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Great Things are Happening in Indiana Libraries

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August 2020

Butler Team Preserves, Improves Access to Artifacts through 3D Digital Replicas
Butler University is home to more than 100 artifacts and fine art pieces,including several three-dimensional works such as sculptures, jewelry, and clothing
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Regionally Speaking: Radio Broadcast
Listen as Lake County Public Library director Ingrid Norris and Crown Point Community Library director Julie Wendorf talk about the latest measures, in how libraries are doing in dealing with so many service changes because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

Parking Lot WI-FI, Quarantined Books: How Libraries are Operating in the Pandemic
Indiana libraries have had to make changes to stay open in the pandemic.
Libraries were in the first wave of establishments allowed to reopen in May after a six-week lockdown. Indiana Library Federation executive director Lucinda Nord says libraries were requiring masks even before a statewide order. Read More

Two IU Bloomington Programs Rank Second In Academic Ranking Of World Universities
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he O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Information and Library Science at Indiana University Bloomington are second in their academic subjects in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Read More

Eckhart Public Library celebrating four-year partnership
The Eckhart Public Library on Saturday will celebrate the four-year anniversary of the library's launch with the Evergreen Indiana Consortium, made up of more than 125 other Indiana public libraries, school libraries and more. Read More

Indiana Library Federation - Coping with Covid. Guest - Lucinda Nord.
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Resources for E-learning Students and Don’t Forget to Thank Your Library
Now that the Zionsville Community Schools has released its 2020–21 school plan, there are many parents and students out there wondering what kind of resources are available to the percentage of the student body that has opted to learn from home and participate in remote learning this school year. Read More

When library doors closed, staff virtually went to work
Bartholomew County Public Library officials closed their doors in mid-March to protect the staff and patrons against an invisible public health threat. Read More

July 2020

Valpo's learning plaza more than a place to read
A unique learning garden at the Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library will feature colorful and whimsical features to attract visitors to relax, meditate or read.  Read More

New Castle Library adds tools, museum passes to offerings for checkout
The New Castle-Henry County Public Library is rolling out a new collection for patrons to borrow.  Read More

Book giveaway combats summer learning loss, helps kids talk about Black Lives Matter
When Ashley Thomas set out to buy books with diverse characters and themes around racial justice — books that might help kids understand the time they’re living through — she struggled.  Read More


LaPorte County Manufacturing Skills Program Gets Extension
An initiative in northwest Indiana has received a funding extension as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Tony Stewart Foundation establishes a blessing box of food at library
Amid job loss and area residents’ struggle with basic needs such as food during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tony Stewart Foundation is becoming a driving force to help.  Read More 

Six Noble libraries to distribute KidCity backpacks Aug. 1
On Aug. 1, KidCity will be going to neighborhoods in Noble County instead of inviting kids into neighborhoods at the Noble County Fairgrounds in Kendallville. Read More

Foellinger Foundation Awards $1M Grant to Library Program
The Allen County Public Library Foundation has received a $1 million grant from the Fort Wayne-based Foellinger Foundation to support a summer learning program for youth. Read More

New Indy Library Branch Set to Open
The new Martindale-Brightwood Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library will open its doors to the public on Saturday. The library says the $5.9 million project on the city’s east side was part of a series of capital improvements identified in its strategic plan.  Read More

Library plans book giveaway day
Elkhart Public Library has partnered with Elkhart Noon Rotary Club, Read United, Friends of the Elkhart Public Library and Elkhart Community Schools for a morning of book giveaways to families in need this summer. Read More

Library launches delivery service for homebound patrons
When Linda Kraft heard that the Hancock County Public Library was offering home delivery services, she jumped at the chance to get on the list. Read More

Hamilton East Public Library and its Ignite Studio Receives Power of Libraries Award
Hamilton East Public Library’s (HEPL) Ignite Studio has been awarded the SirsiDynix 2020 Power of Libraries Award for its work in supporting and uplifting the communities in its service area of Fishers and Noblesville, Indiana. Read More

KHCPL helps find family members of WWII soldier for woman who tends his grave
In the Netherlands, Vera Kastelic makes sure two Kokomo soldiers killed in 1944 during World War II and buried far from home aren’t forgotten. Read More  

Visit These Creative Libraries That Use Animal Crossing for Fun Virtual Services!
If there’s one thing Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers players, it’s a chance to socialize with friends, both new and old, in a virtual setting, which makes it perfect for our current socially distanced reality. Read More

June 2020

Anderson Public Library Partners with School to Provide Meals
Anderson Public Library has partnered with Anderson Community Schools (ACS) to host their Summer Break Meal Program. Summer meals are provided free to any child age 18 and under. Children do not have to attend ACS and are not required to be present when caregivers pick up meals. During the first week at the library, they connected with 143 families and provided 715 meals.
 
