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.
Recommendations from Our Staff – October 2023
Make a selection from one of the book lists below created by our staff of avid readers. After that follow featured lists here or check 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.
Meet An Author, Be an Author 2023 – the Book Sellers
This isn’t an exhaustive list of all 42 authors who will be at the Meet an Author, Be an Author on October 21. But here’s a preview of the authors we already have in the IndyPL Collection. Learn more about Meet an Author, Be and Author.
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. If you’ve been thinking about a new pet, check out your local shelter for a new furever friend.
Culinary Book Club – Basic Cookbooks and limited ingredient Cookbooks
Here are some basic, simple and limited ingredient cookbooks to get you started or restarted on the way to cooking. Also included on this list are a few websites to peruse and find more recipe ideas and cooking techniques.
Learn more about the Culinary Book Club at our Lawrence branch. Get together with us to discuss cookbooks!
Up Your Coffee Game
Observed annually on October 1st, International Coffee Day is exactly what it sounds like – a day to commemorate the greatest beverage known to humankind! This year, celebrate by trying out some new home brewing techniques, cooking up some coffee-inspired dishes, or by reading up on the history of coffee consumption around the world.
History of the Indianapolis Public Library
Since 1873, The Indianapolis Public Library has proudly served the city of Indianapolis. Learn more about the long history of our favorite library system using this list of resources found in Digital Indy, the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Special Collections, and the Indianapolis Public Library Catalog. Join us for some unique history program featuring our branches during the months of September and October.
Grocery Shopping & Eating on a Budget
When you go to the grocery store, do you get overwhelmed by WHAT those labels mean? And how do you eat well when you’re tight on funds? Join MCPHD Nutrition Services to learn about these things – and pick up a read or stream something awesome to stretch your dollars! Join us for one of our Grocery Detective classes to learn more.
While You Wait for the Next Season of Bridgerton…
If you’re tired of waiting for Season 3 of Bridgerton, check out these books and music to tide you over.
Celebrate Native Voices and Indigenous History
Indigenous Peoples’ Day is October 10th, and November is National Native American Heritage Month. Pick up a book about the history of the Native experience. Or check out a novel written by an Indigenous author. Learn more and explore with the Indianapolis Public Library.
Plantable Paper & Other Fun Seedy-ness
What if you combine love (or curiosity) for growing things with crafty desires? However you enjoy getting your hands messy, we can add to it! Whether you’re a kiddo or a grownie, these resources will help! Join us for a hands-on project to make your own easy seed paper to take home and plant some native plants.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of an Hour!
Sure, many of us will sleep through the extra hour we gain when we “fall back” at the end of Daylight Savings Time, but these resources might give you a better idea!
What if your one true love lived in another decade?
Latin American Cookbooks
This Hispanic Heritage Month, learn a new recipe or two from countries all over Latin America! Each country has their own unique cuisine to offer, and these tasty recipes will be sure to please any crowd.
October is Financial Planning Month
Get your finances in order in tumultuous times with help from these new books.
National Dessert Month
Did you know that October is National Dessert Month? I didn’t know either! But now that I do, I will definitely be celebrating by making some new desserts. Check out some of these new titles for dessert inspiration.
Filipino Books and Media
Check out a fun Pacific Island media collection complete with detailed travel books of the Philippines, unique movies with Filipino actors and melodic music made by Filipino composers. Learn to make amazing Filipino food dishes at home with Philippine cookbooks, and finally, don’t forget to read the fascinating history that makes up these beautiful, tropical Pacific islands.