Holiday Closings
All Indianapolis Public Libraries will be closed on December 24 & 25 for the Christmas holiday. Additionally, the Flanner House Branch will be closed on December 26.
All libraries will close at 5 p.m. on December 31 and will remain closed on January 1, except the InfoZone, which will be open on January 1 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additionally, the Flanner House Branch will be closed on January 2.


Featured Events

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.

 

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 Gospel Choir; spoken word artists Ebonye Potter, 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 (Five Stones); 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.

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

Individuals throughout the community are invited to meet with Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes during her "We Love Our Libraries" tour through March 4 at all IndyPL locations.

The meetings will give citizens a chance to express their views about Library service. This year, a focus of the meetings will be to gauge where individuals are on their personal digital journey. Joining the Library CEO 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.

Participants also can learn about the Library's plans for expansion and renovation as called for in its recently-approved Strategic Plan. New Library buildings will provide better access to services in such large, unserved population areas as Perry Township, the City of Lawrence, the North Michigan Road and West 38th Street corridors, and the Glendale and Brightwood areas. Renovation to modernize service capabilities are planned at the East Washington, Lawrence, Southport, Wayne and Warren branches.

"We Love Our Libraries" tour dates and locations include:

  • January 27 - Warren Branch from 2 - 4 p.m. & Glendale Branch from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • February 4 - East Thirty-Eighth Street Branch from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • February 5 - Central Library from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • February 6 - Southport Branch from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • February 9 - Decatur Branch from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • February 11 - Irvington Branch from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • February 12 - Brightwood Branch from 1 - 3 p.m. & Eagle Branch from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • February 16 - Pike Branch from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • February 17 - Haughville Branch from 3 - 5 p.m. & Fountain Square Branch from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • February 18 - Franklin Road Branch from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • February 24 - Spades Park Branch from 2 - 4 p.m. & Garfield Park Park Branch from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • February 25 - Wayne Branch from 2 - 4 p.m. & West Indianapolis Branch from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • February 26 - Lawrence Branch from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • March 2 - College Avenue Branch from 2 - 4 p.m. & East Washington Branch from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • March 3 - Nora Branch from 2 - 4 p.m. & Flanner House Branch from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • March 4 - InfoZone at The Children's Museum from 2 - 4 p.m.

For more information about these free programs, call 275-4022.

 

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.