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"Everyday Superheroes" 2018 Summer Reading Program!

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Children of all ages and families are invited to celebrate the universal stories of fictional and real-life heroes and experience the joy of reading during The Indianapolis Public Library's 2018 Summer Reading Program, "Everyday Superheroes," June 4 through July 28 at all IndyPL locations.

This year's theme builds on the recent popularity of superhero cinema and the absorbing stories of such characters as Black Panther and Wonder Woman. The Summer Reading Program will unmask the stories of those who not only wear capes and tights, but also heroes and she-roes everywhere, including those we come into contact with every day.

Participants may register at any Library location, including the Bookmobile, to earn points that can be exchanged for prizes generously donated by community sponsors for their reading activity. Prizes include licensed comic book hero items, paperback books, White Castle coupons, and passes to the Indianapolis Zoo, Eiteljorg Museum, ISO Symphony on the Prairie, Indy Parks pools, and Indiana Fever and Indianapolis Indians games (some are buy one, get one free). Summer readers can also win one of two college savings accounts worth $529 from CollegeChoice CD. Although Indianapolis Indians passes are redeemable for admission to any game (excluding July 4), participants are encouraged to use their passes to attend the Summer Reading Finale during Library Night at Victory Field on Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m.

The more books participants read during the program, the more points they will earn. There's also a bonus booklist of titles to challenge super readers who want to power up to to earn additional points. Parents and older children can earn points by reading aloud to young children, including babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Summer readers can become "Everyday Superheroes" by contributing to Books for Youth, a partnership with the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Department of Child Services to collect 5,000 books to provide children in foster care with a backpack filled with 25 age-appropriate books. Participants can use their reading points to select and donate prize books or new and gently used books from home.

The 99th annual Summer Reading Program is presented by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. This year's presenting sponsor is OneAmerica®. Other sponsors include 92.3 WTTS; BKD; Carrier Corporation; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Citizens Energy Group; CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan; Hartley and Margaret Dellinger; Indiana Pacers; Indianapolis Colts; The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund; The Kroger Co.; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Louise Lage Kirtland and Hugh C. Kirtland Endowment Fund, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation; Office of Lawrence Township Trustee Steve Talley; Providence Outdoor; Mary Frances Rubly and Jerry Hummer; Samerian Foundation; G. Marlyne Sexton; Deborah J. Simon; The Swisher Foundation, Inc., in memory of Glenn M. Swisher; and Toysmith.

For more information on the 2018 Summer Reading Program, call 317-275-4099.


2018 Adult Summer Reading Program

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It's not just children and families who can take advantage of unique summer reading offerings at the Library. Adults can choose titles from an extensive reading list and participate in a variety of activities surrounding the summer reading theme of "Everyday Superheroes" at The Indianapolis Public Library and other community locations.

The Library's Adult Summer Reading Program will feature such programs as superhero trivia, lectures on graphic arts and comics, an art tour at Newfields, food tastings, writing workshops, film screenings, a downtown walking tour, workshops on super foods, and discussions on books included on the summer reading list. In addition to select Library locations, programs will occur at Sun King Brewing, Newfields, Tea's Me Café, Eiteljorg Museum, Metazoa Brewing Company, Pia Urban Café, Kennedy King Park Center, Coal Yard Coffee, Sky Farm at Eskenazi Health Hospital, Books and Brews and Dorman Street.

Several of the free Adult Summer Reading Program events require reservations with an RSVP through indianapolispubliclibrary.eventbrite.com


Recommended titles for this year's Adult Summer Reading Program include:

  • Jam on the Vine by LaShonda K. Barnett
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
  • Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
  • Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • A Dog's Gift: The Inspirational Story of Veterans and Children Healed by Man's Best Friend by Bob Drury
  • Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine by Tim Hanley
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Girl With Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story by Hyeonseo Lee
  • March Books 1 - 3 by John Lewis
  • Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Christopher Matthews
  • Last Night, a Superhero Saved My Life: Neil Gaiman, Jodi Picoult, Brad Meltzer, and an All-Star Roster on the Caped Crusaders That Changed Their Lives by Liesa Mignogna
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds
  • The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Woman Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • Beneath and Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan
  • Warrior Woman by James Alexander Thom
  • Ms. Marvel 1, No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
  • I Am Malala: The Girt Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Talibanby Malala Yousafai

For more information about the 2018 Adult Summer Reading Program or to find information on upcoming summer events, contact your local branch



Summer Workshops for Children and Teens!

Relating to the theme of The Indianapolis Public Library's 2018 Summer Reading Program, "Everyday Superheroes," children and teens are invited for a variety of fun and educational workshops throughout the summer at all IndyPL locations.

This heroic lineup of action-packed programs will allow young people to meet super animals, draw comicbook characters, learn super survival skills and more. They're designed to keep young ones engaged and stimulated throughout the summer.

