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Indiana Free Library offers weekly programs | New

The Indiana Free Library announced the addition of a Digital Services Navigation Librarian to help individuals find solutions to all of their technology needs. Call or email to book a session in person or over the phone for assistance with any technology or digital services questions.

The digital support program offers technical know-how such as hardware help and device configuration; software solutions for Microsoft Office, Zoom, social media and more; account setup; access to e-mail; and downloads. The library can help with your digital service needs, such as digital service demos for test preparation, e-books, and more. ; research of career and education information; and help write, design, save and print resumes.

With the library’s digital assistant program, you can drop by, call, or use the booking form on the library’s website to arrange a 30-minute phone consultation or an in-person session.

The Indiana Free Library welcomes the public to its lineup of free programs for the week beginning Monday. The theme for this week’s outdoor programs at the Mack Park Community Gardens and Aqueducts Conservation Area is “Discovery Day!” Geocaching and maps with Cindy Rogers.

• 2-3 pm, Summer at Camp Half-Blood: IFL Summer Reading Program for Teens. Everything is Greek to me — participants will make a necklace with their names written in Greek. Attendees will read and discuss “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan. There will be crafts, snacks and lots of fun. Registration is required to ensure there are enough supplies. This group will meet on the second floor in the community hall.

• 6 to 6:30 p.m., We Be Book N’ Tween Book Club. “Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry” by Mildred. D.Taylor. Hard copies are available at checkout on the book club shelf on the first floor. This club meets every third Monday evening of each month in the children’s department’s storytelling room. The We Be Book N’ Book Club is a reading club suitable for children from 8 to 14 years old. Titles range from fiction and fantasy to non-fiction, history and culture, and even include popular graphic novels.

• 7 to 8 p.m., Around the World Book Club. “Seafarers: In Search of Ancient Pacific Navigators” by Christina Thompson. Copies are available at checkout. This club meets on the second floor in the Fiction room.

• 10:30 a.m. to noon, Code Brave Kids. Open to students in grades 3 to 5. Registration is compulsory and the number of places is limited. Visit www.indianafreelibrary.org to register. This program will take place in the community room on the second floor. Each student who participates will complete the program with basic coding knowledge and will receive a very special “Code Brave” mouse pad.

• 11:00 am to noon, Great Tuesdays at Mack Park Community Gardens. Wonderful Tuesdays are for children from birth to 5 years old. Participants will meet at the Mack Park Community Garden Pavilion for outdoor fun in the summer. Register early to prepare for the library’s fun summer reading programs. Since the program takes place outdoors, please provide good contact details so that you can be contacted in the event of bad weather or another emergency cancellation. This week’s book is “No Such Thing as Nessie” by Chani McBain and “Spike, The Mixed-Up Monster” by Susan Hood. Participants will make a Nessie puppet out of a paper bag.

• 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Code Brave Teens. Open to students in grades 6-8. Registration is compulsory and the number of places is limited. Visit www.indianafreelibrary.org to register. This program will take place in the community room on the second floor. Each student who participates will complete the program with basic coding knowledge and will receive a very special “Code Brave” mouse pad.

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wild Wednesdays at Waterworks, Waterworks Conservation Area, 768 Waterworks Road.

This week’s presenter is Yellow Creek Educational Ranger Lisa Meadows. The subject will be curious freshwater animals and fish from Pennsylvania. Participants will make an ocean vase with a monster jar. This program will include a light snack for all children in attendance and arts and crafts lessons with all materials provided.

Note: Registration for Oceans of Possibilities is mandatory. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, put on comfortable shoes you can wear for hiking and exploring, bring sunscreen, insect repellent, extra water, sunglasses, and any other necessities you might need to enjoy the great outdoors.

• 4 to 5 p.m., C3 Coding Club. Students entering grades 5-8 can practice their computational thinking skills while creating fun projects with friends. The C3 Coding Club meets in the Community Room on the second floor. This club meets twice a month to work on coding activities and learn new skills as participants solve problems in groups.

• 5 to 7 p.m., Our blue library. Our Blue Library is a self-directed in-house summer program for children of all ages. The library offers two different days and times to go to the youth section: Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. No registration is required and the program is free and open to the public. The theme for this year’s summer reading is “Oceans of Possibilities”. Ocean-themed books fill the reading space and attendees can read one or more. There will also be a chance to work on an easy-to-make-and-go craft each week. Instructions and all materials will be provided.

• 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., IFL Classics Book Club. “The Wings of the Dove” by Henry James.

Books are available at checkout. This club meets on the second floor in the community hall.

• 1 p.m., virtual ladies episode. Checkers TV is a weekly educational entertainment program featuring Checkers the Inventor, his robot sidekick Snoozer and a variety of special visitors including medical professionals, community leaders, police and firefighters and other guests in highly produced 30 minute episodes. The episodes will be posted directly on the Facebook page and the website every Thursday around 1 p.m.

• 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Minecraft Club. Join Indiana Free Library for its first live, realistic and engaging gaming experience. Students entering grades 5-8 (10-14 years old) can enroll in https://indianafreelibrary.org/programs-events/ minecraft-club.html/calendar/2022/8.

Minecraft Education Edition is a game-based learning platform used to promote skills such as community building, cooperation, and computational thinking. At Minecraft Club, participants will build a community from the ground up and follow an exciting storyline, complete fun missions, and embark on action-packed adventures. They will also combine their individual talents, interests and skills to build a world in which none of us would be able to create on our own. Meetings will start with 30 minutes of free play – play solo or create a world with friends.

Then, come together for a 30-minute town meeting to name the village, establish roles/jobs for community members, and put together a game plan. After the meeting, participants will see what is happening in their common city. Registration is compulsory for the nine places available. Registration for all 10 meetings is open now until the day of the meeting, unless all nine spots are filled before then.

1 to 3 p.m., Our blue library. Our Blue Library is a self-directed in-house summer program for children of all ages. The library offers two different days and times to go to the youth section: Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. No registration is required and the program is free and open to the public. The theme for this year’s summer reading is “Oceans of Possibilities”. Ocean-themed books fill the reading space and attendees can read one or more. There will also be a chance to work on an easy do-it-yourself craft each week. Instructions and all materials will be provided.