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 – 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.

While you are waiting, make a selection from our book lists Precision and Pain: The Fiction of Ballet and Black Ballet Dancers.

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.

Title - When I Was Puerto RicanTitle - Ordinary GirlsTitle - Las MadresTitle - The Crazy Bunch

Featured Recommendations for Women’s History Month

Disabled Futures

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.

Title - Against TechnoableismTitle - Disability PrideTitle - After Universal DesignTitle - True Biz

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.

Title - Cook Smart, Eat WellTitle - Macro Cooking Made SimpleTitle - Eating From Our RootsTitle - 30-minute Meal Prep

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.

Black Hair

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.

Title - Black HairTitle - My Beautiful Black HairTitle - TwistedTitle - The Other Black Girl

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!

Title - The Rare BreedTitle - Silver StreakTitle - SpeedTitle - Emperor of the North

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.

Title - Miko KingsTitle - Sayonara SlamTitle - Play for MeTitle - The Art of Fielding

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!

Title - Birnam WoodTitle - When Crack Was KingTitle - The Secret HoursTitle - Shubeik Lubeik

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.

Title - ArgoTitle - The ArtistTitle - CrashTitle - Out of Africa

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.

Title - Good and CheapTitle - Supermarket HealthyTitle - Cook More, Waste LessTitle - 100 Days of Real Food on A Budget

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.

Hooray for Birds!

Birds are so much a part of our every day lives that sometimes we forget to stop and appreciate them for how cool they are! These are some of my favorite picture books about birds. If you have a kid who likes birds, give these a try! Register to join us online for Reading Ready Time – Hello Birdy on March 6. Children 3-6 are invited to sing along, listen to a story, see new places, and meet amazing people!

Title - Hooray for Birds!Title - Mel FellTitle - Bird HouseTitle - I Spy in the Sky

Talking Hands with ASL

According to the American Society of Deaf Children (ASDC), “Research shows that reading and signing stories together helps promote essential literacy skills for ALL children: deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing.” Just click on a book cover to enjoy these video read alouds in American Sign Language. Also, register to join us online on March 20 for Reading Ready Time – Talking Hands with ASL Interpreter Hilari Vrgo.

Fruit Salad Story Time

Fruits are tasty and good for you! They make the best snacks! Here are some great books for a fruit-themed story time or display! Register to join us online for Reading Ready Time Fruit and Veggie Yoga. Children 3-6 are invited to sing along, listen to a story, see new places, and meet amazing people!

Title - Avocado AsksTitle - Big Book of Colorful FoodsTitle - Counting to BananasTitle - Eating the Alphabet

Celebrating Ramadan

Resources to help you learn about the season of Ramadan or to celebrate the holiday with the children in your home. Ramadan moves dates each year. Sometimes it’s a spring holiday, sometimes a fall holiday or it can be a summer or winter holiday. This makes it different from a lot of other holidays. No matter when Ramadan falls, how it is celebrated remains the same. This list features materials both about Ramadan and Muslim culture in general.

Title - A Moon for Moe & MoTitle - The Gift of RamadanTitle - Under the Ramadan MoonTitle - Hannah and the Ramadan Gift

B is for BUNNY!

What’s fluffy, cute, and hops all over? These fun picture books!

Title - How to Catch the Easter BunnyTitle - Big BunnyTitle - Bunny BusTitle - Bunny in the Middle

Harold and the Purple Crayon

The power of imagination and drawing play starring roles in these titles. Some are wordless, some are gorgeous, some are funny and hopefully some will become new favorites with your young reader. Is your child ready to create? We have several upcoming programs for children to enjoy! Register for: BabyArtsPlay, Paper Art Portraits, Art Deventures with Mr. Jeremy, and Creative Writing and Drawing with Professor Watermelon.

Title - JourneyTitle - The Carrot SeedTitle - The Red BookTitle - Arlo Draws An Octopus

Rhythm & Dance

Looking for picture books that make you want to move? These books will get your kids clapping, stomping, and dancing to the rhythm of words! Register to join us for Dance with Me and Wiggle and Bounce Storytime!

Title - Tanka Tanka Skunk!Title - Jazzmatazz!Title - I Got the RhythmTitle - Max Found Two Sticks

Sheroes and Girl Power: Books for Kids

Newer biographies that celebrate the efforts and genius of women. Success in different fields and talents and the long reach and effort to continually push towards “justice” for all are just the tip of the list here.

Title - Born ReadingTitle - Go Forth and TellTitle - The Oldest StudentTitle - Coretta

Stormy Books for Stormy Days

Boom! Crash! Whether your little one looks forward to storms lighting up the sky, or needs help handling big, scary emotions during big, scary storms, this list has the book for you.

Title - StormTitle - Storm WhaleTitle - The Legend of the Storm GooseTitle - The Longest Storm

How to Lose: Kids Books About Being a Good Sport

It never feels good to lose a game or come in last place. Learning to lose (and win) graciously can be a lifelong challenge for those of us who love to compete. Check out these titles to help kids process their feelings of disappointment and learn to have fun whether they win or lose.

Title - The Big CheeseTitle - Callie Cat, Ice SkaterTitle - Number One SamTitle - Evie

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 – March 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

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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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 Wayne – First Monday Book Club
  • Date & Time: Monday, March 04, 6:30pm
  • Location: Wayne Branch
  • Description: The book to be discussed is “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb. Adults are invited to this monthly book discussion program, which is free and open to everyone!
  • No Registration Required.

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

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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…
Adult Book Discussion at Centr…
  • Event: Adult Book Discussion at Central Library
  • Date & Time: Tuesday, May 28, 6:00pm
  • Location: Central Library
  • Description: Join us at Central Library as we discuss “Who Would Believe a Prisoner? Indiana Women’s Carceral Institutions, 1848-1920.”
  • No Registration Required.

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.