Holiday Schedule
The Flanner House Branch will be closed on Friday, December 22.
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed on Sunday, December 24 and Monday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday.
All IndyPL locations will be closed on Monday, January 1 for New Year's Day, except the InfoZone which will be open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Featured Events

Come Together and Discuss The Beatles!

Individuals of all ages are invited to join music scholar Aaron Krerowicz for a special series of presentations that highlight the musical influences and evolution of The Beatles entitled, "Come Together and Discuss The Beatles," beginning in January at various IndyPL locations.

The lineup of programs in this series includes:

  • "The Influence of Bob Dylan on The Beatles"
    Saturday, January 27 from 2 - 3 p.m.
    Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue
    With his folksy guitar playing and philosophical lyrics, no other contemporary influenced the songwriting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney more than Bob Dylan. This 60-minute multimedia presentation will trace the compositional growth of The Beatles, showing how they developed from teenybopper pop stars into the foremost musical artists of their era by illustrating in detail Dylan's influence.
  • "From the Shadows of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America"
    Monday, February 5 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street
    Many Beatles authors have cited John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963 as a cause of the Beatles' sudden popularity in the United States in early 1964. Their logic: Kennedy's assassination made America sad, and then the Beatles made America happy again. But this commonly accepted answer is overly simplistic. The real answer is that Kennedy's life and death inadvertently primed the nation for the Beatles' arrival and success. This 60-minute program will explain how and why.
  • "The Beatles and the Rolling Stones"
    Sunday, February 18 from 2 - 3 p.m.
    Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road
    Ask anybody to name two English rock bands from the 1960s and the response will likely be, "The Beatles and the Rolling Stones." This 60-minute multimedia presentation will compare and contrast the two through musical examples and interviews with the band members.

Call 317-275-4099 for more information about these free Library programs.


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 January 19 & 20 and January 25 - 27 at the Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian St.

Friends of the Library Preview Night is Friday, January 19 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 signup table. The Booksale opens to the public on Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and continues on Thursday, January 25 from 12 noon – 7 p.m. Half-Price Day will be on Friday, January 26 from 12 noon – 7 p.m. The Booksale concludes with $7 Bag Day on Saturday, January 27 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Most books, including paperbacks and hard cover, range from $.25 to $4. DVDs are $2. CDs and LPs are $1. Items in "Miriam's Corner," comprised of collectibles and antiquarian materials, are individually priced. Proceeds from the Booksale support Library programs and services sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Dates to remember:

  • Friday, January 19 – Friends Preview Night from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 20 – Public Booksale from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 25 - Public Booksale from 12 noon - 7 p.m.
  • Friday, January 26 – Half-Price Day from 12 noon - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27 – $7 Bag Day from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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


"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.