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The Wednesday Word: Library News from Around Indiana

In This Issue

  1. Two Indiana Libraries Awarded Big Read Grants

  2. It's Never too Late to Get Your Geek On

  3. Open Positions Available at the State Library

More Library News

Anderson Herald Bulletin

A place for bookworms to hang

Auburn Star

Genealogy center adds historic bridge photos to collection

Chesterton Tribune

Thomas Library restrooms to get upgrade

Evansville Courier & Press

Evansville library system upgrading computers with windfall

Goshen News

Fewer library hours the best deal possible with less tax money

Goshen News

'Thriller' of a time at Milford Public Library

Goshen News

Committee recommends cut in Goshen library hours

Greenfield Daily Reporter

Seeing is believing

Greensburg Daily News

Bookmobile out and about

Hendricks County Flyer

Coffee shop closing in Brownsburg library

Indianapolis Star

Avon library helps with genealogy searches

Indianapolis Star

Indy author John Green is national winner of $10,000 prize

Johnson County Daily Journal

Residents Tell Library Board to "Be Practical" After Defeating Referendum in Johnson County

Kokomo Perspective

Library, IU Kokomo collaborate on patriotic display

Kokomo Tribune

Get involved with ‘Reads’

Lafayette Journal & Courier

The Portal technology center to open in Tippecanoe library

Louisville Courier-Journal

Community Challenge | Keep up with summer reading

Northwest Indiana Times

Young readers support new library

Perry County News

Library welcomes new director

Shelbyville News

Genealogy brings past into present

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Vigo library renovations continue to take shape

Terre Haute Tribune Star

New library phone system gives patrons direct access

Vincennes Sun Commercial

Library of the future

WTHR-TV (Indianapolis)

"50 Shades of Grey" hard to find at Indiana libraries


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Two Indiana Libraries Awarded Big Read Grants

The Big ReadCongratulations to the Frankfort Community Public Library and the Vigo County Public Library on being awarded 2012-2013 Big Read grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). These two libraries were among 78 organizations nationwide to receive grants totaling $1 million for hosting Big Read programs between September 2012 and June 2013.

Frankfort Community Public Library will receive $4,200 to feature the works of Emily Dickinson during a community-wide reading event. The Vigo County Public Library will be awarded a $11,200 to feature The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for a county-wide read. Each community will receive free promotional and educational resources from the NEA, as well as host official events such as a kick-off event to launch the program; activities devoted specifically to its Big Read book or poet; events using the selection as a point of departure; and book discussions in diverse locations aimed at a wide range of audiences.

Click here to read the full release from NEA including a complete list of grant recipients.

It's Never too Late to Your Geek On

Geek the LibraryCourtesy of Geek the Library

Have you heard about the Geek the Library public awareness campaign?

Many Indiana libraries have made impact in their local communities—and had a lot of fun—using this proven campaign. While the statewide initiative is complete, enrollment in the program is still open for all U.S. public libraries. Supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OCLC provides the support and materials you need for free!

Find out how Geek the Library can help you educate your community about the value of your library and the need for support. Visit for more information or contact the Geek the Library team directly at

Additionally, the State Library has resources such as bookmarks, posters, table covers and large banners featuring "Geek" spokespeople available upon request.

Open Positions Available at the State Library

WebJunction IndianaThe State Library is seeking a Regional Library Coordinator for Eastern Indiana. Regional coordinators provide information, marketing, consulting, continuing education opportunities, and other services to libraries within their geographical area of the state. Librarians telecommute from home offices.

Additionally, there is an immediate opening for interlibrary loan technician for the Indiana Share program. This position is responsible for processing interlibrary loan requests submitted by the 300+ Indiana Share member libraries in Illiad; responding to questions, messages and solving problems relating to Indiana Share.

Check out these positions and more openings from around the state via the Jobs in Indiana Libraries Webpage on WebJunction Indiana.

Welcome New Directors

Please join the State Library in welcoming Indiana's newest public library directors:

Steve Mockler, Interim director, Wanatah Public Library

Kathy Gerber, Director, Berne Public Library

John Mundy, Director, Perry County Public Library

Best of luck to you all!

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

PLEASE NOTE: The New Director’s Workshop originally scheduled for August 2 has been rescheduled for August 16.

Midwestern Roots Family History & Genealogy Conference
When: July 19 (pre-conference)
July 20 & 21 (conference)
Where: Indianapolis Marriott East

Databases and the Common Core
When: July 23 @ 2:00 AM
When: August 2@ 9:00 AM
When: September 11 @ 4:00 PM
Where: Live Online

Gale Virtual Reference Library eBooks from Inspire
When: July 25 @ 3:00 PM
When: August 15 @ 9:30
Where: Live Online

Biography In Context for Inspire
When: July 31 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Online

Director's Refresher Workshop
When: August 8 @ 8:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

New Director's Workshop
When: August 16 @ 8:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

She Blinded Me With Library Science (Certification Workshop)
When: August 21 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Live Online

CYPD 2012 Conference
When: August 26 & 27
Where: Indianapolis Marriott East

Association for Library Service to Children National Institute
When: September 20-22
Where: Sheraton Indpls. City Centre Hotel

Indiana Vision Expo & Vision Walk
When: September 29 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

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