Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bookish event : Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

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.

All in all, I think the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library has real promise. I hope the staff and board are able to grow the collection and achieve their goal of encouraging and inspiring today's writers. I'd love to go back and spend a little more time in the space when it isn't as crowded. I'd like to sit in the recreated writing space and type a few lines on the typewriter that matches the one used by Mr. Vonnegut. I'd like to browse the floor-to-ceiling shelves and see what sort of books Mr. Vonnegut might have read. I encourage you to stop in for a quick look of your own if you happen to be in the area.

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
340 N Senate Ave
Indianapolis IN 46204

Thanks to Samantha, the Occasional Reader, for serving as photographer.

1 comment:

  1. How fabulous! Hopefully you can get back when it's not so crowded.