Enrichment programs at Central and Garfield Park libraries in December

Central Library

 – How to Build a Nonprofit Organization:

Program Development

Dec. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Those who have already established their nonprofit organization are invited to discover the main components of a solid program plan that can provide quality services to the community. To register, visit eventbrite.com. Call 317-275-4100 to register.

How to Build a Nonprofit Organization

Effective Grant Proposals and Management

Dec. 1 from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Those who have already established their nonprofit organization are invited to learn useful tips on how to write compelling proposals and effective post-grant procedures. This workshop is presented by Gail Thomas Strong. To register, visit eventbrite.com. Call 317-275-4100 to register.

12 Days of Winter

Dec. 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20 & 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.

A do-it-yourself craft series for all ages. Create winter and holiday-themed decorations and gifts to take home and enjoy all season long. During this class, attendees will learn to make a custom Santa gift box.

Job Center at Central Library

Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from noon to 5 p.m.

Dec. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 & 26 from 5 to 8 p.m.

A free service for unemployed or underemployed individuals to receive one-on-one assistance to enhan+ce their employment skills. Focus on job search strategies, interviewing skills, resume development, and instruction on basic computer skills.

Robots After Noon

Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Families are invited to try a variety of the Learning Curve’s robotics technology and practice programming. With various types of robots and games available each week, participants can try something new or dive deeper into a favorite. Children under the age of 7 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Getting Started With Canva

Dec. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Adults who want to make high-quality images, newsletters or flyers that can be shared easily are invited to learn about Canva, which offers a wide variety of free tools and images and has built-in tools for sharing on social media platforms. A Facebook account is suggested. Email account required.

Game Night @ Central

Dec. 3, 10 & 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Table-top game lovers are invited to enjoy the collection of over 120 classic and modern board, card and dice games for kids and adults. There will even be giant versions of Connect 4, Jenga and Chess. Gamers under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Knit One, Crochet Too

Dec. 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

A night of fiber crafts and fun for adults Bring your current work in progress or start something new. All skill levels are welcomed. Basic materials will be available for beginners.

Internet Basics

Dec. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. Learn to use links, read Internet addresses, save addresses for future visits, and search the Web. Must be experienced using a mouse and keyboard.

Introduction to Photoshop Using Photoshop Elements 9

Dec. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Edit personal photos and create original images using Photoshop Elements 9. Gain a clear understanding of resolution values and the key tools such as transforming, resizing, cropping and selecting images to be used for original ideas. Requires experience with a keyboard, mouse and USB file management.

Microsoft Word 2010 Basics

Dec. 5 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Learn how to write letters, resumes, papers, and other documents. Learn to create, edit, save, and open a document; change formatting and appearance; check spelling and grammar, and print files. Should be comfortable using a mouse and keyboard.

Minecraft Club @ Central!

Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ages 7 and up are invited to use the Learning Curve’s laptops to mine and build in Central Land, a virtual world hosted on the Curve’s private Minecraft server. Join in a new group build each week, or test skills in fun Hunger Games-style challenges.

Cloud Computing Using

Microsoft OneDrive and Office Online

Dec. 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Learn about the free online versions of Microsoft Office applications. See how to create, edit,and share files in web-based Microsoft Word and Excel; upload and download files, and create a OneDrive account. Must be experienced in using the mouse, keyboard and Internet.

eBook Tinker Station

Dec. 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Learn how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone, as well as search and download materials from the Library’s extensive collection of eBooks, audiobooks and digital music. Patrons can drop in anytime during this two-hour visit by the Library’s traveling eBook Tinker Station, which is staffed by an eReader expert who can answer questions about the equipment and collection. The Station provides reliable and unbiased information about this growing technology. The Tinker Helpline is also available to call for answers to your questions at 317-275-4500.

Introduction to SAVI Databases of Central Indiana Statistics

Dec. 6 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicators – www.savi.org) is a free online information system that helps map, compare and store data of about 2,000 Central Indiana communities. Comprehensive, up-to-date statistics on housing, education, crime, and much more help businesses and organization create the charts, graphs, maps, and other results to make data-informed decisions. Provides an overview to help participants decide whether they want to learn more about how to use SAVI.

