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:
Jazz Drum Dialogues | Wednesday, June 19, 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 | Wednesday, June 26, 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.
Exploring the Solar System | Wednesday, July 3, 1:30-3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room – Children will explore the solar system through hands-on activities based on resources from NASA. Children will also learn about Indiana’s connection to space through its famous Hoosier astronauts. Register here.
Tell Your Own Story | Monday, July 15, 1:30-3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room – Local storyteller Bob Sander will teach children the elements of story and how to tell their own. We’ll explore family history and everyone will make their own family tree to take home. Register here.
Next Great Architects | Monday, July 22, 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.
Bookmaking and Really Old Diaries | Monday, July 29, 1:30-3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room – Suzanne Walker, Indiana Young Readers Center Librarian, will lead children through an exploration of old diaries written by young people a long time ago. Children will get to make three different styles of books and learn about bookmaking. Register here.
Resources & Services
- Indiana Children’s Authors & Illustrators
- Indiana Center for the Book
- In Pursuit of State Pride 4th Grade Field Trips
- Statehouse Education Center
- Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award
- Young Hoosier Book Award
- Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award
317-232-3719 Indiana Young Readers Center Desk
317-232-3700 Suzanne Walker, IYRC Librarian
317-232-1401 Indiana Young Readers Center Assistant - Vacant
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.
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