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  • Mini Grant Encourages Instrument Use in Youth Programming

  • Study Aims to Map State's Humanities Programming

  • Registration Open for Our Heroes' Tree Program

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Mini Grant Encourages Instrument Use in Youth Programming

Rock Star Startup KitsThe Indiana State Library is offering a competitive mini grant for Indiana Rock Star Startup Kits to public libraries in Indiana. The purpose of these kits is to encourage instrument use in library storytimes by the children's librarian.  These are not instruments to be given to children, but rather to be used and owned by the recipient libraries.  

Applications must be received by October 28th, 2013. Applicants will be notified of their status in December of 2013. This project is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services
and is administered by the Indiana State Library.

Contact Suzanne Walker, Children's Services Consultant, at or (317) 234-5649 with questions or for more information. Visit for more information about this program and other resources for librarians serving youth.

Less then two weeks remain for special discount on AWE computers

Indiana libraries can now take advantage of a multi-state group special for both the Early Literacy Station™ and AfterSchool Edge™ through September 30th. As an added bonus, the Indiana State Library will kick in an additional $499 per unit subsidy for participating libraries. This means that an Early Literacy Station - English edition will cost a net amount of $2,000 plus $50 shipping.

This special pricing and bonus subsidy will be available , 2013.  Click here to view more information about the group special, including purchasing information. For questions regarding the Indiana State Library  reimbursement program, please contact: Suzanne Walker, 317-234-5649 or

AWE has also announced the initial dates for its 2013 live webinar series. These free webinars cover What's New in Version 10 & General Overview and are scheduled throughout the next two months.

Study Aims to Map State's Humanities Programming

Humanities at the CrossroadsHumanities at the Crossroads is a national initiative to better understand the status and future of the academic and public humanities in American life, and to research the variety of ways the humanities have been practiced, transformed, supported, evaluated, and justified over the past 50 years.

As part of that initiative, Indiana Humanities is conducting a case study of Indiana’s humanities “ecosystem.” (The humanities include fields such as history, literature, philosophy and ethics, world languages and cultures, archaeology and comparative religion.) The case study has three phases: research, discussion and dissemination. Indiana libraries are encouraged to participate in a brief survey detailing their humanities-related programming. The goal is to “map” the network of relationships among the various public and academic humanities sectors and between the humanities enterprise and the broader community.

If you’re interested in learning more about this project, please contact Nancy Conner at or 800.675.8897, ext. 128.

Registration Open for Our Heroes' Tree Program

Our Heroes TreeRegistration is now open for the 2013 Our Heroes’ Tree initiative through October 11, 2013. 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 core aspect of the program is to display a tree in a visible location within the library and encourage patrons to hang ornaments featuring family members and loved one who have served our country past or present. Celebrations typically take place in the days leading up to Veterans' Day and last through Thanksgiving weekend.

The Our Heroes' Tree Resource Guide for Indiana libraries lists several programming ideas, marketing materials, and ornament templates. Whether your library is joining the program for the first time or is an OHT "veteran," the resource guide is designed to help you develop the very best program possible.

Register Today for Story
Time Boot Camp

Register today for Story Time Boot Camp. Space is limited and many locations may fill up quickly. Visit the WebJunction Indiana Online Calendar to secure your spot. Locations:

New Albany Floyd Co. PL: 9/26 @ 10:00 AM
Mooresville PL: 10/3 @ 9:00 AM
Jay County PL: 10/18 @ 9:30 AM
Remington Carpenter Twp PL: 10/30 @ 9:30 AM

Upcoming Workshops,
& Important Dates

2013 SAMS Conference
When: September 19 & 20
Where: Pendleton Public Library

Banned Books Week
When: September 22 -28 @ 10:00 AM

Read Governor Pence's Proclamation

Consumer Health Literacy and Affordable Care Act Resources
When: September 23 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Pike County Public Library

Intellectual Freedom and the Library Bill of Rights
When: September 24 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Live Online

Indiana Vision Expo
When: September 28
Where: Indiana State Library

Indiana Black Librarians Network Fall Conference
When: October 5
Where: Indiana University - Bloomington, Neal-Marshall Library

ILF Annual Conference
When: October 22 & 23
Where: Indiana Convention Center - Indianapolis

Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
When: October 26
Where: Indiana State Library

Indy Author Fair
When: October 26
Where: Indiana Public Library - Central

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