Classical Concerts for the Holidays at the Library!
Individuals of all ages are invited to enjoy a performance of chamber ensemble music featuring
favorite holiday classics and carols by members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra during the
"Classical Concerts for the Holidays" series at various Indy Library locations in December.
Promotional support for these performances is provided by the Fine Arts Society Classical Music
Broadcasting. Hear all of its programming on 88.7, WICR.
"Classical Concerts for the Holidays" will be presented on the following dates:
Saturday, December 14 at 12 noon
Central Library (Simon Reading Room), 40 E. St. Clair Street
Monday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street
Call 275-4099 for more information about these free Library programs.
Practical Wine Talk: Holiday Pairings With Dr. Charles Thomas
Learn about holiday wine pairings and the scientific aspects of wine consumption when author Dr. Charles Thomas presents the program, "Practical Wine Talk: Holiday Pairings" on Saturday, December 14 at 1 p.m. at Central Library in the Riley Room, 40 E. St. Clair St.
Thomas is the author of the book, Practical Wine Talk: A Physician-Winemaker Examines Wine, which approaches the subject of wine from the various medical, health,scientific, historical, sensory and cultural viewpoints. It is a well-organized collection of essays written on the numerous subjects in the world of wine, food, and health.
The book looks at the components of wine and what influences them, wine defects, various wines and wine tools, and factors for determining why we like certain tastes. It then moves to pairing with food, wine service, and finally the health benefits and risks of wine consumption.
Thomas will entertain attendees while discussing the synergy between wine, food and health. He will discuss what makes for a good or bad bottle of wine and the human taste response, with a special focus on wine pairings for holiday foods. Holiday sugar cookies will be served.
Thomas' interest in wine grew in the 1970's when, as a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist, he decided to expand his winemaking hobby into a full-time venture. He dutifully collected the finest French wines and traveled to Napa to study under some of the most renowned winemakers in the world. In 1984, he and his wife launched Chateau Thomas Winery, now located in Plainfield, Indiana, which produces more than 15,000 cases of 50 different varieties of wine annually.
Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.
Holiday Concert With Alina Celeste!
Families and young children are invited for a special holiday program featuring national performing artist Alina Celeste during two special appearances in December at The Indianapolis Public Library. Her joyous blend of sing-alongs, dance-alongs and family jams will be on display on Saturday, December 21 at 2 p.m. at the Wayne Branch, 198 S. Girls School Road, and on Sunday, December 22 at 2 p.m. at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair St.
Celeste's music, described as catchy, relevant and historically rooted, has been bringing families together nationwide for ten years. Hailing from Miami, Florida, her Cuban-American upbringing exposed her to a wide range of popular music, from Celia Cruz to The Beatles. After years of playing in the Los Angeles area with her band, The Luvnauts, Celeste realized that her folky, upbeat sound trickled into the classroom where young students greeted her with rousing renditions of her own songs. Her first full-length album, "If I Were a Little Bird," is the fruit of those years of fun and learning. Celeste currently performs in schools, libraries and other venues.
Call 275-4099 for more information about these free Library programs.
eBook Tinker Stations
Continuing through May, patrons are invited to learn how to select and use eReaders, as well as search and download materials from the Library's extensive collection of eBooks, audiobooks and digital music by visiting the "eBook Tinker Station" at various Indy Library locations.
Patrons can drop in anytime during the scheduled two-hour Tinker Station visits which are staffed by an eReader expert who can answer questions about the equipment and collection. The Tinker Stations provide reliable and unbiased information about this growing technology.
Tinker Stations will be serviced at different times in April at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street; Franklin Road Branch, 5550 S. Franklin Road; Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue; the InfoZone, 3000 N. Meridian Street; Irvington Branch 5625 E. Washington Street; Lawrence Branch, 7898 N. Hague Road; Nora Branch, 8625 Guilford Avenue; Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road; Southport Branch, 2630 E. Stop 11 Road; Warren Branch, 9701 E. 21st Street; and Wayne Branch, 198 S. Girls School Road.
For individuals who cannot visit a Tinker Station in person, they may call the eBook Tinker Hotline at 275-4500 to have questions answered by qualified staff.
The Library circulated 342,683 eBooks in 2012, compared to 129,107 in 2011.
Call your local branch or visit www.indypl.org for Tinker Station dates and times.
Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!
Leading Indianapolis jazz musicians will show off their skills and
introduce young people to the world of jazz during the series, "Hot Jazz for
Cool Kids!," continuing through March at Central Library in the Clowes
Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.
Now in its third season, this series of one-hour family-friendly concerts
will be entertaining for those of all ages while making for a perfect
Sunday afternoon at the Library. The programs will provide a fun way for
children to learn about jazz music.
"Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!" programs include:
Kenny Phelps and Friends
"Jazz: Rhythm, Melody and Improv"
Sunday, January 12 at 3 p.m.
Children and adults will learn what it means to "swing" and experience improvision during this performance by dynamic drummer Kenny Phelps.
An experienced jazz educator, Phelps will guide the audience to that "ah-ha" moment when they recognize the building blocks of jazz music.
Pavel and Direct Contact
Sunday, February 9 at 3 p.m.
Call it Latin Jazz, Latin American Jazz, or Afro-Latin Jazz, sitting still
will be impossible when this high energy band takes the stage. Known for his pyrotechnics on the piano, 2013 Chicago Music Awards nominee Pavel
teams up with Henry Mancini Band bass player Steve Dokken and
Latin American music specialist Raul Padro on percussion.
The Naptown Strutters
Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m.
Dixieland jazz comes to the Library with the sounds of the Naptown Strutters led by trombonist
Dan Hughley. Experience New Orleans jazz in the tradition of Louis Armstrong and other early
jazz greats. The group features Larry McWilliams on trumpet, Bill James on clarinet, Jon Block on bass,
Larry Mechem on piano, and Gene Markiewicz on drums.
"Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!" is presented by the Learning Curve at Central Library, the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest.