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IndyHub Book Club

A digital book club for Indy's 20-and 30-somethings.

Interested in meeting new people and talking about good books? Look no further than IndyHub Book Club. Started in spring 2020 IndyHub Book Club is dedicated to bringing people together virtually or in-person. With all the great books that fill our Indianapolis Public Library shelves we’re sure you’ll be able to find something that peaks your interest and stretches your personal growth.

WHY DO WE LOVE BOOK CLUB SO MUCH? 

We know humans need community and to feel a sense of belonging. Our Book Club is an organic way to meet new people and talk about issues that matter here locally. 

So whether you’re looking to meet new people or dive into topical issues we’ve got a Book Club for you. 

VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB | You’ll read a few chapters each week and jump online once a week for an hour to chat with your group. Come ready to share your thoughts and make new friends from the comfort of your home.

Community co-hosts: Christina Lear and Rico Francis

Book: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Indy connected Christina and Rico through their passion to serve students. Christina is the principal at Indianapolis Metropolitan High School and Rico is the Manager for Indianapolis Teaching Fellows. Indianapolis Metropolitan High School is one of 45 school partners with Indianapolis Teaching Fellows.

They chose this book because Indianapolis has the 14th highest eviction rate in the country. As we enter another economic recession and a statewide eviction moratorium ends, there has never been a more important time for young leaders in our city to focus on housing. 

Dedicated community servants, Christina and Rico are a force to know. Christina is the Principal at ‎Indianapolis Metropolitan High School and Rico serves as the Manager for Indianapolis Teaching Fellows. Learn more about these incredible millennial leaders by reading more from their biographies.

 

COMMUNITY CO-HOSTS: MARIAH BARBER AND SARA HINDI

Book: The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America by Bernard L. Fraga

Mariah and Sara met when they were undergraduate students at IUPUI where they were both recipients of the Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholarship Program, which is awarded to civic-minded students. They both graduated in 2016 from IUPUI’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

They chose their book because despite the fight of minority groups for their right to vote, there remains a major gap in voter turnout between white Americans and non-White Americans. In America, your vote is your voice and we must ensure that ALL Americans have access to the ballot box.

When they aren’t book clubbing these two talented leaders are being change agents and shaping the city. Mariah works as the Safety + Security Manager at Pacers Sports & Entertainment and Sara is Exodus Refugee’s community engagement coordinator. Learn more about this dynamic duo by reading more from their biographies. 

RECENT BOOK CLUBS

Community Co-hosts: Clayton De Fur and Lourenzo Giple

Book: The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Clayton and Lourenzo sat next to each other at a PUP Daylight event last summer and got to know one another that night. In addition, they are both IndyHub 1828 Project alum.

They chose The Color of Law because provides a historical look at how policy, specifically redlining, has directly impacted our neighborhoods over time and shaped what they are today. We all call some place in our city home, and that place didn’t just happen organically. Each neighborhood is a result of policy and the market.

These two talented leaders are a force to know. Clayton is the Senior Community Leadership Officer at Central Indiana Community Foundation and Lourenzo is a Designer at Rottmann Collier Architects. Learn more about each of these community leaders by reading more from their biographies.

 

Community Co-hosts: Patrick Hall and Kateri Whitley

Book: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Kateri and Patrick met through this book club! In very IndyHub fashion, they were brought together by mutual friends on staff and share a connection by being alumni of the IndyHub 1828 Project.

They chose this book because perspective and empathy are needed to understand how racism shaped the world we live in and push us to do something to change it. Kateri and Patrick believe this memoir, written in the form of a letter from father to son, will give readers a better understanding of what our Black brothers and sisters experience, which in turn will assist us in being allies in action for creating more equitable communities.

When they aren’t book clubbing these are two talented leaders to know. Patrick is a Development Officer at Kiwanis International and Kateri is the Director of Communications at The Mind Trust. Learn more about these incredible millennial leaders by reading more from their biographies.

 

Community Co-hosts: Sarah Myer and Elyssa Campodonico-Barr

Book: Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

Sarah and Elyssa met through the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (Class XLII) with Leadership Indianapolis. 

They chose their book because similar to their leadership experiences they want to engage in vulnerable and open discussions. They want their Book Club friends to feel a sense of belonging and community as they dig into Dare to Lead by Brené Brown. 

