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In This Issue

  1. Finalists Named in
    Best Books of Indiana Competition


  2. Lyrasis' New Member Magazine Available Online

More Library News:

Anderson Herald Bulletin
Library board gives Lapel Branch high priority
Brazil Times

Former library director provides answer to recent question
Evansville Courier & Press

Library voting may end in '10
Kokomo Perspective

School board approves lease of Columbian School to library
Kokomo Tribune

Library in midst of moving operations
Muncie Star Press

BSU's Bracken Library houses hidden treasures
South Bend Tribune

Library drive gets boost
Terre Haute Tribune Star

Big Read targets ‘My Antonia’ for 2010
Vincennes Sun Commercial

Library board approves budget increase for 2010

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Finalists Named for Best Books of Indiana Competition

Best Books of Indiana CompetitionSeventeen titles have been selected as finalists in the 2009 Best Books of Indiana Competition. The Indiana Center for the Book started the book contest in 2005 to renew interest in Indiana's strong literary heritage. The 2009 competition featured 61 titles by Hoosier authors or about Indiana and published between January 1 and December 31, 2008. This year's finalists are as follows:

Children's/Young Adult Finalists

  • Diamond Willow by Helen Frost (Fort Wayne). Farrar, Straus & Giroux. New York, NY
  • Double-Click for Trouble by Chris Woodworth (Fort Wayne) Farrar, Straus & Giroux. New York, NY
  • Gobble Gobble Crash! A Barnyard Counting Bash by Julie Stiegemeyer (Fort Wayne). Dutton Children’s Books. New York, NY

Fiction Finalists

  • Anathema by Colleen Coble (Wabash). Thomas Nelson. Nashville, TN
  • Blood on the Rimrock by Phil Dunlap (Carmel). Avalon Books. New York, NY
  • The Incident by Stephen Lucid (Beech Grove). New Century Publishing. Indianapolis, IN

Nonfiction Historical/Biographical Finalists

  • The Eccentric Billionaire: John D. MacArthur by Nancy Kriplen (Indianapolis). Amacom Books. New York, NY
  • Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins by Michael Martone (Tuscaloosa, AL – Originally from Fort Wayne). The University of Georgia Press. Athens, GA
  • The Ripest Moments: A Southern Indiana Childhood by Norbert Krapf (Indianapolis). Indiana Historical Society Press. Indianapolis, IN
  • Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary by Ray Boomhower (Indianapolis). Indiana University Press. Bloomington, IN

Nonfiction Creative/Instructional Finalists

  • Brookville by Craig T. Chappelow & Donald Dunaway (Brookville). Arcadia Publishing. Mt. Pleasant, SC
  • Every Way Possible: 125 Years of the Indianapolis Museum of Art by Anne P. Robinson & S.L. Perry. Indianapolis Museum of Art. Indianapolis, IN
  • Home Grown Indiana by Christine Barbour (Bloomington) & Scott Hutcheson (Lebanon). Indiana University Press. Bloomington, IN
  • Perennials Short and Tall by Moya Andrews (Bloomington). Indiana Univ. Press. Bloomington

Poetry Finalists

  • Blood Root by Norbert Krapf (Indianapolis). Indiana University Press. Bloomington, IN
  • The Floating Bridge by David Shumate (Zionsville). University of Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh
  • A Matinee in Plato’s Cave by Rob Griffith (Evansville). Water Press & Media. Argyle, TX 

Each category's winning title and author will be engraved on a plaque in the Indiana Authors Room where one copy of their book will remain indefinitely. Three copies of all 2009 competition entries have been added to the State Library's collection. Two copies of each entry will circulate.  Indiana citizens can borrow any Best Books of Indiana title at the State Library or request it via interlibrary loan at their local public library. 

Winners of the 2009 Best Books of Indiana Competition will be announced at an awards ceremony on August 29, 2009. A complete listing of this year's entrants and finalists, as well as past years’ winners and finalists can be found on the Indiana Center for the Book’s Website.

Lyrasis' New Member Magazine Available Online

Lyrasis: Advancing Libraries TogetherLyrasis recently issued its first membership magazine, Lyrasis Solutions, which can be viewed online. Lyrasis became the nation’s leading regional library network following the merger of SOLINET and PALINET, and the upcoming addition NELINET libraries. The new publication will provide in-depth interviews, feature stories on member  innovations and achievements, Lyrasis initiatives, and other news items relevant to Indiana libraries.

The summer 2009 issue features articles about the inaugural Evergreen International Conference, unique Lyrasis initiatives that will impact member libraries, a recap of the 2009 REFolution Conference, the progress of rebuilding efforts for Gulf Coast Libraries, and much more. Additionally, Ball State University Library took the publication’s first “Member Spotlight” with an informative article written by former Ball State Marketing Communications Manager and current ILF Executive Director Susan Akers. Digitally Preserving Yesterday's Stories for Tomorrow's Learners, details how the university’s plans to ensure its digital oral histories collection will be heard and appreciated by generations of Hoosiers. 

View the magazine and other Lyrasis resources and services at