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22Jul/140

Read For Summer Free Online Reading Program – Art

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Read for My Summer Week 7Check out their featured books this week about colors, painters, and illustrators!

0 to 3

Perfect for reading aloud and encouraging early word recognition, Baby: Colors! contains a rainbow of objects, from green balloons to purple butterflies. After reading, head over to our program page to go on a rainbow toy hunt or create heart ball art!

4 to 7

In the summer of 1871, a young painter named Thomas Moran joined a team of scientists heading for the untamed land called "the Yellowstone." Tom had never ridden a horse or slept under the stars before, but the paintings he created on his journey from city boy to seasoned explorer would lead to the founding of America's first national park. Follow his journey in this week's 4 to 7 age group pick, Yellowstone Moran, then visit the Read for My Summer page for a Yellowstone scavenger hunt and an outdoor art show activity from ReadWriteThink!

8 to 10

Ted Geisel loved to doodle from the time he was a kid. He had an offbeat, fun-loving personality. He often threw dinner parties where guests wore outrageous hats! And he donned quirky hats when thinking up ideas for books such as his classic The Cat in the Hat. Who Was Dr. Seuss? brings an amazingly gifted author-illustrator to life. When you finish the book head over to our program page for a ReadWriteThink activity and Dr. Seuss games.

 

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9Jul/140

Read for My Summer Free Online Reading Program – Horses

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Read for My Summer is We Give Books’ free online summer reading program!

Horses are remarkable creatures. Learn all about them this week during the midpoint of Read for My Summer!

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7Jul/140

NEW! Streaming Video for Kids

IndyPL's new collection of streaming videos from Overdrive includes more than 400 titles appropriate for juvenile audiences.

Movie selections include movie versions of:

  • Caldecott winners, including "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Make Way for Ducklings"
  • Animated picture book classics, such as "The Ugly Duckling" and "Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type"
  • Episodes from tv shows such as Sesame Street and Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Instructional videos on a variety of topics, including yoga; and so much more!

Take a Look

The Adventures of Paddington Bear Chicka Chicka Boom  Boom Click Clack Moo Cows That Type Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Harold and the Purple Crayon Harry the Dirty Dog Locomotive Me, Eloise
Mr. Wuffles The New Adventures of Madeline Sesame Street Sonic the Hedgehog
The Ugle Duckling Where the wild Things Ared

Video Titles Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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1Jul/140

Read for My Summer Free Online Reading – Sports

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Read for My Summer is We Give Books’ free online summer reading program!

Each week We Give Books will highlight a special book for you and your child to read online, along with fun activities and reading tips to make them come to life, including custom activities from ReadWriteThink.org.

Read for My Summer Week #4

0 to 3

Baby Max: Sandbox. During playtime, Max and his sister Ruby mix delectable treats out of bubbles, berries, birdseed, and sand. When you are finished reading, visit the Read for My Summer page for some fun Max and Ruby games and activities!

4 to 7

The Soccer Fence, Meet Hector, who loved playing soccer in Johannesburg. He dreamed of playing on a real pitch with the boys from another part of the city, but apartheid made that impossible.  This poignant story of friendship artfully depicts a brief but critical moment in South Africa’s history and the unique role that sports can play in bringing people together. After reading, head over to our program page to tell sports stories with an activity from ReadWriteThink and color the South African flag.

8 to 10

Skate! Follow the progress of a beginning skateboarder as he advances from basic moves to more exciting tricks and jumps. After you read, try your hand at moving sports poetry with an activity from ReadWriteThink and make a mini-skateboard.

Stay tuned for more summer reading next week!

 

 

 

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24Jun/140

Read for My Summer Free Online Reading – Dinosaurs!

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Read for My Summer is We Give Books’ free online summer reading program!

Each week We Give Books will highlight a special book for you and your child to read online, along with fun activities and reading tips to make them come to life, including custom activities from ReadWriteThink.org. Get started now!

Read for My Summer Week #3

Ages 0 to 3

Discover huge and gentle plant eaters, and small and fierce meat eaters, in this week’s book for children up to age 3, Let’s Look: Dinosaurs. The Let's Look series uses colorful images, simple text labels, and fun "I spy" games to introduce curious preschoolers to the world. Then, visit our program page to find a dinosaur coloring page and instructions for making your very own dinosaur fossil.

Ages 4 to 7

Travel to the Sahara Desert with Josh Smith, real-life archeologist, and his crew of intrepid dinosaur hunters in our pick for the 4-7 age group this week, The Big Dinosaur Dig.  Read about how they face fierce sandstorms and, later, the joy of discovering a new species of dinosaur! After you read, become a young archeologist with an activity from ReadWriteThink and play some dinosaur games!

Ages 8 to 10

This week’s book for the 8-10 age group, Dinosaur Detectives, is an introduction to paleontology that weaves together facts about fossil hunting with fictionalized first-person accounts from dinosaur detectives. When you have finished reading, visit the Read for My Summer page for some tips on how to draw a T-Rex and become a dinosaur word detective with an activity from ReadWriteThink.

Thanks for continuing to read with us! Stay tuned for more summer reading next week!

 

 

 

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22Jun/140

Read For My Summer Free Online Reading Program

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Read for My Summer is We Give Books’ free online summer reading program!

Each week We Give Books will highlight a special book for you and your child to read online, along with fun activities and reading tips to make them come to life, including custom activities from ReadWriteThink.org. Get started now!

 

 

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13Jun/140

Summer Family Concerts

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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. This concert will be presented by the Jump Starters Trio, featuring New Orleans & Cajun music. Schedule

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8Jun/140

Many Cultures, Many (Unusual) Instruments

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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

Websites:

Playing the Spoons and Other Curious Instruments Play Piano in a Flash Musical Instruments A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
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6Jun/140

2014 Summer Reading Workshops

2014maySummerReadingWorkshops

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 www.indypl.org.

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6Jun/140

Arnie the Doughnut

Arnie the Donut

 

June 6, 2014 National Donut Day! In honor of it - a favorite Doughnut story - Arnie the DoughnutArnie the talking doughnut convinces Mr. Bing that not all doughnuts are meant to be eaten. Funniest picture...when Arnie realizes SOME PEOPLE EAT DOUGHNUTS! (We do!)

  • TODAY on Monument Circle: "Starting at 6 AM, fresh donuts and coffee will be served all morning, free of charge, from a Salvation Army canteen. We’ll be joined by Square Donuts, our generous National Donut Day sponsor. Stop by, enjoy a donut, and join us in thanking our brave “lassies” for their sweet contribution to American history." Details
  • Amazon Look Inside: Arnie the Doughnut
  • Official Website: Laurie Keller
  • Indiana Festival Theatre, Bloomington Indiana presents "Arnie the Doughnut" June 22, 25-29, July 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 9-13 @ 11:00 am Studio Theatre. Appropriate for ages 3 and up. Ages 7 and under should be accompanied by an adult. How fun! Ticket Details.

 

More Doughnut Books:

The Bowling Alley Bandit Ufonuts If You Give a Dog a Donut The Case of the Missing Donut
Who Needs Donuts The Donut Chef Homer Price
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