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Summer Reading Workshops

Invitation to join us at summer reading workshops for kids.

Summer Reading Kickoffs at Several Locations
All Ages | Schedule
Many of our locations host annual celebrations to begin a summer of reading fun. Enjoy a variety of activities like face painting, games, treats, and giveaways. Babies through Adults can register for the Summer Reading Program during these events.

Animal Meet and Greets with Silly Safaris
All ages | Schedule
Meet up to three animals at these casual drop-in sessions presented by Silly Safaris. Ask your question and take a picture with the critters. No registration is required.

Animal Shows with Silly Safaris
All ages | Schedule
Go on a wild adventure with Silly Safaris in this sit-down 45-minute live animal show! You’ll have the chance to see animals up close and ask questions. No registration is required.

Campfire Obstacle Course with JumpBunch
30-minutes | For ages 6-10 | Schedule & Registration
Before you reach Camp Read S’more, you will conquer obstacles! As you journey through the woods, you’ll need to avoid bears, save marshmallows, and close the cabin door tight to cozy-up and read! Inspire movement, exercise, problem-solving and strengthen fine motor skills with each JumpBunch challenge.

Constellations with Snapology
1 hour | Ages 6 and up | Schedule & Registration
Join Snapology on a stargazing adventure! Learn about the night sky, how astronomers tell stars apart, and how stars aid in navigation and inspire storytelling. Kids will build their own LEGO constellation complete with and a complementary story.

Garden Buddies with Mr. Tony
1 hour | Ages 6 and up | Schedule & Registration
Add some character to your growing garden this summer with the help of Mr. Tony! Use found objects to create your own Garden Buddy to take home and display in your yard.

Reading S'more: Camp Tales with Portia Jackson
45-minutes | All ages | Schedule & Registration
Join storyteller Portia Jackson as she shares stories of growing up camping throughout Indiana – highlighting native birds, trees, and plants. Weaving in the elements of good storytelling, children will learn how to reflect on their own explorations through nature, visualize and act out their own experiences, and effectively tell their own stories.

Spooky Campfire Stories
45-minutes | All ages | Schedule & Registration
Nothing like spooky stories around a campfire! Come listen to Indiana storytellers share stories about goblins, ghosts, and other creepy creatures to give you a little spook. You'll be sitting on the edge of your seat, wanting to hear s'more! Stories are appropriate for all ages.

Story Adventures with React Kidz
1 hour | Ages 6 and up | Schedule & Registration
Kids with a big imagination are ready for Story Adventures! With React Kidz instructors, children will act-out familiar fairytales and be in the middle of the action. Build confidence, creativity, and discipline by working together to tell a story through improvisational theatre games.


For Teens: Kamp Krafts
Teens | Schedule & RegistrationCome craft with us this summer! Make your very own para-cord bracelets and metal pendant necklaces.

For Teens: Cooking Made Easy - Camp Cooking
Teens | Schedule & Registration
Summer has arrived! Learn to make delicious and simple recipes such as Fireside Chili, Southwest Chicken Quesadillas, and S'more Bites! Learn these great healthy recipes from The Marion County Public Health Department Nutrition Services!

Early Learning Storytimes & Workshops

Kids laughing at storytime

In-Person Storytimes
Schedule & Registration
Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited for storytime at multiple branch locations. See our storytime schedule at all our branch locations here.

Bilingual Storytime - en español!
Schedule & Registration
Join Ms. Laura as she presents a bilingual storytime! Preschoolers will enjoy books, songs, and games in both Spanish and English.

Paws to Read
Schedule & Registration
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.

Virtual Storytimes

Parent and Child watching virtual storytime

Virtual Bedtime Storytime: PJ Party
Schedule & Registration
Snuggle up in your PJs and join us for a virtual bedtime storytime! Librarians will share books, play games, and sing songs to help everyone wind down before bed. See our booklist Sleepovers and Pajamas.

