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  • October 26th Fairs Offer Entertaining, Free LEU Opportunities

  • Registration Extended for Our Heroes' Tree Initiative

  • Join Thousands of Libraries Worldwide for Day of Gaming

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Avon Library Awarded $5,000 LEGO Grant

Congratulations to the Avon-Washington Twp. Public Library for winning this year's LEGO DUPLO Thank Your Public Library Giveaway! Avon will receive a $5,000 grant to use toward children’s programming.


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October 26th Fairs Offer Entertaining, Free LEU Opportunities

Indiana Genealogy & Local History FairAs if the ILF Annual Conference did not give you enough reasons to visit Indianapolis next week, two October 26th events offer opportunities to have fun, learn, and earn free LEUs.

Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair @ the State Library

Fairgoers can visit dozens of genealogical societies, local history organizations and public libraries, and shop commercial vendors in the "Midway" during the Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair at the Indiana State Library from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fairgoers can also attend three FREE programs offered throughout the day, which are each worth one (1) LEU per program for librarians in attendance.  

The programs and speakers include:

  • 9:30 AM: The Melungeons: Sons and Daughters of the Legend - Wayne Winkler- author and researcher
  • 11:00 AM: To Infamy and Beyond: Family History and World War Two - Ron Darrah, local researcher
  • 1:30 PM: Melungeons, Myth, and Media - Wayne Winkler

Registration is not required for this event. The Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair is sponsored by the Indiana State Library Foundation.

Indy Authors Fair @ the Indianapolis Central Library

Make plans to join dozens of Hoosier authors while earning LEUs at the Indy Authors Fair. The event, sponsored by the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and made possible by the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Fund, will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. Over a dozen workshops, expert panels, and programs are scheduled throughout the day and most are eligible for two LEUs each. Check out the complete Indy Authors Fair schedule to learn more about each program and opportunities to earn up to six LEUs throughout the course of the event.


Registration Extended for Our Heroes' Tree Initiative

Our Heroes' TreeThe registration deadline has been extended to join the dozens of participating Indiana libraries for the Our Heroes' Tree initiative. If your library is planning an event, but has yet to register, please consider doing so to be included in statewide media releases, social media announcements, and other external communications. In fact, the New Castle-Henry County Public Library and statewide initiative were both recently highlighted on the official Our Heroes' Tree Facebook page!

Our Heroes’ Tree is a national initiative founded to recognize and honor sacrifices made by the families of current and past service members. The goal of the project to support the efforts of military members and their families while providing military related programming for all ages. Celebrations typically take place in the days leading up to Veterans' Day and last through the calendar year.

The Our Heroes' Tree Resource Guide for Indiana libraries lists several programming ideas, marketing materials, and ornament templates. Whether your library is joining the program for the first time or is an OHT "veteran," the resource guide is designed to help you develop the very best program possible.


Join Thousands of Libraries Worldwide for Day of Gaming

International Games Day @ your libraryOn Saturday, November 16, 2013, more than one thousand libraries around the world will showcase gaming programs and services in support of International Games Day @ your library. The global initiative aims to engage communities in educational and recreational gaming. It is completely free to participate, but registration is required. Check out the library press kit for press releases, posters and other resources for participating libraries to begin planning their events.

Digital Inclusion Survey

Library directors across Indiana are encouraged to take part in a national survey on Digital Inclusion through November 15th. This study explores the digital inclusion roles of public libraries. Your participation will help provide Indiana libraries with accurate demographics about the areas they serve.


Upcoming Workshops
& Important Dates

Storytime Boot Camp
Remington Carpenter Twp PL: 10/30@9:30 AM
Whiting PL: 11/12 @ 9:30 AM (CST)

Affordable Care Act Overview & Preparing for ACA
When: October 17 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Peabody Public Library

ILF Annual Conference
When: October 22 & 23
Where: Indiana Convention Center

"Navigating" the Healthcare Marketplace
When: October 24 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Live Online

Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
When: October 26
Where: Indiana State Library

Indy Authors Fair
When: October 26
Where: Indianapolis Public Library

Every Child Ready 2 Read - 2nd Edition
New Castle-Henry Co. PL: 10/28@9:00 AM
Plainfield-Guilford Twp PL: 11/4@9:00 AM

Fall Institutional Libraries Workshop
When: November 18 @ 8:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Bookkeeping/Annual Report Workshop
When: November 6 @ 10:00 AM
When: November 19 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library & Online


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