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Everything’s Coming Up Flowers

June 16, 2016 by Reader's Connection

From Selector Emily Chandler: Spring is in the air and the flowers are in bloom! Much like reading, flowers have a language all to their own that can inspire and highlight your creative efforts. Take a look at this list of novels featuring flowers and their many benefits. Whether you prefer to garden them or arrange them, this list will surely make you want to dig in and read!

Albert, Susan Wittig The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O’clock Lady

The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O’clock LadyThe eleven o’clock lady has always been one of garden club president Liz Lacy’s favorite spring wildflowers. The plant is so named because the white blossoms don’t open until the sun shines directly on them and wakes them up. But another Eleven O’Clock Lady is never going to wake up again. Rona Jean Hancock–a telephone switchboard operator who earned her nickname because her shift ended at eleven, when her nightlife was just beginning–has been found strangled with her own silk stocking in a very unladylike position. — Publisher’s note



Allen, Beverly Bloom and Doom

Bloom and Doom


As the co-owner of the Rose in Bloom, Audrey Bloom creates magnificent flower arrangements for brides to be. Though helping to plan a wedding can be stressful, it’s nothing compared to the groom turning up dead — Book cover.







Branard, Lynne The Art of Arranging Flowers

The Art of Arranging FlowersA moving and eloquent novel about love, grief, renewal-and the powerful language of flowers. Ruby Jewell knows flowers. In her twenty years as a florist she has stood behind the counter at the Flower Shoppe with her faithful dog, Clementine, resting at her feet. A customer can walk in, and with just a glance or a few words, Ruby can throw together the perfect arrangement for any occasion. Whether intended to rekindle a romance, mark a celebration, offer sympathy, or heal a broken heart, her expressive floral designs mark the moments and milestones in the lives of her neighbors. It’s as though she knows just what they want to say, just what they need. Yet Ruby’s own heart’s desires have gone ignored since the death of her beloved sister. It will take an invitation from a man who’s flown to the moon, the arrival of a unique little boy, and concern from a charming veterinarian to reawaken her wounded spirit. Any life can be derailed, but the healing power of community can put it right again. READERS GUIDE INSIDE — Publisher’s note


Cattrell, Bailey Daisies for Innocence

Daisies for InnocenceEllie’s life has blossomed in Poppyville, California, since she opened Scents & Nonsense, a custom-made-perfume store. Her skills with aromas and botanical essences–some from her very own garden–seem almost…supernatural. Her perfumes can evoke emotions, bring about change, or simply make people happy. Customers are flocking to the store to buy her wares or just to sit in her beautiful garden, sip tea and enjoy homemade cookies. But she smells trouble when she learns that her part-time assistant Josie is dating her ex. And before she can tell the young woman to beware of his charms, she finds Josie dead in the Enchanted Garden. Now the prime suspect in Josie’s murder, Ellie must search for the real culprit in Josie’s past–because it’ll take a miracle to nip this problem in the bud… —


Collins, Kate Florist Gump

Florist Gump
Stopping to smell the roses should be a must for flower shop owner Abby Knight, but stress has turned her into a major grump. But things get even thornier after a flashy former banker pushes up daisies. With a beloved window washer the prime suspect in the murder, other New Chapel shop owners rally around Abby and her husband Marco to prove his innocence. — Publisher’s note





Diffenbaugh, Vanessa The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers


The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past– Publisher’s note








Draper, Norman Backyard



When a local supplier announces its sponsorship of a garden contest, determined couple George and Nan Fremont resolve to turn their backyard into a suburban paradise to win first prize against the formidable forces of their community’s gardening elite. — Publisher’s note







Gaynor, Hazel A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers

A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London’s Flower SellersStep into the world of Victorian London, where the wealth and poverty exist side by side. This is the story of two long-lost sisters, whose lives take different paths, and the young woman who will be transformed by their experiences. In 1912, twenty-year-old Tilly Harper leaves the peace and beauty of her native Lake District for London, to become assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the home has cared for London’s flower girls–orphaned and crippled children living on the grimy streets and selling posies of violets and watercress to survive. Soon after she arrives, Tilly discovers a diary written by an orphan named Florrie–a young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after she and her sister, Rosie, were separated. Moved by Florrie’s pain and all she endured in her brief life, Tilly sets out to discover what happened to Rosie. But the search will not be easy. Full of twists and surprises, it leads the caring and determined young woman into unexpected places, including the depths of her own heart. — Publisher’s website.


