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

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!

Dazzling Duct Tape!

From Michael:

It’s already the second week of the Summer Reading Program. Can you believe it? Hope you are all reading for yourselves and saving points for something really nice. How about a Indiana State Fair pass? Or maybe a Haunted House Pass? Or perhaps something else, let us know in the comments below!

Meanwhile, be sure to check out your local branch for a TEENS-ONLY workshop: Duct Tape Messenger Bag Workshop. You’ll be using duct tape and some pretty sharp cutting tools to create a one-of-a-kind messenger bag. But hurry! Only 15 seats are available for each session and they are going to fill up fast! Here’s the list of workshops.

Can’t wait for the workshop? Want to make something else? We’ve got books for that. Try one of the titles below.

Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape)

 

Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape)

 

 

Stick it!  99 D.I.Y. Duct Tape Projects

 

Stick it! 99 D.I.Y. Duct Tape Projects

 

 

Go Crazy with Duct Tape

 

Go Crazy with Duct Tape

 

 

The Duct Tape Book

 

The Duct Tape Book

 

Tape It & Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities

 

Tape It & Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities

 

 

Crazy Cool Duct Tape Projects

 

Crazy Cool Duct Tape Projects

 

 

Dazzling Duct Tape Designs

 

Dazzling Duct Tape Designs

 

There’s also a Duct Tape craft website.

Take a picture of something you made or want to make and leave a link in the comments below.

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!