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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

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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

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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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4Jun/140

2014 SRP Summer Showtimes @ the Library

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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. 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.

This year’s film lineup features: 

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (PG) 94 min.
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

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (G) 104 min.
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) (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

CATCHING FIRE (PG-13) 146 min.
The Hunger Games saga continues in this sequel that finds a revolution brewing as Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark take a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts, and President Snow plots their downfall during preparations for the Quarter Quell, which only occurs every 25 years in celebration of the Capitol’s victory over the districts. 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

 

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12May/140

Last Day to Vote! Children’s Choice Book Awards

ChildrensChoiceLogo2014The Children's Choice Book Awards is the only national book award where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages. Voting for the 7th annual Children's Choice Book Awards started March 25, 2014. You can vote right now!

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Winners will be announced on a live video broadcast during Children’s Book Week (May 12-18, 2014).

 

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7May/140

NEW! Tumblebooks eBooks for Kids

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Play and learn to read with free library eBooks, games & more. Go to www.indypl.org/downloadables to use your library card to get these free eBooks for Young readers anywhere and anytime.

Sample Tumblebooks:

TheDot EnemyPie GameDay LittlePea
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