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The Wednesday Word: Library News from Around Indiana

In This Issue

  1. Online Resources Help Plan Library Week Festivities

  2. Indiana Humanities Receives Special Collection from NEH, ALA

  3. Weekly News & Notes

More Library News

Anderson Herald Bulletin
Parents get children involved with learning, fun at Anderson library
Batesville Herald Republican
Friends of the library help provide funding
Columbia City Post & Mail
LIBRARY ACCESS: County library privileges boil down to taxes
Elkhart Truth
Have an overdue book? Pay up in March, avoid the extra fines
Goshen News
Milford library has community support
Greencastle Banner Graphic
PCPL board looks toward the future
Greene County Daily World
Library offers expanded genealogy resources 
Indiana Statesman
Indiana State 'reinvents' its library
Indianapolis Star
Indianapolis Marion County Public Library's digital resources add 100-plus years of Manual High School yearbooks
Jackson County Banner
Beyond the books
La Porte Herald Argus
LP library board discusses digitizing microfilm
Lafayette Journal & Courier
Issues that vexed Lincoln, nation featured in Purdue exhibit, talks
Lafayette Journal & Courier
One book, two book, three book, read book: Library celebrates annual event with works of Dr. Seuss
Lafayette Journal & Courier
Book parade gets readers off their seats
Madison Courier
Read newspapers with kids!
Northwest Indiana Times
Genealogy research uncovers hidden history
Terre Haute Tribune Star
Library mobbers perform ‘flash read’
Terre Haute Tribune Star
Mark Twain helps to launch Big Read Party

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Online Resources Help Plan Library Week Festivities

National Library Week: April 8-14National Library Week, an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians, is being celebrated April 14 through 20. This year's theme, "Communities Matter @ your library," is designed to let patrons know that whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searching for your next favorite book, the library is there for them.

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.

You can also order "Communities Matter @ your library" materials at the ALA Store. Promotional materials include a poster, bookmark, mini poster, and downloadable web icons and art files. However, order quickly to ensure your materials arrive by April 8.

Indiana Humanities Receives Special Collection from NEH, ALA

Novel ConversationsIndiana Humanities recently received a set of 25 books comprising the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. A program of the National Endowment for the Humanities & ALA, it is designed to help public audiences become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States.

Indiana Humanities also lends over 450 sets of titles statewide via Novel Conversations. The lending library is open to any Indiana library or civic book club free of charge and book sets are deliverable via INfoExpress. Books are primarily fiction and biography, and include classic titles such as Little Women and To Kill a Mockingbird , as well as contemporary titles such as The Poisonwood Bible and The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Libraries that may be interested in borrowing any Novel Conversations title or the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf set for display, circulation or public programs should contact Nancy Conner at 800-675-8897 or

Weekly News & Notes

Please join the Indiana State Library in welcoming Peru Public Library as the 101st Evergreen Indiana member. Evergreen now serves over 975,000 library patrons across the state of Indiana. Check ISL’s facebook page for photos of migration day.

Students in grades 6 – 8 can prep for ISTEP with a number of resources on The Homework Hotline provides comprehensive study guides and worksheets with sample problems to reinforce math and science concepts that students may see on the exam. Share these resources with your students to help them get ready for testing.

New material from the Crawfordsville Land Office is now available through the nationally-recognized Indiana Digital Archives. The Crawfordsville Land Office Index includes more than 38,000 records of purchases of public lands from Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Fountain, Hendricks, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Warren, and White Counties. Sales of public land at the Crawfordsville Land Office began in September of 1820 and continued until 1853...learn more.

Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish of the Government Printing Office has joined the impressive lineup of state and national officials presenting at Government Information Day on April 9, 2013 at the Indiana State Library. The day-long event is now worth six LEUs due to Superintendent Baish's appearance.

Government Information Day is a FREE, day-long conference featuring many of the state's and nation's leading information professionals. The conference will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, and concurrent break-out sessions. Click here to learn more and to register.

Save the Date 5/30/13: Indiana Broadband Summit

The Indiana Broadband Summit is coming to the Indiana State Library on May 30th. The Summit will cover broadband accessibility and connectivity from both a statewide and national perspective. Sessions will be led by Indiana's Geographic Information Officer, ENA and Urban Libraries Council. The Summit will also discuss the Building Digital Communities Framework from IMLS.

Stay tuned to The Wednesday Word for future Broadband Summit Announcements, including registration, LEU and schedule information.

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

Discovery to Delivery IV: Connecting the Community
When: March 8 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Ball State University

Summer Reading Workshop When: March 14 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Muncie Public Library

Summer Reading Workshop When: March 18 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Brazil Public Library

IBLN Spring Conference
When: March 23
Where: Ivy Tech, Lafayette Campus

Spring 2013 eIndiana Digital OverDrive
When: March 28 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Live Online

Government Information Day
When: April 9 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

Readers Advisory Training for Youth Librarians
When: April 10 @ 2:00 PM
Where: New Castle Public Library

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