9th Annual Vision Expo

Vision ExpoThe Indiana State Library is hosting its 9th-Annual Indiana Vision Expo on Saturday, September 27th, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will be a wide variety of vendors and non-profit agencies on hand providing the latest in adaptive technology, independent living aids, and other resources for Hoosiers with vision loss. Visit the Indiana Vision Expo website to view the full schedule of events.

This year’s event will again be held in conjunction with the annual Foundation Fighting Blindness Indy VisionWalk, which will be held on the downtown canal adjoining the State Library prior to the start of the Expo.

Genealogy for Night Owls coming April 30, 2014!

Night OwlsBeginning your genealogical research can seem like a daunting task, which is why the Indiana State Library is hosting a unique event to help Hoosiers discover their family history. Genealogy for Night Owls on April 30, 2014 is a chance to get one-on-one assistance from State Library subject experts. The event will include opportunities for extra research time, library orientation and collection tours, Ask-An-Expert sessions, and more!

Registration is required by April 25 for this unique and free event at the Indiana State Library. Click here for parking and destination information.

Jazz Legends, Music Headline One-of-a-kind Event

By Steven Schmidt, Supervisor, Indiana State Library Development Office

Jazz in Indiana

Jazz legend David Baker engages the audience at Jazz @ the State Library on October 5, 2013.

On Saturday, October 5th, the Indiana State Library was anything but quiet!  In partnership with the 25th anniversary of the Indianapolis-Cologne Sister City Partnership, the Indiana State Library hosted a presentation on the history of jazz in Indiana, plus a jazz concert presented by a group of students from Cologne, Germany.

Jazz photographer and historian Duncan Scheidt presented a slide show tracing the early days of Jazz in Indiana, then Hoosier jazz icon Dr. David Baker talked about the state’s contributions and influences on the art form.

Following their presentation, the musicians, lead by André Nendza, one of the leading bass players in Germany and the winner of the Echo Prize, the European equivalent of the Grammy Award for best bass player.  The band, composed of Saara Wallraf on violin; Robert Schlanstein on the drums; Ula Martyn-Ellis on the guitar and Annkathrin Huber providing the vocals performed a selection of composition by Nendza and Martyn-Ellis.

Jazz in Indiana

André Nendza plays along with students from the Cologne College of Music

These musicians are visiting Indianapolis as a part of the 25th anniversary of the Indianapolis-Cologne Sister City Partnership and have performed at a number of venues around central Indiana during their stay.   The rest of the Cologne delegation consisted of Cologne Vice-Mayor Angela Spizig, Cologne-Indianapolis committee chair Volkmar Schultz, Vice-chair and German-American Society of Cologne chairman Hartwig Prüßmann, Lydia Kluetsch from the Office of International Affairs for the City of Cologne and Claudia Burger, widow of the late Lord Mayor Norbert Burger who signed the original sister city agreement with Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut in 1988.

Since 1988, Indianapolis and Cologne, Germany have been connected through an active and lively sister city relationship,” said Martin Baier, President of the Indianapolis-Cologne Sister-City Partnership Committee. “The mission is to foster international understanding at all levels by forging person-to-person bonds between the people of Indianapolis and Cologne.”

Click here to learn more about this event and jazz-related holdings at the State Library.

The Indiana State Library Foundation

The Foundation will enhance current statewide library services and aid in the development of innovative new programs. I would like to thank Senator Gard, Governor Daniels and the Indiana General Assembly for passing this important legislation that will embolden the statewide library community’s efforts toward being a national leader in the provision of library services. ~ Roberta L. Brooker, Indiana’s State Librarian (bio)