Featured Events

Holiday Classical Concerts at the Library!

Individuals of all ages are invited to embrace the holiday spirit throughout December during the "Holiday Classical Concerts" at various IndyPL locations.

Attendees can enjoy a performance of chamber ensemble music featuring holiday classics and carols by members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. These programs are made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. "Holiday Classical Concerts" will be presented at the following times and locations.

Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue
Wednesday, December 6 at 1 p.m.

Nora Branch, 8625 Guilford Avenue
Thursday, December 7 at 2 p.m.

Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street
Monday, December 11 at 6 p.m.

Lawrence Branch, 7898 N. Hague Road
Tuesday, December 12 at 4 p.m.

Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street
Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road
Wednesday, December 13 at 12 noon

College Avenue Branch, 4180 N. College Avenue
Thursday, December 14 at 1 p.m.

In addition to these holiday performances, individuals of all ages can enjoy a festive hour of English handbell music during a performance by the Circle City Ringers on Friday, December 8 at 5 p.m. at the Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street. This program will be part of the annual Irvington Holiday Open House celebration.

For more information about these free Library programs, call 317-275-4099.


Fall Children's Programs at IndyPL

Throughout the fall, toddlers and preschoolers are invited to the Library for a variety of fun and educational activities at The Indianapolis Public Library. As part of the Library's Ready to Read initiative, many of the programs are intended to enhance literacy skills, stimulate creativity, and prepare young ones for school.

Fall programs for children include:

African Dance
Preschoolers are invited to journey through the regions of Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea while learning cultural traditions of song and dance along the way. Be ready to move your body! This program is presented by Ronne Stone. Registration is required.

Colors & Numbers & Magic, Oh My!
Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to join Magic Don for an interactive show featuring special participation magic tricks which encourage learning and reinforcement of colors, numbers and movement. No registration is required.

I Like Myself: Preschool Art Workshop
Preschoolers are invited to celebrate the unique and wonderful YOU with a multimedia workshop led by the Art Lab. They'll listen to a story and create their own masterpiece! Registration is required.

O Pato!
Preschoolers are invited to act out the story of a duck and friends in this Portuguese folk song with live violin performance presented by Cathy Morris. Coming together in a circle, children will take turns participating in singing, dancing and acting while learning cooperation. Registration is required.

Indiana Backyard
Preschoolers are invited to join Silly Safaris to learn about the animals that live their own backyard. They can visit with LIVE animals! No registration is required.

Zany Zoo
Preschoolers are invited to join Express Kids for an imaginary train ride with animals on board all smiling and singing. They'll enjoy marching, matching, singing, and of course, sign language. Registration is required.

For more information about these or other free Library programs for children, call 317-275-4099, visit the Library on Facebook or Twitter, or go to indypl.org.


Cret Building at 100: An Exhibit

Library visitors are invited to view a special exhibit the celebrates the architecture, people and stories of Central Library's Cret Building entitled, "Cret Building at 100," continuing through December 31 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Located on land donated by beloved Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, the Library's original
limestone building was designed by French architect Paul Cret and dedicated on October 7, 1917. Its architectural features are highlighted by its classic Greek Doric exterior and an interior ceiling mural painted in oil on small canvases. It was proclaimed by Architectural Forum in 1918 as "the most beautiful secular building in the United States, if not the most beautiful secular building produced in modern times."

The exhibit describes how Central Library played an integral part in defining the city's character over the past 100 years and how it remains vibrant and culturally significant today. Eighteen full-color, illustrative and interpretive panels designed by RLR of Indianapolis showcase over 50 images and artifacts that are housed in Central Library's Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room.

"Cret Building at 100" is made possible by a generous grant from Katz, Sapper & Miller and will be on display around the balcony of the historic Simon Reading Room during regular Central Library hours.



"The Charm, the Harm, and the Daring of Dillinger"

Adults are invited to hear a suspense-filled story that traces the life of infamous Hoosier "public enemy #1" John Dillinger during the program, "The Charm, the Harm, and the Daring of Dillinger," on Tuesday, December 5 at 10:15 a.m. at the Lawrence Branch, 7898 N. Hague Road.

Renowned local storyteller Sally Perkins will describe the run-of-the-mill boy who inadvertantly received a world class criminal education that propelled him into a criminal career. Her story, commissioned by the Indiana Historical Society and Storytelling Arts in 2013, follows Dillinger through his phases from boredom to desperation to sheer audacity and depicts him as supreme trickster who outwitted law enforcement in a 14 month wild chase in and around Indiana.

Perkins was the 2014 recipient of the J.J. Reneaux Emerging Storyteller Grant from the National Storytelling Network. She also was commissioned by Indiana Landmarks and Storytelling Arts of Indiana to create and tell the stories of the historic Central Avenue Methodist Church and Butler University's Hinkle Fieldhouse.

This program is part of the Lawrence Branch's 2017 Travelogue Series. Refreshments will be served.

Call 317-275-4460 for more information on this free Library program.



Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!

Families with children of all ages are invited for the seventh season of popular performances by Indy's leading jazz musicians during the series, "Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!" at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

This family-friendly series is intended to introduce children to jazz music in a live concert setting that is both fun and educational.

This year's "Hot Jazz for Cool Kids" lineup of free programs begins with a performance on Sunday, January 21 at 3 p.m. by the Farrelly-Markiewicz Jazz Quintet. From bebop to pop, the band will show what makes jazz swing. Led by saxophonist Jim Farrelly and drummer Gene Markiewicz, this group of jazz pros will demonstrate a variety of jazz styles to describe how rhythm, melody and improvisation combine to form the foundation of jazz music. Their repertoire will include several "jazzed up" familiar favorites.

The series continues on Sunday, February 18 at 3 p.m. with a performance by Clifford Ratliff and the Indy Jazz Company. Growing up with jazz greats such as Wes Montgomery and Freddie Hubbard, trumpeter Clifford Ratliff has become part of Indianapolis' jazz legacy. He has contributed his talents to the local jazz scene while playing with Jimmy Coe, Pookie Johnson and many others. His band, the Indy Jazz Company, will introduce young people to the rich jazz heritage of Indianapolis.

Concluding the series on Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. will be a performance by the Tucker Brothers Group. Representing Indy's younger generation of jazz musicians, Joel and Nick Tucker will show that their musical passion, inspired by teachers such as David Baker, is helping them carry on the tradition of local jazz excellence. Their collection of songs will pay homage to the most influential and innovative jazz musicians born and raised in Indianapolis.

"Hot Jazz for Cool Kids" is presented by the Learning Curve at Central Library in association with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest.

Call 317-275-4222 for more information about this free Library program.