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Indiana State Library

Library > About the Library > Events & Public Workshops > Events Events & Public Workshops

Upcoming Events: All events and workshops listed below occur at the Indiana State Library. All events and workshops are free and open to the public.

Summer Storytime @ the State Library
Saturday, June 24, 10:30-11:15 am

All About Indiana!

Children, ages 3-7, are invited to the Indiana State Library for a special storytime in the Young Readers Center to hear stories all about Indiana.  Kids will enjoy activities and crafts during this free program.  Families are welcome to stay and explore the Young Readers Center afterward. 

Please register for this program online by June 23 or by calling or emailing Christy Franzman, (317) 232-3700, cfranzman@library.in.gov.  Make sure to include the following information: Name of each child attending, Age of child, Name of parent/guardian, and a Contact number. Space is limited to 30 children.

Accommodations 

The Indiana State Library will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services and activities. If you require an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in this program, service or activity of the Indiana State Library, please contact the agency's ADA Coordinator, Faye Brookins at FBrookins@spd.IN.gov or (317) 233-1184. Notice of a needed accommodation should be provided as soon as possible to allow time for the state library to arrange for the accommodation. However, notice of a needed accommodation must be provided to one of the above contacts no later than 48 hours in advance. 

Media Release 

By registering for this program, I hereby grant the Indiana State Library (ISL) permission to use my or my minor child or children’s photograph publically to promote the library. I understand that the images may be used worldwide for any lawful purpose, including educational and advertisement purposes and in any medium, including print and electronic. I further waive any claim for compensation of any kind for ISL’s use or publication of the images and/or those of my minor children, if applicable.

Jazz on the Fly with Bonnie Maurer
Saturday, June 24, 1:30-3:00 pm

Bonnie Maurer

Free Event for Children, Grades 3-6

Children, grades 3-6, are invited to the Indiana State Library to meet new friends and learn about the history of Indiana Avenue, right here in Indianapolis.  Local writer, Bonnie Maurer, will join us as children read jazz poetry, listen to jazz music, and compose their own poems.  The program will take place in the State Library’s Indiana Authors Room.

Please register for this program online by June 23 or by calling or emailing Caitlyn Stypa, (317) 232-3700, cstypa@library.in.gov.  Please make sure to include the following information: Name of each child attending, Grade the child will be in next year, Name of parent/guardian, and a Contact number. Space is limited to 30 children.

Accommodations

The Indiana State Library will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services and activities. If you require an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in this program, service or activity of the Indiana State Library, please contact the agency's ADA Coordinator, Faye Brookins at FBrookins@spd.IN.gov or (317) 233-1184. Notice of a needed accommodation should be provided as soon as possible to allow time for the state library to arrange for the accommodation. However, notice of a needed accommodation must be provided to one of the above contacts no later than 48 hours in advance.

Media Release

By registering for this program, I hereby grant the Indiana State Library (ISL) permission to use my or my minor child or children’s photograph publically to promote the library. I understand that the images may be used worldwide for any lawful purpose, including educational and advertisement purposes and in any medium, including print and electronic. I further waive any claim for compensation of any kind for ISL’s use or publication of the images and/or those of my minor children, if applicable.

This workshop features an Arts for Learning Indiana artist.  

Tell Your Own Story with Bob Sander
Wednesday, June 28, 1:30-3:00 pm

Bob Sander

Free Event for Children, Grades 3-6

Children, grades 3-6, are invited to the Indiana State Library to meet new friends and learn about storytelling, family history, and genealogy.  Local storyteller, Bob Sander, will teach children about the elements of story, and everyone will have the opportunity to practice telling their personal and family stories with other attendees.  The program will take place in the State Library’s Indiana Authors Room.

Please register for this program online by June 27 or by calling or emailing Caitlyn Stypa, (317) 232-3700, cstypa@library.in.gov.  Please make sure to include the following information: Name of each child attending, Grade the child will be in next year, Name of parent/guardian, and a Contact number. Space is limited to 30 children.

Accommodations

The Indiana State Library will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services and activities. If you require an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in this program, service or activity of the Indiana State Library, please contact the agency's ADA Coordinator, Faye Brookins at FBrookins@spd.IN.gov or (317) 233-1184. Notice of a needed accommodation should be provided as soon as possible to allow time for the state library to arrange for the accommodation. However, notice of a needed accommodation must be provided to one of the above contacts no later than 48 hours in advance.

Media Release

By registering for this program, I hereby grant the Indiana State Library (ISL) permission to use my or my minor child or children’s photograph publically to promote the library. I understand that the images may be used worldwide for any lawful purpose, including educational and advertisement purposes and in any medium, including print and electronic. I further waive any claim for compensation of any kind for ISL’s use or publication of the images and/or those of my minor children, if applicable.

This workshop features an Arts for Learning Indiana artist.  

Genealogy and Local History Fair 2017
October 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM


The Indiana State Library will host the annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair in downtown Indianapolis. Admission is free and open to the general public. This year’s theme is “Sacrificing and Shaping the Future,” commemorating the Centennial of the Great War and examining military resources and history.

Over 30 organizations and exhibitors will be in attendance.  Visit the tables in the exhibition hall to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations, and shop the commercial vendors.

Highly acclaimed, internationally known speakers and genealogy consultants, Kathleen Brandt and Katherine R. Willson, will present.

LEUs available.  Register for LEUs via email at crward@library.in.gov.  (Registration required for LEUs.)

Third Saturday One-on-One History Consultations

Directions and Parking Information for Visitors One-on-One Family History Consultations Third Saturday of Every Month

Do you need help getting started? Have you hit a brick wall? Need information about what we have and how it can help you with your genealogy research? The Genealogy Collection of the Indiana State Library is offering 30 minute individual consultation sessions with one of our reference librarians on the third Saturday morning of every month.

Email spfundstein@library.in.gov to schedule an appointment. All appointment request must be submitted 5 business days before the third Saturday of the month. Please include topics and questions you would like to have addressed. If you have completed any research please bring it with you.

Free orientation tour enable researchers to learn where the genealogical tools they need are located. Learn what resources the Indiana State Library holds for genealogists, and where to find them in the building.

Family History Tours

This is NOT a how-to-research session. Instead, this is your opportunity to have an in-depth tour of the facility's genealogical holdings.

Learn where different family history resources are located on the first and second floors of the Indiana State Library. This is a free orientation tour, geared toward genealogists and family historians. Tours are available by request. Request a tour for as little are two people or a larger group. We can accommodate most request or appointments, to schedule your orientation tour please call 317-232-3689.

Indiana State Library Speaker's Bureau

Looking for fun, historical and educational programming for your next group gathering or event? The State Library provides local programs on dozens of Indiana history, genealogy, preservation and literary-related topics. Contact Monique Howell at 317-234-7270 or mohowell@library.in.gov to learn more about how we can enhance your next event.

Public Notice: The State Library will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy State Library programs, services, and activities.

Updated LM 6-19-2017