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Secretary of State Offers Summer Financial Literacy Program
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson believes Hoosiers can start thinking and learning about financial literacy at any age. Therefore, the Indiana Secretary of State Summer Reading Program is designed to help students learn about smart money management skills and apply them to their own lives. This week, the Secretary of State's office will unveil the programs website, which will be shared via library listservs.
Several books and activities were chosen that are associated with the program topics. The books and activities are found on the Book and Activity Bookmarks, which are available online. Indiana libraries may print and distribute the bookmarks and inform students about how they can use the Book and Activity Bookmarks to track the books and activities completed. To complete the program, students are required to read the assigned number of books and complete one craft for each topic. If these books are not available at your library, appropriate substitutions are acceptable based on your discretion.
There are two levels of books available: Beginner/Moderate and Moderate/ Advanced. Please provide students with the appropriate bookmarks for their reading level. Several books are part of the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. Books marked with an asterisk on the bookmarks have AR points available. Students can refer to the Accelerated Reader website for point values.
Upon completing all three topics, students are encouraged to submit information showing they completed the program. The students must submit their Participation Summary and photos or electronic documents of crafts and activities by August 1, 2014. Students who complete the reading program and activities will receive an Honorary Secretary of State certificate signed by Secretary Lawson and a piggy bank. By submitting the information, the student gives the Secretary of State’s office permission to post his or her photos online on our website and on social media pages. All submission documents can be submitted to Kelly Griese at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions about the program may also be directed to Kelly.
Register Today for Annual Public Library Budget Workshops
Public library directors, business managers, bookkeepers, treasurers, and library trustees are invited to attend the 2014 Annual Public Library Budget Workshop on June 17 or 25. Charlie Pride of the State Board of Accounts and Dan Jones of the Department of Local Government Finance will review changes and share information on federal and state legislative actions and financial/budgetary changes that are helpful in the public library budgetary planning process. The day ends with announcements from the Indiana State Library.
Space is limited, so register early if you wish to attend in person. In fact, there is already a waiting list for the June 17 onsite workshop. Register for the onsite participation at the Indiana State Library for either date through the Indiana Library Events Calendar. To register for the online version, you must select the link "To register for Webinar click here." First time users of the online webinar platform will need to create the login and password on their first visit. If you have questions on how to register, please view this video on the registration process.
Please direct any questions about the event and registration to Karen Ainslie, Public Library Consultant & Regional Coordinator, at kainslie@library.IN.gov.
INfoExpress Renewal Forms Now Available Online
As highlighted in last week's The Wednesday Word, the service renewal form will be available at INfoExpress.in.gov for the coming year. The prices for the statewide courier service are unchanged from the 2014-15 rates announced last year. The Indiana State Library will also continue to offer a $525 subsidy for the first day of INfoExpress service for all libraries meeting standards. This means the cost of first-day delivery is only $100. As an added incentive to help promote resource sharing around the state, the Indiana State Library will continue to provide an additional $425 subsidy for a second day of INfoExpress service for libraries.
Instructions for renewing your INfoExpress subscription and the new renewal form can be found at INfoExpress.in.gov. New this year, libraries may use credit cards to pay for their INfoExpress subscriptions. An invoice will be sent upon completion of the renewal form. Renewal requests should be made by August 31, 2014 and payments are due not later than September 30, 2014 to avoid late charges and the loss of service. Checks should be made payable to the Indiana State Library.
Please contactD. Michael Hicks at(317) 232-3699, toll free (877) 835-0014 or INfoExpress@library.in.gov for more information.
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.
DATES & LOCATIONS
INfoExpress Renewal Period
Annual Public Library Budget Workshop 2014
SHRAB Archives & Records Workshop
ALA Annual Conference
Indiana Vision Expo
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