Category Archives: Announcements

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. You can visit any IndyPL library location to checkout books or you can Read Right Now! by visiting our eReading Room for Kids – free eBooks you can read from your device at home, no waiting!

  • 2016 SRP Logo
    • IndyPL Summer Reading Book Bash 2016
    • June 6-July 30, 2016
    • Everyone’s invited – children, teens and families – to join the IN crowd and celebrate the gift of reading at any branch, Bookmobiles and Central Library. Rules

  • National Readathon Day
    • National Readathon Day
    • May 21, 2016
    • If you are a library, school, or bookstore, start planning a reading party where readers can join together in person to celebrate Readathon Day. Email to tell them about your event and have it featured on their Reading Parties page.

Book It

  • Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards
    • Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar
    • Summer 2016, Offer expires 12/31/16
    • 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

  • Star Wars Reads Day
    • Star Wars Reads Day 2016
    • October, 2016
    • Star Wars fans, authors, and artists come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars.

  • Star Wars Reads Day
    • Jump Start Read for the Record
    • October 27, 2016
    • 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, 2016
    • 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
    • March 3, 2016
    • 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.

  • 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 7, 2016
    • 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!

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.

April: Autism Awareness Month


Read Online Right Now!:

  • We're Amazing 1 2 3 SesameStSmall Read We’re Amazing 1 2 3 This story stars Elmo, Abby, and their friend Julia, who has autism. Together, the three pals have a delightful playdate.



Since We’re FriendsDavid’s WorldTomas LovesEvery Turtle CountsMy Autism CountsAnthony BestI See Things Differently: A First Look at AutismArmond Goes to a PartyRussel's WorldI Know Someone With AutismMy Brother Sammy is Special

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Read Across America Day March 2, 2016

RAA Cat n Hat Logo_Feb 2014
National Education Association: Read Across America Day
March 2, 2016
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 pledge – we’ll help you read ALL YEAR!

Start your reading pledge right now watching these three story videos featuring favorite Dr. Seuss books on Read Right Now! Dr. SeussYou can watch and read online stories all year: More free online reading and 100 Free Video Stories! Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss on the Loose How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Directions: Hoopla for Kids


Hoopla – Use it to borrow digital music & videos.
Devices: You can stream titles instantly through your desktop browser or the mobile app. If you use the mobile app, you can also download titles to your device for offline playback later, where Wi-Fi may be unavailable.
Formats: eMusic, eMovies (Many video picture books & read along picture books are available.)
Loan Limit: 10 per month. Your limit resets on the first of the month.
Loan Period: eMusic 7 days; eMovies 72 hours (Titles are automatically returned and removed from your device at the end of the lending period – no fines!)


What You Need:

  • A valid indyPL Library Card & PIN (What’s My Pin?)
  • Register for a free account at You will need your email address, Library Card number and PIN.

pc-icon-75How to register and login to Hoopla on a Computer:



hoopla-home-computer-4001. Go to

2. Click on the blue rectangle that says: “Get Started”.

3. Enter an email address and password. Remember your password – you will need it to login later.

4. Click on your home library, in our case, that’s Indianapolis Public Library.

5. Enter in your email address, the hoopla password of your choosing, your Library Card number and your Library Card PIN. What’s My Pin?

6. Click Sign Up Now at the bottom of the page.

7. When you return to, login at the top of the Hoopla home page your email address and Hoopla password.

smartphone-icon-75How to register and login to Hoopla on a Smartphone or Tablet:


app-hoopla-home-2001. Download the Smartphone App for your device:

2. To register click on the link at the bottom of the first screen: “Don’t have an account? Sign up”
3. On the Choose Your Library page begin typing “Indianapolis Public Library”. When our name appears, click on it.
4. Fill in your account information. You will need your library card number and PIN. (What’s My Pin?).  You will also choose a password – remember it because you will use it each time you login.

NOTE: If you are streaming Hoopla content it will use cellular data – a lot of it! If you do not want to use up data make sure you are in Wi-Fi. Wireless internet access is available at all IndyPL locations.


  1. Hoopla KidsYou can change the Hoopla website & app to “Kids’ Mode” if you would like to only see materials for kids. On the website, you will see this option in “Settings.” In the App, click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the “My Hoopla” page. You will see the option to slide the button to the right to turn on Kids’ Mode.
  2. Hoopla titles DO appear in the library’s online catalog. You can search for titles and check them out in the catalog, however, you will have to open the app and login to your account to watch them.
  3. As soon as you click “Borrow,” you are charged for one checkout, even if you don’t watch or listen to the item.
  4. Hoopla only has three categories: music, movies & television, but there ARE picture books in Hoopla. They are categorized under “movies”. They are picture book videos as well as videos based on favorite children’s books. Here are some shortcuts to those titles:


Paladium Pals Book Club: Read = Free Show Ticket

Check back in July for the 2016-2017 Reading Lists

Paladium Logo Paladium Pals

Palladium PALS (Performing Arts Literary Season) Book Club
Earn a Free Student Ticket to a Center Show!
Children & teens can earn a show ticket by reading books within their age group.

Reading Lists

Song and Dance Man Banjo Granny Father's Chinese Opera Jump Up!
This Jazz Man The Philharmonic Gets Dressed Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf A Single Pebble: A Story of the Silk Road
Three Little Cajun Pigs
Pearlie and the Flamenco Fairy Firebird Herman & Rosie Hello I'm Johnny Cash
A Child’s Introduction to Ballet: The Stories, Music, and Magic of Classical Dance Max Found Two Sticks Want to be in a Band? The Little Piano Girl: The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend
Peter Tchaikovsky (Getting to know the World’s Greatest Composers)
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood Guitar Notes Come Sing, Jimmy Jo
The Mysteries of Beethoven’s Hair Kathleen: The Celtic Knot Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits


Rosanne Cash
January 8, 2016 at 8pm

Ramsey Lewis Quartet: The In Crowd & Hang On Ramsey 50th Anniversary
January 9, 2016 at 8pm

Project Trio: Peter & The Wolf
January 9, 2016 at 10am & 2pm

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman
January 10, 2016 at 7pm

Moscow Festival Ballet: Giselle & Cinderella
January 15-17, 2016 at 3pm & 8pm

The Band of the Royal Marines with the Pipes, Drums, & Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards
February 5, 2016 at 8pm

Direct from Ireland, Celtic Nights, “The Spirit of Freedom”
February 20, 2016 at 8pm

Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra with Special Guest, Lech Wałęsa, former President of Poland
February 26, 2016 at 8pm

Silk Road Ensemble February 27, 2016 at 8pm The Palladium Christian McBride Big Band
March 4, 2016 at 8pm

MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies March 11, 2016 at 8pm The Tarkington Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, & Anaïs Mitchell
March 20, 2016 at 7pm

SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Michael Jackson
April 8, 2016 at 8pm

Jeremy Denk, Piano
April 24, 2016 at 3pm

Cleveland Orchestra
May 15, 2016 at 7pm