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Associated Press

Libraries fading as school budget crisis deepens

Gary Post Tribune

Residents have a say in CP library proposal

Greencastle Banner Graphic

PCPL circulation declining in 2010

Greene County Daily World

Man donates family history to library 

Greene County Daily World

Hord's memory lives on at W-J Library

Greenfield Daily Reporter


Huntington County TAB

Library to host Team T.H.R.U.S.T.

Indianapolis Star

Library loses appeal before high court

Indianapolis Star

Ruling could help library recover money

Indianapolis Star

Westfield Library has 'Olympic' book party

Indianapolis Star

Children create mural at Greenfield library

Indianapolis Star

City officials to encourage reading at libraries today

Inside Indiana Business

Education Cuts Hit Librarians

Kokomo Tribune

Regional library still good idea

Kokomo Tribune

Downtown library set to reopen Aug. 22

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Plenty of activities to keep your kids learning this summer

Lafayette Journal & Courier

City funnels money to library for outbuilding repairs

Northwest Indiana Times

Crown Point hopes to salvage old Carnegie library

Northwest Indiana Times

Lake County students are hooked on books

Northwest Indiana Times

Cold-blooded creatures crawl into Chesterton

Richmond Palladium-Item

Recordings available at IU East library

Seymour Tribune

Twilight re-enters limelight

South Bend Tribune

LaSalle site opening Saturdays

South Central Ind., Clarion News of

Palmyra home to new county library branch

South Central Ind., Clarion News of

Ramsey closes chapter as Crawford library director


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Campaign Encourages Libraries to Get Your Geek On

Geek the LibraryGeek the Library is currently looking for libraries or library systems that want to make a commitment to implement its successful public awareness campaign. This summer, Geek the Library will offer initial training, small kits of materials, full access to the program roadmap, best practices, tips, and many other supplementary materials. Additionally, you will gain rights to use all of the art files (e.g. ads, stickers, etc.) necessary to launch the program.

However, it is important to note that this will be ‘your’ campaign as OCLC cannot provide any kind of financial support as it did with the program's pilot library. In order to be successful, Geek the Library recommends that you identify funds from the library budget that can be applied to advertising, community events and other campaign-related activities.

Geek the Library is currently writing a comprehensive report about the pilot campaign (which included the Shelbyville-Shelby County Public Library) and will soon launch a website to promote Geek the Library to the broader library community. Interested libraries will eventually be able to register via this website for more information. For now, if you are interested in the Geek the Library awareness campaign, please contact Jenny Powell, Field Marketing Manager for the OCLC Geek the Library campaign, at 678-517-1651 or

NEH Offering Library-specific Outreach Grant

NEH: Louisa May Alcott GrantThe National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which usually offers grants that focus on a wide-range number of areas, is offering a library-specific funding initiative called the Small Grants to Libraries: "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women - Library Outreach Programs." This grant program is open to U.S. public, academic, and special libraries. The Endowment's Small Grants to Libraries program brings traveling exhibitions and other types of humanities public programming to libraries across the country.

The "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women - Library Outreach Programs" initiative is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Library Association, and Nancy Porter and Harriet Reisen for Filmmakers Collaborative. The library programs associated with Louisa May Alcott are funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the American Library Association Public Programs Office.

For more information the grant application and eligibility requirements, visit the Louisa May Alcott grant website or contact the NEH’s Division of Public Programs at 202-606-8269 or


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