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  1. National Writing Contest Honors 134 Indiana Students

  2. YALSA Helps Libraries Prep for Teen Tech Week 2010

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New Albany Evening News & Tribune

Library director writes about meeting rules

New Albany Evening News & Tribune

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Noblesville Times

Noblesville Public Library preparing for Summer Fun

Northwest Indiana Times

E.C. councilwoman fired from library job

Perry County News

Library to celebrate National Children's Book Week

Rensselaer Republican

Summer reading program makes waves

South Bend Tribune

Battle of the Books 


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National Writing Contest Honors 134 Indiana Students

Indiana Center for the BookLetters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest for students in grades 4-12, named 134 Indiana students as national contest semifinalists. Of the 90 students, state judges selected 18 to receive top state honors for the 2010 competition.

Letters About Literature is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target Stores, and is administered statewide by the Indiana Center for the Book. Students in grades 4-12 entered the contest by writing a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves.

Indiana's national semifinalists were among the top 9% of nearly 69,000 Letters About Literature entrants nationwide. They all will be recognized at an awards ceremony this Saturday at the Indiana State Library. Over 250 students, teachers, and their guests will attend the ceremony, which is headlined by Margaret McMullan - an award-winning young adult author and University of Evansville English Professor.

The 18 state finalists, including their school and hometown, are as follows:

Level I Finalists (Grades 4-6)
1st Place: Samuel Huff Castle North Middle School, Newburgh
2nd Place: A.J. Sallee Tri-West Middle School, Lizton
3rd Place: Robert Vukovich Zionsville Middle School, Zionsville
Hon. Mention: Lucy Bays Zionsville Middle School, Zionsville
Hon. Mention: Sophia Olsen St. Bavo Catholic School, Mishawaka 

Level II Finalists (Grades 7 & 8)
1st Place: Rachel Meyers Hasten Hebrew Academy, Indianapolis
2nd Place: Madison Kemker Jasper Middle School, Jasper
3rd Place: Sydney Gray Battle Ground Middle School, West Lafayette
Hon. Mention: Sigal Tavel Hasten Hebrew Academy, Indianapolis
Hon. Mention: Elyse Romanovich Battle Ground Middle School, West Lafayette
Hon. Mention: Mrinalini Sugosh Evansville Day School, Evansville
Hon. Mention: Kiersten Reed St. Bavo Catholic School, Mishawaka

Level III Finalists (Grades 8-12)
1st Place: Rahaf Safi Plainfield High School, Plainfield
2nd Place: Shelby Orange Clinton Prairie Jr/Sr High School, Frankfort
3rd Place: Jessica Leeper Huntington North High School, Huntington
Hon. Mention: Laura Beckman Jasper High School, Jasper
Hon. Mention: Natalie Collinsgru Jasper High School, Jasper
Hon. Mention: Juan Ramos Jasper High School, Jasper

All finalists receive a Target GiftCard, plaque and a frameable copy of their letter. All semifinalists and finalists received a certificate and a copy of
 Margaret McMullan's newest novel, Sources of Light.  In addition, students in attendance on Saturday will have an opportunity meet Professor McMullan during a book signing following the awards ceremony at the Indiana State Library.

For more information about Letters about Literature, including photographs and winning entries from past awards ceremony, visit the Indiana Center for the Book's website.

YALSA Helps Libraries Prep for Teen Tech Week 2010

Teen Ready Week: Oct. 17-23, 2010The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, recently launched its Teen Read Week 2010 website.  This website enables visitors to register for free and serves up Teen Read Week activity ideas, planning resources, publicity tools and applications for Teen Read Week Mini Grants. Teen Read Week will be celebrated Oct. 17-23, 2010, with a theme of Books with Beat @ your library, which encourages teens to read poetry, audiobooks, books about music and more, for the fun of it.

For the first time, YALSA will offer Teen Read Week Mini Grants, which award 10 mini grants of $450 and $50 in Teen Read Week products to librarians to offer programs, services or events for Teen Read Week. Registrants will also be eligible for several giveaways and contests, courtesy of Team Teen Read Week:

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. The purpose of the event is to increase the number of teens who are regular readers and library users. For more information about Teen Read Week, YALSA, or for lists of recommended teen reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA at 800-545-2433, ext. 4390 or


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