Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and will be closed on Thursday, November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

Featured Events

Fall Programs for Children at IndyPL

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited for a variety of fun and stimulating activities throughout the fall at The Indianapolis Public Library that will help develop their literacy skills and prepare them for school.

The following programs will be presented at most IndyPL locations:

"Little Builders"
Young children ages 3 - 6 are invited to join Bricks 4 Kidz to enhance their pre-K skills by using LEGO bricks with an emphasis on letters, numbers, counting, motor skills and cooperation, all while building fun and exciting LEGO creations. Registration is required. Classes are limited to 18 participants.

Young children ages 3 - 6 are invited for a Straw Rockets lesson! Presented by Engineering for Kids, this program will feature the story, "Roaring Rockets" by Tony Mitton. Children will learn about the important parts of a rocket, including the nose cone and fins. They will then build and launch their very own rockets and get to take them home. Registration is required. Classes are limited to 18 participants.

"Harvest Time Story Time"
Young children ages 2 - 6 are invited to celebrate the harvest with Professor Watermelon. They'll uncover knowledge about apples, pumpkins, scarecrows and more with fun stories, songs, puppets and dances. No registration is required.

"Yes, You Can Move Your Body"
Infants and toddlers up to age 2 and an adult are invited to move and dance to a story during this program presented by Arts for Learning. Registration is required. Classes are limited to 15 participants.

"Syllables Through Drumming"
Young children ages 3 - 6 are invited to learn about the concept of syllables while experimenting with rhythm instruments during this program presented by Arts for Learning. Registration is required. Classes are limited to 18 participants.

"Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf"
Young children ages 3 - 6 are invited for a multimedia art workshop presented by the Art Lab themed around autumn and nature. Registration is required. Classes are limited to 20 participants.

"Tiny Tots Rock"
Young ones from infants to age 6 are invited for a class that will provide instrument play, coordinated dance and song, free movement, socialization and an introduction to music that is fun and purposeful. This program is presented by Girls Rock! Indianapolis. Registration is required. Classes are limited to 18 participants.

For times and locations of these free Library programs, contact your local branch or visit


Fall Fest '18

Individuals of all ages and families are invited for an afternoon of cultural entertainment and inspiration during Fall Fest '18, to be presented on Saturday, November 17 from 12 noon – 4 p.m. at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The event will include a presentation by Dr. Lonnie Johnson, founder and president of Johnson Research and Development Co. and inventor of the wildly popular Super Soaker water gun. Today, Johnson focuses on inventions related to clean energy.

Also featured will be the winners of the Teen Slammin' Rhymes Challenge, as well as a special lineup of entertainers. These include the L.U.T.A.N. (Life Up Tumbling and Nutrition, LLC) Stars; H.Y.P. (Hit Your Peak) fitness instructor "TJ"; rapper and poet Mr. Testimony; and the "Magic of Science" from Mobile Ed Productions.

Fall Fest '18 is presented by The Indianapolis Public Library's African American History Committee in support of the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. It is made possible by the Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

For more information about this free Library program, call 317-275-4100.


A Letterpress Collection by David Peat

Individuals of all ages are invited to view a special exhibit illustrating the evolution of letterpress entitled "Tools of the Trade," on display through January 31 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street. The exhibit is part of the Library's fall program series, "Then and Now: Printing in Indy," allowing participants to see presses in operation and create prints of their own.

The exhibit features the collection of Dave Peat, an expert on the history of printing who’s described as the Godfather of Letterpress. It includes such items as specimen books, small toy presses and Indianapolis printing artifacts dating to the 1800s.

While studying printing in a grade school shop class, Peat discovered his first specimen book, an 1878 Allison & Smith Franklin Type Foundry, an experience that led to his fascination with ornate Victorian type. Peat acquired his first press in 1960, a 7 x 11 Pearl with six fonts. He now has close to 4,000 fonts, nearly all from 19th century type.

In addition to the exhibit, the community is invited for a screening of the documentary, "Pressing On: The Letterpress Film," on Thursday, December 6 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Central Library. The film describes how letterpress printing has survived in a digital age and shows young printers who blend wood, metal and type to save a process in danger of being lost forever. Following the showing, filmmakers will discuss their project and the eccentric characters who keep this form alive.

These programs are made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Call 317-275-4100 for more information about these free Library programs.