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Free Heart Screenings for Teens

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Riley Children’s Hospital at IU Health has teamed up with Screen Across America to provide free heart screenings for teenagers.

Who: Students ages 13 – 19 from Marion County

When: Saturday, April 4, 10 am – 2 pm

Where: Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet School, 1140 W. Martin Luther King Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46201

Online registration is required. Register for an appointment time now by logging onto:

  • Click on the Crispus Attucks (April 4) location and complete the consent and registration process.
  • You will receive a confirmation of your registration by email, then just show up at your appointment time on April 4.
  • The Heart Screening is not a formal clearance for sports participation. Clearance for sports must be obtained from your physician.

Teen Tech Week Events in March


Teen Tech Week Events @ Central Library

Saturday, March 14th

As part of the American Library Association’s Teen Tech Week, teens and tweens are invited to participate in various activities.

  • From 1 – 3 p.m. in the Learning Curve Arena, 3D Parts Manufacturing will lead a workshop showcasing 3D printing technologies.
  • From 2 – 5 p.m. in the Clowes Auditorium Lobby, they can drop in to the LED Light Workshop and create their own light-up jewelry with Art With a Heart, or participate in an interactive demonstration of Google Glass.
  • From 3 – 4 p.m. in the Clowes Auditorium, the workshop entitled, “Fanfic: Your Creativity, Other People’s Playgrounds,” led by young adult author Saundra Mitchell, will help them learn about fan fiction and online fanfic communities. There’ll be puzzles, giveaways and raffles for prizes throughout the afternoon.

The entire day’s activities are free, but registration is required (limit of 30 participants) for the 3D Printing Workshop by calling 275-4222.

Other Indy PL locations will be celebrating Teen Tech Week throughout the month of March. Check your local branch for event dates and times. Some events may require registration. 

Jingle Books


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!


 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.