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The Wednesday Word: News from the Indiana State Library

In This Issue

  1. Twelve Institutions Awarded LSTA Grants

  2. IU Prof. Wins State Authors Award

  3. LJ Documents Nationwide Library Cuts

  4. Three Indiana Museums Awarded IMLS Grants

More Library News:


Associated Press
Former IU professor wins $10,000 author prize
Chesterton Tribune

Library Board mulls reviving adult ed center
Chicago Tribune

Kids find haven in libraries, parents find day care
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Librarian goes by the book in kitchen 

Gary Post Tribune

Music performance enlivens reading program

Greensburg Daily News

Library Collecting School Supplies In Lieu Of Fines

Indianapolis Star

Read In today to support libraries

Indianapolis Star

New county library plan would cut hours

Indianapolis Star

Brebeuf, Guerin students stock library in Kenya

Kokomo Tribune

Library pushes back reopening

Los Angeles Times

We lose public libraries at our peril

LaPorte Herald Argus

Friends of Library book sale raises over $8,000

Madison Courier

Library denies charges by fired employee

Noblesville, The Times of

Sheridan Library celebrates 100 years

Northwest Indiana Times

Summer reading provides entertainment, inspiration

Northwest Indiana Times

Preserving Valpo records a labor of love for clerk

Perry County News

Library board discusses interstate services

Plymouth Pilot News

Bourbon reading program celebrated

Seymour Tribune

Brownstown Public Library to mark 100 years

South Bend Tribune

‘Save LaSalle Branch' meeting next week

South Bend Tribune

Courage, creativity, can keep library open

Yorktown Press

Historian to discuss RFK at Yorktown Library


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Twelve Institutions Awarded LSTA Grants

LSTA Institutional Literacy GrantsThe Indiana State Library awarded grants totaling $50,000 to twelve state institutions. The institutional literacy grants facilitate improved literacy among the individuals under custody of the state. Institutions strive to meet literacy goals at multiple educational levels and may request funds for library materials that meet their specific literacy needs. Materials that are frequently borrowed through interlibrary loan may also be purchased through the institutional literacy grant program.

IU Prof. Wins State Authors Award

Indiana Authors AwardIndiana resident Scott Russell Sanders was chosen as the National recipient for the 2010 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. recipient has been named. Sanders joined the faculty of Indiana University in 1971, retiring as Distinguished Professor of English in 2009. He has published 20 books, including novels, collections of stories and essays, and personal narratives. He has also published seven storybooks for children.

Finalists in the Regional and Emerging author categories were also made by the Award Panel with the winner to be named at the Award Dinner on October 9, 2010. Learn more about this annual award and event at

LJ Documents Nationwide Library Cuts

LosingLibraries.orgLibrary Journal recently partnered with 2010 Library Journal Mover and Shakers Laura Solomon and Mandy Knapp (whose digital advocacy alleviated some major funding cuts at the state level in Ohio) to build This unique web portal outlines the various types of cuts, staff layoffs and furloughs, reduced services and hours and more that are happening to public libraries in the U.S. This interactive advocacy tool encourages library supporters nationwide to share stories and statistics about funding cuts effecting local library services.

Three Ind. Museums Awarded IMLS Grants

IMLS: Museums for America GrantsThree Indiana museums were among 178 nationwide to receive Museums for America (MFA) grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Eiteljorg and Children's Museum, both of Indianapolis, along with Muncie-based Minnestrita were chosen from 510 applicants. The MFA grants will support high-priority activities that advance the missions and strategic goals of these museums, helping them to serve the public more effectively.

Awarded in three categories (engaging communities, building institutional capacity, and collections stewardship), MFA grants fund projects such as educational programs and exhibits, staff and volunteer training, research, planning, technological upgrades, and equipment purchases. To learn more about Museums for America, the largest museum grant program administered by IMLS, please click here. The next deadline for the Museums for America program is November 1, 2010.

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