Featured Events

2016 Adult Summer Reading Program

It's not only children who can participate in reading and other special summer Library activities. Adults are invited to join the summer celebration with their own reading program at The Indianapolis Public Library.

The Adult Summer Reading Program will feature a suggested reading list of books that relate to Indiana's heritage. In addition, book discussions led by experts from the Indiana Writers Center, author lectures and other cultural activities at the Library and various community locations will be presented as part of Indiana's bicentennial celebration.

The Adult Summer Reading Program book list features:

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott
Maria's Journey by Ramon & Trisha Arrendondo
Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John Dillinger by John A. Beineke
Murder, Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman
So Cold the River by Michael Koryta
19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Men by Michael S. Maurer
19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Women by Michael S. Maurer
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
Bones on the Ground by Elizabeth O'Maley
The Miami Indians of Indiana by Stewart Rafert
An American Tune by Barbara Shoup
Fire in the Water by James Alexander Thom
Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters, Legends and Legacy of Indiana Avenue by David Leander Williams
Haunted Indiana: Ghosts and Phenomena of the Hoosier State by James A. Willis
IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State by Douglas A. Wissing

For the lineup of free book discussions, author appearances and other programs associated with the Adult Summer Reading Program, call 275-4099 or visit www.indypl.org.

 

Fun and Educational Summer Workshops for Children!

Children of all ages are invited to The Indianapolis Public Library for a variety of fun and stimulating programs to help keep them engaged throughout the summer. Workshops will allow young ones to explore their artistic creativity, develop a greater appreciation of the environment and enhance their digital learning.

Summer workshops at various Library locations include:

Comic Strip Workshop
Children ages 7 and older are invited to create their own comic strip based on the works of Indiana native Jim Davis, creator of Garfield. They'll develop and implement a character into their own comic strip using double-tipped brush pens, color pencils, markers and sharpies. This program is presented by Art With a Heart.
Registration is required. Each class is limited to 25 participants.

Found Art
Children ages 7 and older are invited to turn found objects into art and learn about the long history of reusing and recycling. Artist-in-residence Tony Radford will work with participants to turn pop cans into art. Registration is required. Each class is limited to 20 participants.

Gardening 101
Children ages 6 - 12 are invited for a hands-on look at dirt, rocks and plants that tell us where we live. They'll learn about earth, water and the basics of gardening in an urban or rural setting. They'll also take home a starter set of seedlings and make a bird bath! Kids should come dressed to mess! Registration is required. Each class is limited to 20 participants.

Bees & Beekeeping
Children of all ages and families are invited to learn about bees and the work they do in our yards and in our lives. This program is presented by volunteers from the Central Indiana Beekeeper's Association. Registration is recommended.

3D Maker Stage Event
Young people ages 10 - 16 are invited to bring their creativity and imagination to produce a scene or character inspired by summer reading. Maker coaches will guide them through the process of transforming a sketch or illustration into a 3D model or prototype, such as an action figure, puppet, accessory or stop-motion animation stage. Registration is required. Each class is limited to 30 participants.

Mother Potter's Clay Kitchen
Children ages 5 and up are invited to join ceramic artist Sarah Tirey for an hour-long, hands-on experience in clay. They'll discover more about clay and help mix a special batch of Indiana clay to take home. Participants will help transform the recipe into a clay piece on the potter's wheel.
Registration is required. Each class is limited to 15 participants.

Indiana Pacers Summer Reading Tour
Children of all ages are invited to a special summer storytime presented by the Indiana Pacers and led by community readers. At the conclusion of the storytime, children can spin the
Indiana Pacers prize wheel!

City Scape Art Class
Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to create a funky, Indy-inspired city scape masterpiece by using old records and other materials. Registration is required. Each class is limited to 20 participants.

Going Native: Indiana's Animals - Animal Chats and Animal Shows
Children of all ages and families are invited to get up close with live animals during these presentations by Animalia. What creatures lived in your backyard 200 years ago? Discuss Hoosier animals then and now, their adaptability and neighborly co-existence. This program is made possible by Louise Lage Kirtland and Hugh C. Kirtland, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation, and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

For dates, times and locations of these free Library events, contact your local branch or visit www.indypl.org.

 

Summer Showtime Films

To accompany the Library's 2016 Summer Reading Program, children and families are invited to enjoy a variety of Hollywood box office hits during the "Summer Showtime" film series, presented throughout the summer at all IndyPL locations. This year's lineup of free films includes:

Ant-Man (PG-13) 117 minutes
Cinderella (PG) 112 minutes
Frozen Fever (G) 8 minutes
The Good Dinosaur (PG) 100 minutes
Goosebumps (PG) 103 minutes
Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG) 89 minutes
Inside Out (PG) 102 minutes
Minions (PG) 91 minutes
Open Season: Scared Silly (PG) 79 minutes
Pan (PG) 111 minutes
Shaun the Sheep (PG) 85 minutes
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13) 136 minutes
Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy (G) 78 minutes
Tomorrowland (PG) 130 minutes

For dates and showtimes, as well as movie descriptions and reviews, contact your local branch or visit www.indypl.org.

 

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:

Fountain Square Branch, 1066 Virginia Avenue
Monday, September 12 at 6 p.m.

Eagle Branch, 3325 Lowry Road
Tuesday, September 13 at 6 p.m.

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.