Meal distribution runs each Monday and Wednesday from 11:00am – 1:00pm through July 22. Meal service is provided through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program via Anderson Community Schools Food Service Department.

'See what South Bend knows' - St. Joe Co. Public Library releases new educational website
The St. Joseph County Public Library has released a new educational website called "Bendable," combining national and local resources for learning. Read More


La Porte County Youth “Do Good” For Food Bank Of Northern Indiana
The La Porte County Public Library recently challenged community youth to “do good” and read or listen to reading a total of 250,000 minutes during the month of May. If they met this goal, the Friends of the La Porte County Public Library would donate $1,000 to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. Read More

National Endowment for the Arts Awards Vigo County Public Library $15,000 "Big Read" Grant
Today, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced funding for 84 organizations to lead NEA Big Read projects between September 2020 and June 2021, providing a range of activities—in person or virtually—around a book selected from the NEA Big Read library. Read More

The Middlebury Community Public Library partnered with the Red Cross and Northridge High School to hold a blood drive on Friday, June 12.

Vigo County Public Library started their Summer Reading Program with a Drive-in Movie showing of Little Women. There were 110 cars with an estimated 275 in attendance.

North Madison Public Library partners with local dentist to make 3D masks
The North Madison Public Library has partnered with a local dentist to make personal 3D masks.  A local dentist knew the library had a 3D printer from seeing it at a local health fair last year.  He approached library director, Jamie Scott about printing the Bellus 3D's Face Mask Covers. The 3D files are made by facial recognition software; therefore, each one is made to fit the person's face! The library has partnered with the local dentist to make 50 per week for his office.

East side Indianapolis neighborhood about to celebrate milestone
Saturday, June 20, is a milestone day in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood on the Indianapolis east side. Read More

Association of Indiana School Library Educators receives AASL Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards
The Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE) has been named one of four recipients of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards.  Read More


Read Evansville brings together community organizations to provide books for students
In an effort to distribute books to local families, Read Evansville has joined forces with Feed Evansville for a community-wide project. Read More


Library hosting reading activities
The Charlestown-Clark County Public Library System has announced that the Summer Reading Program is still happening. Registration begins June 1, using the library’s new Beanstack App or by picking up a reading sheet at any branch libraries. Read More

IU Libraries' virtual reference tools aid student, faculty research
Indiana University Bloomington faculty and students have faced significant changes to teaching and learning while staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, but their need for assistance with research has remained. Read More

IndyPL’s Nichelle M. Hayes Receives Prestigious CDL Achievement Award
The leader of The Indianapolis Public Library’s Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) at Central Library, Nichelle M. Hayes, has been honored with the Achievement in Arts & Entertainment Award by the Indianapolis Center for Leadership Development (CDL), presented during the CDL’s 40th annual Minority Achievers Awards and Scholarship Gala held virtually on May 7, 2020, and streamed live on Facebook. Read More


May 2020

N. Webster Library Director Recognized For 30 Years

The Board of Trustees and staff of the North Webster Community Public Library recently recognized Library Director Helen Leinbach Frank for 30 years of service. Read More

The hidden gem of history in Grant County: Taylor research team helps create history exhibit 
Research when combined with passion and proximity has power. Professor of Anthropology Robert Priest of Taylor University and Associate Professor of Social Work Kersten Priest of Indiana Wesleyan University’s research culminated in the opening of a museum exhibit, currently being shown at the Marion Public Library’s department of Indiana History and Genealogy. Read More

‘Spinning Silver,’ a retelling of ‘Rumpelstiltskin,’ to be featured Big Read book
Purdue University’s Department of English is partnering with West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County public libraries to bring Naomi Novik’s “Spinning Silver” to local readers. Read More

Perry Meridian Schools Offer Curbside Lending throughout Summer
Perry  Meridan Schools , located on the southside of Indianapolis, have created a Free to Read R & R  (Remote Reading) project . This project  includes borrowing books for the summer and encouraging students to  pass them along , hosting a "Curbside Library & Book Exchange", and hosting a  website  of virtual asynchronous engagement. Read More

Northwest Bank donates Church Street building to Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library
The Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library is being given room to grow as Northwest Bank (formerly  MutualBank ) announced it is donating its real estate and existing building at 121 S. Church Street in Mishawaka to the library. Read More

Preparation Pays Off: IU Libraries Offer Expanded Access  To Hathi-Trust Digital Library
It was hard to imagine a world without access to physical books. But then the COVID-19 outbreak became a pandemic, forcing libraries to temporarily close their buildings. Read More

March 2020

Floyd County Library event teaches kids about African American inventors
The Floyd County Library was a hub of creativity Friday as local kids engaged in interactive activities and learned about important figures in African American history. Read More

