Are you looking for your next great read? We can help! Visit us in person, explore reading recommendations online, join an in-person or online book discussion, get recommendations on Facebook, tune in to our televised book club segments, and more. Get started here!

Sunday Nights on Facebook
Join us on Sunday nights at 8:30pm on Facebook for Currently Reading. Enjoy this hour during which book enthusiasts share favorite books and offer suggestion about what to read next. Find out about the books that have everyone talking.

Wednesday Mornings – Indy Now Book Club
The Library helps host a ‘book club’ on the Indy Now Morning Show with Ryan and Jillian on Fox59. Tune in at 10 a.m. every other Wednesday. Catch book recommendations and IndyPL program highlights from your own local librarians. Re-watch segments you have missed and see book lists of the books mentioned in each segment.

In-Person & Online Book Discussions
Do you love talking about books? Join one of our book discussions or book clubs available both in-person and online.

Online Reading Recommendations
NovelList and NovelList K-8 are online services that offer reading recommendations. Browse both fiction and nonfiction, read-alike suggestions, series information, reviews, and lists of recommended and award-winning books for adults, teens and kids. Learn how to start on this video tutorial. Also try Book Connections which includes a “find the right book for you” feature.

Would you prefer one-on-one help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email ask-a- librarian.

Recommendations from Our Staff – February 2024

Make a selection from one of the book lists below created by our staff of avid readers. You can also follow our staff’s most recently published lists on the library catalog home page. Don’t miss our If You Like… suggestions that cover all the favorite genres like science fiction, graphic novels, romance, and more. Finally, don’t miss What We’re Reading Teens and What We’re Reading Kids.

Continuing the Legacy of Madam C.J. Walker

This list highlights historical black businesses, black business owners, and black organizations that have changed the world. Madam Walker’s legacy continues to shine throughout history and the present moment, inspiring creativity and innovation. Join us throughout February at several branches for History on Stage. Experience a live performance from two historic ladies: Madam C.J. Walker & a Sales Associate, Madam C.J. Walker & Ida B. Wells, or Ida B. Wells & Harriet Tubman. After a 45 minute presentation they will answer your questions. See the History on Stage schedule.

Title - Wonderful HairTitle - Madam C.J. WalkerTitle - African American EntrepreneursTitle - Oprah

Featured Recommendations for Black History Month

Explore our six tips for finding books by Black authors, including a convenient list of authors linked directly to our catalog for placing requests or checking out e-books or audiobooks. Find compelling fiction and nonfiction by both contemporary and classic Black authors, including books in every genre from literary fiction to romance, to science fiction to personal memoirs, whether you are looking for a thrilling page turner are recognized prize-winner!

See our staff recommendations:

Art & Basketball

Explore the intersection of basketball and the arts – music, poetry, photography, fashion, sculpture, painting and film – as Indianapolis hosts the NBA All-Star Game and IndyPL hosts Meet the Artists XXXVI.

Title - Soul of the GameTitle - FlyTitle - The Story of Basketball in 100 PhotographsTitle - A History of Basketball in 15 Sneakers

Womanism Past and Present

Womanism, first coined by Alice Walker in her book In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens Womanist Prose, takes the concept of feminism a step further to include Black women and other women of color. Alice’s Womanism theory can be defined in part as “A woman who loves other women, sexually and/or nonsexually. Appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility … and women’s strength. … Committed to survival and wholeness of entire people, male and female. Not a separatist, except periodically, for health … Loves music. Loves dance. Loves the moon. Loves the Spirit … Loves struggle. Loves the folk. Loves herself. Regardless. Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.”

Title - In Search of Our MothersTitle - Black Feminist ThoughtTitle - Sensuous KnowledgeTitle - All the Black Girls Are Activists

Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement from 1918 until the Great Depression. The Great Migration brought millions of Black Americans north to escape the Jim Crow southern states. Neighborhoods like Harlem became centers for Black Americans to live, work, create, and collaborate. With its roots in the “New Negro” movement which rejected the feelings of inferiority brought on by racial segregation in the South and celebrated African American heritage, the Harlem Renaissance inspired Black artists, musicians, poets, scholars, and leaders to shine. These books celebrate the various people and impacts of the Harlem Renaissance. Some are the direct works of authors from the era like Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Claude McKay. Others highlight the artists from the time. Still others offer an analysis that shows the impact of the Black Americans in Harlem that shaped more global movements like the jazz age and modernism. Come explore the works of the Harlem Renaissance at the library!

Title - A Nimble ArcTitle - You DonTitle - CanTitle - Zora and Langston

Featured Reading for Valentine’s Day

Browse If You Like Contempory Romances for some tips to help you find your next romantic read as well as a convenient clickable list of contemporary romance authors linked directly to our catalog for placing requests or checking out e-books or audiobooks. For more romantic reads browse our If You Like Historical Romance reading recommendations.

For the plus sized romance lover

I make no secret of the fact that I am a hearts and flowers lover, and as a woman who is not a size 6 it is nice to have protagonists that are not the standard tall and willowy woman. Here are some of my favorite romance books with plus sized characters. Since I spend more time in the children’s world, I am including some YA and adult titles. Many of these books are prefaced with trigger warnings of domestic violence, or abuse. Please take care to review them before reading them.

Title - DumplinTitle - PuddinTitle - ITitle - Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

Are you looking for reading recommendations for teens? We can help! Visit us in person or online to get great ideas for your next great read. For one-on-one help call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations. You can also call, text, or email ask-a- librarian! Here are some more ideas to help you find what to read next.

  • Follow our staff’s most recently published book lists on the library catalog home page.
  • Don’t miss our If You Like… suggestions that cover all the favorite genres like science fiction, graphic novels, romance, and more.
  • Join us Sunday nights at 8:30 p.m. on Facebook for Currently Reading where book enthusiasts offer their suggestions.
  • Tune in every other Wednesday at 10 a.m. to the Indy Now Book Club with Ryan and Jillian on Fox59 for reading recommendations and IndyPL program highlights from your own local librarians.
  • You can also get reading recommendations online from NovelList or Book Connections. Read book reviews, see “read alike” lists, browse starred reviews, and more.

Reading Recommendations for Teens – February 2024

Make a selection from one of the book lists below created by our staff of avid readers whose reading experiences and tastes cover about any interest you can think of!

The Winter 2024 Anime Season Guide

Well, the weather outside is frightful, but these shows are so delightful. Yes, I know, Christmas has passed but the Winter anime season is now upon us in full force. There are lots of new and returning titles on offer this season which means plenty of cozy reading opportunities. Here’s a list of the manga and light novels of this season’s shows.

Title - Delicious in DungeonTitle - A Sign of AffectionTitle - Solo LevelingTitle - The Witch and the Beast

Graphic Novels with Few Words

This list features graphic novels that have sparse or no text for adults and teens. These titles prove that sometimes we only need to rely on a few words (or none at all) to tell a story. Each entry labeled with its intended audience.

Title - The SpectatorsTitle - 20 Km/hTitle - One Beautiful Spring DayTitle - Here

Time Travel Graphic Novels for Teens

Check out this selection of graphic novels and manga from our teen collection that feature elements of time travel. These graphic novels are filled with chances to change the past/future, bearing witness to historical events, jumping between realities, letters from a future self, and manipulation of space and time by powerful beings.

Title - DisplacementTitle - A Girl Called EchoTitle - The Knife at your BackTitle - Inkblot

Dungeon and Dragons Stories

This list is a look at some stories of dungeon divers, dungeon clubs, dungeon trainers and dungeons in general. Enjoy! See our full listing of Dugneon and Dragon upcoming programs.

Title - No Humans Allowed!Title - Warriors & WeaponsTitle - Lost in the Mushroom MazeTitle - The Dungeoneers

Knitting Pop Culture

It’s hot outside! If you’re staying indoors, binge-watching movies and tv shows, try knitting while you watch. This winter you could be wearing mittens inspired by Little Women, a hat inspired by The Great Gatsby, a knitted Princess Leia’s snow vest, a homemade knitted sweater of your favorite Disney character, or a Hogwarts house cardigan.

Title - Knitting MagicTitle - Knitting the GalaxyTitle - Knitting With DisneyTitle - Highland Knits

Teen Manga

Explore the teen Manga collection at IndyPL! Manga is a style of Japanese comic books, aimed at adults, teens, and children. If you’re new to the genre, you’ll find the first book of many popular teen series here. Click on the book to find the rest in the series!

Title - JojoTitle - BeastarsTitle - The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of GoodbyesTitle - Assassination Classroom

Teens in Peril in Space

Nothing spices up adolescence like killer aliens. Or hard vacuum. Or a sinister interstellar conspiracy.

