Featured Events

Hot Jazz for Cool Kids

Children of all ages and families are invited to an outstanding series of family-friendly performances by Indy's leading jazz musicians during "Hot Jazz for Cool Kids," continuing through March at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The series is intended as a way to share jazz music with children that will be educational and fun for everyone.

The first performance in the series will feature Kenny Phelps and Friends on Sunday, January 11 at 3 p.m. Back by popular demand, jazz educator and drummer Kenny Phelps will guide the audience to that moment when they recognize the building blocks of jazz, including rhythm, melody and improv. This program will include interactive fun and a presentation of great music.

The series continues on Sunday, February 22 at 3 p.m. with a performance by DM Jazz 8. Eight is enough for this big band sound that will feature co-leaders trombonist Rich Dole and drummer Gene Markiewicz who will have children and adults alike swinging with this band of veteran jazz professionals.

The series wraps up on Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. with a performance by the Joel Tucker Band. Representing the next jazz generation, this young group carries on the Indianapolis legacy of jazz in a performance that will inspire future musicians.

"Hot Jazz for Cool Kids" is presented by the Learning Curve at Central Library in partnership with The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and the Indy Jazz Fest.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free series.


Meet the Artists XXVII and Gala Reception!

Ethereal Sister II - Tasha BeckwithOne of the city's most celebrated cultural events will return for its 27th annual engagement when the works of 18 locally prominent African-American artists will be on display during "Meet the Artists,"
January 28 - March 28 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Sponsored by the Library's African-American History Committee, the exhibit provides an avenue for African-American artists to showcase their works which represent a variety of artistic mediums created under this year's theme, "Art With Passion."

This year's participating artists include James Pate (techno-cubism abstraction), Lisa Green (water colors), Mike Graves (graffiti), Latoya Marlin (oils), Aaron Underwood (color markers), Rebecca Robinson (acrylics), Omar Rashan (digital), Tasha Beckwith (mixed media), Lobyn Hamilton (vinyl and vinyl sculpture), Dennis Green (metal sculpture), D. DelReverda-Jennings (mixed media sculpture), Rehema McNeil (jewelry design), Tracy Morris (jewelry design), DeAndra Edmond (leather handbags, earrings and unique belts), La Monica Moore (nail artist), Pamela Carter (crochet) and Amani Tre Niner (tattoo art).

A youth art exhibit created by students from the summer art camp at the East Thirty-Eighth Street Branch, under the direction of artist and "Meet the Artists" curator Tony Radford, also will be featured.

The public will have an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of cultural entertainment during a special Valentine's Day "Meet the Artists Gala Reception" on Saturday, February 14 from 5 - 10 p.m. at Central Library. This free event will feature a number of performances and presentations from the Urban Vibes African Drum Troupe; the Brian Reeves & Heart after God ministry gospel choir; spoken word artists VoCab Eyespeak, Tammy Burrus and Tony Styxx; and the Bullet Proof Band. The "Fashion Passion" Fashion Show will be coordinated by Alpha Blackburn.

In Between Purgatory - D. DelReverda-JenningsAlso, young people are invited to participate in workshops on storytelling, jewelry-making, crocheting and balloon sculpting taking place from 6 - 8:30 p.m. throughout Central Library.

A number of local authors also will be on hand to sell and sign copies of their books, including Sonny Bates (The Creole Affair); Dr. Stanley Warren (Crispus Attucks High School: Hail to the Green, Hail to the Gold); Faith McKinney (Schmingling); Cherlisa M. Richardson (Summer Rain); Rosemary Featherstone Turentine (Straight Talk "Unchained"); Theresa Washington (All I Got Left); and Jonathan Thompson (Together We Stand). The evening also will feature a special tribute to Indianapolis poet Mari Evans.

Participating artists also will appear at a First Friday event on Friday, March 6 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Central Library, during which the public can attend artist demonstrations and enjoy music and refreshments.

Meet the Artists XXVII is made possible by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

To learn more about the free "Meet the Artists" exhibit and Gala, call 275-4022 or visit www.indypl.org.