Pressing On: The Letterpress Film – Film Screening & Discussion

Dec. 6 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

View the documentary, Pressing On: The Letterpress Film, that describes the 500-year-old craft of letterpress, a form of printing using moveable type and printing presses. The film’s creators will discuss their project intended to capture the art and technology of letterpress and to preserve important voices in this craft for future generations. In Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium.

Little Learners Storytime

Dec. 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 11 a.m.

Little learners ages birth – 5 years old and their families are invited for stories, songs and rhymes. All are welcome to stay after to play.

Introduction to Ancestry Library Edition & Related Library eResources

Dec. 7 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Adults can discover family history with an introduction to Ancestry Library Edition. By the end of the class, be able to explore Ancestry’s Learning Center; do a basic search of the Card Catalog, Historical Records and U.S. Census databases; open a Family Tree; collect records by printing, saving to a flash drive and emailing to oneself; and access genealogy learning materials through IndyPL eBooks and eMagazines. Should have experience using a computer and websites. Brief required registration at http://ancestryclassindypl.eventbrite.com/. Call 317-275-4100 to register.

Gmail Basics

Dec. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.

How to manage an email account, send files and keep inbox free of spam email. Learn to send and receive email notes, add files such as photos to your emails, open and save a file attached to an email sent to you, delete large numbers of unwanted emails, and keep spam email from appearing in your inbox. Arrive 30 minutes early for help creating a new email account. Requires experience using the mouse, keyboard and Internet.

Coloring Café

Dec. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Adults can enjoy coloring, which has been shown to have a calming effect and promote overall wellness. Warm beverages, soothing music, coloring pages and colored pencils will be provided.

3D Printing @ Central

Dec. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Adults can learn the basics of 3D printing from concept to creation using Tinkercad and the 3D Systems Cube Printer.

Naturalization Ceremony

Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.

Individuals will take the Oath of Allegiance to become naturalized citizens of the United States. Open to the public.

Microsoft Word 2010 Intermediate

Dec. 12 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Learn some of Microsoft Word’s more advanced features. Learn to create and change columns; transform plain text into bullet points; add basic graphics to a document page, and use shortcuts to make documents more functional and attractive. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word necessary.

Virtual Reality with BlueWall VR

Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.

Adults can get their feet wet with the virtual reality experience from BlueWall VR. Walk a plank, play tennis or fight zombies in this immersive experience. Or, tap into the creative side to make music or a 3D design.

Android Smartphone & Tablet Open Lab

Dec. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bring an Android device for this drop-in session to get help organizing your pictures, downloading and deleting apps, backing up pictures and contacts online, using the touch screen effectively, and managing your device’s storage. Bring a charged Android phone or tablet.

Microsoft Excel 2010 Basics

Dec. 14 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Learn how to organize and analyze numbers and text in a spreadsheet format. Learn to create and format a spreadsheet; enter and edit data; and use basic formulas to add, subtract, multiply and divide any number of figures in a horizontal row or vertical column. Should be comfortable using Microsoft Word.

How to Build a Nonprofit Organization: Fearless Asking

Dec. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Eighty percent the funds nonprofits raise comes from individual donors, yet much of the focus of fundraising is often on grants and corporate gifts. This session will help individuals understand the basics of an annual giving program and give them an opportunity to practice asking with confidence. Presented by staff from The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. To register, visit eventbrite.com or call 317-275-4100.

How to Build a Nonprofit Organization:

Developing & Managing Effective Nonprofit Boards

Dec. 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Those who have already established their nonprofit organization can learn best practices, tips and tools for several elements of the successful board. This program is presented by Pam Blevins Hinkle.  To register, visit eventbrite.com or call 317-275-4100.

Online Safety & Privacy

Dec. 17 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Learn how to protect from dishonest practices on the Internet. Learn to create strong passwords and easy ways to remember them, ways to shield privacy, and how to avoid other dangers as you browse and shop on the internet. Must have a sound understanding of the keyboard, mouse, Internet and email.

Papercrafting @ Central

Dec. 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Adults create seasonally themed paper crafts using rubber stamps, embossing folders and scrapbooking tools.

How to Use the Keyboard & Mouse:

Introduction to Computers

Dec. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Adults with little or no experience in using a computer can learn to use the mouse and keyboard, skills needed in order to use a computer and the Internet. Learn to recognize the major parts of a personal computer; understand the meaning of key computer terms; use a mouse and the on-screen cursor to make the computer do what you want it to; understand the parts of the keyboard and how to use them to create, change and delete text, and how to use the Microsoft Windows 7 desktop and toolbars.

