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, Write Your Story! Have you ever thought about an invention you wish you could make? Have you ever read a book and wished you could be friends with your favorite character? What are your dreams about? What is in your imagination that no one else has heard about or seen yet? Gather paper, pencils, pens, markers, or crayons. Write your own story and then draw pictures to go with it!
Lost for Words is a story about someone wanting to get thoughts down on paper. Tapir has gathered his paper and pencils to begin writing, but can't think of a single word to write. He has writer's block! He listens to his friends come up with poems and stories to share but still can't find the words to share his own story. Listen to the video read aloud of Lost for Words below to find out if Tapir can find a way to tell his story. It is read by the book's author, Natalie Russell.
Click on a book cover to read or listen to more books about people telling their own stories on paper with words and with pictures. Don't forget to keep track of your reading minutes!
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!
Complete the summer reading activity "Write a Story". Here are two writing ideas to get you started. First, try a mad lib. A mad lib is a story that has already been written, but with some key words missing. You fill in the missing words to help choose details to help tell the story. Mad libs are great writing practice! You can also try writing a diary entry like the spider in Diary of a Spider. Start your own diary by writing what you did today. Who did you play with? What did you eat? Where did you go?
Complete the summer reading activity "Write About Who Would be Your Best Friends From a Book and Why". Who would yours be? Madeline? Danny's dinosaur? Francine Frensky? Artemis Fowl? Luna Lovegood? What are the things that make this character likable? What would you do together? Where would you go? Make a comic book of your adventures!
Imagine your own story and then write it down. Draw pictures to go with it! You can even try making your own picture book!
Zoom Game Break
Monday, June 22: 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
Comic Books for Comprehension: Create a Comic Book Class
Tuesday, June 23 at 10:00 am through Monday, June 29
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.
Teen Tuesday Online
Tuesday, June 23 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, June 24 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. See the YouTube Playlist of all Professor Watermelon shows.
Snapology - Care of Magical Creatures
Wednesday, June 24 at 5:30 pm
Kids of all ages are invited to study creatures from the magical realm and then use their imagination to create a new species of creature to learn about in this Magizoology class! Channel your inner Harry Potter, Yoda or Merlin! This event is being held as an online meeting/webinar via Zoom. Those who register will be emailed login instructions approximately 24 hours before the event.
Backyard Birding for Kids
Wednesday, June 24 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.
Online Storytime on Facebook Live
Thursday, June 25 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 week's reader is Miss Kasey from Franklin Road. See the IndyPL Youtube Online Story Time Playlist.
Coding for Kids
Thursday, June 25 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, June 26 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.
Saturday, June 27 at 10:30 am
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. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Register here
Digital STEAM Lab
Saturday, June 27 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.
The Wonder of Imagination Having an imagination is a wonderful trait. Children are great because they have not yet lost their sense of wonder. "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." -Albert Einstein IndyPL_BambiP