Warren Branch Closing
The Warren Branch at 9701 E. 21st Street will be closed from Monday, August 29 through Thursday, September 1 as renovation continues.

Labor Day Closing
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed on Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day weekend, except the InfoZone, which will be open that Monday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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.

 

2016 Hometown Roots Concert Series

Michael Kelsey

Individuals of all ages are invited as Central Indiana's finest musicians gather for The Indianapolis Public Library's 2016 Hometown Roots Concert Series, which features two special programs in August at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Singer and songwriter Michael Kelsey will bring his free-flowing improvisational style to the guitar on Sunday, August 14 at 2:30 p.m. From his funky, percussive playing style that conjures an image of a one-man version of STOMP to lush instrumentals reminiscent of Michael Hedges/Phil Keaggy, his performance blends multiple musical genres and vocals along with some techno fun to create a sound all his own. Kelsey is the winner of Guitar Center's "Guitarmageddon." Chosen from among 3,000 entrants, the singer-songwriter performed at Eric Clapton's Crossroads 2004 where he shared the stage with many legendary guitarists. Throughout a performance Kelsey may make use of technology, his improve skills, objects in the room and audience interaction to make music for the ears, but more importantly a musical experience for the senses.

Music of Americana will be on display on Sunday, August 28 at 2:30 p.m. Featured will be the group, Brains Behind Pa, formed in 2001 when the paths of bluesman Gordon Bonham and songwriter Bill Price crossed. Formed as a side project, The Brains Behind Pa quickly became a trio with the addition of Garry Bole. The material was originally Dylan-based, covering his songs plus those whom he covered. The band expanded with the addition of Jeff Chapin on drums and Jeff Stone on bass. Group members perform traditional songs with a certain essence and attempt
to recreate some of that same essence in their original work. It's music that embodies energy, integrity, wit and soul.

Also appearing on August 28 will be folk musicians Scott Parkhurst, LuAnn Lietz and Frank Dean.

The 2016 Hometown Roots Series concludes on Sunday, October 9 at 2:30 p.m. with the funky jazz sounds of The Dolebecks.

The Hometown Roots Concert Series is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

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

 

"Ordinary Hangzhou: An Exhibit"

Hangzhou Exhibit

Patrons are invited to view a special exhibit that depicts the daily lives of citizens of Hangzhou, China, an Indianapolis Sister City. The exhibit, "Ordinary Hangzhou," is on display August 10 - September 30 during regular Library hours in the South Display Hall at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.


The exhibit of 55 images describes what Hangzhou residents eat and wear, how they live and how they commute while subtly carrying the information of their identity and philosophy from past times. Indianapolis is one of ten cities worldwide that are presenting the exhibit in commemoration of Hangzhou's hosting of the international Group of Twenty (G20) Summit on September 4 & 5.

The exhibit also underscores the ongoing exchange of staff and cultural programming between The Indianapolis Public Library and the Hangzhou Public Library.

For more information about this free Library program, call 275-4099.

 

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.

 

American Muslims in Indiana: A Community Discussion

The entire community is invited to learn what it means to be a Muslim and an American in Indiana during a multi-dimension program entitled, "American Muslims in Indiana: A Community Discussion," on Tuesday, September 20 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The evening will begin with a discussion of the book, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf, led by Barbara Shoup of the Indiana Writers Center. The book, a selection of the Indiana Humanities Next IN Bookshelf, is about a girl growing up devoutly Muslim in Indiana during the 1970s. This will be followed by a viewing of the short film, "American Muslims: Facts Versus Fiction." Produced by Unity Productions Foundation, the film provides answers backed by scientific research to the most frequent questions asked by Americans about their Muslim neighbors.

In addition, a panel comprised of representatives from the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, the Islamic Dawah Center of Indianapolis and other organizations will interact with the audience
and further explore the topic.

This program is part of the Library's Adult Summer Reading Program, which has been named an Indiana Bicentennial Celebration Legacy Project, and is presented in partnership with the Muslim Alliance of Indiana and Immigrant Welcome Center.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.