Cloud Computing Using Google Drive

Dec. 19 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Google Drive is free and accessible from any device with an Internet connection. Learn to use Google’s free suite of products for creating, editing, and sharing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other types of files. Learn to edit and share documents and set up workgroup collaboration on Google Docs files, install browser extensions onto the Google Chrome Web browser, and use Google Drive to store personal files online. Must be experienced using a mouse and keyboard and be able to get into own Google Gmail account. If you do not have a gmail.com account, please arrive 30 minutes early to get help creating one.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Basics

Dec. 21 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Learn to create presentations and standalone slideshows for work, school or personal use. Learn to create slides with several different layouts and designs; insert and change text and pictures in a slide; create eye-catching transitions from slide to slide; play a slideshow, and save work onto a flash drive. Before class, should be comfortable using Microsoft Word.

Computer Club in the Makerspace on the 1st Floor

Dec. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Learn about computer hardware by actually disassembling and reassembling a PC. Participants will also learn to install the Linux Ubuntu operating system. Bring ideas for learning experiences we can do in the club in the future.

Organize and Protect Your Computer

Dec. 26 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Learn how to manage computer files, improve computer performance, and protect computer from unwanted files and software. Should be able to copy, move, and delete files; change or remove unwanted computer programs, and use Windows Explorer, Disc Cleanup, Disc Defragmenter, Task Manager, Add/Remove Programs, and System Configuration in Microsoft Windows 7. Before taking class, should be comfortable using a mouse and keyboard.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Intermediate

Dec. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If you already know the basics of PowerPoint, learn to enhance your presentations by inserting sounds, video clips, custom animation and scanned images. Bring pictures you wish to scan. Before taking this intermediate class you should already be comfortable using PowerPoint.

Cutting the Cable Cord: Free to Stream

Dec. 27 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Adults looking for cheaper alternatives to pricey cable and satellite television packages are invited to learn about the pros, cons and costs of streaming platforms such as Amazon, Hulu and Netflix. Attendees will also learn about streaming media offered by the Library, including Freegal, Hoopla and OverDrive, which are free to Library cardholders. Requires experience using the keyboard, mouse and the Internet.

Microsoft Excel 2010 Intermediate

Dec. 28 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For adults who have taken the Excel Basics class. For those already comfortable with creating and formatting a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel. Class will enable you to use relative and absolute cell references, apply 3D formulas, create headers and footers, insert graphics and create graphs.

Start Building a Free Website with Wix

Dec. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Learn the first steps in using the Wix program’s free drag-and-drop editor and templates for creating a customized website. No coding knowledge required. Covers basic website creation and the manipulation of basic web page elements such as text, images, and links. Prerequisite: Experience in using the mouse, the keyboard and Internet.

40 E. St. Clair St. / 317-275-4100


Garfield Park Branch

Job Center at the Library

Dec. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 & 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A free service for unemployed or underemployed individuals to receive one-on-one assistance to enhance their employment skills. Focus on job search strategies, interviewing skills, resume development, and instruction on basic computer skills.

Syllables Through Drumming

Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m.

Young children ages 3 – 6 can learn about the concept of syllables while experimenting with rhythm instruments during this program presented by Arts for Learning. Call 317-275-4490 to register.

A Plethora of Computer Classes: Family Game Night

Dec. 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Learn how to play free games, color or watch videos on a computer or mobile device. Learn about free websites of interest for all ages. Call 317-275-4490 to register.

Magic Quilt Family Storytime

Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

For families, an evening of rhymes, stories, songs and fun. An activity, craft or play time will follow.

Open Computer Lab at Garfield Park

Dec. 12 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Receive personalized assistance in using Microsoft Word and other applications, as well as discovering Library eResources such as eBooks, eMagazines, Freegal, Hoopla, OneClickDigital, and the many Library online databases. Assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Beginning Computer Classes: Beginning Email

Dec. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Adults are invited to learn how to set up an email account as well as basic functions for job hunting, work and pleasure. Call 317-275-4490 to register.

Minecraft Club @ Garfield Park

Dec. 27 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Adults are invited to join the Library’s Minecraft Club and participate in Minecraft activities with others. Call 317-275-4490 to register.

2502 Shelby St. 317-275-4490

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