Featured Events

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.


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.