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This Week's Facts:

  1. State Library Celebrates 50 Years as Official Federal Depository Library

  2. Celebrate Park & Recreation Month Throughout July

  3. Forestry Resources Offer Advice on Sylvan Issues

  4. NASA eBooks Offer Glimpses of the Great Unknown

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Summer Travel Safety Tips

If you have the opportunity to travel alone or with companions this summer, please stay safe and be well prepared for your trips. Prevention Magazine provides free, lengthy travel guide, Destination: Healthy Travel, written by Liz Ozaist. Consumer Reports published a Travel safety: By air, land, and sea website in 2010 which still applies to domestic and international travel. For more tips, take a look at SafeTravelDotGov and the website on Travel Safety.

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Katharine Springer
State Data Center Coordinator

Kim Brown-Harden
Federal Documents Coordinator

Andrea Glenn
State Documents Coordinator

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State Library Celebrates 50 Years as Official Federal Depository Library

ISL/FDLP 50th AnniversaryOn July 30, 1963 the Indiana State Library was named an official Regional Depository Library for Indiana.   Although we’ve collected both State and Federal documents since Indiana was a territory, the official paperwork, signed by then-State Library Director Robert McClarren, established the library as a participant in the Federal Depository Library Program, or FDLP. The Depository Program is administered by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). GPO is the clearinghouse where government documents are distributed to libraries around the country.  The Indiana State Library is pleased to announce a reception to celebrate this milestone. Join us at the library on Thursday, July 25th as we recognize the history of the FDLP Program in Indiana.  

Celebrate Park & Recreation Month Throughout July

Park and Recreation MonthThe National Recreation and Park Association reminds us to get outside and enjoy local, state, and national parks in July. Since 1985, this month is celebrated as Park and Recreation Month. Find events across the nation, enter the photo contest, and show & share the love for U.S. parks and recreation. Explore the wonderful outdoors with the DNR’s Division of State Parks and Reservoirs and the National Park Service.  For those who would like to plan a trip via Indiana trails and greenways, you can find an Indiana trail or trail group using lists from the Indiana Greenways Foundation.

Forestry Resources Offer Advice on Sylvan Issues

Purdue: Forestry & Natural ResourcesPurdue Extension, a network of colleges, universities, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, released a new publication this summer, Trees and Storms, which is useful for homeowners with trees damaged by recent summer storms.  Year-round tips and expert advice can be accessed for free at the Purdue Extension Home Education Store. Publications are organized by topic for easy searching. Check out other useful and free publications about the maintenance and care of urban trees here.

Urban Forestry
Trees are beneficial in many ways, from lowering cooling costs by shading houses in the summer to beautifying neighborhoods to improving air quality. The Urban and Community Forestry Program of the U.S. Forest Service defines urban forests as “urban parks, street trees, landscaped boulevards, public gardens, river and coastal promenades, greenways, river corridors, wetlands, nature preserves, natural areas, shelter belts of trees and working trees at industrial brownfield sites.”

Tree Nurseries
Did you know that Indiana has two state tree seedling nurseries?  The Jasper-Pulaski Nursery is near Medaryville in Pulaski County, and the Vallonia Nursery is in Jackson County.  To celebrate Arbor Day each year, the Division of Forestry’s Indiana Nursery Program gives a free tree seedling to all third-grade students across the state.  For other educational programs, check out the Division of Forestry’s Education website. For more information about the State Nurseries and how to purchase seedlings, please visit the main Division of Forestry’s Tree Seedling Nurseries website.

Tree City USA
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, to qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management plan and program. It is important to note that they were also designed so that no community would be excluded because of size.

  1. A Tree Board or Department
  2. A Tree Care Ordinance
  3. A Community Forestry Program With an Annual Budget of at Least $2 Per Capita
  4. An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation

You can find out if your city or town is a Tree City USA by clicking on the 2012 map.

NASA eBooks Offer Glimpses of the Great Unknown

NASAReading can be an adventure. It can take you distant lands, different times, and even into space! The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) now has e-books for you to read and share with your patrons. You can view the latest NASA e-books on your e-reader or personal computer.  NASA’s e-books come in a variety of formats. You can download them on Sony Reader, Nook, or iPad.  The books are also available in PDF files that can be read by almost all desktop computers. For more information about e-books, formats, and other questions about NASA’s e-books, visit their website. Happy reading!

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