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Featured Events

WOMEN OF A NEW TRIBE

WNT_event.jpgCentral Library Photo Exhibit Continues Through September 27

A national exhibit celebrating the spiritual and physical beauty of black women from all walks and stages of life is on display from August 8 - September 27 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

"Women of a New Tribe," created by North Carolina photographer Jerry Taliaferro, is comprised of stunning black and white portraits of 75 American black women, including 11 strong and courageous black women of Indianapolis who were nominated and selected for their roles as mothers, daughters, artists, professionals and community activists. Individually and collectively they tell the story of how their families and our community have changed because of them.

Taliaferro's traveling exhibit evolved from a single photograph produced for an intended portfolio of a beautiful black woman in the style reminiscent of the high-glamour photography of 1930's and 1940's Hollywood. The model was photographed against a light-absorbing black background. Then a second exposure was made of an African mask. More photographs with this tribal theme were soon added to Taliaferro's portfolio.

Since its premiere in 2002, "Women of a New Tribe" has traveled extensively and has been enthusiastically received by the public and media in Europe as well. A popular feature is the inclusion of portraits taken by Taliaferro of women from the hosting community.

Local women represented in the exhibit are Joyce Moore, Linda Everett, Deborah Asante, Thea Kelly, Ethel Brewer-McCane, Hope Hampton, Fay H. Williams, D. DelReverda-Jennings, Trina Avery, DeShong Perry-Smitherman and Ericka Gibson.

To accompany the exhibit, school children in grades 4 - 8 are invited to Central Library throughout September for a free workshop presented by A Girl's Gift, Inc. during which they'll design a dream board to express their internal hopes, dreams and plans. Call 275-4222 to register a child or group.

"Women of a New Tribe" is presented by the Indy Library's African-American History Committee in partnership with The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and the Indianapolis Recorder.

 

Summer Garden Series @ the Library!

A variety of outdoor cultural events will be featured during the Library's "Summer Garden Series" in the East Garden at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street. Many programs are geared toward adults, but several family-friendly programs are offered as well.

The lineup of free programs includes:

Sunset Yoga in the Garden
Monday, September 28 from 7 - 8 p.m.

Adults are invited for motivational and relaxing yoga sessions led by City Yoga. In case of rain, the program will be held in Central Library's Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room on the 6th floor.

Garden Workshop
Tuesday, September 1 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Adults are invited to learn about fall lawn care and weed control

Outdoor Painting Workshop
Sunday, September 20 from 2 - 4 p.m.

Families are invited to a fun workshop featuring plein air painting.

To learn more about these free Library programs, call 275-4022 or visit www.indypl.org.

 

Early Childhood Programs at IndyPL!

Babies and preschoolers with an adult are invited to The Indianapolis Public Library throughout the fall for a variety of programs intended to stimulate development and enhance language skills.

In addition to the Library's regularly-scheduled storytimes at most branch locations, these special programs are presented as part of the Library's Ready to Read early learning initiative.

This fall's lineup of interactive programs includes:

Jungle Jams: Preschool Rhythm Class
Preschoolers under the age of 6 and an adult are invited to get ready to move to the beat of their favorite jungle animals. Bongo Boy Music Center will bring animals to life by introducing basic rhythms and life skills, along with moving to the groove! Registration is required by calling your local branch. This program is made possible by PNC through a gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Creatures of the Night: Preschool Animal Program
Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 and an adult are invited to join Silly Safaris to explore the lore surrounding nighttime animals and learn about how they survive in the dark. This program is made possible by Lilly through a gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Little Farmer's Market: Healthy Eating Class for Preschoolers
Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 and an adult are invited for a fun workshop with the Marion County Health Department to learn why fruits and vegetables are so fabulous! There'll be games, stories, and even a little snacking! This workshop includes food. All activities are peanut free. Contact your IndyPL branch with any allergy concerns. Registration is required by calling your local branch. This program is made possible by Donald F. Woodley through a gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Sing Along with Miss Bobbie
Preschool children and their families are invited to join Miss Bobbie for a live, interactive music experience during which they'll dance, sing, laugh and have fun together. This program is made possible by PNC through a gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Shake, Rattle and Roll: Baby Music Class
Babies up to age 2 and an adult are invited for an interactive musical program with Bongo Boy Music Center. This program will include the use of musical instruments, action songs and movement, and will require the participation of the caregiver. Registration is required by calling your local branch. This program is made possible by PNC through a gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Preschool Art for Cool Cats: Workshop Inspired by Pete the Cat
Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 and an adult are invited for a groovy workshop presented by The Art Lab inspired by this favorite laid back feline. Children will listen to a story and create their own multi-media projects. Registration is required by calling your local branch. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

