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.

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.

Local Book Influencers Share Their Favorite Reads of 2024 (So Far!)

Folks who are on social media may already be aware that platforms like Instagram and TikTok are an excellent source for anyone who is hungry for more book recommendations. Accounts can be dedicated to entire subgenres (like cozy fantasy!) or can read widely. The list contains recommendations from 10 different Indiana based bookstagrammers and booktokers (plus 4 bonus recommendations!). Dive in and find a new book to read and new accounts to follow!

Title - Before I Let GoTitle - As Long as the Lemon Trees GrowTitle - You Dreamed of EmpiresTitle - The Bear and the Nightingale

Inspired by "The Bear"

If you devoured the show The Bear you might find yourself craving an Italian Beef, making people say “yes chef” in all of your home kitchen interactions, or contemplating how to make the perfect donut. This list will give you suggestions to keep the show alive while you are waiting for season 3 to drop on Hulu and Disney+.

Title - The Noma Guide to FermentationTitle - Tartine BreadTitle - Beyond BasketballTitle - Cooking at Home

You Are Worth It: Rest as a Form of Resistance

At a time when most all of us are pressured to constantly be on the go and burning out, taking the time to slow down and care for ourselves can be a powerful act. Here are some books on the idea of rest as a form of resistance against oppression, capitalism, and the societal pressure to outperform ourselves at every turn.

Title - Laziness Does Not ExistTitle - Rest Is ResistanceTitle - Living ResistanceTitle - Real Self-care

A History of Fairs and Festivals

The Indiana State Fair is coming up, so get into the celebrating spirit with these titles on the history of fairs and festivals around the world!

Title - Broken IcarusTitle - Handmade Renaissance Faire FashionTitle - American OzTitle - Fair Foods

Animal Themed Crafting for Adults

Animals have been our muses since the dawn of time. If you’re looking to get creative, why not let our furry, feathery, and scaly neighbors spark some inspiration? This list is comprised of all kinds of activities for any and all skill levels. Pick up a book on your current hobby or try something new!

Title - Origami ZooTitle - Quilled AnimalsTitle - Knit your Own PetTitle - Knit your Own Zoo

If You Love Alexis Nikole @blackforager

This bubbly internet educator guides viewers on Instagram and TikTok through the wonderful world of foraging wild food and the mysteries of plants. Alexis Nikole Nelson has a TED Talk, and is the newest host of Crash Course Botany on YouTube. She also won a Daytime Emmy in 2023 for an episode of “Eat This with Yara ” titled ‘The Awful Truth About ‘No Trespassing’ Signs”! Check out her videos, and these book recommends based on her content. And as Alexis’s tagline goes, perhaps we can find “Happy snacking! Don’t die!”

Title - Title - Midwest ForagingTitle - Title - The Forager

Graphic Novels by Nonbinary Creators

Celebrate International Nonbinary People’s Day on July 14th by reading a graphic novel from a nonbinary creator. Some titles on this list are non-fiction and memoirs, highlighting the stories of nonbinary people. Other titles are fiction created by nonbinary authors and artists.

Title - A Quick & Easy Guide to They/them PronounsTitle - Turning JapaneseTitle - MealTitle - Spirit World

Mysteries for Dog Lovers

Dogs as working companions or just beloved pets are featured in these mystery books and series.

Title - Dog on ItTitle - Gun ShyTitle - Dead Canaries DonTitle - This Dog for Hire

Slow Paced Alien Stories

Why do so many alien movies and video games have to be shoot-em-up explosion fests? Maybe, the reason why we haven’t made first contact is because real aliens have become afraid of us. This list is for those who are tired of those kinds of stories. What if the encounter was more suspense than, explosions and the pew pew shootings? Included in this list are stories that do not have a neat little explanation. It is like an unfinished puzzle and you can decide if you have solved it, or if there even is a solution. World UFO day is July 2nd

Title - Stories of your Life and OthersTitle - Roadside PicnicTitle - AnnihilationTitle - The Seep

They’re Watching!

