Featured Events

Art + Science Brainstorms: A StreamLines Experience

Young and old alike are invited to bring their imaginations and explore the intersections of art and science during the program entitled "Art + Science Brainstorms," beginning in December and continuing throughout 2016 at various IndyPL locations.

Presented by StreamLines, an interactive, place-based project of Butler University that merges the sciences and the arts to advance the community's understanding and appreciation of Indianapolis' waterways, the "Art + Science Brainstorms" will feature discussion on how art and science work together and how they inform us about the world in which we live. Light refreshments will be served during each program.

"Art + Science Brainstorms" will be presented at the following locations:

Haughville Branch, 2121 W. Michigan Street
Monday, December 12 at 6 p.m.

West Indianapolis Branch, 1216 S. Kappes Street
Tuesday, December 13 at 6 p.m.

This program is presented in association with Butler University, the National Science Foundation and Da Vinci Pursuit.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.


Library Job Centers Target Workforce Development

Throughout December, The Indianapolis Public Library is providing greater one-on-one assistance to chronically unemployed or underemployed individuals through the Job Centers at nine Library locations.

In partnership with EmployIndy, the non-profit workforce investment board for Marion County, as well as WorkOne, a local specialist in career counseling and programming, the Library's Job Centers provide technological training, specialized resources and educational opportunities for those seeking to enhance their employment skills. Each session focuses on job search strategies, interviewing skills, resume development, and instruction on basic computer skills.

Funding for the Job Centers is made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. In addition to Central Library (The TCU Foundation Job Center), Job Center sites are located at the Brightwood, College Avenue, Eagle, East Thirty-Eighth Street, Garfield Park, Pike, Southport and Warren branch locations.

No registration is required. Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library service.


eBook Tinker Stations

eBook Tinker StationContinuing through 2014, patrons are invited to learn how to select and use eReaders, as well as search and download materials from the Library's extensive collection of eBooks, audiobooks and digital music by visiting the "eBook Tinker Station" at various Indy Library locations

Patrons can drop in anytime during the scheduled two-hour Tinker Station visits which are staffed by an eReader expert who can answer questions about the equipment and collection. The Tinker Stations provide reliable and unbiased information about this growing technology.

Tinker Stations will be available at several times and locations throughout the system.

For individuals who cannot visit a Tinker Station in person, they may call the eBook Tinker Hotline at 275-4500 to have questions answered by qualified staff. 


Indy Author Fair @ Central Library!

Aspiring writers and book lovers of all ages are invited to meet notable Hoosier authors and participate in a variety of workshops on writing and publishing during the Indy Author Fair on Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m - 4:45 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Presented by the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award and The Indianapolis Public Library, the Indy Author Fair celebrates Indiana's rich literary tradition with free activities to promote a better understanding of the writing and storytelling craft.

From 9:30 - 11 a.m., teachers can enhance their skills during a series of "Creative Writing for Teachers" workshops. Pre-K and first grade teachers can refresh their read-aloud techniques during a workshop presented by children's author and photo illustrator April Pulley Sayre, winner of the 2016 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award for Genre Excellence.

Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler

Second through fifth grade teachers can learn to write poetry for the joy of writing and receive tips on introducing poetry in the classroom during a workshop presented by Helen Frost, the 2011 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Regional Author Winner. Middle school and high school teachers are invited to join young adult author Barbara Shoup who will address issues that teachers often face with students and administrators when introducing creative writing to the curriculum. Participants also will engage in writing exercises that can be effective in the classroom.

Pre-registration for the "Creative Writing for Teachers" workshops is required by visiting Eventbrite.com.

