Central Library

Central Library

Central Library

Central Library One Library Square 40 E. St. Clair St. Indianapolis , Indiana 46204

The original Central Library building, located on St. Clair Street and extending from Meridian to Pennsylvania Streets, was completed in October 1917 at a cost of $510,000. Designed by Paul Cret and built in the Greek Doric style, it was considered one of the most outstanding architectural library structures in the United States. Fittingly, its exterior is of Indiana limestone built on a base of Vermont marble, with carved stone cornices adding to its beauty.October 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Central Library. Learn more about the building’s history and its centennial celebration.


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Upcoming Events at Central Library

    Sep

    06

    Fri

    Fri, Sep 06, 2019 11:00 AM – Fri, Sep 06, 2019 3:00 PM @ Central Library

    Learn the story of Madam C. J. Walker (1867 –1919), a philanthropist, entrepreneur and hair care industry pioneer as told from a different point of view. Learn about her early life and the rich legacy she created for women, African Americans and Indianapolis.

    This program will be held in the Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) and will be presented by the Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History Singers.

    This special, one-character performance by Freetown Village will repeat every 30 minutes during the scheduled time. The program, suitable for children, is sponsored by The Penrod Society and the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library.

    Tags: the story of Madam C. J. Walker, Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC), The Penrod Society, one-character performance by Freetown Village

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    Sep

    09

    Mon

    Mon, Sep 09, 2019 7:00 PM – Mon, Sep 09, 2019 8:00 PM @ Central Library

    Enjoy free motivational and relaxing yoga sessions led by CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health. This program is held in the East Garden at Central Library. The rain-out location is the Indianapolis Special Collections Room.

    Tags: CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health, free, yoga, Central Library

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    Sep

    17

    Tue

    Tue, Sep 17, 2019 6:00 PM – Tue, Sep 17, 2019 8:00 PM @ Central Library

    Giving data shows that 80 percent of the funds nonprofits raise comes from individual donors, yet
    much of the focus of fundraising is often on grants and corporate gifts. This session will help you
    understand the basics of an annual giving program and give you an opportunity to practice asking with
    confidence. Asking for financial support for your program shouldn’t be scary – learn to be fearless in
    your asking! This workshop is best for those who have already established their nonprofit organization.

    Presented by Indianapolis Public Library Foundation staff member Bethany K. Warner, CFRE, in the Knall Meeting Room.

    Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

    Tags: nonprofit, training, Central Library

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    Oct

    04

    Fri

    Fri, Oct 04, 2019 11:00 AM – Fri, Oct 04, 2019 3:00 PM @ Central Library

    Learn the story of Madam C. J. Walker (1867 –1919), a philanthropist, entrepreneur and hair care industry pioneer as told from a different point of view. Learn about her early life and the rich legacy she created for women, African Americans and Indianapolis.

    This program will be held in the Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) and will be presented by the Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History Singers.

    This special, one-character performance by Freetown Village will repeat every 30 minutes during the scheduled time. The program, suitable for children, is sponsored by The Penrod Society and the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library.

    Tags: the story of Madam C. J. Walker, Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC), The Penrod Society, one-character performance by Freetown Village

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    Oct

    05

    Sat

    Sat, Oct 05, 2019 10:30 AM – Sat, Oct 05, 2019 12:30 PM @ Central Library

    You cannot win funding for your nonprofit without an effective program plan. In this workshop, you will discover the main components of a solid program plan, one that will help provide quality services to your community. This workshop is best for those who have already established their nonprofit organization.

    Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

    Tags: nonprofit, training, Central Library

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    Oct

    05

    Sat

    Sat, Oct 05, 2019 1:30 PM – Sat, Oct 05, 2019 4:00 PM @ Central Library

    This workshop will provide a practical approach to developing the most effective grant-seeking strategies for your organization. You will learn useful tips on how to write compelling proposals and effective post-grant procedures. This workshop is best for those who have already established their nonprofit organization.