Roberts, Nora Blue Dahlia

Blue DahliaTrying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee and into her new life at Harper House and the In the Garden nursery. She isn’t intimidated by the house nor by its mistress, local legend Roz Harper. Despite a reputation for being difficult, Roz has been nothing but kind to Stella, offering her a comfortable new place to live and a challenging new job as manager of the flourishing nursery. As Stella settles comfortably into her new life, she finds a nurturing friendship with Roz and with expectant mother Hayley. And she discovers a fierce attraction to ruggedly handsome landscaper Logan Kitridge. He’s difficult but honest, brash but considerate and undeniably sexy. And for a sensible woman like Stella, he may be just what she needs… —
Book jacket.



June 13, 2016 by Reader's Connection

Underground AirlinesI’m not talking about the library. Those proud words about being prejudiced appear on a sign at a restaurant in one of the four “hard states,” where slavery in the 21st century is still legal, in the new novel Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters.

The Civil War never happened. Slavery is illegal in most states, but if an slave escapes from one of the Hard Four, everyone in the other states is supposed to help get that slave back down south.

It doesn’t always work, and that’s why our narrator Victor (or whatever his real name is) has a job. He’s an African American who has bought his freedom by working as a slave-catcher.

He’s in Indianapolis as the novel begins, but there are some differences between this Indy and the one you know. Monument Circle, for example, is devoted mostly to Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated in our town before he ever made it east to serve as president.

And of course Indy has a Freedman Town. Every northern city has at least one bleak area where freed slaves tend to land. “The manumitted have got to go somewhere, and the world doesn’t give them a lot of options.”

Winters has been quite ingenious in rounding out his alternate history.

Georgia abolished slavery by statute in the year 1944, same as Kentucky. It was President Truman’s great victory, achieved by dangling the prize of wartime contracts, a huge economic incentive for states to go free. But the Georgia legislature, in its wisdom, and under huge pressure from Alabama and the newly united state of Carolina, had kept its airport quasi-southern, half-slave and half-free.

Undercover slave-chaser Victor is a wonderful guide to this frightening USA. He feels terrible about what he’s doing, but can’t abide the idea of being returned to slavery. His predicament has helped to give him an acid sense of humor.

The Last PolicemanBen H. Winters also wrote The Last Policeman Trilogy–The Last Policeman, Countdown City and World of Trouble–and I loved the way the people in those novels behave when they think the world is about to end. The end-time isn’t predicted in Underground Airlines, but the new novel’s vision–of slavery living on–manages to be just as chilling.



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Summertime hauntings!

June 9, 2016 by Reader's Connection

Indiana is 200 years old and we are so haunted!

Haunted Indiana: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Hoosier State


As indicated in my last post, our Adult Summer Reading Program includes a discussion of James Willis’s Haunted Indiana: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Hoosier State, by James Willis, at the Metazoa Brewing Company (140 S. College Avenue) on Mon, July 25th at 6:00 p.m. (You must be 21 years of age to attend.)




But there’s a lot more haunting going on this summer.

Ghosts of Madison County, Indiana: A Haunted Backroads Book


Tuesday, Jun 21, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Irvington Library

Hauntings of Indiana Talk: The Best of Indiana Hauntings

Michael and Nicole Kobrowski of Inc. will discuss some of their most perplexing paranormal investigations at some of Indiana’s most haunted locations.





