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  1. Four Libraries Receive Indiana Authors Award Grants

  2. Book Detailing Iconic Railways Available to Public Libraries

  3. Indiana Humanities Sponsoring Ag Essay Contest for Students

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Associated Press

Penguin reverses course for now on Kindle lending

Columbia City Post & Mail

Veterans honored at annual library event

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

As gifts dwindle, agencies get savvy

Greene County Daily World

Make your gifts unique at Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Library

Greenfield Daily Reporter

Grant to help library buy books on substance abuse

Indianapolis Star

Publishers block e-book checkouts

Kokomo Tribune

Author speaking as part of Howard Co. Reads program

LaPorte Herald Argus

19 library employees are back to work

LaPorte Herald Argus

Letter from library board details hiring, layoffs

Muncie Star Press

Central plans first-ever Family Reading Night

Northwest Indiana Times

Lake County library renovations progressing

Northwest Indiana Times

Library marks construction milestone

Northwest Indiana Times

Region parents prefer real books to tech devices for youngsters

South Bend Tribune

Back to square one for LaPorte library board

South Bend Tribune

Library adds BrainPlay stations

WISH-TV (Indianapolis)

Kurt Vonnegut Library receives Ball State Provost's Initiative Immersive Learning Grant

WTHI-TV (Terre Haute)

A local library celebrates a major anniversary


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Four Libraries Receive Indiana Authors Award Grants

Indiana Authors AwardCourtesy of The Indianapolis PL Foundation

The hometown libraries of the three Indiana authors recently awarded the 2011 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award will soon receive $1,000-$2,500 in grants. The Award, a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, and the subsequent grants seek to recognize the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. The Award recognition and grants to the following libraries are funded by the generosity of The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation:

  • National Author Winner Margaret McMullan chose the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library ($1,500) and Willard Library’s Children’s Services Program ($1,000);

  • Regional Author Winner Helen Frost chose the Allen County Public Library ($2,500); and

  • Emerging Author Winner Micah Ling named the Franklin Branch of the Johnson County Public Library as her grant recipient ($2,500).

Public nominations for the award were submitted from across the state earlier this year and eligibility included any published writer who was born in Indiana or has lived in Indiana for at least five years. Information about nominating an author for the 2012 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award will be made available early next year. To learn more, visit

Book Detailing Iconic Railways Available to Public Libraries

Norton/Library of Congress Visual SourcebookThe Library of Congress is looking for seven Indiana public libraries willing to share and educational and cultural experience with readers by donating one copy of Railroad Stations: The Buildings That Linked the Nation (W.W. Norton & Co, 2011) by David Naylor. This is the latest publication in the “Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebook” series. The donations are an effort to increase access to the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division’s Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering collections.

The first seven libraries to make a request via email ( will be mailed their free copy by the publisher.

Indiana Humanities Sponsors Ag Essay Contest for Students

Indiana HumanitiesStudents in grades 4-12 are encouraged to "chew on" the impact of Indiana foods and farmers for the 2nd Annual Ag Essay Contest titled "Our Food, Our Farmers: Feeding the World." This year's contest explores Indiana's role as a global agricultural leader.

Sponsored by Indiana's Family of Farmers and Indiana Humanities, the essay contest encourages students to recognize and share all the ways Indiana agriculture plays a positive role in their own lives -- as well as in the lives of those around them. The essay competition includes three grade levels: 4-6; 7-9 and 10-12. Entries must be received by Feb. 1, 2012.

OCLC Webinars Receive Blanket Approval for LEUs

The State Library recently granted blanket approval for all OCLC Webinars effective 11/15/2011. Click here for guidelines for receiving credit and a listing of upcoming OCLC webinars. Several of the webinars are free, including those hosted by LYRASIS, which have been pre-paid by the State Library.

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