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Indiana Young Readers Center

The Indiana Young Readers Center Collection includes books by Indiana authors and illustrators for children and young adults. Indiana authors and illustrators are defined as having been born in Indiana, having lived in Indiana for a significant period of time, or currently living in Indiana.

The Indiana Young Readers Center opened in October 2016. It is a place for kids to learn more about Indiana and explore the literary works of Indiana authors and illustrators.

Schedule a free tour of the Indiana Young Readers Center and State Library for your class or group by phone or email using the contact information below.

INvestigate + Explore Summer Programs

Join us this summer for exciting programs combining Indiana investigations and explorations of cool themes like art, culture, and history. Programs are open to children who have completed 3rd grade up through middle school and do require advanced registration. Programs are as follows:

  • Next Great Architects | Wednesday, June 13, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | History Reference Room - Children will use problem solving and their imaginations to explore architectural planning processes, as well as learn about the design of the Indiana State Library. Register here.
  • Gifts from the Earth: Native American Effigy Pottery | Wednesday, June 20, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room - Artist Robin McBride Scott will lead children in creating an effigy vessel they can take home after they learn about treaties and see the library’s own copy of St. Mary’s Treaty. Register here.
  • The Writerly Life | Wednesday, June 27, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room - Julie Patterson will lead children in applying strategies for developing ideas into stories that others want to read. Children will also decorate notebooks so they can practice the writerly life at home. Register here.
  • Jazz Drum Dialogues | Wednesday, July 11, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room - Children will learn about the rich history in the Indiana Avenue corridor and learn the basics of jazz drumming from local musician Lawrence Clark. Register here.
  • Comic Creation | Monday, July 16, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room - Jingo de la Rosa will lead children in drawing comics after hearing about some of Indiana’s great illustrators like Norman Bridwell, Jim Davis, Ben Hatke, Keiko Kasza and Troy Cummings. Register here.
  • Sitting Still Like a Poet | Wednesday, July 25, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room - Julie Patterson will help children quiet their minds and pay attention to the “story worthy” material around them. Children will also learn about different types of poetry and Indiana poets. Register here.

Contact Information

317-232-3719  Indiana Young Readers Center Desk

317-232-3700  Suzanne Walker, IYRC Librarian

317-232-1401  Caitlyn Stypa, IYRC Program Coordinator

Hours: The Indiana Young Readers Center is open Monday—Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., See this page for Saturday hours, closed on Sundays.

IN SW 5-30-2018