John and Hank Green at Carnegie Hall, streamed live at Central Library January 15th

The Fault in Our Stars

Let’s say happy birthday to The Fault in Our Stars! I mean the book by John Green.

Green and his brother Hank will be celebrating his novel’s anniversary at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. Their musical guests will be the Mountain Goats.

If you can’t make it to Carnegie Hall that night, join us in the Clowes Auditorium at Central Library, where we will stream the event live.

“My nostalgia is so extreme that I am capable of missing a swing my butt never actually touched.” Attend this event, and your nostalgia for it will be within reason.

Win a Visit from Andrew Luck & Dwayne Allen

The Indianapolis Colts are joining The Indianapolis Public Library to promote using your library card during the “COLTSRONG, LIBRARYSTRONG” campaign through December 31.

Andrew Luck and Dwayne Allen of the Colts

  • The contest is to promote and encourage young people, 6 to 17 years-old, to use their library cards at the various branches and Central Library of the Indianapolis Public Library (the “Library”).
  • The contest begins 12:00 am on November 26, 2012, and ends 11:59 pm on December 31, 2012.
  • Library card holders are automatically entered into the contest when they use their library card for any library service. Only one library card usage per day, per person will count for entry into the contest. No purchase is necessary to win the contest.
  • The more days during the contest period the library card holders use their library card, the more automatic chances are entered into the contest and the greater the odds of winning.
  • After the contest period ends, one winner will randomly be drawn by computer and notified on January 2, 2013.
  • The date and time of the Colts players visit is to be determined by the Indianapolis Colts and the Library.
  • The event is limited to the winning child, the winning child’s family and 20 of the child’s friends each accompanied by an adult – not to exceed 50 people.
  • The event is limited to 50 people.
  • The contest winner must be a Library card holder, 6 and 17 years-old, and a legal resident of the fifty United States.
  • The contest is open to the general public, not Library employees.
  • The contest is run by the Indianapolis Public Library, P.O. Box 211, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-0211.
  • Contest prize has no retail value.

It’s a zombie takeover!

Zombies are taking over Central Library on Saturday, November 10th!

Zombie Takeover

1:00-4:00 pm
Enjoy zombie face painting by Hugabug Family Entertainment

1:30 pm
Zombie theatre production written and acted by students from the Indiana Repertory Theatre Youth Conservatory

2:00 pm
Join an author talk with Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall (Booksigning to follow)

2:30 pm
Create a zombie caricature with Art with a Heart (Call 275-4222 to register)

3:00 pm
Experience a martial arts demonstration

Celebrate the takeover of the walking dead with a day of zombie-themed activities!

Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge VII

Slammin Rhymes ChallengeThe Indianapolis Public Library presents Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge VII!
To recognize promising young poets, grades 9-12.
Teen Poets show off your talents!
Do verses just run through your head? Do you love writing poetry and giving it a voice?
WIN CASH AWARDS and the opportunity to perform at:

FALL FESTIVAL 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Central Library – Clowes Auditorium
40 East St. Clair Street.

The CHALLENGE:
Write with the inspiring thoughts of:
“I Dream, I Drive, I am Destined”

HOW TO ENTER
DEADLINE: Monday, October 22, 2012
To be eligible, participants must be Marion County students, grades 9-12. All entries must be the original work of entrants. Keep it clean: absolutely no profanity will be allowed!

Entries will be read and judged by the African American History Committee. The judges will consider originality, quality of writing and theme development. Each entry MUST be attached to an official Entry Form. You can click here and print a copy of the form, OR they should be available at all library locations.

Please submit a typed or legible written copy of your original poem and a recording (cassette or CD) of your reading to:

Cordia Watkins, Lawrence Library, 7898 North Hague Road,
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46256 or deliver to your local IMCPL library.
Winners will be notified. Participants must be registered by 12:00pm on event day.

WINNERS AND PRIZES
All participants will receive participation gift cards. Ten teen poets will be
selected to receive $25.00 gift cards and perform their winning entries at FALL FEST 2012, Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Central Library, Clowes Auditorium.

Each winner will be given three minutes to perform his or her work.
The Teen Poetry performance will be followed by an AWARDS CEREMONY.
All participants are encouraged to be present to receive their awards.
A photo shoot for all participants will be at 3:30pm.

Award presentations will be given by Judge Glenda Hatchett, author of the national best-seller book, Dare to Take Charge, and well known national figure presiding over the syndicated show “Judge Hatchett.”