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Gen Con Photo Contest

GenCon Logo

IndyPL invites you to get your cosplay on! Whether you’re a cosplay pro or a newbie, gear up and take a photo in your best costume in any Indianapolis Public Library branch for a chance to win a free 4 day Gen Con pass! These passes are SOLD OUT! Winners will be drawn randomly. See rules below.

But wait, there’s more! Hang out and chat with other cosplayers on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 1-3pm and the Central Library for another chance to win a free Gen Con pass! Costumes are welcome but not required at the meetup.


  1. Eligibility: This giveaway is open only to those who are over the age of 13.
  2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of The Indianapolis Public Library as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.
  3. Contest Period: Entries will be accepted online between 12:00 am August 1, 2017 and 12:00 am, August 12, 2017.
  4. How to Enter: The Giveaway must be entered by taking a picture of yourself in your cosplay attire inside any Indianapolis Public Library Branch location and posting the photo publicly to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #IndyPLcosplay. Entries must not show nudity or obscenity.
  5. Prizes: The Winners of the Giveaway (the “Winner”) will receive One Four Day Pass to Gen Con 50, a value of $120.  Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award.
  6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  7. Winner Selection and Notification: Winners will be selected randomly. Winner will be notified by social media on Saturday, August 12, 2017 and will be asked to contact the Indianapolis Public Library by phone or email within 24 hours following the selection of the winners. The Indianapolis Public Library shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings.
  8. Prize Acceptance: Winners may pick up passes at the Central Library Cosplay Meetup on Saturday, August 12, 2017 between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Identification will  be required to pick up passes.
  9. Rights Granted by You: By entering this content (e.g., photo, video, text, etc.), You understand and agree that The Indianapolis Public Library, anyone acting on behalf of  The Indianapolis Public Library, and The Indianapolis Public Library licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity, without limitation, Your entry for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent.

This contest is supported by:
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

SYNC Audio Books for Teens returns April 27th!

What is SYNC?


SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 27, 2017 SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.   In 2016, 30 titles were given away over 15 weeks.


SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the teen audience and demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening.


SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through the OverDrive app. Download the app in advance to whichever device you anticipate listening on and be ready to go!


Simply sign-up to get notifications of when the FREE audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting Titles change every Thursday at 7am ET when the program is running.

Please Note: Signing up for these alerts will not send you the titles. The alerts will simply tell you when and where the title is available to download.

Download Details

  • Downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by OverDrive, and are Mac and Windows compatible.
  • Downloads will operate through the OverDrive app.
  • Most listening devices are supported.
  • Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only).
  • Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep.

Looking for something to do?

Looking for something to do inside? We can’t blame you! Check out these great upcoming events happening at Central Library!

Robots After Noon @ Central
The Learning Curve
Sunday, December 4, 2016
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Are you interested in learning about robots? Want to experience programming on a new level? Learn to program LEGO robots; use an iPad to drive a Sphero; use colors to guide an Ozobot; and so much more!

Game Night @ Central
Monday, December 5, 2016
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Table-top game lovers are invited to try a collection of over 120 classic and modern board, card and dice games for kids and adults. Rediscover such favorites as Scrabble, Chess, Monopoly and Uno, or try something new such as Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, King of Tokyo and Pandemic. Learning Curve staff and Mayfair Game Shepherds will be available to make recommendations and answer questions. Gamers under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

Holiday Classical Concerts at the Library
Central Library
Monday, December 5, 2016
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Individuals of all ages are invited to enjoy a performance of chamber ensemble music featuring holiday classics and carols by members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

So Kawaii! Introductory Art Class
Central Library
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 4:30 pm

Registration Required (Call 317-275-4100)

Children ages 7 and up are invited to transform any drawing from normal to kawaii! Participants will bring in a drawing of any object or creature (a piece of toast, an elephant, a refrigerator) and turn it into a highly stylized cartoon in kawaii style. The session will include a discussion of what kawaii means and what illustration techniques are key to maintaining the kawaii animation style. This program is presented by Art With a Heart.
This program will be held in the Learning Curve.

Statehood Celebration Day for Families
Central Library
Sunday, December 11, 2016
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

As part of the Library’s celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial, families are invited to celebrate 200 years of statehood culminating on the anniversary date when Indiana became the 19th state in the Union. Festivities will include music, crafts, a book signing with Donna Griffin, author of “The Twelve Days of Christmas in Indiana,” a discussion by local author and historian Nelson Price about historical women, and 3D printing (1st floor Makerspace) activities presented by MakerNavigator, Inc.

Indianapolis Special Collections Room 2016 Program Series
Central Library
Sunday, December 11, 2016
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Visit the Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room on the 6th floor of Central Library for this series of historical presentations that relate to Indianapolis and central Indiana.
The title of this program is “Famous Hoosier Women: Historic and Contemporary Legends.” Author, historian and radio host Nelson Price will explore the lives of historic and contemporary notable Hoosier women. The presentation will include displays of photos, researched stories and personal accounts from interviews of famous Indiana women.

Need help practicing for that interview?

Are you writing your first resume or cover letter? The library has a free to use database to help you out!

careerCareer Transitions:   This database provides help for job seekers by offering a one-stop career guidance center to help you find sustainable employment. Includes interest discovery tools, a career explorer module, resume and cover letter builders, and a job search center using postings from major job boards and government listings. It even has an interview simulation!

If you do this from home, you will need your library card number and your pin number to log in. Type your whole library card number in and the pin should be the last 4 digits of your card number (unless you have changed it).