Memorial Day Weekend Closings
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed May 27 - 29 for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, except the InfoZone which will be open each day from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Featured Events

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 StationPatrons 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. 


Programming for Kids at IndyPL!

Throughout the spring, preschoolers and school-age children are invited for a variety of fun and educational programs at The Indianapolis Public Library. Many programs are part of the Library initiative,"Ready to Read," intended to enhance young children's literacy skills and prepare them to be school ready. Programs for older children are designed to stimulate their creativity.

Spring programs for children at the Library include:

Sing Along With Miss Bobbie
Preschoolers and their families are invited to join Miss Bobbie for a live, interactive music experience. Attendees will dance, sing, laugh and have fun together. No registration is required.

Shake, Rattle and Roll: Infant and Toddler Music Class
Infants and toddlers along with an adult are invited for an interactive program involving music, action songs and movement with Bongo Boy Music Center. Young ones love to hold instruments and respond to music. Instruments such as maracas, bells, hand drums and gathering drums are used, as well as colorful scarves for visual tracking and movement. The program's core intention is to use rhythm, music and movement to create a caring, connected rhythmic community. Registration is required.

Healthy Snacking
Preschoolers and an adult are invited to join the Marion County Health Department for some tasty fun as they learn about healthy snacking options. Registration is required.

Preschool Art Workshop: Owls
Preschoolers are invited to explore sculpture, simple shapes, and drawing and painting with The Art Lab. They will listen to a favorite owl story, hand-build a mixed media sculpture, and draw and paint their creation using watercolor and crayons. Registration is required.

Parent and Preschooler Yoga
Even young children can enjoy the health benefits that yoga can offer. Preschoolers and an adult are invited to join certified yoga instructors from the Greater Indianapolis YMCA for a 45-minute yoga program. Registration is required.

Duct Tape Craft Class
Children ages 6 and up are invited to create their own hip clutch or billfold out of duct tape during this program presented by Art With a Heart. Registration is required.

Foil Art Class
Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to use a variety of materials to create their own work of art. Then they can add a frame to finish it off! Registration is required.

Tribute to Dr. Seuss Magic Show
Children of all ages and families are invited to dive into the world of magic and Dr. Seuss during this show presented by Don Miller of FamilyTime Entertainment. No registration required.

For registration and other information about these free Library programs, contact your local branch.


Writing Your Own Autobiography

Adults are invited to a seven-part series that will provide literacy ideas for creating a book of personal stories entitled Writing Your Own Autobiography, beginning March 1 and continuing through May at the East Thirty-Eighth Street Branch, 5420 E. 38th Street.

Presenter will be Toria Sanders, a 25-year language arts specialist in the Indianapolis Public School system who now operates a tutoring center to assist students.

Writing Your Own Autobiography will feature the following series programs:

Orientation and Registration"
Wednesday, March 1 from 4 - 5 p.m.
This program will lead off the series and focus on an explanation of the six-step writing process.

Getting Started
Wednesday, March 15 from 4 - 5 p.m.
Attendees will learn how to construct topic sentences to open their writing and how to capture the reader's imagination by creating great openers to encourage their interest.

Word Choice
Wednesday, March 29 from 4 - 5 p.m.
Attendees will learn to replace overused boring words with colorful and flavorful vocabulary by using synonyms and the Thesaurus.

Express Yourself
Wednesday, April 12 from 4 - 5 p.m.
Attendees will learn pointers on using expressive details to arouse the reader's visual mind in describing scenery, mood, characters and settings.

Wednesday, April 26 from 4 - 5 p.m.
Attendees will learn to let their stories flow with order by grouping sentences that go together and to begin using paragraphs by the correct use of transition words.

Ending Your Story
Wednesday, May 10 from 4 - 5 p.m.
Attendees will learn how to come to a closure without leaving readers hanging, confused or wondering.

Wednesday, May 24 from 4 - 5 p.m.
Attendees will learn to add pictures, photos and drawings to bring their stories to life. This program also will describe the publishing process.

Registration is required for this free Library program by calling 317-275-4352.


"States of Incarceration" A National Exhibit

A traveling exhibit on the past, present and future of mass incarceration, "States of Incarceration," opens on Thursday, April 13 and continues through Sunday, May 14 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Created by a national community of over 500 individuals in 20 cities, the exhibit explores the roots of incarceration in individual communities in order to open a dialogue on what should happen next. On display will be such depictions as immigration detention at Ellis Island and Elizabeth, New Jersey; the legacies of the Dakota Wars for Native American incarceration in Minnesota; and Angola's slave plantation-turned-prison in Louisiana.

The pieces form a diverse genealogy of the incarceration generation, challenging viewers to remember the past and use insights of history to shape what happens next.

In addition to the month-long exhibit, a number of other special events will be presented to underscore the exhibit's theme, including:

"13" Screening and Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 18 from 2 - 5 p.m.
Central Library, Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street
Adults are invited for a screening of the documentary, "13," a 2016 film that centers on race in the criminal justice system and titled after the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which outlaws slavery. Following the film, a local panel will feature Dr. James Kilgore, an author, activist and university lecturer who appears in the documentary; Dr. Terri Jett, Associate Professor of Political Science at Butler University and Board President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana; and those affected by incarceration.

The States of Incarceration Opening Reception
Thursday, April 20 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street
The entire community is invited to the opening of the "States of Incarceration" month-long exhibit showcasing the history of incarceration in the United States.

Mass Story Lab
Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street
Community members affected by mass incarceration will share their stories and invite attendees
to brainstorm solutions for social justice.

For more information on these free Library programs, presented in partnership with the IUPUI Humanities Action Lab and The Medical History Museum, call 317-275-4099.