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  1. Students Invited to Enter Writing Contest

  2. WebJunction-IN Gets Refreshed Look

  3. Women's Suffrage Anniversary Event Scheduled for August

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Associated Press
ISU shelves, 25k books fall like dominos
Associated Press
Alternatives to full-price textbooks
Evansville Courier & Press
Berry Plastics donates $100,000 for Willard Park improvements
Evansville Courier & Press
Bundles of books bring bargains to mall
Greenfield Daily Reporter
Library’s digital offerings more popular
Indianapolis Star
Boone Co. libraries unite for reading campaign
Indianapolis Star
Library reports 56,000 participants in summer reading, food bank program
Northwest Indiana Times
Indiana cartoon exhibit comes to Lake County Public Library
Kendallville News Sun
Library hold notices available via phone, e-mail
Kokomo Tribune
Library back on opening track
Lafayette Journal & Courier
Program puts books in children's hands
Terre Haute Tribune Star
Artists featured at Vigo library in August
Warsaw Times-Union
Author Of Book On Lake Wawasee To Visit Syracuse Library

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Students Invited to Enter Writing Contest

LOC: Curious George CampaignEntry forms for the '09-'10 Letters About Literature contest are now available on the Indiana Center for the Book's website. The national reading-writing competition, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with Target Stores, calls for entrants to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre (fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, etc.) explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or their self.

As in previous years, state contest winners will receive a cash award, plaque, and frameable copy of their letter from the Indiana Center for theBook during a summertime awards ceremony. Top winners also receive a Target GiftCard and advance to the national level competition. National prizes include $10,000 LAL Reading Promotion Grant for the community or school library of the winner's choice. National winners will also receive a $500 Target GiftCard. Additionally, the national honorable mentions will each receive a $100 Target GiftCard and a $1,000 LAL Grant for the community or school library of their choice.

Visit for contest updates and valuable teaching materials, such as lesson plans, writing samples, assessment checklists, and teacher tips. Letters About Literature is open to legal U.S. residents enrolled as a student in grades 4 -12 during 2010/2011 school year and 9 years of age or older as of 9/1/10. Entries must be postmarked no later than December 12, 2010 for consideration.

WebJunction-IN Gets Refreshed Look

WebJunction IndianaWebJunction Indiana received an update this week and now features more information than ever on the homepage. Below the standard Indiana-specific information, you’ll find top resources and stories used by members of the Global WebJunction Community.  These will be updated frequently to keep you abreast of what the wider library community is talking about.

Even with this update, you’ll still find all the key information for Indiana libraries at the top of the WebJunction Indiana page, including certification information, statewide INitiatives, and job listings.  The Indiana Calendar of Events is also prominently featured near the top of the page. See for yourself today at

Women's Suffrage Anniversary Event Scheduled for August

Indiana Women's History Association The Indiana Women's History Association is planning a 90th Anniversary of Woman's Suffrage Celebration on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at the Indianapolis Propylaeum from 7-9 PM. Although free and open to the public there will be limited seating and RSVPs will be requested by August 20, 2010 to

Three performers representing three generations of Indiana Suffragists will be sharing their stories, challenges and triumphs. That American women were the drivers behind the abolition of slavery, the prohibition amendment and their own suffrage without having the elective franchise until August 26, 1920, speaks volumes about their struggles. Music from the era of the last push (1912-1920) will also be presented by soloist Lucy Park Newton.

IWHA is also seeking organizational contributors whose names will appear in the program and in all advance publicity. Sponsorships in whatever amount is possible will be accepted until August 15, 2010. For more information, contact Jill Chambers at or (317) 514-9218.

Indiana Library Jobs

View the latest job postings from around the state via Jobs in Indiana Libraries on WJ-IN

Upcoming Events
& Workshops
(All times Eastern unless noted)

When: Mon., August 16
@ 10:00 AM
Where: Vigo Co. PL

IPLA Townhall Forums
When: Tue., August 17
@ 1:00 PM
Where: Multiple Locations Overview
When: Wed., August 18
@ 7:00 PM
Where: Live Online

Evergreen Indiana Circulation Training
When: Wed., August 18
@ 9:00 AM
Where: State Library

Serving Homeschoolers
When: Wed., August 18
@ 10:00 AM
Where: Jackson Co. PL

Programming for Babies
When: Wed., August 18
@ 11:00 AM
Where: Jackson Co. PL

Evergreen IN Admin/ Reports Training
When: Wed., August 18
@ 2:00 PM
Where: State Library

When: Mon., August 24
@ 10:00 AM
Where: W. Lafayette PL

Indiana Vision Expo
When: Sat., September 26
@ 10:00 AM
Where: State Library

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