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8Oct/130

Julian Toha Workshop & Piano Performance

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Just Imagine: A Multimedia Workshop for Children with Julian Toha

Date: Tue, Oct 22, 2013
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Central Library

Children ages 4 - 8 are invited to tap into their vivid imaginations and creative powers during a workshop presented by multimedia performance artist and contemporary pianist Julian Toha. Participants will help compose a piece of music, create a story to accompany the music, and finish by designing artistic visuals for the final performance. Toha will present a free public concert later in the day at 5 p.m. in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium. Registration required. Please call 275-4222. This children's workshop, which parents or caregivers can attend, will be held in the Learning Curve.

Julian Toha Piano Performance

Date: Tue, Oct 22, 2013
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Central Library

Individuals of all ages are invited for a performance by multimedia performance artist and contemporary pianist Julian Toha. Having emerged as one of the industry's leading innovators, Toha inspires and nurtures human creativity through the fusion of concert music, technology and the visual arts. This program will be held in the Clowes Auditorium at Central Library.

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29May/130

Critter Chats

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Children and families are invited to meet an animal face-to-face and spend time getting to know about it. Presented by Animalia, this program will allow attendees to ask questions about the animal they see. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Critter Chat programs made possible by The Kroger Co. Schedule

Websites:

Here are some ideas to get you started exploring and having fun in your own wild backyard:

If you want to explore a little further than your own backyard here are some great places right here in Indianapolis to go find some outdoor critter adventures:

Some books you might like about animals, science and nature crafts right in your own backyard:
Backyard Bugs Think Like a Scientist in the Backyard Yard Monsters Backyard Cookbook
Wildlife Gardening Backyard Science Backyard Pets Backyard Detective
Backyard Science Birdhouses Organic Crafts Eco Crafts

Find more books with these Catalog Searches:

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28May/130

CLANG! Concert

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Children and families are invited to a fun music concert featuring the percussion group, CLANG! Its musicians play homemade and wacky instruments. Kids will have a chance to help out with the music! Schedule

Websites:

Books:

How Things Work: Musical Instruments Musical Instruments Percussion Drums and Percussion Instruments
Are the Drums for You? The Drum and Other Percussion Instruments
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26May/130

Curious Critters – Family Program

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Sunday, June 9, 2013
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Central Library

Families are invited to join award-winning photographer and writer David FitzSimmons in exploring the amazing world of animals as described in his award-winning children's picture book, "Curious Critters," and found in his 24-image exhibit at Central Library on display through June 28.

  • Silly Safaris will present live animals for children and families to ask questions about from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • At 2 p.m. in Learning Curve's Green Screen Theater, FitzSimmons will perform parts of his picture book. Children will shriek like hawks, hop like toads, and slither like snakes. They'll learn how butterflies drink, the ways mammals fly, and why frogs sing.
  • The show will include puppets and take-home activities for all children.
  • At 3 p.m. in the Atrium, FitzSimmons will show his unique animal photos and describe how he turned these mesmerizing portraits into his award-winning picture book. He'll discuss the techniques, challenges and purposes for photographing creatures against white backgrounds, as well as the process of bringing a book from idea to reality.
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16May/130

Summer Reading Program Kickoff with Cubbie & Digit

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Children and families are invited for stories from guest readers, games, activities and snacks during this program sponsored by IMCU. Meet the Library's mascot, Digit, as well as Cubbie from IMCU. Those attending are encouraged to register for the Library's 2013 Summer Reading Program and receive a prize. Schedule

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4May/130

International FireFighters’ Day – May 4

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HorseDrawnFiretruckIn celebration of International FireFighters' Day take a look at these images from the history of firefighting right here in Indianapolis. At right is a photo of a horse drawn firetruck from 1874. In this digital collection you will be able to show your kids photos of old firetrucks and actual fires being fought right here in Indianapolis. A great hometown field trip? The Indianapolis Firefighters Museum and Historical Society on Massachusetts Ave.

 

Websites:

Books:

Fire Safety A Day With Firefighters A Trip to the Firehouse Meet the Fireman Firefighters
Fire! Fire! Molly, By Golly!: the Legend of Molly Williams, America's First Female Firefighter The Firefighters' Thanksgiving Firefighteres A to Z The Fire Cat
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3May/130

Clifford the Big Red Dog 500 Festival Parade Balloon

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Memorial Day Closing
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed May 25 - 27 for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, except for the InfoZone which will be open each day from 10am - 5pm.

