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2014 News Archives


Sunday Library Services Begin at Franklin Road Branch

December 15, 2014 — Beginning January 4, the Franklin Road Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library, 5550 S. Franklin Road, will provide regular Sunday library services from 12 noon – 5 p.m., a move that results from increased demand in a growing Franklin Township and follows similar Sunday hours of service that exist at large township branches in Marion County.


Mobile Device Remote Printing Available at Indy Library

December 11, 2014 — Individuals now have the capability of using their Internet-connected smartphone or tablet (iOS, Android or Blackberry) from anywhere in the city to print documents directly to print stations at select Indianapolis Public Library locations. This new offering meets an increased demand for such service and furthers the Library's goal to enhance connectivity for patrons.


Indy Library Appoints New Digitization Manager

December 08, 2014 — The Indianapolis Public Library has appointed Meaghan Fukunaga as Manager of Digitization, with a focus on developing projects and community collaborations that can increase capacity for the preservation and storage of older format items of local historic interest.


New Digital Collection Documents Indy Library History

November 25, 2014 — A pastor's handwritten 1868 sermon calling for the establishment of an Indianapolis library as well as photographs from Central Library's 1916 cornerstone ceremony are part of an extensive online collection chronicling the rich history of The Indianapolis Public Library.


Indy Library Staff Receive Special Recognition

November 17, 2014 — Two dedicated Indianapolis Public Library employees have been honored for distinguished service and advocacy by the Library and Library Foundation.


Win a Visit from Andrew Luck & Dwayne Allen During the COLTSTRONG, LIBRARYSTRONG II Contest!

November 12, 2014 — Children ages 6 - 17 are invited to use their Indianapolis Public Library cards for a chance to win an in-person visit from Indianapolis Colts players Andrew Luck and Dwayne Allen during the COLTSTRONG, LIBRARYSTRONG II contest, beginning November 15 and continuing through December 31.


2014 Indiana Authors Award Winners Recognized

October 29, 2014 — Three authors with Indiana ties were honored with the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award during ceremonies on October 25 at Central Library in Indianapolis. The annual award, a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and funded by the generosity of The Glick Fund, recognizes Indiana authors' contributions to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation.


Indianapolis School Guide Now Available at Indy Libraries

October 24, 2014 — A free guidebook to help parents navigate the educational systems in Indianapolis is now available for pick-up at all Indianapolis Public Library locations.

Indy Library Plan Reflects National Report on Libraries' Future

October 21, 2014 — The existence of the nation's public libraries as a virtual and physical place to meet emerging community needs makes them uniquely equipped to thrive in this new information-rich, knowledge-based society, according to a report by the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries.


Marion County Sheriff's Office Peace Dove Unveiled at Central Library

October 07, 2014 — Marion County Sheriff John Layton and Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes were joined by Public Safety Director Troy Riggs, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and several other community leaders to unveil the Sheriff's Office Peace Dove on October 7 at Central Library.


Pike Township Resident Named Library Book Sale Coordinator

September 30, 2014 — Pike Township resident Richard Swan has been named as Indy Library Store Book Sale Coordinator for The Indianapolis Public Library.

IndyPL Summer Reading Scholarship Winners Announced

September 16, 2014 — Two Indianapolis-area school children have been selected as winners of The Indianapolis Public Library's 2014 Summer Reading Program scholarship awards from program supporters College Savings Bank and the Indiana Education Savings Authority.


Peace Dove Tour Comes to the Indy Library

September 15, 2014 — Marion County Sheriff John Layton and The Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie kicked off The Peace Dove Project Tour on Monday, September 15 at the Brightwood Branch.


"Kin Killin' Kin" Artist James Pate at Central Library

September 10, 2014 — Dayton, Ohio artist James Pate will discuss his powerful and thought provoking Central Library exhibit, "Kin Killin' Kin," during a free public presentation on Saturday, September 20 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.


Receive Text Messages from the Indy Library!

