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Indy Library's "2 Cities: Read. Snap. Share." with Hangzhou, China!

Indy Library's "2 Cities: Read. Snap. Share." with Hangzhou, China!

Local readers are invited to join those in Indianapolis' Sister City of Hangzhou, China for a unique shared reading experience presented by The Indianapolis Public Library and the Hangzhou Public Library.

Continuing through February 29, "2 Cities: Read. Snap. Share." encourages individuals in each city to read selected books that spotlight native authors or depict local history and culture. They can then take photos of local sites identified in the books and share on social media at #2CitiesReadSnapShare.

Books to be read by Indianapolis residents are The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Palm Sunday by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and But They Can't Beat Us: Oscar Robertson and the Crispus Attucks Tigers by Randy Roberts. Readers in Hangzhou will select from The Trilogy of Tea Men by Xufeng Wang, There Is a Double Bed in the West Lake by Changjian Sun and Tenderness of a Thousand Eyes by Cangsang Su.

By visiting IndyPL's "2 Cities: Read. Snap. Share." site (www.indypl.org/2cities/), Indianapolis readers can access the Hangzhou Public Library's website to view photos posted by Hangzhou participants, as well as learn about the Hangzhou-Indianapolis Sister City Committee that serves as an intermediary between the two cities. In addition, website visitors can find details about each book to be read and view a video invitation by IndyPL CEO Jackie Nytes and Hangzhou Library CEO Shuqing Chu recorded during Nytes' visit to China.

To complement the project, the Riviera Camera Club will host a display of Indianapolis photos in Central Library's South Display Hall throughout December highlighting images taken as part of the reading initiative. The exhibit is open for viewing during regular Library hours.

"2 Cities: Read. Snap. Share." is presented in partnership with the Mayor's Office of International and Cultural Affairs and the Hangzhou-Indianapolis Sister City Committee.

For more information, contact the Library's Programming Office at 275-4099.

 

Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!

Families and children of all ages, as well as adults, are invited to the fifth season of popular, family-friendly performances by Indy's leading jazz musicians during "Hot Jazz for Cool Kids," continuing through March at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The series provides children an introduction to jazz music, in a real concert setting, that is educational and fun for everyone.

The first performance in the series will feature the Rob Dixon Quartet on Sunday, January 17 at 3 p.m. Synonymous with jazz in Indianapolis, Dixon has played saxophone with such musicians as Ray Charles, the Count Basie Band and the Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra. His quartet draws from various musical genres, such as classical, country, blues and hip hop, to create an original jazz sound that is sure to engage the entire audience. Dixon also has introduced jazz to children through many school and community programs.

The series continues on Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m. with a performance by DM Jazz 8. Eight is enough for that big band sound! Back by popular demand, entertaining co-leaders trombonist Rich Dole and drummer Gene Markiewicz will have everyone swinging along with this "little big band" of veteran jazz professionals. Children will enjoy the variety of instruments being played, including trombone, drums, bass, piano, two trumpets and two saxophones.

The series concludes on Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. with a performance by the Murray Weirich Quintet. Josh Weirich and Chris Murray are both professional musicians and award-winning middle school band directors. Their quintet features arrangements from Art Blakey to Jimi Hendrix that will inspire young jazz fans and musicians alike.

"Hot Jazz for Cool Kids" is presented by the Learning Curve at Central Library in partnership with The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and the Indy Jazz Fest.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.

 

2016 Meet the Artists & Gala Reception @ Central Library!

View the works of prominent local African-American artists during the 28th annual Meet the Artists exhibit, beginning Tuesday, January 26 and continuing through Saturday, March 26 throughout Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

This year’s version of Meet the Artists features works by 21 artists representing a variety of mediums. The exhibit, sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library’s African-American History Committee, has become one of the city’s premiere cultural events while providing an avenue for African-American artists to showcase their works.

Participating artists include Kevin Johnson (mixed media); Alison Middleton (mixed media/paint); Andre Parnell (graphic art); Clayton Hamilton (sign painting); Octavius Lettsome (color pencil); Derrick Carter (sand art); Judie L. Sloan (glass); Marshall F. Lewis (acrylic, pencil, pen & ink); SheRae Parker (mixed media); Stephen & Sherian Barnes (acrylic); Darian Tucker (mixed media); Sidney Holmes (water color); Aboubakar Allal (African craft); Gaicha Boutali (African craft); Andre Edwards (jewelry); Courtney Porter (jewelry); Sharita Scott (mixed drawings); Denise Warnsby (mixed jewelry); Dennis Green (wood); Keith Bullock (metal) and Larry Vaughn (stone).

The event also will include two youth exhibitors, eight-year-old Kynden Noelle (jewelry) and 10-year-old Christopher Arnold (mixed abstracts).