In honor of Surveillance Day, here is a list of teen dystopian / big brother fiction. These books question things like how much privacy are we willing to give up in the name of security? What are the government and companies really doing with our digital devices and internet searches? I started with the classic, 1984. If a book is part a series, I will only link to the first book, but will provide the titles of the remainder of the series in the annotation.

Title - 1984Title - 1984Title - The GiverTitle - Feed

Train Your Pet!

Is your dog, cat, bird, small mammal or fish in need of wrangling? Find guidance for training them to be the best they can be! (Okay, maybe not the fish.)

Title - Zak GeorgeTitle - DonTitle - The Puppy PrimerTitle - The Trainable Cat

Jaws

they satisfy the fear and fascination with the ocean’s most misunderstood creature. Pair your next Jaws viewing with another shark-themed film, or read about the importance of sharks in our ecosystems!

Title - JawsTitle - SharkTitle - A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the WorldTitle - The Shallows

Summer Gothic Literature

Get eerie in the summer time with these gothic novels!

Title - Cicadas Sing of Summer GravesTitle - Mary and the Birth of FrankensteinTitle - PiñataTitle - My Summer Darlings

Nick Cave

While we await the August 2024 release of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ 18th studio album ‘Wild God’, I hope these albums, concert films, documentaries, feature films, memoirs, biographies, novels, and web resources inspire you to explore Cave’s complex, ever evolving life and work.

Title - Faith, Hope and CarnageTitle - GhosteenTitle - Lovely CreaturesTitle - The Firstborn Is Dead

Coffee Brewing 101

I am definitely a coffee nerd, and kinda snobby. But I also love sharing information and I’m hoping this list gets you thinking about coffee basics, and excited to attend a Coffee Brewing workshop.

Title - The New Rules of CoffeeTitle - BrewTitle - The Little Coffee Know-it-allTitle - Craft Coffee

Pets With Jobs

My favorite pets with jobs are the TSA dogs at the airport. Especially the German Shorthaired Pointers! Read about some inspiring and hard working pets in the titles below.

Title - Finding GraceTitle - Dogs Who WorkTitle - The truffle huntersTitle - Good Dogs of Service

Cats

A librarian doing a list on cats – nothing could be more cliché I know. I have tried to include lots of cat and feline related books.

Title - The Good Cat ParentTitle - Amigurumi CatsTitle - Bake Me A CatTitle - The Book of Catitudes

Eggs and Chickens

My friends got a few chickens for their urban backyard and it is fun to get fresh eggs when I need them. Learn more about backyard farming, chickens and egg recipes.

Title - The Backyard Chicken KeeperTitle - Chicken Keeping Pure + SimpleTitle - LetTitle - Under the Henfluence

Mysteries are the Cat’s Meow

Mysteries that feature cats as sleuths and sidekicks.

Title - A Cat on Stage LeftTitle - Double Booked for DeathTitle - The Cat Who Ate Danish ModernTitle - Tall Tail

Tension- Filled Historical Romances to Read in Honor of Bridgerton Season 3

Bridgerton Season 3 is less than a month away from being released! However, for those who can’t wait that long (especially after watching all the press of Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton), we’ve compiled a list of books to tide you over.

Title - Romancing Mister BridgertonTitle - A Lady for A DukeTitle - UnlockedTitle - Pleasure for Pleasure

Unleash your imagination June 1 – July 31!

Participate in the Indianapolis Public Library’s Summer Reading Program to explore great stories and earn prizes for reading! Prizes are earned at 1 hour, 5 hours, 10 hours, 15 hours, and 20 hours of reading. Plus, earn a bonus prize when you complete seven Discover Activities. Prizes can be redeemed at any Indianapolis Public Library location. Go to the Library, show your progress, and choose your prize. Registration is now open!

Parents, don’t miss out on the fun! We’ve got an Adult Summer Reading Program that is just for you!

Picture Books My Cats Would Recommend

…That is, if my cats could read books and then talk about those books. I’ve got two tabbies: Moose (18 lbs of pure teddy bear, sits in the bathtub and screams, hates wet food) and Marble (sits in front of the garage door and screams, often somehow gets on top of door frames, loves wet food). Here are some books I think they’d recommend.

