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  1. Indiana Humanities Announces Authors Visits, New Grants

  2. Celebrate Family History Month at the State Library in October

More Library News


Associated Press

Amazon expected to launch tablet

Chesterton Tribune

Jane Walsh-Brown honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Elkhart Truth

Reduced Elkhart Public Library hours will be revisited

Evansville Courier & Press

200 years ago, steamboat opened the door to America's interior

Evansville Courier & Press

Extra pension fund payments add pressure to stretched local budgets

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

County Council asks about censorship at budget hearings

Gary Post-Tribune

Budget cuts force Hammond to close library branches

Greensburg Daily News

Hickory Creek donates Alzheimer's books to library

Greensburg Daily News

The freedom to read

Huntington County Tab

Huntington City-Township Public Library offering PAWS-TO-READ

Indianapolis Recorder

Shelby Branch Library to get new name

Inside Indiana Business

Indiana Humanities Announces Grant Recipients

Kokomo Tribune

Library workers to get raises

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Can bans boost literacy?

Noblesville Times

Library celebrates teen read week with author visit, fundraiser

Northwest Indiana Times

Hammond library branches to close Nov. 1

Northwest Indiana Times

Hamond Library Board considers closing two branches

Northwest Indiana Times

Altrusa donates towards Lake County Public Library Story Times

Northwest Indiana Times

October National Reading Group Month

Indianapolis Star

Nytes will lead library

Richmond Palladium-Item

Walk through district's past

Richmond Palladium-Item

Crossword tournament helps literacy organization


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Indiana Humanities Announces Authors Visits, New Grants

Indiana HumanitiesSeveral Indiana public libraries will host an event with an author that was either winner or finalist in the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award program of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation. Upcoming events include:

Sept. 30--Village at Arborwood, Granger: Colleen Coble (2:30 p.m.)
Sept. 30--Mishawaka-Penn-Harris PL, Granger: Colleen Coble (7 p.m.)
Oct. 2--Bartholomew County PL, Columbus: Andrew Levy (6 p.m.)
Oct. 17--Tipton County Public Library, Tipton: Greg Schwipps (6:30 p.m.)
Oct. 19--Johnson County PL, Franklin: Ray E. Boomhower (7 p.m.)

All of these authors have books available via Novel Conversations, the Humanities free lending library.

Public Libraries Invited to Apply for Civil War Grants

Indiana Humanities invites public libraries to apply for a reading and discussion program on The Civil War and Emancipation, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association.  Indiana Humanities will provide a grant of $1,500 to each of four libraries to conduct the five-program series. For more information, contact Nancy Conner at 800.675.8897, ext. 128.

Legal History Grants Support Research, Educational Projects

Indiana Humanities has again partnered with the Indiana Supreme Court to offer Indiana Legal History Grants. These grants support research, documentation and educational projects related to Indiana's legal history. Indiana Legal History Grants support research, documentation and educational projects related to Indiana's legal history. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and local government agencies may apply for grants of up to $2,000. Eligible projects include research on court documents, written and oral histories of Indiana's courthouses, cases brought before the courts and histories of individuals and families involved with Indiana's legal system. Proposals for educational print materials are encouraged. These could include walking tour brochures, guides to courthouses and curriculum units designed for K-12 classes. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2011.

Check out these grants & more on the Indiana Humanities Grants Webpage.

Celebrate Family History Month at the State Library in October

Indiana Genealogy & Local History FairGenealogists, history buffs, and anyone interested in learning more about their Hoosier heritage are invited to attend one of many Family History Month programs at the Indiana State Library, including the third-annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair on Saturday, October 22, 2011.  Three programs are scheduled throughout the day that are each worth one LEU for librarians in attendance.  They include:

  • What’s New with Family Search: Deborah Engleking – Assistant Director of the Indianapolis Indiana Stake Family History Center

  • A Dozen Ways to Jump Start Your Family History Project: Loretto Dennis Szucs – nationally-known author and editor and Vice-President of Community Relations for

  • Hidden Sources: Loretto Dennis Szucs

This free all-day event will feature also feature a “midway” for attendees to collect information from genealogical societies, local history organizations, and Indiana libraries, and shop commercial vendors.

ILF Annual ConferenceHave you registered for the ILF Annual Conference, presented in association with the Indiana State Library? Early bird registration ends this Friday, September 30... Learn more

LSTA Survey Open through Friday

The deadline to complete the LSTA evaluation survey online survey has been extended through Friday. Thanks to the hundreds of Indiana library professionals who have already taken time to complete the survey. Your comments and ideas will help shape the next Five-Year Plan and how LSTA funds are spent in the future.

Visit the LSTA Supports Indiana Libraries webpage to learn about the LSTA-funded statewide services and sub-grants offered by the State Library.

Conferences & Workshops

Every Child Ready to Read 2nd Edition Workshops
September 29 - Mooresville Public Library

October 23 - Evansville-Vanderburgh Co. Public Library

ILF Legislative Forum
When: October 4 (All Day)
Where: Oak Hill Mansion - Carmel

Society of Indiana Archivists Fall Workshop
When: October 7 (All Day)
DePauw University Archives, Greencastle

Advanced INSPIRE Genealogy & Local History
When: October 13 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Online

Ind. Black Librarians Network 10th Anniversary Conference
When: October 14 & 15
Where: Purdue University Black Cultural Center - West Lafayette

Midwest ContentDM Users Group
When: October 14 & 15
Where: Ball State University

SW Indiana YA Roundtable
When: Oct. 18 @ 11:00 AM (CST)
Where: Oakland City PL

Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
When: October 22 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

IOLUG Fall Program
When: October 28
Where: Indiana Wesleyan University- Indianapolis North

ILF Annual Conference
When: November 14-16
Where: Fort Wayne

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