Featured Events

eBook Tinker Stations

eBook Tinker StationContinuing through January 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. 

 

Summer Workshops for Children

To accompany The Indianapolis Public Library's 2014 Summer Reading Program, school-age children
are invited to a wide variety of fun and educational workshops throughout the summer at all Library locations.
The Library also offers a number of free family programs to keep them engaged and entertained.

This summer's series of workshops and family events include:

Many Cultures, Many Instruments
Children of all ages and families are invited to enjoy a musical walk around the globe. Yurtfolk will play a collection of uncommon and unusual instruments that tell a story about different cultures.
Registration is recommended. Limit 35 children per session.

Graffiti-Inspired Word Art Workshop
Children ages 8 and up are invited to discover how perspective drawing and painting changed art forever. They'll use one-point perspective to make words and names pop off the page. To create a bold statement,they'll finish the work using color fill techniques inspired by the best graffiti artists.
Registration is required. Limit 20 children per session.

Paper Bead Jewelry Workshop
Children ages 7 and up are invited to learn the worldwide art of using paper to make jewelry during this workshop presented by Art With a Heart.
Registration is required. Limit 25 children per session.

Duct Tape Tote Bag Workshop
Children ages 8 and up are invited to create a tote bag for all their travels out of duct tape during this workshop presented by Art With a Heart. Younger children will need assistance.
Registration is required. Limit 15 children per session.

Indiana Pacers Summer Reading Tour
Children of all ages are invited to take a reading time out with community helpers and leaders and read like a pro during this storytime. Afterwards, those attending can spin the "wheel of prizes."
No registration required.

Critter Chats
Children of all ages and families are invited to meet animals face-to-face and spend time getting to know about them during this presentation by Animalia.
No registration required.

Critter Shows
Children of all ages and families are invited for an engaging show presented by Animalia that introduces them to up to five different animals.
No registration required.

Summer Family Concerts
Children of all ages and families are invited to jam in any language this summer! Three different bands will play throughout the Library system, and kids will have a chance to help out with the music during these 45-minute performances. Performing bands include the Jump Starters Trio (Cajun & New Orleans jazz), The Tides Trio (Caribbean/island music), and the Heartfelt Trio (American jazz & pop).

Mobile Lab
Children ages 10 and up are invited to use iPads to explore and investigate the digital realm.
Registration is required. Limit 12 children per session.

Furry Tails With a Twist
Families with children ages 2 - 11 are invited as Minnetrista Theatre Preserves will bring theater to life. They'll enjoy the production of "Furry Tails With a Twist," a play by Jennifer Hickock DeFratis, featuring off-beat characters and puppets. Those attending will help deconstruct and reconstruct three beloved fairy tales.
Registration is recommended.

Summer Library Concert!
Monday, June 23 at 6 p.m.
Central Library, Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair St.
Those of all ages are invited to a special summer concert at the Library with Wizard Rock & Nerd Rock, a jam session featuring Kirstyn Hippe, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Tonks & the Aurors.
Free and open to the public.

For more information about summer activities for children and families, call 275-4099 or visit www.indypl.org.

 

Summer Showtime @ the Library

It's free movie madness during the summer at The Indianapolis Public Library. All Library locations will present a complete lineup of Hollywood blockbusters for children and families during the "Summer Showtime" film series.

This year's film lineup features:

Cloudy With a Chance for Meatballs 2 (PG) 94 minutes

Despicable Me 2 (PG) 92 minutes

Frozen (PG) 108 minutes

Jungle Book (G) 78 minutes

The Lego Movie (PG) 101 minutes

Monsters University (G) 104 minutes

Pirate Fairy (not rated)

Planes (PG) 92 minutes

The Smurfs 2 (PG) 105 minutes

Catching Fire (PG-13) 146 minutes

Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13) 125 minutes

All films are free. However, some branches require free tickets to be picked up prior to each
movie showing. Day care centers, summer camps and other groups are encouraged to contact their local
branch in advance for special arrangements to attend.

For a complete schedule of "Summer Showtime" films, visit www.indypl.org.

 

2014 Hometown Roots Concert Series

Individuals of all ages are invited to a series of performances inspired by American musical traditions when the Library's "2014 Hometown Roots Concert Series" continues at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The series kicks off on Sunday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m. when the Gordon Bonham Blues Band and former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf team up for a performance entitled, "Poetry in the Key of Blues." They will pool their talents to troll the depths of the common origins of song and poem with a blues base. Subjects to be celebrated include Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, African-American poet Etheridge Knight, and Yank Rachell, in whose band Bonham played.

The next program will be held on Sunday, June 1 at 2:30 p.m. and feature a performance of dance, music and theater by the hybrid arts ensemble, The Fourth Wall. Stretching the boundaries of instrumental music, The Fourth Wall commissions new, interdisciplinary works and reimagines established repertoire. The musicians act and dance while they play.

The series continues on Sunday, August 3 at 2:30 p.m. featuring three local songwriters who will share their original material. Myah Evans is a self-taught musician who has devoted herself to creating emotionally charged lyrics and melodies. Cara Jean Marcy, who will be joined by cellist Grover Parido, presents a unique style of songwriting that reveals a balancing act of personal experience and inevitable human truth. Luke Austin

Daugherty believes in collaboration and improvisation while playing acoustic and electric guitars with
harmonica and live loops. The diversity among these talented performers in the songwriter genre will make
for a great afternoon of original music.

A returning crowd favorite will be featured on Sunday, September 21 at 2:30 p.m. when the high energy percussion ensemble CLANG! performs. Consisting of percussionists Michael Beck, Tom Berich and Joe McConnell, CLANG! will exhibit such instruments as Steel Pan drums, Cajon drums, Djembe drums, talking drums and more unusual percussion instruments from around the world. With an energy that makes your body shake in rhythm and a penchant for interacting and taking a wacky direction on homemade and exotic percussion instruments, CLANG! will improvise on whatever they have at hand to set your feet a tappin' and make you smile!

This series is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
For more information about this free Library series, call 275-4099 or visit www.indypl.org.

 

Terra Cotta Warrior File & Discussion

Terra Cotta WarriorIndividuals of all ages are invited for a screening of the PBS documentary, "Secrets of the Dead," and discuss the mystery surrounding China's 2,000-year-old Terra Cotta Warriors on Tuesday, June 17 at 6 p.m. at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The film explores the discovery of the 8,000 lavishly-produced, life-size clay sculptures. Following the film, local experts will lead the discussion chronicling the history and detailed description of the warriors.

This program is presented in coordination with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, which is featuring the only U.S. appearance in 2014 of the Terra Cotta Warriors through November.

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