Title - Zap! Clap! Boom!Title - Take your Pet to School DayTitle - Bear Came AlongTitle - Inside Cat

Animal Themed Crafting for Kids

Get inspired by your favorite animal friends! Each entry comes with a list of materials needed to get started with your chosen activity, though extras may be needed depending on the project.

Title - Pet CraftsTitle - Easy Animal OrigamiTitle - Origami PetsTitle - Fingerprint Animals

Bow Wow!!

This list contains picture books that feature dogs.

Title - Before You Were MineTitle - One PupTitle - Bark, GeorgeTitle - Dog

Check Meowt!

“Pets” is the theme for IndyPL’s Summer Reading 2024! The list below has both fiction and non-fiction cat-related offerings to satisfy your cuteness curiosity for the eventual long hot days ahead.

Title - Blue EthelTitle - CometTitle - Meow!Title - Cat Knit

Kids Love Tongue Twisters!

Do your kids love tongue twisters? The items in this list are bursting with amazing tongue twisters they can share with friends or even tell a librarian at any of the IndyPL branches. That’s one of the Discover Activities kids can complete to earn bonus prizes during Summer Reading Program this year. We look forward to discovering which tongue twisters your kids’ love to say.

Title - Belly Laugh Totally Terrific Tongue Twisters for KidsTitle - Lots of Tongue Twisters for KidsTitle - She Sells Seashells and Other Tricky Tongue TwistersTitle - Six Sick Sheep

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

It’s a hard, hard thing when a beloved pet passes on.

Title - StayTitle - The Invisible LeashTitle - The Goodbye BookTitle - Remembering

Pet detectives

Many of the world’s greatest detectives have four legs and a cold, wet nose. Meet these crime-solving animals who, sometimes assisted by their human allies, crack the toughest of cases.

Title - WoofTitle - Play DeadTitle - Ra the MightyTitle - Who Stole Mr. T?

Pets With Jobs For Kids

Everyone loves their pets! Some pets are more than just a cute face and best friend, some pets have important jobs in the community. Find out more about these special pets and their jobs.

Title - Top DogsTitle - Service DogsTitle - Therapy HorsesTitle - Search and Rescue Dogs

Picture Books in Paris

Baguettes, gargoyles, fashionistas, ballerinas and the Eiffel Tower, …ooh la la! Petit enfant, meet the City of Lights.

Title - MadelineTitle - A Walk in ParisTitle - Chasing DegasTitle - Everybody Bonjours!

Picture books about cats!

Lovely books featuring felines of all kinds!

Title - A Kitten TaleTitle - Cat KnitTitle - Black Cat, White CatTitle - Matilda

Purrrrrr-fect Kitty Cat picture books

Don’t cats have the friendliest and funniest picture books (and videos)? Check out these fresh feline reads!

Title - Catside Up, Catside DownTitle - Kitty & CatTitle - Lost Cat!Title - Meow!

Shelter Pet Love

These stories will encourage you to visit a shelter, to consider volunteering, or even to consider taking home a new member of the family.

Title - Felipe and ClaudetteTitle - Madeline Finn and the Shelter DogTitle - Found DogsTitle - I Want A Dog

We Love Pets

May is National Pet Month! There are so many wonderful picture books about adopting and taking care of pets. Here you can find a list of titles on pet dogs, cats, and more! These make great titles for story times and displays!

Title - All Cats WelcomeTitle - Can I Be your Dog?Title - DoggieTitle - Found Dogs

Robots are SO MUCH FUN!

Do your kids want to learn about robots? The books in this list can get them started. If they want to get their hands on robots they can build and code (or if they’d like to try out other STEM activities), bring them to Central Library during Explore STEM + More on Wednesdays and weekends. Check the IndyPL website for dates and times. While you’re in the Learning Curve, be on the lookout for the new Robot display in one of our ‘portals’ on the 2nd floor.

Title - The MakerTitle - Animal-inspired RobotsTitle - 30-minute Robotics ProjectsTitle - Robots

We’re Here to Burgle Your Turts!

