February not only celebrates the love of relationships, but of libraries, librarians, and books! This month is National Library Lovers month, so if you are a book lover–and maybe even asked for a book of sweet stories for Valentine’s Day–this celebration is for you. There are several libraries and bookstores Downtown that would love to celebrate this month with you, a library lover.
Here are some Indianapolis libraries/bookstores to check out:
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial & Library - Houses artifacts, art, a museum store, and books related to Vonnegut (an Indiana native) - Celebrates banned books week/banned stories - Offers free admission on the first Monday of each month
Indy Reads - Has a 100% literacy goal for all, resulting in endless copies of various genres of books - Donates your gently used books on the first Friday of every month - It supports literacy foundations for adults who want to improve their reading and comprehension skills
The Indianapolis Public Library - Hosts numerous events including virtual story time, online book discussion, English conversation circles, coding for beginners, and more - Provides online services like e-books, audiobooks, and movies to rent - Offers free and low-cost online courses for small business owners
National Library Lovers month gives us a chance to highlight and support our Indianapolis authors. We are proud that a wide range of writers from poets to novelists to playwrights call Indianapolis home.
Check out these Indianapolis authors next time you’re at the library:
Tracy J. Edmonds - Wild Hair: A Courageous Woman’s Guide to a Bold and Authentic Career
John Green - The Fault in our Stars, Looking for Alaska
Jalysa King - When I Grow Up I Can Be Anything
John David Anderson - Ms. Bixby's Last Day, Riley's Ghost
Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse 5, Welcome to the Monkey House
Jennifer Niven - All the Bright Places, Holding Up the Universe
Sarah T. Bolton - Paddle Your Own Canoe: And Other Poems
Ava Cuvay - Tin Toy, Tin Man
To continue the celebration of reading into March, head over to the Indiana State Museum on March 5 for Literacy Day. Galleries of various literary-centered activities will be displayed in English, ASL, and Spanish for children 6 and under.