Hidden Gem: Indiana Young Readers Center at the Indiana State Library

In downtown Indianapolis, there is a place where you can learn about our great Hoosier state, browse the literary works of Indiana writers and illustrators … and play in a giant doghouse.


The Indiana Young Readers Center at the Indiana State Library opened its doors in late 2016, and houses a unique collection of books for children and young adults. It also contains a number of toys, games and, yes, a giant Clifford the Big Red Dog doghouse, the perfect place to play or curl up with a book. Did you know that the creator and author of Clifford the Big Red Dog, Norman Bridwell, was born in Kokomo and attended John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis? You’ll find out interesting facts like these about Indiana authors and illustrators as you browse through the center.

Older children can enjoy writing their own story in the center’s writing nook, or exploring the interactive exhibits about such famous Indiana authors and illustrators as Jim Davis (Garfield), Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries) and John Green (The Fault in Our Stars). Other hands-on exhibits include “How to Become an Author or Illustrator,” “Genealogy for Kids” and “Indiana Facts & Trivia.” 

During March and April, families are welcome to cast their vote for the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. Families can read the five nominated books and vote for which book should win.

The Indiana Young Readers Center is a great place to spend time immersed in the literary side of Indiana! It’s open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm, Thursday from 8 am to 7 pm, and the second Saturday of each month. 

The Indiana Young Readers Center at the Indiana State Library is located at 315 West Ohio St., Indianapolis. 


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