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01/03/2022 | What We're Reading

January 2022

Are you looking for your next read? We can help! You can make a selection from one of the book lists below created by our staff of avid readers whose reading experiences and tastes cover about any interest you can think of! You can follow featured lists here or check our staff's most recently published lists on the library catalog home page. Also don't miss IndyPL Staff What We're Reading for Kids & Teens.


Got a Minute?

Got a Minute?
New Year’s Resolution support is at your fingertips - you can build good habits into your life. Learn something new in just a few minutes each day!


Let's Get Organized

National Get Organized Month
Let’s Get Organized!
Winter days inside is the perfect time to clear the clutter! And if it’s too cold to go out at all – these books are available to download from our digital collection!


Crochet Amigurumi

National Hobby Month
Crochet Amigurumi!
Level up your crochet skills by trying amigurumi – a Japanese art style of crocheting or knitting small figures from animals to dolls to little pieces of food – amazing!


Sherlock Holmes Reimagined

January 6 Sherlock Holmes’ Birthday
Sherlock Holmes Reimagined
Sherlock Holmes still remains a popular character after 130 years. So popular, in fact, that reimaginings and retellings have appeared in books, television, and movies for almost every age group with numerous creative twists continue today!


National Day of Racial Healing

January 18 National Day of Racial Healing
National Day of Racial Healing
Books for all ages to spark conversation about racial healing, to bridge divides, and transform our communities.


#PrivacyAware Manage Your Privacy and Safeguard Your Data

Data Privacy Day - January 28
#PrivacyAware: Manage your privacy and safeguard your data
Learn to better manage your data and safeguard your privacy this Data Privacy Day – January 28. Explore fiction and non-fiction titles that can help you tackle important privacy and online safety topics for yourself and your family.


Transgender Fiction

January 31 International Transgender Day of Visibility
Trangender Fiction
Celebrate and recognize the Trans community with these reads.


Mindfulness, Self-Care, and Life Kit

Mindfulness, Self-Care, and Life Kit
I'm a big fan of the NPR podcast Life Kit, especially the episodes about mindfulness and self-care. In this list I've included links to some of my favorite Life Kit episodes along with additional resources to help you feel less stress and more joy.


The Matrix Resurrection

The Matrix Resurrections
Take the red pill again and get ready for some cyberpunk/sci-fi action goodness before the December release of The Matrix Resurrections.


Listen with Liz January 2022

Listen with Liz - January 2022
A totally random list of nonfiction eAudiobooks I listened to recently.


Get Started with Microsoft 365

Get Started with Microsoft 365
Explore the tools and features available in the latest version of Microsoft Office and the new productivity tools offered by Microsoft Online with a Microsoft 365 Subscription.


If You Liked Taste by Stanley Tucci

If You Liked Taste by Stanley Tucci
Food or drink memoirs and food or drink stories that will make you hungry as many contain recipes!


Best Business Titles 2021

Best Business Titles 2021
As 2021 rolls to a close, the Workforce and Business Engagement Team at Central Library takes a look back at some of their favorite business books of the year.


3D Printing

3D Printing
3D printing is the process of making three dimensional objects from digital files. It's not quite as cool as a Star Trek replicator, but it's close. If you would like to learn more about how the process works, check out some of the titles or websites from this list.


Sleep

Sleep
Sleep is something we long for, revel in and sometimes wait in vain for. There is a science and an art to sleep. What our minds and bodies do while we are blissfully unaware (unless you do lucid dreaming) is amazing. Sleep heals us, helps us problem solve and ignites a level of creativity in us that is truly amazing.


Not So Sweet Little Old Ladies

Not So Sweet Little Old Ladies
These women of a certain age are downright dangerous.


Tennessee Whiskey

Tennessee Whiskey
Music, Streaming Video, and Books featuring Tennessee Whiskey, Kentucky Bourbon, and Distilleries. Enjoy responsibly and plan ahead for safe rides


#52FilmsByWomen a Viewing Challenge

#52Fillms by Women: A Viewing Challenge
Launched several years ago by Women in Film, Los Angeles, #52FilmsbyWomen invites movie lovers to watch an average of one film by a woman director each week throughout the year. There are SO MANY movies directed by women to choose from, but to help you get started I'm sharing a range of choices from around the world and throughout cinema history.


French Comics in English: Fantasy

French Comics in English: Fantasy
This list of French fantasy comics show how many different sub-genres there are to fantasy.


Military Caliber Fitness

Military Caliber Fitness
"Everybody comes to a point in their life when they want to quit. It's what you do at that moment that determines who you are" - David Goggins Whether you're preparing for a military fitness test, or just want to get in military shape, these books will help get you there.