Valpo library gets $500,000 grant for garden plaza project
A library is a place for minds to flourish and grow, so it is only fitting the Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library System is creating a Garden Plaza to encourage great thoughts to soar. Read More

Public library branches out to Batchelor property
The Monroe County Public Library future southwest branch will be located on Batchelor Middle School property, a school in the Monroe County Community School Corp. Read More

Library offers STEM challenges
Third- through seventh-graders can improve their science, technology, engineering, and/or math skills by participating in Digital Divers at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Main Branch, 220 N. Union St. Read More

Handmade books petting zoo showcased in Wells Library
IU Libraries displayed a variety of handcrafted books 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hazelbaker Lecture Hall in Herman B Wells Library. Read More

Organizations part of statewide read
The Jasper Public Library will work with Jasper Community Arts and The Dubois County Museum to present a special “book club” discussion of this year’s Indiana Humanities One State/One Story, book discussion. Read More

Community playing unlimited pinball to help raise money for dementia awareness
Pinball enthusiasts are having unlimited fun for just $20 at Book & Brews South Indy. Read More

Vigo library presents the 2020 NEA Big Read
Every aspect of daily life is important in Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Our Town," the Vigo County Public Library’s selection for the 2020 NEA Big Read.
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February 2020


21st Century Tech to Preserve 12th Century Knowledge
A consortium of universities, including Indiana University Bloomington and Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, has received a more than $280,000 grant to digitize and catalog a series of manuscripts dating back to Medieval times. Read More 

Discovering a 'foreign language'
Thirteen-year-old Maggie Blande has recently taken a liking to U.S. history, in particular, founding father Alexander Hamilton. Read More

Leising Meets With Library Reps
State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg, center) meets with Greensburg-Decatur County Library’s board member Ashley Hungate (left) and library Director Vanessa Martin at the Statehouse. Read More

End of the fine? Cass library joins growing trend
At the beginning of February, the Cass District Library turned the page on a longtime policy and embraced a growing trend among public libraries. Read More

County museum, Wabash library launch program
The Wabash County Museum has been awarded a Community Read grant of $750 from Indiana Humanities to participate in a statewide read of Jean Thompson's "The Year We Left Home." Read More

Museum satellite exhibit on display at local libraries
The Dubois County Museum has launched a satellite exhibit program which began with the opening of the “Roaring Twenties” exhibit at the Ferdinand Branch Library. Read More

Statewide read includes Eckhart Public Library
More than 30 Indiana communities, including Auburn will host events this year as part of a statewide read powered by Indiana Humanities. Read More

Indianapolis Public Library's digital collection celebrates and preserves Indy's Black history
Clear back to the city's origin in 1821, black people have made their mark in the Indianapolis history books. Read More

Greenwood library ditching Dewey Decimal System
Unless you know sports book are listed at 796 in the Dewey Decimal System, and cookbooks are somewhere in the 641 range, you might get lost in the non-fiction section of your local library. Read More

Southern Indiana welcomes visitors from Belarus

Knowledge of Belarus may not be in abundance in Southern Indiana. Read More

New web-based encyclopedia to feature 200 years of Indianapolis history
Information on the development of Indianapolis over the two centuries since its founding will be freely accessible in an updated, digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, currently under development and scheduled for launching in December 2020. Read More

Library launching program to make Kokomo dementia-friendly: Staff will train businesses, offer virtual tours to build empathy for those with disease
The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is spearheading an effort that will lead to the city becoming only the fourth community in the state to be certified as dementia-friendly in a move officials say will improve the lives of those living with the disease, as well as their caregivers. Read More

Crown Point library unveils new play area
Shopping carts, cash registers and boxes of food aren't typically found in a library. Read More

New Castle library ranked in Top 10 for Indiana circulation
If sharing truly is caring, the New Castle-Henry County Public Library is one of the most caring libraries in Indiana. Read More 

Library looks ahead to new website
With new leadership now heading the Putnam County Public Library, its board of trustees marked a fresh start for 2020 last Thursday evening. Read More

Grant aids project by IU, other institutions to digitize medieval manuscripts
Indiana University Bloomington and a consortium of higher-learning institutions have received a three-year grant for The Peripheral Manuscripts Project: Digitizing Medieval Manuscript Collections in the Midwest, which will create a digital repository and catalog of medieval manuscripts across Midwestern collections. Read More

Cheryl Dobbs: New year, new library
If you grew up in the 60’s or 70’s like I did, you may be a little disappointed that we don’t yet have flying cars or food replicators. Read More

Events will highlight novel about Midwest life
The Ripley County Reads Community Partners — Batesville Memorial Public Library, Osgood Public Library, Tyson Library and the Ripley County Tourism Bureau — are once again joining forces to host community reading events in 2020. Read More

