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  1. Deadlines Approach for Major Grant Opportunities

  2. ILHB Takes Comment on PL Standards, Vote Scheduled

More Library News:

Angola Herald Republican
Library patrons can read for fees
Associated Press

Marion Co. Law Library closing due to budget cuts
Culver Citizen

‘Big Read’ winners lauded at library event
Elkhart Truth

Glitches in helping the unemployed
Evansville Courier Press

'Fess up, return books for library amnesty
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Librarian tells how roots enrich
Gary Post Tribune

Gary library should turn page on turmoil
Gary Post Tribune

Professional storyteller makes shows from tales
Gary Post Tribune

Library could reopen in March
Indianapolis Star

Ruth Lilly dies at age 94
Indianapolis Star

Avon library celebrating 90th year
Kendallville News Sun

Creative writing contest for 4th, 5th & 6th graders
Lafayette Journal and Courier

West Lafayette library joins new system
Madison Courier Daily

Donations needed to buy supplies for Hanover library
The Paper of Montgomery County

Grandcestor program
Richmond Palladium-Item

Richmond man helps make the word 'Hoosier' respectable
Rushville Republican

Rushville P.L. establishes Facilities Improvement Fund
Terre Haute Tribune Star

Valley publisher Peggy Tierney’s business is booming

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Deadlines Approach for Major Grant Opportunities

The Big Read

The Big Read (Deadline 2/2/10)

The Big Read is accepting applications from libraries and community organizations to conduct month-long, community-wide reads between September 2010 and June 2011. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read will receive a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, access to online training resources, and educational and promotional materials.

Visit The Big Read website to download guidelines and application instructions. You can also contact The Big Read directly at (612) 238-8010 or

Coming Up Taller (Deadline 1/29/10)

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is accepting applications for the Coming Up Taller grant program. The purpose of the Coming Up Taller Awards is to recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's youth and also provide them with learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities. To be eligible, programs should operate as a program for children and youth outside the school day, use one or more disciplines of the humanities or the arts as the core content of its program, concentrate on children and youth who live in underserved populations, and involve children and youth as active participants in the arts or humanities experience.

If you have any questions, contact the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities at either (202) 682-5409 or For more information, visit

We the People (Deadline 1/29/10)

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA), is offering a unique new grant program as part of the NEH’s We the People campaign. Each year, NEH identifies a theme important to the nation's heritage and selects books that embody that theme to build the We the People Bookshelf. The theme for the 2009-2010 Bookshelf is "A More Perfect Union" and will provide public and school libraries a set of classic hardcover books for young readers that include 16 books for reading levels from kindergarten through 12th grade. Libraries also will receive supplementary materials for programming, including bookplates, bookmarks, and posters.

All public libraries and school libraries, including public, private, parochial, and charter schools, are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply for the We the People Bookshelf grant program is Jan. 29, 2010. A total of 4,000 public and school (K-12) libraries will be selected to receive the "A More Perfect Union" Bookshelf. Awards will be announced in April 2010.

ILHB Takes Comment on PL Standards, Vote Scheduled

Public Library StandardsThis morning (Jan. 6, 2010) the Indiana Library and Historical Board (ILHB) heard public comment on the proposed revisions to public library standards. The revisions were drafted by the Public Library Standards Committee that consisted of representatives from the Indiana Library Trustee Association, Indiana Public Library Association and the Indiana State Library.

The State Library would like to thank today's attendees for providing their views on the revised standards. All comments at the hearing will be considered prior to the ILHB's final vote on revised standards scheduled for Friday, January 15, 2010.


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