August 28, 2014 — As the latest innovation to meet current patron demand, text messaging is now available from The Indianapolis Public Library as a way to receive important notices on personal account activity.


Kin Killin' Kin Exhibit at Central Library Inspires Community Dialogue

August 12, 2014 — A powerful and thought-provoking exhibit of images intended as a call-to-action against gun violence in the African-American community is on display through September 28 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street. Mayor Greg Ballard joined Library and community representatives in cutting the crime-scene ribbon on August 12 to officially open the exhibit.

Indy Library's Summer Reading Program Eyes New Participation Record!

August 06, 2014 — Initial figures indicate a 12-year record of 59,182 children and families who experienced the joy of reading during The Indianapolis Public Library's 2014 Summer Reading Program, "Read in Any Language," which concluded on July 26. The 95th annual program, held at all Indy Library locations as well as the Beech Grove Public Library, attracted 24,639 children ages 6 - 11, 15,791 preschoolers, and 18,752 readers ages 12 and older. The preliminary totals exceeded last year's record 58,901 participants.


Indy Library Launches Plan for Future Services

July 29, 2014 — The road map guiding the future of The Indianapolis Public Library is now available following the public unveiling of the Library's new five-year Strategic Plan, "Yours to Experience," that focuses on providing greater access to Library services and enhancing the Library's role to address community needs.


Winners and Finalists Named for 2014 Indiana Authors Award

July 16, 2014 — Hoosier author Michael Shelden has been selected as the winner of the $10,000 National Author prize given by the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation funded by The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation. The annual award program recognizes Indiana authors’ contributions to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation.

Notice to Taxpayers - 2015 Budget

July 10, 2014 — The Indianapolis Public Library will conduct a public hearing on the year 2015 budget on Monday, July 28, 2014.


Streaming Video Now Available at Indy Library!

July 08, 2014 — Library patrons can now access award-winning documentaries, feature films, foreign films, children’s movies and popular TV series through The Indianapolis Public Library’s virtual library at


Indy Library's Summer Reading Program Continues Through July 26!

June 30, 2014 — It's not too late for children and families to register for The Indianapolis Public Library's 2014 Summer Reading Program, "Read in Any Language," which continues through July 26. Participants can celebrate our local international community and experience the joy of reading while earning points to be exchanged for great prizes for their reading activity.

First Lady Karen Pence Awards Grant to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation to Support the Library’s Summer Reading Program

June 26, 2014 — First Lady Karen Pence hosted the first-ever reception for grant recipients of the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation at the Governor’s residence on June 25, where she awarded $22,000 to 28 organizations and charities that serve Hoosier families and children across the state.


Indy Library Trustees Adopt New Plan for Services Through 2020

May 20, 2014 — After 10 months of citizen input, research and assessment, The Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees has approved a strategic plan, "Yours to Experience," to define the Library's role and scope of services in the community for the years 2015-2020.


Indy Library's 2014 Summer Reading Program Kicks Off June 2!

May 16, 2014 — Children of all ages and families are invited to celebrate our local international community and experience the joy of reading during The Indianapolis Public Library's 2014 Summer Reading Program, "Read in Any Langauge," June 2 - July 26.


New Indy Library Online Collection Appeals to Young People!

May 07, 2014 — The Indianapolis Public Library has expanded its collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks for kids and teens with the addition of the TumbleBook online interactive library.


Indiana Pacers Bring Google Glass Technology to Central Library!

April 15, 2014 — The Indianapolis Public Library will join representatives of the playoff-bound Indiana Pacers for a free public demonstration of Google Glass, the optical head-mounted display device, on Thursday, April 17 at 12 noon at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.


Kurt Vonnegut & Indy Libraries Announce Partnership

April 10, 2014 — The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and The Indianapolis Public Library have joined together to broaden the reach of programming and provide greater opportunities for individuals to learn about the life, works and legacy of iconic Indianapolis author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


Indy Library & Sheriff's Office Expand Gun Lock Giveaway Partnership

April 02, 2014 — The Indianapolis Public Library and Marion County Sheriff's Office have announced an expansion of the gun lock giveaway program.


