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Featured Events

Adult Summer Reading Program at IndyPL!

Adult Summer ReadingIt's not only young people who can take advantage of special summer reading activities at The Indianapolis Public Library. Adults also can participate in the "Read It & Eat" summer theme by choosing from a reading list of 28 culinary-related books and participating in book discussion programs, food tastings, author appearances and other events at the Library and community locations.

The suggested reading list features books in such categories as "The Lighter Side" (including Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell), "Criminally Delicious" (including White House Chef series by Julie Hyzy), "Main Course" (including In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan), "International Flavor" (including Cook Korean! A Comic Book With Recipes by Robin Ha), "Just Desserts" (including Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel by Jenny Colgan), and "Eat Local" (including Classic Restaurants of Indianapolis by Jeffrey S. Kamm).

A special category of "Chef's Picks" highlights recommendations from several top local chefs. Regina Mehallick from R2GO recommends The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. Caleb France from Cerulean suggests American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood by Paul Greenburg. Ezra's Enlightened Cafe and Juice Bar's Audrey Barron lists The Herbal Kitchen by Kami McBride. Neal Brown from Stella has Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution as his top choice.

In addition to book discussions at several IndyPL locations, a number of local restaurants and establishments will host their own unique programs, such as food tastings, film showings, tours, and tips on recipes and native gardening practices. These locations include Goose the Market, Metazoa Brewing Company, IndyHub, Eitlejorg Museum, Cat Head Press, Trader's Point Creamery, Calvin Fletcher's Coffen Company, Eskanazi's Sky Farm and Garfield Park Farmer's Market.

Throughout June and July, local author and media food personality Wendell Fowler will discuss his latest cookbook, Eat Right Now! 3.0 at various IndyPL locations.

For the complete "Read It & Eat" reading list and more information on free adult summer reading activities, visit indypl.org.

 

 

Summer Workshops for Children & Teens

Throughout the summer, children and teens are invited for a variety of fun and educational workshops and other special programming at The Indianapolis Public Library. Several programs relate to the food-oriented theme of the Library's 2017 Summer Reading Program, "Read It & Eat."

This summer's lineup of youth programming includes:

"Beginning Gardening for Kids: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs"

Children ages 6 - 12 are invited invited to plant seeds, talk about good bugs and bad bugs, and get a hands-on look at how to grow better plants. The activity will include using dirt, so children should come dressed to mess! This program is made possible by the Ms. Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, through a grant to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Space is limited to 20 per session.
Registration is required.

"Farmer's Pantry Easy Cooking Class"

Children ages 6 - 11 are invited to join the Marion County Health Department for a hands-on look at cooking and tasting everyday food items such as corn and green beans. This program is made possible by the Ms. Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, through a grant to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Space is limited to 20 per session. Registration is required.

"Garden Buddy Art Class"

Children ages 5 and older are invited to use found objects to create their own yard or garden buddy. This program is made possible by the Ms. Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, through a grant to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Space is limited to 25 per session. Registration is required.

"Circuitry & Robots Workshop"

School-age children and teens are invited to join the Art Lab and learn about basic circuitry and create a moving robot from various parts. This program is made possible by the Ms. Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, through a grant to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Space is limited to 20 per session. Registration is required.

"Silly Safaris Animal Shows"

Children and families are invited to join Silly Safaris to learn about animals during this 45-minute show featuring live animals! Animal programs are made possible by Mary Frances Rubly and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
No registration is required.

"Silly Safaris Animal Chats"

Children and families are invited to meet live critters and ask questions of Silly Safaris during this hour-long drop-in session. Animal programs are made possible by Mary Frances Rubly and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
No registration is required.

"Pacers Summer Reading Tour"

Children of all ages are invited to listen to stories read by community volunteers and spin the prize wheel to win great Indiana Pacers items! No registration is required.

"iPhoneography Workshop for Teens"

Teens and tweens are invited to learn techniques to take better cell phone photos using an iPhone and apps to take and process different types of photos. Android users are welcome, but some techniques will not be transferable. This program will be presented by professional photographer Rad Drew. Space is limited to 30 per session. Registration is required.