Title - Brightly BurningTitle - Victories Greater Than DeathTitle - ToxicTitle - The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

In-Person & Online Book Discussions for Teens

  • Event: Graphic Novel Club
  • Date & Time: Saturday, March 02, 2:00pm
  • Location: Lawrence Branch
  • Description: Join the Tween Graphic Novel Club’s first meeting as we share our thoughts on this month’s read, “Four Eyes” by Rex Ogle and Dave Valeza. Children ages 9-12 are invited to attend.
  • Register Here

Are you looking for reading recommendations for kids? We can help! Use these book lists created by our staff to find new and favorite books for kids of all ages covering a variety of topics and interests. Would you like to see more? Browse all of our staff recommendations for kids. Would you prefer one-on-one help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email ask-a- librarian. For next step reading suggestions you can also browse What We’re Reading Teens.

Poetry Books for Kids by Black Authors

This list is Inspired by Black Poetry Day which is October 17. The day celebrates Black Poets, as well as Black heritage and literacy. With that in mind, Dear Readers, I’m glad you are here. There are no grades here, no need to feel intimidated! Just a small sample of books that “read like poetry” as well as books that contain poetry. May you find a new favorite by a Black poet/author! If you are a grown-up and want to know more, I encourage you to explore the call number 811+, as well as www.africanamericanpoetry.org.

Title - Just Like MeTitle - Skin AgainTitle - Black Is A Rainbow ColorTitle - Crown

Continuing the Legacy of Madam C.J. Walker

In honor of Madam C.J. Walker’s birthday, the collection below highlights historical black businesses, black business owners, and black organizations that have changed the world. Her legacy continues to shine throughout history and the present moment, inspiring creativity and innovation. Experience a live performance from two historic ladies: Madam C.J. Walker & a Sales Associate, Madam C.J. Walker & Ida B. Wells, or Ida B. Wells & Harriet Tubman. After a 45 minute presentation they will answer your questions. See the History on Stage schedule.

Title - Wonderful HairTitle - Madam C.J. WalkerTitle - African American EntrepreneursTitle - Oprah

Books about Black Artists for Kids

These books will teach you about the life, art, and style of many influential Black artists, including painters, sculptors, quilters, collagists, and photographers.

Title - Black Artists Shaping the WorldTitle - We CanTitle - Parker Looks upTitle - Faith Ringgold

Learn about Black Activists and Activism

Remembering Malcolm X and the impact he made. Read about people and movements inspired by Malcolm X and other civil rights leaders.

Title - The Book of Awesome Black AmericansTitle - Brave Leaders and ActivistsTitle - CorettaTitle - Nevertheless, We Persisted

Groundhog Day

Did you know that these cute little furry rodents can predict the weather? On February 2nd, if the groundhog sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter. In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, crowds gather around Punxsutawney Phil to see if he sees his shadow. Check out these books and movies about our favorite little weather forecaster!

Title - Groundhog DayTitle - What Is Groundhog Day?Title - Groundhog DayTitle - Punxsutawney Phyllis

Celebrating Black Hair

From fresh hair cuts, big and small curly afros, locs, and braids. This list is a celebration of Black hair for children of all ages.

Title - Zahrah the WindseekerTitle - CrownTitle - My Fade Is FreshTitle - Bippity Bop Barbershop

Maple Syrup Season

Right now it feels like the bleakest midwinter, but soon the weather will begin to thaw. As the temperatures get warmer, forests will begin to come back to life. With that comes the gift of maple sugar and maple syrup! Anticipate the sweetness of what will come with this collection of stories about sugaring time.

Title - How Is Maple Syrup Made?Title - Maple Syrup SeasonTitle - Maple TreeTitle - Grandpa Alan

Joy! Joy! Joy!

Little ones burst with joy! Here are a handful of books to celebrate the many ways that joy arises in life.

Title - Joy Takes RootTitle - JoyTitle - This Joy!Title - Joy

Paper Art: Stories & Craft Ideas for Kids

Paper collage and paper-cut art are classic media for children’s books. Find inspiring stories and craft ideas in this list. This spring, join Junonia Arts for a special class on how to make paper art yourself! Register online at indypl.org/calendar.

Title - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Title - Inch by InchTitle - ElfwynTitle - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Winter Tales

Winter is full of wonders! Celebrate the season with this selection of children’s books – both new and old.

Title - Mice SkatingTitle - Whose Footprints Are These?Title - Frog and Toad All YearTitle - Winter Is Here

It’s Cold, But It’s Snow Much Fun! Winter Favorites for Kids

It’s true, there’s no day like a snow day! Go out and play, and then cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a stack of these favorite winter tales.

Title - My Friend Ben and the First SnowTitle - Twinkle, Twinkle, Winter NightTitle - So Much SnowTitle - I Like the Snow


Winter Stories for Winter Days

Snuggle up on a cold winter day with these winter-themed picture books! You can find both fiction and nonfiction titles here. These are a great addition to any winter story time or display!

Title - Bright Winter NightTitle - Bus StopTitle - The First Day of WinterTitle - Is This...winter?

Foxes in Winter

Stories of foxes in wintertime abound. Perhaps this is because foxes are such elusive and mysterious creatures. Or perhaps their experiences evoke something we can all relate to. These stories touch on themes of loneliness, change, and the enduring power of friendship.

Title - Fox Versus WinterTitle - Little Fox in the SnowTitle - Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry SurpriseTitle - Red Fox Running

Spooky Middle Grade Reads for Any Time of The Year

Who doesn’t love a good spooky story? Winter (or any season) is an excellent time to cozy up with a spooky book. These books will appeal to kids, teens, and adults who love all things creepy!

Title - Small SpacesTitle - The ClackityTitle - Doll BonesTitle - The Jumbies

The Library’s Spring 2024 Nonprofit Program Series at Central Library offers free, in-person workshops on a variety of nonprofit management topics including starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, developing a board of directors, strategic planning, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, planning effective programs, and writing successful grant proposals. Workshops are led by local nonprofit experts. We also offer training on using Foundation Directory, a prospecting tool for researching grant funders as well as how to find evidence-based research for grant proposals. These sessions are led by librarians on our Nonprofit Team at Central Library.


Nonprofit Program Series at Central Library Schedule & Registration:

Starting a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

This workshop will help you assess whether starting a nonprofit is right for you. Learn what a nonprofit organization is, and the steps required to start one. See our book list: Starting a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization.

Presented by Josh Abel, Legal Counsel at Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.


Developing an Effective Board of Directors

This workshop will help you understand the basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards and identify methods for improving board effectiveness. See our book list: Developing a Nonprofit Board of Directors.

Presented by Falicia Brewer, President of Brewer & Associates.


Intro to Foundation Directory Online (FDO): Finding Grant Funders

Learn to use Foundation Directory Online, a research tool that can help 501(c)(3) nonprofits find grant makers most likely to fund their projects.

Presented by Leah Kim and Charlie Cain, Librarians on the Nonprofit Team at The Indianapolis Public Library and Foundation Directory Certified Trainers.


Planning Effective Programs

In this workshop, you’ll discover the main components of a solid program plan that will allow your organization to provide quality services to your community.

Presented by Gail Thomas Strong, Local Nonprofit Expert.


Successful Grant Proposals

In this workshop, you’ll learn about the grant application process and assess whether your organization is ready to apply for grants. See our book list Resources for Writing Successful Grant Proposals.

Presented by Gail Thomas Strong, Local Nonprofit Expert.


Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

A strategic plan enables your nonprofit to look ahead and make plans for the future. Learn when and how to create an effective plan to guide your organization. See our book list: Strategic Planning for Nonprofits.

Presented by Alyson Parham Small, President and Founder of the Partec Consulting Group.


Evidence-based Research for Grant Proposals

This workshop will introduce you to resources for locating data and evidence-based research for your nonprofit organization’s grant proposals and answering critical needs statement questions.

Presented by Jordan Hunt, Public Services Librarian at The Indianapolis Public Library.


Volunteer Recruitment, Retention, and More

Learn best practices and proven methods to recruit and retain volunteers. Participants will receive tools to help guide the development of a strong and lasting volunteer workforce. See our book list: Volunteer Recruitment and Management Resources for Nonprofit Organizations.

Presented by Wendy Johnson (MPA, CVA), Volunteer Resource Supervisor at The Indianapolis Public Library.


Fearless Asking: How to Build an Individual Giving Program

An individual giving program is an important part of any nonprofit’s fundraising strategy. This workshop will help you understand the current fundraising environment and show you how to overcome your fears so you can ask confidently for the support your nonprofit needs. See our book list: Fundraising for Nonprofits.

Presented by Theresa Browning (CFRE)​, Major Gifts Officer at the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and Bethany Warner (CFRE) President of Blue Pen Consulting.

