Staff In-Service Day
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed on Tuesday, November 11 for the annual Staff In-Service Day.


Central Library’s 5th Anniversary Celebration!

The entire community is invited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the beautifully transformed Central Library with a variety of free activities for all ages on Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 from 12 noon - 5 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The 293,000-square-foot, technology-rich facility combines the original 1917 limestone Cret Building with the new six-story glass-framed tower that has received laurels for its architecture as well as service model. Over 4.3 million patrons have visited Central Library since it reopened on December 9, 2007.

Festivities begin on Saturday, December 8 with a scavenger hunt from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The hunt will move people about the building with families and groups receiving a tote bag and individuals a smaller prize when finished. Mystery tours of the secret side of Central Library will be conducted at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and include the legendary ghost of Central Library and a glimpse of the secret spiral staircase! Featured at 12 noon in the Learning Curve will be voice artist Lord of the Yum Yum. Using his voice and tape loops, Yum Yum records himself singing, beatboxing and making vocal sound effects and then plays the sounds back to make incredible music. At 2 p.m. in the Riley Room, Chris Lafave of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library will present a free lecture on Indianapolis's favorite son author. Attendees also can visit a photo booth and participate in hourly drawings. 

Elizabeth Crawford Lori Rhoden

The featured event on Sunday, December 9 is a performance at 3 p.m. in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium by the Crawford-Rhoden Duo from Ball State University. Elizabeth Crawford (clarinet) and Lori Rhoden (piano) will present works by American, French and Italian composers from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Each day will feature displays on Central Library's history with letters from authors that highlight the importance of libraries.

Call 275-4100 for more information about this free Library event.