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. 


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.


Statehood Celebration Day at Central Library!

Nelson Price

As part of The Indianapolis Public Library's celebration of Indiana's bicentennial, families and individuals of all ages are invited to "Statehood Celebration Day" on Sunday, December 11 from 12 noon - 5 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

It was on December 11, 1816 that Indiana was admitted as the 19th state to enter the Union. Throughout this year, IndyPL has presented a number of bicentennial-related events, all endorsed as official Bicentennial Legacy Projects, focusing on Indiana history and culture. Highlighting the festivities on IndyPL's "Statehood Celebration Day" will be a program presented by author, historian and local radio host Nelson Price entitled, "Famous Hoosier Women: Historic and Contemporary Legends." His presentation will include displays of photos, researched stories and personalized accounts from interviews of famous Indiana women. Also featured will be a book signing by Donna Griffin, author of The Twelve Days of Christmas in Indiana, as well as music, crafts and other activities for all ages.

Donna Griffin

Patrons also are invited to Central Library's Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room to view the exhibit, "The Indiana History Club: How We All Save History." The exhibit highlights how Indiana history has been recorded and disseminated through various media and the creators behind them. It includes examples of personal items, such as photos, letters and media publications, and how those have been preserved. The role of such institutions as the Indiana State Library, Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Archives is also highlighted.

Call 317-275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.