Illustration of woman wearing Pan-African flag blowing in the breeze
Main Library
Lobby
Thursday, June 30 at 12:00 pm

Even though Juneteenth has only recently been recognized as a federal holiday, observations of this date has played an important role in the development of American culture. Dr. Kimberly Stanley, assistant history professor at Indiana State University, will explain the history of Juneteenth and the impact that its celebration has had over the past 150 years.

Young child with rainbow patch on shirt, outside on a sunny day
Community Locations
630 Wabash Avenue
Saturday, June 11 at 10:30 am

Ages 0–10: Introduce your children to how other families’ experiences and situations differ from their own lives. In LGBTQIA+ Rights, you and your child will listen to age-appropriate stories and discuss how families are both different and the same as your own. Each storytime will end with helpful tips and additional resources you can use to continue the conversation at home. Each storytime will end with helpful tips and additional resources you can use to continue the conversation at home. 

Young girl in superhero costume, flexing her bicep and smiling at camera
Main Library
Conference Room
Thursday, June 30 at 11:30 am

Ages 5–19: Your child can develop strong life and leadership skills, prevent bullying, and become a positive role model with Girls of Excellence Mentoring. Each session, Executive Director Tante Vaugh will encourage girls to examine the complex issues they face through group discussion, bolster their self-esteem, and teach them how to set goals for themselves. 

Teddy bear with arm around another teddy bear, comforting gesture, blue sky and green grass
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Saturday, June 25 at 10:30 am

Ages 0–10: Emotions can be difficult—especially if your child doesn’t understand what they can do when someone else feels bad. In E is for Empathy, you and your child will explore the powers of kindness, understanding, and patience when dealing with another person through stories, songs, and group discussion. Each storytime will end with helpful tips and additional resources you can use to continue the conversation at home.

Young girl in superhero costume, flexing her bicep and smiling at camera
Main Library
Conference Room
Thursday, June 23 at 11:30 am

Ages 5–19: Your child can develop strong life and leadership skills, prevent bullying, and become a positive role model with Girls of Excellence Mentoring. Each session, Executive Director Tante Vaugh will encourage girls to examine the complex issues they face through group discussion, bolster their self-esteem, and teach them how to set goals for themselves. 

Underside photograph of people waving rainbow flag
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
Tuesday, June 21 at 4:00 pm

Ages 12 & Up: Use clay, collage, printmaking, and more to show your support for the local LGBTQIA+ community, either as a member or an ally. You can experiment with various artistic mediums, bring a project from home to work on while meeting other creative individuals, meet with an art therapist, or help create a collaborative art project to share at the 41|40 Arts & Cultural District Sixth Street Arts Festival on Saturday, June 25. This program is presented in partnership with Indiana State University’s Community School of the Arts, the Swope Art Museum, and FSA Counseling.

Girl Sharing Her Book with a Dog
West Branch Library
West Branch Library Meeting Room B
Wednesday, June 15 at 5:30 pm

All Ages: Share a book with a furry friend from Love on a Leash. These good-natured therapy dogs are eager to listen to your child practice reading aloud in a stress-free setting, complete with cuddles, belly rubs, and ear scratches!

Child in Car Seat
Main Library
Parking Lot
Friday, May 20 at 12:00 pm

A car seat is the best way to ensure your child's safety during a car accident, but up to 85% of car seats are either installed incorrectly, not appropriate for the child's age, or misused. Have your car seat assessed and fitted to your child by car seat technicians from Chances and Services for Youth (CASY). CASY will provide with free car seats for those in need and free books for your children! To receive a seat, you, your child, and your vehicle must be present. Learn more from CASY by calling 812.232.3952.

Girl Reading to Dog
West Branch Library
West Branch Library Meeting Room B
Wednesday, May 18 at 5:30 pm

All Ages: Share a book with a furry friend from Love on a Leash. These good-natured therapy dogs are eager to listen to your child practice reading aloud in a stress-free setting, complete with cuddles, belly rubs, and ear scratches!