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Here is our heroic line-up of summer programs. Meet super animals, draw comic book characters, learn super survival skills, create Cosplay props and more.

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Animal Shows
Animal Shows Children and families are invited to join Silly Safaris to learn about animals during this 45-minute show featuring live animals! Details

Be a H.E.R.O. Magic Show
Be a H.E.R.O. Magic Show Children of all ages are invited to join Daniel Lusk for this 45-minute interactive magic show about First Responders and how kids can be a hero at home and school. Details

Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey Children of all ages and families are invited to join Take Flight! Wild Educators and explore what it’s like to have super powers like hawks and falcons. Details

Character Clubhouse
Character Clubhouse Design Class Children ages 6 and older are invited to join Next Great Architects to design a clubhouse for their superhero or favorite character. They’ll learn a bit about architecture while they build. Participants are asked to bring a shoebox or small box. Details

Animal Chats
Animal Chat Meet and Greets with Silly Safaris Children and families are invited to meet live critters and ask questions of Silly Safaris during this drop-in session.  Details

Critter Creation Art Class
Critter Creation Art Class Children ages 5 – 12 are invited to make their own critter out of pom-poms and other materials with the help of Mr. Tony. Details

Library Night at Victory Field
Earn tickets to LIBRARY NIGHT at Victory Field.

Wednesday, July 25 — Dollar Menu Night

Indianapolis Indians Pass = 80 Summer Reading Program Points, 1 per card.


My Superhero-ness Art Class
My Superhero-ness Art Class Young people ages 6 – 17 are invited to create and decorate their own power emblem. This program is presented by Art Lab. Details

Pacers Summer Reading Tour
Pacers Summer Reading Tour Children of all ages are invited to join Pacers Sports and Entertainment and its community of volunteer readers for a story time. Participants will have a chance at a prize with a roll of the dice! Details

Reptiles Galore
Reptiles Galore Children of all ages and families are invited to explore the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians with Indiana Jim! Discover what makes these misunderstood creatures so important to us. Details

Power-up Statement Art Class
Power-up Statement Art Class Young people ages 6 – 17 are invited to create a piece of art that describes what inspires them to try harder, be smarter and grow stronger. This program is presented by Art With a Heart. Details

Superfoods for Kids
Superfoods for Kids Children ages 6 – 13 are invited to this hands-on class about superfoods and recipes presented by the Marion County Health Department. They’ll try their hands at making a small smoothie and sample other delicious foods. Details

Super Hero Drawing Class
Superhero Drawing Class Young people ages 6 – 17 are invited to learn the basics of drawing human figures so they can start sketching their favorite superhero characters. This program is presented by Art With a Heart. Details

Super Snakes
Super Snakes with Snakehead Ed Children of all ages and families are invited to join Snakehead Ed for a story and discussion about snakes and their amazing abilities. A couple of live snakes will be on hand. Details

Tech Lab
Tech Lab Children and teens ages 8 and up are invited to explore art and coding with apps on iPads, such as Lightbot and Osmo Masterpiece. Seating is limited to 10 attendees per session. Details

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten A great goal to get your child ready for school. Plus it’s fun! It counts for one more even if you read the same book over! You can do it and we can help! Details

Classical Concerts

Classical Concerts at Central Library – Adults and families are invited to experience the dynamic world of chamber music with members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. This program is made possible by BMO Harris Bank and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Details


Science Fair Ideas Looking for an idea for a science project? Here are several science experiment ideas that use materials easily found in your house. A couple of them might require a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy, but mostly you can just raid the garage, kitchen or medicine chest for the ingredients. Many experiments you will want to do OUTSIDE. Each experiment will give you directions as well as suggest websites and books that will help you explain what science is at work during the experiment.

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BirdIndy Trunks Bring the wilderness inside or explore the outdoors with BIRDINDY! These bird-watching educational trunks and duffel bag kits are full of tools and activities to educate Indianapolis about urban bird-watching. Check one out at:

Central Library
Glendale Branch
Irvington Branch

Free eBooks 2FREE Stories on your Laptop, Tablet or Smart Phone:

  • Read Free eBooks for Kids
  • Listen to Free Stories for Kids

Try One Out – Listen Right Now!

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Free Reading Programs All Year Long There are many opportunities all year long to encourage your child to read. Here is a listing of several organizations that champion literacy and celebrate reading for fun. Many are online – and several include free books! Read for fun, read for prizes, read every day! Schedule

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