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Fall Fest 2014 & Slammin' Rhymes Challenge IX!

Families and individuals of all ages are invited for an afternoon of inspiration and cultural entertainment during Fall Fest 2014, sponsored by the Library's African-American History Committee, on Saturday, November 15 from 12 noon - 4 p.m. at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Highlighting the afternoon will be a lecture (at 2:10 p.m.) by Tamika Catchings, former WNBA MVP with the Indiana Fever and author of Dreams Are for Catching: Discovering the Star in You, the Inspiring Story of Tamika Catchings. In addition to being a 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Catchings has spearheaded the Catch the Stars Foundation, which empowers youth to achieve their dreams through literacy, fitness and mentoring. Catchings' message will inspire others through this year's Fall Fest theme, "Raising the Bar: I Am Connected, Unique and Powerful." Catchings will sign copies of her book at 3:30 p.m.

In addition, an awards ceremony and poetry performance will feature winners of the teen Slammin' Rhymes Poetry Challenge IX (2:55 p.m.). (Entry deadline for Marion County students in grades 9 - 12 is October 27. ) Catchings will assist with the awarding of winners of the Slammin' Rhymes Challenge.

The event also will feature performances by the Sankofa Fare Institute African dance and drum ensemble (12:10 p.m.); R&B, jazz and blues musician Goldie Johnson (12:35 p.m.), the Deckademic DJ School (1 p.m.), the Top Flight All Stars of Indiana elite cheerleading team (1:25 p.m.); and poet and spoken word artist Manon "Voice" Bullock (1:55 p.m.).

This program, to be held in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium, is made possible by the Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation; The Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund; The Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund; and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

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