Category Archives: Announcements

National Doughnut Day Story – Arnie the Doughnut

June 2, 2017 is National Donut Day! In honor of it – here is a favorite Doughnut story – Arnie the talking doughnut convinces Mr. Bing that not all doughnuts are meant to be eaten. Funniest picture…when Arnie realizes SOME PEOPLE EAT DOUGHNUTS! (We do!)

More Doughnut Books:

The Bowling Alley BanditUfonutsSpinny Icky ShowdownHomer PriceIf You Give a Dog a DonutThe Case of the Missing DonutWho Needs DonutsThe Donut ChefThe Hole Story of the Doughnut

Reading Programs All Year Long

Below are several reading programs you can participate in at home to encourage year-round reading and even earn prizes. Start with the indyPL Summer Reading Program!

You can visit any IndyPL library location to checkout books or you can Read Right Now! by visiting Download and Stream for Kids– free eBooks you can check out with your library card or read from your device at home, no waiting!


  • Paladium Pals Book Club
  • All Year
  • Earn a Free Student Ticket to a show at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain

Book It

Books a Million

  • Books-a-Million Summer Reading Challenge
  • Summer 2017
  • Read 4 books and have a parent or guardian sign and verify the completed form.
  • Return the form to your local Books-a-Million store to receive a FREE Maze Runner Series Water Bottle.
  • Printable Books-a-Million Reading Journal

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards

  • Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar
  • Summer 2017, Offer expires 12/31/17
  • Print the Reading Rewards calendar, mark it for reading every day for 2 weeks.
  • Take it to a Chuck E. Cheese location to get 10 FREE tokens. Child(ren) must be present to redeem. Only at participating locations. Food purchase is required.
  • Printable Calendar or en Español

Sylvan Book Adventure

Sylvan Book Adventure

Star Wars Reads Day

  • Star Wars Reads Day 2017
  • October, 2017
  • Star Wars fans, authors, and artists come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars.

  • Jump Start Read for the Record
  • October 19, 2017
  • Read for the Record mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. On this day people across the country united to read a children’s book.

RAA Cat n Hat Logo_Feb 2014

  • Read Across America Day
  • March 2, 2018
  • The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 18th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
  • Take the Read Across America Pledge

World Book Day 2016

  • World Book Day
  • April 23, 2018
  • To help make World Book Day special – and to encourage reading for the rest of the year too – there are a whole range of resources including lesson plans, activity sheets, discussion guides and free eBooks.

Give Me 20

  • Book It! Spring Give Me 20
  • Fall 2018 TBA
  • Eight-week challenge. Read to your child/children at least 20 minutes per day, five days per week and you can enter for a chance to win prizes.

Drop Everything and Read

  • D.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read
  • April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday (but can by anytime!)
  •  D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Because, what’s more fun(damental) than reading, really?

Free Comic Book Day

  • Free Comic Book Day
  • May 5, 2018
  • Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America (including IndyPL Library Locations!) and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops!

Very Hungry Caterpillar – 500 Festival Parade Balloon

That beautiful voracious little caterpillar is coming to town! The Very Hungry Caterpillar will appear in the 2017 Indy 500 Festival Parade with library staff making sure he doesn’t take any wrong turns or float away! During the parade…keep an eye out to see who can spot the caterpillar first!

Made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Staff Association and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

500 Festival Parade
When: Sat, May 27, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: Downtown Indianapolis (RouteParking & Street Closings)

You can sit down with your kids right now and listen to the author himself, Eric Carle, read aloud this beloved childhood classic.


NOTE: Memorial Day Library Closings
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed May 27 – 29 for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, except the InfoZone which will be open each day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Summer Reading Kickoffs

Choose a branch and get your summer started right:

College Avenue Branch
Family Fort Night Summer Reading Kickoff
Tuesday, May 30 @ 6:30pm
Families and children of all ages are invited to experience reading in a fort! Books, plastic tablecloths for construction, and a bedtime snack will be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring their own blankets and sheets. They can also sign up for the Library’s Summer Reading Program. Details