Encyclopedia of Haunted Indiana

Thursday, Aug 11, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Athenaeum, 407 E. Michigan Street

Hauntings of Indiana Walking Tour: Chilling Chatham Arch-Lockerbie

Here’s a spine-tingling look at one of the most interesting neighborhoods of Indianapolis. The tour will begin at the Athenaeum and will be led by, which I think must mean the Kobrowskis.



Haunted Backroads: Central Indiana and Other Stories


Wed, Aug 31, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Glendale Library

Hauntings of Indiana Talk: Researching the History of Haunted Locations

The Kobrowskis will present a spirited discussion about paranormal investigations.


Adult Summer Reading for 2016 – Join in the Celebration of Indiana’s 200th Birthday

June 6, 2016 by Reader's Connection

In keeping with the festivities of this bicentennial year, our 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program will feature Indiana-related books.

We’ll read about jazz on Indiana Avenue, turtle soup along the Ohio River, monkey-siblings in Bloomington, Mexican immigrants in Indiana Harbor, John Dillinger and an Amish murder mystery and more.

(Note: You need to be at least 21 years old to attend a discussion at a brewery or tavern.)

We begin with the Miami Indians.

Stewart Rafert’s The Miami Indians of Indiana: A Persistent People, 1654-1994 will be discussed at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art (500 W. Washington Street) with Eiteljorg curator Scott Shoemaker on Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00 p.m.

The Miami Indians of IndianaSince the late 1670’s, the Miami Indians have been residing in the Indiana area. In the early years, their relationship with the French and then the British settlers were relatively peaceful, with both sides engaging each other in trade. When American settlers swarmed into Indiana, however, the Miamis were continually pressed by American leaders into signing treaties that ceded land to them. As a result of these agreements, many of the Miamis left Indiana in the 1840s to live on a reservation in Kansas, federally recognized as an official tribe. But others stayed only to realize that their tribal status was no longer recognized due to their agreement to parcel their remaining land as private property lots held by individuals. They are still fighting to this day to reclaim their tribal status.
Rafert’s sympathetic account of the Miami Indians of Indiana reveals a tragic yet rich history of an oppressed people. Despite the injustices and indignities they faced along the way, their story is a stirring testament to their continued strength and perseverance as they fight for their heritage.


On Monday, June 20th at 5:30 p.m., at the Sun King Brewery (135 N. College Avenue), Maria’s Journey by Ramón & Trisha Arredondo will be discussed.

Maria's JourneyThis captivating biography by Ramón and Trish Arredondo follows the life of Ramón’s mother, Maria Arredondo, from her humble origins in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution to her life as a wife and mother of ten in East Chicago, Indiana. Using first-hand accounts from his family members as well as his own experiences, Arredondo’s love and respect for his mother shines through every page to paint a courageous, resilient woman who overcame many obstacles and challenges to find a better life in America for herself and her family.
Considered by the Indiana State Library as one of the Best Non-Fiction Books of Indiana in 2011, Maria’s Journey provides a rare in-depth look at the Hispanic immigrant experience in the early 20th century. More than just a familial biography, Arredondo vividly incorporates historic and cultural details to capture the cultural, societal, and family structure of Hispanic immigrants during that era. More importantly, it serves as a recognition and celebration of the significant contributions by Hispanic immigrants to the community, workforce, and wartime efforts even in the face of language barriers, cultural division, and racial tension. Enlightening and inspiring, this heartfelt tale is an exemplary example of the American dream come true.

Maria’s Journey is also available as an eBook.


Kate Alcott’s A Touch of Stardust will be discussed at the Arts Council of Indianapolis (924 Pennsylvania Street) on Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00 p.m.