Golden Age Mysteries on DVD

Golden Age Mysteries on DVD
Some of the authors from this Golden Era (1020-1940) include Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, Margery Allingham, Ngaio Marsh, Georges Simeon, Stuart Palmer, Ellery Queen, Leslie Charteris, Rex Stout, Michael Innes, Georgette Heyer and Nicholas Blake. I have enjoyed reading many of their books through the years and watching the various movie and TV shows based on their books.


Get More Help Finding Your Next Read

You can also use your IndyPL library card to explore reading recommendations online. NovelList and NovelList K-8 are online services that offer reading recommendations covering both fiction and nonfiction, read-alike suggestions, series information, reviews, and lists of recommended and award-winning books for adults, teens and kids. Learn how to get started on this video tutorial. You can also try Book Connections which includes a “find the right book for you” feature.

Join us on Sunday nights at 8:30pm on Facebook for Currently Reading, an hour during which book enthusiasts share favorite books and offer suggestion about what to read next. Currently Reading is a great place to find out about the books that have everyone talking. If you love talking about books, you can also join one of our online book discussions or book clubs.

Would you prefer one-on-one help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email ask-a- librarian.

What We've Been Reading All Year!

December
Gifting with Books

Gifting with Books
With just a bit of careful thought you can match a reader with a book that they are likely to love and if you need help choosing, talk to a librarian! We'll ask some questions about your gift recipient's interests and reading tastes and help you evaluate how well your list matches up.


Celebrate Hanukkah

Celebrate Hanukkah
We've gathered some of our favorite resources for adults and teens to celebrate the festival or learn about the history of Hanukkah.


Finding Cozy

Finding Cozy
I don't know about you, but when the weather starts getting cold I want to curl up in front of the fire and settle in. Check out these titles that will help you find your cozy this winter.


Christmas Horror Films

Christmas Horror Films
If you're in the mood to spice up your holiday eggnog with a real kick, we have some Christmas horror movies that are to die for...


Baking Bread

Baking Bread
“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” ― James Beard


Holiday Rom Com Reads

Holiday Rom Com Reads
Celebrate a holiday by reading a rom-com.


Holiday and Party Cooking for Vegans and Vegetarians

Holiday and Party Cooking for Vegans and Vegetarians
Whether you're a vegan or vegetarian looking for menu ideas or a holiday host who's never cooked without meat but have a friend or family member who needs a special dish prepared...never fear, there are lots of entertaining holiday cookbooks for you!


Help! I've Been Invited to a Cookie Swap!

Help! I've Been Invited to a Cookie Swap!
Does a cookie swap invitation send you into a panic? Never fear - we have a book for that! Find great recipes for holiday cookies as well as tips for big batch recipes and creative packaging.


Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations If you haven't finished trimming the tree, decking the halls, Jingle Bells, ho ho ho, and all that jazz, here are some helpful guides to keep the yule-logs burning.


Hats!

HATS!
As the temperatures get cooler it is time to get the hats out or make a few new ones!


Handmake a Book

Handmake a Book
The books in this series can help you create a wide range of books with confidence and have fun along the way no matter your level of experience.

November
NoNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo
November is National Novel Writing Month. If you've ever dreamed of seeing your name on the cover of a book, this might be just the kick start you need. Visit the website for encouragement, support, and daily writing challenges, and check out some of these books to guide you on your way.


Celebrate National Candy Day

Celebrate National Candy Day
National Candy Day is celebrated on November 4th each year. Here are some items that might help you indulge in your love of candy.


Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month. Here are some great books by Native American authors.


Native American Voices

Native American Voices
This list focuses on Native American Voices.


Books by Indigenous Authors

Books by Indigenous Authors Recommended by the Eiteljorg Museum
Here are links to recommended indigenous authors made by the Eiteljorg Museum that range from history to science fiction, to memoir, horror, and poetry.


National Bison Day - November 2

National Bison Day - November 2
One of the most majestic beasts to roam the land and the official National Mammal of the United States, the iconic North American Bison has played a cultural, economic, and environmental role in the history of the country.


Women's Entrepreneurship Day

Women's Entrepreneurship Day
November 19th is Women's Entrepreneurship Day. Celebrate with this list of books all by women.


Listen with Liz - November 2021

Listen with Liz - November 2021
A totally random list of nonfiction eAudiobooks I listened to recently.


Stranger Things Day

Stranger Things Day
November 6, 1983: Library materials in recognition of Stranger Things Day.


Trees

Trees
Autumn is a great time to get out and see the variety of trees in your neighborhood and throughout the city. This list can get you started with identifying the trees that surround us.