Saturday, March 23 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Register for Fearless Asking: How to Build an Individual Giving Program


What’s Working? Utilizing Program Evaluation to Improve Service Delivery and Outcomes

This session introduces basic program evaluation strategies and activities to help you understand if your program is meeting goals, operating effectively, and making an impact in your community.

Presented by Roxy Hui, Director of Evaluation at the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy.


Find Your Stats in a Flash!

This workshop will introduce you to Indiana State Data Center resources and give specific examples for finding data for grant proposals.

Presented by Katie Springer, State Data Center Coordinator at the Indiana State Library


Questions about the Nonprofit Program Series at Central Library? Email or call Central Library and ask to speak with a librarian on our Nonprofit Team.

Not able to attend one of our workshops? Watch one of our recorded sessions from our Spring 2021 workshop series available on The Library’s YouTube channel.

For more information, resources, funding tips, and helpful tools see our blog post Nurturing the Nonprofit Organization.

Made possible by Meridian Foundation through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.

– President Gerald R. Ford, officially recognizing Black History Month, 1976

There was a time in our nation’s history when learning about the achievements and good deeds of Americans included pertinent facts about almost every group of people living in the United States. The notable exception was people of color, and more specifically, African Americans. Present-day, during the month of February, we celebrate Black history and African American accomplishments, including contributions by our teachers, historians, lawyers, doctors, political activists, writers, engineers, dancers, athletes, musicians, artists, and so much more.

Black History Month

Portrait Carter G. Woodson
Carter G. Woodson

Did you know that observance of Black History Month began in 1976 back when President Gerald Ford was at the helm? Prior to this, African American history was actually observed during the second week in February as “Negro History Week,” which began in 1926. Negro History Week was the brainchild of Carter G. Woodson-PhD and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), founded in 1915 as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Woodson reportedly settled on the second week in February because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln (U.S. National Archives: Emancipation Proclamation) and Frederick Douglass (African American Civil Rights Activist). Learn more about Carter G. Woodson as well as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Several books on Woodson’s life and legacy for adults and kids can be found in IndyPL’s catalog.

It’s about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high and low, famous and obscure, and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America. It’s about taking an unvarnished look at the past so we can create a better future. It’s a reminder of where we as a country have been so that we know where we need to go.

President Barack Obama, 2016

The Library has books, music, movies, and digital collections related to African American history. If you are in need of suggestions for what to check out next, here are some great ways to get started – re-read a classic or favorite, find out about an author you have never read, reflect on what you remember, or discover a piece of history you didn’t know.

Attend a Black history program at The Library.

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  • Event: History On Stage
  • Date & Time: Monday, February 26, 6:00pm
  • Location: Martindale-Brightwood Branch
  • Description: Experience a live performance from two historic ladies: Madam CJ Walker & a Sales Associate, Madam CJ Walker & Ida B. Wells, or Ida B. Wells & Harriet Tubman. After a 45 minute presentation they will answer your questions for 15 minutes.
  • No Registration Required.
  • Event: History On Stage
  • Date & Time: Tuesday, February 27, 4:00pm
  • Location: Franklin Road Branch
  • Description: Experience a live performance from two historic ladies: Madam CJ Walker & a Sales Associate, Madam CJ Walker & Ida B. Wells, or Ida B. Wells & Harriet Tubman. After a 45 minute presentation they will answer your questions for 15 minutes.
  • No Registration Required.

Visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library to explore our collection.

The Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) is home to our largest collection of materials by Black authors. Take as long as you’d like to browse this collection that features authors whose work impacts local, national and global culture in literature, sports, business, politics, science and music. Also don’t miss the CBLC’s website, The Power of Black Voices. This online collection includes artifacts, photographs, and articles across many categories.

Our knowledgeable staff and the resources available to you at The Library and online can help you get started from primary sources and portals to biographies, artifacts, photographs, and more.

Center for Black Literature & Culture

Share Black history with kids.

If you are looking for Black history resources for kids, read through history by browsing our Racial Justice Timeline, 1954-1968. Listed here are important events of the Civil Rights Movement and the fight for racial justice. For each event a few books are listed, both fiction and non-fiction, that bring the events and people to life.

Books written for children are also great introductions to history for adults. These selections designed for kids often include excerpts of primary sources, charts, graphs, and high quality photographs from digital archives. These selections make thoughtful reads for adults as well.

Read Black authors.

Here are six tips to help you find books written by Black authors, including a convenient clickable list of authors linked directly to our catalog for placing requests or checking out e-books or audiobooks. Find compelling history and historical fiction, biographies, and memoirs by both contemporary and classic authors.

You can also get reading recommendations from our staff. Browse these featured recommendations.


Listed below is a Black history timeline of important events of the civil rights movement. These events led to the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The fiction and non-fiction books listed bring the events and people to life. Take a book walk through history to learn about these determined, brave people who stood together so no one stood alone.

Ruby Bridges

At the age of six Ruby Bridges became the first Black child to integrate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans. This Is Your Time is a new book for kids written by Ruby herself and is a great introduction to one of the key moments in the Black history timeline. It is a letter she has written to children today, more than 60 years after her historic first, to share her story and share her thoughts on what children can do to effect change. As Ruby says, “what can inspire tomorrow often lies in our past.”

This Is Your Time includes many historical photos, some from Ruby’s private collection. I especially enjoyed learning about Ruby’s first grade teacher that year and the photo of Ruby and her teacher at school, as well as the recent picture of the two of them together.

The image on the book’s cover is “The Problem We All Live With,” a 1964 painting by Norman Rockwell that shows Ruby being escorted to school by four US Marshals. In 2011 President Barack Obama arranged to borrow the painting from the Norman Rockwell museum. He had it hung outside the Oval Office and invited Ruby to come see it. Watch this video carefully to hear President Obama say something important:

“I think it’s fair to say that if it hadn’t been for you guys, I might not be here and we wouldn’t be looking at this together.”

Ruby Bridges visits with the President and her portrait

He said something very similar during his campaign for the presidency in 2007.

“I’m here because somebody marched. I’m here because you all sacrificed for me. I stand on the shoulders of giants.” ~Speech, Selma Voting Rights March Commemoration in Selma, Alabama, March 4, 2007

Black History Timeline

The books suggested in the Black history timeline below make great selections every day, but are especially meaningful on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, and on January 18th, the National Day of Racial Healing. On these days we turn our attention to specifically remember history and re-commit to the goal of racial justice.

1954

Brown v. Board of Education was a very important United States Supreme Court case. The Court decided state laws that separated Black students from white students in public schools were unconstitutional. In other words, the Court said this separation of students was not legal. The decision by the Court was unanimous (9–0). Unanimous means all of the supreme court justices agreed.

title - When the Schools Shut Downtitle - Remembertitle - Brown V. Board of Education : A Day That Changed Americatitle - Brown V. Board of Education

1954

The Murder of Emmett Till – Accused of offending a white woman at a grocery store, Emmett was a 14-year-old Black boy lynched in Mississippi in 1955. The brutality of his murder and the fact that his killers were acquitted highlighted the long history of violent persecution of African Americans. Like Ruby Bridges, Emmett became an icon of the civil rights movement.

title - Choosing Bravetitle - Ghost Boystitle - In the Name of Emmett Tilltitle - A Wreath for Emmett Till

1955-1956

The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a protest against segregated seats on the public buses in Montgomery, Alabama. Back then Black people had to ride in the seats at the back of the bus, and if the seats were all full and a white person got on the bus, a Black rider would have to give their seat to the white person. A boycott a tactic people use to point out something they think is not right. They stop buying something or stop using something to draw attention to the problem. In this case, people boycotted the buses; they stopped paying to ride them.

title - Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycotttitle - Rosa Parks & Claudette Colvintitle - Sweet Justicetitle - Rosa

1957

The Little Rock Nine was a group of Black students who signed up to go to Little Rock Central High School. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court had already said it was not legal to separate Black students from white students in public schools, officials blocked these Black students from entering the school. President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne and the Arkansas National Guard to escort the students to school.

title - The Little Rock Nine Challenge Segregationtitle - March Forward, Girltitle - Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Ninetitle - The Lions of Little Rock

1960

The Greensboro Sit-ins were nonviolent protests against segregated seating in restaurants. The sit-ins began in Greensboro, North Carolina when four Black men sat down in the white section of a restaurant. No one would take their order because they were not sitting in the “right” seats. They sat quietly until the restaurant closed. Because they were sitting in the seats, white people could not sit in the seats and make an order. The next day more people came and did the same thing, filling up the seats. More people joined each day at more restaurants and in more cities. The restaurants did not make any money. Eventually, the restaurants changed their segregation rules so that they could do business again.

