Featured Events

Reach Out and ReadIN Children's Day

Families and children of all ages are invited for a celebration of language and literacy in support of Reach Out and Read Indiana during the community "Reach Out and ReadIN Children's Day" on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street. This free event will feature celebrity guest readers, music, arts and crafts, and opportunities to win prizes and help build the home libraries of at-risk preschoolers.

The non-profit Reach Out and Read is dedicated to giving the youngest children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read together. Medical professionals incorporate the organization's evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and providing developmentally-appropriate books to children.

The "ReadIN" at Central Library will support Reach Out and Read programs at various pediatric clinics throughout Central Indiana. It will feature Grammy-nominated artist José-Luis Orozco performing a family concert at 11 a.m. in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium. In the Library's Learning Curve, there will be Crouching Tigers classes, storytelling by Deborah Asante, face painting, magic presentations, performances by local youth, and an appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog. Throughout the day, families can win prizes by reading aloud.

Reach Out and Read is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a proven intervention that delivers results and is supported by numerous independent, published research studies. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their peers on vocabulary tests. These foundational language skills help start children on a path to success when they enter school.

The free event is sponsored by WFYI Public Media, CollegeChoice 529, and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

For more information, call 317-275-4099 or visit www.reachoutandread.org/Indiana.


10th Annual Indy 500 Film Festival at Irvington!

Racing fans of all ages are invited to enjoy a series of vintage racing films highlighting the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 during the "Indy 500 Film Festival" in May at the Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street.

The theme for this year's film festival, now in its 10th season, is the incredible career of the legendary Dan Gurney as a driver and car builder. Gurney, who died earlier in 2018, competed in nine Indy 500's beginning in 1962 and finished second in 1968 and 1969. Gurney won races in the Formula One, Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, and Trans-Am Series. In 1967, after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans together with A.J. Foyt, he spontaneously sprayed champagne while celebrating on the podium, which thereafter became a custom at many motorsports events.

The highlight films shown in the series, approximately 30 minutes in length, are produced by First Turn Productions and Rare Sportsfilms for presentations at service clubs, schools and advertisers. This year's film lineup includes:

  • Tuesday, May 8 (Dan Gurney Night) at 7 p.m.
    1963: "Riverside 500 Mile Stock Car Race"
    Gurney wins his first NASCAR race

    1967: "Le Mans"
    Gurney teams with A.J. Foyt to win this 24-hour Formula One classic

  • Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m.
    "1962 Indianapolis 500"
    Gurney's rookie race at Indy

    1957 & 1958: "Monzanapolis" films A look at races at two of the world's most famous race courses, Monza and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

For more information about this free Library series, call 317-275-4450.


"Everyday Superheroes" 2018 Summer Reading Program!

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Children of all ages and families are invited to celebrate the universal stories of fictional and real-life heroes and experience the joy of reading during The Indianapolis Public Library's 2018 Summer Reading Program, "Everyday Superheroes," June 4 through July 28 at all IndyPL locations.

This year's theme builds on the recent popularity of superhero cinema and the absorbing stories of such characters as Black Panther and Wonder Woman. The Summer Reading Program will unmask the stories of those who not only wear capes and tights, but also heroes and she-roes everywhere, including those we come into contact with every day.

Participants may register at any Library location, including the Bookmobile, to earn points that can be exchanged for prizes generously donated by community sponsors for their reading activity. Prizes include licensed comic book hero items, paperback books, White Castle coupons, and passes to the Indianapolis Zoo, Eiteljorg Museum, ISO Symphony on the Prairie, Indy Parks pools, and Indiana Fever and Indianapolis Indians games (some are buy one, get one free). Summer readers can also win one of two college savings accounts worth $529 from CollegeChoice CD. Although Indianapolis Indians passes are redeemable for admission to any game (excluding July 4), participants are encouraged to use their passes to attend the Summer Reading Finale during Library Night at Victory Field on Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m.

The more books participants read during the program, the more points they will earn. There's also a bonus booklist of titles to challenge super readers who want to power up to to earn additional points. Parents and older children can earn points by reading aloud to young children, including babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Summer readers can become "Everyday Superheroes" by contributing to Books for Youth, a partnership with the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Department of Child Services to collect 5,000 books to provide children in foster care with a backpack filled with 25 age-appropriate books. Participants can use their reading points to select and donate prize books or new and gently used books from home.