Indigenous Thought and the Environment

Indigenous Thought & the Environment
Explore the different ways the fight for climate justice and environmental preservation is uniquely and deeply tied to tribal sovereignty. From the removal of Indigenous people in order to create 'untouched' national parks to the more recent resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline, each of the books on this list explores a different facet of a complex relationship.


Get More Help Finding Your Next Read

You can also use your IndyPL library card to explore reading recommendations online. NovelList and NovelList K-8 are online services that offer reading recommendations covering both fiction and nonfiction, read-alike suggestions, series information, reviews, and lists of recommended and award-winning books for adults, teens and kids. Learn how to get started on this video tutorial. You can also try Book Connections which includes a “find the right book for you” feature.

Join us on Sunday nights at 8:30pm on Facebook for Currently Reading, an hour during which book enthusiasts share favorite books and offer suggestion about what to read next. Currently Reading is a great place to find out about the books that have everyone talking. If you love talking about books, you can also join one of our online book discussions or book clubs.

Would you prefer one-on-one help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email ask-a- librarian.

October
Cats: Scary or Not So Scary?

Cats, Scary or Not So Scary?
Ailurophobia is the fear of cats, and it’s pretty easy for me to see why people would be afraid of them with their quick sudden movements, staring into emptiness as though they spot the dead, and those tiny Freddy Krueger claws. However, some people really love cats – hoard them in fact. Examine some books and movies on a case-by-case basis to determine if cats are scary or not so scary!


Mad Scientists of History

Mad Scientists of History
It doesn't take a scientist to realize these people were unusual. Some of them got respect, some got ousted, some were seen as good and others seen as evil. Many of them didn't seem to get the credit they deserved. Some got away with their crimes. Take a look and see the people who decided to go the road less taken and blazed their own path.


Tales That Bite: Screen Horror Anthologies

Tales That Bite: Screen Horror Anthologies
Do you like a little bit more variety in your horror narrative? Like your scares more compact? Your terrors more convoluted? Your beasties more varied? Here are some "bite-sized" nightmares woven together for maximum chills.


Spooky Graphic Novels

Spooky Graphic Novels
These spooky stories will get you ready for Halloween.


Get Organized!

Get Organized!
The first week of October is Get Organized Week. Here are some materials that might assist you in getting more organized.


Dachtoberfest

Dachtoberfest
Celebrate Oktoberfest by learning more about these low-riding dogs developed in Germany to root badgers out of their burrows.


Listen with Liz - October 2021

Listen with Liz - October 2021
A totally random list of nonfiction eAudiobooks I listened to recently.


Spooky Indiana

Spooky Indiana
You don't have to travel far from home to find haunted sites and spooky legends. Check out this selection of books about local and Indiana haunted spots.


Brush Up Your Cosplay Skills

Brush Up Your Cosplay Skills
Whether you're prepping for your next convention or looking for something a bit more unique this Halloween, cosplay is a great way to express your creative side. Here you can find a range of cosplay books that talk about sewing techniques, hair styling, prop making, and even how to add casual cosplay to your everyday wardrobe.


Crime Solving Spooks

Crime Solving Spooks
Sometimes, having been murdered is the best preparation for solving crimes. It's a weirdly popular trope among cozy mysteries.


Kathi Daley Halloween Mysteries

Kathi Daley Halloween Mysteries
Kathi Daley is a prolific author of mysteries. She has about 16 different mystery series. Many of these series have titles that center around holidays. Here are some of her Halloween titles.


Halloween Mysteries

Halloween Mysteries
Enjoy these cozy mysteries that take place around Halloween.


Zombie Comedy Films

Zombie Comedy Films
Some of these movies are classic. Others are classically bad. Either way, zombies can make us laugh even as they terrify us.


Halloween - It's Not Just For Kids

Halloween - It's Not Just for Kids
"There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch." Robert Brault


Indianapolis Prize 2021 Reading List of Winners

Indianapolis Prize 2021 Winners Reading List
The Indianapolis Prize, "the Nobel Prize in animal conservation" is awarded in recognition of their significant contributions to animal conservation.


Witchy Mysteries

Witchy Mysteries
Love mysteries and want to get in the mood for the spooky season? Enjoy these mysteries with witch protagonists and magical twists.


Sweet and Spooky Romances

Sweet and Spooky Romances
Celebrate the start of fall (and the start of spooky season) by reading these sweet and spooky paranormal romances. Read about werewolves, witches, ghosts, and vampires as they carve pumpkins and fall in love.


Brujeria

Brujeria
These latinx teens wield powerful magic, or more often are steamrolled by it.


