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Happy Birthday, Irvington!

October 20, 2011 by Reader's Connection

The Irvington Branch is ten years old. Why am I having a problem with that? Irvingtonians aren´t, and the branch is having a birthday party on Saturday, November 5th, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The festivities will feature the launch of a new digital collection featuring an oral history of the Irvington neighborhood, with interviews recorded in the 1970´s and 1980´s; and during the afternoon attendees can participate in a current oral history activity by recording a 15-minute interview with a family member, friend or neighbor. If you’re interested in doing that, you can register in advance by calling 275-4450.

The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis
Harpdude Tom Duncan will provide some music.


There will be lectures by David G. Vanderstel, Marion County historian and assistant editor of The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (11:00 a.m.), and Steve Haller, Senior Director of Collections & Library with the Indiana Historical Society at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center (1 p.m.).


There will be prizes and refreshments AND Bookmamas Book Shop will be sponsoring books sales and signings by the following local authors:



Christine Johnson

Claire de Lune      Claire de Lune
On their sixteenth birthdays, the women in Claire’s family begin a three-month transformation into werewolves–a secret kept from the girls until they turn 16. Beginning with Claire’s suburban birthday party–which is abruptly broken up by a werewolf attack in another part of town, causing panicked parents to demand that their teens get home at once–Johnson spins out an engaging and provocative riff on the werewolf tradition. Are they intrinsically antihuman? Bloodthirsty? Due the same respect other animals should receive in laboratory situations? Those questions are underscored by a romance between Claire and Matthew, the son of the prime public-hysteria-provoking werewolf hunter. Smooth writing and engaging main characters make for an easy read, while a feminist focus offers just a bit more for thoughtful readers. — Booklist

Nocturne: A Claire de Lune Novel
Nocturne: A Claire de Lune Novel






William Gulde


Irvington in 1910: A Year in the Life of an Indianapolis Neighborhood
What started out as a substantial historical research project by William F. Gulde for the Irvington Historical Society to, “extract the names of Irvington residents from a 1910 city directory to help with a database that the Society was creating,” evolved into him writing a fascinating book about Irvington: Irvington in 1910: A Year in the Life of an Indianapolis Neighborhood . . . The journey through this year in the Progressive Era includes information about life at Butler University, births, weddings, funerals, clubs and organizations, crime, politics, weather, housing, notable residents, world events (for an historical perspective), taxation issues, women’s suffrage, African-American residents, among others. It should be pointed out that this was a time of generation change, as information about deaths of Civil War veterans and their funerals was also included. Lastly, the book includes period photographs of Irvington. — Alan Allred, in Arts in Irvington

Sherri Wood Emmons


Prayers and Lies     Prayers and Lies

Emmons makes a strong debut with the story of Bethany Wylie, whose coming-of-age is rocked by revelations that could up-end her family. Bethany cherishes summers spent in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley with her cousin Reana Mae, who is closer to her than her real sisters. Her childhood is innocent, despite the alcoholism, violence, and secrets swirling just out of her grasp, but as she grows up, she becomes more attuned to the cracks in her family’s idyllic facade. Reana Mae, meanwhile, grows up faster than Bethany could imagine, and the dark secrets of their family’s past, once revealed, could rip them apart. Emmons has a rich voice that pairs well with the earthy setting, and she handles Bethany’s education with an easy hand. — Publishers Weekly


Julie Young


Historic Irvington    Historic Irvington

Founded in 1870, historic Irvington serves as a time capsule to the bygone days of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The once autonomous community along the Pennsylvania Railroad and U.S. Route 40 has a history as rich and spellbinding as the legendary tales of its namesake, Washington Irving. Featuring plenty of architectural diversity and notable citizens, Irvington served as the original home to Butler University and became known as a cultural, arts, and academic pillar of the Indianapolis landscape. Today Irvington continues to be the gem of Indianapolis’s east side with locally owned shops and businesses along with a community that is committed to the past while focusing on the future. — Arcadia Publishing


Join us at Irvington on November 5th.


And coming up on November 12th: a birthday party for the East Washington Branch. It’s a hundred years old!


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