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The Indiana State Library will be closed Tuesday, June 2nd due to the Indiana Primary Election.

The Indiana State Library is closed to the public until further notice. In an ongoing effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Indiana State Library will temporarily cease in-person services. During this time librarians will be working remotely M-F from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Access to the library’s online services, such as Ask-A-Librarian, INSPIRE and the Digital Collections, will continue to be available without interruption. Please check back for updates on this situation as it develops.

A message from the Indiana State Data Center:
2020 Census field operations have been delayed by COVID-19. However, it is important that Hoosiers are counted. The data collected by the Census Bureau impacts how we respond to pandemics like the current one. Answer the 2020 Census now safely from home online at https://my2020census.gov or by phone at 1-844-330-2020.

If you have questions about the 2020 Census or need assistance with 2020 Census outreach, please contact the Indiana State Data Center.

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Firefly season – Voting, summer reading challenges, nominating and more! 
Children’s librarians across the state of Indiana know May as Firefly voting season. For the past five years, May has been the month that libraries have showcased the five nominated picture books through programs, displays and outreach, leading up to inviting their youngest patrons, ages 0-5 to vote on their favorite book to win the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. Like most things in 2020, this year the voting season for the Firefly Award will be different. Continue reading →

Hoosier youth chronicling COVID-19 - Indiana State Library
The Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana Young Readers Center are calling out for youth up to age 18 to report how their life experiences have changed in light of the global health crisis. The current pandemic has … Continue reading →

Considerations for reopening if the library board or staff still have concerns, April 14, 2020
Once the current COVID-19 public health emergency is over and the executive orders limiting movement have expired, some library board members or staff could still have concerns. It is imperative that if additional restrictions remain in place, the library enforce those restrictions universally. Some of the things a library could continue to do to encourage social distancing for the public without risk of legal recourse are as follows:

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2020 Census outreach, January 23, 2020
The U.S. Census Bureau held a kick-off for the
2020 Census ad campaign Tuesday, Jan. 14. For each decennial census, the Census Bureau hires an agency to conduct research and distribute messaging to encourage participation in the U.S. Census. The 2020 campaign, according to a Jan. 14 press release, “employs multi-language ads, partnerships and trusted voices.” The Census Bureau’s tagline, revealed in 2019 is “Shape your Future. Start here.” Examples of the new ads are available here. Census partners are encouraged to have local organizations use the national campaign materials in news media, social media and other outlets.
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Researching in ISL Digital Collections: Indianapolis Bicentennial, October 8, 2019
The city of Indianapolis is about to turn 200 years old and the Indianapolis Bicentennial Commission is planning a celebration which will begin in June 2020 and last through May 2021. Those planning to celebrate can check the commission’s
website for announcements, contests, events and a list of commission members...
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