For more information on these and other free Library programs for children and families, call 275-4096.

 

Electing Our Future

Local citizens are invited to participate in discussing the future of Indianapolis during the series, "Electing Our Future," which continues through October at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Each program will feature a panel of civic representatives who will share their thoughts and lead attendees in offering input on various important issues.

Programs in the "Electing Our Future" series include:

How Does Indianapolis Work?
Monday, September 21 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Representatives from the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce will host this program that explores where the city is in the federal/state/local scheme of things. Discussion will include home rule/state authority and an outline of Mayor, City Council, and Municipal Corporations responsibilities. How does our governing structure/Unigov differ from that of other cities? How do we finance our city?

What Issues Does Indianapolis Face?
Tuesday, October 6 from 6 - 8 p.m.
The Center for Civic Literacy will lead this discussion on how the city deals with change. What do citizens need to know to make informed decisions on quality of life issues: environmental, public health, education, transportation, arts and culture, & civic life. How do we identify and allocate dwindling resources broadly defined to include civic, corporate and religious organizations and nonprofits, sources of expertise and civic energy. Why is low civic knowledge a barrier to a more robust civic life?

Indianapolis, 2020
Tuesday, October 20 from 6 - 8 p.m.
What do we want Indianapolis to look like 5, 10 or 15 years from now? If we want a city that is healthy, wealthy and wise, how do we get there? The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee will share insights from Indy 2020 project.

To learn more about these free Library programs, call 275-4099.

 

ISCR Program Series 2015

Individuals of all ages are invited to learn unique aspects of Indianapolis history during the Library's "ISCR Program Series 2015," to be held at Central Library in the Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room, 40 E St. Clair Street.

The ISCR, located on the sixth floor of Central Library, houses a vast repository of specialty items and historic artifacts from the city's past, including first edition copies of works from notable Hoosier authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Meredith Nicolson, Booth Tarkington and James Whitcomb Riley.

The public is invited to visit the room during regular Library hours.

The "ISCR Program Series 2015" features the following programs:

Railroads in Indianapolis
Sunday, September 20 at 2 p.m.
This look at local railroads will be presented by Francis Parker, a retired professor of Urban Planning at
Ball State University who actively works with the Indiana Transportation Museum and the Whitewater
Valley Railroad.

Power, Traction and Light: The Electrification of Indianapolis and Central Indiana, 1880 - 1920
Saturday, October 3 at 2 p.m.
Writer and historian Bill Beck of the Marion County Historical Society will address the electrification of this area and how it corresponded to the history of the nation's electric utilities and electric street railways.

Indianapolis Special Collections Room Open House
Saturday, October 17 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Take a peek at all the offerings behind the glass wall of the Indianapolis Room. Meet the team that cares
for the collection, learn about Ancestry.com and the Library's growing digital collections, and view the
ISCR's cookbook and menu collections.

Indianapolis Theaters
Saturday, November 21 at 2 p.m.
Presenter Eric Grayson, noted film historian and collector, will take a look at past and present Indianapolis theaters. This program is co-sponsored by the Marion County Historical Society.

Italians in Indianapolis
Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m.
Presenter will be James Divita, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History of Marian University and author of the books, Images of America and The Italians of Indianapolis: The Story of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

This program is co-sponsored by the Marion County Historical Society.

For more information about these free Library programs, call 275-4099.