Holiday Closings
All IndyPL locations will be closed on December 24, 25 and 26 for the Christmas holiday, except the InfoZone, which will be open on December 26 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
All IndyPL locations will be closed on January 1 and 2, 2017 for the New Year's holiday, except for the InfoZone which will be open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day.

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. 


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.


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.