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The Wednesday Word: Library News from Around Indiana

In This Issue

  1. Time is Running Out to Renew INfo Express Service

  2. New Resources Coming to Enhanced INSPIRE Website

  3. Aggressive Fundraising Helps GPL Close Budget Gap

More Library News

Anderson Herald Bulletin

Anderson library awarded LSTA grant

Brazil Times

Library receives donation

Chesterton Tribune

Library mulls digital media to promote programs

Elkhart Truth

Tightening budget could cause Goshen library to shorten hours

Evansville Courier & Press

Indiana to set guideline on electronic public records

Goshen News

Reading in the summer a cool thing to do

Greene County Daily World

Thompson joins Bloomfield community as library director

Greenfield Daily Reporter

Author honors doctors through book

Hendricks County Flyer

Groups prepare to host Civil War event

Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis libraries offer summer programs beyond reading

Johnson County Daily Journal

Former basketball stars honor mother's memory, love of reading with Greenwood library fund

Louisville Courier-Journal

Facebook helps seniors stay connected

New Albany News & Tribune

Crack a book, crack a smile: Reading means summer fun at area libraries

New Castle Courier-Times

Bridging a learning gap

New Palestine Reporter

Children get ‘Silly’ at library

Northwest Indiana Times

Crown Point Community Library kicks off Dogs Days of Summer

South Bend Tribune

Friends of the Library's founder steps down

South Bend Tribune

Summer program begins

South Bend Tribune

Balloon twisters decorate for reading program

WISH-TV (Indianapolis)

Libraries turn to unconventional means to attract visitors


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Time is Running Out to Renew INfo Express Service

INfo ExpressLibraries interested in participating in INfo Express library delivery service in the next service year (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013), but have yet to submit their renewal, must do so by July 30, 2012 to ensure eligibility for the special subsidized rate of $125.00 per weekly stop (for the first one to two stops) and avoid late fees.

In addition to keeping prices low, the State Library has added an incentive to promote resource sharing throughout Indiana's library community. Any library INCREASING its weekly delivery days AND participating as an active lender through OCLC's WorldCat or as an Evergreen member library will be eligible for a discounted rate.

All INfo Express payments can be sent and made payable to the State Library. The renewal form and instructions can be found at Please contact Mike Hicks at (317) 232-3699 or email with questions or for more information.

New Resources Coming to Enhanced INSPIRE Website

New Resources on INSPIRE

In addition to a sleeker INSPIRE interface and enhanced search functionality, INSPIRE users may soon notice the addition of two new useful resources. On July 1, INSPIRE will unveil Home Improvement Reference Center and Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center. Both Ebsco products can provide answers to many frequently asked questions in public libraries.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center provides content for many of the most popular hobbies, sports and games. It has an interface that allows users to gain access to more than 450 books and magazines as well as more than 300 videos and manuals. The database divides hobbies into 8 separate groups, Arts & Crafts, Collecting, Electronics & Games, Home & Leisure, Model Building, Needlecrafts & Textiles, Outdoors & Nature, Scrapbooking & Paper Crafts.

Home Improvement Reference Center is designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself projects, as well as educate about general upkeep, home maintenance and remodeling projects.
This database offers advice on hundreds of topics such as woodworking, plumbing, tiling, gardening, roofing, siding, remodeling and much more. In addition to thousands of articles, there are nearly 100 how-to videos for those who are visual learners.

Aggressive Fundraising Helps GPL Close Budget Gap

A Knight to RememberFacing a $400,000 budget gap, the Friends of the Greenwood Public Library turned to its community, corporate grantors and a few Hoosier legends to raise some serious funds to supplement the Library's budget.

Last month, the Greenwood community stepped up big for the "Save the Library" campaign. Residents, corporations and even Girl Scouts donated over $20,000 to the library. A few weeks later, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant to Friends of the Greenwood Public Library. The money will benefit Furry Friends, a program that uses therapy dogs to help kids boost reading skills.

Next, GPL is planning to host one of the most anticipated fundraisers of the year. On October 18, long-time library supporter Coach Bob Knight will address a projected 3000-4000 Hoosier basketball fans at the Gathering Place in Greenwood. Adding local flavor to the event, Coach Knight will be joined by hometown heroes Tom and Dick Van Arsdale. The Van Arsdale twins grew up in Greenwood, were All-Americans at Indiana University and enjoyed All-Star careers in the National Basketball Association.

Tickets are already available for A Knight to Remember, which may raise as much as $500,000 for the Friends of the Greenwood Public Library’s newly established Hilda Van Arsdale Library Fund.

National Lincoln Exhibit
Coming to Ohio County

The Ohio County Public Library will host the “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” national traveling exhibition from July 3 through August 2, 2012. The ALA/ National Constitution Center joint exhibit is making its way through the country major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The exhibit, which focuses on Abraham Lincoln’s struggle to meet the constitutional challenges of the Civil War, is free and open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 until 4 pm, and Wednesdays from 9 am until 12 noon. Please call 812-438-2257 or visit for details.

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

ALA Annual Conference
When: June 21-26
Where: Anaheim, CA

Summit on Serving Unserved Populations
When: July 11 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

Testing & Education Reference Center Training for Inspire:
When: July 11, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
Where: Live Online

Midwestern Roots Family History & Genealogy Conference
When: July 19 (pre-conference)
July 20 & 21 (conference)
Where: Indianapolis Marriott East

Gale Virtual Reference Library eBooks from Inspire:
When: July 25, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
Where: Live Online

Biography InContext for Inspire
When: July 31, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
Where: Live Online

New Director's Workshop
When: August 2 @ 8:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Director's Refresher Workshop
When: August 8 @ 8:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Testing and Education Reference Center for Inspire:
When: August 9, 2012 @ 10:00 am
Where: Live Online

Gale Virtual Reference Library and eBooks for Inspire:
When: August 15, 2012 @ 9:30 am
Where: Live Online

Indiana Vision Expo & Vision Walk
When: September 29 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

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