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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Indiana Young Readers Center Indiana Young Readers Center

The Indiana Young Readers Center (IYRC) in the Indiana State Library is a place where kids can learn about Indiana and our state’s talented children’s authors and illustrators. The Center’s collection includes materials for children birth through young adult and includes books by Indiana authors and illustrators. Special interactive exhibits in the room will include activities for visitors to learn about famous Indiana authors/illustrators, such as Jim Davis, Norman Bridwell, Meg Cabot, and John Green. Other exhibits will include “How to Become an Author or Illustrator,” “Genealogy for Kids,” and “Indiana Facts & Trivia.” The IYRC will have a grand opening in 2016, coinciding with Indiana’s Bicentennial celebration. It is modeled after the Young Readers Center at the Library of Congress.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinators Connie Bruder & Christy Franzman

What do you consider the key accomplishment of your Legacy Project?

  • The key accomplishment was being the first State Library in the Nation to add this type of space to our facility. Modeled after the Young Readers Center in the Library of Congress, this room is dedicated to educating Indiana youth about the amazing authors and illustrators that come from Indiana and the importance of literacy. 

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your Legacy Project.

  • Seeing the space when it was completely transformed and the look on the children’s faces when they see if for the first time. 

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your Legacy Project?

  • All of the information about the project will be kept in the Indiana State Library collection. 

Total number of volunteers.

  • Various staff worked on the project and several volunteers helped with the grand opening. 

Photos of the Legacy Project

Indiana Young Readers Center

Indiana Young Readers Center

Project Details

  • Organization: Indiana State Library
  • County: Marion
  • Contact: Chrisy Frazman
  • Type: Government/Municipal
  • Project Number: IBC-YE-158