Staff In-Service Day
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed on Tuesday, November 11 for the annual Staff In-Service Day.

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.


An Evening With Narrator & Actress Barbara Rosenblat

barbara rosenblatIndividuals of all ages are invited to meet Barbara Rosenblat, one of the country's most beloved and sought-after narrators of audiobooks, who will discuss her career on Monday, November 10 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Rosenblat's extraordinary range of accents and abilities has earned her eight coveted Audie Awards, the audiobook industry's equivalent of an Oscar, more than any other single narrator. As an actress, Rosenblat has performed on Broadway, voiced commercials and documentaries, and appeared in such television programs as "Law and Order SVU," "Guiding Light," and in the Netflix original series, "Orange Is the New Black," in which she plays the role of Miss Rosa. On Broadway, Rosenblat created the role of Mrs. Medlock in the Tony Award winning musical, "The Secret Garden." Billboard Magazine has said that Rosenblat is spoken of with the same reverence and affection that the music industry reserves for Frank Sinatra and the Beatles.

Following her presentation, Rosenblat will be available for autographing. This program is presented by the Library and Recorded Books.

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


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 Fest 2014 & Slammin' Rhymes Challenge IX!

Families and individuals of all ages are invited for an afternoon of inspiration and cultural entertainment during Fall Fest 2014, sponsored by the Library's African-American History Committee, on Saturday, November 15 from 12 noon - 4 p.m. at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Highlighting the afternoon will be a lecture (at 2:10 p.m.) by Tamika Catchings, former WNBA MVP with the Indiana Fever and author of Dreams Are for Catching: Discovering the Star in You, the Inspiring Story of Tamika Catchings. In addition to being a 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Catchings has spearheaded the Catch the Stars Foundation, which empowers youth to achieve their dreams through literacy, fitness and mentoring. Catchings' message will inspire others through this year's Fall Fest theme, "Raising the Bar: I Am Connected, Unique and Powerful." Catchings will sign copies of her book at 3:30 p.m.

In addition, an awards ceremony and poetry performance will feature winners of the teen Slammin' Rhymes Poetry Challenge IX (2:55 p.m.). (Entry deadline for Marion County students in grades 9 - 12 is October 27. ) Catchings will assist with the awarding of winners of the Slammin' Rhymes Challenge.

The event also will feature performances by the Sankofa Fare Institute African dance and drum ensemble (12:10 p.m.); R&B, jazz and blues musician Goldie Johnson (12:35 p.m.), the Deckademic DJ School (1 p.m.), the Top Flight All Stars of Indiana elite cheerleading team (1:25 p.m.); and poet and spoken word artist Manon "Voice" Bullock (1:55 p.m.).

This program, to be held in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium, is made possible by the Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation; The Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund; The Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund; and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

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.