    Made possible by The Emily Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

    Tags: nonprofit, training, Central Library

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    Oct

    07

    Mon

    Mon, Oct 07, 2019 5:30 PM – Mon, Oct 07, 2019 8:00 PM @ Central Library

    Increasing in prominence as a tool for enhanced efficiency and strengthened service delivery, collaboration’s advantages, disadvantages, potential, and pitfalls must be understood by all savvy nonprofit professionals. This seminar is best for those who have already established their nonprofit organization. Presented by Maury Plambeck.

    Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

    Tags: nonprofit, training, Central Library

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    Oct

    12

    Sat

    Sat, Oct 12, 2019 10:30 AM – Sat, Oct 12, 2019 12:30 PM @ Central Library

    Many nonprofits are born out of the passion and vision of a founder. But, for your nonprofit to flourish beyond the tireless dedication of that founder, for it to mature and live on no matter who is in the driver’s seat, you need to create a thoughtful, realistic organizational plan. Not just one plan, but several. Unfortunately, after hours of group effort, many small nonprofit plans collect dust. You need to complete tasks in the plans you create. That takes planned structure and discipline. We’ll speed through the basics of good planning and introduce several formats and tools to explore later that may help you build and work your plans. We’ll send you on your way with next steps you plan to take!

    Presented by Anne Hudson.

    Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

    Tags: nonprofit, training, Central Library

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    Oct

    22

    Tue

    Tue, Oct 22, 2019 6:00 PM – Tue, Oct 22, 2019 8:00 PM @ Central Library

    As the governing body of a nonprofit, an effective and enthusiastic board of directors or board of trustees can make all the difference. This workshop will review best practices, tips and tools for several elements of the successful board. These include nomination, cultivation and recruitment practices; board orientation, assessment, strategic planning, fundraising, fiscal oversight, board/staff relations, effective meeting and reporting strategies, and more. Presented by Pam Blevins Hinkle in the Knall Meeting Room.

    Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

    Tags: nonprofit, training, Central Library

    Read More >>

    Nov

    16

    Sat

    Sat, Nov 16, 2019 10:30 AM – Sat, Nov 16, 2019 3:30 PM @ Central Library

    Make sure you have the groundwork that must be in place before your new nonprofit organization can thrive. Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess whether yours is ready for foundation fundraising. This workshop walks you through the steps to defining your mission, obtaining incorporation and nonprofit status and building an effective board. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch as there are few lunch options close by and time is limited. This workshop is designed for those seeking to establish a new nonprofit organization.

    Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

    Tags: nonprofit, training, Central Library

    Read More >>

    Nov

    23

    Sat

    Sat, Nov 23, 2019 10:30 AM – Sat, Nov 23, 2019 12:30 PM @ Central Library

    IndyVitals is a new online tool to measure the health and sustainability of neighborhood areas in Marion County. Designed to help community and civic leaders, non-profit and philanthropic partners, and others working to improve neighborhoods, IndyVitals helps to easily identify the diverse strengths and challenges across Indy with the goal of focusing resources and investments in ways that are most relevant to the true needs of Indy’s communities.

    City staff will explain the philosophy behind IndyVitals, how neighborhoods were grouped into neighborhood areas, and provide an in-depth demonstration of how to use IndyVitals to learn more about your community.

    Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

    Tags: nonprofit, training, Central Library

    Read More >>

    Nov

    23

    Sat

    Sat, Nov 23, 2019 1:30 PM – Sat, Nov 23, 2019 4:00 PM @ Central Library

    Do you need to know how to access the latest population numbers for your area? Do you want Jobs and Income data? Are you applying for a grant and need authoritative facts, figures, and findings? Will you need data to tell your community’s story to stakeholders and funders this year?

    Your Indiana State Data Center @ the Indiana State Library is a free service for your research needs.

    This ½ day workshop will familiarize you with the services we provide, introduce you to several key Indiana Data Resources, and give specific examples for finding data for grant proposals.

    Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

    Tags: nonprofit, training, Central Library

    Read More >>

    Dec

    06

    Fri

    Fri, Dec 06, 2019 11:00 AM – Fri, Dec 06, 2019 3:00 PM @ Central Library

    Learn the story of Madam C. J. Walker (1867 –1919), a philanthropist, entrepreneur and hair care industry pioneer as told from a different point of view. Learn about her early life and the rich legacy she created for women, African Americans and Indianapolis.

    This program will be held in the Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) and will be presented by the Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History Singers.