It's Time to "Call-a-Pacer" at the Indy Library

March 27, 2014 — Children of all ages and families are invited to "Call-a-Pacer" and hear members of the Indiana Pacers read their favorite stories in children's literature on The Indianapolis Public Library's 24-hour Call-a-Story telephone line.


Dwayne Allen's "Super Read Challenge" Winner Announced!

March 27, 2014 — A Pike Township woman has won the prize of two free 2014-15 Indianapolis Colts season tickets for her reading activity during the "Super Read Challenge" at The Indianapolis Public Library.


Children's Author David Wiesner Presents 2014 McFadden Lecture

March 21, 2014 — Families and individuals of all ages are invited as popular children's author and illustrator David Wiesner presents The Indianapolis Public Library's 2014 Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at North Central High School, 1801 E. 86th Street.


Indy Library Joins ALA's Right to Libraries Initiative

March 17, 2014 — Indianapolis citizens are encouraged to join others from around the country in affirming their right to have vibrant libraries in the community by signing the Declaration for the Right to Libraries.


Indy Library Cited for Excellence in Financial Reporting

February 26, 2014 — For the 23rd consecutive year, The Indianapolis Public Library has received the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.


Indy Library Firefighter Photo Provides Life Changing Moment

February 21, 2014 — During her entire life, Cathleen McGovern Quigley had neither met nor ever seen a photo of her paternal grandfather. But thanks to The Indianapolis Public Library's digital collection of historic photos from the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum, the Whitestown, Indiana resident and National Sales Manager for Embassy Suites Downtown discovered the first visual record of her Indianapolis firefighter grandfather, a portrait photo from the 1930's, which has touched her entire family.


Indy Library & Sheriff Layton Announce Gun Lock Giveaway Partnership

February 18, 2014 — Marion County Sheriff John Layton has announced a new partnership with The Indianapolis Public Library to provide free gun locks in an effort to curb unintentional gun injury and harm.


Indy Library Black History Reading Campaign Features Prize of Colts Season Tickets!

February 05, 2014 — Children and adults who use their Indianapolis Public Library card to check out any book during Black History Month in February will become eligible to win a pair of Indianapolis Colts season tickets courtesy of Colts tight end Dwayne Allen.


Zinio Digital Magazines Come to the Indy Library!

February 04, 2014 — Individuals can read full digital copies of favorite magazines on their computer, tablet or mobile device with the free Zinio magazine subscription service now available through The Indianapolis Public Library.

Indy Library Partners with Indiana History Society to Present 2014 Indiana Black History Challenge

January 28, 2014 — Both children and adults can learn about some of Indiana's outstanding black Hoosiers and have the chance to win fabulous prizes with the Indiana Historical Society's (IHS's) 2014 Indiana Black History Challenge, which runs through Feb. 28.


Library Receives Champions of Diversity Award

January 22, 2014 — The Indianapolis Public Library has been honored with the "Champions of Diversity Award" from the Indiana Minority Business Magazine, the sister publication of the Indianapolis Recorder newspaper.


Yours to Experience: Indy Library Strategic Plan Unveiled January 28

January 17, 2014 — A preliminary plan defining the future scope of library services and The Indianapolis Public Library's role in the community will be unveiled at a special public meeting, "Yours to Experience," on Tuesday, January 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.


Indy Library Launches eReading Site for Children

January 10, 2014 — The Indianapolis Public Library's growing collection of free eBooks and audiobooks for children is now available as a separate, easily-accessible site.


Meet the Artists XXVI and Gala Reception

January 10, 2014 — View the works of 18 prominent local African-American artists during the 26th annual presentation of "Meet the Artists," beginning Wednesday, January 29 and continuing through Saturday, March 22 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.