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 – March 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.
2024 McFadden Lecturer Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland, dancer, author, and philanthropist will present the 45th Annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture at the Madam Walker Legacy Center, 617 Indiana Ave, Indianapolis on March 20.
- A limited number of free tickets will be available to the public on Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m. Sign up for a reminder to secure your free ticket when they are released.
- This event will be livestreamed! If you are unable to secure a ticket, please visit The Indianapolis Public Library on YouTube to watch the lecture.
Puerto Rican Authors
On March 2nd, 1917, the Jones-Shafroth Act passed, granting Puerto Ricans US citizenship. Puerto Rico was a country colonized by Spain, and then taken by the US after the Spanish-American War in 1898. As a Puerto Rican librarian myself, it’s important to showcase the stories of strength and vibrant culture of my colonized country. Take a look at these deep dives, memoirs, cookbooks, and novels by authors from Puerto Rico and the diaspora.
Featured Recommendations for Women’s History Month
These novels and nonfiction works discuss or portray how disability is necessary in a thriving world. Join us on March 2 at Fort Ben for a Disability Resource Fair which will feature local resources for individuals with cognitive disabilities and their caretakers including local services, therapy options, and resource awareness. This event is free and open to the public and is made possible in partnership with the Lawrence Advisory Council on Disabilities.
Culinary Book Club – Healthy Eating Cookbooks
Sometimes it is a struggle to eat a healthy and nutritious meal. These cookbooks help to alleviate that struggle by providing great recipes that are flavorful and healthy. Register to join us on March 9 at Lawrence to discuss healthy cookbooks.
A Conversation with Christopher Paolini
Register to join us virtually on on March 14 for a conversation with international bestselling author Christopher Paolini about his return to the World of Eragon with Murtagh, a stunning continuation of the epic fantasy series.
Check out these adult and young adult titles on the history, culture, beauty, and art of Black hair. Register to join us March 23 for My Divine Natural Hair Book Signing with in the Center for Black History & Culture at Central Library. Shelia Burlock and her daughters Sylvia and Melissa are a writing trio from Indianapolis devoted to spiritually healing hair hurt experienced by women of African descent.
Actors On Tops of Trains
From the beginning, Hollywood has been fascinated by trains. The romance, the intrigue, the adventure. Trains carry bandits, secret agents, murderers, and even young wizards. What could make it more exciting? Having someone climb on top of the moving train! Calling all train enthusiasts (and train curious) of all ages! Join us March 30 for Fort Ben’s Model Railroad Train Show to learn about trains and see elaborate model train set-ups!
Fiction about Baseball
America’s pastime will return on March 28th for its 2024 season! To get you ready, here are all sorts of fiction books about Baseball. You’ll find some romance, some mystery, books for young adults, fantastical books, and a little bit of everything in between.
2024 Libby Awards
Here are some finalists for the inaugural Libby Awards! The Libby Awards recognize titles that are well-acclaimed and popular on their app. Here are some of those titles!
Forgotten Best Picture Winners
The Academy Awards will air on March 10th, and what better way to commemorate than watching past Best Picture winners. Here are some winners that might or might not be on your radar. See also our book lists Let’s Get Animated at the Oscars and A Night to Remember: Historic Oscar Winners.
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! Register to join us March 12 at Haughville for the Nutrition Education Class – Label Reading, Where to Start.