Featured Events

Stand4Peace - James Pate's "Kin Killin' Kin" Art Exhibit

Kin Killin KinIndividuals are invited to view a powerful and thought-provoking exhibit of images that reflect the growing concern for the epidemic of youth violence in the African-American community entitled, "Kin Killin' Kin," on display from August 11 - September 28 in the South Display Hall at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

This traveling exhibit by Dayton, Ohio artist James Pate is intended to serve as a visual call-to-action to find solutions to youth and gun violence, particularly black-on-black crime. According to Bureau of Justice statistics, of the 279,384 black murder victims in the U.S. between 1976 and 2011, 262,621 were murdered by other blacks. Pate's series reveals a negative social reality that hopes to inspire dialogue for positive alternatives toward negative behaviors.

According to Pate, "The concept of visually comparing Black on Black terrorism to Ku Klux Klan terrorism came directly from conversations among us in the Black community. It is often said that we (African-Americans), in a 'strange fruit' kind of way, are doing the business of the KKK... so I was moved to use art as a means to illustrate this sentiment..."

The "Kin Killin' Kin" exhibit, sponsored by the Library's African-American History Committee, is available for public viewing during regular Central Library hours.

As part of the commemoration of the International Day of Peace, Dayton, Ohio artist James Pate will discuss the motivation behind his national traveling exhibit, "Kin Killin' Kin", on Saturday, September 20 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium. This event is part of the two-month "Stand4Peace" initiative presented by the Library's African-American History Committee. Following the presentation, Pate will participate in a meet-and-greet autograph session.


2014 Hometown Roots Concert Series

Individuals of all ages are invited to a series of performances inspired by American musical traditions when the Library's "2014 Hometown Roots Concert Series" continues at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

A returning crowd favorite will be featured on Sunday, September 21 at 2:30 p.m. when the high energy percussion ensemble CLANG! performs. Consisting of percussionists Michael Beck, Brian E. Paulson and Joe O'Connell, CLANG will perform on such instruments as Steel Pan drums, Cajon drums, Djembe drums, talking drums and more unusual percussion instruments from around the world. With an energy that makes your body shake in rhythm and a penchant for interacting and taking a wacky direction on homemade and exotic percussion instruments, CLANG will improvise on whatever they have at hand to set your feet a tappin' and make you smile!

This year's series concludes with an afternoon of jazz on Sunday, October 12 at 2:30 p.m. It will feature a performance of selections from the American Songbook along with jazz standards by The Bruce Polson Quartet with saxophonist Rich Cohen. Then, contemporary jazz vocalist Cynthia Layne will perform with her band a mix of groove-based R&B with strong jazz undertones.

This series is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
For more information about this free Library series, call 275-4099 or visit www.indypl.org.


The Fatherhood Forums

Adults are invited as a panel of experts from the Indiana Healthy Marriage and Family Coalition Inc.'s network of partnerships gathers to help enlighten, inform and empower families to tackle the challenges of responsible fatherhood and manhood during the series entitled "The Fatherhood Forums" throughout the year various Indianapolis Public Library locations. The lineup of programs in this series includes:

Family Law
Tuesday, October 14 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Spades Park Branch, 1801 Nowland Avenue
Register by calling 275-4520

Family Law
Tuesday, December 9 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Decatur Branch, 5301 Kentucky Avenue
Register by calling 275-4330

This free series is sponsored by the Indiana Healthy Marriage and Family Coalition Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.


Wild Times 3D Exhibit and Events

As part of the presentation of the exhibit, "Wild Times: 3D Printed Rocks," individuals of all ages are invited for a series of programs in October that explore new media, social engagement, and a 2,650 hike that explore wildness as a geographic ideal and a state of mind.

The centerpiece of the month's offerings is exhibit, "Wild Times: 3D Printed Rocks," in which Indianapolis TEDx speaker Susan Robb has transmitted digital files of rocks she encountered on her five-month journey on the Pacific Coast. 3D Parts Manufacturing created the rocks on 3D printers and has made them available for display in the Learning Curve at Central Library. Robb offers her body and work as a conduit between gallery and wilderness, public and trail, form and formless, and as a way to cultivate the wild terrain that resides in us all.

On Wednesday, October 8 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Learning Curve Arena, Indianapolis artist Lauren Kussro will present a program that explores the intersection of nature and art and shares how natural organic shapes inform her artwork. 3D Parts Manufacturing will demonstrate 3D printing of a rock design sent by artist Susan Robb.

On Saturday, October 11 from 2 - 3 p.m. in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium, musician Lauren Pelon presents an "Earth Tones Concert," a family-friendly performance that features songs from around the world as well as her original compositions that reflect our engagement with nature. Again, 3D Parts Manufacturing will demonstrate 3D printing of a rock design sent by artist Susan Robb.

The "Wild Times" series of programs is presented by Big Car and the Library.

Call 275-4099 for more information about these free Library programs.


Indy Author Evenings

In collaboration with the Indy Author Fair held on Saturday, October 25 at Central Library, individuals of all ages are invited to the series, "Indy Author Evenings," featuring Hoosier-connected authors discussing their works. This series will be held in the Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

"Indy Author Evenings" will feature the following programs:

Author Talk
Tuesday, October 14 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
This program will feature James Madison, Regional Author winner of the 2013 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. His lecture will highlight his new book, A New History of Indiana, which provides insight into Indiana's distinctive history by this Indiana University historian.

Author Round Table
Monday, October 20 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
This program will showcase author and NUVO contributing editor David Hoppe who will discuss his new book, Personal Indianapolis, a collection of articles about the city's sports, politics and culture; and author Douglas Wissing who will discuss his book Crown Hill: History, Spirit, Sanctuary, a sweeping overview of Crown Hill Cemetery.

Author Readings
Wednesday, October 22 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
A group of former winners of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award will read from their works. Participating authors include Michael Martone (2013 National Author winner), Barb Shoup (2012 Regional Author winner), Ray Boomhower (2010 Regional Author winner) and Greg Schwipps (2013 Emerging Author winner).

Book sales and signing will follow each program.

Call 275-4099 for more information about these free Library programs.