Thanksgiving Closing
All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 and will be closed on Thursday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Featured Events

Read Local Author Series

Individuals of all ages are invited to meet leading local authors who will discuss their works during the "Read Local Author Series" at the Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street.

This year's series of programs includes:

October 28 at 6:30 p.m. - Jonathan Eller

Jonathan Eller, Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI, will discuss his latest book, Ray Bradbury Unbound, which continues the story begun in Eller's acclaimed Becoming Ray Bradbury. It follows the author's evolution from a short story master to a multi-media creative force and outspoken visionary. Ray Bradbury Unbound provides the definitive portrait of how a legendary American author shaped his times.

November 4 at 6:30 p.m. - Dan Wakefield

Award-winning novelist Dan Wakefield will discuss a collection of speeches given by fellow author and friend Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., If This Isn't Nice, What Is? Advice for the Young. Introduced by Wakefield, the book captures a unique side of Vonnegut as shown in seven college commencement speeches, one given to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, and one on the occasion of Vonnegut receiving the Carl Sandburg Award.

November 18 at 6:30 p.m. - Robert L. Snow and Forrest Bowman, Jr.

Retired Indianapolis Police Department Captain Robert L. Snow will discuss his book, Killers in the Family: Inside a Real Family of Criminals Bound by Blood, chronicling the murder-ridden year of 2008 and the Reese family whose dark family secrets mirrored their life of crime. Also, Forrest Bowman, Jr. will discuss his new book, Sylvia, the chilling story of torture and suffering of Sylvia Likens in 1968 by her parents and caregiver.

November 25 at 6:30 p.m. - David Hoppe

NUVO news magazine columnist David Hoppe will discuss his book, Personal Indianapolis: Thirteen Years of Observing, Exhorting and Satirizing the Hoosier Capital. The book is a collection of his columns that focus on such topics as mass transit, the emphasis on sports, trendiness, and posturing politicians.

Call 275-4450 for more information about these free Library programs.


Spirit & Place '14: One Million Journeys, One Destination

Spirit and place festival 2014 logoAs part of the community wide 2014 Spirit & Place Festival, individuals of all ages are invited to the opening reception for the Central Library exhibit, "One Million Journeys, One Destination: A Community Exhibition," on Wednesday, November 12 beginning at 6 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The exhibit, which continues through January 7, 2015, highlights the journeys of the diverse families that have settled in Indianapolis. Family stories and photos from immigrants, refugees, and those who were a part of the great migration of African-Americans from the South are included. This project is presented in partnership with the Immigrant Welcome Center and the Indiana State Museum.

The reception will feature a keynote address by M. Teresa Baer, managing editor of family history publications at the Indiana Historical Society and author of Indianapolis: City of Immigrants, which tells the story of those from around the world who have chosen to make Indiana's capital their home. Attendees will receive a free copy of the book, while supplies last.

Scheduled for November 7 - 16, the 19th annual Spirit & Place Festival, a project of The Polis Center at IUPUI, is an extensive civic celebration that engages more than 19,000 people throughout Central Indiana in dozens of programs presented by more than 100 organizations. Programs presented this year under the theme, "Journey," are intended to explore the dynamic passages of peoples, places and ideas.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.


Fall Writing Workshops @ the Library!

Aspiring writers are invited to a series of workshops in November that can help them get started and learn about popular genres. The "Fall Writing Workshops" will be presented by the Indiana Writers Center at various IndyPL locations.

The November lineup of workshops includes:

Introduction to Writing Murder

So you want to write a mystery? Not sure where to start? Or maybe you've started, but don't know how to proceed. In this introduction to writing crime fiction, we'll explore some of the basic tools for constructing a mystery novel: the genre expectations and boundaries, setting, characters, suspense, opening scenes, plot and pacing. Attendees should come ready to do a bit of writing, too!

Speculative Fiction

We may know speculative fiction when we see it, even if we're unfamiliar with all of the insider jargon used to describe its many subgenres, such as Horror, Fantasy (high, urban, historical), and Science Fiction (hard, cyberpunk, steampunk). Speculative fiction is the genre of possibility. This class will clarify what speculative fiction is, along with world-building and exploring the marketplace.

Get Started

This class is for those who have been thinking about writing for a long time and wondering how to connect with other writers in the Indianapolis area. There will be writing exercises and lively conversation about writing and the writing life that's guaranteed to jump-start the process of becoming the writer you want to be.

Contact your local branch for dates and times of these free Library programs.


Property Management Made Simple

Learn about the trials and tribulations of dealing with evictions, small claims, problem tenants and routine property management and maintenance when authors Sheamus Clarke and Scott Stellhorn present the program, "Property Management Made Simple," throughout December at various Indy Library locations.

The authors' recently-released book, 80/20 Landlording, is a must-have for any rental owner or property manager with information gained from more than 45 years of combined landlord experience between the two authors. The book's title is rooted in the so-called Pareto principle, which states that in most cases roughly 80 percent of a landlord's headaches will be caused by about 20 percent of the tenants. It also relates to the authors' premise that 20 percent of a landlord's most important efforts produce 80 percent of the results.

"Property Management Made Simple" will be presented at the following times and locations:

Sunday, November 23 at 1 p.m.
Nora Branch, 8625 Guilford Avenue

Monday, December 1 at 6 p.m.
Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street

Wednesday, December 3 at 6 p.m.
East Thirty-Eighth Street Branch, 5420 E. 38th Street

Saturday, December 6 at 10:30 a.m.
Pike Branch 6525 Zionsville Road

Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m.
Wayne Branch, 198 S. Girls School Road

Monday, December 8 at 6 p.m.
Eagle Branch, 3325 Lowry Road

Saturday, December 13 at 1 p.m.
Glendale Branch 6101 N. Keystone Avenue

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.


Holiday Classical Concerts

holiday bellsIndividuals of all ages are invited to celebrate the holidays during the "Holiday Classical Concerts" series in December at various Indianapolis Public Library locations. These concerts will feature chamber ensemble music performances of favorite holiday classics and carols by members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The "Holiday Classical Concerts" will be presented at the following times
and locations:

Monday, December 8 at 6 p.m.
Central Library (Clowes Auditorium), 40 E. St. Clair Street

Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street

Wednesday, December 10 at 2 p.m.
Nora Branch, 8625 Guilford Avenue

Monday, December 15 at 12 noon
Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road

Tuesday, December 16 at 4 p.m.
Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue

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