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This Week's Facts:

  1. FSSA Tool Connects Parents to Childcare Providers

  2. US Mint Unveils America the Beautiful Quarters

  3. America Celebrates National Park Week in April

  4. Berkeley Lab Provides Online Home Energy Saver Tool

Document of the Month:
Indiana Documentary Journal

This lesser-known treasure is the first document featured in this series.  The Documentary Journal is a compilation of annual/biennial reports of state agencies and was published from 1836 to 1912.  This document is very useful for getting historical information about various state agencies and institutions, such as the trustees of the Wabash and Erie Canal, Sinking Fund Commissioner’s Reports and more.  Historians, genealogists and the curious alike will find something to spark their interest.  Stay tuned for other featured documents throughout the coming year.  


Latest State Docs Checklist Available

Check out the latest State documents received at the State Library!  The state documents checklist for the 1st quarter is on the State Library’s website.  This is a good resource to keep your state documents collection current or if you’re just mildly curious about the collection.  As always, please contact the State Documents Coordinator if you have any questions about this list.  


Friday Facts Editorial Team:

Katharine Springer
State Data Center Coordinator

Elisabeth O’Donnell
Documents Librarian
Kim Brown-Harden
Documents Coordinator

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FSSA Tool Connects Parents to Childcare Providers

The Family and Social Services Administration Bureau of Child CareThe Family and Social Services Administration Bureau of Child Care  provides parents and caregivers the tools and resources to promote child safety, health and future success in school. Newsletters and annual reports show parents, caregivers and other interested parties how the Bureau helps Indiana residents to accomplish this mission.  Parents/guardians and caregivers can obtain child care provider information at the click of a mouse.   Don’t know where to find good daycare?  The childcare locator is a great resource for parents/guardians looking for suitable childcare.  This tool helps parents find daycare providers based on a set of chosen criteria.  For more information, visit the Family and Social Services Administration website.   Being well informed is vital for Indiana children’s safety and well-being.

US Mint Unveils America the Beautiful Quarters

America the Beautiful Quarters programNow that all the statehood quarters have been released, the US Mint has started a new series: the America the Beautiful Quarters program.  This is a 56 quarter set and five coins will be released each year, starting in 2010.  The program is designed to showcase the natural heritage of our country.  Each quarter features a national park or other national site – one from each state and territory.  The first quarters to be released focus on Hot Springs, Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and Mount Hood.  The park to be commemorated in Indiana is George Rogers National Historical Park – this coin will be released in 2017.

America Celebrates National Park Week in April

National Park Week: April 17 -25As the grass gets greener and the air gets warmer, many people have been making more of an effort to spend some time outside.  However, you might be getting a little tired of your neighborhood park.  The solution?  Visit a national park. The week of April 17-25 is National Park Week and to celebrate, admission to all 392 parks around the country is free.  Indiana has three national parks – George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Porter.  If you’re interested in venturing outside the state, check out this locator tool to find parks around the country.  Many of the parks are holding special events in addition to the free admission – these can be anything from volunteer opportunities to special presentations on a wide variety of topics.  Finally, Saturday April 24 is Junior Ranger Day.  Interested students are invited to take part in programs geared specifically to them and can earn their own Junior Ranger badge!

Berkeley Lab Provides Online Home Energy Saver Tool

Berekely LabaratoryIt’s that time of year again when people turn off their heaters and many start running the air conditioning.  Those who are interested in saving some money on energy costs may be interested in the Home Energy Saver tool from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Once you supply your ZIP code, the tool tells you average energy costs for typical homes and for efficient homes in your area.  After entering in information about your home such as the number of stories, the foundation type and number of appliances, the tool will tell you ways that your household can cut back on energy consumption.  Start the summer off right and save some money!

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