.

Participants also can enter to win a drawing for two $529 scholarships good toward a college savings account courtesy of CollegeChoice Direct 529 Savings Plan and CollegeChoiceCD 529 Savings Plan.

The 96th Annual Summer Reading Program is made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation Friends of the Library and presenting sponsor 92.3 WTTS. Additional support is provided by BKD, LLP; Carrier Corporation; Chase; Citizens Energy Group; CollegeChoice Direct 529 Savings Plan and CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan; Hartley and Margaret Dellinger; Finish Line Youth Foundation; The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund; Eli Lilly and Company; Lilly Endowment Inc.; The Kroger Co.; Old National Bank; Pacers Foundation; Mary Frances Rubly; The Swisher Foundation, Inc., in memory of Glenn M. Swisher; Toysmith and United Water.

In 2014, 58,375 children, teens and parents participated in the Summer Reading Program.

For more information on the 2015 program, call 275-4099 or visit www.indypl.org/events/srp2015


Adult Summer Reading Program @ the Library!

It's not only children who get to have all the summer fun at The Indianapolis Public Library. Adults can read from a list of selected books and participate in a variety of cultural activities during the "Adult Summer Reading Program" continuing through August.

Following the music-related theme of this summer's children's reading program, the adult program features twelve works of fiction and non-fiction by popular authors that can be discussed at various IndyPL and community locations. No registration is required to check out books and attend special programs to celebrate summer reading.

This year's selected titles include:

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks

Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok

Words Without Music by Philip Glass

The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

Girl in a Band: A Memoir by Kim Gordon

Violins of Hope by James A. Grymes

Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones

Return to Oakpine by Ron Carlson

Book discussion programs, led by experts from the Indiana Writers Center, will be presented through August. Cultural activities associated with summer reading that include a Royal garden tea party, musical concerts, documentary film showing, yoga sessions another other events will continue through September.

Call 275-4099 for more information or visit www.indypl.org about these free Library programs.


Summer Showtime & Fun Workshops for Children

Free Hollywood box office hits and educational and entertaining workshops are among the many activities during the summer for children and families at The Indianapolis Public Library.

To accompany the Library's 2015 Summer Reading Program, the "Summer Showtime" film series will offer a steady dose of movie madness during June and July for the entire family. This year's lineup of films includes:

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day (PG)
Annie (PG)
Big Hero 6 (PG)
The Boxtrolls (PG)
Divergent (PG-13)
Dolphin Tale 2 (PG)
Into the Woods (PG)
Maleficent (PG)
Muppets Most Wanted (PG)
101 Dalmatians (G)
Planes: Fire Rescue (PG)
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast (G)

Check your local branch for dates, showtimes and free ticket information. Visit www.indypl.org for helpful movie links to help determine if a film is right for your family.

The Library also will host several fun workshops on a variety of topics to keep children stimulated and engaged during the summer, including:

Move & Groove Jump Rope Show Featuring The Rope Warrior
Children of all ages are invited to watch the incredible expertise of The Rope Warrior and try some jump rope tricks during this interactive show. Jump roping may be easier for older children. No registration required.

Clay Bells
Children ages 5 and up are invited as The Clay Man will lead a hands-on class for kids to make their own bell.
A toaster oven will be in operation. Registration is required. Limit of 25 per class.

Heavy Metal Arty Clinic 2015
Children ages 6 and up are invited to use a variety of thin, malleable metal wires in various colors to create an interesting design or make into a bracelet. They're encouraged to bring a piece of junk jewelry or small object to incorporate into their creation during this workshop presented by Art With a Heart. Registration is required. Limit of 25 per class.

Recycled Art Class
Children ages 6 and up are invited to use recycled materials to make either a jewelry project or unique collage piece with "punched" guitar picks. They're encouraged to bring old gift cards and other thick materials during this workshop presented by Art With a Heart. Registration is required. Limit of 25 per class.

Indiana Pacers Summer Reading Tour
Children of all ages are invited to join the Indiana Pacers for special storytime programs led by community readers. Following the stories, children can spin the prize wheel! No registration required.

For more information about these free Library programs, contact your local branch or visit www.indypl.org.


Summer Garden Series @ the Library!

A variety of outdoor cultural events will be featured during the Library's "Summer Garden Series" in the East Garden at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street. Many programs are geared toward adults, but several family-friendly programs are offered as well.

The lineup of free programs includes:

Garden Tea Party
Sunday, June 14 from 2 - 3 p.m.

This program, "Understanding the Health Benefits of Tea 101," will be presented by Tina's Traditional Old English Kitchen. Attendees will learn about real tea and herb and spice blends that can improve health and wellness. Enjoy free samples of various flavors of hot tea. Registration is required by calling 275-4099.

Sunset Yoga in the Garden
Monday, June 22 from 7 - 8 p.m.
Monday, July 20 from 7 - 8 p.m.
Monday, August 24 from 7 - 8 p.m.
Monday, September 28 from 7 - 8 p.m.

Adults are invited for motivational and relaxing yoga sessions led by City Yoga. In case of rain, the program will be held in Central Library's Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room on the 6th floor.

Queen's Garden Tea Party
Saturday, July 11 from 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn more about the evolution of the Royal tea parties that are still held every summer at Buckingham Palace. Garden parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s, when Queen Victoria instituted what were known as 'breakfasts.' In the 1950s, the number of garden parties held at Buckingham Palace was increased from two to three a year. They took the place of presentation parties attended by debutantes but have evolved into a way of rewarding and recognizing public service and are attended by people from all walks of life. This program is presented by Tina's Traditional Old English Kitchen as part of the Library's Summer Garden Series. Free samples of various flavors of hot tea will be available. Registration is required by calling 275-4099.

Game Night in the Garden
Tuesday, August 4 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Families and individuals of all ages are invited for an evening of board games and a corn hole tournament hosted by the Indiana Historical Society.

Field Day
Sunday, August 23 from 2 - 4 p.m.

This family-friendly extravaganza will feature a performance by the Rope Warrior, as well as face painting and other fun activities

Garden Workshop
Tuesday, September 1 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Adults are invited to learn about fall lawn care and weed control

Outdoor Painting Workshop
Sunday, September 20 from 2 - 4 p.m.

Families are invited to a fun workshop featuring plein air painting.

To learn more about these free Library programs, call 275-4022 or visit www.indypl.org.


Indy Library Store Booksale

Individuals can buy new and used books and other items at discount prices during the "Indy Library StoreBooksale" on June 19 & 20 and June 25 - 27 at the Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian St.

Friends of the Library Preview Night is Friday, June 19 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Friends of the Library memberships will be sold in the lobby of the Library Services Center at the Friends sign-up
table. The Booksale opens to the public on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and continues on Thursday, June 25 from 12 noon – 7 p.m. Half-Price Day will be on Friday, June 26 from 12 noon – 7 p.m. $7 Bag Day is scheduled for Saturday,June 27 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Standard prices of Booksale materials are: adult hardbacks - $2; juvenile hardbacks - $1; oversized
paperback books - $1; paperbacks - :50; juvenile paperbacks - :25; records, tapes & CD's - :50 - $1, and DVDs - $2. Items is the special sales area are priced individually.

Proceeds from the Booksale support Library programs and services sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

For more information about the Booksale or becoming a Friend of the Library, call 275-4700.

Dates to remember: Friday, June 19 – Friends Preview Night from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 20 – Public Booksale from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 25 - Public Booksale from 12 noon - 7 p.m.
Friday, June 26 – Half-Price Day from 12 noon - 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 27 – $7 Bag Day from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.