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In This Issue

  1. Plan for Teen Tech Week with Online Resources from YALSA

  2. Talking Books Program Celebrates 80 Years of Service

More Library News

Chesterton Tribune

Library running out of space but future is murky

Indianapolis Star

Senate committee advances bill to help Indy libraries

Indianapolis Star

House panel delays vote on library bill

Kokomo Tribune

Library hosts read-in as part of Black History Month

La Port Herald Argus

La Porte library to host preschool open house

Library Journal

Obama Proposes $20.3 Million Reduction in Library Funding

Michigan City News Dispatch

Lake Hills students learn Black History at Michigan City Library

Noblesville Times

HEPL has changed a lot thanks to Cooper

Seymour Tribune

Building family bonds

Seymour Tribune

Kids study their roots

Terre Haute Tribune Star

IHS presents 2011 Indiana Black History Challenge throughout February

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WW Book of the Week

Getting Open: The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Integration of College BasketballGetting Open is the compelling story of Bill Garrett, who as a young and talented Indiana basketball player in the 1940s paved the way for the integration of the Big Ten. The book creates a compassionate snapshot of the realities of daily life in Indiana at a time when a few brave souls were beginning to breach formal barriers to integration. Although the details of Garrett’s story expose a society willing to accept both overt and unspoken racial discrimination, the treatment of the issues and individuals involved is exceptionally fair and even-handed. Every page of this book is skillfully and smoothly written and deserves attention by those, even native Hoosiers, who would not ordinarily consider reading a “basketball book.” Skillfully weaving the author's recollections with the story of the breaking of the Big Ten's "gentlemen's agreement," Tom Graham and Rachel Graham Cody have provided us with an inspiring account of courage amidst great social change.

Getting Open: The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Integration of College Basketball is authored by Tom Graham and Rachel Graham Cody and won the 2007 Best Book of Indiana Award for nonfiction. Getting Open can be found in the State Library’s online catalog and is available via interlibrary loan.

Plan for Teen Tech Week with Online Resources from YALSA

Teen Tech Week: March 6-11, 2011The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released several more online resources for school and public libraries to promote Teen Tech Week™.  The 2011 theme is Mix and Mash @ your library, which encourages teens to take advantage of the many technologies available to them, free of charge, at their libraries.

The annual event, scheduled for March 6-12, 2011, includes a number of online tools libraries can use to publicize Teen Tech Week activities, including activity ideas, planning materials, publicity tools, sample press releases, PSAs, and much more. Official Teen Tech Week products, including posters, decals, bookmarks and digital downloads, are available for purchase at the ALA Store.

Also, congratulations to the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library (Zionsville) on being awarded a 2011 Teen Tech Weeks Mini Grant. Hussey-Mayfield was one of ten libraries nationwide to receive the award that provides funding to use technology in an innovative way to promote teen reading.  

Talking Books Program Celebrates 80 Years of Service

Indaina Talking Book & Braille LibraryThe National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) will celebrate 80 years of helping visually-impaired and physically-handicapped individuals enjoy reading their favorite books and magazines.

This free library program administered by the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library brings reading materials in digital audio, large print and braille formats straight to the homes of thousands of Hoosiers. Talking Books distributes books on digital cartridge, digital talking-book players and braille books to patrons via the U.S. mail at no cost to users.

In addition to home delivery, the Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library recently unveiled enhanced services as part of the NLS's BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) program. BARD enables registered patrons to download over 25,000 digital books and over 40 digital magazines directly from the program’s website.

Patrons interested in joining the Talking Books program can go online for complete registration and eligibility information. Additional questions about BARD or other Talking Books services may be directed to 1-800-622-4970 or

Indiana Authors Award

Nominate your favorite Hoosier
authors through March 25, 2011

Noble Co. Library Program Wins National Award

The Noble County Public Library (NCPL) is the 2011 recipient of the Highsmith Library Innovation Award (a PLA award) for its KiPS (Kindergarten Prep School) program. KiPS is a collaborative program between the public library and local school with significant involvement from the community.

The annual Highsmith Award, given to just one library nationwide, recognizes a public library's innovative and creative service program to the community.  NCPL will receive a check in the amount of $2,000 and a plaque from Highsmith. They are the first Indiana library to receive the prestigious award.



Summer Reading Workshops
When: 9:00 AM - Noon
Where: Multiple Locations
2/17: Muncie PL
2/23: Brownsburg P
2/24: Bloomfield PL
3/08: Pulaski County PL
3/11: Jackson County PL
3/18: Noble County PL

Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale
When: February 24, 2:00 PM - 4:15 PM (Live Online)
When: March 29, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Ind. State Library

Teen Tech Week
When: March 6-12

Indiana Resource Sharing Conference
When: March 11 - 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Univ.

Money Smart Week
When: April 2-9

8th Annual Copyright Conference
When: April 20
Where: Ball State University

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