Labor Day Closing
All Indianapolis Public Library locations with be closed on Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day, except for the InfoZone which will be open each day from 10am - 5pm.


Featured Events

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, October 14 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Spades Park Branch, 1801 Nowland Avenue
Register by calling 275-4520

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.

 

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. 

 

Wild Times 3D Exhibit and Events

As part of the presentation of the exhibit, "Wild Times: 3D Printed Rocks," individuals of all ages are invited for a series of programs in October that explore new media, social engagement, and a 2,650 hike that explore wildness as a geographic ideal and a state of mind.

The centerpiece of the month's offerings is exhibit, "Wild Times: 3D Printed Rocks," in which Indianapolis TEDx speaker Susan Robb has transmitted digital files of rocks she encountered on her five-month journey on the Pacific Coast. 3D Parts Manufacturing created the rocks on 3D printers and has made them available for display in the Learning Curve at Central Library. Robb offers her body and work as a conduit between gallery and wilderness, public and trail, form and formless, and as a way to cultivate the wild terrain that resides in us all.

On Wednesday, October 8 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Learning Curve Arena, Indianapolis artist Lauren Kussro will present a program that explores the intersection of nature and art and shares how natural organic shapes inform her artwork. 3D Parts Manufacturing will demonstrate 3D printing of a rock design sent by artist Susan Robb.

On Saturday, October 11 from 2 - 3 p.m. in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium, musician Lauren Pelon presents an "Earth Tones Concert," a family-friendly performance that features songs from around the world as well as her original compositions that reflect our engagement with nature. Again, 3D Parts Manufacturing will demonstrate 3D printing of a rock design sent by artist Susan Robb.

The "Wild Times" series of programs is presented by Big Car and the Library.

Call 275-4099 for more information about these free Library programs.

 

Indy Author Evenings

In collaboration with the Indy Author Fair held on Saturday, October 25 at Central Library, individuals of all ages are invited to the series, "Indy Author Evenings," featuring Hoosier-connected authors discussing their works. This series will be held in the Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

"Indy Author Evenings" will feature the following programs:

Author Talk
Tuesday, October 14 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
This program will feature James Madison, Regional Author winner of the 2013 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. His lecture will highlight his new book, A New History of Indiana, which provides insight into Indiana's distinctive history by this Indiana University historian.

Author Round Table
Monday, October 20 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
This program will showcase author and NUVO contributing editor David Hoppe who will discuss his new book, Personal Indianapolis, a collection of articles about the city's sports, politics and culture; and author Douglas Wissing who will discuss his book Crown Hill: History, Spirit, Sanctuary, a sweeping overview of Crown Hill Cemetery.

Author Readings
Wednesday, October 22 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
A group of former winners of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award will read from their works. Participating authors include Michael Martone (2013 National Author winner), Barb Shoup (2012 Regional Author winner), Ray Boomhower (2010 Regional Author winner) and Greg Schwipps (2013 Emerging Author winner).

Book sales and signing will follow each program.

Call 275-4099 for more information about these free Library programs.

 

Indy Author Fair @ Central Library!

Aspiring writers and book lovers of all ages are invited to celebrate Indiana's rich literary tradition with a variety of free workshops and author events at the "Indy Author Fair" on Saturday, October 26 from 10:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

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

The "Indy Author Fair" will include the following programs:

Overview of Publishing: Have Yourself a Fling with Writing or Make It a Lifelong Career
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Clowes Auditorium
Those who wish to better understand the writing industry or are considering writing as a career are invited to this program presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features the senior editor at Hawthorne Publishing, Nancy Baxter. No registration is required.

Meet the Authors
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Clowes Auditorium
Sit down with the winners and finalists of the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award as they discuss their writing and connections to Indiana. Featured will be National Author winner Michael Shelden; Regional Author winner Norbert Krapf; and Emerging Author finalists Jessica Brockmole, Clifford Garstang and Kelsey Timmerman. Book sales and signings will follow. No registration is required.

Meet Hoosier Authors
12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Simon Reading Room
Network with more than 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors who represent a wide variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will follow. For participating authors, go to www.indianaauthorsaward.org.

Calling All Young Authors!
12 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Learning Curve Arena
Children ages 8 and up are invited to a special writing workshop presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features picture book author Rebecca Kai Dotlich and young adult novelist Barbara Shoup. No registration is required.

Get Started!
1:30 - 2:45 p.m. or 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Knall Meeting Room
Those who have been thinking for a long time about writing are invited to learn how to connect with other writers in the local area. This workshop offers writing exercises and lively conversation about writing and the writing life that's guaranteed to jump start the process of becoming a writer. This is presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features author Kip Robisch, program manager for the Indiana Writers Center. Call 275-4119 to register.

Writing and Publishing for Children
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Clowes Auditorium
Receive an overview of writing and publishing for young people, from picture books through young adult works. Learn practical advice about making time for writing, how to evaluate materials, how to submit manuscripts, and where to go for information about current books, publishers and organizations for children's book writers. This is presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features children's and young adult authors John David Anderson, Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Barbara Shoup. Call 275-4119 to register.

Writing and Publishing Nonfiction Books
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Goodrich-Houk Meeting Room
Receive an overview on overview on how to publish a nonfiction book, including tips on how to organize material, write a book proposal, and find the right publisher for your book. This is presented by The Indiana Writers Center and features senior editor at Hawthorne Publishing Nancy Baxter and nonfiction author Douglas Wissing. Call 275-4119 to register.

Blogging for Writers
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Learning Curve Arena
Learn how blogs are an effective and important tool for writers during this program presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring writer Sarah Layden. Call 275-4119 to register.

Writing and Marketing Genre Fiction
3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Clowes Auditorium
Learn how to break into the markets of speculative fiction (science fiction, horror & fantasy), Westerns or mysteries. Learn how to write a query letter, synopsis and pitch to give your book the best chance for publication. This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features authors Maurice Broaddus, Tony Perona and Larry Sweazy. Call 275-4119 to register.

Writing and Publishing Humor
3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Goodrich-Houk Meeting Room
Learn the formula for writing humor, along with techniques professionals use for "writing funny" and finding a market for the kind of humor they write. This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features newspaper humor columnist and humor playwright Erik Deckers. Call 275-4119 to register.

Writing About Your Life
3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Learning Curve Arena
Learn to find your voice to tell your own stories and the strategies for getting them down on the page. This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features the Center's Education Outreach Director, Lyn Jones. Call 275-4119 to register.

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