A Touch of StardustClark Gable and Carole Lombard’s passionate romance, fragile Vivien Leigh, and complicated and creative Margaret Mitchell come to life in this captivating novel set during the filming of Gone with the Wind. Alcott (The Dressmaker; The Daring Ladies of Lowell) knows how to write historical fiction, and she has an almost embarrassingly extensive wealth of subject matter here: the glamour, the backbiting, the gossip fed by columnists such as Louella Parsons, and daily crises on the set owing to controlling producer David O. Selznick. Alcott doesn’t neglect the uglier side of this period: Gable is recruited by the film’s African American cast members to protest the segregated bathrooms on the set (which he did by threatening to quit if it wasn’t changed); anti-Semitism is rampant, and the protagonist, Julie Crawford from Fort Crawford, IN, endures blatant sexism in her quest to become a screenwriter. Her romance with handsome Jewish assistant producer Andy Weinstein, who is concerned about his relatives’ safety in Europe, brings impending World War II into the picture. — Library Journal

A Touch of Stardust is also available as an eBook, an eAudiobook, an audiobook on CD, and in large print.


The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site (1230 N. Delaware Street) will host a discussion of Michael S. Maurer’s books 19 Stars of Indiana : Exceptional Hoosier Women and 19 Stars of Indiana : Exceptional Hoosier Men on Saturday, June 25th at 2:00 p.m.

maurerThe 19 stars on Indiana’s flag indicate that we were the 19th state to join the union. In two companion volumes, Michael Maurer draws inspiration from these stars to feature 19 men and 19 women all across the state who have made an impact through their contributions to Indiana. Musicians, philanthropists, government and religious leaders, athletes, medical and scientific pioneers, artists and writers are featured, as are a Tuskegee airman and a Holocaust survivor.


On Tuesday, June 28th at 6:00 p.m., Books and Brews (9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400) will host a discussion of Michael Koryta’s So Cold the River.

So Cold the RiverEric Shaw’s promising career as a Hollywood cinematographer crashed and burned. Now he’s back in Chicago, making “video life portraits” of recently deceased people. One of these portraits brings a new commission: Eric is to travel to tiny West Baden, Indiana, and document the early years of Campbell Bradford, a wealthy, about-to-die Chicago businessman who was born in West Baden but has never spoken about his childhood. Within hours of his arrival, Eric experiences a vivid and portentous vision and hallucinations that seem related to the town’s mineral springs. Signs and portents of a resident evil bombard him as he researches his project, and eventually the evil becomes manifest. After successes with noirish mysteries, Koryta has ventured into genre-bending, successfully melding thriller elements to a horror story that recalls Stephen King. His tight, clear prose makes West Baden as creepy as Transylvania, and Eric is a compellingly flawed protagonist. Legions of King and Peter Straub devotees will be delighted by this change of direction; Koryta’s hard-boiled fans may feel a bit nonplussed at first, but they, too, will fall under the spell of this very strange Indiana town. — Booklist

So Cold the River is also available as an eBook and an eAudiobook.


Douglas A. Wissing’s IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State will be discussed at the Indiana Medical History Museum (3045 W. Vermont Street) on Tuesday, July 12th at 6:00 p.m.

IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier StateDouglas Wissing has been writing about Indiana for years, and in this book he has gathered essays that look at our state from a host of different angles.
Where in Indiana can you get a bowl of authentic (if illegal) turtle soup? When and where was John Dillinger buried? Where was Comedian Red Skelton born? And long-time Director of the Selective Service (the draft) Lewis B. Hershey? How long has Shapiro’s deli been downtown? Wissing answers most of these questions—he’s a bit secretive about the turtle soup—in winning, sometimes affectionate, sometimes heated essays.

IN Writing is also available as an eBook.


Vanetta Chapman’s mystery Murder Simply Brewed will be discussed at Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company (647 Virginia Avenue) on Thursday, July 14th at 4:00 p.m.

