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Brazil Times

Historical Society presenting history, genealogy conference

Evansville Courier & Press

Willard book sale ready to check out

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

NE Indiana Playwright Festival showcases writing talent

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

PCPL: Make a splash at your library

Greene County Daily World

Worthington Library hosts summer reading program

Indianapolis Star

Library delays decision on fate of 6 branches

Indianapolis Star

Retired librarian receives state award

Indianapolis Star

Greenfield library prepares for mural project

Monticello Herald Journal

Library sets adult summer reading program

Monticello Herald Journal

Reading important over summer break

Muncie Star Press

Plunge into cool summer reading programs

South Bend Tribune

Public meetings set to discuss possible LaSalle closure 

South Bend Tribune

New branch manager planning changes 

South Bend Tribune

St. Joe Co. Library weighs closing near-northwest site 

WDRB-TV (Louisville)

Jeffersonville landmark seeking tenant

WNDU-TV (South Bend)

Local libraries holding balloon-twisting classes


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Have Great Ideas? Pepsi Wants You to Share Them

Pepsi Refresh Project

Pepsi is now accepting great ideas from individuals, organizations like libraries, and companies as part of its Pepsi Refresh Project. Each month, Pepsi gives out up to 1.3 million in grants, including two grants at the $250,000 level; 10 Grants at the $50,000 level; 10 Grants at the $25,000 level; and 10 Grants at the $5,000 level.

Pepsi is accepting up to 1,000 new ideas per month that will be eligible for voting. The deadline to submit your idea is June 15th in order to be eligible for the next voting period (July 1 - July 31).

Nearly 100 ideas from libraries nationwide have already been submitted, including a few from Indiana like this idea from the Franklin County Public Library District. Even if you don't submit an idea, please support Indiana libraries by voting for their ideas and encourage others to do the same. 

Civil War Soldiers Database Added to Digital Archives

Indiana State Digital ArchivesHistorians, researchers and others interested in Indiana’s Civil War history can now search for specific soldiers through the new Indiana  Civil War Soldiers Database available at  The database contains over 213,000 individual records compiled by volunteers and staff from the Indiana State Archives and Friends of the Indiana State Archives.

Compilation of the Indiana Civil War Soldiers Database began in 1913 when the Indiana General Assembly appropriated $4,700 for a comprehensive index detailing the service of Indiana Civil War soldiers. The Indiana Digital Archives has now published the information online. Each record contains information about a soldier’s age, muster in and out dates and location, company, regiment, and any additional available notes. These notes may include ranks, transfers, desertion information, punishment, mortality status and cavalry or battery unit.

The Civil War Soldiers Database, like all records in the Indiana Digital Archives, has several search features designed to enhance the customer’s experience.  The People Search feature allows patrons to enter a surname and search through over 2 million records in 20 different collections in just seconds.  More targeted research can be performed by choosing one of several variables and data limiters available through the “Detailed Search” option. 

Remember to visit often as its online platform is continually updated with new indices and resources. A complete list of collections available online. Please contact an Indiana State Archives collection specialist at (317) 591-5222 or for research assistance if you experience difficulty locating specific items or for additional information on records found within the Digital Archives. Once a record is located online patrons can request copies through email.


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