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Summer Reading Program Week 5: Move Your Story


06/26/2020 | Imagine Your Story 2020

Imagine Your Story 2020 IndyPL Summer Reading Program

The 2020 Indianapolis Public Library Summer Reading Program "Imagine Your Story" is underway! If you have not signed up yet, you can get all the details for kids and teens here. Sign up, track your progress online, and earn prizes. You can also do activities to earn prize drawing tickets!

We will publish a new blog post each week from June 1 - July 27 that will feature themed e-books, video read alouds, and online or @home activities. We will also give you a heads up about our upcoming virtual programming that week. Programs will be available on Facebook, YouTube or Zoom. Tune in all summer for story time, workshops, animal shows, and more!

This week, Move Your Story! Get up, get out, and get moving! Earn some summer reading drawing tickets...you might win a bicycle! Exercise does all kinds of good things for a child's body. It reduces the risk of many illnesses as well as improving mood and sleep. It is great for relieving stress, and it's fun!


Read or Listen to a Story

Click on a book cover to read or listen to the story. Don't forget to keep track of your reading minutes!

The Bicycle LessonEmma and Julia Love BalletGame ChangersNino Wrestles the WorldBee Calm the Buzz on YogaHula Hula QueenMax Explains EverythingHow Do You Move?Hop Hop HopscotchGetting to the GameMyMove!We Love SoccerSwimming Across the OceanPump Jump Thump

Earn Summer Reading Drawing Tickets

Complete activities to earn prize drawing tickets. Visit Imagine Your Story to see the full list of activities and the list of prizes you could win!

Summer Reading Activity Go For a Walk
If You Plant a Seed

Complete the summer reading activity "Go for a Walk and Write Down What You See and Hear." Take a walk and read a story as you go! We invite you to visit StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park at 3025 Ruckle Street. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. The featured story is If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson.

Before you go on your walk, learn how to observe and make a sketch outside from author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Don't forget to bring your paper and pencil when you go!

Summer Reading Activity Go Outside and Count Birds

Complete the summer reading activity "Go Outside and Count How Many Bugs and Birds You See." Here are several ideas for drawing or writing about birds and bugs.

Complete activities to earn prize drawing tickets. Visit Imagine Your Story to see the full list of activities and the list of prizes you could win!

2020 IndyPL Summer Reading Activity Play a Game

Complete the summer reading activity "Play a Game." It can be inside or outside. Here are some ideas for family games to play.


Try an @Home Activity

Try one of these online or printable activities at home for even more fun. Children's book illustrator Brian Biggs is wonderful in his video that teaches children how to draw a bicycle or tricycle.




Join Us for an Online Program!

Comic Books for Comprehension
Monday, June 29 at 10:00 am
Kids of all ages are invited to grab a piece of paper and a pen and create their own page of a comic book using a sentence they write and dissect. This program is led by Jingo de La Rosa from Arts For Learning Indiana. This event is being presented as a video on The Indianapolis Public Library's Facebook page and YouTube page.

ZOOM Game Break
Monday, June 29 at 3:00 pm
Kids, teens, parents, and friends are invited to log on with the Learning Curve via Zoom for a fun line-up of social games, adapted board games, and even some cooperative adventure games inspired by 80s computer hits! Take a break on Monday afternoons to “Turn On Computer” and “Play Game!” This event is being held as an online meeting/webinar. Those who register will be emailed login instructions approximately 24 hours before the event. Register here.

Cultural Dance of West Africa
Tuesday, June 30 at 10:00 am
Wednesday, July 1 at 10:00 am
Thursday, July 2 at 10:00 am
Friday, July 3 at 10:00 am
Saturday, July 4 at 10:00 am
Sunday, July 5 at 10:00 am
Kids of all ages are invited to join Ronne Stone from Arts for Learning Indiana to see and hear about the symbolism in West African dance and to get up and move their feet! This event is being presented as a video on The Indianapolis Public Library's Facebook page and YouTube page.

Teen Tuesday Online
Tuesday, June 30 at 4:00 pm
Teens are invited to join Bree from The Learning Curve at Central Library and other teens and teen librarians to discuss everything from what you're reading and binge watching to the things you're doing or creating at home. This event is being held as an online meeting/webinar. Those who register will be emailed login instructions approximately 24 hours before the event. Register here.

Professor Watermelon on Facebook Live
Wednesday, July 1 at 10:00 am
Escape into a world of imagination each week with Professor Watermelon and his puppet friends. Enjoy great books, fun songs and educational facts during this online story time series. You can view on the Library’s Facebook and YouTube sites.

Backyard Birding for Kids
Wednesday, July 1 at 3:00 pm
Kids of all ages are invited to a story program that will highlight birds common to the Midwest and demonstrate an activity they can do at home with parents after the program. After the session, activity sheets and/or craft instructions will be sent to the email address provided during registration. The program will be different each week, so feel free to register for each session! This event is being held as an online meeting/webinar. Those who register will be emailed login instructions approximately 24 hours before the event. Register here.

Snapology Fun with Helicopters!
Wednesday, July 1 at 5:30 pm
Kids ages 5 - 14 are invited to learn how to build their own version of a helicopter using loose LEGO® Bricks. Helicopters don’t have conventional wings, yet they can still fly! This program is presented by Snapology. Note that these workshops are all the same - please only register for one. This event is being held as an online meeting/webinar. Those who register will be emailed login instructions approximately 24 hours before the event. Register here.



Online Story Time on Facebook Live
Thursday, July 2 at 10:00 am
Join us online for a virtual IndyPL storytime! This program is designed for children from birth - 6 years old and their caregivers. This event is being presented as a video on The Indianapolis Public Library's Facebook page and YouTube page. See the IndyPL Youtube Online Story Time Playlist.

Coding for Kids
Thursday, July 2 at 3:00 pm
Kids are invited for a free coding or coding adjacent program! Learn how the program/app works and work through some of it together! All programs/apps will be free but will require either a Windows/Mac computer or an iPad/Android tablet (some apps may have a paid version). Those who just want to see what we are going over can join even if they don’t have the required hardware. This event is being held as an online meeting/webinar. Those who register will be emailed login instructions approximately 24 hours before the event. Register here

Silly Safaris Animal Chat
Friday, July 3 at 10:00 am
Kids are invited to Join Silly Safaris each week to meet some creatures and see how animals build, play and move! Take what you see and hear and let your imagine soar with stories and insights about the world around you! This event is being presented as a video on The Indianapolis Public Library's Facebook page and YouTube page.

Digital STEAM Lab
Friday, July 3 at 3:00 pm
Kids ages 6 - 11 and families are invited to join Learning Curve Activity Guide Lucy for at-home STEAM projects and experiments. Using household objects and materials, create gadgets, contraptions, and even tasty treats you can eat while learning about everyday physics, chemistry and more! Some projects may require adult assistance or supervision. This event is being held as an online meeting/webinar. Those who register will be emailed login instructions approximately 24 hours before the event. Register here.


Read More!

It's Yoga Time for Kids

Yoga is an excellent way to relax and collect your thoughts and feelings. This practice also has the same benefits for children. These books are great for starting Yoga with your children. IndyPL_BambiP

Yoga Frog

Carpenter, Nora

There are so many reason I love this book. For one who doesn't love frogs, and for two its a very easy to understand way to teach children some basic yoga poses.

Yoga

Tieck, Sarah

This book has a great explanation of what yoga is and why someone would choose to practice yoga.

Yoga for Fun!

Studelska, Jana Voelke

This book contains information about what yoga is, various types of yoga practices and an introduction to some basic yoga poses.