The 99th annual Summer Reading Program is presented by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. This year's presenting sponsor is OneAmerica®. Other sponsors include 92.3 WTTS; BKD; Carrier Corporation; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Citizens Energy Group; CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan; Hartley and Margaret Dellinger; Indiana Pacers; Indianapolis Colts; The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund; The Kroger Co.; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Louise Lage Kirtland and Hugh C. Kirtland Endowment Fund, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation; Office of Lawrence Township Trustee Steve Talley; Providence Outdoor; Mary Frances Rubly and Jerry Hummer; Samerian Foundation; G. Marlyne Sexton; Deborah J. Simon; The Swisher Foundation, Inc., in memory of Glenn M. Swisher; and Toysmith.

For more information on the 2018 Summer Reading Program, call 317-275-4099.


2018 Adult Summer Reading Program

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It's not just children and families who can take advantage of unique summer reading offerings at the Library. Adults can choose titles from an extensive reading list and participate in a variety of activities surrounding the summer reading theme of "Everyday Superheroes" at The Indianapolis Public Library and other community locations.

The Library's Adult Summer Reading Program will feature such programs as superhero trivia, lectures on graphic arts and comics, an art tour at Newfields, food tastings, writing workshops, film screenings, a downtown walking tour, workshops on super foods, and discussions on books included on the summer reading list. In addition to select Library locations, programs will occur at Sun King Brewing, Newfields, Tea's Me Café, Eiteljorg Museum, Metazoa Brewing Company, Pia Urban Café, Kennedy King Park Center, Coal Yard Coffee, Sky Farm at Eskenazi Health Hospital, Books and Brews and Dorman Street.

Several of the free Adult Summer Reading Program events require reservations with an RSVP through indianapolispubliclibrary.eventbrite.com


Recommended titles for this year's Adult Summer Reading Program include:

  • Jam on the Vine by LaShonda K. Barnett
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
  • Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
  • Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • A Dog's Gift: The Inspirational Story of Veterans and Children Healed by Man's Best Friend by Bob Drury
  • Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine by Tim Hanley
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Girl With Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story by Hyeonseo Lee
  • March Books 1 - 3 by John Lewis
  • Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Christopher Matthews
  • Last Night, a Superhero Saved My Life: Neil Gaiman, Jodi Picoult, Brad Meltzer, and an All-Star Roster on the Caped Crusaders That Changed Their Lives by Liesa Mignogna
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds
  • The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Woman Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • Beneath and Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan
  • Warrior Woman by James Alexander Thom
  • Ms. Marvel 1, No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
  • I Am Malala: The Girt Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Talibanby Malala Yousafai

For more information about the 2018 Adult Summer Reading Program or to find information on upcoming summer events, contact your local branch



Immigrant Welcome Center Mobile Branches

As part of The Indianapolis Public Library's strategic goal of introducing new immigrants and non-English speaking citizens to relevant community services and resources, the Library has joined with the Immigrant Welcome Center in Indianapolis to present the "Immigrant Welcome Center Mobile Branches" at several IndyPL locations throughout the year.

These free sessions allow immigrants to interact with Natural Helpers from the Immigrant Welcome Center who can help them connect with local resources, including those of the Library. Attendees can drop in anytime during the sessions to speak with Natural Helpers in such languages as Arabic, English, French, Karen, Kiswahili and Spanish.

"Immigrant Welcome Center Mobile Branches" are presented at the following locations:

  • East Washington Branch, 2450 E. Washington Street
    Tuesdays from 5 - 8 p.m.
    Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Languages spoken: English and Spanish

  • Lawrence Branch, 7898 N. Hague Road
    Mondays from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Languages spoken: English and Spanish

  • Nora Branch, 8625 Guilford Avenue
    Mondays from 5 - 8 p.m.
    Saturdays from 1 - 4 p.m.
    Languages spoken: Arabic, English, Karen and Kiswahili

  • Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road
    Thursdays from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Languages spoken: English, French, Karen and Spanish

Call 317-275-4088 for more information about these free Library programs.