Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Saturday, January 29, was the grand opening of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis, Indiana. The festivities ran from noon to 5pm. The event kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by Majie Failey, Vonnegut friend and author of We Never Danced Cheek to Cheek, speaking about and signing her book. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get there until 1pm, so I only saw the Mrs. Failey signing books.
I was extremely impressed by the turnout for the event. In fact, it was so crowded in the library that it was difficult to move around and see everything. We did our best to make our way through the space though. The Vonnegut Library has more than just books. There are several displays of Vonnegut artifacts. Among them are Vonnegut's typewriter and his military insignia. The library also owns a number of artworks by or about Vonnegut. A small glass display case contains some of Kurt Vonnegut's books and some other memorabilia. Behind the display case is an area where the library tries to recreate Vonnegut's writing space. The library also has a small shop in the front where they sell Vonnegut's books and all sorts of Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library swag. To take a little tour for yourself, watch this video from WTHR, a local TV station.
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
340 N Senate Ave
Indianapolis IN 46204
Thanks to Samantha, the Occasional Reader, for serving as photographer.