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  1. Program Teaches Indiana History through Art

  2. Vote for PGTPL Refresh Project, Start Your Own

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Associated Press

Google e-book store to challenge Amazon

Auburn Evening Star

Eckhart PL offers patrons technology assistance with two device fairs

Butler Bulletin

Stuffed animals sleep over

Evansville Courier & Press

E-readers vary in size

Evansville Courier & Press

Central Library showing off drive-through drops

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Remnant Trust headquarters moves closer to Fort Wayne

Gary Post-Tribune

Library plans holiday activities to keep kids' minds active

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

Bears, authors and spiders, oh my!

Greenfield Daily Reporter

New staff put fresh face on library services

Indianapolis Star

Wayne Twp. trustee offers library system $200,000

Indianapolis Star

Who should respond to help local libraries

Kendallville News-Sun

Merger plan documents available online

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Purdue students hit the books, start cramming for final exams

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Vinton raves about reading program

New Albany Evening News & Tribune

Becky King retires from CAPE Literacy Initiative

Northwest Indiana Times

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa

Northwest Indiana Times

Revel in national library collection next weekend

Richmond Palladium-Item

Morrisson-Reeves eliminating 5 jobs, closing first Wednesday each month

Shelbyville news

Music among the books

South Bend Tribune

The Great Gatsby’ is next


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Program Teaches Indiana History through Art

Artsmart: IndianaThe Art Museum of Greater Lafayette and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis recently announced the launch of ArtSmart: Indiana - a new web-based learning initiative and updated resource guide. ArtSmart: Indiana is a text-based and visual education program that teaches the history of Indiana from 1800 to present day shown through the works of its artists and is designed as a flexible starting point for integrating Indiana’s rich visual arts tradition into classroom instruction.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded a $54,000 grant to update and improve Art Smart: Indiana. The program's format now includes interactive learning activities for students and resources for teachers and educators. As part of this project, the ArtSmart: Indiana website has been designed to provide instant access to the history of Indiana artists and art. This online learning environment was developed to encourage teachers, media specialists, librarians and other educators to use ArtSmart content within visual learning activities, and to provide students with opportunities to explore and interact with the artwork. Though a great resource for students of all levels, the ArtSmart: Indiana is meets many of the Indiana Academic Standards for fourth-grade social studies, language arts, math, science and media studies.

Vote for PGTPL Refresh Project, Start Your Own

Pepsi Refresh ProjectShow your support for fellow Indiana libraries by voting for the Plainfield - Guilford Township Public Library's (PGTPL) "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program, which is up for consideration for a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant through the end of the month. PGTPL and the local school system will encourage families to begin reading to their children at an early age and to continue that practice as they start school. The grant will provide over 1,000 families with a log book to record their readings, a book bag to carry books to and from the library and books and other incentives as they reach their goal of 1,000 books.

A handful of Indiana libraries have had ideas selected, but not a winner just yet. Please support Indiana libraries by voting for their ideas and encourage others to do the same, or submit an idea of your own.  Each month, Pepsi gives out up to $1.3 million in grants, including two grants at the $250,000 level; 10 grants at the $50,000 level; 10 at the $25,000 level; and 10 at the $5,000 level.

2011 LSTA Guidelines Finalized & Available

The 2011 LSTA Grant application materials are now available online. The State Library again offers four types of sub-grants in 2011, including:

- Indiana Memory Digitization
- Technology
Innovative Library Technology
- Information Access for the Unserved

Guidelines and application materials are available on the State Library's LSTA website. Please thoroughly read all guidelines and application materials before applying. Indiana Memory Digitization Grant and Technology Grant applications must be received by 4:00 PM (EST) on February 11, 2011. Innovative Grants and Information Access for the Unserved Grants are open-deadline grants and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout 2011. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

For more information about LSTA grants, please contact Jennifer Clifton at



Government Websites
When: Thursday, Dec. 9
10:00 AM - Noon
Akron Carnegie Public Library
Jessica Jacko Barnes

State Library Closed for Winter Holidays
When: Thursday, Dec. 23 - Sunday, Dec. 26

Indianapolis Youth Literature Conference
When: Sat. Jan. 29, 2011
8:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Indianapolis-Marion County Public Central Library

ILF Legislative Day
When: February 8, 2011
Where: Indiana State Library

Teen Tech Week
When: March 6-12, 2011

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