Featured Events

"States of Incarceration" A National Exhibit

A traveling exhibit on the past, present and future of mass incarceration, "States of Incarceration," opens on Thursday, April 13 and continues through Sunday, May 14 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Created by a national community of over 500 individuals in 20 cities, the exhibit explores the roots of incarceration in individual communities in order to open a dialogue on what should happen next. On display will be such depictions as immigration detention at Ellis Island and Elizabeth, New Jersey; the legacies of the Dakota Wars for Native American incarceration in Minnesota; and Angola's slave plantation-turned-prison in Louisiana.

The pieces form a diverse genealogy of the incarceration generation, challenging viewers to remember the past and use insights of history to shape what happens next.

In addition to the month-long exhibit, a number of other special events will be presented to underscore the exhibit's theme, including:

"13" Screening and Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 18 from 2 - 5 p.m.
Central Library, Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street
Adults are invited for a screening of the documentary, "13," a 2016 film that centers on race in the criminal justice system and titled after the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which outlaws slavery. Following the film, a local panel will feature Dr. James Kilgore, an author, activist and university lecturer who appears in the documentary; Dr. Terri Jett, Associate Professor of Political Science at Butler University and Board President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana; and those affected by incarceration.

The States of Incarceration Opening Reception
Thursday, April 20 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street
The entire community is invited to the opening of the "States of Incarceration" month-long exhibit showcasing the history of incarceration in the United States.

Mass Story Lab
Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street
Community members affected by mass incarceration will share their stories and invite attendees
to brainstorm solutions for social justice.

For more information on these free Library programs, presented in partnership with the IUPUI Humanities Action Lab and The Medical History Museum, call 317-275-4099.


Indy 500 Film Festival @ Irvington!

Racing fans and historic film buffs are invited to relive the magical moments in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 2017 Indy 500 Film Festival on Tuesday, May 9 and Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street.

This year's festival salutes the 40th anniversary of legendary driver A.J. Foyt's fourth Indy 500 win in 1977. His previous wins were in 1961, 1964 and 1967.

Films shown during this series highlight the great cars and drivers that did battle with Foyt. These "highlight films" were produced annually to be shown to schools, service clubs and advertisers. Typically around 30 minutes in length, each film is a time capsule of the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This year's lineup of films includes:

  • Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
    1961: "The Golden Festival of Speed"
    A young A.J. Foyt wins his first Indy 500.
  • 1964: "Strategy for Speed"
    Foyt prevailed in a race marked by fiery tragedy.
  • 1967: "The Fifty-First 500!"
    Despite the dominance of the new turbine car and a final lap pileup,
    Foyt picked up his 3rd Indy 500 win.
  • Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m.
    1977: "Foyt's Fourth Win" Foyt became the 1st driver to earn four Indy 500 wins.

Call 317-275-4450 for more information about this free Library series.


Spring Cooking Workshops

Learn new cooking techniques and ways to eat healthier during the "Spring Cooking Workshops" continuing through May at various Indianapolis Public Library locations. Representatives from the Marion County Health Department will present this series of two-hour workshops that will include live demonstrations, food tastings and a lecture.

The "Spring Cooking Workshops" will feature the following topics:

"Freezer to Slow Cooker"
By planning ahead and using the freezer, you can have meals ready to go right into your crock pot for a whole month! The MCHD presenter will demonstrate the method for preparing stress-free, ready-to-go meals that go from the kitchen to your freezer and then to your slow cooker for meals in a snap.

"Cooking With a Heart"
At the heart of a healthy lifestyle is good nutrition. Making smart food choices can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. The good news is, eating right doesn't have to be hard or require a special diet. Learn some delicious, simple, affordable and quick tips for cooking for your healthy heart.

"Cooking With Superfoods"
Did you know that some foods are so good for you that we call them superfoods? Superfoods contain antioxidants, natural chemicals that are good for your brain and immune health. During this workshop, participants will learn how to include these power house foods in an everyday diet and how to cook and store them to preserve their superfood nutrients.

Registration is required for these free programs by calling your local branch. Space is limited.


2017 Photography Series

Those who are passionate about photography are invited to learn how to expand their interest and skills during the Library's "2017 Photography Series" continuing throughout the year at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Expert photographers from the Riviera Camera Club will be on hand to help point-and-shoot photographers improve their skills, create better images with a smartphone, and learn camera and composition basics.

Remaining programs in the "2017 Photography Series" include:

"A Conversation With Bill Foley and Bob Daugherty"
Tuesday, May 2 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Bill Foley and Associated Press photographer Bob Daugherty will host an open discussion on the highlights of their photographic careers.

"Travel Photography"
Tuesday, August 1 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Learn tips and tricks to capture impeccable vacation images, including considerations for equipment, cultural awareness and compositional ideas.

"Meet-Up With the Riviera Camera Club"
Tuesday, October 10 from 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Join members of the Riviera Camera Club as they coach attendees on photographing in and around Central Library and provide guidance in downloading images and light room processing.

"Social Media and Photography"
Monday, November 13 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Discover how to utilize social media to showcase your talent, influence buyers and optimize your promotional efforts.

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


2017 Summer Reading Program . . . June 5 - July 29: "Read It & Eat!"

2017 Summer Reading ProgramChildren, teens and parents are invited to experience the joy of reading and grow a stronger, healthier Indianapolis by participating in The Indianapolis Public Library's 2017 Summer Reading Program, "Read It & Eat," June 5 - July 29 at all IndyPL locations.

This year's reading incentive program offers young readers the opportunity to nourish their minds through the world of books and a variety of fun and educational activities while taking part
in a philanthropic cause.

Individuals can register at any Library branch, Central Library or Bookmobile. After receiving a points card, participants can earn points for their reading activity to be exchanged for free prizes generously donated by community sponsors. Parents and caregivers can earn points for their younger children by reading aloud to them. Those seeking a greater reading challenge and more points can choose from a list of Bonus Books.

Registered summer readers will be eligible for a drawing to win an Indianapolis Colts VIP 4-Pack of tickets with pregame sideline passes to a Colts home game. One winner at each of the Library's 24 locations will receive one pair of Colts tickets at separate branch drawings. Participants can also win one of two college savings accounts worth $529 from CollegeChoice CD.

This year's program features a special incentive to allow children and teens the option to give back to
the community and help Gleaners Food Bank feed hungry Hoosiers. By donating non-perishable food items at any Library branch, participants can earn 20 summer reading points.

Summer reading achievement will be celebrated during Library Night at Victory Field on Monday, July 24 at 7 p.m. when the Indianapolis Indians host the Rochester Red Wings. As one of this year's prizes, readers can earn buy one, get one free tickets for this or other Indianapolis Indians games.

The 98th annual Summer Reading Program is presented by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. This year's presenting sponsor is OneAmerica®. Supporting sponsors are 92.3 WTTS; BKD, LLP; Citizens Energy Group; CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan; Hartley and Margaret Dellinger; Indianapolis Colts; The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund; Louise Lage Kirtland and Hugh C. Kirtland Endowment Fund, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation; The Kroger Co.; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Office of Lawrence Township Trustee Steve Talley; Pacers Foundation; Providence Outdoor; Samerian Foundation; G. Marlyne Sexton; Deborah J. Simon; The Swisher Foundation, Inc., in memory of Glenn M. Swisher; and Toysmith.

Nearly one million books were read by 50,457 children and families during the 2016 Summer Reading Program.

For more information on the 2017 Summer Reading Program, call 317-275-4099 or visit indypl.org.