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  • ALA Announces Dates for 2014 Teen Read & Banned Books Weeks

  • Evergreen Indiana Welcomes 105th Member Library

  • Secretary of State Unveils Summer Reading Website

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ALA Announces Dates for 2014 Teen Read & Banned Books Weeks

Teen Read WeekThe American Library Association recently announced the dates for two of our nation's most notable library-related celebrations. Banned Books Week will take place September 21 – 27. Teen Read Week is scheduled for October 12-18.

This year's Banned Books Week will shine a light on this still misunderstood form of storytelling and will celebrate the value of graphic novels to readers from all walks of life through the work performed by Banned Books Week sponsors and individual librarians, retailers and readers from all over the world.  Graphic novels continually show up on the American Library Association’s (ALA)  Top 10 list of Frequently Challenged Books.  The ALA released its current list in April and includes Dav Pilkey's “Captain Underpants” at the top spot and Jeff Smith's series “Bone” arriving at #10.

Check out the Banned Books Week website for information and resources for getting your library or organization involved in this event.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). YALSA encourages libraries to use the Turn Dreams into Reality theme to spotlight all the great resources and activities they provide to inspire teens to succeed in school and beyond. This year’s theme can be used to highlight a variety of resources in your collection—inspirational stories, career resources, how-to books and more. Use these materials to increase awareness of the great resources and services libraries have to offer teens and their families and to promote the importance of pleasure reading in all its forms.

Evergreen Indiana Welcomes 105th Member Library

Danville Joins Evergreen IndianaLast week, the Danville Center Township Public Library became the 105th library to join the Evergreen Indiana Consortium. Additionally, just this week the Evergreen Indiana welcomed its newest member, North Madison County Public Library. North Madison has a tentative go-live date scheduled for this September. With Danville now on board, here are some interesting quick facts about Evergreen Indiana:

  • Libraries live on Evergreen Indiana: 105
  • Patrons Served: 1,005,412
  • Indiana Counties with at least 1 Evergreen Indiana Library: 59
  • Total Bibliographic Records: 2,619,444 (As of January 2014)
  • Total Holdings: 6,711,442 (As of January 2014)
  • 2013 Total Intra-Evergreen Transits: 595,493

Evergreen Indiana is a growing consortium of public, school and institutional libraries located throughout Indiana that use the Evergreen Integrated Library System (ILS). Patrons of member libraries can use their Evergreen Indiana library card to view the catalogs and borrow materials from the other member libraries. For a full list of participating libraries, please visit the Communications page.

The Evergreen Indiana Consortium is accepting applications from libraries seeking to migrate to Evergreen. For more information about joining Evergreen Indiana, please visit the New & Future Members page.

Secretary of State Unveils Summer Reading Website

SOS: Summer Reading ProgramLast week we reported that the Indiana Secretary of State designed a Summer Reading Program to help students learn about smart money management skills and apply them to their own lives. The Secretary of State has unveiled the official Summer Reading Program website. The website features several books and activities were chosen that are associated with the program topics and summer reading contest rules.

Any questions about the program may be directed to Kelly Griese at

Mother Goose on the Loose Coming to Indiana

Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen is coming to Indiana to present her Mother Goose on the Loose training at four locations. The trainings will be worth 6 LEUs and include information about baby brain development and school readiness, as well as a hands-on Mother Goose on the Loose session to teach participants how to implement the Mother Goose on the Loose program at their libraries.

Mother Goose on the Loose is the award-winning early-literacy program for children from birth to age 3 with their parents or caregivers and is an innovative program based on research which shows that children learn best through routine and repetition in a nurturing environment.

Registration to attend these workshops will open on June 16 and will be found on the Indiana State Library calendar of events.

8/1/14: Owen County PL
8/2/14: Tippecanoe County PL
8/4/14:Decatur County School Corporation / Greensburg, IN
8/5/14: Muncie PL

Upcoming Workshops
& Important Dates

INfoExpress Renewal Period
When: Now - August 31

EdCamp Indy
When: June 13 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Pike High School

Annual Public Library Budget Workshop 2014
When: June 17 @ 10:30 AM
When: June 25 @ 10:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Library or live online

SHRAB Archives & Records Workshop
When: June 26 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Archives

ALA Annual Conference
When: June 26 - July 1
Where: Las Vegas, NV

ACPL Library Camp 2014
When: August 19
Where: Allen County Public Library

Indiana Vision Expo
When: September 27
Where: Indiana State Library

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