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Teen Read Week Events @ the Library

As part of the Library's celebration of Teen Read Week, teens are invited to a number of fun and educational programs at various Indy Library locations that can introduce them to the Library and engage them with its resources.

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week in October as a way to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

Teen Read Week activities scheduled locally include:

Create Your Own Duct Tape Sketch Book
Teens can create a place to sketch and dream by designing a handmade sketch book with a duct tape cover during this 90-minute workshop presented by Art With a Heart. Registration is required.

Paper Bowls
Teens are invited to turn everyday items into the functional by using candy wrappers to create a bowl. This bowl project is similar to what is found in fantasy fiction when objects are used in different ways than their typical or intended purpose. This 90-minute workshop is presented by Art With a Heart. Registration is required.

Google Glass
Teens can participate in a demonstration of this exciting new technology in a two-hour hands-on makerspace session featuring Google Glass. No registration is required.

Gourmet Girlfriends Fantasy Treats Workshop
Teens can begin with an ice breaker that focuses on Divergent, put together a trail mix in honor of "The Hunger Games" and end by divulging a little Harry Potter sorcery with an edible potion. Registration is required.

Contact your local branch for dates, times and registration for these free Library programs.


Read Local Author Series

Individuals of all ages are invited to meet leading local authors who will discuss their works during the "Read Local Author Series" at the Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street.

This year's series of programs includes:

October 28 at 6:30 p.m. - Jonathan Eller

Jonathan Eller, Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI, will discuss his latest book, Ray Bradbury Unbound, which continues the story begun in Eller's acclaimed Becoming Ray Bradbury. It follows the author's evolution from a short story master to a multi-media creative force and outspoken visionary. Ray Bradbury Unbound provides the definitive portrait of how a legendary American author shaped his times.

November 4 at 6:30 p.m. - Dan Wakefield

Award-winning novelist Dan Wakefield will discuss a collection of speeches given by fellow author and friend Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., If This Isn't Nice, What Is? Advice for the Young. Introduced by Wakefield, the book captures a unique side of Vonnegut as shown in seven college commencement speeches, one given to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, and one on the occasion of Vonnegut receiving the Carl Sandburg Award.

November 18 at 6:30 p.m. - Robert L. Snow and Forrest Bowman, Jr.

Retired Indianapolis Police Department Captain Robert L. Snow will discuss his book, Killers in the Family: Inside a Real Family of Criminals Bound by Blood, chronicling the murder-ridden year of 2008 and the Reese family whose dark family secrets mirrored their life of crime. Also, Forrest Bowman, Jr. will discuss his new book, Sylvia, the chilling story of torture and suffering of Sylvia Likens in 1968 by her parents and caregiver.

November 25 at 6:30 p.m. - David Hoppe

NUVO news magazine columnist David Hoppe will discuss his book, Personal Indianapolis: Thirteen Years of Observing, Exhorting and Satirizing the Hoosier Capital. The book is a collection of his columns that focus on such topics as mass transit, the emphasis on sports, trendiness, and posturing politicians.

Call 275-4450 for more information about these free Library programs.


Spirit & Place '14: One Million Journeys, One Destination

Spirit and place festival 2014 logoAs part of the community wide 2014 Spirit & Place Festival, individuals of all ages are invited to the opening reception for the Central Library exhibit, "One Million Journeys, One Destination: A Community Exhibition," on Wednesday, November 12 beginning at 6 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The exhibit, which continues through January 7, 2015, highlights the journeys of the diverse families that have settled in Indianapolis. Family stories and photos from immigrants, refugees, and those who were a part of the great migration of African-Americans from the South are included. This project is presented in partnership with the Immigrant Welcome Center and the Indiana State Museum.

The reception will feature a keynote address by M. Teresa Baer, managing editor of family history publications at the Indiana Historical Society and author of Indianapolis: City of Immigrants, which tells the story of those from around the world who have chosen to make Indiana's capital their home. Attendees will receive a free copy of the book, while supplies last.

Scheduled for November 7 - 16, the 19th annual Spirit & Place Festival, a project of The Polis Center at IUPUI, is an extensive civic celebration that engages more than 19,000 people throughout Central Indiana in dozens of programs presented by more than 100 organizations. Programs presented this year under the theme, "Journey," are intended to explore the dynamic passages of peoples, places and ideas.

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


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.