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This Week's Facts:

  1. Citizens Commemorate Dr. King by Honoring Legacy through Service
  2. New Year Welcomes Indiana's Fourth Poet Laureate
  3. LG Office Celebrates Hoosier Women Artists with 8th-Annual Contest
  4. Help Raise Cervical Cancer Awareness in January

New Census App Provides
Instant Census Data

The Census Bureau has released a new app for mobile devices called dwellr that instantly compiles and displays data on U.S. cities and towns. It’s designed for people looking for their next place to live. According to a news release late last year.

“Powered by American Community Survey statistics, dwellr can pull up a list of U.S. locations that matches users’ preferences for such variables as city size, geographic region, job type, and income. Users can also learn more about where they are by a simple tap of the screen that reveals educational levels, housing values and commute times.”

Customizable demographic variables include:

  • city size;
  • commute type;
  • housing value;
  • income; occupations;
  • educational attainment; and
  • age, race, marital status & family type

Dwellr is available for download through the Apple app store and Google Play store for Apple iPhone, iPads, Android phones and 10-inch tablets. Privacy protection is built into the app, and all information is stored only on the user’s device.:

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Kim Brown-Harden
Federal Documents Coordinator

Andrea Glenn
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Citizens Commemorate Dr. King by Honoring Legacy through Service

MLK Day of ServiceReverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., twentieth-century America's most compelling and effective civil rights leader, was born on January 15, 1929 in his family home in Atlanta, GA which is now a national historic site. After entering Morehouse College at age fifteen, King followed his father and grandfather into the Baptist ministry. He received a Bachelor of Divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary in 1951 and a Ph.D. from Boston Univ. in 1955.

January 20th marks the day that we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a federal holiday. Legislation was created and finally signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday in memory of Dr. King and his commitment to social change. Many people reflect on his holiday with a chance to honor Dr. King with service to their communities. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service website provides users with ideas on how to serve, why serve, and learning more about Dr. King.  Also learn more about the life of Dr. King at the King Center website. Remember that your act of service will help keep Dr. King’s legacy alive for future generations.  

New Year Welcomes Indiana's Fourth Poet Laureate

Indiana Poet LaureateThe Indiana Arts Commission named George Kalamaras, an English professor at IPFW, as Indiana’s new Poet Laureate last week. Biographical information about Kalamaras is available in a press release from the IAC and Inside Indiana Business which pictures him with his pet beagle. Kalamaras will serve as Indiana Poet Laureate from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015. View some of his poetry here.

Indiana Code (IC 1-2-12) explains the poet laureate’s selection process, terms of service, and his or her duties. Joyce Brinkman was the first official poet laureate. She served from 2005 to 2007, followed by Norbert Krapf from 2008 to 2010 and Karen Kovacik from 2011 to 2013. The Library of Congress online reading room describes the history of the poet laureate program in Indiana, dating back to 1929, and provides a list of 40+ previous unofficial poet laureates for the state.

LG Office Celebrates Hoosier Women Artists with 8th-Annual Contest

Hoosier Women Artist ContestIn a recent press release, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann announced the Hoosier Women Artist Contest will continue in its eighth year. Winners of the Hoosier Women Artist Contest will have their artwork displayed in the Lieutenant Governor’s office for one year.  The contest celebrates a variety of artistic interests including drawings, paintings, and photography. Past entries have included – but are not limited to – portraits, landscapes, animals, buildings, and abstracts.

The 2013 winners were:

Jan Ginther, Rochester Maryann Bodnar Bartman, Merrillville
Gina Mitchell, Osceola Marie Reamer, Indianapolis
Maryellen Cox, Bargersville Addie Hirschten, Indianapolis
Sonya Thomas, West Lafayette Kristen Fennig, Portland     
Suga Matsui, Richmond Katherine Finch, Zionsville
Rebekah Arvin, Indianapolis

Now through February 28, 2014, applications are being accepted along with electronic copies of the artwork which can be submitted on-line through the lieutenant governor’s website, or mailed to 200 West Washington Street, Room 333, and Indianapolis, IN 46204

The winning artwork will be judged and selected by a panel that includes Lt. Governor Ellspermann and professors from the Indiana University Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI.  A State House program and reception will be held for all winners in late March.

Help Raise Cervical Cancer Awareness in January

January is Cervical Health Awareness MonthJanuary is Cervical Health Awareness Month. It is a chance to raise awareness about how women and girls can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. There are approximately 79 million Americans have HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease.   HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer.  It can be prevented with the HPV vaccine. It and cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screenings (Pap tests) and follow-up care. A Pap test can identify (changed) cells early, before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer can be prevented if women get regular Pap tests and follow-up care. has information and tips to help spread the word about cervical health and to encourage women to get regular well-woman visits. Get more information about HPV and cervical cancer from the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.  You, patrons & co-workers can help prevent and fight this cancer with information and awareness.   


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