title - Lunch Counter Sit-institle - The Greensboro Lunch Countertitle - Freedom on the Menutitle - Sit-in

1960

Ruby Bridges was the first Black student to attend an all-white elementary school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Four federal marshals escorted Ruby and her mother for the entire school year.

title - Ruby Bridges Takes Her Seattitle - I Am Ruby Bridgestitle - Ruby Bridgestitle - This Is your Time

1961

Freedom Riders were people who rode on buses to protest segregated seating. The United States Supreme Court had already ruled that it was illegal to separate Black people from white people on public buses. The authorities did not enforce the law. To protest this, groups of people, both Black and white, rode the buses together to challenge the rules. The riders drew attention to the states that were not following federal law.

title - The Story of the Civil Rights Freedom Rides in Photographstitle - Night on Firetitle - Twelve Days in May

1963

The Birmingham Children’s March was a march by hundreds of school children in Birmingham, Alabama. The children left school and walked downtown to talk to the mayor about segregation. Authorities used fire hoses and police dogs to try to stop the march. Many children were arrested. This event inspired President Kennedy to publicly support federal civil rights legislation and the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

title - We've Got A Jobtitle - The Youngest Marchertitle - Let the Children March

1963

The March on Washington took place in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. At the march, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. The march helped pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

title - More Than A Dreamtitle - Unstoppabletitle - A Song for the Unsungtitle - March On!title - A Place to Landtitle - I Have A Dream

1963

The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, on Sunday, September 15, 1963 killed four little girls and injured 22 other people. Three Klansmen were thought by the FBI to be responsible and were eventually prosecuted for the crime, but not until 1977, 2001 and 2002. A fourth man died before he could be prosecuted. The bombing contributed to support for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

title - Birmingham, 1963title - Birmingham Sunday

1964

The Civil Rights Act enacted on July 2, 1964. It is a landmark law in the United States that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

title - The Civil Rights Act of 1964title - Glory Betitle - All the Days Past, All the Days to Cometitle - Freedom Summer

1965

The Selma to Montgomery Voting Marches were three protest marches along a 54-mile highway from Selma, Alabama, to the Alabama state capital of Montgomery. Black citizens who were being prevented from exercising their constitutional right to vote organized the marches. The marches contributed to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

title - Because They Marchedtitle - Lillian's Right to Votetitle - Turning 15 on the Road to Freedomtitle - The Teachers March!

1968

Dr. Martin Luther King assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. While his death silenced his own voice, it did not end the civil rights movement. The movement continues to this day as people work to ensure and preserve opportunities for racial equity, inclusion, justice, and peace.

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To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

Explore Indianapolis’s local Black history by browsing through these online portals, digitized newspapers and documents, photo galleries, artifact collections, images, documents, and more.

Digital Indy Archive

  • Crispus Attucks High School Year Books
    In 1927, Crispus Attucks High School opened its doors as Indianapolis’ first and only all-Black high school.
  • Black History, Indianapolis History
    Black history has a long presence in Indianapolis and makes up the very fabric of the city. Six years after the founding of Indianapolis, out of the 1,066 total residents 55 were African American (source). There is no history of Indianapolis without Indianapolis’ vibrant and diverse Black population.
  • Indianapolis Public Library African American History Committee
    Find information here about past AAHC events, lectures, and exhibits. View posters, programs, news items, and compilations of African American authors and illustrators.

Encyclopedia of Indianapolis

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

Local Black History – Indiana

Indiana Historical Bureau
Being Black in Indiana
Highlights the Ordinance of 1787, Article XIII of the Indiana Constitution of 1851, and 1816 Constitution and the impact on fleeing enslaved people and black settlers in the state of Indiana.

Indiana Historical Society
Early Black Settlements by County
Explore Early Black Settlements by County including the town of Bridgeport (Sunnyside or Westview), located in Wayne Township in Marion County.

Indiana Historical Society
Mark A. Lee LGBT Photo Collection
Explore the Indiana LGBTQ Collecting Initiative and Digital Image Collection containing various oral history interview excerpts and photographs featuring some of our local Indy African American residents.

Indiana Landmarks
Black Heritage Preservation Program: Combating Erasure of Black History with Eunice Trotter (Slide Presentation)

Indiana Memory Hosted Digital Collections
Urban Displacement and the Making of a University IUPUI (1964-1990)
“You will find correspondence related to property purchases, campus planning documents, assessments of home and business values, abstracts of title, oral histories, and a few items collected by administrators that show community discontent.”

Indiana University’s Portal to Professional Education
Indianapolis African American Heritage
This is a self-paced FREE online course. Credit: None. If you don’t have an IU account, create a free IU Guest account to enroll in the course. The course content is offered under a Public Domain.

Indiana Humanities
Drag Resistance and Worker Solidarity on Indiana Avenue
During the jazz era, Indiana Avenue became the epicenter of Black life for Indianapolis. Emerging research into this local history reveals a queer nightlife and culture moving through and amongst Indiana Avenue and Indianapolis’ Black community with visibility in the jazz clubs and city sidewalks just outside the clubs.

IUPUI ScholarWorks
The Female Impersonators of Indiana Avenue: Race, Sexuality, Gender Expression, and the Black Entertainment Industry (1911-1980s)

National Trust for Historic Preservation and Indiana Landmarks
Preserving Black Heritage in Indiana and Beyond with Tiffany Tolbert (Slide Presentation)

WRTV
Black History in Indiana

Stories of Black Hoosiers living and working in Central Indiana: Clip highlights Lockfield Gardens.

Local Black History – Indianapolis

African-American Hospitals and Health Care in Early Twentieth Century
Indianapolis, Indiana, 1894-1917 by Norma B. Erickson (2016): Study – Master Thesis: African American nurses, doctors, and images of African American hospitals (Ward’s, Lincoln, and Sisters of Charity) in Indianapolis.

Hoosier State Chronicles
Digitized African American Newspapers

Indianapolis at the Time of the Great Migration, 1900-1920
Originally published in August 1996 (No. 65) Black History News & Notes, a newsletter of the Indiana Historical Society. Highlights the movement of African Americans from the South to Indianapolis and the different infrastructure, job opportunities, residential segregation, and other inequalities they encountered once they arrived in the city.

Indy Parks
Pride of the Parks Honoring Black Culture Through Indy Parks
List of parks honoring Black Indianapolis residents, contributions, and culture through Indy Parks. View the Pride of the Parks brochure.

Indy Pride
2023 Black History Month LGBTQ+ Community Spotlight
Reflect on the contributions, challenges, and history of our Black and African American community members and celebrate the achievements of activists today who continue to lead, create, and envision a better future amidst the ongoing racism in our country.

Invisible Indianapolis
Race, Heritage and Community Memory in the Circle City
Explore a brief history of African American doctors and public health in Indianapolis during the 20th century.

A Neighborhood of Saturdays
Highlights African American and Jewish community history on the Indianapolis Southside, redlining and I-70.

In 1987, Congress declared March National Women’s History Month. The time is set aside to shine light on contributions and accomplishments, to uncover untold stories, and to learn how perseverance, strength, and persistence prevailed in the face of discrimination. In spite of centuries of obstacles women have made a profound impact on history and continue to shape contemporary society.

These books, videos, and online resources provide an engaging look back at the women who have come before, women today, and a hopeful look forward to the possibilities of the female changemakers and leaders to come.

Websites & Online Portals

If you only have a minute or if you have the whole month, you can read, watch, or listen to fascinating stories about American women online.

Female Healers
This year’s Women’s History Month celebrates “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis is featuring Early Indianapolis women healers. Learn more about the women who have made history in the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis!

#KnowHerStory
These quick looks at history are perfect for learning about some exceptional women in a small amount of time. #KnowHerStory is hosted by The National Women’s History Museum.

Because Of Her Story
This is an online collection from the Smithsonian that includes stories and objects from women who have shaped America. Explore the online collection of artifacts and then read the stories about why the objects are significant.

Girlhood (It’s complicated)
This website is a unique look at women’s history from the perspective of young girls from The National Museum of American History. It explores the concept of girlhood and how girls have changed history.

National Poetry Foundation
The National Poetry Foundation provides this opportunity to read poems that explore women’s history and women’s rights by several female writing icons.

e-Books & Streaming

Several of our e-book and streaming platforms have collections specifically about women.

You can download e-books or audiobooks, stream films, documentaries, and television shows free with your IndyPL library card. Detailed information about each of our services is available on our download and stream page. If you have never used our streaming services before, directions are available:

Need more help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian. The Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.

Women’s History Month Reading Recommendations from IndyPL Staff

The staff at IndyPL create book lists all year to help readers find just the right book. From female entrepreneurs to politicians to information about women’s heart health, here are several booklists that highlight women. You can browse all of our book lists featuring women for adultsteens and kids.

