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
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
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.Print This Post
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June 6, 2014 National Donut Day! In honor of it - a favorite Doughnut story - Arnie the Doughnut. Arnie 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.
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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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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.
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The 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!
Winners will be announced on a live video broadcast during Children’s Book Week (May 12-18, 2014).
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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.
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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?|
||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.|
||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.|
||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.|
||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.|
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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
- Amazon Look Inside: Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great
- Official Website: Bob Shea
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