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Great Things are Happening in Indiana Libraries

January 2017

Creston Middle School Receives Indiana Humanities Grant
Susie Highley, Creston Middle School Librarian, received a grant through the Indiana Humanities Council to have Indianapolis native Edward Kelsey Moore visit her school. Susie said she had read his book The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat a couple of years ago, and really enjoyed it. Creston Middle School is the only middle school
selected for the program.

Nonprofits interested in bringing an Indiana author to their community or school to speak to a public audience can apply for funds to cover speaking fees as part of Indiana Humanities’ Novel Conversations Speakers Program.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. All author events must be completed by June 30, 2017. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. All author events must be completed by June 30, 2017.

IndyPL Names Head of Center for African-American Literature & Culture
The Indianapolis Public Library has announced the appointment of Nichelle M. Hayes as Specialist to develop and lead the new Center for African-American Literature and Culture at Central Library.

 Hayes began her IndyPL tenure in March 2015 as a system-wide training librarian and for the past year has acted as a business librarian at Central Library. She also has served as a member of the Library’s African-American History Committee.

Funded as part of a $3.1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the Center for African-American Literature and Culture at Central Library will open in October 2017 as a place to study the works of local African-American writers and discover the rich heritage of Black authors from Indiana and beyond. It will feature an initial collection of 10,000 volumes as well as special programming, such as author visits, forums and exhibits, to showcase the African-American experience. The Center also will promote the activities of the African-American History Committee.

“My goal is to combine a robust collection with interactive programming that can be a beacon to people in the community and bring them together,” Hayes stated. “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to add to the Library’s existing offerings and to make this Center the best of its kind in the nation.”

As a focal point for encouraging and supporting continued literary and artistic accomplishment, the Center will celebrate fiction, essays, drama, poetry and other writings as living, dynamic and essential forms of expression that create community.

“Nichelle is a great librarian to grow this experience for our city,” said Library CEO Jackie Nytes. “We are grateful for the support of Lilly Endowment to create an environment where the community can easily find the rich body of Black literature and participate in a dynamic calendar of speakers and creativity.”

The Center for African-American Literature and Culture will be located in the 3,990-square-foot Robert B. Annis West Reading Room at Central Library. Its targeted opening will correspond with the 100th anniversary celebration of Central Library.

February 2017

Innovative ideas from Indiana libraries
A lot of the people visiting the nine locations of the Lake County Public Library System are still reading the print editions of newspapers and magazines, and walking out with borrowed books tucked under their arms, according to Carolyn Strickland, who serves as assistant director of public library services. Read more

Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library to recreate Diagon Alley
Diagon Alley, a wizarding shopping area featured in each of the seven books, will occupy most of the rooms on the first floor of the library from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 21. Participants will be able to visit locations such as Olivanders, where they will acquire a wand. Read more

Preschool science and math program allows children, parents to learn together

A child held a fish puppet as its shadow formed on the wall and swam past the shadow of a gingerbread man. Above them, the butterfly shadows cast by other children flew by.

The activity involved children making their own shadow puppets and playing with them on the wall as part of a weekly preschool science and math program Tuesday at the Monroe County Public Library. Other activities included light-painting with a flashlight, testing the opacity of objects under an overhead projector and matching shapes with their shadows. Read more

Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference
The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is proud to be one of only eight libraries in the country — and the only Indiana library — to host the Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference traveling exhibit.

The word engineer comes from a Latin word meaning “cleverness.” Plenty of clever people have called Kokomo home. Their engineering marvels — the first automobile, pneumatic rubber tire, push-button car radio, all-metal life boats and rafts — truly have made a world of difference in Kokomo and earned us the title of the City of Firsts. Read more


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