    This special, one-character performance by Freetown Village will repeat every 30 minutes during the scheduled time. The program, suitable for children, is sponsored by The Penrod Society and the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library.

    Tags: the story of Madam C. J. Walker, Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC), The Penrod Society, one-character performance by Freetown Village

    Read More >>


Past Events at Central Library

Aug

17

Sat

Sat, Aug 17, 2019 11:00 AM – Sat, Aug 17, 2019 3:00 PM @ Central Library

Learn the story of Madam C. J. Walker (1867 –1919), a philanthropist, entrepreneur and hair care industry pioneer as told from a different point of view. Learn about her early life and the rich legacy she created for women, African Americans and Indianapolis.

This program will be held in the Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) and will be presented by the Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History Singers.

This special, one-character performance by Freetown Village will repeat every 30 minutes during the scheduled time. The program, suitable for children, is sponsored by The Penrod Society and the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library.

Tags: the story of Madam C. J. Walker, Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC), The Penrod Society, one-character performance by Freetown Village

Read More >>

Aug

12

Mon

Mon, Aug 12, 2019 7:00 PM – Mon, Aug 12, 2019 8:00 PM @ Central Library

Enjoy free motivational and relaxing yoga sessions led by CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health. This program is held in the East Garden at Central Library. The rain-out location is the Indianapolis Special Collections Room.

Tags: CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health, free, yoga, Central Library

Read More >>

Aug

02

Fri

Fri, Aug 02, 2019 11:00 AM – Fri, Aug 02, 2019 3:00 PM @ Central Library

Learn the story of Madam C. J. Walker (1867 –1919), a philanthropist, entrepreneur and hair care industry pioneer as told from a different point of view. Learn about her early life and the rich legacy she created for women, African Americans and Indianapolis.

This program will be held in the Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) and will be presented by the Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History Singers.

This special, one-character performance by Freetown Village will repeat every 30 minutes during the scheduled time. The program, suitable for children, is sponsored by The Penrod Society and the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library.

Tags: the story of Madam C. J. Walker, Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC), The Penrod Society, one-character performance by Freetown Village

Read More >>

Jul

08

Mon

Mon, Jul 08, 2019 7:00 PM – Mon, Jul 08, 2019 8:00 PM @ Central Library

Enjoy free motivational and relaxing yoga sessions led by CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health. This program is held in the East Garden at Central Library. The rain-out location is the Indianapolis Special Collections Room.

Tags: CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health, free, yoga, Central Library

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Jun

16

Sun

Sun, Jun 16, 2019 11:00 PM – Mon, Jun 17, 2019 12:00 AM @ Central Library

BACK FOR THE 3RD SUMMER:
YOGA UNDER THE STARS

JOIN US JUNE 16 AT 11P IN FRONT OF THE DOWNTOWN LIBRARY.

MOON SALUTATIONS & SLOW FLOW WITH LIVE MUSIC (GONG OR TIBET BOWLS) CLEANSING IN THE END.

BRING YOUR OWN H20 & MAT

$7/ RSVP – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moon-swoon-yoga-under-the-stars-yr-3-tickets-63296117391

Tags: MOON SALUTATIONS & SLOW FLOW WITH LIVE MUSIC, yoga

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Jun

10

Mon

Mon, Jun 10, 2019 7:00 PM – Mon, Jun 10, 2019 8:00 PM @ Central Library

Enjoy free motivational and relaxing yoga sessions led by CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health. This program is held in the East Garden at Central Library. The rain-out location is the Indianapolis Special Collections Room.

Tags: CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health, free, yoga, Central Library

Read More >>

May

03

Fri

Fri, May 03, 2019 11:00 AM – Fri, May 03, 2019 3:00 PM @ Central Library

Learn the story of Madam C. J. Walker (1867 –1919), a philanthropist, entrepreneur and hair care industry pioneer as told from a different point of view. Learn about her early life and the rich legacy she created for women, African Americans and Indianapolis.

This program will be held in the Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) and will be presented by the Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History Singers.

This special, one-character performance by Freetown Village will repeat every 30 minutes during the scheduled time. The program, suitable for children, is sponsored by The Penrod Society and the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library.