That lovable little red puppy who grew up and became Clifford the BIG RED DOG is coming to town! Clifford will appear in the 2013 Indy 500 Festival Parade with library staff making sure he doesn't take any wrong turns or float away!

Made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Staff Association and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. 

Here are some websites and books that will help you know all the fun details of Clifford's BIG adventures with Emily Elizabeth.

Books:

Clifford the Big Red Dog Clifford at the Circus Clifford Gets a Job Clifford Takes a Trip Clifford’s Good Deeds
Clifford’s Good Deeds The Clifford Collection Clifford the Small Red Puppy Clifford’s Puppy Days Clifford, We Love You

Clifford DVDs:

Clifford the Big Red Dog Big, big Collection Dog Days of Summer

Downloadable Audiobooks:

Books Recommended By: Janet Spaulding - Selection Services

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2May/130

Midsummer Night’s Dream Ballet & Workshop – Central Library

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Children of all ages and families are invited to Central Library's Clowes Auditorium as the Indianapolis School of Ballet performs an excerpt from its upcoming show, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Following the performance, ballet dancers will conduct a workshop in the Learning Curve's Green Screen Theatre highlighting various ballet dance moves. Children will be invited to participate in practicing the ballet steps the dancers will exhibit.

Sunday, May 5, 2013 @3:00pm

Websites:

Books:

A Midummer Nights Dream A Midummer Nights Dream A Midummer Nights Dream The Best of Shakespeare
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1May/130

Call-a-Pacer Read Like a Pro!

Read Like A Pro LogoChildren of all ages and families are invited to hear members of the Indiana Pacers read their favorite stories in children's literature during "Read Like a Pro — Call-a-Pacer 2013" on The Indianapolis Public Library's 24-hour Call-a-Story telephone line.

By dialing 275-4444, or toll-free at 877-275-9007, callers will hear recorded stories from Pacers players who demonstrate their love of reading as a way to encourage young ones to develop the habit.

This year's "Read Like a Pro — Call-a-Pacer 2013" schedule includes:

 

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Beginning April 29 Read by: Paul George
Is Your Mama a Llama?
Is Your Mama a Llama?
Deborah Guarino
Beginning May 6th Read by: Gerald Green
I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus
I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus
Jack Prelutsky
Beginning May 13th Read by: Orlando Johnson
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?
Jane Yolen
Beginning May 20th Read by: George Hill
How Do You Feel?How Do You Feel?
Anthony Browne
Beginning May 28 Read by: Ian Mahinmi
Never Take a Shark to the DentistNever Take a Shark to the Dentist
Judi Barrett
Beginning June 3rd Read by: Jeff Pendergraph
WiggleWiggle
Doreen Cronin
Beginning June 10th Read by: Tyler Hansbrough
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin, Jr.
Beginning June 17th Read by: Miles Plumlee
Pop! The Invention of Bubble GumPop! The Invention of Bubble Gum
Meghan McCarthy

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9Apr/130

Storytime Spotlight: College Avenue

CollegePuppetsSmallIf you happen to be at the College Avenue Branch and hear lots of singing or giggling coming from the community room, it means storytime with Ms. Denise is in session!

For the past year, Ms. Denise has been sharing her love of reading with the youngest patrons at College Avenue. Through sign language, songs, stories, activities and crafts, Denise helps families to realize that reading comes in different formats and can be found in many different places. Adults are always encouraged to be engaged and interactive with young people along their reading journey.

Ms. Denise looks forward to reading with you soon and invites you to visit one of her storytimes:

  • All programs begin at 10:30 am
  • Tuesdays- Baby & Me (children ages 9 months and younger who are not crawling - this program is not for older siblings)
  • Wednesdays- Preschooler & Me (children ages 3-5 years)
  • Thursdays- Toddler & Me (children 10 months to 2 years)

Meet Ms. Denise:CollegeDeniseSmall

Time with the Library: 4 ½ years

Favorite book: Any book that gets a young child excited about reading.

Favorite Thing about being a Librarian: “Hearing from parents about how their children “play library” or sing our regular storytime songs while at home and the stories about the adults who encourage their friends and even strangers to come to the College Avenue Branch storytimes. Sharing a love of learning and reading with others.”

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