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In This Issue

  1. Humanities Council Makes Book Clubs Simple

  2. Free Marketing Materials Available from Ebsco, Gale

  3. New Library Award for Family Literacy Programs

More Library News:


Associated Press
IMA among 10 IMLS honorees
Astronomy Magazine

Award-winning Cincinnati outreach program graduates first class of Galileos
Evansville Courier & Press

Henderson (KY) library receives funds to assist jobless
Fort Wayne News Sentinel

Award-winning author back for Literacy Expo
Gary Post Tribune

Photos of Indiana through time
Gary Post Tribune

Library directors hope to find new home
Gary Post Tribune

Children get a Mardi Gras experience in library program

Greenfield Daily Reporter

Classes to go? Grant will help
Indianapolis Star

Zionsville library to celebrate the Year of the Tiger
Indianapolis Star

Noblesville, Fishers libraries host Barbie b-day parties
Indiana State University

Library honors authors, artists at 25th annual reception
Lafayette Journal & Courier

These documents influenced a nation
Muncie Star Press

New Castle-Henry County Public Library cuts back bookmobile service
Northwest Indiana

E. Chicago library part of Teen Tech Week in March
Northwest Indiana

Greenleaf takes over helm at Hammond Public Library
Purdue Exponent

Purdue joins data initiative
Rushville Republican

Rushville P.L. Facilities Improvement Fund established
South Bend Tribune

St. Joe Co. library sales expected to move downtown
South Bend Tribune

ND to host public spelling bee
Terre Haute Tribune Star

Visions and Voices adds Newport depot documents
Wall Street Journal

Lincoln Brought to Life
Women’s Day Magazine

How the Public Library Can Save You Money

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Humanities Council Makes Book Clubs Simple

Novel ConversationsNext time you’re looking for an inexpensive and painless, yet engaging public programming idea, be sure to checkout the Indiana Humanities Council Novel Conversations program. The Council offers over 300 sets of books perfect for book clubs at local public or school libraries. Its extensive book list consists of primarily fiction and biography titles for children and adults, including classic titles such as Little Women and To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as contemporary titles such as The Poisonwood Bible and The Time Traveler’s Wife. Most book sets average between 15-25 copies with some titles extending up to 50 copies.

The Council's statewide lending library is free for all libraries and civic organizations of all types, and titles can be delivered via INfo Express or picked up in Indianapolis. All books must be reserved in advanced and loan periods typically last for up to six weeks. In addition to standard print, most Novel Conversations titles are available in large print or digital formats from the Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library. Complete reservation instructions are available online.

The Council has also compiled a list of available titles relevant to their Food for Thought initiative, which offers several great opportunities to participate in this examination and celebration of the ways food helps to define Indiana's culture.

Free Marketing Materials Available from Ebsco, Gale

INSPIRE Marketing Resources

From posters and tent cards to marketing and PR tools, Gale offers free materials increase awareness of your library's offerings. Through Gale's Power to the User programs, libraries of all types can order materials online for specific databases like TERC, Biography Resource Center, and much more. For the latest Gale news, product updates, and useful information to maximize product usage, check The Sizzle!

Additionally, Ebsco all has a great catalog of free marketing materials. Ebsco Support offers a wide range of posters, bookmarks, flyers and more that you can request online. Also, be sure to check out the Ebsco Success Center for great PR tools, case studies of successful outreach campaigns, and useful and educational resources for students and patrons. The Success Center has a section catered to every type of library with useful information customized for your library.

New Library Award for Family Literacy Programs

Better World Books / NCFL Libraries and FamiliesApplications for the new Better World Books/National Council for Family Literacy (NCFL) Libraries and Families Award are now being accepted through March 3, 2010. Grant funds will be given to programs that enhance existing family programming and expand literacy-building practices of families in library settings. The program will award three $10,000 grants annually to connect more families to their local libraries and expand their literacy efforts in new and innovative ways.

One winner will be chosen from three different categories: local Friends of the Library programs, public/academic library programs; and urban library programs. Awardees will also receive scholarships to NCFL’s 2010 National Conference on Family Literacy that will take place April 11-13 in San Antonio, Texas.


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