2018 Summer Reading Program Art Workshops for Kids

Superhero Drawing Class: Children ages 6-17 will learn the basics of drawing human figures so they can start sketching their favorite superhero characters. View schedule


Character Clubhouse Design ClassChildren 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. View schedule


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. View schedule


My Superhero-ness Art Class: Young people ages 6 – 17 are invited to create and decorate their own power emblem. View schedule


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. View schedule

2018 Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Events

IndyPL’s 2018 Summer Reading Program, “Everyday Superheroes,” officially begins on Monday, June 4th. Plan a day for your family at any one of our summer reading kick-off events! Depending on the branch you pick, activities could include: balloon animals, face painting, an animal show, crafts, music and more! Superhero costumes welcome! Choose from the following:

June 2, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm @ Irvington Branch
June 2, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm @ Garfield Park Branch
June 2, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm The Learning Curve @Central Library
June 2, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm @ Brightwood Branch
June 2, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm @ Glendale Branch
June 2, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm @ Decatur Branch
June 9, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm @ Fountain Square
June 11, 2:30 pm @ Flanner House Branch

Read Right Now! DUCKS

Farmer DuckToday is a great day to get outside! Take a favorite book and find a park bench, swing or blanket. You might even find a place you can watch some ducks.  Indy with Kids has a great list of 8 Places to Find Ducks in Indy. The article talks about feeding them, but did you know the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and other conservation groups say that for the good of the ducks, we all need to stop hand feeding them? Bread is especially bad for them! Here are two really great article that explains why hand feeding is bad for ducks and geese:

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them though. You can learn what food might be healthy for them. You can watch them and also take some pictures! While you are out, point out the ducks you see and hear. How does a duck look different than a goose? What colors are their feathers? What sounds do ducks and geese make? How many ducks can you count?

You can listen to the story Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell right now. Listed below are some more free online eBooks & activities about ducks as well as several eBooks you can check out with your IndyPL Library card.


Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
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More FREE Online eBooks:

Jemima Duck

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Printables, Crafts & More about Ducks:


eBooks:

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Make Way for DucklingsUglyDucklingDuckFeelingDuckDuckGooseDuckGooseHugducksvroomDuckGooseOppositesDuck123DumbDucksDonaldCampingHeyDuckLuckyDuck

eAudiobooks:

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The Duckling Gets a CookieUglyDuckling2

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Read Right Now! BIRDS

BirdsToday is a great day to get outside! Take a favorite book and find a park bench, swing or blanket. Or, did you know you can take a walk and read a story as you go, right here in Indianapolis? Visit the Story Walk in the Ruckle Street Pocket Park. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Stories are rotated on a monthly basis. While you are out, point out the birds you see and hear. Can you see a cardinal? What color is it? Can you hear a robin? How many different bird songs can you count?

Listed below are some free online eBooks & activities as well as several eBooks you can check out with your IndyPL Library card.

FREE Online E-books:

Beautiful BirdsTheBirdsIllSeeRed RobinA Nest for African PenguinsThe Migrating Whooping Crane

More FREE Online Reading:


Printables, Crafts & More:


E-books:

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Bear and BirdDuck and GooseJust Plain FancyNoisy Bird Sing AlongThe Best NestThe Little DuckBirdsLowly
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BirdsBirdsDiscover Series BirdsLet the Pigeon Drive the BusElmo Finds a Baby BirdGooseMake Way for DucklingsThe Little Red HenThe Story abount PingThe Ugly Duckling

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Read Right Now! MOTHER’S DAY

Little llama asks each of his friends if their mamas are llamas. Each friend answers with a simple riddle about what kind of animal each mama is. One mama has a pocket for carrying babies. Can your child guess which animal mama has a pocket? You can listen to Is Your Mama a Llama? right now in this read aloud video. More books to download or check out and online activities follow about all kinds of wonderful mamas.

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eBooks:

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Mother BruceA Mother for ChocoMake Way for DucklingsElla and the Mother's Day SurpriseThe Mommy BookHeather Has Two MommiesLittle Chick and Mommy CatAre You My Mother?Happy Mother's DayI Love You SoThe Night Before Mother's Day

eAudiobooks:

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Pinkalicious Mother's Day SurpriseA Chair for My MotherTu Mama es una Llama

Printables, Crafts & More:

Number One Mom Coloring SheetMother's Day Connect the DotsMother's Day MazeMother's Day Writing Paper

Books:

I Heart Mom from the Very Hungry CaterpillarI've Loved You Since ForeverLove, MamaMommies Are AmazingThe Mother's Day MiceAwayCatch a KissHero MomThere's No One I Love Like YouA Night Out with MamaHow to Raise a MomMama and MeOh the Things My Mom Will DoSome MomsTake Your Mama to Work TodayTogetherWhat Not to Give Your Mom on Mother's DayMama's Day with Little Gray

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