Through Another Lens: Paranorman

Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Wednesday, May 20 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Ages 9-12: Paranorman (rated PG) is a stop-motion, animated film following a young boy who can communicate with ghosts as he attempts to break a 300-year-old curse on his hometown. This film was one of the first animated blockbuster films to include an explicitly gay character. Chris Butler, who wrote the script and co-directed the film with Sam Fell, also identifies as gay according to multiple interviews around the time the movie was released in 2012. The main theme throughout the film asks the audience to consider the assumptions that they make about others based on common stereotypes or personal beliefs, and to spark a conversation about how those assumptions often limit our understanding of the people around us.

Books Before Bedtime

Owl in Crescent Moon Reading to Two Owlets
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Thursday, May 21 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Ages 0-5: Interact with engaging books, songs, lap bounces, and finger-plays as your children build their early literacy skills.

Intro to Podcasting

Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Friday, May 22 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Ages 12-19: Step up to the microphone and get started with basic podcast equipment. Learn how to use the equipment properly, improvise a short segment with a friend, and learn to record with Audacity. Those who complete this class can reserve the podcasting equipment at the YS desk to use on their own time. No experience necessary.

Fear Factor: Food Challenge

Main Library
LifeLong Learning Center
Thursday, May 28 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Are you brave enough to eat bugs? Crickets, ants, even wasp larvea? Come test your food bravery and learn about other types of protein that are better for the environment than traditional meat. Tabby Flinn from Purdue Extension will be here to answer all of your insect related questions.This program will contain soy and gluten products. 

Never Too Late to Learn: Bike Repair & Maintenance

Woman Repairing Bike
Main Library
Overflow Parking Lot
Saturday, May 30 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring your bike, if you have one, so you can learn the basics of repair and maintenance with avid cyclist and manager of the Griffin Bike Park, Rich Moore. Focusing on the ABCs of cycling Air (in tires) Brakes (are they working correctly?) Chain (is it tight and lubed), you will learn what you need to keep you riding throughout the year. Tools will also be availabe and you will have the opportunity to adjust your bicycle at this event.