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In This Issue

  1. Big Read Seeks Applicants for Next Round of Events

  2. Gale Releases Academic Library Media App

  3. Four Authors Win Best Books of Indiana Contest

More Library News

Columbia City Post & Mail

Libraries face tight budgets, but few cuts

Gary Post-Tribune

Library hosts photo project editing

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

Library planning talent shows, paranormal talks

Greene County Daily World

Libraries to honor military veterans with Heroes' Trees

Greenfield Daily Reporter

Hancock County Council reinstates library tax rate

Indianapolis Star

Library, IndyGo given reprieve

Indianapolis Star

Bridge the gap for buses, library

Indianapolis Star

Avon-Washington Township Public Library Celebrates 90th birthday

Inside Indiana Business

Rose Hulman Library Gets $2 Million Facelift

Kendallville News-Sun

Holiday Craft Carnival coming to local libraries

Kokomo Tribune

Library board votes to expand South Branch facility

Kokomo Tribune

Celebration packs renovated downtown branch

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Mulberry library marks 10-year milestone
Lafayette Journal & Courier

Purdue library renovation gets $2M

Muncie Star Press

Grant nets new computers for library

New Albany Evening News & Tribune

NA-FC Library to again celebrate Our Heroes this holiday season

Noblesville Times

Noblesville man finalist in Best Books of Indiana

Noblesville Times

Sheridan Spooky Boo at library

Northwest Indiana Times

Hammond native donates $2 million to help build Purdue library

Perry County News

Teen Read Week starts Sunday at the library

South Bend Tribune

Library volunteer group marks its 30th year


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Big Read Seeks Applicants for Next Round of Events

NEA: The Big ReadThe Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and libraries seeking funding to conduct month-long, community-wide reads between September 2011 and June 2012. 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, educational and promotional materials, inclusion of your organization and activities on The Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national program. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected by a panel of experts.

To review the Guidelines & Application Instructions visit The Big Read Web site. For questions, call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email

Gale Releases Academic Library Media App

Gale AccessMyLibrary AppsGale completed the iPhone app trifecta with its recent addition of AccessMyLibrary College Edition to its suite that already includes similar applications for school and public libraries. The new app will enable students of registered academic institutions (of which all Indiana-based schools are eligible via INSPIRE) to free, unlimited access to a college's complete offering of Gale online resources, even when not on campus. The College Edition application is simple to use, requiring only a one-time log-in using their library’s password. This app can be downloaded for FREE in the iTunes store and Android market.

While not quite yet available for the College Edition, Gale also released the AccessMyLibrary Public Edition mobile app for Android.  The Public Edition uses GPS to find public libraries within a 10-mile radius of the user's location, then gives them free, unlimited access to your library's online Gale resources - without the need to authenticate.

Gale's Power to the User service provides all types of AccessMyLibrary promotional materials to assist your library in boosting database usage and promoting this convenient service.

Four Authors Win Best Books of Indiana Contest

Gale AccessMyLibrary AppsThe Best Books of Indiana recently named winners in each of the contest’s four categories. The winners are:

Children's/Young Adult: Crossing Stones by Helen Frost (Fort Wayne). Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, NY

Fiction: Love finds you in Liberty Indiana by Melanie Dobson (Colorado Springs, CO). Summerside Press, Bloomington, MN

Nonfiction:  I Love You, Miss Huddleston by Phillip Gulley (Danville). Harper Collins Publishing, New York, NY

Poetry: Black Leapt In by Chris Forhan (Indianapolis). Barrow Street, New York, NY

Each category's winning title and author will be engraved on a plaque in the Indiana Authors Room. One copy of each finalist entry will remain housed in the Authors Room indefinitely. Three copies of all 2010 Best Books entries have been added to the State Library's collection. Two copies of each entry will circulate.  Indiana citizens can borrow any Best Books of Indiana title at the State Library or request a copy via interlibrary loan at their local public library.  

The Indiana Center for the Books administers the Best Books of Indiana contest annually and accepts entries from Hoosier authors or books that have an Indiana theme or setting.  The competition accepts books published between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year and consists of four categories - children's/young adult, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A complete listing of this year's finalists and judges' comments, as well as past years' winners and finalists, as well as the 2011 contest application and guidelines, may be found on the Indiana Center for the Book's website.

Indiana Genealogy Fair Coming Saturday

Genealogists, history buffs, and anyone interested in learning more about their Hoosier heritage is invited to attend the second-annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the State Library.

The Fair is free and open to the public. Attendees will receive a 20% discount (25% for libraries) on purchases from the Ind. Historical Bureau book shop, which will have many new books available just in time for the Fair.


(all times Eastern)

Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
When: Saturday, Oct. 23
@ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Evergreen Cataloging Roundtable
When: Wednesday, Oct. 27
@ 10:00 AM
Kendallville PL & Jackson Co. PL

Kapco Book Repair Workshop
When: Wednesday, Oct. 27
@ 2:00 PM
Where: Knox Co. PL

Kapco Book Repair Workshop
When: Thursday, Oct. 28
@ 9:00 AM
Where: Madison-Jefferson County Public Library

IOLUG Fall Program
When: Friday, Nov. 5
Where: Indiana Wesleyan University - Indianapolis

Bookkeeping & Annual Report Workshop
When: Wednesday, Nov. 10
10:30-4:00 PM
Multiple Locations

Rock the Night 2010 ILF Welcome & New Member Reception
When: Monday, Nov. 15
6:00– 9:00 PM
Where: Rock Bottom Brewery - Downtown Indianapolis

ILF Annual Conf.
When: November 15-17
Where: Indy Convention Center

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