Celebrate National Library Week at IndyPL!

Individuals of all ages are invited to join The Indianapolis Public Library in celebration of the 60th anniversary of National Library Week, April 8 - 14, and enjoy a variety of free activities at all IndyPL locations.

With the 2018 theme, "Libraries Lead," National Library Week is a time to recognize the contributions of the nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. This year's National Library Week Honorary Chair is Misty Copeland, the first African American woman ever promoted to the position of principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion. Her 2014 picture book, Firebird, won the Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award in 2015. Her latest book published in 2017, Ballerina Body, became an instant New York Times bestseller.

Specific celebrations during the week include National Library Workers Day on April 10, a day to recognize the valuable contributions of all library workers; National Bookmobile Day on April 11, a day to recognize the outreach efforts of bookmobiles in the community; and Take Action for Library Day on April 12, a national advocacy effort to promote awareness and support of libraries.

Unique programming at the Indy Library during National Library Week is planned for all ages. Examples include "Robots After Noon" on April 8 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Central Library, where families can visit the Learning Curve to try their hand at robotics technology and practice programming. Teens are invited to the program, "Paint Your ‘Art' Out," on April 13 at 3 p.m. at the Decatur Branch and on April 14 at 12 noon at the West Indianapolis Branch, where they can paint like a pro with techniques that include color blending, gradation of color and layering. Parents can bring their children ages 5 - 11 for the "Not So Ugly Duckling: Children's Opera" on April 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the East Washington Branch and on April 12 at 6:30 p.m at the Brightwood Branch. The Indianapolis Opera will present a variation of this classic children's story. Also throughout the week, adults are invited for a variety of programs that include craft workshops, book discussions and technology programs.

For a lineup of free National Library Week programs, patrons are encouraged to visit their local branch.