Turtles, tortoises, terrapins = totally terrific toddling entities. Don’t be shellfish, check out this list! And slap me some fin if you agree that turts are totes, like, righteous, dude. The list below has both fiction and non-fiction turtle-related offerings to go completely shell over fin for during the eventual long hot days ahead.

Title - AlfieTitle - TurtlesTitle - Turtle and Tortoise Are Not FriendsTitle - The Turtle of Oman

Lost Pets and the Enduring Human-Animal Bond

Our neighbors at FACE (The Foundation for Animal Care and Education) created a list of some children’s books they have read with their families or friends about pets who get separated from their humans. The pets try to find their way back to loving humans through adoption or clever letter-writing campaigns.

Title - Title - This Story Is Not About A KittenTitle - Can I Be your Dog?Title - Can I Sit With You?

Kindergarten Jitters

Starting school for the first time can be scary or overwhelming! Covering topics from leaving parents and siblings at home, to riding the school bus, to meeting new classmates and eating lunch in the cafeteria, these picture books help new students understand what to expect on their first day, and teach them to cope with nervousness or anxiety.

Title - LenaTitle - Butterflies on the First Day of SchoolTitle - Mr. OuchyTitle - It

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.

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!

Teen Graphic Novels by Nonbinary Creators

Shine a light on nonbinary creators for International Nonbinary People’s Day this July 14th. Read a graphic novel from our teen collection by a nonbinary author or artist.

Title - Across A Field of StarlightTitle - HomebodyTitle - The Baker and the BardTitle - Mall Goth

Teen Books that Touch on America as a Nation of Immigrants

The tapestry of the United States is constantly shifting with colorful and vivid immigration happenings, stories, events, and news. Here is a fantastic book list for teens abounding with fantastic and fascinating stories that catch a rich glimpse of what it’s like being a modern-day immigrant in the United States.

Title - Everything Sad Is UntrueTitle - Learning to FlyTitle - Ashes of RosesTitle - All My Rage

LGBTQ+ Graphic Novels

Graphic novels where LGBTQ+ characters and themes are relevant to the plot.

Title - Fun HomeTitle - Bingo LoveTitle - My Lesbian Experience With LonelinessTitle - Batwoman

Star Wars and Star Wars Adjacent Books for Teens!

May the fourth (the unofficial holiday celebrating the Star Wars movie franchise) is right around the corner and to celebrate we have curated a list of Star Wars and Star Wars adjacent books just for you! We hope you enjoy these books and may the force be with you.

Title - QueenTitle - AetherboundTitle - Star Wars AhsokaTitle - Star Wars

100 Books Before Graduation

Read 100 books before graduating from high school and receive prizes as you work toward your goal. Prizes will be awarded after reading 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 books! Most importantly, students will expand their mind, vocabulary, critical thinking, and test scores! This program is for students in grades 7-12. Learn more about 100 Books Before Graduation and register.

Turtles All the Way Down

John Green’s last (as of April 2024) YA novel is being adapted into a movie coming out on MAX on May 2nd. Popular with both teens and adults, “Turtles” deals with themes of OCD, Anxiety and friendship. Listed are some further books that explore the same topics through engaging characters.

Title - Ariel Crashes A TrainTitle - Whisper to MeTitle - This Story Is A LieTitle - When We Collided

Horror Comics for Tweens and Teens

Ghosts and ghouls and vampires, oh my! Here at the Library, we enjoy a good scare anytime of the year. Check out these frightening horror comics and manga series which are sure to give you a good fright! And don’t forget to celebrate Free Comic Book Day on May 4th, 2024 with The Indianapolis Public Library! Stop by any Indianapolis Public Library branch to pick up a free comic book from our selection for all ages, while supplies last, May 4th only.

Title - SquadTitle - Something Is Killing the ChildrenTitle - Chilling Adventures of SabrinaTitle - Stranger Things

Queer YA Romance

Ahhh young love… These love stories are for the LGBT+ community and anyone who wants a book that will make them blush.

