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

    Nov

    08

    Fri

    Fri, Nov 08, 2019 11:00 AM – Fri, Nov 08, 2019 1:00 PM @ Central Library

    Mission #VetBiz Success–where we will highlight the tools and resources used to help veterans on their journey to small business success.
    About this Event

    Join us during the DAKS Foundation Empowerment Week for a Veteran’s Opportunity Symposium. The event takes place at the Indianapolis Central Library, and features free small business resources and information for veterans interested in diving into the world of entrepreneurism. Representatives will be available from the following agencies:

    • U.S. Small Business Administration
    • Indianapolis Public Libraries
    • Indiana Small Business Development Center
    • SCORE
    • VetBiz Central

    Registration is required. Questions? Contact SBA Indiana Veteran-Owned Small Business Liaison Peter Smith.
    All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

    Tags: Veteran’s Opportunity Symposium, free small business resources and information for veterans interested in diving into the world of entrepreneurism

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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Past Events at Central Library

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

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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

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

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

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

01

Tue

Tue, Oct 01, 2019 6:00 PM – Tue, Oct 01, 2019 8:30 PM @ Central Library

Free!

Explore the literary legacy of Toni Morrison at a screening of the documentary film about the acclaimed novelist and champion for the arts, who passed away August 5, 2019.

In 1993, Morrison received the Nobel Prize in Literature, making her the first African-American, and eighth woman to be selected for the award. Morrison’s writing has influenced generations of scholars, readers, and writers.

We would like to honor her contributions by coming together to watch the film, followed by a discussion of her literary eminence.

Sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library and the Indiana Writers Center.

Held in the Central Library Auditorium. Tickets are not required to attend, but RSVPs are appreciated!

Tags: Toni Morrison, literature, writing, writers, art, social justice, Indiana Writers Center

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Sep

28

Sat

Sat, Sep 28, 2019 10:00 AM – Sat, Sep 28, 2019 4:00 PM @ Central Library

Versión en español de la descripción del evento mas abajo.
Lucha Libro Festival: Live Lucha Libre inside of the Central Library + books.
Free event/
10 am to 4 pm.
Come and join the Central Library and La Sardina Gallery for a day of Lucha Libre (Mexican Wrestling)! This is a family-friendly bi-cultural event for the entire Indianapolis community. This free event features exciting Lucha Libre performances, a Lucha Libre themed art exhibition, games, a film screening, and art activities for all. We will also have a community market with local artists and vendors. Come and release your inner Luchador!
Day of Festival Schedule:

10:00 a.m.: Festival begins with activities, games, art exhibit, and vendors until 3pm.
El Camaron Electronico will be mp3jing during the event.

11:00 a.m.: First Lucha Libre Wrestling Match and introduction of all of the wrestlers on a catwalk

12:00 p.m.: Second Lucha Libre Match

1:00 p.m.: Third Lucha Libre Match

2:00 p.m.: Final presentation with some time for photos with your favorite Luchador.

3:00 p.m.: Artist talk with Carlos Sosa, John Vazquez aka @AlienSushi and La Sardina Gallery founder Melt-Face and El Camaron Electronico about the cultural significance of the event.

4:00 p.m.: Movie screening in the auditorium – Tales of Masked Men – A Journey Through Lucha Libre – a film by Carlos Avila

Lucha Libro Festival: Lucha Libre en vivo adentro de la Biblioteca Central + libros.
Evento gratuito /
10 a.m. a 4 p.m.

¡Venga y acompañe a la Biblioteca Central y La Sardina Gallery en un día de lucha libre! Este es un evento familiar y bicultural para toda la comunidad de Indianápolis. Este evento gratuito ofrece emocionantes espectáculos de lucha libre, una exposición de arte con temática de lucha libre, juegos, la proyección de una película, y actividades artísticas para todos. También tendremos un mercado comunitario con artistas y proveedores locales. ¡Venga y libere a su luchador interior!

Horario del día del festival:

10:00 a.m .: El festival comienza con actividades, juegos, exhibición de arte y vendedores hasta las 3pm.
El Camaron Electronico estará mp3jing durante el evento.

11:00 a.m .: La Primera Lucha con introducción de todos los luchadores en una pasarela

12:00 p.m .: La Segunda Lucha

1:00 p.m .: La Tercera Lucha

2:00 p.m .: La Ultima Lucha con algo de tiempo para fotos con su Luchador favorito.

3:00 p.m . Platica de artistas con Carlos Sosa, John Vazquez alias @AlienSushi y los fundadores de La Sardina Gallery Melt-Face y El Camaron Electronico sobre el significado cultural del evento.

4:00 p.m . Proyección de películas en el auditorio: Tales of Masked Men-Un viaje a través de la Lucha Libre – una película de Carlos Ávila

Tags: a day of Lucha Libre (Mexican Wrestling), family-friendly, Movie screening, Festival, 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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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

07

Sat

Sat, Sep 07, 2019 2:00 PM – Sat, Sep 07, 2019 3:00 PM @ Central Library

Listen to the lively sounds of Duo Diez, featuring musicians Donna Lively Clark on viola and Espen Jensen on guitar. This engaging performance will showcase the music of Latin America.

Tags: Duo Diez, Live Music, Latin America, Central Library

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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