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The Wednesday Word: News from the Indiana State Library

In This Issue

  1. Support Sought for Indiana Bicentennial License Plates

  2. Large Print Collection Available to All through ILL

  3. Help Teens Get Connected @ your library this March

  4. Two Indiana Libraries Selected for National Conference

More Library News:


Batesville Herald Tribune
Friends of BMPL support activities and programs
Chesterton Tribune

Library looking at remedial reading program for kids
Culver Citizen

Finances, debt collection on tap at library
Evansville Courier Press

Willard Library giving prizes for 'checking out'
Evansville Courier Press

EVCPL Announces New Library Hours
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Bookworm leaves rich history
Greene County Daily World

Library program celebrates the state's overlooked cultural heritage through photography
Indianapolis Star

Book-lover Simon buys Kirkus Reviews
Indianapolis Star

Purdue common-reading program's goal: more tolerance
Indiana Statesman

New integrated system will make for better, faster searching
LaPorte Herald Argus

PNC, Michigan City Library celebrate Black History Month
Logansport Pharos-Tribune

Library project running slightly behind
Madison Courier

Imagination Station taps into youngsters' talents for creativity
Muncie Star Press

Orchestra to take 'Music on the Move' to New Castle Library
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Nation's libraries get more use, less funding
Terre Haute Tribune Star

Time for the Indiana Black History Challenge
Warsaw Times-Union

Eisenhower Collecting New Books For Kate's Kart

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Support Sought for Bicentennial License Plates

2016 Indiana BicentennialThe Indiana Bicentennial Committee is asking for your help to kick off Indiana's 200th birthday celebration by gathering signatures in support of the Official Indiana Bicentennial license plate.  Anyone willing to pledge (but not be required) to purchase an Indiana Bicentennial license plate for $40 is invited to join the petition.  If enough signatures are submitted, the plates will become available in February 2011.

Bicentennial activities will initially be funded by the revenue generated from the plate.  Please consider displaying this petition required by the BMV to create specialty plates and this accompanying flier.

All petitions must be returned by March 15, 2010 to the Indiana State Library, c/o the Indiana Bicentennial Committee, 140 N. Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Large Print Collection Available to All through ILL 

By Autumn Gonzalez, Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library Supervisor

Indiana Talking Book and Braille LibraryThe Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library holds the largest collection of large print books in the state. The collection features over 17,000 titles, including many children’s books, which are available to ALL Indiana residents via interlibrary loan through their public library.  Large print titles are listed in the State Library’s online catalog and in WorldCat

Help direct library patrons who need large print material to the vast collection of books available to them free of charge!  Additional questions about the large print collection, new digital players for eligible patrons, or other Talking Books services may be directed to 1-800-622-4970 or  

Help Teens Get Connected @ your library this March

Teen Tech Week - March 7-13Help celebrate Teen Tech Week this March 7-13. The national initiative aimed at teens, librarians, educators, parents, and other concerned adults encourages teens to take advantage of technology resources at libraries. The 2010 theme, Learn Create Share @ your library, was chosen to reflect libraries as a physical and virtual place for safe exploration of the many types of technology and as a place that fosters teen creativity.

ALA provides several resources to help plan your Teen Tech Week celebration:

For more information visit the Teen Tech Week website or email

Two Indiana Libraries Selected for National Conference

Picturing America in Our Nation’s LibrariesCongratulations to the Delphi Public Library and Brown County Public Library which were among just 70 libraries nationwide selected to attend “Picturing America in Our Nation’s Libraries,” a one-day conference for public and school librarians who have received the Picturing America collection. The March 4, 2010 conference, held at the Hilton Hotel New York, will premiere Picturing America on Screen, a series of short public television programs that feature the works of art in the Picturing America collection along with ideas for using them in innovative library programming. Participants will also learn new ways to engage with and understand the Picturing America collection using The Art of Perception, a nationally recognized training program that teaches a wide range of professionals to enhance observation and communication skills by learning to look at and analyze works of art.

One representative of each selected library will receive a $500 travel stipend and up to four nights free accommodation at the Hilton New York courtesy of the American Library Association, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and THIRTEEN. In addition, librarians selected for “Picturing America in Our Nation’s Libraries” will also be invited to the fifth-annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning a two-day conference devoted to best practices, education philosophy, and trends in media literacy.

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