Virtual Storytime: Tuesday Tales
Schedule & Registration
Children ages 0-6 and their families are invited for an online storytime with Ms. Jess from the Wayne Branch.

Virtual Storytime: Reading Ready Time
Children 3-6 are invited to a virtual visit to the library! Join us from home to sing along, listen to a story, and see behind the scenes at library branches throughout the city. Did you miss a Reading Read Time? No worries! Watch our playlist of virtual storytimes on YouTube.

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. We invite you to visit two different IndyPL StoryWalks this summer.


1. StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park, 3025 Ruckle Street.


2. StoryWalk 100 Acres Park at Newfields, 1850 W 38th St. Stop by the Eagle Branch to receive a special activity packet to go with the story! Join us at Newfields 100 Acres to kick-off a new story each month!

Music Performances

Central Library Teddy Bear Concert Photo

Teddy Bear Concerts
Move along to music performed by musicians from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra during Teddy Bear Concerts at Central Library! Hug your teddy and listen to the adventure filled story of a boy’s search through an orchestra for a special musical instrument. Learn more and see the schedule.

Tyrese Haliburton reading Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Call-a-Story is a free local call at (317) 275-4444, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, or toll free (877) 275-9007. Presione 2 para escuchar la historia en Español.


Featured stories through June are brought to you by the Indiana Pacers! The Library and the Pacers have been teaming up for Call-a-Pacer for 29 years! The Call-A-Pacer program is part of the Indiana Pacers Read Like A Pro initiative. See our schedule of Pacer readers and what stories they are reading.

School Age Programs

Move with Myriad

Online Saturday Morning Live Block Party
Schedule & Registration
Kids and teens are invited to join a live Block Party! Stop by and join the Learning Curve Learning Specialists and other kid builders to complete fun challenges with LEGOs. Children under 12 should be accompanied. No registration is required.

Online Kids Coding Club
Schedule & Registration
Kids ages 8 and older and teens can join the Learning Curve online to learn about the Scratch programming language and work on a coding project. The emphasis will be working on different long-term Scratch projects, whether by oneself or with a partner, and socializing with other attendees!

Central Library Family Tech Workshop: Circuits and Raspberry Pis
Saturday, June 4 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Register
Explore circuitry and coding with with an LED Light project for a Raspberry Pi. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years. Youth attendees must be accompanied by an adult who will participate in the program with them. Maximum two youth attendees per adult. Take home a Raspberry Pi so your family can continue to explore circuitry and coding at home!

Central Library Media Workshop Open Play
Schedule
Come join Media Learning Specialists in the Learning Curve! Children and their families are welcome to check out some of our technology, toys, and games. Children under 12 should be accompanied. No registration is required to attend.

Warren Lego Club
Schedule
Families and children of all ages are invited to play with LEGO blocks and sets, while stimulating STEM-related practices, critical thinking skills and language development. No registration is required.

Warren Team Steam
Schedule
School-age children ages 6 - 12 are invited to engage in a variety of STEAM activities. Try out games, coding, art projects and more. Participants will have a chance to get hands-on experience with various areas of science and technology while boosting their creativity. No registration is required.

West Perry Steam Team and Steam Team Trivia
Schedule & Registration
Come explore technology, science experiments, engineering, and more with STEAM Team! School age children (6 and up) and a caregiver will learn about each month's theme, then take part in a follow-up experiment. On Trivia days come out and test your knowledge! Kids can join a team of 3 to answer questions and earn prizes - everyone goes home a winner.

Online Local Author Writing Workshops
Saturday, June 11 at 11:00 am Jalysa King Register
Saturday, July 16 at 11:00 am Saundra Mitchell Register
Youth ages 6-14 are invited to participate in a writing workshop featuring local Indiana authors and storytellers. In this one hour workshop, youth are invited to create their own stories. Participants will be guided along their writing journey by a diverse and unique group of local Indiana authors.