Haughville Branch – The Indianapolis Public Library

Haughville Branch – The Indianapolis Public Library

Haughville Branch - The Indianapolis Public Library 2121 W. Michigan Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46222

Branch 2, the longest continuously operating branch of the Indianapolis Public Library system, originally opened in December, 1896 in a small frame building occupied by a Gospel Rescue Mission. It was located at the corner of Brookside Avenue and Tenth Street.

In early 1897 the village known as Haughville became a part of the city and soon afterwards the residents petitioned for a library. Branch 2 was moved from the east side to 2523 West Walnut, a small frame building in the yard of School No. 52. It eventually became known as The Haughville Branch, reflecting the neighborhood it served. The branch moved again in 1901 to the former Town Hall on Germania Avenue, later renamed Belleview Place. In this storefront building the library was expanded three times from a small, one-room library to encompass the entire first floor. A fire in 1904 partially destroyed the library, consuming much of the furniture and more than 400 books. It soon reopened in the same location, and remained there until it relocated to the Michigan Plaza Shopping Center near Holt Road in 1972.

In 2003, after over 100 years of service, the library moved into a 12,000 square-foot facility specifically built for The Haughville Branch Library at 2121 West Michigan Street.


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Fri, Aug 03, 2018 7:00 PM - Fri, Aug 03, 2018 10:00 PM @ Haughville Branch - The Indianapolis Public Library

Inspired by our partners and time in Haiti & with support from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indiana Arts Commission, Reconnecting to Our Waterways and Indianapolis Public Library we’re bring the Rara to Indianapolis. Rara is a Haitian street band that grows and evolves as it moves through the city playing traditional instruments. Rara’s exist to celebrate the joy of living and unite communities to dance and sing away their troubles.

The Near West Rara will start in WeCare and will touch each Near West neighborhood. We’ll have a band on a portable stage that plays a short set in each neighborhood. When the band wraps up, we encourage that neighborhood to travel with us to the next (just like a Haitian rara). It will culminate on West Michigan Street with Big Tent, an interactive video installation, and more music!

Join us for a celebration of our neighborhoods, great music, and appreciation for our partners in Haiti. Each Near West neighborhood will host their own small party on the route. Below are the locations are approximate times the band, Palace, will play at each location.

7PM WeCare: Rosalie Cook Park, 16 S Addition Street
7:40PM Hawthorne: 309 N Tremont St
8:15PM Haughville: Haughville Park, 2444 W Michigan Street
8:45PM Stringtown (and Big Tent): 2240 W Michigan Street

Tags: Near West Neighborhood


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