Horror and Sci-Fi by Black Authors

Horror and Sci-Fi by Black Authors
Looking for horror or science fiction books by black authors? These are the recommendations from the Indianapolis Public Library's Readers Advisory team.


Great Women Horror Writers

Great Women Horror Writers
Horror writing is traditionally associated with men, but women have been exploding the genre, writing frightening novels and stories that run the gamut from high-brow, award-winning literary horror to bloody and insane genre masterpieces.


Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 - New Releases

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 - New Releases
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) calls for a shoutout to some of this year's new releases by Latine/x/a/o authors for adult and teen readers.


Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate and appreciate the vivid history, traditions, and diversity of the Hispanic/Latinx community! These selection represent just a small portion of the many important literary contributions that writers from this varied culture have made over the years.


Teen and Adult National Hispanic Heritage Month Picks

Teen & Adult National Hispanic Heritage Month Picks
I hope you enjoy these picks and get to know more about these authors and their incredible work!

September
Labor Day Nonfiction Reads

Labor Day: Nonfiction Reads About Labor, Organizing, and Workers' Rights
Labor Day is a good time to think about exploring these nonfiction reads about the often underappreciated workers that keep America moving, and the strikes and protests that have helped secure workers' rights.


Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 - New Releases

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 - New Releases
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) calls for a shoutout to some of this year's new releases by Latine/x/a/o authors for adult and teen readers.


September 11th - Twenty Years Ago

September 11th - Twenty Years Ago
Books, DVDs, and streaming videos in recognition of the 20th Anniversary of September 11th.


Banned Books Week 2021

Banned Books Week 2021
Books have a long history of attracting challenges to their presence on library shelves. The theme of Banned Books Week 2021 is "Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us."


Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate and appreciate the vivid history, traditions, and diversity of the Hispanic/Latinx community! These selection represent just a small portion of the many important literary contributions that writers from this varied culture have made over the years.


Mexican Cooking

Mexican Cooking / Cocina Mexicana
Hispanic Heritage Month is a wonderful excuse to celebrate the culinary accomplishments of our southern neighbors - from classics to innovative new staples.


Teen and Adult National Hispanic Heritage Month Picks

Teen & Adult National Hispanic Heritage Month Picks
I hope you enjoy these picks and get to know more about these authors and their incredible work!


Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie: September 15, 1890 - January 12, 1976
The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling fiction writer of all time, her novels having sold more than two billion copies, but how much do you know about Agatha Christie herself?


Stars of September

Stars of September
Biographies and memoirs of famous folks born in September.


Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation Proclamation
On September 22nd, 1962, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

August
Voices from Afghanistan

Voices from Afghanistan
One of the best ways to understand, empathize, and grieve with people from a culture different from our own is to read the books written by them. The following titles are all written by authors who are either from Afghanistan or whose parents are.


Meet the Suicide Squad

Meet the Suicide Squad
Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad has gone through a lot of changes (and members) through the years. Get to know the team that inspired the hit Warner Brothers movie as well as key members like Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Rick Flag.


Coding with Scratch is Fun

Coding with Scratch is Fun!
Are the kids in your life eager to make their own video games and animations? Scratch, a free, web-based, drag-n-drop coding environment, makes it easy for kids to code. The books in this list can help spark imagination and build coding skills.


Plant Based Atheltes

Plant Based Athletes
You might be surprised to find out that some of the strongest, most successful athletes are vegan or vegetarian. Check out the following resources to find out more about plant based diets and how they can help you achieve your fitness goals.


Are You an Anglophile Who Likes Mysteries

Are You an Anglophile Who Likes Mysteries?
You might enjoy these mysteries set in England. They feature a variety of sleuths from police inspectors to lords of the realm to cleaning ladies to children, even Americans who live in England permanently, and more.


I Am Not a Runner

I Am Not a Runner
Thanks to the Fit Lit Book Discussion, I did something I swore I'd never do. I started running. At first it was just for a few minutes at a time. Gradually my runs got longer. I read books, got inspired, ran my first 5k, and then the Indy Mini last spring. Hopefully you can find your inspiration in these titles and get out there.


For the Love of Elephants

For the Love of Elephants
World Elephant Day is August 12. Learn more about these gentle giants and people devoted to caring for them.


Sandwich Month

Sandwich Month
August is national sandwich month. Sandwiches can be enjoyed breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert!

July
July is Culinary Arts Month

July Is Culinary Arts Month
National Culinary Arts Month is a month set aside to honor and promote awareness of chefs, professional cooks, and their contributions to the world of fine dining. There are many ways to celebrate this month. Check out the booklist for ideas.


Summertime Eating

Summertime Eating
Summer makes me think of grilling out, fresh vegetables and ice cream (or gelato) treats. This list just samples a few of cookbooks for making all those summertime treats.