Title - Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseTitle - They Both Die at the EndTitle - HeartstopperTitle - She Is A Haunting

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

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

Adult Fiction Written by Autistic Authors

Disability Pride Month is every July. This list incorporates merely a taste of the many amazing books written by authors who have autism.
Featuring disabled, neurodivergent, and LGBT+ characters alongside unique author perspectives, experience a story from a new point of view. Science fiction, horror, fantasy, mystery and, of course, romance are all included.

Title - The Framed Women of Ardemore HouseTitle - An Unkindness of GhostsTitle - The Secret Service of Tea and TreasonTitle - Act your Age, Eve Brown

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: Learning …
  • Event: Virtual Author Talk: Learning the Power of Poetry
  • Date & Time: Tuesday, July 23, 2:00pm
  • Location: Online
  • Description: You’re invited to learn about the power of poetry with Elizabeth Acevedo! In this exciting author conversation and Q&A, Acevedo will provide a short reading from her National Book Award winning and New York Times bestselling novel-in-verse, The Poet X serving as the backdrop to this amazing chat!
  • Register Here
Virtual Author Talk: Graphic N…
  • Event: Virtual Author Talk: Graphic Novels are Life!
  • Date & Time: Tuesday, July 30, 2:00pm
  • Location: Online
  • Description: Join this year’s winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, Dan Santat, as he inspires tweens and teens to tell their own stories through graphic novels.
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Virtual Author Talk: Behind th…
  • Event: Virtual Author Talk: Behind the Scenes at the Space Station
  • Date & Time: Wednesday, August 07, 2:00pm
  • Location: Online
  • Description: You’re invited to virtually step inside one of the greatest international achievements with a behind-the-scenes guide to space exploration with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum curator Dr. Jennifer Levasseur.
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Virtual Author Talk: The Golde…
Virtual Author Talk: An Explor…
  • Event: Virtual Author Talk: An Exploration of Friendship, Reckoning, and Hope
  • Date & Time: Wednesday, August 21, 7:00pm
  • Location: Online
  • Description: We invite you to join us as we chat with the amazing New York Times bestselling author Shelby Van Pelt about her beloved novel “Remarkably Bright Creatures.” You don’t want to miss this deep-dive exploration of friendship, reckoning, hope, and so much more!
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Virtual Author Talk: Capturing…
  • Event: Virtual Author Talk: Capturing the Human Drama Through History
  • Date & Time: Tuesday, September 10, 2:00pm
  • Location: Online
  • Description: Join our next virtual author talk! An expert at capturing the human drama, Garrett Graff will speak about his body of work with particular focus on his oral histories, The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 and When the Sea Came Alive: An Oral History of D-Day.
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Virtual Author Talk: Living wi…
Virtual Author Talk: A Deep Di…
  • Event: Virtual Author Talk: A Deep Dive in Character Development
  • Date & Time: Saturday, September 21, 7:00pm
  • Location: Online
  • Description: Join us as we chat with mega-bestselling author Liane Moriarty about her newest novel Here One Moment. Moriarty’s Here One Moment is a brilliantly constructed tale that looks at free will and destiny, grief and love, and the endless struggle to maintain certainty and control in an uncertain world.
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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.

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.

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July 3
Quick Reads Collection
(Deb Lambert)


2024

February 28
Joyful Books by Black Authors
(Keshia McEntire and Alton Parks)

February 14
Meet The Artists
(Jaquelyn Green)

January 17
Book Clubs
(Kris Gould, Keshia McEntire)

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

Indy Now Book Club Archive

2023

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

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  • Event: One State / One Story: “All That She Carried” by Tiya Miles
  • Date & Time: Monday, July 22, 6:30pm
  • Location: Online
  • Description: Explore a poignant story of resilience and of love passed down through generations of women against steep odds. “All That She Carried” honors the creativity and fierce resourcefulness of people who preserved family ties even when official systems refused to do so.
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  • Event: One State / One Story: “All That She Carried” by Tiya Miles
  • Date & Time: Monday, July 22, 6:30pm
  • Location: Beech Grove Branch
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