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In This Issue

  1. Indiana Media Specialists Score Awards, Election Wins

  2. Humanities Council to Offer Grants Workshops

  3. Keats Foundation Opens 2010 Literacy Minigrant Program

More Library News:


Associated Press
Genealogy sleuths get aid from websites

Auburn Star

Mom Squad plans story time

Columbia City Post & Mail

Celebrating the benefits of the great green


Elkhart Truth

Elkhart's library gives its director her farewell

Evansville Courier-Press

Great books to read over summer vacation

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Fictional first-grader takes stage

Gary Post Tribune

Job seekers tap library computers in droves

Gary Post Tribune

Library may land at prime downtown site

Gary Post Tribune

Oldest building in Gary, its historic contents in trouble  

Gary Post Tribune

Library displays creative works by home-school students

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

PCPL eyes expansion

Indianapolis Business Journal

Don't abandon basic services because of tax caps

Indianapolis Star

Library chief retiring after 20 years on job

Kokomo Tribune

Library building back on the table

Muncie Star Press

Young readers expand their horizons

Northwest Indiana Times

Crown Point officials want library to stay downtown

Northwest Indiana Times

Eads students book it to Pizza Hut

Rensselaer Republican

Rensselaer man arrested for stealing items from library

South Bend Tribune

St. Joseph County Public Library slips to No. 11 in rankings

South Bend Tribune

Service project gathers oral history

South Bend Tribune

To learn from a mockingbird

Winchester News-Gazette

Preservation Society to host progressive dinner


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Indiana Media Specialists Score Awards, Election Wins

Harvey Elected President of AASL!Carl Harvey Elected American Association of School Librarians President, 2011-12 (courtesy of Melissa Jacobsen, AASL Blog)

Carl A. Harvey II, school librarian for North Elementary School, Noblesville, Ind., has been elected president-elect of AASL.

For his election platform, Harvey stated “I believe the future for our profession lies with involvement. School librarians are leaders in teaching 21st century skills; yet, due to budget shortfalls positions are being cut. Being involved is convincing decision makers that library programs are a good use of scarce dollars. These are unsettling times, but being involved and working together we can fulfill a vision where school libraries are a necessity in every district and every school.”

Additionally, Dennis LeLoup, Media Specialist, Sycamore Elementary School (Avon), was one of 34 winners in the American Library Association Council election.

Perry Meridian Middle School (Indianapolis) receives 2010 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award (courtesy of ALA)

Perry Meridian Middle School's Instructional Media Center (IMC) headed by Leslie B. Preddy has a mission that the staff "work collaboratively with teachers and administrators to plan, implement and evaluate instructions to promote reading and to provide resources and services that allow students and teachers to be effective users of information in a variety of formats." The IMC's website shows this collaboration also extends to parents, with resources on the homepage to help parents instill a love of reading and learning.

"At Perry Meridian Middle School, literacy initiatives emanate from the library," said NSLMPY chair Terri Kirk. "Students are reading for pleasure every school day in every classroom and content area. One administrator was quoted as saying, 'You have to have a champion for children, and this library program is the champion.' The impact of the library program on the entire school community is palpable."

The IMC's many activities, clubs and events further the mission to promote reading. Forty students meet once a month for New Books Club to read, post book reviews and make recommendations.  The Family Read-In experience each semester fosters adult interaction in children's reading by having the adult and child read a book together and participate in home activities. Families then come together at the IMC for an evening celebration of book themed activities. A calendar of literacy events keeps the entire school community reading and coming to the IMC for curricular support.

The school librarians promote the IMC through an e-newsletter sent to families, the Toilet Paper Press, which is distributed to stakeholders through displays in the school's public restrooms and in PDF format on the school's network. Local press is notified of upcoming events and is provided post-event pictures. At the end of the year, stakeholders receive an IMC annual report. The magazine style report provides a review of the year in the IMC and showcases upcoming activities for the new school year.

Humanities Council to Offer Statewide Grants Workshops

Indiana Humanities CouncilThe Indiana Humanities Council will offer a series of regional Grant and Information Workshops to inform and dialogue with community leaders, nonprofit and local government personnel, library directors and program staff, and other citizens about Council programs and services. Workshops are free, open to the public, and eligible for receive two (2) general LEUs.  

During the first hour, participants will learn about grant programs (eligible projects, how to apply, previous awards) and special initiatives such as Food for Thought and Community Workshops. The second hour will be a presentation on Novel Conversations, a free service that lends sets of books to book clubs with free promotional materials. Dates and locations include:

  • May 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Indiana Humanities Council, 1500 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis
  • May 11, 1-3 p.m., Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 211 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville
  • May 19, 2-4 p.m., Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library, 200 SE MLK Jr. Blvd., Evansville  
  • June 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Lake County Public Library, 1919 W. 81st Ave., Merrillville
  • June 18, 1-3 p.m., Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library, 209 Lincoln Way East, Mishawaka

To register for a workshop contact Nancy Conner, Director of Grants, 800-675-8897, ext. 128, or e-mail

Keats Foundation Opens 2010 Literacy Minigrant Program

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrant ProgramThe Ezra Jack Keats Foundation awards $500 to school and/or public libraries to support children’s programs that encourage creativity and literacy. While the program does not have to be new, it must add to the library’s normal educational activities. Programs funded in the past include ongoing pen-pal projects, multi-cultural portrait projects, art projects, bookmaking, and creation and performance of puppet shows, among many others.

Keats' legacy lives on today, not only through his work, but through a foundation that was set up in his name. The Keats Foundation provides funding to public schools and libraries that are located in the United States. The foundation calls the awards "minigrants." The funding supports programs encouraging literacy and creativity in children.

Additional information, including program guidelines and the grant application, is posted on the Ezra Jack Keats mini-grant website.


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