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.

 

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

Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge VII

Slammin Rhymes ChallengeThe Indianapolis Public Library presents Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge VII!
To recognize promising young poets, grades 9-12.
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 FESTIVAL 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
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:
“I Dream, I Drive, I am Destined”

HOW TO ENTER
DEADLINE: Monday, October 22, 2012
To be eligible, participants must be Marion County students, grades 9-12. All entries must be the original work of entrants. Keep it clean: absolutely no profanity will be allowed!

Entries will be read and judged by the African American History Committee. The judges will consider originality, quality of writing and theme development. Each entry MUST be attached to an official Entry Form. You can click here and print a copy of the form, OR they should be available at all library locations.

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 IMCPL library.
Winners will be notified. Participants must be registered by 12:00pm on event day.

WINNERS AND PRIZES
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 2012, Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Central Library, Clowes Auditorium.

Each winner will be given three minutes to perform his or her work.
The Teen Poetry performance will be followed by an AWARDS CEREMONY.
All participants are encouraged to be present to receive their awards.
A photo shoot for all participants will be at 3:30pm.

Award presentations will be given by Judge Glenda Hatchett, author of the national best-seller book, Dare to Take Charge, and well known national figure presiding over the syndicated show “Judge Hatchett.”

Winners of the Slammin´ Rhymes Challenge VI

slamminThe Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge VI provided an opportunity for teen poets to show off their talents.  Presented as part of Fall Festival, The African American History Committee of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library sponsors this event for Marion County students in grades 9-12. 

The top 10 student poets were invited to perform their winning entries on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Central Library, Clowes Auditorium.  Each work was judged for its originality, quality of writing, theme development and they each had to be clean, absolutely no profanity was allowed. Prizes included participation gift cards and certificates.  

The challenge this year was to write with the inspiring thoughts of:

“PUSHing Towards Success” (Breaking Chains with Change)

You can click on the picture above to slightly enlarge it. The top ten students and the schools that they represented- In no particular order:

Chanteil   Thomas Carr Howe Community High School
Alexis   Arsenal Technical High School
Jakob   Arsenal Technical High School
Robert   Arsenal Technical High School
Shilia   Arsenal Technical High School
Lexi   Christel House Academy
Kadiesha   Lawrence North High School
Patrick   Thomas Carr Howe Community High School
Melanic   Lawrence North High School
Daiyawn   Arsenal Technical High School

Congratulations to all!

Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge Form Available Here!

On the September 5th post about this year’s Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge (please click on that link, or on the broken links to the left, for details about how the program works), we announced that the necessary forms were available at library branches.

And that should still be so. But you can link to the form off that blogpost, now, or link to it right here, and print it off if you prefer.