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In This Issue

  1. ALA Offers Library Card Month Promo Tools

  2. New IMLS Grant Encourages Innovation

  3. Essay Contest Open to Indiana 4th Graders

More Library News

Auburn Evening Star

Cast ready to present library play premiere

Brazil Times

Vigo Co. Library hosting Indiana Heart Gallery

Evansville Courier & Press

Best-selling author Rosenfelt appearing at library

Evansville Courier & Press

Children's Corner: Good summer fiction includes 'The Adventures of Ook and Gluk'

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

All things ‘Twilight’ most-searched items in library e-catalog

Garrett Clipper

Summer reading program ends in a splash

Indianapolis Star

Library board backs cuts to hours, staff

Kendallville News-Sun

Ladies Night Out coming at Kendallville Library

Nappanee Advance News

‘School Supply Daze’ benefits area families

Noblesville Times

Story Time resumes in Sheridan

Northwest Indiana Times

WorkOne Access Points open at Newton, Roselawn libraries

South Bend Tribune

IUSB library is briefly evacuated

Steuben County Herald-Republican

Celebrate libraries in September

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ALA Offers Library Card Month Promo Tools

September is Library Card Sign-up MonthSeptember is Library Card Sign-up Month and the American Library Association (ALA) has several resources to help your library encourage patrons to sign up for the smartest card of all – a library card.  Library Card Sign-up Month has been observed each September since 1987 and is a great opportunity for libraries across to remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.   

NBA superstar Dwyane Wade has donated his time and image to the creation of a print PSA, which is available on the Library Card Sign-up Month 2010 website. Also check out these additional resources, such as sample press releases, proclamations, audio PSA's, programming ideas and more.

New IMLS Grant Encourages Innovation

Sparks! Ignition Grants from the IMLSThe Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums initiative is a new funding opportunity developed by IMLS to expand and test the boundaries of library, archive, and museum services and practices. It provides small, targeted investments in high-risk, innovative responses to the challenges and opportunities facing cultural heritage institutions.

This initiative will support the testing of specific innovations, foster broad sharing of information, and is structured to encourage participation by organizations of all types and sizes. Applicants may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways institutions serve their communities.

Examples of projects and complete funding guidelines are available on the Sparks! Ignition Grant homepage.
Libraries and museums that fulfill the IMLS's "general criteria" requirements are eligible to may apply. The maximum grant award for the Sparks! program is $25,000 and applications are due by
November 15, 2010.

Essay Contest Open to All Indiana 4th Graders

Indiana Statehood Day Essay ContestThe Indiana Statehouse Tour Office and the Indiana State Library annually sponsor the "What Indiana Means to Me" Essay Contest for fourth graders statewide. The contest is held in conjunction with Indiana Statehood Day - a celebration of Indiana’s 194th birthday - and asks students to convey what living in the state of Indiana and being a Hoosiers means to them.

The competition is open to any Indiana public, private or home-schooled fourth-grade student. Essays can range from 100 to 400 words, handwritten or typed, and all essays must be postmarked by October 25th, 2010 for consideration. The contest winner will be asked to read his/her essay at the Statehood Day Celebration on December 10, 2010.

More contest information and complete guidelines can be found on the contest webpage.  Several state agencies, cultural & historical organizations, and government officials have planned a complete schedule of Statehood Day festivities.  If your group or school is interested in attending Statehood Day at the Indiana Statehouse, contact Jennifer Hodge in the Statehouse Tour Office at 317-233-5293 or 

Recent ISL News Releases

Indiana Students Invited to Enter National Reading-Writing Contest (view)

State Library Staffer Appointed to National Award Committee (view)

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Upcoming Events & Work-shops (EDT unless noted)

New Gale DBs on INSPIRE
When: Thu., August 26
@ 7:00 PM
Where: Live Online

When: Tue., August 31
@ 2:00 PM (Central Time)
Where: LaPorte Co. PL Overview
When: Wed., September 1
@ 11:00 AM
Where: Live Online

Evergreen Indiana Circulation Training
When: Thu., September 2
@ 1:00 PM
Where: State Library

New Gale Databases on INSPIRE
When: Tue., September 7
@ 11:00 AM
Where: Live Online Overview
When: Wed., September 8
@ 7:00 PM
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New Gale Databases on INSPIRE
When: Thu., September 9
@ 7:00 PM
Where: Live Online

Indiana Vision Expo
When: Sat., September 25
@ 9:30 AM - State Library

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