"Teen Wilderness Survival Workshop"

Teens are invited to learn essential wilderness survival skills, including how to obtain shelter, fire, water and food, that are useful for wilderness survival and urban camping. This program is presented by survivalist Clint Jivoin. Space is limited to 30 per session. Registration is required.

For dates, times and registration, contact your local branch or visit indypl.org.

 

 

The 4th Annual Ray Bradbury Memorial Lecture: "Escape Velocity: Ray Bradbury and the American Space Program"

Ray Bradbury and EllerLearn about celebrated science fiction and fantasy writer Ray Bradbury’s fascination with outer space during the 4th Annual Ray Bradbury Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, August 23 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Central Library in the Riley Room, 40 E. St. Clair St.

The lecture, entitled "Escape Velocity: Ray Bradbury and the American Space Program," will be presented by Dr. Jonathan Eller, Director for the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies and Chancellor's Professor of English at IUPUI. He’ll describe how Bradbury's dreams of reaching the stars became all of America's dreams and why Bradbury remains one of the best-known writers of our time.

Bradbury penned in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction. He is widely known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and his collections

The Martian Chronicles (1950), The Illustrated Man (1951) and I Sing the Body Electric (1969). His stories paved the way for a half-century relationship with NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and all the missions that took humans to the moon and unmanned crafts to the planets of the solar system.

Bradbury received numerous awards, including a 2007 Pulitzer Prize Citation. Following his death in 2012, The New York Times called him "the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream."

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies provides research and houses the author's voluminous archives. Public tours are provided at the Center, which promotes the freedom of imagination, dreams that take us into space, the preservation of libraries, and the gift of literacy. The Center is located within the Institute for American Thought, situating the Center within both the popular and literary/academic culture.

For more information about this free lecture, call 317-275-4099 or go to indypl.org.

 

 

Summer 2017 Adult Cooking Series

Learn new cooking and gardening techniques and enjoy tasty food samples during IndyPL's "Summer 2017 Adult Cooking Series" throughout August at various Library locations.

Presented by representatives from the Marion County Health Department, these two-hour sessions will provide ideas for more healthy and natural food preparation.

The "Summer 2017 Adult Cooking Series" will be held at the following times and locations:

 


"I Can!"

Canning and freezing is gaining in popularity as more people garden in their back yard or visit farm markets.  Learn the basics of how to preserve your fresh produce by blanching and freezing or canning techniques with this easy beginner class.

                       

Wednesday, August 9 from 2 - 4 p.m.               Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue

Monday, August 14 from 2 - 4 p.m.                   Franklin Road Branch, 5550 S. Franklin Road

Wednesday, August 16 from 2 - 4 p.m.              Nora Branch, 8625 Guilford Avenue

Tuesday, August 29 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.          Spades Park Branch, 1801 Nowland Avenue

 

"Cooking Fresh"

Striving to eat more fruits and veggies? Learn how to prepare fruits and veggies in a convenient and nutritious way during this program that includes a cooking demonstration and tasty samplings.

 

Wednesday, August 16 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.     Spades Park Branch, 1801 Nowland Avenue

Monday, August 28 from 2 - 4 p.m.                   Franklin Road Branch, 5550 S. Franklin Road

Wednesday, August 30 from 2 - 4 p.m.              Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue

 

"Gardening Without a Garden"

Do you have the enthusiasm for gardening but don’t have space or time for a traditional garden?

This workshop will show you how you can grow your own food in a small space such as a patio or balcony, plus learn the basics of home composting!

 

Wednesday, August 9 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.        Spades Park Branch, 1801 Nowland Avenue

Monday, August 14 from 2 - 4 p.m.                    Nora Branch, 8625 Guilford Avenue

Monday, August 21 from 2 - 4 p.m.                    Franklin Road Branch, 5550 S. Franklin Road

Wednesday, August 23 from 2 - 4 p.m.               Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue              

 

For more information about these free Library programs, contact your local branch or go to indypl.org.