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. 


Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!

Rob Dixon
Allen Turke Burke
Charlie Ballantine

Celebrating its sixth season of popular, family-friendly performances by Indy’s leading jazz musicians, the "Hot Jazz for Cool Kids" series continues through March at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The series is intended to introduce children to jazz music in a concert setting that is fun and educational for everyone.

"Hot Jazz for Cool Kids" kicks off with a performance by the Rob Dixon Quintet on Sunday, January 22 at 3 p.m. Back by popular demand, Dixon has played saxophone with the Count Basie Band, Ray Charles and the Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra. The Allen Turk Burke Quintet takes the stage on Sunday, February 12 at 3 p.m. Burke’s talent on keyboards and vocals and skill as a music director has been tapped by the likes of the Spinners, Patti LaBelle and Marvin Gaye.

The series concludes on Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. with a performance by the Charlie Ballantine Group. This eclectic instrumental ensemble draws from the jazz, folk, Americana and blues traditions of the midwest. Following the 2015 release of "Green," Ballantine was voted "Best Jazz Musician" in Indianapolis by NUVO magazine.

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

Call 317-275-4099 for more information about these free Library programs.


Meet the Artists XXIX at Central Library!

View the unique works of 25 locally prominent African-American artists during the 29th annual Meet the Artists exhibit January 31 – March 26 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street. Works representing a variety of artistic mediums will be on display throughout the Library.

Presented as a showcase for local African-American art, the Meet the Artists exhibit is available for free public viewing during regular Central Library hours. This year's participating artists include: Yolanda Jorman (quilts), Reggie Williams (acrylic), RoShaunda Harden Carpenter (mixed media), Shade Bell (acrylic), Elijah Norwood (acrylic), Allen Wright (acrylic, pencil, ceramics), Daniel Matthew Owens (acrylic), Purion Parker (oil), Deidra Coleman (acrylic), Leonard White (photography), Jehromey Middleton (acrylic, oil), Jamahl Crouch (acrylic, oil), Don G. Lawrence (acrylic), Sheri Vinson (acrylic), Derrock Burnett (acrylic), Matthew Eugene Cooper (acrylic), Tysha Ahmad (jewelry), Krystal Deloney (designer hand bag), Rosalyn Freeman (jewelry), Lynn Johnson (Jewelry), Katina Washington (jewelry) Dennis Green (metal sculpture), Keith Bullock, Jr. (metal sculpture), Francine Weems (human-size dolls), and D. DelReverda-Jennings (mixed media sculpture).

Also on display will be the youth art exhibit, "Reclaimed," that demonstrates the ingenuity of 7th and 8th grade students from Indiana College Preparatory School (I-CAN) in creating meaningful art works from found and unrelated objects. Other youth exhibits will feature works from the Young Prince & Princesses Arts group and seven-year-old Dallas Garrett.

The entire community is invited to celebrate the African-American art works and enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment during the Meet the Artists Gala Opening Reception on Saturday, February 11 from 5:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Central Library. In addition to meeting the artists whose works are on display, attendees can enjoy a number of on-stage performances, including the Epiphany Dance Collective, the Tindley Preparatory Academy Gospel Choir, comedian Dwayne Cobb, poets Dome and Nqobi, the Ground Zero Band, and the always-popular fashion show coordinated by DaNisha Greene.

For youth, the Gala will feature face painting with Cinamon the Clown, a coloring workshop, interactive gadgets and a bottle cap tambourine workshop. A number of local authors will be on hand to sign and sell their works, including Sheila L. Leavell (Moments of Reflection), Felecia Wellington (I Write in the Dark: My Truth Be Told), Anangell Murray (Life, Hope & Pain), Raynandole E. Poindexter (Legends of a Lion), and Angel Starks (The Undercover Business Woman). Food vendor will be Backyard BBQ.

Free parking for the Gala will be available in Central Library's garage, with overflow parking available at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

The public also is invited to the 2017 Meet the Artists First Friday meet and greet on Friday, March 3 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Central Library.

Meet the Artists is presented by the Library's African-American History Committee. Call 317-275-4099 for more information about this free Library event.


Writing Workshop Series: Exploring Elements of Creative Writing

Adults are invited to learn the basic elements of creative writing during the series, "Exploring Elements of Creative Writing," presented throughout February at the Nora Branch, 8625 Guilford Avenue.

Workshop leaders will walk participants through the fundamentals of creative writing, offering them prompts and opportunities for discussion. Each session will be one hour in length, with an additional 30 minutes for book sales, individual questions or extended Q & A.

Workshops will be led by Charity Singleton Craig, a writer who brings words to life through essays, stories, articles and books. She is the author of My Year in Words, and co-author of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts. She is an editor, writing coach and owner of the Frankfort Writers Center. Ann Kroeker is a writing coach, editor, blogger and host of the "Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach" podcast. She is the author of The Contemplative Mom and Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families, and co-author of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life.

Workshop dates and topics include:

  • Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m.
    "Setting: How to Use Concrete Details to Build the Backdrop of Your Story"
  • Saturday, February 11 at 2 p.m.
    "Narrators and Point of View: How to Decide Who's Telling the Story and Why It Matters"
  • Saturday, February 18 at 2 p.m.
    "Plot and Narrative Arc: How to Structure Your Story Around What Happens Next"
  • Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m.
    "Revision: How to Get the Feedback You Need When You Need It"

Participants do not have to attend all four sessions, but it is recommended.

Registration for this free Library programs is required by calling 317-275-4472.