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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.

 

Adult Summer Reading Program @ the Library!

It's not only children who get to have all the summer fun at The Indianapolis Public Library. Adults can read from a list of selected books and participate in a variety of cultural activities during the "Adult Summer Reading Program" continuing through August.

Following the music-related theme of this summer's children's reading program, the adult program features twelve works of fiction and non-fiction by popular authors that can be discussed at various IndyPL and community locations. No registration is required to check out books and attend special programs to celebrate summer reading.

This year's selected titles include:

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks

Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok

Words Without Music by Philip Glass

The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

Girl in a Band: A Memoir by Kim Gordon

Violins of Hope by James A. Grymes

Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones

Return to Oakpine by Ron Carlson

Book discussion programs, led by experts from the Indiana Writers Center, will be presented through August. Cultural activities associated with summer reading that include a Royal garden tea party, musical concerts, documentary film showing, yoga sessions another other events will continue through September.

Call 275-4099 for more information or visit www.indypl.org about these free Library programs.

 

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:

Garden Tea Party
Sunday, June 14 from 2 - 3 p.m.

This program, "Understanding the Health Benefits of Tea 101," will be presented by Tina's Traditional Old English Kitchen. Attendees will learn about real tea and herb and spice blends that can improve health and wellness. Enjoy free samples of various flavors of hot tea. Registration is required by calling 275-4099.

Sunset Yoga in the Garden
Monday, June 22 from 7 - 8 p.m.
Monday, July 20 from 7 - 8 p.m.
Monday, August 24 from 7 - 8 p.m.
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.

Queen's Garden Tea Party
Saturday, July 11 from 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn more about the evolution of the Royal tea parties that are still held every summer at Buckingham Palace. Garden parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s, when Queen Victoria instituted what were known as 'breakfasts.' In the 1950s, the number of garden parties held at Buckingham Palace was increased from two to three a year. They took the place of presentation parties attended by debutantes but have evolved into a way of rewarding and recognizing public service and are attended by people from all walks of life. This program is presented by Tina's Traditional Old English Kitchen as part of the Library's Summer Garden Series. Free samples of various flavors of hot tea will be available. Registration is required by calling 275-4099.

Game Night in the Garden
Tuesday, August 4 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Families and individuals of all ages are invited for an evening of board games and a corn hole tournament hosted by the Indiana Historical Society.

Field Day
Sunday, August 23 from 2 - 4 p.m.

This family-friendly extravaganza will feature a performance by the Rope Warrior, as well as face painting and other fun activities

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.

 

2015 Hometown Roots Concert Series

A series inspired by American musical traditions continues throughout October with four special performances as part of The Indianapolis Public Library's Hometown Roots Concert Series in the Clowes Auditorium at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

2015 Hometown Roots - the Oliver Nelson Jazz QuartetThe first program in the series will feature a performance by the Oliver Nelson Jazz Quartet on Sunday, June 28 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Oliver Nelson, Jr. is a jazz and classical flutist. A fourth generation musician and the son of an internationally acclaimed composer, arranger and jazz saxophonist, Nelson upholds the family tradition of excellence in the highly competitive field of modern jazz.

Two programs will be featured in August, beginning with a performance of "interpretive rock jazz blues" by 3:1 Three to One with special guest keyboardist Kevin Anker on Sunday, August 9 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Musicians Joe O'Connell, Tom Kiefaber and Tim Fuller create a unique blend of various genres that has generated a loyal local following. Acoustic or electric, from Al Green to Warren Zevon, the band is heavily steeped in the music of classic rock groups as well as from individual artists such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and others. Audience members will hear familiar music played in innovative ways as well as new material.

The series continues with a performance by the Impressaria Winds, a group of top level female freelance musicians residing in Indianapolis, on Sunday, August 30 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Each member of this woodwind group maintains an active career as performers and teachers and holds contracted positions with regional orchestras in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, performing frequently with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.

Looking ahead to October, the final performance in the series will be held on Sunday, October 11 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. and feature Moor and the Northmen, the Conscious Roots, Rock and Reggae California style band that promotes realistic human relations in North America. Members include "Trinidad" Keith on bass, "SEAriyn" Teen on guitar, Kawanzaa Pops on drums, "young lion" Aaron on the mic, "Dr. Gee" Gavrill on guitar, "little Lue" Luqman on horn, and "Jassy I." Ijazz on the iPad.

The Library's Hometown Roots Concert Series is made possible by BMO Harris Bank and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

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