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Programs for Kids

Meet a Reindeer with Silly Safaris

Meet a reindeer and learn about the Sami indigenous reindeer herders from the Lapland region of Scandinavia. All ages and families are welcome. See the schedule.

Early Learning Storytimes & Workshops

Schedule & Registration
Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited for storytime at multiple branch locations.

Online Storytime
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Children ages 0-6 and their families are invited for an online storytime with Ms. Jess with stories, songs,and fun!

Reading Ready Time Online
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Children 3-6 are invited to a virtual Library visit! Join us from home to sing along, listen to a story, see new places, and meet amazing people.

Bilingual Storytime - Spanish
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Join Ms. Laura as she presents a bilingual storytime! Preschoolers will enjoy books, songs, and games in both Spanish and English. / Escuche a la señora Laura y su hora del cuento bilingüe en español e inglés. ¡Los preescolares se divertirán con libros, canciones y juegos!

Bilingual Storytime - American Sign Language
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Join us for a storytime with a Deaf presenter and American Sign Language interpreter! This program is fully accessible and enjoyable to both Deaf and hearing individuals. This bilingual storytime is told in both American Sign Language and English. Kids (and their adults) will hear stories, learn relevant ASL signs, do chants, and more!

Paws to Read
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Children who are reluctant readers are invited to read to Dandy, a Goldendoodle. This activity can help young ones improve their reading skills and self-confidence. Participants may sign-up for a 15-minute reading sessions. Listen to the video read aloud Madeline Finn and the Library Dog here.

Southport Tot Art
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Babies and toddlers up to age 3 and adult are invited for an art program. Come dressed for a mess!

Art Adventures with Mr. Jeremy
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Can you paint using toy cars, combs, or bottle caps? In this program you can! Children ages 3-5 will use everyday objects and their imaginations to paint a masterpiece! Join Jeremy South of Ripple Mobile Arts for an art adventure. Dress to mess!

Foodie Friends
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Read, play, learn, make snacks, and more! Children ages 3-5 will join Nutrition Services from the Marion County Public Health Department to explore healthy foods found right in your fridge!

Harp Music and Stories
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Babies and toddlers will be introduced to the music of a concert harp in this program with Arts for Learning teaching artist Melissa Gallant. Join us to learn that music brings stories to life through feelings and emotions!

Parachute Fitness Fun
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Up, down, and all around! Children ages 2-5 will build motor skills and learn colors and patterns while shaking, waving, and twirling a parachute in this program with JumpBunch of Indianapolis. Dress to move!

School Age Programs

Captivating Carnivorous Plants
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Join 4-H to explore the mystery and wonder of carnivorous plants that eat insects and other small creatures. Through hands-on activities, learn what plants need to grow and how plants adapt to their environments. Take home your own decorated chia planter!

Character Clubhouse Designs
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Design and build a model clubhouse for your favorite storybook character with Next Great Architects. Apply your imagination and creativity as you learn architecture skills in this hands-on workshop and leave with a finished project!

Central Library Explore Stem + More
Come join Media Learning Specialists in the Learning Curve for some fun! Children and their families are welcome to check out some of our technology, toys, and games. Children under 12 should be accompanied.

Discovery Lab
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Dive into the world of science at Discovery Labs! Curious kids can explore STEM concepts and learn through hands-on experimentation led by a scientist from Quantigen Biosciences. This program is designed for ages 8 and up.

Block Parties - with LEGOs!
Let your imagination guide you in making fun Lego creations! Participate in challenges or free-build whatever you want. Legos will be provided. See our book list Books and Legos: These Two Favorites are a Perfect Fit!

Garfield Park Young Scientists
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Children ages six to ten are invited to learn about topics in science, technology, engineering, and math through fun and interactive activities.

Hot Jazz for Cool Kids with The Gene Markiewicz Band
Sunday, November 19 at 3 p.m. Details

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. Details

Take a walk and read a story as you go!

Child reading at a StoryWalk station.

Stroll through a park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Stories will be rotated on a monthly basis. Families are encouraged to post photos of their visit on social media.

StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park, 3025 Ruckle Street.