Featured Events

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.


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. 


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.


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.


The Fatherhood Forums

Adults are invited as a panel of experts from the Indiana Healthy Marriage and Family Coalition Inc.'s network of partnerships gathers to help enlighten, inform and empower families to tackle the challenges of responsible fatherhood and manhood during the series entitled "The Fatherhood Forums" throughout the year various Indianapolis Public Library locations. The lineup of programs in this series includes:

Family Law
Tuesday, December 9 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Decatur Branch, 5301 Kentucky Avenue
Register by calling 275-4330

This free series is sponsored by the Indiana Healthy Marriage and Family Coalition Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.