Imagine stepping into the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, a cultural escape in Kurt’s hometown of Indianapolis. Here, you can view many of Kurt Vonnegut’s personal items and artwork, pull a book off our library shelves and relax with it in a comfy chair, or purchase one of his books from the gift shop. Imagine knowing that this library is helping the community by supporting Indianapolis public high school newspapers, awarding scholarships through high school writing competitions, and bringing together members of the Indianapolis writing community through visiting authors, artists, performers and others.
I came up with the idea for this library in November of 2008 after discovering the Henry Miller Library online. I wondered why there wasn’t a similar place to memorialize someone as extraordinary as Vonnegut. I immediately called Kurt Vonnegut’s son, Dr. Mark Vonnegut, to gauge his interest. Mark offered his enthusiastic support. He became the first member of our board of directors, and we are pleased to have involvement from Mark and his sisters, Edie and Nannette. With their support and encouragement, I have gathered together a group of professionals from Indianapolis and around the country who are volunteering their time and who are equally dedicated to a shared vision of what this library can be for Indianapolis and for all Vonnegut fans globally.
The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library contributes to the betterment of the local community as well as the national arts and humanities communities, brings together fans of Kurt Vonnegut, and teaches others about his life and works. We are very excited about this, and we hope you will be, too.
Please come see us.
Julia Whitehead, CEO
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library