Events & Public Workshops

Upcoming Events: All events and workshops listed below occur at the Indiana State Library. All events and workshops are free and open to the public.
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Government Information Day
Thursday May 24th from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Registration is now open for Government Information Day 2018: Advocacy, Research, and Collaboration (GID18). This one-day conference will be held Thursday May 24th, from 9 am to 4:30 pm. The event is free to attend, and is a great learning opportunity for librarians, library staff, information professionals, and members of the public. GID18 will feature presentations on topics relating to local, state, and federal information, including the upcoming 2020 census. The keynote speaker will be Laurie Beyer Hall, Superintendent of Documents, from the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). In addition to the presentations, attendees will be able to interact with various vendors and colleagues on topics relating to government information. For any questions, please contact Brent Abercrombie, Federal Documents Librarian, at (317) 232-3733 or Indiana public librarians can earn up to 4 LEUs toward their certification. To learn more about GID18, including information on previous GIDs, please visit ISL’s Government Information Day webpage,

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:

  • Next Great Architects | Wednesday, June 13, 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.
  • Gifts from the Earth: Native American Effigy Pottery | Wednesday, June 20, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room - Artist Robin McBride Scott will lead children in creating an effigy vessel they can take home after they learn about treaties and see the library’s own copy of St. Mary’s Treaty. Register here.
  • The Writerly Life | Wednesday, June 27, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room - Julie Patterson will lead children in applying strategies for developing ideas into stories that others want to read. Children will also decorate notebooks so they can practice the writerly life at home. Register here.
  • Jazz Drum Dialogues | Wednesday, July 11, 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 | Monday, July 16, 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.
  • Sitting Still Like a Poet | Wednesday, July 25, 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Indiana Authors Room - Julie Patterson will help children quiet their minds and pay attention to the “story worthy” material around them. Children will also learn about different types of poetry and Indiana poets. Register here.

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 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: 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:

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 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 SA 4-23-2018