The entire community is invited to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment during the Meet the Artists Gala Reception on Saturday, February 13 from 5 - 10 p.m. at Central Library. This free event will feature a variety of performers, including the Sancocho Drummers, Rodnie Bryant Gospel Choir, poet and actor Ivory A. McDonald ("I .AM"), poet Percy Bland, Jr., comedian Ron Baker, Jr., and the Sizzlin’ Greg Bacon Band.

Capping the evening will be the "Elements of Art Meet Fashion" show coordinated by CoCo Cuffie. For youth, there will be workshops on face painting and mask making, a Tech Zoo, and a youth performance of "Let Me Soar Through the Sky" produced by Denise Warnsby.

Throughout the evening, notable local authors will be on hand to sign and sell copies of their works. These include Stacy Campbell, Mariah Lynn Jeanae Roberts, John F. Allen, Cynthia E. Carr and Sr. Stella Sabina.

A special First Friday event will be on March 4 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Central Library during which the public can attend artist demonstrations and enjoy music and refreshments.

Meet the Artists is made possible by the Christel DeHaan Faminly Foundation and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

For more information about this free event, call 275-4022.

 

Art + Science Brainstorms: A StreamLines Experience

Young and old alike are invited to bring their imaginations and explore the intersections of art and science during the program entitled "Art + Science Brainstorms," beginning in December and continuing throughout 2016 at various IndyPL locations.

Presented by StreamLines, an interactive, place-based project of Butler University that merges the sciences and the arts to advance the community's understanding and appreciation of Indianapolis' waterways, the "Art + Science Brainstorms" will feature discussion on how art and science work together and how they inform us about the world in which we live. Light refreshments will be served during each program.

"Art + Science Brainstorms" will be presented at the following locations:

Haughville Branch, 2121 W. Michigan Street
Monday, March 14 at 6 p.m.

West Indianapolis Branch, 1216 S. Kappes Street
Tuesday, March 15 at 6 p.m.

College Avenue Branch, 4180 N. College Avenue
Monday, June 13 at 6 p.m.

Spades Park Branch, 1801 Nowland Avenue
Tuesday, June 14 at 6 p.m.

Fountain Square Branch, 1066 Virginia Avenue
Monday, September 12 at 6 p.m.

Eagle Branch, 3325 Lowry Road
Tuesday, September 13 at 6 p.m.

Haughville Branch, 2121 W. Michigan Street
Monday, December 12 at 6 p.m.

West Indianapolis Branch, 1216 S. Kappes Street
Tuesday, December 13 at 6 p.m.

This program is presented in association with Butler University, the National Science Foundation and Da Vinci Pursuit.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.

 

Early Childhood Programs at IndyPL

Throughout the winter and spring months, younger children with an adult are invited to The Indianapolis Public Library for special programming intended to stimulate development and enhance language skills. In addition to regularly-scheduled storytimes at most branch locations, these programs are presented as part of the Library’s Ready to Read early learning initiative.

The lineup of interactive programs includes:

  • Snowy Science: Preschool Science Workshop
    Preschoolers and an adult are invited for a snow day at the Library! They’ll learn how snow is made, explore snowflakes, discover some of the snowiest places to visit, and build a snowman. No mittens are required! This program is presented by Mad Science of Indiana and sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Space is limited. Registration is required.
  • Parent and Preschool Yoga
    Preschoolers and their parents are invited to learn how to enjoy the health benefits that yoga can offer during this 45-minute program presented by certified yoga instructors from the Greater Indianapolis YMCA. This program is sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. No registration is required.
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll: Baby Music Workshop
    Babies up to age 2 and an adult are invited for an interactive program with music, action songs and movement presented by Bongo Boy Music Center. Instruments such as maracas, bells, hand drums and gathering drums are used, as well as colorful scarves for visual tracking and movement. The program’s core intention is to use rhythm, music and movement to create a caring and connected rhythmic community. This 30-minute class requires the participation of a caregiver. No older siblings, please. This program is sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Space is limited. Registration is required.
  • Trains, Planes, Boats and Hot Air Balloons: Preschool Workshop
    Preschoolers who love things that go and an adult are invited to join Express Kids for music, activities and fun that is centered around transportation. This program is presented by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Space is limited. Registration is required.
  • Monkey Business: A Preschool Art Workshop
    Preschoolers and an adult are invited to grab their yellow hats and bring their favorite curious little monkeys to a mixed media workshop led by The Art Lab and inspired by the book, Curious George Builds a House. This program is sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Space is limited. Registration is required.

For more information about these free Library programs, call 275-4096 or visit www.indypl.org.