When they aren’t book clubbing these are two powerful women to know. Elyssa is the President & CEO of Girls Inc. Indy and Sarah is the Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Indiana Sports Corp. Learn more about each of these community leaders by reading more from their biographies.

 

 

Community Co-hosts: Taylor Schaffer and Greg Stowers

Book: You’re More Powerful Than You Think by Eric Liu

Greg and Taylor both graduated from Indiana State University (Go Trees), but it was the world of politics that brought them together as friends. They chose their book because they believe in candid conversations. They are both idealistic — they wouldn’t have taken on the jobs they’ve had without a healthy dose of optimism and too many episodes of The West Wing. But having survived long days and disappointing outcomes, they are also realistic about what it takes to actually get things done. They want their Book Club friends to feel welcome and open to discuss societal topics that will help move important conversations forward. 

When they aren’t book clubbing these two talented leaders are a force to know. Taylor is the Deputy Chief of Staff for the City of Indianapolis and Greg is Key Club International Director for Kiwanis International. Learn more about these incredible millennial leaders by reading more from their biographies.

 

 

IndyHub Staff Member: Blake Johnson

Book: Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Blake Johnson is the President of IndyHub, but he also serves Indy residents as a City-County Councillor. He’s dedicated his life to working in the civic and social sectors as he believes together and united humans are incredibly powerful. He chose his book because the common theme of the book aligns directly with his personal belief: Even though we’re strangers we’re more common than we think and we have shared experiences that bring us together.

 

 

 

 

IndyHub Staff Member: Ashley Miser

Book: Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

Ashley Miser is the Director of Strategy of IndyHub. She engages with IndyHub’s volunteers, young professional groups and the Indianapolis community through Core Connections. Ashley chose “Everything is Figureoutable” because she’s always aiming to tackle issues head-on and learning best practices on how to do this as an emerging leader is challenging. This book and the entire Marie Forleo lifestyle gives readers action steps to becoming a more productive driver in our society both personally and professionally. The book can be summarized through the Maya Angelou quote, ‘Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.’

 

 

IndyHub Staff Member: Hannah Thomas

Book: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Hannah Thomas is the Communications & Advocacy Manager of IndyHub. She is the voice behind IndyHub’s network of more than 50,000 Indy 20- and 30-somethings. Hannah selected “Becoming” to learn more about the 44th First Lady of the United States’ journey in finding her voice and confidence through her career in public service. This book is a testament to the notion that we are always on the journey to becoming. Being vulnerable with your story and where you come from can truly impact others and Michelle Obama’s memoir speaks to the power of that.

 

 

 

 

IndyHub Staff Member: Katelyn Sussli

Book: House Arrest by K.A. Holt

Katelyn Sussli is the Community & Events Manager of IndyHub. Coming from a large family, Katelyn loves to bring people together, especially when it involves exploring new places. She chose her book because during a period of stay-at home orders and social distancing, House Arrest addresses the concept of “normal” and how quickly routines can evolve into our new normal based on external and internal factors. The main character, Timothy, spends a lot of time thinking about the word “normal” as he navigates a sick brother, grieving mother, as well as his own probation and house arrest.  It was also a library book that she had checked out (and had renewed several times!)

 

 

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Thanks to our supporting partners: 

Plug in with the Indianapolis Public Library: 

Join IndyPL’s Adult Summer Reading Program

Check out the Indy Library’s phased reopening.

Learn more about the Center for Black Literature & Culture at IndyPL

Throwback to the Center for Black Literature & Culture’s opening in 2017

Hear what our Book Club friends thought: 

 

How the IndyHub Book Club Provided Community in Isolation – Lauren McConnell

Catalysts for connections and adventures – Kelsey Hobbs

“Connecting with new people and having something to look forward to during social distancing. I also am really enjoying the book and our discussions”

-Anonymous

“The group. It’s refreshing to have a group of people with varied backgrounds exploring deep themes and social nuances.”

-Anonymous

“In the last two weeks we’ve gotten more intimate as friends, I’ve felt, and I’ve been able to share some personal experiences, which means so much to me. I didn’t expect to have an opportunity to meet new amazing people during this time of being cooped up, but I really hope I get to continue hanging out with this group after we finish the book, and in person once we don’t have to shelter in place anymore.”

-Anonymous

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