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  1. Sign Up Today for Spring Trustee Training Sessions

  2. Promotional Tools Available for National Library Week

  3. New Grant Available for Picturing America Initiative

More Library News:


Anderson Herald Bulletin
Chili draws a crowd at Pendleton library
Anderson Herald Bulletin

New Castle library offers 9 months of music
Associated Press

Harry Potter science exhibit coming to Purdue
Batesville Herald Tribune

New entrepreneurs can attend workshop at library
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Picture project a new take on Wells County

Greene County Daily World

Linton Public Library's new catalog brings greater online access for library users
Greenfield Daily Reporter

A place for ‘tweens’
Lafayette Journal Courier

New Earhart exhibit showcases the famous aviator
Library Journal

Open Access or Open for Business?
Muncie Star Press

Feeding a child's mind

North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun

The Big Read a big draw

Northwest Indiana Times

IU alumni chapter seeks used books

Plymouth Pilot News

Fifth annual ‘One Book, One Town’ featured at library

Richmond Palladium-Item

Groundbreaking set for library renovation

South Bend Tribune

Historian David Healey dies

South Bend Tribune

School librarians serve vital function

South Bend Tribune

Michiana Genealogy Fair set for Saturday

South Bend Tribune

Up in the air: Jugglers share skills at library program

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Patrons pack library for Big Party for the Big Read

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Grant to improve Rockville library computer stations

Tippecanoe Co. Public Library News

Woodworker, Writer & Designer Nancy Hiller @ TCPL

Warsaw Times-Union

IHS Introduces The 'Indiana Experience'


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Sign Up Today for Spring Trustee Training Sessions

Library Trustee TrainingIndiana Library Trustee TrainingThe Indiana State Library and Indiana Library Federation are sponsoring three trustee training sessions this spring in various statewide locations.  Each training session is packed with great information, such as how to create and execute a budget, information about Open Door laws, the role of a good trustee, and how libraries are funded in Indiana. Directors and trustees are invited.  

The sessions are scheduled for the following dates and locations (all times Eastern):

  • March 23, 2010: Rochester Public Library at 4:30 p.m.

  • April 9, 2010: Jennings Co. Public Library at 3:30 p.m.

  • May 7, 2010: Mooresville Public Library at 3 p.m.

Please RSVP no later than three days before the session to Susan Akers, ILF Executive Director, at or 317-257-2040, ext. 101.

Promotional Tools Available for National Library Week 

National Library Week: April 11-17National Library Week, an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians, is being celebrated April 11 through 17 in 2010. This year theme, "Communities thrive @ your library," is designed for you to highlight the many crucial programs and services available to members of your community at the library. Libraries planning to participate in “Communities thrive @ your library”-themed programming are encouraged to share their stories with the Campaign for America’s Libraries, by sending an e-mail to

No plans yet? No problem. The ALA provides several resources to get your National Library Month promotions off the ground. They provide a complete lineup of customizable audio and print PSAs, proclamations, sample press releases, and letters-to-the-editor available in both English and Spanish.  The ALA also offers programming advice, website graphics, calendars of events, and advocacy toolkits to help raise awareness of your National Library Week activities.

For more information check out the National Library Week Fact Sheet or contact Megan McFarlane, National Library Week Campaign Coordinator, at

New Grant Opportunity Available for Picturing America

Lets Talk About It: Picturing AmericaThe American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office recently announced five new reading and discussion themes based on the popular Let’s Talk About It: Picturing America series. The program has been developed to support public libraries in their efforts to conduct high quality humanities programs that highlight the Picturing America collection and engage audiences in dynamic, timely conversations about American art and history.

To encourage use of Let’s Talk About: Picturing America, and the Picturing America collection the ALA Public Programs Office and National Endowment for the Humanities are offering programming grants of $2,000 to 30 public libraries. All public libraries who received the Picturing America collection are eligible to apply by March 31, 2010.

The Let’s Talk About It model engages adult audiences in scholar-led, theme-based discussions that explore the best in classic and contemporary literature. Five new themes are eligible for program funding under the March 31 deadline:

  • Land of Opportunity, which explores American journeys in literature
  • Making Tracks, which focuses on railroads in America
  • Object of Art, which examines image in American Indian literature
  • Places in the Heart, which highlights human experiences shaped by place
  • The Work of Freedom: Individual and Communal, which explores African American history through literature

For more information, online applications, and more, visit  


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