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  1. State Library to Renew Our Heroes Tree Program

  2. Join Historical & Cultural Organizations at State Fair

  3. War of 1812 Content Sought for Poster Contest

More Library News

Associated Press

Ind. romance writers share love of genre

Bloomington Herald Times

Library sees better behavior under no-smoking rule

Columbus Republic

As more patrons turn to e-readers, spending on downloadable titles increased

Culver Citizen

Rita Lawson collection dedication leads Culver library news

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

Kevin Gregory helps bring weather to life at library, fair

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

Library looks to replace computers

Greenfield Daily Reporter


Indianapolis Star

Reading racy titles under cover of e-books

Inside Indiana Business

Indy Library Offering Free Legal Downloads

Kokomo Tribune

The Crossing Education Center’s students farm community garden

LaPorte Herald Argus

Library may not be reimbursed by insurance company

Michigan City News-Dispatch

Stacking it up: Library summer reading program has a fun finale

Muncie Star Press

Lincoln's images highlight exhibit

Northwest Indiana Times

Libraries are economical

Rushville Republican

RushShelby Energy Partners with Rushville Public Library

South Bend Tribune

Library continues commitment as community partner

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Year of the River project to feature artwork along riverbank

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Library donates toys for children with disabilities

Vincennes Sun Commercial

Consultant's comments spur interest in library focus groups

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State Library to Renew Our Heroes' Tree Project

Our Heroes TreeRegistration is now open for the 2012 Our Heroes’ Tree initiative. The Indiana State Library has assumed statewide administration of the popular program with support from the Military Family Research Institute, which hosted the program through 2010. 

Our Heroes’ Tree is a national initiative founded to recognize and honor sacrifices made by the families of current and past service members. The goal of the project to support the efforts of military members and their families while providing military related programming for all ages.

The “virtual heroes tree” will once again be back. This virtual tree allows for families to electronically hang ornaments with a picture of a loved one who is serving our country. The ornaments help to raise awareness of those deployed and show continued support for the United States military.

Participating libraries are welcome to create their own programming for Our Heroes’ Tree and take a look at these reader recommendations. Some past programs that have been implemented by libraries throughout Indiana include adopting a soldier or platoon, assisting military families to set up a family blog, patriotic crafting ideas for children, writing letters to veterans, and hosting workshops for veterans to interact with the community.

Join Historical & Cultural Organizations at State Fair

Hoosier Heritage Day at the State Fair

Courtesy of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

On August 9, learn about Hoosier history at the annual Hoosier Heritage Day at the Indiana State Fair. Sponsored by 12 state agencies and three statewide not-for-profits, the entire day has been devoted to Indiana history.

Fairgoers can meet re-enactors portraying Madame C.J. Walker, President Abraham Lincoln, and Raggedy Anne. After talking with the re-enactors, attendees can play a history trivia game, try on an Indiana Supreme Court Judge’s robe, or put together a State House puzzle. Attendees can learn more about Hoosier participation in all U.S. wars by talking with historical re-enactors or by visiting with the staff at the Indiana War Memorial. Finally, take a trip on one of the architectural trolley tours and learn about the history and beauty of the buildings at the State Fair.

War of 1812 Content Sought for Poster Contest

Indiana Archives MonthThe Indiana Archives Month Committee is requesting high-resolution images of paintings, manuscripts, artifacts or documents for use in the design of the 2012 Indiana Archives Month poster. The Archives Month Committee seeks historically-significant submissions relating to both Indiana and the bicentennial of the War of 1812. All submissions must be turned into the Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board at no later than August 20, 2012.

Indiana Librarians Converge at State Park for Leadership Academy

Dozens of Indiana librarians convened at the Canyon Inn at McCormick’s Creek State Park for the inaugural Indiana Library Leadership Academy. The Academy was designed to prepare future library leaders for 21st-Century challenges and to identify and predict changes in the industry, the community they serve, and the needs of their stakeholders.

The five-day workshop kicks off the 10-month academy, which concludes with a capstone project. Stay tuned to next week's The Wednesday Word for a complete recap of this week's activities. More information about the academy is available online.

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

The New Director’s Workshop originally scheduled for Aug. 2 has been rescheduled for Aug. 16.

Databases & the Common Core
When: August 2@ 9:00 AM
When: September 11 @ 4:00 PM
Where: Live Online

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

Gale Virtual Reference Library eBooks from Inspire
When: August 15 @ 9:30
Where: Live Online

New Director's Workshop
When: August 16 @ 8:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

She Blinded Me With Library Science (Certification Workshop)
When: August 21 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Live Online

CYPD 2012 Conference
When: August 26 & 27
Where: Indianapolis Marriott East

Association for Library Service to Children National Institute
When: September 20-22
Where: Sheraton Indy City Centre Hotel

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

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