“Hunting the Haunted” – A Teen Read Week “Seek the Unknown” event

Do ghosts roam the halls of Central Library after the lights go out? Find out this October 19th at a very special AFTER HOURS event just for teens! Part of the Teen Read Week’s theme of Seek the Unknown, it’s called “Hunting the Haunted”, and it all happens from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Central Library.

Please call 275-4119 to register for this event at Central.

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First, we have GHOST TOURS of the Library. Yep, real actual tours that reveal strange, unexplained happenings and sighting in the Library over the last 140 years. You’ll get to see places in the Library that are normally closed to the public. Like a hidden staircase and more!

What? That’s not enough? We’ve got more! We have Jeff Belanger, from the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures,” speaking from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. He will be sharing his haunting tales for everyone to hear.

Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! Yep, we’ll have the movie playing from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Since you can’t actually call them, we have the next best thing. It’s called MuVChat; it’s like a cross between Twitter and Mystery Science Theater 3000. You text comments, jokes, pithy observations or just random stuff, and it all appears on the screen for everyone to see.

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More? What about tarot cards? Crafts? And even more paranormal activities! What else will you be able to see, do and learn about? Come to the Central Library on October 19th from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. and “Seek the Unknown”!

If you can’t get to the event, look up other happenings at branches near you. We’ve got Haunted Indianapolis, more MuVChat showings of Ghostbusters, and even Tarot Card Art Workshops!

Have a great October and we’ll see you at the Library!

It’s That Time Again: SLAMMIN’ RHYMES CHALLENGE VIII

Teen Poets show off your talents!

Do verses just run through your head? Do you love writing poetry and giving it a voice?
WIN CASH AWARDS and the opportunity to perform at:

FALL FEST 2013 / SLAMMIN’ RHYMES CHALLENGE VIII

Slammin Rhymes ChallengeSaturday, November 16, 2013
11:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Central Library – Clowes Auditorium
40 East St. Clair Street.

The CHALLENGE:
Write with the inspiring thoughts of:
Lyrics of My Life: “My Inspirational Song”

How to Enter:
Please submit a typed or legible written copy of your original poem and a recording (cassette or CD) of your reading to: Cordia Watkins, Lawrence Library, 7898 North Hague Road, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46256 or deliver to your local INDYPL library.

DEADLINE for entries: Monday, October 28, 2013

All participants will receive participation gift cards. Ten teen poets will be selected to receive $25.00 gift cards and perform their winning entries at FALL FEST 2013.

Award presentation will be given by MC Lyte, well known national figure in the hip-hop music world and author of the book, Unstoppable: Igniting the Power Within to Achieve Your Greatest Potential.

Not only that, there will be performances or presentations by WHHH Hot 96.3 FM hip-hop personality DJ Wrekk 1, Christian rap artist Will Stomp, spoken word artist and human beat box Tony Styx, the hip-hop dance group Traci Urban Jamm Dance Studio, and singer and spoken word artist Nedra “Vokull” Sobule.

This event is sponsored by the Library’s African-American History Committee., and by the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, Flaherty & Collins Properties, and the Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund.

–Lauren Freeman

Game Con!

Do you like gaming? Not video games, but board games. Warhammer 3000, Risk, Monopoly, Quelf, Dungeons and Dragons and the list goes on and on. We do, too. And in a few weeks, the largest gaming convention descends on Indianapolis. GenCon.

You’ve seen them in the news with Star Wars outfits and other costumes. You can get your game on, have some fun playing old favorites or learning new games and even getting ready for GenCon!

Click here, or on the picture above, for a list of events around the system. Ever better? We’re giving away gift cards and having a drawing for not one but TWO PAIRS of full GenCon passes, worth over $180.00. See you at the Library!

Read Together, Right Now – Summer Reading Program 2013

srp_littleIt’s almost here! June 3rd is first day of the summer reading program here at IndyPL! The theme this year is “Read Together, Right Now” complete with a 60’s theme and artwork. Peter Max rocks! More details about the program are here.

What?! It’s just for kiddies? Nope, it’s for you, too, teen reader. Here’s the scoop….

First, we’ve got books just for you. Worth more than average book, check out our bonus book list. Good reading and worth 30 points a piece.

What? You don’t want to read a lot for yourself this summer? Well, did you know that you get points for reading aloud to your younger brothers and sisters? Tis true, and the points add up quickly. And if you want, you can share the points with others in your family!

The Duct Tape Messenger Bag workshop is for teens only (13-17). You’ll be using cutting tools and duct tape to create a one-of-a-kind messenger bag that you’ll be proud of. But hurry and sign up at your local branch, there is a limit of 15 teens per workshop. All the different workshops are listed here.

Like swimming for free (well, BOG, actually.)? How about a fun package at Royal Pin Fun Center? What? Need more? Okay, how about free tickets to the County Fair, worth $5.00? Free tickets to the STATE Fair, worth $10.00? Haunted House passes, worth $7.00? They can all be yours. The biggest prizes can be won by reading five teen novels. Just five! And there are a lot more prizes to be won.

We’ve even got a few teen films  to show you this summer, titles and times vary with location.

It’s going to be a great summer, we hope to see you here at the Library!

Free Comic Book Day!

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On Saturday May 4th, we will be giving away comic books for free! Comics will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Limit one per patron. Don’t forget to browse our extensive collection of comics and graphic novels that are always available for checkout. (At the Flanner House Branch, Free Library Day will be Monday, May 6th.)

You can also check out Free Comic Book Day at our friendly neighborhood comic book store, Downtown Comics.

They go quickly, so get out of bed and get to the Library early.

What will you get this Saturday? Let us know in the comments below!

Did you know that comic books are big business, generating more than $700 million in sales in North America alone last year? First created in the early 1930s, the modern comic book featuring superheroes has expanded into a wide range of storylines and characters, making the genre more popular than ever.