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Next 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.
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.
Applications 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.
Network with colleagues, discover library career opportunities, and earn one free LEU at the 2010 Indiana Library Career Expo!
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