Work in Culinary Arts

Work in Culinary Arts
July is Culinary Arts Month. Find out if you've got what it takes to embark on a career in Culinary Arts. Gain skills and resources for finding opportunities in the field.


Insects - Books About Earth's Most Numerous Animals

Insects - Books About Earth's Most Numerous Animals
These books explore the worlds of insects from a variety of perspectives: miniature terrors, musicians, marvels, invaders, adaptive geniuses, beautiful creatures, philosophical dilemmas, and even food.


Lakeside Reads

Lakeside Reads
We're landlocked here in the Midwest, but you can always enjoy sitting next to a lake in the summer. Plus fresh water=no sharks! Entertain yourself while relaxing by the water.


June
Juneteenth

Juneteenth
Juneteenth (short for "June Nineteenth") marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the State and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops' arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. Please check out the following items to gain a more historical perspective about Juneteenth and African-American history and culture.


Slave Narratives: the Stories that Abolished Slavery

Slave Narratives: The Stories that Abolished Slavery
Today slave narratives are seen as first person stories about one of the darkest times in United States history, but when slave narratives were being published in the 1800s they were a powerful tool used in the fight for their own freedom. Through their stories they were able to contradict the slaveholders’ favorable claims concerning slavery. The narratives helped show the humanity of the most dehumanized people in the county.


Lakeside Reads

Lakeside Reads
We're landlocked here in the Midwest, but you can always enjoy sitting next to a lake in the summer. Plus fresh water=no sharks! Entertain yourself while relaxing by the water.


Black Music Month

Black Music Month
June is Black Music Month! Here are a few resources about the history of Black Music and its influences throughout all genres of music.


Graphic Novels with Trans, Non-Binary, and Gender Nonconforming Characters

Graphic Novels with Trans, Non-Binary, and Gender Nonconforming Characters Here is a short list of some graphic novels and manga featuring trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming characters. The list features titles for both kids and teens.


#OwnVoices: Transgender Fiction

Transgender Fiction
Celebrate and recognize the transgender community with these reads.


Queer History

Queer History
Just a smattering of texts about the queer experience and contributions across the past few years/decades/centuries.


Classically Queer

Classically Queer
History was never as straight as you think. This collection of classic writing represents LGBT writers from the past, some who have had their queer identities ignored or, in some cases, covered up.


Queercore - Music for Your Pride Month

Queercore - Music for Your Pride Month
Pride Month is a time to for remembrance of Queer history, reverence for the struggles of those community members who have gone before us, and revolutions still ongoing. And it is absolutely a time for rocking the proverbial house. So turn up the dial on these Queer artists and let your personal Pride flag fly!


Queer Cinema

Queer Cinema
Celebrating queer characters and their stories, these films include hidden treasures as well as more well-known movies in the history of queer cinema. So many goodies to enjoy!


Listen with Liz

Listen with Liz - June 2021
A totally random list of nonfiction eAudiobooks I listened to recently.


Black Librarianship

Black Librarianship
This list highlights the life, education, and history of Black librarianship, and the many challenges Black librarians have faced both past and present.

May
Natural Hair, Care and History

Natural Hair, Care & History Explore the historical and current place black hair has in society and discover the best ways to style and care for it naturally.


We Came In Peace for All Mankind

We Came in Peace for All Mankind
This is a space booklist created to support two upcoming virtual programs celebrating the 60th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy setting the goal for a lunar landing.


Cult Narratives

Cult Narratives
Read, listen, or watch to these first person accounts of these people's lives in some of the most infamous cults around the world.


Asian American Pacific Highlander Heritage Month

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
We’ve gathered recommendations for each day of May (and a few extra for good measure) from a group of librarians at Central Library. Check one out to celebrate the unique and varied voices of Asian American authors. We tried to include a wide variety of genres as well as provide representation for the different countries and cultures that make up the Asian American experience. This list is by no means exhaustive - please ask a librarian for additional recommendations.


Listen with Liz - May 2021

Listen with Liz - May 2021
A totally random list of nonfiction e-audiobooks I listened to recently.


Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Here are a list of books and DVD's that will help start a discussion about mental health.


Concert DVDs

Concert DVDs
A concert for you in your own home! Check out these concert DVDs!


Unusual Jobs

Unusual Jobs
This lists of non-fiction books represents jobs that are either not normally known to the vast majority of people or usually not available to certain groups of people either because of background, gender, or race.


