The Library fulfilled its mission of promoting the lifelong learning interests of its diverse population by presenting 10,447 programs attended by 221,860 individuals. The range of free programming included everything from author talks and classical music concerts to small business workshops and knitting classes in support of the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Fire Department's 150-year history was brought to life with a new online digital collection of over 1,000 photos, logbooks, audio and video clips, and miscellaneous items from the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum. Other new digital offerings included a 70-year collection of Shortridge High School yearbooks and images from the city's historic English's Opera House.
Over 15,000 free public domain e-books that never expire or count against a patron's loan limit were added to the Library's growing collection of downloadable materials, which now total nearly 22,000 e-books and 7,000 audiobooks.
A packed house at North Central High School heard Newbery Medal-winner and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman discuss his life and career during the 33rd annual McFadden Memorial Lecture.
The Library's African-American History Committee presented the annual "Meet the Artists" exhibit and gala which featured the art works of prominent local African-American artists. The Committee's "Fall Fest" gave attendees a chance to meet Sapphire, author of the award-winning novel, PUSH.
The Indy Author Fair at Central Library allowed aspiring writers to get up close and personal with leading Hoosier authors, including those honored for the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and gave them opportunities to improve their craft through a variety of free workshops.
Families learned about the art, customs and heritage of Asian peoples during the "Journey Through Asia" series of art workshops and unique cultural presentations at various locations.
In collaboration with many local organizations and institutions, the Library participated in the IndyTalks, a series of community-based discussions that explored the city's future in the face of globalization.
Central Library became the repository for legal materials from the Marion County Law Library upon its closing, expanded our collection of legal forms for patrons doing pro se legal work.
Known as the best place in town to buy new and used books at discount prices, the Secondhand Prose Booksale generated $264,069 for library programs and services through the IMCPL Foundation. This was made possible by the efforts of 77 volunteers.
448 volunteers in programs such as Library Express for homebound patrons and branch collection management contributed nearly 18,213 hours of service, equating to a monetary value of $368,813 of service.