Other Indy Author Fair activities throughout the day include:

  • "Meet the Authors" - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Sit down with winners and finalists of the 2016 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award who will discuss their writing and connections to Indiana. This session will be moderated by John Krull, director of Franklin College's Pulliam School of Journalism and host of "No Limits" on WFYI-FM. Featured will be National Author Award winner Karen Joy Fowler, Regional Author Award winner Philip Gulley, Genre Excellence Award winner April Pulley Sayre, and Emerging Author Award finalists Sarah Gerkensmeyer, Bill Kenley and Edward Kelsey Moore. Book sales and signings will follow. The authors will be honored later in the evening during the Indiana Authors Award Dinner at Central Library.
    Phil Gulley

    Phil Gulley

  • "Indy Author Fair: Meet Hoosier Authors" - 12 noon - 2 p.m.
    Network with more than 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors, who offer a wide variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will be available. For a list of participating authors, visit www.indianaauthorsaward.org.
  • "Illustration for Kids by Kids" - 12 noon - 1 p.m.
    Children of all ages are invited to this special children's art illustration workshop presented by Art With a Heart.
  • "Writing for Young People Panel" - 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Adults and teens are invited as noted authors will share their experiences and expertise covering writing styles ranging from young adult novels to chapter books and picture books. This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features John David Anderson, 2015 Emerging Author Finalist Skila Brown, Rob Kent and Sarah J. Schmitt.
  • "Publishing Overview" - 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Adults and teens are invited to learn about the publishing industry during this program presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Nancy Niblack Baxter.
  • "Get Started" - 1:30 - 3 p.m. & 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
    Learn how to connect with other local writers and participate in writing exercises and lively conversation about writing and the writing life guaranteed to jump start the process of becoming a writer. Presenter will be author Kip Robisch, program manager for the Indiana Writers Center.
  • "Writing About Your Life" - 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Find your voice to tell your own stories and learn strategies for getting them down on the page. This program will be facilitated by the Indiana Writers Center featuring Lyn Jones.
  • "So You Want to Write a Novel?" - 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
    Learn where ideas from novels come from, how novels are made and how they get published. This session will offer practical tips for those who want to want to write a novel, have one in progress or have a finished one they don't know what to do with. This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center featuring Barbara Shoup.
  • "Self-Publishing Tricks and Tips" - 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
    Learn the ins and outs of self-publishing during this workshop presented by the Indiana Writers Center featuring Rob Kent.
  • "Bluer Guide to Indiana" - 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
    Explore highly imaginative Indiana travel writing during this session presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring 2013 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award National Author winner Michael Martone. Document the people, places and peculiarities of Indiana and discuss what is fact and fiction and the way we open up Indiana space for wonder.
  • "Resource Fair for Writers, Educators and Parents" - 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
    Meet representatives from the Indiana State Library, Indiana Humanities, Butler Bridge, Second Story and other organizations. Staff from the Indiana Writers Center will provide handouts with links to more information on resources.

For more information on these free Library events, call 275-4099.


Fall Fest 2016 featuring Kwame Alexander!

Kwame AlexanderFamilies and individuals of all ages are invited for an afternoon of inspiration and cultural entertainment during Fall Fest 2016 on Saturday, November 12 from 12 noon - 4 p.m. at Central Library, in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Highlighting the afternoon will be a lecture presentation (2:10 p.m.) by 2015 Newbery Medal winner Kwame Alexander. Alexander is a poet, educator and New York Times bestselling author of 21 books for children. The Newbery Medal was awarded for his book, The Crossover. Alexander also has received the Coretta Scott King Author Award, the NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Each year, Alexander leads a delegation of writers, educators and activists to Ghana, as part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program co-founded by Alexander that builds libraries and provides literacy professional development for teachers.

In addition to his lecture, Alexander will sign copies of his books (3:30 p.m. with books provided by Donna Stokes-Lucas), and participate in the awards ceremony for the Slammin' Rhymes Challenge XI (2:55 p.m.). Teens who are judged as winners in this annual performance poetry competition will perform their works.

The afternoon also will include performances by the Diamond Divas Dance and Majorette of Indianapolis competition dance group (12:10 p.m.), mentoring magician Magic Mike Ray (12:35 p.m.), the Sims Boxing Gym featuring professional boxer Anthony Sims and his team (1 p.m.), the inspirational poetry and dance group Turning Point Family Worship Center Youth (1:25 p.m.), and Salsa/Cha-Cha dance teachers from Fix Dance Studio (1:45 p.m.).

With this year's theme "Dare to Dream," Fall Fest 2016 is intended to encourage a positive atmosphere to promote confidence, character and a good self-image. Fall Fest 2016 is presented by The Indianapolis Public Library's African-American History Committee and is made possible by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Suez Water, the Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.