Indpls Public Library Summer Reading Programs

2014 Summer Reading Program are FREE and open to the public.
For more information about summer activities for children and families, call 275-4099 or visit

Joining the library is Joel Vanderbush Executive Director of Animalia, one of the great local groups with presenting programs this summer.
June 2 – July 26
Children of all ages and families are invited to celebrate our
local international community and experience the joy of reading
during The Indianapolis Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading
Program, “Read in Any Langauge,” June 2 – July 26.
The international theme of this year’s program encourages
participants to “think global & read local” and open up the world
through books while discovering voices both similar to and different
than their own. Taking a cue from the action-packed TV program,
“The Amazing Race,” young readers are challenged to race around
the world, expand their boundaries and go where they haven’t gone
before in moving beyond their own reading level. Participants can map their getaway strategy and strive to
arrive at their next reading destination where they will be rewarded with points that can be traded for global
goods, aka great prizes, at the World Market in their local branch. The more books read, the more points will be earned.
Additional points can be received by reading from a list of Bonus Books.
A new component this year will involve a drawing for two $529 scholarships good toward a college savings
account courtesy of CollegeChoice Direct 529 Savings Plan and CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan. Participants can
learn about qualifications to become eligible for the drawing upon registration at any Indy Library branch,
Central Library and the Beech Grove Public Library.
Adults also are invited to be armchair travelers this summer by participating in an Adult Summer Reading Program
that showcases books from around the world. A reading list of selected fiction and nonfiction books relating to
numerous countries, cultures and travel themes is available. Additionally, the Library will host travelogues,
author talks and book discussions throughout the summer.
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation is the proud sponsor of the 95th Annual Summer Reading Program.
Additional support is provided by Carrier Corporation; Chase; Citizens Energy Group; Indiana Blood Center; Lilly
Endowment Inc.; Mary Frances Rubly; Old National Bank; Pacers Foundation; 92.3 WTTS; CollegeChoice Direct
529 Savings Plan and CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan; The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund; The Kroger
Co.; The Swisher Foundation, Inc., in memory of Glenn M. Swisher; Toysmith; and United Way of Central Indiana
and the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation.
In 2013, a 10-year high of 58,901 young readers participated in the Summer Reading Program.

June Special Events
Summer Workshops for Children
To accompany The Indianapolis Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program, school-age children
are invited to a wide variety of fun and educational workshops throughout the summer at all Library locations.
The Library also offers a number of free family programs to keep them engaged and entertained.
This summer’s series of workshops and family events include:
Many Cultures, Many Instruments
Children of all ages and families are invited to enjoy a musical walk around the globe. Yurtfolk will play a
collection of uncommon and unusual instruments that tell a story about different cultures.
Registration is recommended. Limit 35 children per session.
Graffiti-Inspired Word Art Workshop
Children ages 8 and up are invited to discover how perspective drawing and painting changed art forever.
They’ll use one-point perspective to make words and names pop off the page. To create a bold statement,
they’ll finish the work using color fill techniques inspired by the best graffiti artists.
Registration is required. Limit 20 children per session.
Paper Bead Jewelry Workshop
Children ages 7 and up are invited to learn the worldwide art of using paper to make jewelry during this
workshop presented by Art With a Heart.
Registration is required. Limit 25 children per session.
Duct Tape Tote Bag Workshop
Children ages 8 and up are invited to create a tote bag for all their travels out of duct tape during this
workshop presented by Art With a Heart. Younger children will need assistance.
Registration is required. Limit 15 children per session.
Indiana Pacers Summer Reading Tour
Children of all ages are invited to take a reading time out with community helpers and leaders and read like
a pro during this storytime. Afterwards, those attending can spin the “wheel of prizes.”
No registration required.
Critter Chats
Children of all ages and families are invited to meet animals face-to-face and spend time
getting to know about them during this presentation by Animalia.
No registration required.
Critter Shows
Children of all ages and families are invited for an engaging show presented by Animalia that
introduces them to up to five different animals.
No registration required.
Summer Family Concerts
Children of all ages and families are invited to jam in any language this summer! Three different bands will play
throughout the Library system, and kids will have a chance to help out with the music during these 45-minute
performances. Performing bands include the Jump Starters Trio (Cajun & New Orleans jazz), The Tides Trio
(Caribbean/island music), and the Heartfelt Trio (American jazz & pop).

Summer Workshops for Children (cont’d.)
Mobile Lab
Children ages 10 and up are invited to use iPads to explore and investigate the digital realm.
Registration is required. Limit 12 children per session.
Furry Tails With a Twist
Families with children ages 2 – 11 are invited as Minnetrista Theatre Preserves will bring theater to life. They’ll
enjoy the production of “Furry Tails With a Twist,” a play by Jennifer Hickock DeFratis, featuring off-beat
characters and puppets. Those attending will help deconstruct and reconstruct three beloved fairy tales.
Registration is recommended.
Summer Library Concert!
Monday, June 23 at 6 p.m.
Central Library, Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair St.
Those of all ages are invited to a special summer concert at the Library with Wizard Rock & Nerd Rock,
a jam session featuring Kirstyn Hippe, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Tonks & the Aurors. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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