Teen Tech Week 2014

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It’s almost March again! Bring on the sun! Bring on the rain! Bring on the warmer temperatures! Bring on the DIY Tech classes at the Library! Yep!! During the month of March, we’re celebrating the American Library Association’s DIY Tech Tech Week at the library. Not only will you be able to attend some pretty sweet workshops at your local branch, but there’s a great event happening at Central Library, too. And did we mention two free iPod Touches and free 1GB USB wrist bands? Read on…..

Central Library first: Saturday, March 8 from 11-3 p.m., we are going all out with various Tech Art Crafts, a real 3D printer demonstration and you can listen to author Mike Mullin give a presentation on how taekwondo is like writing (complete with book sales and signings!).

Branch workshop details:

DIY Switchcraft - Learn about switches and other components of electrical circuits while you make your very own set of bracelets that light up when you place them next to each other!

DIY Comics – Find out about the basics of creating a drawing a comic. You can bring your own characters to life and turn ideas into stories. You’ll leave with your own six-page comic book.

DIY Permaculture – Learn how to work with nature instead of against it, about sustainable living and make your own solar cooker.

Protect Your Tech with Duct Tape – You’ll create your own protective cover for a favorite piece of portable technology.

3D Printing – Find out about all the great things that can be made on a 3D printer.

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What about the iPod Touches? And the USB bracelets? We didn’t forget… There will be a system wide drawing for two iPod Touches and every branch will give away a copy of one of Mike Mullin’s books. And be sure to ask about the Teen Tech Week puzzle. Solve it and you’ll get a cool 1GB USB wrist band.

 

See you at the Library!

 

– Michael Perry

 

“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

Going to the State Fair?

We have to tell you when we think of the State Fair, the first thing we think of is deep-fried anything. Twinkies, Snickers, Butter, oh yeah. After that it’s a mish-mash of rides and games along the Midway, some really good music, pigs and cows and sheep and…, well, you get the idea.

The State Fair has announced that 2013 is officially “The Year of Popcorn”

But it’s always the Fair food that is first. Did you know that there is actually a LOT to eat at the State Fair that is pretty good for you and under 350 calories? What? It’s true! Check out this page for more information: Healthy Food Options at the Indiana State Fair. What’s that? Forget the healthy stuff? SHOW ME THE DEEP-FRIED GOODNESS? Okay, here’s a State Fair cookbook for you! Picnics – Potlocks and Prizewinners. Nomnomnom.

So this State Fair thing…. How long have they been around? What did it look like back in the beginning? To answer these questions and a lot more, try out this title: The Great Indiana State Fair at 150: A Pictorial Celebration by Stephen Baker. Full of pictures and more from the history of the State Fair, you’ll enjoy it!

Last but not least, Tuesday, August 13, 2013 is Turkey Hill $2 day. If you’re not in school yet or even want to go in the evening, click here for a $2 admission coupon.

Can’t go to the Fair? Click here for an Indianapolis Star section of pictures, stories and more.

However you can, enjoy the Fair!

–Michael