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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Friday, December 31, 2021
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program encouraging you to read 1,000 books with your child before they start kindergarten. The program is self-paced and you decide how often and how long you will read to your child. It can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. When you register for the program, you can come pick up a welcome packet, including a finger puppet and physical reading logs to color in! There will also be occasional surprises throughout the game, like stickers, a halfway-there certificate, and more (you can even earn a happy dance with a librarian)! When you finish the program, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, an invite to a quarterly themed storytime, a free book, and a farm friend adoption kit (just a stuffie, not a real one). Sign up online.

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Balance the Scale: An IU Science Fest Activity

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Science Fest
Downtown Library
Children's Courtyard Garden
What can you add to the pails to balance the giant scale in our Children's Courtyard Garden (on Lincoln Street, between Kirkwood and Sixth Street)? Visit the IU Science Fest website to find other locations and ways to explore science topics outdoors on this day! For age 3 and up. Please limit participants to four at a time.

The scale will be available between 10 AM and 4 PM, but you can visit the garden area anytime, or stop in the Library during open hours to read books on your favorite science topics! Masks are required indoors for patrons age 3 and up. 
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Exploring Engineering

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Exploring Engineering
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Engineers design, build, and maintain various complex systems and materials around us. In this series of workshops led by STEM professionals at Indiana University, tweens will work with their caregivers to identify problems, negotiate ideas, test, and improve their products using LED lights, motors, and other materials! 

September 11: Design a shoe for Olaf, Hulk, or your favorite character 
September 25: Give a new life to an old toy 
October 9: Build a safe house for stray animals 
October 23: Create a soccer bot 

IU instructors will help you enjoy the making process and invite your participation in ongoing research about how families help children learn engineering concepts. Please register your child and indicate the name of the adult attending with them. Ages 8–12 with an adult caregiver. Please register. (Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up.)  

A partnership between IU School of Education and the Library
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Amy O at the Library

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Amy O at the Library
Downtown Library
Library Plaza on Kirkwood
Join local musician Amy O for an outdoor performance outside the Downtown Library on the Kirkwood Plaza. Amy is a lifer of the indie-pop underground and winner of the Indiana Governor's Arts 2020 Emerging Artist Award. Amy's homemade pop songs sparkle with these eternal truths––that storytelling is part of being alive, and excavating the past is part of growth. All ages.
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Middle Way House

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Spaces Reservation