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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

Free App – Funbrain Jr.

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App Features:

  • Free
  • iTunes Preview
  • Letter recognition, letter sounds, and early literacy
  • Sequence, order, and patterns
  • Number recognition and basic counting
  • Concepts of quantity and number sets
  • Fine motor skills
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids

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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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5Jun/140

Free App – Touch & Learn Emotions

TouchEmotionsThis free app is good practice for learning to name the emotions and recognizing body language and facial expression. 

TouchEmotions2Four pictures are displayed and the name of an emotion appears on screen and is spoken. Users choose the picture that illustrates the emotion.

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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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2Jun/140

Kids Around the World

2014SRP

Today is the first day! Get all the details about the 2014 Summer Reading Program - included free apps and free online books!

Read around the world with these books that bring the lives of children from all over the world right into your life, right here in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Anna Hibiscus Beatrice's Goat Can You Say Peace Children from Australia to Zimbabwe
Clothes Dream Around the World A Faith Like Mine Food
A Good Trade Gift Days The Good Garden If America Were a Village
If the World Were a Village It's Back to School We Go A Life Like Mine The Market Bowl
Mimi's Village My Rows and Piles of Coins My School in the Rain Forest One Hen
Our World Razia's Ray of hope School Days Around the World A School Like Mine
The Soccer Fence This Child Every Child What We Wear What's For Lunch
You and Me Together

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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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).

 

VOTING WIDGETS

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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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6May/140

Read Right Now! Mother’s Day

Read Right Now!

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Read Free App: Me & My Mom - Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he spends the day in the city with his mom. Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. From the train station to the museum, how will Little Critter do in the big city?

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Read Spot Loves His Mommy - Spot loves spending time with his mom. Whether playing hide-and-seek, baking a cake, or reading his favorite story, Spot and Mommy have lots of fun together. This touching and heartwarming book is great for sharing--at Mother's Day and all year long.

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Read Mommy Loves Me - Mommy kisses, and Mommy hugs. But what else does she do? This charming book, featuring heartwarming illustrations of baby animals spending time with their mommies, will make moms want to cuddle up and read with their young ones.

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Read Mommy Loves Me - Soft, warm, safe, strong - in our early years, Mommy is the center of our world. Celebrate the special bond between mom and child with this lovingly illustrated book.

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Read My Mother Is So Smart - Through the heartfelt words of a little boy awed by all the things his mom can do, this glowing celebration of mothers has a universal appeal that will make young readers everywhere want to share it with their own moms.

More FREE Online Reading:


Mother's Day Books:

I Love ewe: An Ode to Animal Moms Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do…Because She Loves Me What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day Hero Mom
I Want My Mom! Where’s My Mommy? We Love Our Mom! Take Your Mama to Work Today
There’s No One I Love Like You I Love You Mama and Me Max and Zoe Celebrate Mother’s Day
Gus Makes a Gift The Night Before Mother’s Day Mother’s Day Surprise Hello, Mommy ZooBorns

Book recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selections Services

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21Apr/140

Staff Pick: Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great

Envy turns to admiration and finally to friendship for Goat and Unicorn.

Have you ever been jealous of someone? Or thought they were better than you? That’s how Goat feels about Unicorn. Goat can ride his bike, but Unicorn can fly. Goat can do simple magic tricks, but Unicorn can turn things into gold. How can you compete with someone who can make it rain cupcakes?

Then one day, Unicorn actually talks to Goat. Goat finds out that Unicorn likes all sorts of things about him! He loves goat cheese, adores cloven hooves, and is completely jealous that Goat can eat anything he wants. Who knew?

So the two become friends and learn to celebrate their differences. Hooray! They even imagine themselves as crime fighting superheroes. Taste their cloven justice!

Recommended by:  Erin Webster, Pike Branch Library

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