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In This Issue

  1. Spread the Word About National Library Week

  2. IMCPL Receives Library of the Future Award

More Library News:

Associated Press
IU library opens Rubik's Cube exhibit

Best-selling Indiana author to Appear at Peabody Library April 19
Indiana Statesman

Library Book Sale Draws in Students
Indy Star

Q&A with Author Susan Neville
IU News

IU Libraries hosts digital literacy contest
Kokomo Tribune

Library offers more than just books
Rushville Republican

RPL announces Building Corporation members
Shelbyville News

EWOL, library to host early childhood events in April
Terre Haute Tribune Star

Iditarod racer shares story with Valley
Terre Haute Tribune Star

A Chapter's End: Southland Branch closes its doors
WTHI TV (Terre Haute)

Third library branch to close

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Spread the Word About National Library Week

National Library WeekNational Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians. This year will be celebrated with the theme, "Worlds connect @ your library." Here’s just a few last minute ideas to promote National Library Week at your library:

Post Flyers at the library and other community forums – The ALA has already done this work for you. Check out their printable National Library Week PSA Download Print PSA featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2009.

Issue Letters-to-the-Editor and Press Releases – Let the local media know about all the great things happening at the  library. ALA has created some great resources to connect with reporters in your area:

For more information check out the National Library Week Fact Sheet or contact Megan McFarlane, National Library Week Campaign Coordinator, at

IMCPL Receives Library of the Future Award

The Learning @ Central LibraryBased on an ALA Press Release

The American Library Association has named the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library (IMCPL) the 2009 winner of the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. This award is presented annually to a library that demonstrates innovative planning and development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting.

The winning initiative was IMCPL’s “The Learning Curve @ Central Library” project, an outstanding programming space (both physical and virtual) that provides a high tech, high energy, hands-on information environment designed for today’s children. In a flexible environment surrounded by books, children in the Learning Curve participate in activities that are infused with digital elements reflecting the ideal synthesis of technology and traditional literacy that children need to successfully face the future.

Through real and virtual activities kids who attend programs at IMCPL’s Learning Curve have the opportunity to use technology in productive ways that reinforce basic information literacy skills. For example, using a computer, synthesizer and digital camera, kids can make their own digital books, songs, photos or videos. They can then share their creations on the plasma screen with other visitors in The Curve or add them to virtual CurveWorld "galleries."

"The Learning Curve staff is pleased to win this coveted award. Trail blazing can be lonely, so it is gratifying when successful innovation is recognized," Learning Curve Project Director Chris Cairo. "Receiving this award encourages the Curve to continue pushing the ‘digital envelope’ by developing new models for the Library industry.”

Ms. Cairo also extended an invitation to everyone to visit the Learning Curve @Central Library to experience this information literacy laboratory for learning.

For more information about The Learning Curve @ Central Library program's website.

The Library of the Future Award will be presented on Tuesday, July 14, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.  The deadline for submission of applications for the 2010 ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award is Dec. 1. Guidelines and application forms are available on the ALA website.