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In This Issue

  1. Celebrate Family History Month at Genealogy Fair in Indy

  2. Calling All Entries for the 2010 Best Books of Indiana

  3. Fourth Graders Invited to Enter Statehood Day Essay Contest

More Library News:


Ancestry Magazine
Why Isn't It on the Internet?
Ancestry Magazine

The Many Faces of Family History
Associated Press

Anderson Univ. gets children's book donation
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Communication is key to Roanoke Public Library
Evansville Courier & Press

Au named Distinguished Hoosier
Evansville Courier & Press

Central Library celebrates 5th anniversary
Gary Post Tribune

Libraries celebrate freedom to read
Gary Post Tribune

Friends put together semiannual book sale
Greencastle Banner-Graphic

Circulation stays steady at Putnam County Public Library
Indianapolis Star

Once upon a time…
Indiana University

Documenting the Great Depression
Indiana State University

University to mark Banned Books Week
Kokomo Tribune

Downtown library on the move
Lafayette Journal & Courier

Library still growing at site built for that
Logansport Pharos-Tribune

Library moves forward with renovation
North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun

Library schedules something for about everyone
Northwest Indiana

Gary library branch changes its hours
Northwest Indiana

Books to Bridge the Region matches up with literacy effort
Northwest Indiana

Hoosier author creates a genre of Indiana fiction
Richmond Palladium-Item

Painting returns to Centerville
South Bend Tribune

St. Joe County library board adopts 2010 budget
South Bend Tribune

Library event celebrates stories
Vincennes Sun-Commercial

Big Read kickoff salutes Poe 

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Celebrate Family History Month at Genealogy Fair in Indy

Indiana Genealogy & Local History FairGenealogists, history buffs, and anyone interested in learning more about their Hoosier heritage is invited to attend the inaugural Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis. The all-day event will feature programs hosted renowned Indiana history scholars Dr. James Madison of Indiana University, Dr. Nicole Etcheson of Ball State University, and Jeannie R. Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources – Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA). These three programs will each be worth one (1) LEU for librarians in attendance.

The speakers will also be on hand for book signings after each program and will join several more Indiana authors during a special group signing at noon. Fair attendees will receive a 20% discount (25% for libraries) on purchases from the Indiana Historical Bureau book shop. Attendees will also have opportunities to visit the tables in the “midway” to collect information from genealogical societies, local history organizations, and Indiana libraries, and shop commercial vendors.

Additionally, in celebration of Family History Month and American Archives Month this October, the State Library will offer several more family history-related workshops that cover a variety of topics all dedicated to researching family history and exploring Indiana’s cultural heritage. From basic courses like Genealogy for Beginners, to more focused workshops like Using City Directories to Locate Family Members, there are opportunities for both the novice and expert genealogist alike. Also, family orientation tours will be offered on October 6 and October 22. These tours offer insight into the extensive family history resources located at the State Library. 

All programs are free and open to the public and no registration is required. For more information, visit the State Library events webpage.

Calling All Entries for the 2010 Best Books of Indiana

Best Books of Indiana ContestThe Indiana Center for the Book invites Indiana authors and publishers to enter the 2010 Best Books of Indiana Contest. Indiana has a long and illustrious literary heritage and this contest was created to honor this heritage and recognize Hoosier authors. 

The contest is open to books with original publication in 2009 and must have an Indiana theme, or the author must live or have lived in Indiana. Books must have an ISBN and have been originally published between January 1 and December 31, 2009. Entries must be postmarked or delivered in person by Wednesday, March 31, 2010.

Categories for this year's competition include (1) fiction, (2) nonfiction - historical/biographical, (3) nonfiction - creative/instructional, (4) poetry, and (5) children's/young adult.  The entry form, contest guidelines and a complete listing of past Best Books' winners and finalists are available online. Interested persons may also contact the Indiana Center for the Book at or (317) 650-6158.

Fourth Graders Invited to Enter Statehood Day Essay Contest

Indiana Statehood Day Essay ContestThe Indiana State House Tour Office and Indiana State Library are sponsoring the “What Indiana Means to Me” essay competition in conjunction with Indiana Statehood Day, a celebration of Indiana’s 193rd birthday. The ceremony will take place December 11, 2009 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (EST) in the Indiana State House.

The essay competition is for all public, private or home-schooled Hoosier fourth graders. Essays need to range from 100 to 400 words, handwritten or typed, and convey what living in the state of Indiana means to the student. The first-place winner will be invited to read his or her essay at the December 11th ceremony!

Complete contest guidelines and submission details are available online. For further information about the “What Indiana Means to Me” essay contest or the Indiana Statehood Day celebration, call the State House Tour Office at 317-233-9830.

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