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The Wednesday Word: Library News from Around Indiana

In This Issue

  • Libraries Asked to Aid in Distribution of New Voter Applications

  • Webinars to Familiarize INSPIRE Users with

  • Weekly News & Notes

More Library News

Bedford Times-Mail
Mitchell to honor military veterans
Elkhart Truth
Teen Read Week at the Elkhart Public Library
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
City, state provide fodder for award-winning author 
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
Appeals court ruling sides with Allen County Public Library in lawsuit against contractors over diesel leak
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
Hoosier values were shaped by Northwest Ordinance
Greensburg Daily News
State library, Historical Board of Directors approve Fisher monument
Hendricks County Flyer
New library program focuses on building home libraries
Indianapolis Star
Carmel literary sensation Jeff Stone
Inside Indiana Business
Library Project Receives Lilly Endowment Funding
Grilled cheese at the center of the newest IUPUI University Library sculpture
Kokomo Tribune
Art in the library
Kokomo Tribune
Library re-opens after Saturday flood
Lafayette Journal & Courier
Otterbein library violates Open Door Law
Lafayette Journal & Courier
Purdue opening its past for visitors
Lake County News-Sun
Waukegan library to bring Bradbury collection home
Lebanon Reporter
Quilt planned to celebrate Thorntown library's centennial
Northwest Indiana Times
Crown Point library ushering in first anniversary
South Bend Tribune
Underground finds raise price of library parking lot plan
South Bend Tribune
Hesburgh exhibits Irish books
Terre Haute Tribune Star
Library board tables discussion of west branch options
Terre Haute Tribune Star
Library board to hear renovation plan
WFIE-TV (Evansville)
Join the hunt for the Grey Lady of Willard Library

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Libraries Asked to Aid in Distribution of New Voter Applications

New Voter Registration FormIn a recent letter to Indiana libraries, the Secretary of State's Election Division relayed that only the revised version of the VRG-7 Indiana Registration by Mail Application (State Form 50504) will be accepted by county voter registration offices. This version is designated as revision "R9/9-13" in the upper left corner. However, current federal voter registration forms may still be used in 2014, and the Spanish version of the VRG-7 (State Form 54509) will be updated to reflect the required changes made in the English version of the VRG-7 and provided to you before the end of this year.

Since Indiana Code 3-7-24-5 provides that each public library or county contractual public library is a distribution site for registration by mail forms, it is important for each library to discard its current stock of VRG-7 Indiana Registration by Mail Applications, and begin distribution of the revised version as required under Indiana Code 3-7 -31-S (b).

Visit for online versions of the new application, more information or to contact the Indiana Election Division.

Webinars to Familiarize INSPIRE Users with, available at, is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. If you work with children’s and young adult books, join one of the following webinar sessions (worth 1 TLEU) to learn ways to integrate into your literacy and library activities:

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2:00 – 2:50 PM ET
  • Tuesday, October 29, 4:00 – 4:50 PM ET
  • Wednesday, October 30, 10:00 – 10:50 AM ET.

Each 50-minute webinar will provide an introduction and overview of, outline ready-to-use materials for Indiana reading lists (Hoosier, Rosewater, etc), unveil promotional resources for teachers and students, and finish with a Q&A session. Registration is required. At the start time, follow the presentation link , select "Guest" and enter your first name, then hit "Submit". If you cannot attend these live trainings, three recorded videos are available.

Please remember, if you're a first-time user, logging on to can be tricky as going directly to the homepage will not give you access to content licensed through INSPIRE. Click here or connect through the INSPIRE list of databases for authentication and complete access to all licensed resources. offers many more helpful videos, promotional resources and tips for integrating these great resources.

Weekly News & Notes

Our Heroes Tree Registration Deadline Extended
Join the dozens of participating Indiana libraries for the Our Heroes' Tree initiative. If your library is planning an event, but has yet to register, please consider doing so to be included in statewide media releases, social media announcements, and other external communications.

Rockstar Librarian Applications Due 10/28
Are you applying to get a free Guitar or Ukulele Kit for your library?  The deadline is October 28th!  Don’t play guitar or ukulele?  It’s EASY to learn and with just three chords you can play hundreds of songs for your storytimes.  You are instantly cooler with a guitar or a uke. We want YOU to become a strumming librarian!  Apply today!

Open Position @ the State Library
The State Library is currently seeking a Librarian 3 to join its Genealogy Collection team. The selected candidate will answer reference questions and conduct original and established programs to groups both in and outside the ISL building. Visit the State of Indiana Personnel Department’s job bank and reference Job ID #586649 to apply by 10/31 or for more information.

Digital Inclusion Survey

Library directors across Indiana are encouraged to take part in a national survey on Digital Inclusion through November 15th. This study explores the digital inclusion roles of public libraries. Your participation will help provide Indiana libraries with accurate demographics about the areas they serve.

Upcoming Workshops
& Important Dates

"Navigating" the Healthcare Marketplace
When: October 24 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Live Online

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

Indy Authors Fair
When: October 26
Where: Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library

Every Child Ready 2 Read - 2nd Edition
New Castle-Henry Co. PL: 10/28@9:00 AM
Plainfield-Guilford Twp PL: 11/4@9:00 AM

Storytime Boot Camp
Remington Carpenter Twp PL: 10/30@9:30 AM
Whiting PL: 11/12 @ 9:30 AM (CST)

Due Date for Draft of 3 Year Technology Plan
When: November 1 @ Midnight

Bookkeeping/Annual Report Workshop
When: November 6 @ 10:00 AM
When: November 19 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library & Online

Fall Institutional Libraries Workshop
When: November 18 @ 8:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

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