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Featured Events

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. 

 

Indy Author Fair @ Central Library!

Aspiring writers and book lovers of all ages are invited to sharpen their writing skills, learn about the publishing business and interact with leading Hoosier authors during the "Indy Author Fair" on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The day's activities precede the evening's seventh annual Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Dinner at Central Library when this year's winning authors who have contributed to the literary landscape of Indiana and the nation will be honored. The Award is a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Programs as part of the "Indy Author Fair" include:

Mari Evans Celebration
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Clowes Auditorium
To open the "Indy Author Fair," the entire community is invited to share in this special tribute as friends from Mari Evans' professional and personal life will gather to share stories and offer brief readings to honor the celebrated Indianapolis poet.

Teen Poetry Workshop
10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Learning Curve Arena
Teens who aspire to become the next Mari Evans are invited to find their unique writing voice during this special workshop geared just for them.

Meet the IAA Winners
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Clowes Auditorium
This engaging panel discussion will feature the winners and finalists of the 2015 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authorws Award who will discuss their writing and connections to Indiana. Panelists include National Author winner Marianne Boruch, Regional Author winner Adrian Matejka, and Emerging Author finalists Laura Bates, Skila Brown and Clifford Garstang.

Meet Hoosier Authors
12 noon - 2 p.m.
Simon Reading Room
Bibliophiles of all ages have an opportunity to network with up to 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors who represent a variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will be available.
For a complete list of participating authors, visit www.indianaauthorsaward.org.

Slam Poetry Workshop
12 noon - 1 p.m.
Learning Curve Arena
Children and teens are invited to learn about creating and performing slam poetry. Since its birth in 1985 in Chicago, slam poetry has become one of the most powerful ways to share our stories and opinions.
This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center featuring Kelsey Johnson.

Writing and Publishing Nonfiction Books
1:30 - 3 p.m.
Clowes Auditorium
Adults and teens are invited for an overview of how to publish a nonfiction book, including tips on how to organize material, write a book proposal and find the right publisher for the book you want to write.
This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center featuring Nancy Baxter.

How to Lead an Effective Book Club Discussion
1:30 - 3 p.m.
Goodrich-Houk Meeting Room
Adults and teens are invited to learn how a discussion leader can facilitate a lively book discussion.
This session will offer tips on how to lead a discussion that expands understanding and encourages revelation. This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center featuring Shari Wagner.

Get Started!
1:30 - 3 p.m.
& 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Knall Meeting Room
Adults and teens who have been thinking about writing for a long time are invited to learn how to connect with other writers in the Indianapolis area. This workshop will offer 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. This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center featuring Kip Robisch.

Writing About Your Life
1:30 - 3 p.m.
& 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Learning Curve Arena
Adults and teens are invited to learn how stories can define and validate us and bring insight and resolution in the storytelling. This session will help attendees find the voice to tell their own stories and provide strategies for getting them down on the page. This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center featuring Lyn Jones.

Blogging for Writers
3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Goodrich-Houk Meeting Room
Adults and teens who want to share stories or connect with like-minded people are invited to learn how blogging can offer a public writing outlet for just about anyone. This session will focus on the first steps of starting and maintaining a blog and give attendees a chance to practice writing for a particular audience.
This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center featuring Erik Deckers.

So You Want to Write a Novel?
3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Clowes Auditorium
Adults and teens are invited to learn where ideas from novels come from, how novels are made and how they get published. This session will offer practical tips for those who want to want to write a novel, have one in progress or have a finished one they don't know what to do with. This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center featuring Angela Jackson-Brown.

All programs during the "Indy Author Fair" are presented by the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award and The Indianapolis Public Library. To learn more, visit www.indianauthorsaward.org.

 

Teen Read Week 2015

Teens are invited to participate in local activities surrounding Teen Read Week, a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Assocation to encourage them to become readers and regular library users. This year's theme is "Get Away @ your library."

Programs scheduled in October and November at The Indianapolis Public Library include:

Vlog Like a YA Pro!
Saturday, October 3 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Central Library, Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street
Teens are invited to learn from local young adult authors to vlog, blog and post on social media in order to get their names out. This panel discussion will be led by the Indiana Writers Center.

Paper Towns Book Discussion
Various Library and community locations (call your local branch for details)
Teens are invited to read Paper Towns by Indianapolis author John Green and discuss the book with their peers. They also can write a tweet review at #WheresMargo. The top five reviews will win a gift card.

Paper Towns: Rounding Off the Edges
Tuesday, November 17 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Central Library, Learning Curve, 40 E. St. Clair Street
Teens are invited for this writing workshop led by Butler Bridge MFA student Bailey Merllin.
They'll learn to create well-rounded characters in their stories by examining the characters from Paper Towns by John Green and comparing them to some of their other favorites.

3Doodler Art Session
Various Library locations (call your local branch for details)
Teens are invited to sketch in 3D during this drop-in workshop featuring the 3D printing pen that can draw in the air (2-hour program).

Community locations hosting Teen Read Week activities include Hubbard and Cravens (4930 E. Pennsylvania Street), Ivy Tech Library (50 W. Fall Creek Parkway) and the Cologne, Germany Sister City office (401 E. Michigan Street).

For more information about these free Library programs, call 275-4099.

 

Electing Our Future

Local citizens are invited to participate in discussing the future of Indianapolis during the series, "Electing Our Future," which continues through October at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Each program will feature a panel of civic representatives who will share their thoughts and lead attendees in offering input on various important issues.

Programs in the "Electing Our Future" series include:

How Does Indianapolis Work?
Monday, September 21 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Representatives from the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce will host this program that explores where the city is in the federal/state/local scheme of things. Discussion will include home rule/state authority and an outline of Mayor, City Council, and Municipal Corporations responsibilities. How does our governing structure/Unigov differ from that of other cities? How do we finance our city?

What Issues Does Indianapolis Face?
Tuesday, October 6 from 6 - 8 p.m.
The Center for Civic Literacy will lead this discussion on how the city deals with change. What do citizens need to know to make informed decisions on quality of life issues: environmental, public health, education, transportation, arts and culture, & civic life. How do we identify and allocate dwindling resources broadly defined to include civic, corporate and religious organizations and nonprofits, sources of expertise and civic energy. Why is low civic knowledge a barrier to a more robust civic life?

Indianapolis, 2020
Tuesday, October 20 from 6 - 8 p.m.
What do we want Indianapolis to look like 5, 10 or 15 years from now? If we want a city that is healthy, wealthy and wise, how do we get there? The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee will share insights from Indy 2020 project.

To learn more about these free Library programs, call 275-4099.