Featured Events

eBook Tinker Stations

eBook Tinker StationContinuing through 2014, patrons are invited to learn how to select and use eReaders, as well as search and download materials from the Library's extensive collection of eBooks, audiobooks and digital music by visiting the "eBook Tinker Station" at various Indy Library locations

Patrons can drop in anytime during the scheduled two-hour Tinker Station visits which are staffed by an eReader expert who can answer questions about the equipment and collection. The Tinker Stations provide reliable and unbiased information about this growing technology.

Tinker Stations will be available at several times and locations throughout the system.

For individuals who cannot visit a Tinker Station in person, they may call the eBook Tinker Hotline at 275-4500 to have questions answered by qualified staff. 


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.


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.