Discover a New Recipe

Discover a New Recipe
If you are anything like me, you tend to cook the same things over and over again. We've all got those time-tested recipes that we pull out when we are tired or busy because we know exactly how long they take to cook and that they are foolproof. It can be nice to try something completely different to add a little variety to our diets. I personally like to cook new recipes on the weekend, so that I can go to the grocery store first. The cookbooks below are written by some of my favorite authors and will allow you to push your culinary boundaries without struggling!


Flower Gardening in Indiana

Flower Gardening in Indiana
Spring is my favorite time of year! Time to plan and shop for my favorite flowers. Check out these resources when planning your Indiana flower garden.


Menopause

Menopause
Medline defines menopause as "the time in a woman's life when her period stops. It usually occurs naturally, most often after age 45. Menopause happens because the woman's ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone." Here is a list of resources that may help as you navigate through menopause.


East Meets West Space Opera

East Meets West: Space Opera
Tired of the everyday life? Ever get the desire to not live on this planet anymore? Do you want your escape to be for only a short while? Several countries have stories which can offer you, escape! Which hemisphere has better space stories? Lets look at the work from a few continents to see how the idea of going into space is seen in a different light.


Books Made Famous on Tik Tok

Books Made Famous on Tik Tok
TikTok is becoming more and more popular and especially popular with the avid reader crowd. BookTok is home to thousands of book recommendation TikToks and while there are a ton of them out there, here are some of the most popular ones.


The Rose Code: A Companion Guide

The Rose Code: A Companion Guide
Looking for more after reading "The Rose Code" by Kate Quinn? Read on for how to find information about the actual Bletchley Park in the U.K. and its key role in code-breaking during World War II, true stories of female code-breakers in the U.S. and the U.K. during WWII, films about code-breakers, and biographies of other well-known individuals who make cameo appearances in "The Rose Code."


Domestic Bliss

Domestic Bliss
“The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them.” Louisa May Alcott, Little Women



April
Natural Hair, Beautiful Hair

Natural Hair, Beautiful Hair
These titles for children celebrate the joys and trials of having super curly hair.


Natural Hair, Care and History

Natural Hair, Care & History
Explore the historical and current place black hair has in society and discover the best ways to style and care for it naturally.


Architecture Design and History

Architecture: Design & History
Read all about the history of architecture by checking out our collection of books and Streaming Video. Register now for our upcoming virtual program, Pandemic Architecture, Two Centuries of Disease and Design on Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 pm and learn how architecture has changed over two centuries and reshaped our communities.


Birds, Birds, Birds

Birds, Birds, Birds
As the weather gets warmer many of our feathered friends will be out and about. Check out some of the books the library has on birding.


The Spring 2021 Anime Season Guide

The Spring 2021 Anime Season Guide
Ah, Spring! The air is warming, the trees are budding, and there are still plenty of reasons to stay indoors and catch up on the latest season of anime and the books that inspired them. If you want to read along, ahead, or just want to get from fresh air with a book, here's what the current season has to offer.


Playdate with Poetry

Playdate with POETRY: Haiku, Acrostic, Free verse OH MY!
These are recommended reads and resources for the Learning Curve's weekly program for kids and families, "Playdate with a Book". This list features materials about poetry! Register for our next session by clicking, "Online Programs" on IndyPL.org.


Emerging Poetry

Emerging Poetry
It is National Poetry Month! Explore some of the exciting poetry that is emerging at this time. Here's a sampling of what we have in our collection.

If you have not already, treat yourself to the work of our current National Laureate, musician and writer Joy Harjo of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in our blog post featuring Harjo and her work.


If You Liked Dune

If You Liked Dune

There are books that span the cosmos. There are books about empires that run planets. There are books about a fictional spice. there are books on harsh worlds that look like desert. These stories usually have unusually large grotesque alien creatures, that can be your best allies, if you can find a way to connect with them. If you are unsure about the film by Denis Villeneuve, you can at least appreciate these stories.


Ridiculous 90s Movies to Watch and Love

Ridiculous 90s Movies to Watch and Love
Ah the 90s! Era of Grunge Rock, ER, and the scrunchy. Where Wes Craven rewrote the book on horror, and James Cameron made Leo into King of the World.


Listen with Liz - April 2021

Listen with Liz - April 2021
In celebration of Women's History Month this is a totally random list of nonfiction eAudiobooks all written by women that I listened to in March.


Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day
Enjoy this list of books about environmentalism and sustainability to celebrate Earth Day with the children in your life!


April is Black Women's History Month

April is Black Women's History Month
We celebrate Black History month every February. But, did you know that April is Black Women's History Month? Check out one or more of these titles to learn more about pioneers from our distant and recent histories.


