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Indianapolis Public Library offers Summer Reading Program & Workshops

Indianapolis Public Library kicks off its Summer Reading Program, along with several art workshops for kids.

Children of all ages and families are invited to tune up their reading performance and pump up the volume for reading during The Indianapolis Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program,”Beatz & Bookz,” beginning June 1 and continuing through July 25 at all IndyPL branch locations, Central Library and the Beech Grove Public Library.

This year’s music theme is inspired by the long-term support of 92.3 WTTS, whose Rock to Read concerts have generated nearly $100,000 for Library programs since 2007. The program’s mascot and top summer reading dog, Beatz, will be every young reader’s best friend and jammin’ book jockey by enthusiastically “woof-woofing” and tweeting about recent book releases, hot tracks and classic hits for participants to check out or download from the Library’s collection.

Readers earn points for all books read, regardless of difficulty level, that can be exchanged for a variety of great prizes donated by community businesses and organizations. Those seeking greater rewards can choose from a list of notable Bonus Books. Among the prizes to be earned are tickets to an Indianapolis Indians game during Library Night at Victory Field on Monday, July 20 at 7 p.m. Game passes also are redeemable for admission to any Sunday – Thursday Indians baseball game.

Participants also can enter to win 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.

Summer Showtime & Fun Workshops for Children Free Hollywood box office hits and educational and entertaining workshops are among the many activities during the summer for children and families at The Indianapolis Public Library.

To accompany the Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program, the “Summer Showtime” film series will offer a steady dose of movie madness during June and July for the entire family.

Check your local branch for dates, showtimes and free ticket information. Visit for helpful movie links to help determine if a film is right for your family.

The Library also will host several fun workshops on a variety of topics to keep children stimulated and engaged during the summer, including:

Move & Groove Jump Rope Show Featuring The Rope Warrior. Children of all ages are invited to watch the incredible expertise of The Rope Warrior and try some jump rope tricks during this interactive show. Jump roping may be easier for older children. No registration required.

Clay Bells

Children ages 5 and up are invited as The Clay Man will lead a hands-on class for kids to make their own bell. A toaster oven will be in operation. Registration is required. Limit of 25 per class.

Heavy Metal Arty Clinic 2015

Children ages 6 and up are invited to use a variety of thin, malleable metal wires in various colors to create an interesting design or make into a bracelet. They’re encouraged to bring a piece of junk jewelry or small object to incorporate into their creation during this workshop presented by Art With a Heart. Registration is required. Limit of 25 per class.

Recycled Art Class

Children ages 6 and up are invited to use recycled materials to make either a jewelry project or unique collage piece with “punched” guitar picks. They’re encouraged to bring old gift cards and other thick materials during this workshop presented by Art With a Heart. Registration is required. Limit of 25 per class.

Indiana Pacers Summer Reading Tour

Children of all ages are invited to join the Indiana Pacers for special storytime programs led by community readers. Following the stories, children can spin the prize wheel! No registration required. For more information about these free Library programs, contact your local branch or visit