Women’s Hoops: The Essential Reading List

NCAA tournament season is almost upon us, and the WNBA opener is on the horizon. Get amped for all the action to come with new and classic reads about women’s basketball.

Title - Hoop MusesTitle - Full-court QuestTitle - Inaugural Ballers : the True Story of the First U.S. WomenTitle - Dear Black Girls

Women and Girls Make Amazing Music!

These compelling documentaries shed light on the lives and careers of women and girls working in a range of genres and musical settings.

Title - Sisters With TransistorsTitle - Tokyo idolsTitle - FannyTitle - Joan Baez

Women Make Amazing Art!

Invite the budding young artists in your life to explore art by women from around the planet!

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Women in Higher Education – United States

It took 200 years after the establishment of Harvard College before women had access to college education in the United States. Now many preside over institutes of higher learning. This list highlights history, important figures, areas of study, and current issues related to women in higher education, both nationally and locally.

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The #52FilmsbyWomen challenge launched several years ago by Women in Film, Los Angeles. The challenge invites movie lovers to watch an average of one film by a woman director each week throughout the year. There are SO MANY movies directed by women to choose from, but to help you get started I’m sharing a range of choices from around the world and throughout cinema history. Here’s to an exciting year of film viewing!

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    Kids of all ages can learn about more than a dozen trailblazing women in science, art, law, politics, and sports by listening to these video storytimes. Our featured story is called Equality’s Call, by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Magdalena Mora. It is the story of the history of voting rights in the United States from our nation’s founding until today. The story is read by National Women’s History Museum Ambassador, actress Logan Browning.

    To hear even more stories about amazing women, just click on a book cover to listen to another one!

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    e-Books & Audiobooks

    Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books about trailblazing women at any of our locations, or check out books about trailblazing women e-books and audiobooks from OverDrive Kids right to your device! If you have never used OverDrive before, you can learn how to use it for both e-books and audiobooks.

    Find more FREE online reading at Free Video Read Alouds or try storytime at home!

    Need help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email Ask-a-Librarian. The Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.

    Websites, Activities & Printables

    Women’s History for Kids

    Fun books to help kids learn about women’s history and get inspired to make a difference!

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    Women and Girls Make Amazing Music!

    These compelling documentaries shed light on the lives and careers of women and girls working in a range of genres and musical settings.

    Title - Sisters With TransistorsTitle - Tokyo idolsTitle - FannyTitle - Joan Baez

    Game Changers: 25 Books About Female Athletes Who Took the Lead

    Listed here are more stories about trailblazing female athletes. “Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.” ~National Women’s History Project

    Title - Breaking ThroughTitle - I Am A PromiseTitle - Girl RunningTitle - Anybody

    Women Make Amazing Art!

    Invite the budding young artists in your life to explore art by women from around the planet!

    Title - The Life and Art of Ningiukulu TeeveeTitle - We Are ArtistsTitle - Through GeorgiaTitle - Faith Ringgold

    The National Day of Racial Healing is on the Tuesday after Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation collaboration with the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation community partners. It is an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge racialized wrongs that have detrimental consequences. Racial healing is about repairing that damage and creating a more just and equitable world. Learn more about the Foundation and its work.

    “The National Day of Racial Healing is a time to contemplate our shared values and create the blueprint together for #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism. Launched on Jan. 17, 2017, it is an opportunity to bring ALL people together in their common humanity and inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world.”

    Conversations about race and racism can be difficult and uncomfortable. Do you know someone you would like to talk to about racism but haven’t known how? Books have always been great conversation starters. You can help start a conversation on racial healing in your own family, neighborhood, workplace, church, or community by using these resources developed by the Foundation and their community partners.

    Conversation Guide

    Reading Lists & Book Discussion Guides

    Three themes are available from the American Library Association (ALA) for book clubs or group readings in a church, school, neighborhood, or family. Each theme includes reading lists and discussion questions. Here are the recommended titles linked directly to our catalog as well as a link to each theme to locate the corresponding discussion questions.

    Deeper Than Our Skins: The Present is a Conversation with the Past

    Finding Your Voice: Speaking Truth to Power

    Growing Up Brave on the Margins: Courage and Coming of Age

    Recommendations from IndyPL Staff

    Just a few books for all members of your family with themes that can spark conversation with your community about racial healing. Together, we can bridge divides to transform our communities for our children and future generations.

    Title - Rising Out of HatredTitle - BiasedTitle - The Racial Healing HandbookTitle - Healing Racial TraumaTitle - AmericaTitle - StampedTitle - The Rose That Grew From ConcreteTitle - Born A Crime

    More Resources for Talking About Race:

    Talking About Race is an online portal from the National Museum of African American History & Culture designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture. The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents and caregivers—and individuals committed to racial equality.

    Social Justice Books: A Teaching for Change Project offers more than 100 lists of multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators.

    EmbraceRace supports parents to raise children who are brave, informed and thoughtful about race. Their site has a variety of articles for parents and caregivers.

    WeNeedDiverseBooks has compiled resources from members of their community on race, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion. They offer an extensive list of resources for children, teens and adults including book recommendations, links to online articles, and a list of black owned book stores by state.

    The Snowy Day, published in 1962, has been a wintertime favorite for more than 50 years. It is the story of a small boy exploring his neighborhood on a snowy day. The story captures all the wonderful things experienced with all five senses when we wake up to a snow-covered morning. In the city, in the country, on a school day, or a snow day-off day, fresh snow is a thrilling experience! You can listen right now to this animated version of The Snow Day expertly and wonderfully read aloud by composer, poet, and artist, Napoleon Maddox. You can learn more about this storytime classic in A Poem for Peter: the Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snow Day. Enjoy winter storytime online!

    Talk!

    After listening to the winter storytime online, talk about some of the things that happened in it.

    • When Peter went out into the snow, what were some of the things he did to have fun?
    • What happened to the snowball that Peter put in his pocket to save for the next day?
    • When Peter went to sleep, what did he dream? Did his dream come true?
    • If there was a snow storm here, what would you like to do?

    Read!

    Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books about winter at any of our locations, or check out winter e-books and audiobooks from OverDrive Kids right to your device! If you have never used OverDrive before, you can learn how to use it for both e-books and audiobooks.

    Click on the book covers below to listen to more winter video read aloud stories right now! It’s winter storytime online! Did you like these? You can find more stories at Free Video Read Alouds and enjoy even more themed reading and activity fun at IndyPL’s DIY Online Storytimes at Home.

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    It’s Cold, But It’s Snow Much Fun! Winter Favorites for Kids to Check Out with your IndyPL Library Card

    List Cover Images - ItIt’s true, there’s no day like a snow day! Go out and play, and then cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a stack of these favorite winter tales.

    Sing!

    Enjoy this sing along from Laurie Berkner. Use her pattern to make a monster mask to sing and play along! “I’m the biggest monster that you’ve every seen! My eyes are yellow and my teeth are green!”

    Write!

    Find some crayons or makers to color a picture, practice writing the letters, or see if you can follow your way through a maze without getting stuck.

    Play!

    Take a winter walk and read a story as you go! We invite you to visit StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park at 3025 Ruckle Street. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Try skiping. Can you gallop? Or explore the IndyPL Pinterest Board: Winter – lots of ideas for crafts and activities!

    Join Us for In-Person Storytime!

    • Event: All Ages Sensory Storytime at Fort Ben
    • Date & Time: Monday, February 26, 5:30pm
    • Location: Fort Ben Branch
    • Description: Spend time enjoying songs, rhymes, and stories, followed by Sensory Play, which includes sensory friendly toys, coloring sheets, and or a craft.
    • No Registration Required.

    Need Help?

    Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email Ask-a-Librarian. The Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.

    Reading the words Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left behind, thinking about them and talking to others about them, is one way to honor him on January 15, 2024, the day commemorating his birth and legacy.

    Dr. King’s writings include not only books, but masterful speeches and many letters. Below is a selection of his books, his speeches and one letter, which is regarded as one of the most important documents of the Civil Rights Movement. These featured writing selections are available to you for reading or listening online, or for check out with your IndyPL library card. You can take just ten minutes to read a letter, 20 minutes to listen to one of his speeches, or several days to do a deep dive into one of his books to learn about, re-connect with, remember, or re-commit to his messages about community, equality, and social justice.

    “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop…and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.”

    ~ Martin Luther King Jr., Memphis, Tennessee, April 3, 1968, delivered less than 24 hours before he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

    Five Speeches

    I Have a Dream
    Delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963. Read and listen to audio of his “I Have a Dream” speech.

