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INvestigate + Explore Summer Programs at the Indiana State Library

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.


Join us at the Indiana State Library, as we host a series of lectures on our open Saturdays during the months of June, July, and August.  The lectures are free and open to the public.  Parking is available in the Senate Avenue parking garage across from the library.  Light snacks will be provided.  All talks will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Each lecture is worth 1 LEU.  Registration required. 

July 13 – Professional genealogists John Barr and Amber Oldenburg dig deep into land records.  Broaden your understanding of land records, the clues they can provide, and how it all fits into your genealogical research.  John Barr presents “Map reading for Genealogists: When North isn't...” and Amber Oldenburg presents “Land Records: A Family Historian’s ‘Bread and Butter.’”  Register here.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 10.

August 10 – Nicole Poletika from the Indiana Historical Bureau presents “Unigov: The Creation of Modern Indianapolis and Its Suburbs.”  Register here.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 7.

One-on-One Family History Consultations Second 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 second Saturday morning of every month.

Email GenMail@library.in.gov to schedule an appointment. All appointment request must be submitted 5 business days before the second 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.

Second Saturday One-on-One DNA Testing Consultations with the Central Indiana DNA Interest Group (CIDIG) at the Indiana State Library

DNA testing has become an important resource for genealogists looking to solve genealogy puzzles by comparing DNA matches.  Genealogists are incorporating DNA Testing along with the traditional genealogical research methods to discover new family members.

Have you considered taking a Genetic DNA test but not sure which test is the best for you?  Do you have questions about your test results?  The Central Indiana DNA Group (CIDIG) staff will be available to assist you with your DNA questions in one-on-one 15-minute consultation sessions on the second Saturday of every month.

To schedule an appointment for a free DNA consultation, please send your request to CIDIG Specialist, Denise Anderson-Decina, at the following e-mail:  CIDNAgroup@gmail.com. All appointment requests must be submitted five (5 ) business days before the second Saturday of the month. Please include in your email the DNA questions and related information that you would like to have addressed. For more information about Central Indiana DNA Interest Group, go to Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/CIDNAGroup/

DISCLAIMER: The Central Indiana DNA Interest Group (CIDIG) is not affiliated with the Indiana State Library (ISL) in any way. ISL does not endorse, warrant, or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of information, opinions, advice, statements, or services provided by CIDIG representatives.

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 JD 6-10-2019