Featured Events

Meet an Author, Be an Author!

Aspiring writers and book lovers of all ages are invited for a day-long series of workshops and programs to enhance their understanding of the writing and publishing process during "Meet an Author, Be an Author," on Saturday October 13 from 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The event is presented by The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation that celebrates Indiana's rich literary tradition, as a prelude to the ticketed Indiana Authors Award ceremony later that evening at Central Library.

Free programs presented as part of "Meet an Author, Be an Author" include:

  • Word Dance: The Family Writing Project
    10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
    Center for Black Literature and Culture
    When people write together, they learn more about each other. Families with children of all ages are invited for a unique experience in writing, talking and reading based on Asante Children's Theatre's "WORD DANCE: The Family Writing Project." Presented in partnership with the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Allyson Horton, Barbara Shoup and Keesha Dixon.
  • Indy Author Fair: Meet Hoosier Authors
    10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Simon Reading Room
    Network with more than 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors who offer a wide variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will be available.
  • Children's Literature Panel
    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
    Clowes Auditorium
    Hear what successful children's book writers have to say about their experiences writing, selling and marketing picture books, middle grade fiction and young adult fiction. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring 2011 Regional Author Winner Helen Frost, 2017 Genre Excellence – Middle Grade Fiction Author Winner John David Anderson and 2018 Regional Author Winner Sandy Sasso. Moderated by 2012 Regional Author Winner Barbara Shoup.
  • Get Started!
    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and 1 – 2:15 p.m.
    Knall Meeting Room
    Have you been thinking about writing for a long time and are just not doing it? Do you wonder how to connect with other writers in the Indianapolis area? "Get Started" offers writing exercises and lively conversation about writing and the writing life that's guaranteed to jump start the process of becoming the writer you want to be. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Curtis Crisler (11:30 a.m. program) and Sarah Layden (1 p.m. program).
  • Self-Publishing Tricks and Tips
    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
    Goodrich-Houk Meeting Room
    Learn the ins and outs of self-publishing during this workshop. This session will offer insights into how to know when it makes sense to self- publish, where to find out information about the variety of ways to self-publish, and what to watch out for if it's the route you decide to take to publish your own book. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Rob Kent.
  • Writing About Your Life
    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and 1 – 2:15 p.m.
    Learning Curve Arena
    Sometimes our lives scream and sometimes they whisper – and most of the time they are imperfect. But they are always rich with stories that define and validate us and bring insight and resolution in the telling. The Quakers have a saying, "Let your life speak." This session will help you find the voice to tell your own stories and provide strategies for getting them down on the page. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Tracy Line.
  • Writing The Story of Your Life for Teens
    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
    Center for Black Literature and Culture
    In this interactive workshop, teens will discuss their writing goals/expected outcomes before learning tips on journaling, how to overcome writer's block and how to stay true to their voice and their story. Presented by Delores Thornton.
  • Editing Panel
    1 – 2:15 p.m.
    Clowes Auditorium
    What do editors look for in a manuscript, and how do you work with the editor assigned to your book, story or article once it's accepted? These experienced editors will offer information and answer your questions about the editing process. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Nancy Baxter (books), Rob Stapleton (literary magazines) and Ray Boomhower (magazines).
  • Show, Don't Tell
    1 – 2:15 p.m.
    Goodrich-Houk Room
    Beginning writers are often told, "Show, don't tell." But what does that mean? This session will explain this basic element of successful fiction, offering writing exercises and strategies for translating the story in your head into a series of scenes and sensory images that will pique readers' interest and make them keep turning the pages. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Barbara Shoup.
  • The Writing Life Panel
    1 – 2:15 p.m.
    Center for Black Literature and Culture
    Learn about how successful writers schedule their writing time, how they approach their work, how they assess and revise it, and how they developed their writing communities. Bring your own questions about the writing life. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Maurice Broaddus, Allyson Horton, Curtis Crisler and Angela Jackson-Brown.
  • Open Mic Spoken Word Event
    1 – 2:15 p.m.
    Center for Black Literature and Culture
    Teens are invited to hear from their peers and perform their own original poems.. No prior experience necessary. Just be ready to jump in and share your words. Featuring Devon Ginn.
  • Next Steps on Your Writing Journey
    2:30 – 3 p.m.
    Learning Curve Arena
    This session will offer some tips to help you process what you learned today and time for Q & A about writing and the writing life. Presented by Barbara Shoup, Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center.
  • Meet the Authors
    3 – 4:30 p.m.
    Clowes Auditorium
    Sit down with the winners and finalists of the 2018 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award as they discuss their writing and connections to Indiana. Book sales and signings will follow. Moderated by John Krull, director of Franklin College's Pulliam School of Journalism and host of "No Limits" on WFYI Public Radio. Featuring Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, James Alexander Thom, Deborah E. Kennedy, Elizabeth Klehfoth and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi.

For more information on "Meet an Author, Be an Author" or the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, contact the Library Foundation at 317-275-4700.

 

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.

"Rockets"
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 indypl.org

 

Immigrant Welcome Center Mobile Branches

As part of The Indianapolis Public Library's strategic goal of introducing new immigrants and non-English speaking citizens to relevant community services and resources, the Library has joined with the Immigrant Welcome Center in Indianapolis to present the "Immigrant Welcome Center Mobile Branches" at several IndyPL locations throughout the year.

These free sessions allow immigrants to interact with Natural Helpers from the Immigrant Welcome Center who can help them connect with local resources, including those of the Library. Attendees can drop in anytime during the sessions to speak with Natural Helpers in such languages as Arabic, English, French, Karen, Kiswahili and Spanish.

"Immigrant Welcome Center Mobile Branches" are presented at the following locations:

  • East Washington Branch, 2450 E. Washington Street
    Tuesdays from 5 - 8 p.m.
    Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Languages spoken: English and Spanish

  • Lawrence Branch, 7898 N. Hague Road
    Mondays from 4 - 7 p.m.
    Languages spoken: English and Spanish

  • Nora Branch, 8625 Guilford Avenue
    Mondays from 5 - 8 p.m.
    Saturdays from 1 - 4 p.m.
    Languages spoken: Arabic, English, Karen and Kiswahili

  • Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road
    Thursdays from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Languages spoken: English, French, Karen and Spanish

Call 317-275-4088 for more information about these free Library programs.

 

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.