Murder Simply BrewedEnglischer Amber Wright manages a complex of Amish shops set in the heart of Middlebury, IN. Her idyllic existence is shattered when Ethan Gray, the proprietor of a coffee shop, dies suddenly of an apparent heart attack. His body is found by Hannah, a young Amish woman from a neighboring store. Although the police rule Ethan’s death is the result of natural causes, the ensuing vandalism perpetrated upon members of the tight-knit community casts doubts on that assumption. A bloody message, taken from the Bible’s Book of Daniel, is found near Tate Bowman’s fields. Amber and Hannah turn into amateur sleuths as they attempt to identify the culprit. As the vandalism escalates, so does Tate and Amber’s mutual attraction. Will they figure out who is behind the trouble before more people are killed? VERDICT Fans of romance and cozy mysteries will fall in love with the characters in this series opener . . . Readers will look forward to visiting the Amish Village Shops and their quirky inhabitants in the next installment. — Library Journal

Murder Simply Brewed is also available as an eBook and an eAudiobook.


Edward Kelsey Moore’s novel The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat will be discussed at the Sun King Brewery (135 N. College Avenue) on Monday, Jul 18th at 5:30 p.m.

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-EatOdette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean have been close friends since girlhood, growing up in the 1960s in the southern Indiana town of Plainview. Their personalities and cool good looks earned them the name the Supremes when they’d meet regularly to eat at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, with Big Earl keeping a watchful eye on them. Now in middle age, the Supremes meet regularly with their husbands for dinner at Earl’s, now managed by his son. The aging Supremes and Earl’s are institutions in a black community that has seen much progress since the 1950s, when the restaurant became the first black-owned business in a racially divided town. But the town as well as the women have also seen much trouble. Odette makes time in her busy life for the regular visitations of her dead mother, Clarice copes with the humiliation of an unfaithful husband, and Barbara Jean struggles to hide her drinking to assuage the death of her child. Moore intersperses episodes from the past with their current lives, showing their enduring friendship through good times and bad. — Booklist

The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is also available as an eBook, an eAudiobook, an audiobook on CD, and in large print.


Haunted Indiana: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Hoosier State, by James Willis, will be discussed at the Metazoa Brewing Company (140 S. College Avenue) on Mon, Jul 25th at 6:00 p.m.

Haunted Indiana: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Hoosier StateHighlighting some lesser known history from around the state, Haunted Indiana pays special attention to paranormal activity associated with that history. The bite-size stories include Indianapolis’s House of Blue Lights, The Smell of Death at Hannah House, Ghosts in the Old Bordello, Riverdale’s Haunted Pool, and The Ghostly Carriage Ride at Hawkeye. Although the stories are brief, Willis includes an extensive bibliography so readers can dive deeper into those of particular interest. Willis has written, “I can honestly tell you that Indiana has some of the most disturbing and twisted ghost stories in existence.”

Haunted Indiana is also available as an eBook.


Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters, Legends and Legacy of Indiana Avenue by David Leander Williams will be discussed at Bookmamas (9 Johnson Avenue) on Saturday, July 30th at 1:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters, Legends and Legacy of Indiana AvenueMr. Williams explores the rich and vibrant history of jazz in Indianapolis against the backdrop of Indiana Avenue. He traces the beginnings of African American cultural life on the Avenue from the pre-civil war era to its unfortunate demise in the 1970’s. In its heyday the Avenue was home to over fifty clubs offering blues, jazz and R&B entertainment; and these establishments were visited by artists like Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughn, Hoagy Carmichael and Cannonball Adderley. There were over three hundred businesses that included barbershops, funeral homes, cafes, pawn shops and dry cleaners. Williams succinctly explains how factors such as integration, urban renewal, highway expansion and crime ultimately led to the decline of Indiana Avenue.

Indianapolis Jazz is also available as an eBook


James Alexander Thom’s novel Fire in the Water will be discussed at the White River State Park, The Children’s Maze (801 W. Washington Street) on Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:00 p.m.

Fire in the WaterThe Civil War is ending and war correspondent Paddie Quinn has recently married and is looking forward to some honeymoon time when news of President Lincoln’s assassination reaches him. Paddie quickly finagles an assignment out of Harper’s Weekly and books passage for himself and his bride on the Sultana steamboat hoping to enjoy a honeymoon while writing his story. The trip takes an unexpected turn when it stops at Vicksburg to pick up numerous prisoners of war whom Paddie begins interviewing during their trip up the flooded Mississippi. It is during one of these interviews that he befriends Robbie Macombie, a Union soldier just released from the infamous Andersonville prison-of-war camp. Their fledgling friendship strengthens and buoys them through the tumultuous night of the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history.


