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Although our building may be closed we still want to “see” you!  Join us for one of our online programs.  Like, comment and share all of our prerecorded programs or join a zoom club.  Keep an eye out for new and exciting ways to interact with library staff and other library lovers.  To join in send an email request to reference@ indianafreelibrary.org

  • Culture is defined as “The sum total of the learned behavior of any given society.” This is a great definition for Mr. Kocher’s high school World Cultures class that it came from, but for the purposes of this program, it will also mean how we experience culture in our own community, tapping into the rich talents within our own town. Libraries are a hub of culture in any community.
    Join in as we explore topics such as music, painting, theater, languages, story-telling, history, crafts, poetry, pottery, film watching and making, and any other aspect of culture that we can include.

  • Fourth Thursday of the month at 10:30
    Join us as we read and discuss many of the great works of classic literature. Message us on Facebook or email iflteens@gmail.com with your name and email address to be added to the group.

  • True Story Book Club
    True Story Book Club

    Our True Story Book Club meets on Zoom the first Tuesday of each month at 11 AM. Our subjects are from all around the world: of places, events, and people of any time period. The only thing that matters to us in this club is if it is a true story! You can access the titles on the cloudLibrary or by using our GrabNGo service here at the library. Copies will be limited right now, but to get hold of a real book, you will need to call 724-464-8841 or email iflgrabngo@indianafreelibrary.org and follow the GrabNGo prompts.
    Please email me, Val at iflkidsfun@gmail.com for an invite to the Zoom meeting at least fifteen minutes before the meeting starts.

    Our schedule for the remainder of 2020 is:

    *September 1st- Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony by Geoffrey Ward and Ken Burns.
    *October 6th-Empty without You: The Intimate Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok by Rodger Streitmatter and Eleanor Roosevelt.
    *November 3rd-On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King.
    *December 1st-American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer.
    And we will still read: Gifted by Grief: A True Story of Cancer, Loss, and Rebirth by June Duncan Rogers next year on January 5th.

  • Second Monday of the month at 7:00
    Join us on a Zoom call to discuss each month’s selected title. We will be reading a variety of fiction titles. Message us on Facebook or email iflteens@gmail.com with your name and email address to be added to the group.

  • Third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM on Zoom.

    We are offering a new book club especially for kids between the ages of 9-12. Until we reopen, the club will be meeting through Zoom. If you are interested, message us on Facebook or email iflkidsfun@gmail.com with your email address and I will get you on the Zoom invite list.

    You can read the chosen titles from the cloudLibrary or you can get a real copy of a book by calling or emailing ahead of time and reserving your copy through our GrabNGo service. You can call 724-465-8841 or email iflgrabngo@indianafreelibrary.org and follow the GrabNGo service prompts.

    And if you have favorite reading suggestions for this history geek reader of non-fiction, please let me know and we will work them into our schedule. This will be a book club truly run by the members!

  • Fourth Tuesday of the month at 11:00 AM on Zoom.

    We will read titles with the subjects ranging from the time period of the discovery of North America and early colonial days through the modern era. Message us on Facebook or email iflkidsfun@gmail.com with your name and email address to be added to the group. Titles are available to read on the cloudLibrary app or you can use our GrabNGo service to get hold of a real book now! Please call or email early and reserve your copy as they are very limited at this point. You will then be notified when you can come in and pick it up. GrabNGo can be found at 724-465-8841 or iflgrabngo@indianafreelibrary.org.

    Our schedule for the remainder of 2020 is as follows:

    * September 22nd-Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women who Fought for the Right to Vote by Susan Ware.
    *October 27th-Passing Time:Memoir of a Vietnam Veteran against the War by W.D.Ehrhart.
    *November 24th-Every Knee Shall bow: The Turth and Tragedy of Ruby Ridge and the Randy Weaver Family by Jess Walter.
    *December 22nd-1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina by Chris Rose.
    And we will still read: Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program by Pat Duggins on January 26th.

    Please email Val at iflkidsfun@gmail.com at least fifteen minutes before the Zoom meeting starts.

  • Tuesday's and Thursday's after 3 PM on this website, IFL Facebook Page, and YouTube.

    Join IFL Children's Librarian Val as she reads stories every Monday and Thursday from her home. There might be random visits from the house chickens during story-time who love to listen to the stories while they snack on their cheese. Story-time will be 15-30 minutes and all ages are welcome to join! Tuesday's will be more for kids aged Birth-4 years old as we will read one or two easy stories. On Thursday's, we'll read a longer, non-fiction story fit for 5-8 year old children and put together an easy, but fun craft with things you can find around the house or the Dollar Store. But, no matter your age, all are welcome to watch and join in the fun!

  • Wednesdays at 3:00
    Lauri will walk you through a weekly craft from start to finish using materials that you could find around your house. The videos will be posted to the timeline if you need to source materials and you can watch at your leisure.

  • We normally hold an in-person book club once a month where we come together to talk about a certain cookbook, now we are pivoting to a different platform. An online community where we can all come together to swap recipes and talk about the success and challenges we are having during this time of having to cook more than we probably all usually do.

  • Cruise Into Kindergarten is a program for those children aged 3-4 who are getting ready to go to school for the first time! Even if your child is in preschool, you can take part in our program and help your child learn skills they'll need at school and at home. The program includes a set of sixteen activity cards that you will need to pick up at the library. Each one has a different activity, craft, rhymes, and recommended reading for the day and range in themes such as Letters and Numbers, Doing the Laundry, and Taking a Walk, among many others. If you are interested in the program, please go into "News and Events." then to "Calendar Events." Starting on September 21st, you will see IFL 2020 Cruise Into Kindergarten. Click on the Register Button and fill in your information. You will then be notified when you can come in and pick up your activity cards. Space is limited to 40 children, so please register quickly before all the spaces fill up! For additional info contact Val at iflkidsfun@gmail.com

Our Impact This Year

  • People with Library Cards

    15,686

  • Items borrowed

    17,180

  • Dollars Raised

    44,001

  • Program Participants

    1986

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