Tags: the story of Madam C. J. Walker, Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC), The Penrod Society, one-character performance by Freetown Village

Read More >>

Apr

29

Mon

Mon, Apr 29, 2019 6:00 PM – Mon, Apr 29, 2019 8:00 PM @ Central Library

Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your business using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Smart Campaigns in Google Ads. We’ll also introduce tools to help you run your business online, including Google My Business and Google Trends

In this workshop we’ll discuss best practices for:

Creating a free Google My Business listing

Improving your website’s visibility in Google’s organic search results, on all devices

Advertising your business on Google

Name of the Event: Grow with Google – Reach Customers Online with Google

Date: Monday April 29, 2019

Time: 6:30PM-8PM

LOCATION CHANGE:
Indianapolis Public Library – Central Library
40 E. St. Clair St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Free for Members and Non Members

Tags: web marketing, workshop, commons, business tools, SEO, Search Engine Optimization, marketing, Indianapolis

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Apr

15

Mon

Mon, Apr 15, 2019 6:00 PM – Mon, Apr 15, 2019 8:00 PM @ Central Library

As the governing body of a nonprofit, an effective and enthusiastic board of directors or board of trustees can make all the difference. This workshop will review best practices, tips and tools for several elements of the successful board. These include nomination, cultivation and recruitment practices; board orientation, assessment, strategic planning, fundraising, fiscal oversight, board/staff relations, effective meeting and reporting strategies, and more. Presented by Pam Blevins Hinkle in the Knall Meeting Room.

Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Tags: nonprofit, training, Central Library

Read More >>

Apr

06

Sat

Sat, Apr 06, 2019 10:30 AM – Sat, Apr 06, 2019 12:30 PM @ Central Library

You cannot win funding for your nonprofit without an effective program plan. In this workshop, you will discover the main components of a solid program plan, one that will help provide quality services to your community. This workshop is best for those who have already established their nonprofit organization.

Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Tags: program planning, nonprofit, workshop, discussion, business, Central Library

Read More >>

Apr

06

Sat

Sat, Apr 06, 2019 1:30 PM – Sat, Apr 06, 2019 4:00 PM @ Central Library

This workshop will provide a practical approach to developing the most effective grant-seeking strategies for your organization. You will learn useful tips on how to write compelling proposals and effective post-grant procedures. This workshop is best for those who have already established their nonprofit organization.

Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Tags: nonprofit, leadership, giving, grants, advice, giving program

Read More >>

Mar

23

Sat

Sat, Mar 23, 2019 10:30 AM – Sat, Mar 23, 2019 12:30 PM @ Central Library

Giving data shows that 80 percent of the funds nonprofits raise comes from individual donors, yet
much of the focus of fundraising is often on grants and corporate gifts. This session will help you
understand the basics of an annual giving program and give you an opportunity to practice asking with
confidence. Asking for financial support for your program shouldn’t be scary – learn to be fearless in
your asking! This workshop is best for those who have already established their nonprofit organization.

Presented by Indianapolis Public Library Foundation staff member Bethany K. Warner, CFRE, in the Knall Meeting Room.

Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Tags: Bethany K. Warner, CFRE, nonprofit, workshop, grants, fundraising, how to, Central Library

Read More >>

Mar

23

Sat

Sat, Mar 23, 2019 1:30 PM – Sat, Mar 23, 2019 4:00 PM @ Central Library

Do you need to know how to access the latest population numbers for your area? Do you want Jobs and Income data? Are you applying for a grant and need authoritative facts, figures, and findings? Will you need data to tell your community’s story to stakeholders and funders this year?

Your Indiana State Data Center @ the Indiana State Library is a free service for your research needs.

This ½ day workshop will familiarize you with the services we provide, introduce you to several key Indiana Data Resources, and give specific examples for finding data for grant proposals.

Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Tags: nonprofit, training, Central Library

Read More >>

Mar

18

Mon

Mon, Mar 18, 2019 5:30 PM – Mon, Mar 18, 2019 8:00 PM @ Central Library

Increasing in prominence as a tool for enhanced efficiency and strengthened service delivery, collaboration’s advantages, disadvantages, potential, and pitfalls must be understood by all savvy nonprofit professionals. This seminar is best for those who have already established their nonprofit organization. Presented by Maury Plambeck.

Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Tags: nonprofit, training, Central Library

Read More >>

Mar

16

Sat

Sat, Mar 16, 2019 10:30 AM – Sat, Mar 16, 2019 3:30 PM @ Central Library

Make sure you have the groundwork that must be in place before your new nonprofit organization can thrive. Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess whether yours is ready for foundation fundraising. This workshop walks you through the steps to defining your mission, obtaining incorporation and nonprofit status and building an effective board. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch as there are few lunch options close by and time is limited. This workshop is designed for those seeking to establish a new nonprofit organization.

Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Tags: nonprofit, training, Central Library

Read More >>

Feb

23

Sat

Sat, Feb 23, 2019 10:30 AM – Sat, Feb 23, 2019 12:30 PM @ Central Library

IndyVitals is a new online tool to measure the health and sustainability of neighborhood areas in Marion County. Designed to help community and civic leaders, non-profit and philanthropic partners, and others working to improve neighborhoods, IndyVitals helps to easily identify the diverse strengths and challenges across Indy with the goal of focusing resources and investments in ways that are most relevant to the true needs of Indy’s communities.

City staff will explain the philosophy behind IndyVitals, how neighborhoods were grouped into neighborhood areas, and provide an in-depth demonstration of how to use IndyVitals to learn more about your community.

Made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and The Emily Fund through grants to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Tags: IndyVitals, online tool, training, measure the health and sustainability of neighborhood areas in Marion County

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Jan

19

Sat

Sat, Jan 19, 2019 10:30 AM – Sat, Jan 19, 2019 12:30 PM @ Central Library

SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicators — www.savi.org) is a free online information system that helps you map, compare and store data about 2,000 Central Indiana communities. SAVI’s comprehensive, up-to-date statistics on housing, education, crime, and much more help businesses and organization create the charts, graphs, maps, and other results to make data-informed decisions. This introductory class, to be held in the Computer Training Lab, provides an overview to help participants decide whether they want to learn more about how to use SAVI.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicators), comprehensive, up-to-date statistics on housing, education, crime, nonprofit, public policy, social justice

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Dec

15

Sat

Sat, Dec 15, 2018 1:00 PM – Sat, Dec 15, 2018 3:30 PM @ Central Library

As the governing body of a nonprofit, an effective and enthusiastic board of directors or board of trustees can make all the difference. This workshop will review best practices, tips and tools for several elements of the successful board. These include nomination, cultivation and recruitment practices; board orientation, assessment, strategic planning, fundraising, fiscal oversight, board/staff relations, effective meeting and reporting strategies, and more. Presented by Pam Blevins Hinkle in the Knall Meeting Room.

Made possible by The Emily Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Tags: nonprofit, leadership, workshop, board appointment, advice

Read More >>

Dec

15

Sat

Sat, Dec 15, 2018 10:30 AM – Sat, Dec 15, 2018 12:30 PM @ Central Library

Giving data shows that 80 percent of the funds nonprofits raise comes from individual donors, yet
much of the focus of fundraising is often on grants and corporate gifts. This session will help you
understand the basics of an annual giving program and give you an opportunity to practice asking with
confidence. Asking for financial support for your program shouldn’t be scary – learn to be fearless in
your asking! This workshop is best for those who have already established their nonprofit organization.

Presented by Indianapolis Public Library Foundation staff in the Knall Meeting Room.

Made possible by The Emily Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Tags: nonprofit, leadership, giving, grants, advice, giving program

Read More >>

Dec

06

Thu

Thu, Dec 06, 2018 2:30 PM – Thu, Dec 06, 2018 4:30 PM @ Central Library

SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicators — www.savi.org) is a free online information system that helps you map, compare and store data about 2,000 Central Indiana communities. SAVI’s comprehensive, up-to-date statistics on housing, education, crime, and much more help businesses and organization create the charts, graphs, maps, and other results to make data-informed decisions. This introductory class, to be held in the Computer Training Lab, provides an overview to help participants decide whether they want to learn more about how to use SAVI.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicators), comprehensive, up-to-date statistics on housing, education, crime

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