Slaughterhouse-FiveThe discussion of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five will take place on Thursday, August 4th at 6:00 the Red Key Tavern (5170 N. College Avenue) at 6:00 p.m.

If you’re tired of this novel, or (like me, your blogger) never liked it that much in the first place, you might enjoy what David Denby says about it in his book Lit Up : One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives. Denby might breathe new life into it for you, might even change your opinion about it.

Slaughterhouse-Five is also available as an eBook and an eAudiobook, and is on order as an audiobook on CD.


Barbara Shoup’s novel An American Tune will be discussed at the Metazoa Brewing Company (140 S. College Avenue) on Monday, August 15th at 6:00 p.m.

And in addition to this discussion: on Monday August 22nd at 6:00 p.m., Barbara Shoup will give an author talk in the Nina Mason Pulliam Indiana Special Collections Room at Central Library.

An American TuneNora Quillen spends her days contentedly helping with her husband’s veterinary practice and enjoying the beauty of the small town they call home. While helping her daughter prepare for college, though, she is brought face-to-face with, first, an old name and, then, an old love, remnants of a former life she has been hiding since one fateful night during the anti-Vietnam War movement almost 30 years ago. Unable to deny her past any longer, she is forced to look inside herself and make decisions that will inevitably alter the lives of everyone she loves. Shoup takes readers alternately to Indiana University during the 1960s antiwar movement and to northern Michigan at the beginning of the Iraq War, addressing the moral dilemmas of each while exploring Nora’s feelings of guilt and helplessness . . . However politically minded, this poignant and stirring novel is at its root a moving and passionate love story. — Booklist

An American Tune is also available as an eBook.


Monkey up! Karen Joy Fowler’s novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves will be discussed at the Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens (1200 W. Washington Street) on Tuesday, August 16th at 3:00 p.m. YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY TO GET INTO WHEREVER THE DISCUSSION IS BEING HELD.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Rosemary Cooke, the young woman who narrates this funny, upsetting novel, was raised in Bloomington, Indiana, with an older brother. She had a sister, too, who was about the same age as Rosemary; but the brother was a human, while the “sister” was a chimpanzee. Rosemary’s father was an IU professor who had added a simian to the family as part of a scientific experiment.
The experiment did not go well, and Rosemary can be a hilarious narrator. She is attending college in California—eternally, it would seem—and looking back at her Hoosier years with dismay. The family has fractured. Her brother and “sister” have long-since disappeared, and Rosemary misses them terribly. The novel makes us look anew at what it means to be a family, and what it means to be human.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is also available as an eBook, an eAudiobook, and an audiobook on CD.


Elizabeth O’Maley’s Bones on the Ground will be discussed at the Indiana Historical Society (450 W. Ohio Street) on Wednesday, August 17th at 5:00 p.m.

Bones on the GroundWhat happened to the Indians who called this area their home for so long? Bones on the Ground is an accessible examination of the Indians of the Old Northwest Territory and their struggle to maintain possession of their tribal lands while Colonial and American leaders pushed white settlement. O’Maley presents biographical sketches of the key players including Little Turtle, Tecumseh, William Henry Harrison, and William Conner, and alternates those histories with first-person narratives that help bring the characters to life. The book covers events in the Old Northwest Territory from before the American Revolution through the removal of the Miami from Indiana in 1846. With alternating points-of-view from both the Indians and the Colonial leaders, readers see that both sides bend and stretch the truth to validate their entitlements. With its focus primarily on the Indian tribes living in what would become Indiana, the book offers a concise, overall perspective on this important period in our state’s development.

Bones on the Ground is also available as an eBook.


