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Health & Wellness

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Take charge of your health with help from your public library. The Library provides materials, programs and services in support of the health and wellness of our local community. Find online and in-person exercise, mindfulness or cooking classes, find reliable, trusted resources to manage good health, get access to medical research tools, and more!

IndyPL & Local Partners
Team Up for Community Health

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
The Library is partnering with the Marion County Public Health Department to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics at some of our locations. All three vaccines – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) – are available. The vaccines are free, and no appointment is needed. Vaccines at these sites are for ages 12 and older. See our schedule here.

Free Lead Screening Kits
The Library has partnered with the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Center for Urban Health to help Marion County residents screen for lead around their homes. Free Lead Screening Kits can be used to screen water, paint, soil, and dust. Kits are available at 13 Library locations. Learn more here.


In-Person Programs

Adults on a walk in a park.

Beech Grove Coloring is Better Than Therapy
Adults are invited to experience the latest trend in relaxation and fun: coloring! Enjoy socializing with others while coloring on pages designed for adults. Coloring supplies are provided or bring your own. No registration is required.

  • Saturday, April 23 at 11:00 am

Central Library Laugh in Peace Comedy Show
You are invited to a fun-filled evening of interfaith comedy that highlights our commonalities featuring Rabbi Bob Alper, Rev. Susan Sparks, and Muslim comic Gibran Saleem. Think, laugh, and leave with little different view of the world. You can use a laugh, right? Who can’t these days?!

Garfield Park Adult Walking Club: "The Garfield Gait-ers"
Adults ages 55+ are invited to a planned walk from Garfield Park Library using trails throughout the park and nearby neighborhoods. These twice monthly walks will last approximately 45 minutes. A signed Liability Waiver will be required. For more information, please visit Garfield Park or call 317-275-4490. In the event of inclement weather, we will meet at Concord Neighborhood Center, 1310 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225, to walk indoors. Masks may be required. See our schedule here. Also see our staff book list about Walking.

Garfield Park Connecting with Health & Wellness Resources
Join us each month to explore a different wellness goal.

  • Online Safety & Privacy
    Saturday, April 23 at 11:00 am Register

Irvington EPA Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Training Class
Free one-day Lead-Safe Training for anyone who provides renovation or maintenance for homes, schools, or day-cares built before 1978. Participants can take the class and exam, and receive certification in one day!

  • Tuesday, April 12 from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Register

West Perry Yoga Basics
This introductory level yoga class facilitated by Studio YOU Yoga will teach basic poses and sequences. Participants should bring a yoga mat if possible. See our schedule here.

Celebrating the Roots of Our Foods
Are you interested in food history or food and culture? Come and join Marion County Public Health Department Nutrition Services as they explore the history of 18th century spice trade around the world and how cooks from Africa, South America and Cuba still influence foods in the US today. See our schedule at multiple locations and register here.

Fruit and Veggie Yoga for Kids
Can you stretch like a carrot? Or bend like a banana? Enjoy a story and learn yoga poses based on fruits and veggies. We will follow up with a healthy fruit or veggie snack. Presented by the Marion County Health Department. See our schedule at multiple locations and register here.

Move with Myriad
Grab your tennis shoes and get ready to move! Play games and learn fitness skills through yoga, gymnastics, cardio, and strength training with Myriad Health + Fitness. For ages 6 and up. See our schedule and register here.

Online Programs

Women meditating

Tai Chi Flow
Join us for a free bi-weekly Tai Chi class presented by Christine Bhe. Tai Chi Flow is a mind/body exercise that combines the best of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong with modern Western fitness. No equipment is needed. Wear loose comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, and have water available. See our schedule and register here.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Interested in learning about MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and how it can improve your overall well-being? Join us for this 1.5 hour class. We will explore topics covered in a typical 8-week MBSR class, including: automatic thinking, habitual stress reactivity, stress management, and what to expect from an MBSR class. You will also gain firsthand experience of mindfulness through a few short practices.

Meditation
Join IndyPL and facilitators from Here Minds Collective for meditation sessions featuring self-regulating practices such as mindfulness, labeling, breath, body, metta and sound meditation. See our schedule and register here.


View on Demand

Simple & Affordable Plant Based Cooking
Watch as local vegan chefs share their favorite and nutritious vegan recipes in these easy step-by-step video tutorials.

Online NinjaZone Camp for Kids
Get your kids moving! Join Coach Mike for a series of classes to do at your own pace from the comfort of your living room. NinjaZone combines the coordination, strength, and agility training into a creative form of freestyle movement. For children 3-6, but the whole family is free to join in! This event is being presented as a video on The Indianapolis Public Library's YouTube page at Lesson One, Lesson Two, and Lesson Three! Also see our booklist for little Ninjas in training!


e-Books & Streaming

OverDrive has a wide selection of e-books and downloadable audiobooks in their Health & Fitness collection. They also have a large variety of e-magazine in their Health & Wellness e-magazine collection including Prevention, Women's Fitness, Men's Fitness Guide, Vegan Life, and more. If you have never borrowed from OverDrive or used their Libby app before, information to get started can be found here.

Health and Wellness Magazine Covers

You an also use your Library card to stream health related music and movies from Kanopy and Hoopla. Information to get started on each platform can be found here. These categories can help you get started browsing:

Need help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian. The Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.


Take a Free Online Class

You can use your IndyPL Library card to check out each episode of these Health & Wellness classes. To get started create a Kanopy account. If you need help a video tutorial is available. Have questions? Call the Tinker Tech/Device Helpline at 317-275-4500 or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian.

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Recommendations from our Staff

Click on a featured booklist to get health & wellness recommendations or see all our staff health & wellness lists for kids, teens, and adults.

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NextReads Examples

Subscribe to the Health & Wellness Email Newsletter from NextReads

To receive health & wellness reading recommendation in your inbox monthly subscribe to NextReads here. Book suggestions are linked to our catalog for easy requesting. It's FREE! See a sample issue.


Dig Deeper into Research

Your library card gives you access to several research databases that include results from medical journals and other health related publications.

AHFS Consumer Medication Information
Contains patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish.

Alt. HealthWatch
Provides the latest information and materials for the practice of holistic medicine and therapies.

Consumer Health Complete
Resources to help patients understand health-related topics. Covers health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.

Medline with Full Text
Provides access to full text biomedical and health journal articles.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
This database provides psychology journals for psychology students, psychologists, counselors, and anyone researching behavioral sciences.