"We Love Our Libraries!" CEO Tour

We Love our LibrariesIndianapolis citizens are invited to meet with Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes during her "We Love Our Libraries" tour of all Indy Library locations from Tuesday, January 27 through Wednesday, March 4.

In addition to giving people a chance to express their views about Library service, a focus of this year's community meetings will be to gauge where individuals are on their personal digital journey. Questions include how digitally connected are Indianapolis residents, what activities would they like to learn more about, and how can the Library help in their experience. Results can assist the Library in determining which programs and services can be offered to help the community become more technologically savvy.

Joining CEO Nytes will be the Library's new Manager of Digitization, Meaghan Fukunaga, who will work to develop projects and community collaborations for the preservation and storage of items of local historic interest.

"We Love Our Libraries" tour dates include:

  • Tuesday, January 27 from 2 – 4 p.m. Warren Branch, 9701 E. 21s Street
  • Tuesday, January 27 from 6 – 8 p.m. Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue
  • Wednesday, February 4 from 6 – 8 p.m. East Thirty-Eighth Street Branch, 5420 E. 38th Street
  • Thursday, February 5 from 2 – 4 p.m. Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street
  • Friday, February 6 from 1 – 3 p.m. Southport Branch, 2630 E. Stop 11 Road
  • Monday, February 9 from 1 – 3 p.m. Decatur Branch, 5301 Kentucky Avenue
  • Wednesday, February 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. Irvington Branch, 5626 E. Washington Street
  • Thursday, February 12 from 1 – 3 p.m. Brightwood Branch, 2435 N. Sherman Drive
  • Thursday, February 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. Eagle Branch, 3325 Lowry Road
  • Monday, February 16 from 2 – 4 p.m. Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road
  • Tuesday, February 17 from 3 – 5 p.m. Haughville Branch, 2121 W. Michigan Street
  • Tuesday, February 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. Fountain Square Branch, 1066 Virginia Avenue
  • Wednesday, February 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. Franklin Road Branch, 5550 S. Franklin Road
  • Tuesday, February 24 from 2 – 4 p.m. Spades Park Branch, 1801 Nowland Avenue
  • Tuesday, February 24 from 6 – 8 p.m. Garfield Park Branch, 2502 Shelby Street
  • Wednesday, February 25 from 2 – 4 p.m. Wayne Branch, 198 S. Girls School Road
  • Wednesday, February 25 from 6 – 8 p.m. West Indianapolis Branch, 1216 S. Kappes Street
  • Thursday, February 26 from 4 – 6 p.m. Lawrence Branch, 7898 N. Hague Road
  • Monday, March 2 from 2 – 4 p.m. College Avenue Branch, 4180 N. College Avenue
  • Monday, March 2 from 6 – 8 p.m. East Washington Branch, 2822 E. Washington Street
  • Tuesday, March 3 from 2 – 4 p.m. Nora Branch, 8625 Guilford Avenue
  • Tuesday, March 3 from 6 – 8 p.m. Flanner House Branch, 2424 Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Blvd.
  • Wednesday, March 4 from 2 – 4 p.m. InfoZone at The Children's Museum, 3000 N. Meridian Street.

For more information on the "We Love Our Libraries" tour, call 275-4022 or visit www.indypl.org.


Library Job Centers Target Workforce Development

Throughout December, The Indianapolis Public Library is providing greater one-on-one assistance to chronically unemployed or underemployed individuals through the Job Centers at nine Library locations.

In partnership with EmployIndy, the non-profit workforce investment board for Marion County, as well as WorkOne, a local specialist in career counseling and programming, the Library's Job Centers provide technological training, specialized resources and educational opportunities for those seeking to enhance their employment skills. Each session focuses on job search strategies, interviewing skills, resume development, and instruction on basic computer skills.

Funding for the Job Centers is made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. In addition to Central Library (The TCU Foundation Job Center), Job Center sites are located at the Brightwood, College Avenue, Eagle, East Thirty-Eighth Street, Garfield Park, Pike, Southport and Warren branch locations.

No registration is required. Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library service.


eBook Tinker Stations

eBook Tinker StationContinuing through 2014, 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 available at several times and locations throughout the system.

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.