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2018 Adult Summer Reading Program

logo- Everyday Superheroes

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


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



"Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male"

The entire community is invited to view a powerful photographic exhibit, "Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male," intended to foster a better understanding of this often marginalized segment of the American population, from September 25 - October 31 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Created by photographer Jerry Taliaferro, the exhibit features images of 30 local African American males and challenges viewers to examine their perceptions and prejudgments about Black males. Those selected for the exhibit following a community nomination process come from all walks of life: entrepreneurs, veterans, musicians, educators, architect, attorney, pastor, and more. The exhibit reveals how Black American males see themselves while encouraging a thought-provoking examination of how they are perceived. To further inspire conversation, each photo is accompanied by a short video that allows viewers to hear the men discuss common issues confronting them.

Kevin Powell

A free public opening with author Kevin Powell is scheduled on Friday, October 5 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Central Library. Powell, one of the most acclaimed political and cultural voices in America today, is the author of 13 books, including his popular autobiography, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey Into Manhood.

Powell's appearance is part of his "Education of Us Tour," whose mission is to empower the powerless and engage communities about issues in our times. Powell will present a free lecture on Saturday, October 6 at 12 noon at Central Library where he will discuss themes related to the "Sons" exhibit and sign books.

"Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male" is hosted by the Library's African American History Committee in support of the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library and made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund, a CICF affiliate, and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.


One State / One Story: Frankenstein

Adults and teens are invited to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's classic novel, Frankenstein, during the statewide initiative, One State / One Story: Frankenstein, taking place from September through November at Indianapolis Public Library and community locations.

Not only intended to encourage Hoosiers to read Frankenstein as it turns 200 in 2018, the initiative offers a variety of programs that examine questions raised by the book about the practice of science and its role in society. As a program partner, IndyPL will explore the complexities of scientific discovery through book discussions, lectures, theater and more.

One State / One Story: Frankenstein programs at IndyPL and community locations include:

  • Frankenstein Book Discussions
    Join in the conversation about Mary Shelley's novel published in 1818 at discussions led by experts from the Indiana Writers Center.
    Various dates and locations
  • Graphic Novel Book Club Discussions
    Connect with comic enthusiasts to explore the Gris Grimly's graphic novel Frankenstein and Victor LaValle's retelling of Frankenstein in his graphic novel, Destroyer.
    Various dates and locations
  • Frankenstein, Henrietta Lacks, and the Consequences of Scientific Discovery: A Panel Discussion
    Wednesday, September 5 from 6 - 8 p.m.
    Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street

    Join WFYI Side Effects Public Media and The Indianapolis Public Library to weave together themes from two books — one fiction and one fact. In the first, Frankenstein, scientific curiosity (and madness) led to the creation of what some called a monster. In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, scientific curiosity motivated doctors to harvest and culture cancer cells from Mrs. Lacks without her knowledge. The use of HeLa cells raised questions regarding informed medical consent and access to care.
  • Shelley's Frankenstein: Why Honor and Will Matter
    Monday, September 10 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street

    Explore how the human will works in making honorable decisions for ethical actions and what impact choosing honor, or refusing it, has on the social order of science and religion during this program led by Professor Jamey Norton.
  • Frankenstein and Jurassic Park: Two Tales of Science Fiction and Imagination
    Saturday, September 15 from 4 - 5 p.m.
    Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road

    Contemplate the ethics of scientific process; the commercialization of scientific achievement; and the interplay of power, control, and respect for the natural world in this comparison of these two stories during this program led by Professor Cassandra Bausman.
  • Franken-fiction: A Group Flash-Fiction Workshop
    Thursday, September 20 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Metazoa Brewing Co., 140 S. College Avenue

    Craft a story about invention in this fun writing exercise led by The Speculative Fiction Guild.
  • Frankenstein: Human Limits and Human Possibilities
    Saturday, September 22 from 2 - 3 p.m.
    Wayne Branch, 198 S. Girls School Rd

    Discover the limits of natural science and technology illuminated in Frankenstein and how these limitations allow for us to more deeply understand our own nature and what it takes to make the most of our human potential during this program led by Professor Richard Gunderman.
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book Discussion
    Tuesday, September 25 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Centerpoint Brewing, 1125 E. Brookside Ave., Suite 2B

    Join Indiana Humanities, March for Science and Central Indiana Science Outreach for a book discussion on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, led by expert guest scientist Chad Priest from American Red Cross Indiana.
  • Frankenslam: Where Poetry is Alive! It's Alive!
    Saturday, September 29 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    College Avenue Branch, 4180 N. College Avenue

    Bring monstrous poems to life, learn about Shelley's influence on rock and hip-hop culture, and create your own horrorcore poem in this interactive workshop led by poet Adam Henze.
  • Mary Shelley's November is Ray Bradbury's October
    Saturday, September 29 from 2 - 3 p.m.
    Nora Branch, 8625 Guilford Avenue

    Find out how the two authors wrestle with the questions of what makes us human during this program led by Professor Jonathan Eller.
  • It's Alive! Electricity, Cinema, and Metaphor in Frankenstein
    Wednesday, October 3 from 6 - 7 p.m.
    Lawrence Branch, 7898 N. Hague Road

    Examine how the invention of electricity birthed the interconnected lives of Frankenstein and cinema during this program led by Professor Matthew Weedman.
  • INconversation with Victor LaValle
    Thursday, October 11 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street

    Hear from the creator of the Destroyer comics, which reimagines the Frankenstein myth by way of Black Lives Matter, and enjoy beverages from Scarlet Lane Brewing. Moderated by Dr. Leah Milne and presented by Indiana Humanities. RSVP requested at
  • Rebecca Skloot Listening Party
    Thursday, October 18 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Central Library, Indianapolis Special Collections Room, 40 E. St. Clair Street

    Join the WFYI Nerds to hear Fresh Air's Terry Gross interview with Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
  • Frankenstein Play
    Friday, October 19 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
    (adults only - treats from Indiana Humanities' Frank-N-Steins beer garden, courtesy of Scarlet Lane Brewing)
    Saturday, October 20 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. (family-friendly)

    Enjoy Ball State University's Department of Theatre and Dance presentation of their original production of Frankenstein. Adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley, this performance combines music and movement to tell the story of Victor Frankenstein and his quest to reanimate the dead. This production was selected to travel to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival where it received multiple award nominations.
  • Rebecca Skloot and the Lacks Family
    Tuesday, October 23 from 6 - 8 p.m.
    Northview Middle School, 8401 Westfield Blvd.

