Jingle Books

Jingle

Dear Indy PL Teens,

Do you have some gently-used books you would like to donate to local children for Christmas? Mayor Ballard joined the Indianapolis Public Library and Indy Reads today to introduce Jingle Books, a new program to provide free books for Indy children. “Every child deserves to receive a book as a gift during the holiday season,” Mayor Ballard said. “Reading is meant to be fun. Books allow children to explore new places and ideas that they may not get to experience otherwise.”

“It’s a joyous occasion when a child receives a book because it can help develop the reading and language skills that make a world of difference in a child’s academic success,” said Library CEO Jackie Nytes.

People may select a book from any display to take home as a gift. People may also donate new or gently used children’s books by dropping them off at any Jingle Books location. Gift wrapping stations will be provided on site.

“Indy Reads is honored to participate in this program,” said Travis DiNicola, Executive Director of Indy Reads. “Promoting literacy in the family is key to building a literate community. To eliminate adult illiteracy, we must also focus on reading to and with our children.”

The library is accepting donations through December 23rd. Look for the red Jingle box at your local library.

Fall Fest 2014 is coming!

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FALL FEST LECTURE AND Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge IX

Raising the Bar:

I am Connected, Unique, and Powerful

Individuals of all ages are invited for an afternoon of inspiration and cultural entertainment during this program sponsored by the Library’s African-American History Committee. Featured speaker will be Tamika Catchings, former WNBA MVP with the Indiana Fever who’s the author of the book, “Dreams Are for Catching: Discovering the Star in You, the Inspiring Story of Tamika Catchings.”

In addition, an awards ceremony and poetry performance will feature winners of the teen Slammin’ Rhymes Poetry Challenge IX.(Entry deadline for Marion County students in grades 9 – 12 was October 27.) This year’s theme is “Raising the Bar – I am Connected, Unique and Powerful!”

There will also be performances by the Sankofa Fare Institute African dance and drum ensemble; R&B, jazz and blues musician Goldie Johnson, the Deckademic DJ School, the Top Flight All Stars of Indiana elite cheerleading team; and poet and spoken word artist Manon “Voice” Bullock

This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Central Library, Clowes Auditorium

40 East St. Clair St.

12:00 – 4:00 PM

Presented by The Indianapolis Public Library African American History Committee, this program, to be held in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium, is made possible by the Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation; The Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund; The Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund; and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

 

Teen Read Week Events @ Your IndyPL!

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 As part of Teen Read Week (Oct. 13-19), IndyPL has scheduled some way cool workshops around the city. Click on the workshop title to find one near you and to get info on how to register!

Google Glass

Get your hands on Google Glass in this two-hour demonstration and interactive session.

Art with a Heart Duct Tape Sketchbook

Create a place to sketch and dream by designing a handmade sketchbook with a duct tape cover.

Art with a Heart Paper Bowls

Re-purpose candy wrappers into a bowl.

Fantasy Treats Gourmet Girlfriends Workshop

Begin with an ice breaker that focuses on Divergent, put together a trail mix in honor of The Hunger Games, and conclude with a little Harry Potter sorcery with an edible potion.

Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge IX

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 2014 / SLAMMIN’ RHYMES CHALLENGE VIX

Saturday, November 15, 2014

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Central Library – Clowes Auditorium
40 East St. Clair Street.

The CHALLENGE:
Write with the inspiring thoughts of:
Raising the Bar – I Am Connected, Unique, and Powerful!

 

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 27, 2014

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 2014.

Award presentation will be given by Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever forward, 2012 WNBA Champion, 2011 WNBA MVP, and 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist.

This event is made possible by the Library’s African-American History Committee, and by the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation; the Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation; the Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund; The Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Pick up details and entry forms at your local branch or click on the links below for printable documents.

Slammin Rhymes Challenge

 

Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge IX Information

Teen Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge IX Entry Form