Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. —Kofi Annan (1938-2018), seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations
Since March of 2020, Indy Library Store and The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation have held exactly two book sales. Before Covid-19, we would have enjoyed at least six sales. But, here we are. One long-term result of Covid, more important than not having book sales, is that many of us are sinking further and further into misery. We say,
- There’s nothing like the transforming power of books—and the reading of same—to reinvigorate hope.
- Indy Library Store is here for you and it’s happening in June!
Our next public sale will be June 9, 11-12, and 14-17
Learn more and signup to attend beginning on May 24, 2021, at 8 a.m. You’re invited to come and find that new book, graphic novel, DVD, or CD that will help move you a little further toward hope. We don’t know what that might be for you, but here are three items currently in the store that would help me if I were shopping. I promise I won’t buy them myself. Well, probably.
- The Blu-ray movie Yesterday. This charming movie is pure entertainment that also manages to make a salient point. What would happen if one day you woke up and you’re the only one who remembers the Beatles’ songs? This movie explores questions like, “What is the price of fame?” and “Where does creativity come from?”
- Brian Selznick’s book, Wonderstruck. The follow-up to Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was a pure delight in form and story and also one of my favorite movies, Hugo, of the last decade. Selznick’s books fill me with hope and belief in the good. Really looking forward to this one and the third, The Marvels.
- The Opposite of Hate, by Sally Kohn. Following COVID seclusion, the 2020 Election, and ongoing racial tensions in society, I’ve been one of the many struggling with a lingering malaise. Kohn’s book, subtitled “A Field Guide to Repairing our Humanity,” seems like some of the medicine I may need. The book posits that we are in “an epidemic of hate” and suggests some ways out of it.
Free Cartoon Book
Need one more incentive? Due to the generosity of Indiana’s own Jim Davis, we’re offering each shopper a copy of one of Mr. Davis’ cartoon books for free! While supplies last, of course, but there are lots!
See you at the June sale!