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Indy Library Store Booksale: Always a Bargain!

Individuals can buy new and used books and other items at discount prices during the "Indy Library Store Booksale" on November 10 & 11 and November 16 - 18 at the Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian St.

Friends of the Library Preview Night is Friday, November 10 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Friends of the Library memberships will be sold in the lobby of the Library Services Center at the Friends sign-up table. The Booksale opens to the public on Saturday, November 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and continues on Thursday, November 16 from 12 noon – 7 p.m. Half-Price Day will be on Friday, November 17 from 12 noon – 7 p.m. The Booksale concludes with $7 Bag Day on Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Standard prices of Booksale materials are: adult hardbacks - $2; juvenile hardbacks - $1; oversized paperback books - $1; paperbacks - :50; juvenile paperbacks - :25; records, tapes & CD's - :50 - $1, and DVDs - $2. Items in the special sales area are priced individually. Proceeds from the Booksale support Library programs and services sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

For more information about the Booksale or becoming a Friend of the Library, call 317-275-4700.

Dates to remember:

  • Friday, November 10 – Friends Preview Night from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11 – Public Booksale from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 16 - Public Booksale from 12 noon - 7 p.m.
  • Friday, November 17 – Half-Price Day from 12 noon - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18 – $7 Bag Day from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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 8 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.

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.

Lawrence Branch, 7898 N. Hague Road
Monday, December 18 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.


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.