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  1. Libraries Invited to Join Money Smart Initiative

  2. Big Read Application Deadline Approaches

  3. Eckhart Awarded for Outstanding Programming

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Anderson Herald Bulletin

Anderson library updates website

Associated Press

State rep. questions township money for library hours

Associated Press

N. Ind. town's librarian retiring after 69 years

Auburn Evening Star

Device fair helps patrons choose eReaders

Batesville Herald-Tribune

Evergreen benefits patrons

Elkhart Truth

Elkhart PL participating in early literacy effort

Elkhart Truth

Goshen PL lets you check out on your own

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Lincoln group out to raise $1 million

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Collection to get $1M challenge grant

Gary Post-Tribune

No good options for Gary libraries

Gary Post-Tribune

Gary to close libraries, main branch targeted

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

Children's author at PCPL

Greenfield Reporter

Making room

Indianapolis Star

First lady to honor Conner Prairie at White House

Indianapolis Star

Shelby Branch Library due for upgrades

Indianapolis Star

Food for Fines shows public's generosity

Indiana’s News Center – TV (Fort Wayne)

No Jobs On The Line With Noble County Library Consolidation Plan

Kokomo Perspective

Student honored in  statehood day essay contest

Logansport Pharos-Tribune

A place to explore new worlds

Madison Courier

Barnes recognized for preserving county history

Muncie Star Press

Southside authors rock Sutton Elementary

Northwest Indiana Times

Historic panel OKs new C.P. library design

Northwest Indiana Times

Library features antique Santa display

Richmond Palladium-Item

Historic groups get state honor

Seymour Tribune

Railroaders share wonder at library

South Bend Tribune

No pay raises in 2011 for library

South Bend Tribune

Elkhart Library program preps kids for kindergarten

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Vigo Co. PL showcases gourd and fused glass art


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Libraries Invited to Join Money Smart Initiative

Money Smart Week @ your libraryThe Federal Reserve Bank recently partnered with the American Library Association (ALA) to launch Money Smart Week @ your library. Throughout the ten year history of Money Smart Week libraries have been instrumental in facilitating and hosting quality Money Smart Week events. The partnership with the ALA, which is the first partnership of its kind, will allow libraries across the country to participate independently or as part of existing state and regional campaigns.

All Indiana libraries are invited to participate in Money Smart Week next spring, from April 2-9, 2011. Events will take place at libraries across the country and will and cover topics from learning how to apply for a mortgage to teaching young people about credit.

Visit the Money Smart Week partners page for additional information, including the Partner Kit, @ Your Library Resources, and the partner sign-up form. Interested participants can also contact Alejo Torres, MSW Program Coordinator for the Federal Reserve Bank, at (312) 322-2287 or

Big Read Application Deadline Approaches

Big Read Deadline: 02/01/11The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations 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 more information, contact Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or

Eckhart Awarded for Outstanding Programming

Eckhart Public LibraryThe Eckhart Public Library was recently awarded the Indiana History Outstanding Event or Project Award during the Annual Founders Day Dinner and Awards Ceremony hosted by the Indiana Historical Society. The award is given to an organization for an exceptional educational event or history project implemented during the past year and relating to that organization's mission. Specifically, Eckhart's One Gift, A Century of Literacy centennial celebration was recognized for its year-long offering of programs and activities designed to educate and entertain the community as well as foster a respect for the library's ongoing mission of promoting reading.

LSTA Funds to Remain Steady for 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA) by a voice vote yesterday, clearing the last legislative hurdle in its reauthorization process. Last week, the U.S. Senate also passed MLSA under unanimous consent. MLSA will now be sent to the president, who is expected to sign it into law.

The passage of MLSA ensures that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) can continue its federal leadership role by administering the numerous programs in the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) portion of the bill.

This bill received bipartisan support from both Republicans and Democrats in both House and the Senate.



Government Websites
When: Thursday, Dec. 9
10:00 AM - Noon
Akron Carnegie Public Library
Jessica Jacko Barnes

State Library Closed for Winter Holidays
When: Thursday, Dec. 23 - Sunday, Dec. 26

Indianapolis Youth Literature Conference
When: Sat. Jan. 29, 2011
8:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Indianapolis-Marion County Public Central Library

ILF Legislative Day
When: February 8, 2011
Where: Indiana State Library

Teen Tech Week
When: March 6-12, 2011

Money Smart Week
When: April 2-9, 2011

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SPepsi Refresh Project

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