    Contemplate the complexities of ethics of scientific research while hearing from Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Learn more about the life of Henrietta Lacks from members of her family in a moderated discussion. Book sales and signing to follow.
  • Improvising Frankenstein: Bringing to Life New Stories of Disabilities
    Saturday, October 27 from 2 - 3 p.m.
    Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue

    Use improv to explore how Frankenstein is a reflection of how we think about, respond to, and ultimately create disability as individuals and communities.
  • Bringing Science to Life: Exploring the Intersection of Medical Ethics and Literature
    Monday, November 5 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
    Central Library, Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street

    Listen to a panel of medical ethicists discuss the intersection of science, ethics, and humanities at this Spirit and Place event. Panelists will be prompted by passages from Frankenstein and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to guide their remarks.
  • Teen FrankenToys
    Teens are invited to craft their own Frankenstein-inspired toy using found materials during this art workshop.
    Various dates and locations

For more information about One State / One Story: Frankenstein programs at IndyPL, call 317-275-4099.

One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an Indiana Humanities program and has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book.


2018 Hometown Roots Concert Series

Central Indiana's finest musicians representing a range of musical genres are on display through October during The Indianapolis Public Library's 2018 Hometown Roots Concert Series at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The series lineup of free performances includes the following programs:

Harp: From King David to John Legend
Sunday, July 29 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Harpist Theresa Tremmel will explore classical music from past eras, including Celtic, renaissance and baroque, with explanations how the harp was used in those times. She will then play modern pieces to show how music from the Beatles, Disney, John Legend and Ed Sheeran can be played on the harp.

featured_MichaelKelsey.jpgMichael Kelsey with Michael Beck
Sunday, August 5 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Returning by popular demand, rhythmic guitarist Michael Kelsey is an inspired artist who blends many musical styles with fervor and grace, using technology, improvisational skills, objects in the room and audience interaction to create a musical experience for the senses. He will be joined by percussionist Michael Beck with his arsenal of unique instruments. Opening the show will be the popular husband and wife duo of Greg Ziesemer and Kriss Luckett who will bring their Americana style of original music to Central Library's Clowes Auditorium.

The Fourth Wall
Sunday, September 2 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
This program will feature a performance by the hybrid arts ensemble The Fourth Wall. Its musicians are also dancers and actors who stretch the boundaries of instrumental performance and re-interpret established repertoire to make music that leaps off the stage.

featured_BashiriAsad.jpgINDY SOUL "Live" with Bashiri Asad
Sunday, September 30 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
This program will focus on music influenced by soul and jazz featuring Indy Soul "Live" with Bashiri Asad.

Monument Trio
Sunday, October 21 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
This program of chamber music will feature a performance by Monument Trio, a group comprised of the flute, oboe and piano. Since 2016 its members have performed extensively in Indiana, including recitals at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the University of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Propylaeum.

These free performances are made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.


Fall Programs for Children at IndyPL

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited for a variety of fun and stimulating activities throughout the fall at The Indianapolis Public Library that will help develop their literacy skills and prepare them for school.

The following programs will be presented at most IndyPL locations:

"Little Builders"
Young children ages 3 - 6 are invited to join Bricks 4 Kidz to enhance their pre-K skills by using LEGO bricks with an emphasis on letters, numbers, counting, motor skills and cooperation, all while building fun and exciting LEGO creations. Registration is required. Classes are limited to 18 participants.

Young children ages 3 - 6 are invited for a Straw Rockets lesson! Presented by Engineering for Kids, this program will feature the story, "Roaring Rockets" by Tony Mitton. Children will learn about the important parts of a rocket, including the nose cone and fins. They will then build and launch their very own rockets and get to take them home. Registration is required. Classes are limited to 18 participants.

"Harvest Time Story Time"
Young children ages 2 - 6 are invited to celebrate the harvest with Professor Watermelon. They'll uncover knowledge about apples, pumpkins, scarecrows and more with fun stories, songs, puppets and dances. No registration is required.

"Yes, You Can Move Your Body"
Infants and toddlers up to age 2 and an adult are invited to move and dance to a story during this program presented by Arts for Learning. Registration is required. Classes are limited to 15 participants.

"Syllables Through Drumming"
Young children ages 3 - 6 are invited to learn about the concept of syllables while experimenting with rhythm instruments during this program presented by Arts for Learning. Registration is required. Classes are limited to 18 participants.

"Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf"
Young children ages 3 - 6 are invited for a multimedia art workshop presented by the Art Lab themed around autumn and nature. Registration is required. Classes are limited to 20 participants.

"Tiny Tots Rock"
Young ones from infants to age 6 are invited for a class that will provide instrument play, coordinated dance and song, free movement, socialization and an introduction to music that is fun and purposeful. This program is presented by Girls Rock! Indianapolis. Registration is required. Classes are limited to 18 participants.

For times and locations of these free Library programs, contact your local branch or visit