Poetry: Novels in Verse

Poetry: Novels in Verse
I'm not sure about you, but in high school, I was NOT a fan of poetry. All the structure--I didn't like rules. Then I discovered novels in verse--poetry to the extreme, often breaking rules of rhyme and rhythm. Iambic pentameter? Not really! Check out these titles for an ultra quick read, and for a new take on poetry.

If you have not already, treat yourself to the work of our current National Laureate, musician and writer Joy Harjo of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in our blog post featuring Harjo and her work.


Great Books for More Interactive Storytime

Great Books for More Interactive Storytime
Here are some books that you can use to create a more interactive storytime. Whether the book is asking a direct question or the book allows you to add movement as you read, these are some great titles worth checking out.


Trees and Shrubs

Trees and Shrubs
Spring is coming! This spring Keep Indianapolis Beautiful will visit the neighborhood around Haughville Branch library, and several streets will be getting new tree plantings. To commemorate that, I've put together a collection of books on trees, shrubs and pruning. They will be on display with our seed library. Enjoy your trees, enjoy your shrubs and enjoy the spring!


Financial Literacy for Children

Financial Literacy for Children
Financial literacy leads to smart financial decisions! Here are some great non-fiction books that introduce children to coins and bills, saving, spending, bank accounts, making money, and investing!


Diverse Ability Voices for Kids

Diverse Ability Voices for Kids
This list features books for school-age audiences with characters who have disabilities or diagnoses. These books were selected for their empowering message about inclusivity and self-acceptance.

March
Trees and Shrubs

Trees and Shrubs
Spring is coming! This spring Keep Indianapolis Beautiful will visit the neighborhood around Haughville Branch library, and several streets will be getting new tree plantings. To commemorate that, I've put together a collection of books on trees, shrubs and pruning. They will be on display with our seed library. Enjoy your trees, enjoy your shrubs and enjoy the spring!


Easter for Children

Easter for Children
As Spring flowers pop up and animals come out of hibernation. We can look forward to new life, renewal and the Easter holiday. Here are some great Easter books, movies and music to enjoy and share with your friends and family. This list almost as good as a chocolate bunny!


Spring Break in Indianapolis

Spring Break in Indianapolis
As we prepare for a 2nd pandemic spring break...there's a lot to do right here in our home city of Indianapolis. Plan to go out and explore a new spot...or an old favorite.


Easter

Easter
Check out some of these books, movies and music about the special holiday of Easter!


Women's History for Adults

Women's History for Adults
The 2021 theme for National Women's History Month is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced”. March 8 is International Women's Day, and this year's theme is "Choose to Challenge". This is a great time for everyone to learn more about the fight for women's suffrage, a right that many of us take for granted. It's also the perfect opportunity to celebrate inspirational women and girls in a wide variety of fields. Find more online resources to explore on our blog at Celebrate Women's History.


Women's History for Teens

Women's History for Teens
Teens and adults can celebrate women's history month by learning about inspiring women and girls from yesterday and today!


Women's History for Kids

Women's History for Kids
Fun books to help kids learn about women's history and get inspired to make a difference! See Read Right Now! Trailblazing Women on our blog to listen to more than a dozen online story time readings of picture book biographies of notable women.


Listen with Liz - March 2021

Listen with Liz - March 2021
A list of 20 nonfiction e-audiobooks recommendations.


March Around the World Film Challenge

March Around the World Film Challenge
Each year film lovers watch 30 feature films from 30 different countries in the month of March, including 1 film from a specific country. New Zealand is the featured country this year. I love participating in this challenge and can't wait to dive in for another round. Want to join in, but don't know where to start? Here are some options included in Indianapolis Public Library's collection: on disc or in one of our streaming services. Give it a try. It's a lot of fun!


Irish Culture, History, Own Voices, St. Patrick's Day

Irish Culture, History, Own Voices, St. Patrick's Day
Slainte! Cheers to you and yours! Celebrate Irish history, culture, and Saint Paddy’s Day by reading or listening to these books and watching these DVDs.


Diverse Ability Voices for Kids

Diverse Ability Voices for Kids
This list features books for school-age audiences with characters who have disabilities or diagnoses. These books were selected for their empowering message about inclusivity and self-acceptance.


Passover Cooking

Passover Cooking
The Jewish holiday Passover is celebrated by gathering for a ritual meal called a Seder, during which the story of the Exodus - the Jews flight from slavery in Egypt - is retold. Many foods included in the Seder meal are symbolic, and all are delicious. This list will help plan and prepare an awe-inspiring Seder!


Passover for Children

Passover for Children
The Jewish holiday Passover centers around the Seder, a ritual meal at which the family gathers to retell the biblical story of how, in ancient times, the Jewish people escaped slavery in Egypt. This list includes fiction and non-fiction books and online information for children to learn about the meaning of the holiday and the symbolic, but fun Seder meal.


