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Digital Lab Workshops

Digital Lab Workshops



Children ages 10 and up are invited to use iPads and other new technologies to explore and learn abut the world around them. They’ll make music, create animations, and play with or build Lego machines. Participants will receive a free set of headphones to keep. Schedule

There are some things you can just never have enough of…M&Ms…and Legos! Here are some websites & books to keep ideas coming little brick by little brick.



There are two places you can go in Indianapolis this summer to experience exceptional Lego play – The Library and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis:

Lego Library books to keep you building:
LegoCity LegoMinifigs LegoStarWars LegoAdventure
LegoSuperheroes LegoSith LegoSummer LegoBook
LegoMan LegoIdeas LegoCool LegoBible
LegoFarm LegoCoolCars LegoCoolCastles LegoCoolCity
LegoRobots LegoToys
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Remembering Maya Angelou

Remembering Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou : a biography of an award-winning poet and civil rights activist


The legendary Maya Angelou died today, she was 86 years old. Maya was a writer, actress, professor, singer, dancer & activist whose voice and actions were celebrated and admired all over the world.

Dr. Maya Angelou Speaks is a series hosted by Scholastic which features video clips of the celebrated poet answering important personal and cultural questions – including her poetic inspirations, the importance of commitment to community, and more. Two of the clips are especially moving today::

“Life is a constant lesson and so I’ve passed some and I’ve flunked some and so people will read, and see, and they will use what is useful for them.” We will. And we thank you Maya.

This one is Maya’s message to you:

A wise woman.


Books for Kids:

Poetry for Young People Maya Angelou My painted house, my friendly chicken, and me
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2014 SRP Summer Showtime @ the Library!

2014 SRP Summer Showtime @ the Library!

2014SummerMoviesIt’s free movie madness. This year’s film lineup features:

Flint Lockwood is invited to join the Live Corp Company, and use his gift for invention for the good of mankind. Just as young Flint prepares to go to work for his hero Chester V, however, the young genius learns that his water-to-food machine is not only still functional, but it also started cross-breeding animals with food. Now, in order to prevent a growing army of “foodimals” from escaping isolation on an island and wreaking havoc on the mainland, Flint and his loyal group of friends will have to do battle with such delicious, but deadly, hybrids as the ferocious tacodiles, slithering apple pie-thons, and vine-swinging shrimpanzees. Schedule

DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) 92 min.
Universal Pictures presents this sequel to the wildly successful 2010 animated picture following Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), the ex-scheming evildoer-turned-parental figure, from animation company Illumination Entertainment. Schedule

FROZEN (PG) 108 min.
Enjoy this Academy Award winner for best animated film based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Snow Queen. After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa, her sister Anna teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff to break the icy spell. Schedule

JUNGLE BOOK (G) 78 min. Re-released.
The final animated feature produced under the supervision of Walt Disney is a lively musical, loosely based upon the tales of Rudyard Kipling. The story takes place in a tropical jungle where people are conspicuously absent. But one day Bagheera the Panther (voice of Sebastian Cabot) discovers a baby in the wreck of a boat. Feeling pity on the child, Bagheera takes him to be raised with the wolves. Schedule

LEGO MOVIE (PG) 101 min.
A lowly Lego figure (voiced by Chris Pratt) joins a group intent on battling an evil force after a case of mistaken identity in this computer-generated comedy. Schedule

Long before they were lurking in closets for a living, Mike and Sulley were just two Scaring majors at Monsters University, dreaming of the day they would make children shriek in terror. When their heated competition to be the most fearsome in their class gets out of hand, however, Mike and Sulley find themselves ejected from the prestigious Scare Program, and they are forced to seek the aid of their oddball friends in order to get their education back on track. Schedule

PIRATE FAIRY (not rated) 80 min.
Tinker Bell heads to the pirate-filled Skull Rock to reclaim Pixie Hollow’s Blue Pixie Dust. Schedule

PLANES (PG) 92 min.
Disney’s animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty, a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take the defending champ of the race circuit. Schedule

THE SMURFS 2 (PG) 105 min.
Gargamel is back, and this time he’s sending the Smurfs on a wild adventure through Paris in this globe-trotting sequel. Schedule

SAVING MR. BANKS (PG-13) 125 min.
The story of how Walt Disney courted P.L. Travers into letting him option the rights to Mary Poppins. Schedule

More Movies Especially for Teens:













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2014 SRP Summer Workshops

2014 SRP Summer Workshops


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. Schedule

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. Schedule

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. Schedule

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. Schedule

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. Schedule

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. Schedule

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. Schedule

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). Schedule

Digital Lab Workshops
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. Schedule

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. Schedule

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. Schedule

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

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