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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.

 

IndyHub Book Club is here for you to connect with new people, feel inspired and learn something new along the way. We dedicate our Book Club space for all of Indy’s 20-and 30-somethings and invite you to join us on our next book club experience. 

Save your spot to connect, engage, and learn with residents across the city as we practice social distancing, IndyHub style!

You pick the book, we’ll take care of the rest.

IndyHub Book Club 1: 

  • The Read: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Co-facilitators: Patrick Hall and Kateri Whitley 

IndyHub Book Club 2: 

  • The Read: The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
  • The Co-facilitators: Lourenzo Giple and Clayton De Fur

RECENT BOOK CLUBS

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. 

Sarah and Elyssa met through the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (Class XLII) with our friends at 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!)

 

 

Have a recommendation for our next book? Send us a note!

      

Thanks to our supporting partners: 

Plug in with the Indianapolis Public Library: 

Join IndyPL’s Adult Summer Reading Program

Curbside and in-branch service are now available at your local branch. 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: 

Blog Spotlight: Lauren McConnell

“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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