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This Week's Facts:
  1. Hoosiers' Money Smarts Put to Test Next Week

  2. LoC Honors Baseball Legends through Online Galleries

  3. Environmental Challenge Offers Tips on Going Green

  4. Help Raise Children's Health Awareness in October

State Library Opens New State Parks Exhibit

Curious about Indiana State Parks?  The Indiana State Library  has a State Parks exhibit showcasing some of the early sketches and pictures of some of Indiana’s beautiful historic State Parks such as Brown County, Shakamak and Pokagon.   If you can’t make it to one of our beautiful State Parks yourself, this is a way to experience the picturesque beauty and landscape of our parks. The exhibit will be displayed from October through December, so there’s plenty of time to visit. For more information on Indiana’s State parks, visit the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website. If you’d like information on materials and resources on Indiana’s State Parks, the State Library has subject guides to enrich your experience. 


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Hoosiers' Money Smarts Put to Test Next Week

Money Smart WeekMore than 175 businesses, organizations, financial institutions, libraries and schools have come together for Money Smart Week on October 16-23. During this week, more than 200 mostly free events will take place to help Indiana residents with their financial literacy skills. Financial Literacy is a basic understanding of financial concepts like budgeting, credit cards, investing, saving, retirement planning and other finance-related concepts to help you become a smarter investor, a wiser consumer and a better saver. This week’s events  are located throughout the State and there are a variety of topics for you to choose from. In case you can’t make it to any of these events,  The Secretary of State has news you can use  to help you reach your financial goals and protect you from scams and fraudulent activities. Click here or call 317-233-3985 for more information about the events or to host a financial literacy event. Becoming Money Smart is an excellent way to learn new habits or break old ones about money and finances. 

LoC Honors Baseball Legends through Online Galleries

Library of Congress: Baseball, the Color Line, and Jackie Robinson Those who follow baseball know that October is a big month for the sport. Today in particular was a big day in 1972. On that day, Jackie Robinson threw the ceremonial first pitch at game two of the World Series in honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of his being the first African-American to play modern Major League Baseball. He had begun playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in April of 1947. The American Memory Project from the Library of Congress has a lot of information about both Jackie Robinson and baseball in general. If you’re interested in images and stories, be sure to check out Jackie Robinson and Baseball’s Color Line, 1860s-1960s and Early Baseball Pictures, 1860s-1920s. Both of these collections are available for viewing online. Another collection that’s pretty neat is Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s. Be sure to check out the LOC’s This Day in History feature on him and other baseball players, including Cy Young and Satchel Paige.

Environmental Challenge Offers Tips on Going Green

1st & Green: Environmental Challenge1st & Green: Environmental ChallengeAs Indiana gets ready to host the 2012 Super Bowl, we can kickoff by participating in the 1st and Green Environmental Challenge! 1st and Green offers tips and resources to offset the impact of the 2012 Super Bowl.  There are ideas on how to go green, reduce carbon and save water. They have tips on collecting rainwater for later use and on fixing leaky faucets. If you want to make positive changes to the environment and reduce carbon emissions, join the challenge! For more information and ideas on recycling, visit the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s website.   Remember, there’s no penalty flag for caring for the environment!

Help Raise Children's Health Awareness in October

Children's Health MonthOctober is Children’s Health Month. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, children eat, drink and breathe more than adults do in proportion to their body weight. In fact, while engaging in heavy exercise, they can take in up to 50% more air than adults. When the air is polluted, they are consuming that many more contaminants. This is why Children’s Health Month was established and continues. The EPA works to educate parents and schools about ways to keep children as free from external contaminants as possible. By bringing attention to problems such as poor air quality, lead poisoning, pesticides and even exercise levels, the EPA hopes to ensure that today’s children are healthy. Their website has a lot of great sources for promoting Children’s Health Month. You can download logos, brochures and posters on a variety of topics. Some are also available in Spanish. Finally, the EPA provides a list of events related to the month. Be sure to check it out to see if any are near you!

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