Center for Black Literature and Culture Launches New Website and Interactive Kiosks


INDIANAPOLIS — The Central Library in downtown Indianapolis is home to the Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC), but you don’t even have to be in the state of Indiana to access one of its new community resources.

On Tuesday, the CBLC launched interactive kiosks that allow users to view videos, 3D images and more relating to Black History, Black Literature, Black Culture, Black Diaspora and Black Librarianship.

CBLC also has a new website, bringing users artifacts, videos, photo galleries and more. Users can learn about local black leaders like Amos Brown and Tamika Catchings, literary figures like Mari Evans and Etheridge Knight and more.

“One thing I’m particularly excited about are the aspects that we’ve been able to 3D digitize…the ones that can be inverted in 3D space,” said Amira Malcom, project manager.

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The CBLC houses over 10,000 books, CDs and other items that feature black history. The material is available for children and adults.

“I think the myth about a library is that it’s all about books and a library is about information. For hundreds of thousands of years books or papyrus have was how we kind of communicated that information. But now we have databases, we have programs, we just have a million things we can do to share that information,” Nichelle M. Hayes, Founding Director of CBLC “It’s a hub that can share that.”

The library and CBLC are located at 40 East Saint Clair Street.

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