    Our God is Marching On
    Delivered in Selma, Alabama after the march to Montgomery, March 25, 1965. Read or listen to audio of his “Our God is Marching On” speech.

    Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence
    Delivered at Riverside Church, New York City, April 4, 1967. Read or listen to audio of his “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” speech.

    The Other America
    Delivered at Grosse Pointe High School, March 14, 1968. Read his “The Other America” speech.

    I’ve Been to the Mountaintop
    Delivered in Memphis, Tennessee, April 3, 1968, one day before he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Read his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

    (More Fascinating featured documents can be found at the Stanford Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute.)

    One Letter

    Letter From a Birmingham Jail
    Written April 16, 1963 from the Birmingham jail where Dr. King was held for participating in a nonviolent demonstration against segregation. The letter was written in response to a letter called “A Call for Unity” published on April 12, 1963 by eight white religious leaders of the South who took issue with the demonstration.

    Six Books

    Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story (1958) Dr. King’s first book, it tells the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott from the early strategic planning to pushback from the white community to the eventual success of establishing a desegregated city bus service. print | print | e-bookaudiobook

    The Measure of a Man (1959)
    A collection of meditations and prayers written 10 years before the civil rights leader was assassinated. print

    Strength to Love (1963)
    This is a collection of Dr. King’s iconic sermons. print | print | print | e-book

    Why We Can’t Wait (1963)
    His argument for equality and an end to racial discrimination that explains why the civil rights struggle is vital to the United States. print | print | e-bookdownloadable audiobook | audiobook CD

    Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? (1967)
    The book in which he outlines the trends in the African American struggle during the sixties, and calls for peaceful coexistence between the African American and white communities. print | e-bookaudiobook | audiobook CD

    The Trumpet of Conscience (1968)
    A collection of five lectures from 1967 that address racial equality, conscience and war, the mobilization of young people, and nonviolence. print | e-book

    Visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library

    You can check out Dr. King’s books and many more at the Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC), a space at Central Library dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots. The CBLC’s collection includes specially selected literature, music, movies, and artwork highlighting the contributions of black icons, specifically those with Indiana roots.

    Black Biopics

    Biopics are films about historical figures and events. While directors and producers often take dramatic license in these films, at their core these films help audiences learn, become inspired, and share in the emotional journey of the characters. Below are biopics depicting Black stories and people.

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    Books for Kids to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are 25 books for children that highlight Dr. King’s life and legacy fighting for justice.

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    The Racial Equity Collection

    The Racial Equity Collection makes it easier than ever for Library patrons to access antiracism and social justice resources. The Library purchased thousands of new materials including books, e-books, audiobooks, DVDs, and Blu-rays. The materials span a wide range of genres, with titles suited for children, teens, and adults. See the collection online.

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    New Year’s resolutions- many of us love to make them but very few of us actually complete them. Perhaps it is because we set unrealistic goals or just lack follow through, or maybe it is because we set good intentions without knowing how we can actually achieve our goals and resolutions? This year, set yourself up for success by taking advantage of all the free resources your Indianapolis Public Library offers for a new year, new skills. If your goal is to master sourdough baking or perfect your knife skills, we have classes and books for that. Want to become a runner? We can help with that too! Want to learn a new language, discover a new craft, develop a reading habit, or learn to code? We can help you with all of those things as well. All you need is a resolution and your Library card!

    Learn Computer Skills at the Library

    We offer a variety of computer, technology, and mobile skill classes. You can also learn how to download and stream with your Library card and get a variety of tips and tricks on our blog at tech & mobile skills.

    • Event: Career Center at Haughville
    • Date & Time: Monday, February 26, 1:00pm
    • Location: Haughville Branch
    • Description: Adults needing help with creating a resume, searching for a job or career online, or filling out an online job application are invited to receive free one-on-one assistance.
    • No Registration Required.
    • Event: Career Center at Garfield Park
    • Date & Time: Monday, February 26, 5:00pm
    • Location: Garfield Park Branch
    • Description: Adults and teens needing help with creating a resume, searching for a job or career online, or filling out an online job application are invited to receive free one-on-one assistance.
    • No Registration Required.

    Learn a New Craft or Hobby

    We offer both free in-person classes and crafting activities and online tutorials through Creativebug. Learn everything from a new painting technique, how to use that Cricut you haven’t gotten out of the box yet, 3D printing, and so much more in the style you prefer!

    • Event: Crafternoon at West Indianapolis
    • Date & Time: Monday, February 26, 2:30pm
    • Location: West Indianapolis Branch
    • Description: Crafternoon at West Indy is an arts and crafts club. You can bring your current creative project to work on or use our supplies to start something new! Everyone is welcome. Join us every Monday at 2:30 p.m. for an afternoon of crafting, conversation, and being creative.
    • No Registration Required.
    • Event: Anime Club
    • Date & Time: Monday, February 26, 5:30pm
    • Location: East 38th Street Branch
    • Description: Teens Ages 12-18 are invited for crafts, snacks, and some classic Anime on the Community Room big screen.
    • No Registration Required.

    Level Up Your Reading, Listening, or Watching Game

    Did you resolve to read more pages, explore audiobooks for the first time, watch a documentary a week, or explore a new genre in 2022? We can help you with all of your reading, watching, or listening resolutions. You don’t need a Spotify, Audible, or Amazon Prime subscription; all you need is your Library card! Looking for a reading challenge to start off the new year? Join our #WakeUpIndy challenge now!

    Take an Online Course

    Did you know that with your Library card, you have free access to Great Courses through Kanopy? The Great Courses cover Finance, Health, Hobbies, Food and Wine, History, Literature and Language, Math and Science, Music and Fine Arts, Philosophy, Professional and Personal Growth, Travel, Programs for Young Learners, and more. Start learning.

    Learn a Language

    ¿Hablas español? Sprichst du Deutsch? If the answer to either of these questions is no but you would like to, try Mango Languages. Mango is a free language learning website that can also be used on a smartphone as an app. Learn or master a new language without having to pay for Duolingo! Get Started with Mango Languages

    Start a Garden

    Did you know that we have a seed library? From March-September, you can check out seeds from any seed library location and you don’t even have to return them or the wonderful plants you will grow. We also offer books, classes, and tips to help you develop a green thumb!

    Start or Expand a Workout Routine

    The most popular New Year’s Resolution is to start or grow an exercise routine. The Library might not be the first place you think about for physical fitness unless you think about lifting heavy books as weights, but did you know that we have hundreds of exercise classes available to check out on DVD or to stream online? We also have a Fit Lit Book Club, Tai Chi classes, and expert staff members who have compiled their favorite exercise information for you.

    Cook Something

    Explore new recipes, food or beverages from different cultures from around the world or a different region of the United States, check out a food magazine online or even take a plant-based cooking class.

    Explore Your Genealogy

    Whether you are a first-time family tree maker or an expert researcher, we can help you explore your family heritage through our numerous databases and services. Within our branches, you can access Ancestry Library Edition for free and from anywhere, you can access research databases, newspapers, or even a video course from Kanopy on how to get started learning about your background or Get Genealogy Classes & Research Help.

    Get Organized

    From Marie Kondo to the Flylady system, organization can take many shapes and forms depending on what your personal style is. Learn about these systems and more ways to clear the clutter for good by picking up one of our staff recommended reads on organization.

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    Improve your digital creativity skills at The Library! Learn to edit photos, video, and audio, make a presentation look professional, find new ways to display your work, learn to use a 3D printer, and much more.

    Digital Creativity Workstations

    Looking to edit photos, video, audio, or make a new graphic design? Digital Creativity Workstations are available for reservation at Central Library and East 38th Street.

    On these workstations you can practice the skills learned during a class, work on an existing project, or pursue self-paced learning with LinkedIn Learning or Adobe’s Built-in Tutorials. The workstations have specialized software to support multimedia projects including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Vegas Pro Video Editor, and more!

    A reservation is required.

    Improve your skills in one of our classes!