This summer's free workshops include:

  • Super Hero Drawing Class
    Learn some of the basics of drawing human figures with Art with a Heart so that you can start sketching your favorite super hero characters!
    For young people ages 6-17. Registration is recommended. Limited to 20 kids/teens per class.
  • Power-Up Statement Art Class
    What guides your power? With the help of Art with a Heart, create a piece of art that makes it clear what inspires you to try harder, be smarter, grow stronger.
    For young people ages 6-17. Registration is recommended. Limited to 20 kids/teens per class.
  • My Super Hero-ness Art Class
    Join Art Lab to create and decorate your own power emblem.
    For young people ages 6-17. Registration is recommended. Limit to 20 kids/teens per class.
  • Critter Creation Art Class
    With the help of Mr. Tony, kids can make their own critter out of pom-poms and other materials.
    For children ages 5 - 12. Registration is recommended. Limited to 25 kids per class.
  • Super Foods for Kids Class
    The Marion County Health Department will lead this hands-on class about super foods as well as recipes. Kids will get to try their hands at making a small smoothie and trying other delicious food samples.
    For children ages 6 - 13. Registration is recommended. Limited to 20 kids per class.
  • Indiana Pacers Summer Reading Tour presented by The Roomplace
    Join Pacers Sports and Entertainment and its community of volunteer readers for this story time.
    Attendees will get a chance at a prize with a roll of the dice.
    For children of all ages. No registration is required.
  • Character Clubhouse Design Class
    Join Next Great Architects to design and create the clubhouse for your superhero or favorite character. Learn a little bit about architecture while you build. Bring a shoebox or small box with you!
    For children ages 6 & up. Registration is recommended. Limited to 25 kids/teens per class.
  • Be a H.E.R.O. Show
    Join Daniel Lusk for this 45-minute interactive magic show about First Responders and how kids can be a hero at home and school.
    For children of all ages. No registration is required.
  • Birds of Prey
    Join Take Flight! Wildlife Educators and explore what it's like to have super powers like hawks and falcons. Meet a few of these predators in this 45-minute program.
    For children of all ages. No registration is required.
  • Super Snakes
    Join Snakehead Ed for a story and discussion about snakes and their amazing abilities. Meet a couple of live snakes, too!
    For children of all ages. No registration is required.
  • Reptiles Galore!
    Explore the fascinating world of amphibians and reptiles with Indiana Jim. Discover what makes these misunderstood creatures so important to us.
    For children of all ages. No registration is required.
  • Teen Super Survival
    Join survivalist Clint Jivoin to explore a variety of survival scenarios and discuss how to best handle each situation. Learn skills that will assist in self-rescue while also allowing the true superheroes, Search & Rescue, to locate you more easily should you become lost or injured.
    For teens. No registration is required.
  • Cosplay Workshop
    Learn the skills needed to create a replica of T'Challa's tooth necklace from "Black Panther" as well as how to turn EVA foam mats into arm armor.
    For teens and adults. Space is limited. Registration is required.

These free Library programs are made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. For more information, or to find summer workshop dates and times, indypl.org/events


Immigrant Welcome Center Mobile Branches

As part of The Indianapolis Public Library's strategic goal of introducing new immigrants and non-English speaking citizens to relevant community services and resources, the Library has joined with the Immigrant Welcome Center in Indianapolis to present the "Immigrant Welcome Center Mobile Branches" at several IndyPL locations throughout the year.

These free sessions allow immigrants to interact with Natural Helpers from the Immigrant Welcome Center who can help them connect with local resources, including those of the Library. Attendees can drop in anytime during the sessions to speak with Natural Helpers in such languages as Arabic, English, French, Karen, Kiswahili and Spanish.

"Immigrant Welcome Center Mobile Branches" are presented at the following locations:

  • East Washington Branch, 2450 E. Washington Street
    Tuesdays from 5 - 8 p.m.
    Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Languages spoken: English and Spanish

  • Lawrence Branch, 7898 N. Hague Road
    Mondays from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Languages spoken: English and Spanish

  • Nora Branch, 8625 Guilford Avenue
    Mondays from 5 - 8 p.m.
    Saturdays from 1 - 4 p.m.
    Languages spoken: Arabic, English, Karen and Kiswahili

  • Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road
    Thursdays from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Languages spoken: English, French, Karen and Spanish

Call 317-275-4088 for more information about these free Library programs.


Summer Showtime @ the Library!

Children of all ages and families are invited to watch their favorite Hollywood blockbuster films during the "Summer Showtime" film series at most Indianapolis Public Library locations.

All films are rated G, PG or PG-13. The film showings are free, but some branches require tickets to be picked up in advance. Also, child cares, summer camps or other groups are encouraged to call in advance to make arrangements to attend, since seating is limited.

This year's lineup of "Summer Showtime" films includes:

  • Beauty and the Beast (PG), 129 minutes
  • Big Hero 6 (PG), 102 minutes
  • Cars 3 (G), 109 minutes
  • Coco (PG), 109 minutes
  • Despicable Me 3 (PG), 90 minutes (including special sensory friendly showings with lights on)
  • The Emoji Movie (PG), 86 minutes
  • The Incredibles (PG), 111 minutes (including special sensory friendly showings with lights on)
  • The Lego Batman Movie (PG), 104 minutes (including special sensory friendly showings with lights on)
  • The Lego Ninjago Movie (PG), 90 minutes (including special sensory friendly showings with lights on)
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (PG), 99 minutes
  • Paddington 2 (PG), 105 minutes
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13), 133 minutes (including special teen showings)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13), 130 minutes (including special teen showings)
  • Wonder (PG), 113 minutes (including special teen showings)
  • Wonder Woman (PG-13), 141 minutes (including special teen showings)

For schedules and movie review links to help determine if a film is right for you and your family, visit indypl.org/locations or contact your local branch.