The Sun King Brewery (135 N. College Avenue) will host the last of this year’s Adult Summer Reading discussions. John A. Beineke’s Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John Dillinger will be discussed on Monday, August 29th at 5:30 p.m.

Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John DillingerThe Great Depression was a time of hardship and bleakness… except when America’s favorite criminal made news! John Dillinger’s swash-buckling ways, smooth good looks, and his care for the poor farmers – leaving their money on the counter when robbing the banks – won the hearts of Hoosiers and Americans everywhere. For a period of fourteen months, John Dillinger’s escapades lifted the average American from their despair. This book, with historic photos generously splashed through the pages, gives us a fascinating look at Indiana during the Dillinger years (from Johnnie’s childhood through 1934). Fast-paced and full of Dillinger’s sparkling personality, it shows us Dillinger’s early childhood in Indianapolis and Mooresville, and escorts us through his escapades – and thrilling escapes – in a time when fast cars and new modern crime-fighting techniques were finding a place in current culture.

Hoosier Public Enemy is also available as an eBook.


If not otherwise attributed, book reviews were written by IndyPL staff.


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A Welcome to Beech Grove from IndyPL’s CEO, and Some Questions You May Have About Beech Grove Joining The IndyPL Family

June 1, 2016 by Reader's Connection

Click the picture to hear Jackie Nytes, CEO of the Indianapolis Public Library, welcome the new Beech Grove Branch to IndyPL.



And here are answers to some questions you might have.

Why are these libraries merging?
More DVDs, more resources, newer computers, more books (paper, audio and electronic, too), more Blu-ray discs, faster internet and the addition of streaming music and movies are all reasons for joining forces. And IndyPL has partnered with the Beech Grove Library on the Summer Reading Program for years; together, we’re going bigger!

How soon may I start using IndyPL items?
You may start using items June 1, including most of the above mentioned, so check out the catalog now!

What do I need to do to use Beech Grove now that it is part of IndyPL, you ask? Well, that depends…
1. If you already have an IndyPL card, you do nothing.
2. If you’ve already been using the Beech Grove branch and you want access IndyPL resources, initially you’ll continue using your current card for Beech Grove items. We’ll also give you an IndyPL card for IndyPL products. Why? Because we are currently merging our databases.
Once we do that, you’ll use your IndyPL card for everything.

What if I’d like to rent the community room at Beech Grove?
The community room will be added to the list of rentable rooms later this year. We expect to charge the same rate that has currently been used.

May I request an item to be put on hold at another branch within IndyPL?
Yes, you may! With your new IndyPL card, request an item and voilà, it’ll be waiting for you at the branch of your choice. Items may be sent to Beech Grove for hold pick-up starting July 1, 2016.

May I place a hold on something that is only in the Beech Grove catalog to be picked up at my Library branch?
You will be able to in August of 2016, so stay tuned!

How do I apply for an IndyPL card?
The next time you’re in a branch, speak with one of our staff who will get you an application.
Please have a form of ID and one proof of address and we’ll get you taken care of.

Will I start receiving emails from IndyPL?
Yes, if you wish. You can receive emails when a requested item is ready to pick up, when some items are due, when we’re closing for a holiday, and on other occasions. All you have to do is give a staff member at a branch your email address and we’ll email you. If you’d rather not receive emails, let us know.

What if I want to use other branches in the IndyPL system?
Go ahead, we’d love to see you use as many branches as you’d like. Just stop on in. And you can even return items from another branch at any of our locations.

Are the hours for the Beech Grove Branch staying the same?
Hours are changing a bit. New hours are Monday through Wednesday, 10 AM to 8 PM; Thursday and Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM; and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM. This branch will be closed on Sundays.

Is the number for Beech Grove staying the same?
Glad you asked. For the time being, the phone number will stay the same. In a few months, the new number will be (317) 275-4560.

Will I have to pay for any of the new services?
Nope, it’s all FREE with your new IndyPL card!

Does anyone have a guide to the IndyPL Website?
Yes. Click here to get to a quickie guide.