Central Library
IndyPL’s 2017 Summer Reading Kickoff!
Thursday, June 1 @ 11:00am
Celebrate the kickoff of the Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program, “Read It & Eat!” Join Indianapolis City-Council Councillor Michael McQuillen, OneAmerica’s Jim Freeman and CBS4 anchor Frank Mickens as they read stories to local kindergarten students and encourage others to participate in this year’s program. Details

Brightwood Branch
Summer Reading Kickoff
Thursday, Jun 1 @ 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Children of all ages and families are invited for a fun-filled afternoon. Sign up for the Library’s Summer Reading Program and enjoy music, food, balloons, coloring pages, prizes and face painting. There will be a special program with Ronald McDonald at 4 p.m. Details

Garfield Park Branch
Earth Friendly Festival & Summer Reading Kickoff
Saturday, June 3 @ 10:30am – 3:30pm
Families and children of all ages are invited for a fun-filled day of activities celebrating conservation and the kickoff of the Library’s Summer Reading Program. Learn how to make a rain barrel, learn about electric cars, see a Silly Safaris Animal Show  and more. Details

Irvington Branch
Irvington Summer Reading Kickoff & Irvington Children’s Festival
Saturday, June 3 @ 11:00am – 2:00pm
Families and children of all ages are invited to kickoff the Library’s Summer Reading Program and enjoy activities as part of the fifth annual Irvington Children’s Festival. See a performance by Jump ‘n Hop, learn about Native American music and storytelling, face painting, carnival and more. Details

Decatur Branch
Summer Reading Kickoff
Saturday, June 3 @ 11:00am – 3:00pm
Children of all ages and families are invited to sign up for the Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program, see a magic show, make crafts, get their faces painted, and see firefighting equipment up close. Details

East 38th Street Branch
Summer Reading Kickoff
Saturday, June 3 @ 11:30am – 3:00pm
Families and children of all ages are invited to kick off the Library’s Summer Reading Program with refreshments and entertainment. Enjoy face painting along with special guests Cinamon the Clown and Khabir the Storyteller with his special story drum! Details 

East Washington Branch
Summer Reading Kickoff
Saturday, June 10 @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Children of all ages and families are invited to a fun-filled afternoon of games and goodies to celebrate the beginning of the Library’s Summer Reading program. Sign up at this event and get bonus points on your point card. There will be face painting, balloon animals, snacks, coloring pages and plenty of time to check out some books! Details

Bookmobile – You’ve Come a Long Way Baby!


Bookmobiles Since 1910


Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile – Dorothy has always wanted to work in a library like the red brick one of her girlhood, but after moving to rural North Carolina she discovers that the type of library is less important than the books and the people who read them.
Biblioburro Biblioburro: a True Story from Colombia – After amassing piles of books, Luis, a voracious reader, dreams up a way to share his collection with ‘faraway villages.’ He starts with two burros–one for himself, one for books–and heads off. Tough terrain and menacing bandits challenge him along the way, but at last he reaches a remote town, where he holds a story hour and loans titles to eager kids before returning home to his wife and reading late into the night.
Waiting for the Biblioburro Waiting for the Biblioburro – When a man brings to a remote village two burros, Alfa and Beto, loaded with books the children can borrow, Ana’s excitement leads her to write a book of her own as she waits for the BibliBurro to return. Includes glossary of Spanish terms and a note on the true story of Columbia’s BiblioBurro and mobile libraries in other countries.
Wild About Books Wild About Books – A librarian named Mavis McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake.
Librarians Night Before Christmas Librarian’s Night Before Christmas – Santa flies in on a book mobile to bring a poor library gifts. In a parody of the famous poem by Clement C. Moore, a harried librarian and her facility get a surprise holiday visit from Santa and his bookmobile.
She'll Be Comin Around the Mountain She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – (DVD) To the melody of the popular children’s song, a community of friendly animals prepare for the arrival of the librarian in her bookmobile!
The Library Book The Library Book: the Story of Libraries from Camels to Computers – From books being delivered by camel in the hot lands of Kenya through the pack-horse librarians of Kentucky and beyond, this informative book explores how libraries existed and developed throughout history and the role they played in society in their time.
My Librarian is a Camel My Librarian is a Camel:How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World – Describes unusual mobile libraries found around the world.