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    • Event: 3D Printing at Central Library
    • Date & Time: Monday, February 26, 6:00pm
    • Location: Central Library
    • Description: Adults ages 18 and up are invited to learn the basics of 3D printing from concept to creation using Tinkercad, the S5 Ultimaker, and other 3D printers.
    • No Registration Required.
    • Event: Cricut Design Space for Beginners
    • Date & Time: Tuesday, February 27, 5:30pm
    • Location: Central Library
    • Description: This class will guide you step-by-step through Design Space, the software for designing Cricut projects. Explore the Design Space canvas and the functions and tools bringing your designs to life. Learn about the material prep screen and unloading and assembling a beginner-level cut project.
    • Register Here
    • Event: Adobe Photoshop Basics
    • Date & Time: Tuesday, March 05, 5:30pm
    • Location: Central Library
    • Description: Get started editing images and photos. Discover how to transform images to match your artistic vision. Explore the basic tools you will need and gain hands-on experience.
    • Register Here
    • Event: 3D Printing at Central Library
    • Date & Time: Monday, March 18, 6:00pm
    • Location: Central Library
    • Description: Adults ages 18 and up are invited to learn the basics of 3D printing from concept to creation using Tinkercad, the S5 Ultimaker, and other 3D printers.
    • No Registration Required.
    • Event: Exploring Canva
    • Date & Time: Friday, March 29, 2:30pm
    • Location: Garfield Park Branch
    • Description: Learn how to use the free online graphic design tool Canva. Create a custom digital design for greeting cards, business cards, flyers, and more. Share your designs online or by printing them.
    • Register Here
    • Event: 3D Printing at Central Library
    • Date & Time: Monday, April 29, 6:00pm
    • Location: Central Library
    • Description: Adults ages 18 and up are invited to learn the basics of 3D printing from concept to creation using Tinkercad, the S5 Ultimaker, and other 3D printers.
    • No Registration Required.
    • Event: 3D Printing at Central Library
    • Date & Time: Monday, May 20, 6:00pm
    • Location: Central Library
    • Description: Adults ages 18 and up are invited to learn the basics of 3D printing from concept to creation using Tinkercad, the S5 Ultimaker, and other 3D printers.
    • No Registration Required.

    Adobe Creative Cloud

    Bring your creative projects to life with the help of Adobe Creative Cloud, an innovative provider of 20+ creative apps, web services, and resources in photography, UX design, drawing, social media, painting, graphic design, video editing and more, brought to you with newly enhanced AI features.

    Title - Photoshop Elements 2022Title - Photoshop ElementsTitle - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic for DummiesTitle - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic

    Getting started with a Cricut Machine

    Cricut machines can cut, write, and score, making it possible to create a wide variety of projects out of all kinds of materials. Learn how to use your machine to its full potential and try out some of these suggested projects!

    Title - The Unofficial Book of Cricut CraftsTitle - Cricut for BeginnersTitle - Cricut for BeginnersTitle - Cutting Machine Crafts With your Cricut, Sizzix, or Silhouette

    The Library is thrilled to help host a book club on the Indy Now Morning Show with Ryan and Jillian on Fox59. Tune in at 10 a.m. every other Wednesday to catch book recommendations and IndyPL program highlights from your local librarians. Enjoy the most recent segment or browse the listing of past shows that highlight a variety of reading suggestions. You can also use the featured books links for easy borrowing.

    Current Segment

    January 17
    Book Clubs (Kris Gould, Keshia McEntire)


    Indy Now Book Club Archive

    2023

    January 3
    Books to Support New Years Resolutions
    (Rachel Wood)

    December 20
    Graphic Novels and Arts Programs (Kelsey Abernathy)

    December 7
    Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (Natasha Hollenbach and Jyoti Verderame)

    November 8
    Fall Fest (Jacquelyn Green)

    October 25
    Books for Chess Players (Jordan Hunt, Charlie Cain)

    September 27
    Indy Cinema Series (Jason Davis)

    August 30
    Small Business Series (Alexandra Loewen)

    August 16
    Digital Creativity Work Stations (Dawn Hawkins and Stephanie Flood)

    August 2
    Disability Representation (Keshia McEntire)

    July 5
    Foraging Outside (Anika Williams)

    June 21
    More Than a Place Podcast (Sakura Fuqua)

    June 7
    Summer Reading Program (Emily Thomas)

    April 12
    Sci-Fi Books (Kirsten Weaver)
    Featured Books: Sci-Fi Books

    March 29
    Dia del Nino (Emily Thomas)
    Featured Books: Dia del Nino

    March 15
    Making a Positive Difference in the Community (Leah Kim)
    Featured BooksBooks for Hoosiers Hoping to Make a Difference

    February 15
    Romance Novels for Valentines Day (Kirsten Weaver)
    Featured BooksRomance Novels for Valentines Day

    February 15
    Romance Novels for Valentines Day (Kirsten Weaver)
    Featured BooksRomance Novels for Valentines Day

    February 1
    Meet the Artists (Kimberly Brown)

    January 18
    Biographies and Memoirs (Liz Schoettle)
    Featured BooksBiographies & Memoirs

    January 4
    Computer and Technology Classes and Resources (Marianne Mackenzie & Charlie Cain)
    Featured BooksDigital Skills for the New Year

    2022

    December 21
    Holiday Book Recommendations for Families (Devery North)
    Devery’s segment starts at 22:20.
    Featured BooksCelebrate the Holidays Through Books

    December 7
    Fall Fest & Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge XVI (Kim Ewers)
    Featured BooksFall Fest & Slammin’ Rhymes

    October 27
    Center for Black Literature & Culture 5th Anniversary (Amira Malcom)
    Featured BooksCBLC’s Fifth Anniversary

    October 20

    Book Recommendations (Rachel Wood)

    September 28
    Introduction to Kadir Nelson (Shael Weidenbach)
    Featured BooksKadir Nelson

    August 31
    Let’s Get Down to Business (Alexandra Loewen)
    Featured BooksBooks About Business

    August 17
    Book Clubs Available at the Indianapolis Public Library (Sakura Fuqua) We offer a variety of in-person and online book discussions for adults, teens & kids.
    Learn more!

    August 3
    Good Reads About Money (Rachel Nevada Wood)
    Featured BooksGood Reads About Money

    July 20 Books with Indiana Ties (Shelby Graam-Pavan)
    Featured BooksBooks with Indiana Ties

    July 6 Pick Up a New Hobby (Chris Hogsett)
    Featured BooksPick Up a New Hobby

    June 22 Summer Love Reading Recommendations (Keshia McEntire)
    Featured BooksSummer Romance

    June 8 Summer Reads: Pride Month (Liz Schoettle)
    Featured BooksPride Reads

    May 25
    Adult Summer Reading Sports Reads (Rachel Wood)
    Featured BooksSports Reads

    May 1
    Adult Summer Reading Program (Leah Kim)
    Featured BooksBooks for Busy People

    April 27
    Graphic Novels (Chris Hogsett)
    Featured Books
    Graphic Novels for Kids

    April 13
    Spring Reads: Dystopian Fiction (Kirsten Weaver)
    Featured Books
    Dystopian Reads

    March 31
    Local Black Authors (Keshia McEntire)
    Featured BooksLocal Black Authors

    March 16
    Music Related (Rachel Wood)
    Featured BooksMusic-Related Reads

    March 2
    True Crime (Shelby Graam)
    Featured BooksTrue Crime and Thrillers

    February 16
    Love Stories for February (Kirsten Weaver)
    Featured BooksYA Love Stories

    February 2
    Book Club Kick Off (Rachel Wood)
    Featured Books: Books by Black Authors

    Find a book discussion near you!

    • Event: Adult Book Discussion at Eagle
    • Date & Time: Monday, February 26, 6:30pm
    • Location: Eagle Branch
    • Description: Join us for a monthly book discussion. All are welcome! Visit the Ask Here desk or call today for information on reserving the book.
    • No Registration Required.
    • Event: Adult Book Discussion at Beech Grove
    • Date & Time: Monday, February 26, 6:30pm
    • Location: Beech Grove Branch
    • Description: Adults are invited to this monthly book discussion. Join us as we discuss the mystery “Twelve Angry Librarians” by Miranda James.
    • No Registration Required.

    We’d love for you and your family to come join us for holiday fun at The Library! Browse our shelves, enjoy a holiday concert, fine-tune your holiday cooking skills, and more. You can even meet an actual reindeer!

    Looking for the Perfect Book Gift?

    IndyPL Staff have selected their favorite reads of 2023. Select a category to browse lists of gift suggestions, each with an annotation to let you know what is special about the book. Gift giving made easy!

    Adults

    Kids & Teens

    Need some holiday entertainment at home?

    For screentime holiday fun browse our collection of holiday movies! You can check out DVDs or stream movies straight to your device with your IndyPL library card. Here are some staff recommendations to get you started looking for your next winter movie night feature. If you have never used one of our streaming services before, learn how to stream movies with your IndyPL library card.

    Do you need to keep a house full of kids entertained for an afternoon? We’ve got streaming movies for kids too. Choose some to share with guests and some to watch during your child’s own downtime. Get started exploring our streaming movies for kids.

    Shore up your “to read book stack” with one of these recommendations

    For Adults:

    For Kids:

    Join us for a Holiday Concert, Meet a Reindeer, and More!

    Change up your holiday cooking.

