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ISO's Teddy Bear Concert Series: The Big Note!

ISO's Teddy Bear Concert Series: The Big Note!

A morning of inspiring music and fun is in store for preschoolers and families when members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra perform an original story by ISO violinist Victoria Griswold entitled, "The Big Note," on Friday, March 11, Saturday, March 12 and Thursday, April 28 at 11 a.m. at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

"The Big Note" encourages young children to move like trains and sway like trees as they participate in the adventure-filled story of a young boy's search through a symphony orchestra to find the big note. Children will engage in movement activities that will be integrated into the telling of the story. Stuffed friends are welcome to attend!

The production also will feature five ISO musicians playing excerpts from works of Rossini, Brahms, Saint Saëns and Rimsky-Korsakov and will be narrated by Perry Accetturo of the ISO Learning Community.

Registration for these free performances is required by calling 275-4222.


Journey Around the World in 30 Days!

Children ages 4 - 10 and families are invited to celebrate literacy for all people in all languages during the series, "Journey Around the World in 30 Days," continuing through May at various IndyPL locations. As part of the Library's Ready to Read initiative, the series serves to introduce families to a variety of world cultures through storytelling and music, as well as give children a chance to participate in rhythmic activities to help in their development.

"Journey Around the World in 30 Days" programs include:

Middle Eastern Musical Journey
Salaam introduces Middle Eastern culture with a fun and educational musical journey. Take a "tour" of the region, beginning in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and traveling East to Istanbul, Turkey. Along the way, learn a traditional "beledi" rhythm and greetings in Arabic and Hebrew.

Asia Fantasia: Storytelling, Music and a Whole Lot of Fun
Discover tricksters, wise woodcutters, clever animals and foolish kings from a variety of Asian cultures. With plenty of audience participation, learn about bamboo instruments and engage yourself in the characters and costumes of the Asian storytellers.

Storytellers Drum
Experience rhythms in West African music and dance, and hear stories and some of the languages in West African culture.

Baba Yaga, Firebird, Snow Maiden, Little Clay Hut and Other Russian Folktales 
This program introduces children and adults to Russian culture through folktales, hands-on activities, traditional songs and dances.

Musical Tour of Latin America
A variety of musical styles will teach students the differences between salsa, merengue, cumbia and cha cha cha and the locations they come from. Students will sing, dance and play instruments with the band.

The Hungry Coat and Other Tales of Wisdom from the Middle East
Join the Marian University Department of Theatre for this short play based on tales from the Middle East.

For times and locations of these free Library programs, call 275-4099 or visit indypl.org


Indy 500 Film Nights @ Irvington!

In celebration of this year's 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, individuals of all ages are invited to view historic race highlight films featuring the great drivers and cars of the past during the "Indy 500 Film Nights" series at the Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street.

Many of the films in this series have not been shown in years. At one time they were produced each year for presentations to schools, service clubs and potential advertisers. Typically 25-30 minutes in length, each film is a time capsule of the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This year's theme is "On the Sixes." The lineup of this year's films includes:

Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m.
Films shown will feature race action from 1916 (silent film), 1926 (silent film), 1936 ("Speedway Tested for Highway Safety"), 1946 ("Crucible of Speed") and 1956 ("500 Miles to Go").

Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m.
Films shown will feature race action from 1966 ("Invasion of Eagles"), 1976 ("Every Racer's Dream") and 1986 ("Rahal's Win").

Films are made possible by www.firstturn.net and www.raresportsfilms.com, whose efforts have been instrumental in preserving vintage racing films.

Call 275-4450 for more information about these free Library programs.


Celebrate Indiana's Bicentennial at IndyPL!

Individuals of all ages are invited to visit The Indianapolis Public Library throughout the year to celebrate Indiana's 200-year statehood anniversary with a variety of free programs that highlight the best of Indiana. These programs have received state endorsement as official Bicentennial Legacy Projects, joining those presented by organizations in communities all over Indiana to celebrate 200 years of progress.

In May, IndyPL will present a variety of Bicentennial Legacy Project programs at the following times and locations.

Mythic Indy Author Reading
Sunday, May 22 from 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street
Join local authors Hugh Vandivier, Clint Smith, Maggie Wheeler and Austin Wilson as they share tales of adventures set in downtown Indianapolis. The authors were contributors to Mythic Indy, an anthology of weird stories and legends originating in various Indianapolis locations that benefits the programs of Second Story. This program will be held in Central Library's West Reading Room.

T.C. Steele and the Hoosier Group
Tuesday, May 24 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street
Join author and former Indiana State Museum curator Rachel Perry who will discuss the art works of T.C. Steele and his connections to the Indiana art scene and to the Hoosier Group plein air landscape painters. She will be joined by artist Mary Ann Davis, who will demonstrate the techniques of impressionist plein air artists. This program will be held in the Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room.

Author Lew Freedman; The History of the Indianapolis 500
Wednesday, May 25 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street
Join author Lew Freedman who will recollect stories from the 100 years of the running of the Indianapolis 500, focusing on the most significant moments, impactful finishes and memorable drivers. Following the lecture, Freedman will sell and sign copies of his new book, The History of the Indianapolis 500: Highlights From the 100 Races. This program will be held in Central Library's Riley Room. Note: Also as part of the Bicentennial Legacy Project, Freedman will host a book signing event on Friday, May 27 from 5 - 6 p.m. at Bookmamas, 9 Johnson Avenue.

The Library will present a number of additional programs as the year continues that include author talks, presentations on Indiana history related to art, basketball, breweries, jazz, and German roots of Indianapolis, as well as bicentennial-themed summer reading programs for children and adults. Special programs also will be presented on Sunday, December 11, which is Statehood Day.

Call 275-4099 for more information on these free Library programs.


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:

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.