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In This Issue

  1. Talking Books Kicking Off Summer Reading Program
  2. State Library Partners with LYRASIS on Digitization Project
  3. Kewanna Library Receives $500,000 Grant

More Library News:


Associated Press
Program gives teachers inside look at Ind. courts
Auburn Evening Star
Lugar recognizes library's contributions
Auburn Evening Star
Bayh congratulates library on centennial
Evansville Courier & Press
Kickoff of library's reading program was prize in itself
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Auburn library at 100 
Gary Post Tribune
Two Gary libraries may close
Gary Post Tribune
Kennedy library reopens
Kokomo Tribune
Library board narrows choices for new building
Monticello Herald-Journal
Monon library to make a splash
Muncie Star Press
Yorktown Library to use grant for seating
Muncie Star Press
BSU brings man's passion for Boy Scouts to life in the form of new exhibit
Noblesville, The Times of
Barnes wins AASL award, Harvey elected president
Northwest Indiana Times
Children's librarian will "Make a Splash" this summer


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Talking Books Kicking Off Summer Reading Program

Indiana Talking Book & Braille LibraryBy Autumn Gonzalez, Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library Supervisor

Did you know the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library is a participant in the statewide summer reading program?  “Make a Splash with Books” will last from May 31-July 31 for children ages 5-13 who are registered with the Talking Book program. Summer readers can earn lots of fun prizes by reading Braille, large print, and audio books. Children will earn reading certificates, bookmarks, stickers, and food coupons simply by registering for the program and reading one book.  Frog beach balls, flying discs, soaker bombs, and mini puzzles are among the prizes available to participants who read three or more books. 

If you know a child who cannot read standard print to due visual impairment or physical handicap, including reading disabilities due to organic brain dysfunction, please let them know about this free library service available from the Talking Book and Braille Library.   

Additional information and applications for the Talking Book and Braille Library service are available on our website.  Please direct additional questions to or 800-622-4970. 

State Library, LYRASIS Partner on Digitization Project

Lyrasis Mass Digitization InitiativeBy Connie Rendfeld, ISL Digital Initiatives Librarian

The Indiana State Library is partnering with LYRASIS on the collaborative’s Mass Digitization Project.  The State Library will provide approximately 225 volumes that focus Indiana government documents printed from 1818 through 1900.  Titles to be digitized include: Documentary Journal of Indiana; Journal of the Senate; Journal of the House of Representatives and four volumes of the Messages and Papers of the Governors of Indiana (1825-1844).  These volumes include the reports of various commissions and state agencies, including the Wabash and Erie canal commission, State Librarian, Soldiers and Sailors Children’s’ Home, School for the Blind, Auditor,  and Adjutant General, among others.

All items will be scanned by the Internet Archives at its scanning site at the Allen County Public Library.  Books are scanned cover to cover in color at 300 to 600 dpi depending on the size of the book.  Items scanned must be unique to the Internet Archive. The first shipment of books was sent May 17, 2010.   Scanning will be completed by the end of September and the volumes will be available online through Indiana Memory and the Internet Archive early this fall. 

The LYRASIS Mass Digitization Project was born of a grant from the Sloan Foundation to assist in the digitization of 80,000 books.   A collaboration open to LYRASIS members was created to offer assistance to partners in the form of consulting services for item selection and metadata creation, project coordination and discounted prices for digitization services and digital preservation.

Kewanna Library Receives $500,000 Grant

Last week, the Kewanna-Union Township Public Library was awarded a $500,000 Community Focus Fund Grant by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for the construction of an addition to the Carnegie Library Building.  The $1,100,000 project will double the size of the library.  Construction will begin this August.


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