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ComedySportz Indianapolis came to Sugar Creek

On Saturday, July 1st, ComedySportz Indianapolis came to our Sugar Creek Branch to teach us a little bit about improv comedy. During their time with us, they gave us some tips on improv comedy and played games that would help improve our improv skills.

If you were unable to make it or just want to try out some improv comedy, try the game below!

Story Circle

  1. Everyone stands in a circle with one person playing the Host.
  2. The host asks two people in the circle a question and combines their answers into a title.

Example: The first question is: “What were you looking forward to during the summer?” They answered “The pool.” The second question is “What is an animal you wouldn’t find in a pool?” They answered: “A bullfrog.” The title then becomes “The pool and the bullfrog.”

  1. The host then tells the circle two or three things that have to happen in the story.

Example: there has to be 3 characters and there has to be some sadness in the story

  1. Everyone goes around the circle saying one word at a time to create a story.

 

Look for other cool programs at Sugar Creek on our Events Page!

Reading Without Walls Challenge

In January 2016, Gene Luen Yang was appointed the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. For his platform, he started the Reading Without Walls Challenge.

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The Reading Without Walls Challenge is super easy. Gene Luen Yang just wants you to read one book that  fits these three criteria:

When you have complete the challenge, take a picture of yourself with the book (or just the book) and share it on social media with the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls.

 

Now I would not issue a challenge if I would not complete it myself. So I read a book that actually fits all three criteria (because I am apparently an overachiever). I read Ronit and Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin, which is a modern day Romeo and Juliet with an Israeli girl and a Pakistani boy. It is written in verse and touches on the conflict between the Israelis and Pakistanis frequently. It was moving, beautiful, and entirely different from what I normally read.

 

If you are interested in this challenge but don’t know what book to read, come visit us at the library and ask us at the desk!

National Library Week

Libraries are so much more than books. Libraries offer access to technology some people do not have. Libraries offer the opportunity for experiences. Libraries offer resources to learn. Libraries offer space to talk with others in your community. Libraries offer more than books.

This week is National Library Week. Celebrate Hancock County Public Library by telling us why you love the library either in the comments below or at http://www.ilovelibraries.org/share-your-story.

Need More YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reading in Your Life?

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The Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the nominees for the The Andre Norton Award. This award recognizes the best young adult science fiction or fantasy book published in the United States in the preceding year. If you’re looking for a new book, check out one of these today!

2015 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Nominees:

Seriously Wicked, Tina Connolly
Court of Fives, Kate Elliott
Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge
Archivist Wasp, Nicole Kornher-Stace
Zeroboxer, Fonda Lee
Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older
Bone Gap, Laura Ruby – *Also the 2016 Printz Award Winner & 2015 National Book Award Finalist*
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson – *A 2016 Battle of the Books book! & 2015 National Book Award Finalist*
Updraft, Fran Wilde

We’re Always Open Online!

Even when the library’s closed, we’re always open online!

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Check out the links below and browse our online library in your pajamas!

 

OverDrive for books and audiobooks!

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Hoopla for movies, TV shows, and music!

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Freegal for free music downloads you get to keep!

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See you at the library!

Sarah

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