Hoops & Books

Hoops & Books
As we get ready for March madness take a look through this list of books about basketball from high school to the NBA.


Irish History & Culture for Kids

Irish History & Culture for Kids
Some items to help children learn more about the people of the Emerald Isle.


St. Patrick's Day Children's Books

St. Patrick's Day Children's Books
Top o' the morning to you this St. Patrick's Day. Wear some green, and celebrate Ireland with your family by sharing these great books.

February
Celebrating Black Authors

Celebrating Black Authors
This list includes only nonfiction eAudiobooks that I have listened to and were published in 2020 and it is by no means exhaustive. There are many other great reads/listens available at the library. All the titles have been reviewed on previous Listen With Liz lists. Most of the titles are also available in physical book and eBook formats.


Overthinking Love

Overthinking Love
Love. It may confound us. It may confuse us. It has been described as temporary madness by poets or a flood of chemicals that cause feelings of euphoria by scientists. Philosophers pontificate about it. Psychologists try to understand it. Mathematicians try to solve it. Check out these books celebrating love in all of its complexity.


Valentine Books to Share with Your Favorite Little Crush

Valentine Books to Share with Your Favorite Little Crush
Snuggle up and read every day but especially on Valentine's Day! Here are some all-time picture book favorites with the biggest awwww and the biggest laughs.


Black Chefs and Cooking Classics

Black Chefs and Cooking Classics
James Beard award-winning Toni Tipton-Martin's Jubilee is a sensational history of American food focusing on Black chefs and cooks. This list takes a look at some of the classic Black cookbooks that inspired Tipton-Martin and a few more titles and resources that celebrate and explore Black cooking and food history.


The Best Rom-Com Books of 2020

The Best Rom-Com Books of 2020
Let's get real-2020 was a dumpster fire. To escape reality, I spent the year reading as many romantic comedies as I could get my hands on. Featuring diverse characters, some unusual plots, and always a happy ending, these picks are a nice break from real life. I recommend a glass of wine or a hammock and a sparkling water to enjoy these to the max.


Unique Stories About US Presidents

Unique Stories About US Presidents
Unique often equals funny! All the astonishing accomplishments and silly details fit to print about which President sang with his pet parrot, which one took dancing lessons, which one got a speeding ticket on a horse, and which one ran down Pennsylvania Avenue (the street in front of the White House) chasing after a goat! Hint: the goat one is the President from Indiana!


Are You Ready for Some Football?

Are You Ready For Some Football?
As football fans gear up for the Super Bowl here are some titles that are about the NFL, players, coaches or owners; past and present.


President's Day

President's Day
Happy President's Day! Celebrate this snowy day with an eBook or eAudiobook about one of our American Presidents. Some written by prominent American historians such as David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and H.W. Brands! All titles are also available in print edition!


Saint Skeletor's Day
February 15th is Saint Skeletors day. the day for grumpy people who did not get, or give any valentines. The following list of media on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.


Listen with Liz - Presidential

Listen with Liz - Presidential
Here is a list in honor of President's Day. All these titles have a presidential connection. These are only titles I have listened to and reviewed on previous published lists. There are LOTS of other presidential books out there, this list is by no means exhaustive. Most of the titles are available as physical books and eBooks too.


Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras
Just because we can't travel to Mardi Gras this year doesn't mean we can't celebrate the sights, sounds, people, and tastes of New Orleans. Here we have music, shows, cookbooks, fiction, and art of the Big Easy and Mardi Gras gathered in one place for you to create your own celebration, or just read and imagine.


Scandalous Love Letters

Scandalous Love Letters
Love letters that did not make everyone happy. Relationships that someone looked down on. Some of these entries look at love as more than just romance. Not all of them end happy.


2020 IndyPl Staff Picks

2020 IndyPL Staff Picks
Our staff share their favorite reads from 2020. The selections are not all published in the year 2020, but relatively new! Browse through their suggestions to find your next read, a good audiobook for your morning walk, a gift idea, or a picture book to read to your grandkids over zoom!

January

25 Kids' Books to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

25 Kids' Books to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are 25 books for children that highlight Dr. King's life and legacy standing up for equality and justice.


Are You Ready for Some Football?

Are You Ready For Some Football?
As football fans gear up for the Super Bowl here are some titles that are about the NFL, players, coaches or owners; past and present.


#Privacy#Aware

#PrivacyAware: Manage Your Privacy and Safeguard Your Data Learn to better manage your data and safeguard your privacy this Data Privacy Day – January 28. Explore fiction and non-fiction titles that can help you tackle important privacy and online safety topics for yourself and your family.