    Would you like to to mix up your usual rotation of tried-and true holiday recipes? Join us for an upcoming cooking class or explore our collection of recipe books, e-books, and e-magazines. We can get you started exploring our recipe book collection. Get holiday cooking tips and culinary reading recommendations!

    Get help with new technology gifts.

    Do you need help learning how to use new technology gifts or apps? Bring your tablet or smartphone for assistance downloading and streaming using our services, including OverDrive, Hoopla, and Libby. See the schedule.

    Holiday Fun for Kids Online – You Choose the Time Holiday Storytime!

    Use the 5 skills of early learning – reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing to learn about Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah. Enjoy several online video read alouds, songs, activities & more!

    Browse our 2023 staff picks and top checkouts for adults, teens, and kids! Find your next great read, a good audiobook for your morning walk, a movie for a lazy winter afternoon, or holiday gift ideas for your favorite readers!

    You can follow our staff’s reading recommendations all year long on What We’re ReadingWhat We’re Reading for Teens, and What We’re Reading Kids or on the library catalog home page.


    2023 Top Checkouts

    Click on a book cover to go to the catalog to make a request.

    Most Checked Out for Adults

    title - Sparetitle - Happy Placetitle - Lessons in Chemistrytitle - Fourth Wingtitle - The 1619 Projecttitle - Atlas of the Hearttitle - The New Yorkertitle - Atomic Habitstitle - It Ends With Ustitle - The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*cktitle - The Light We Carrytitle - I'm Glad My Mom Diedtitle - Top Guntitle - Someone Else's Shoestitle - The Coworkertitle - Hello Beautifultitle - I Will Find Youtitle - The Five-star Weekendtitle - The Last Thing He Told Metitle - Pineapple Street

    Most Checked Out for Teens

    title - The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakestitle - A Court of Thorns and Rosestitle - The Hate U Givetitle - One of Us Is Lyingtitle - Witch & Wizardtitle - Uzumakititle - Divine Rivalstitle - Curtsies & Conspiracies

    Most Checked Out for Kids

    title - Diper överlödetitle - The Super Mario Bros. Movietitle - The Pigeon Has to Go to School!title - Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Seatitle - Cat Kid Comic Clubtitle - Mary Anne's Bad-luck Mysterytitle - Stealing Freedomtitle - I Survived the Galveston Hurricane, 1900

    2023 Staff Best of Recommendations

    Best of Fiction for Adults

    Here are a few of our staff members favorite literary and contemporary fiction selections of 2023– featuring complicated family dynamics, love affairs, theft, and more. If you’re looking for genre fiction (like romance, horror, and fantasy) please be sure to check out our other lists!

    Title - YellowfaceTitle - What You Are Looking for Is in the LibraryTitle - The Heaven & Earth Grocery StoreTitle - The Bandit Queens

    Best of Nonfiction for Adults

    IndyPL Staff members have compiled their favorite nonfiction books of 2023 for those who are eager to learn more about our strange world. These books feature real life sea voyages, the rise of the KKK in Indianapolis, tales of the first women astronauts, a biscuit-specific cookbook and more. Find a new book you’ll love.

    Title - Poverty, by AmericaTitle - The WagerTitle - Master Slave Husband WifeTitle - A Fever in the Heartland

    Best of Biographies and Memoirs for Adults

    Immerse yourself in someone else’s world with one of these Biographies or Memoirs, selected by IndyPL Staff Members. Dive deep into the lives of an astrophysicist, Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter, a queer hijabi woman, an intersex Texan, elite runners, and more.

    Title - Hijab Butch BluesTitle - KingTitle - StarstruckTitle - The Talk

    Best of Romance

    Looking to add a touch more romance to your 2023? Check out these swoony recommendations from IndyPL Staff Members, featuring a queer farm commune, drunken emails, and sweet kindergarten teachers.

    Title - Happy PlaceTitle - RosewaterTitle - That Time I Got Drunk and Saved A HumanTitle - Emma of 83rd Street

    Best of DVDs for Adults

    IndyPL Staff Members have shared their favorite films and TV shows of 2023. While 2023 has jokingly been referred to as “The Year of the Barbie Movie,” our staff members have found dozens of other fabulous watches.

    Title - Spider-Man, Across the Spider-VerseTitle - Polite SocietyTitle - PreyTitle - Barbie

    Best of Sci-Fi and Fantasy for Adults

    Enjoy our staff members favorite scifi and fantasy reads of 2023. In between dragons and pirates and faeries, you’ll also find tales of grilled cheese and talking cats. We hope you find a new favorite magical read.

    Title - To Shape A DragonTitle - Mammoths At The GatesTitle - The Adventures of Amina Al-SirafiTitle - Chain-Gang All-Stars

    Best of Suspense, Mystery, and Horror for Adults

    IndyPL Staff members have compiled their favorite suspense, mystery, and horror novels of 2023 for those who prefer a book that will unsettle them. These books feature cults, funeral home models, creepy puppets, true crime podcasts, mermaids, phone scam revenge, and more. Find new books from your favorite authors or add a new favorite author to your shelf.

    Title - All the Sinners BleedTitle - Our Share of NightTitle - House of CottonTitle - How to Sell A Haunted House

    Best of Picture Books for Kids

    Some of our favorite picture books that we read in 2023!

    Title - Dim Sum PalaceTitle - More Than WordsTitle - Something, SomedayTitle - Mr. S

    Best of Fiction and Graphic Novels for Kids & Tweens

    We hope you will find something to share with the young readers in your life on this list. You will find early chapter books, fiction novels, and graphic novels that we liked that were published in 2023.

    Title - Eerie Tales From the School of ScreamsTitle - A First Time for EverythingTitle - The Moth KeeperTitle - One Smart Cookie

    Best Non-Fiction for Kids

    Staff across The Library sent in some of their favorite non-fiction titles for kids. The list contains a few folk tales as well.

    Title - MaryTitle - Ancient NightTitle - The Mona Lisa VanishesTitle - In Between

    Best of for Teens

    Our IndyPL Staff has selected their favorite teen reads of 2023. From queer love triangles to homecoming murders to a real life social media tale, these novels are sure to entertain!

    Title - Warrior Girl UnearthedTitle - In LimboTitle - Belle of the BallTitle - The Black Queen

    We hope you you find some great reading recommendations in our 2023 staff picks and top checkouts. We look forward to more reading and recommendations in 2024!

    Join our virtual author talks to enjoy conversation with the authors behind your favorite books from the comfort of home. What questions have you always wanted to ask? Submit your questions online. We will also take questions during the event and will cover as many questions as time allows! Browse our archive of past virtual author talks for even more insightful discussions

    Virtual Author Talk: Be a Kick…
    • Event: Virtual Author Talk: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
    • Date & Time: Wednesday, February 28, 2:00pm
    • Location: Online
    • Description: Why is feedback so difficult, and how can we make it easier? You don’t have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk. Kim Scott, New York Times bestselling author, will explain the Radical Candor feedback framework and how you can practice it today.
    • Register Here
    Virtual Author Talk: The Power…
    Virtual Author Talk: 20 Years …
    Virtual Author Talk: On Retell…
    • Event: Virtual Author Talk: On Retelling Greek Classics
    • Date & Time: Thursday, March 21, 7:00pm
    • Location: Online
    • Description: You’re invited to a fascinating exploratory conversation with Madeline Miller, bestselling author of The Song of Achilles and Circe, as she chats with us about her body of work and her process in retelling Greek classics into modern epics in fiction.
    • Register Here
    My Divine Natural Hair Book Si…

    Are you looking for your next great read?

    We can help! Visit us in-person, explore reading recommendations online, join an in-person or online book discussion, get recommendations on Facebook, tune in to our televised book club segments, and more. Get started here!

    Sunday Nights on Facebook

    Join us on Sunday nights at 8:30pm on Facebook for Currently Reading. Enjoy this hour during which book enthusiasts share favorite books and offer suggestion about what to read next. Find out about the books that have everyone talkin

    Wednesday Mornings – Indy Now Book Club

    The Library helps host a ‘book club’ on the Indy Now Morning Show with Ryan and Jillian on Fox59. Tune in at 10 a.m. every other Wednesday. Catch book recommendations and IndyPL program highlights from your own local librarians. Re-watch segments you have missed and see book lists of the books mentioned in each segment.

    In-Person & Online Book Discussions

    Do you love talking about books? Join one of our book discussions or book clubs available both in-person and online

    Online Reading Recommendations

    NovelList and NovelList K-8 are online services that offer reading recommendations. Browse both fiction and nonfiction, read-alike suggestions, series information, reviews, and lists of recommended and award-winning books for adults, teens and kids. Learn how to start on this video tutorial. Also try Book Connections which includes a “find the right book for you” feature.

    Would you prefer one-on-one help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email ask-a- librarian.