Library's main floor being transformed during remodeling
There is more activity than normal at the Anderson Public Library with construction crews working on the remodeling project. Read More

Story time with dogs and kids
“This is a school day for my children,” said Tim Pollard of Dyer, as he watched his son Zachary Pollard, 6, read to a large dog named Holly. Read More

Lilly Library announces $500,000 mural project, thanks to Lilly Endowment Inc.
Following a recently announced $10.9 million grant to support necessary core renovations at Indiana University’s world-class rare books library, Lilly Endowment Inc. will now provide an additional $500,000 to fund the commission of an inspirational and iconic cycle of murals. Read More

GCMTPL Awarded LSTA Grant
The Gas City- Mill Township Public Library was recently awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Read More

Bremen Public Library continues tradition of dedicating books kids in the community
A nearly 50-year tradition at a local library is still going strong today, with no signs of stopping. Read More

Porter County Library system receives $1.2 million gift
The Porter County Public Library System (PCPLS) has received a gift of $1.2 million from the Marjorie A. Mills Loving Trust. Read More

Indianapolis Student-Teacher Team Chosen to Study World War II in Hawaii
Henley Lynch, a student at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and her teacher librarian, Ms. Helene Achgill, make up one of only 16 student-teacher teams from across the United States selected to participate in the second annual Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute. Read More

January 2020

Monroe County Public Library Celebrates Bicentennial with Fine-Free Initiative
At their meeting on Wednesday, January 15, the Monroe County Public Library Board of Directors approved a policy to eliminate overdue fines, effective March 1. Read More

#DiverseReading2020 issued at the Frankfort Community Public Library 
The Frankfort Community Public Library is inviting patrons to broaden horizons by reading stories about diverse characters and places with a new Reading Challenge. Read More

Area library gains 3D printer for residents' use
The West Lebanon-Pike Township Public Library has a new addition along side its book and computers for visitors to use. Read More

Pendleton library hosts film screening in honor of Kor
The Pendleton Community Library has been selected as one of the many Indiana libraries participating in the commemoration and celebration of the life of Eva Kor, by hosting a screening of the film “Eva: A-7063.” Read More


Local organizations awarded funds to host ‘The Year We Left Home’ community read
The Ripley County Reads Community Partners are once again joining forces to host community reading events in 2020.  The partnership consists of the Batesville Memorial Public Library, Osgood Public Library, Tyson Library, and the Ripley County Tourism Bureau. Read More

Polis Center at IUPUI collaborating on new web-based 'Encyclopedia of Indianapolis'
Information on the development of Indianapolis over the two centuries since its founding will be freely accessible in an updated, digital "Encyclopedia of Indianapolis," currently under development and scheduled for a launch date in December. Read More

Huntingburg Library hosting Eva Education Day
The Huntingburg Public Library is hosting a special event in honor of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Read More

Library transitioning to reusable bags
Vigo County Public Library will transition to reusable bags in an effort to reduce waste in the community. Read More

Activities Across the State to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

On Jan. 16, 1920, the Indiana General Assembly ratified the 19th Amendment. In August of that year, the U.S. Congress finally approved it—nearly 70 years after the first women’s rights convention in Indiana. Read More

Library project focuses on community outreach: At the Jasper-Dubois County Public Library, the staff is all about making connections.
That emphasis led staff members to develop the Community Engagement Project, an ongoing community outreach effort that partners the library with community organizations to help meet the organizations’ needs. Read More

City Limits Spotlight: MCPL Friends Of The Library Bookstore
A listener suggested the Friends of the Library Bookstore on the first floor of the Monroe County Public Library should have been included in a City Limits story aired and published in December.  Read More

Kokomo middle school gets facility dog to benefit students
Students at Northwestern Middle School in Kokomo have a new tool to help them with everything from emotional distress to reading literacy. Read More

‘Human Library’ Celebrates Diversity
What is a Human Library? Like all libraries, this one is filled with books. The difference in this library is that all of the books are humans with lived experiences and compelling stories. At a Human Library event, books and readers come together at a specific time and place to engage in dialogue. Read More

IU Reveals New Strategic Plan to Guide Care, Preservation, Use of More than 220 Collections

Indiana University has revealed its first University Collections Strategic Plan to guide the care, preservation, and use of more than 220 collections of material objects entrusted to IU, such as those in the Lilly Library of Rare Books, the Eskenazi Museum of Art and the Kinsey Institute. Read More

Hoosier writers to speak around the state and offer writing workshops as part of Indiana Authors Awards programs
Forty organizations will host Indiana authors during 2020 as part of a statewide speakers bureau and writing workshop program offered through the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards. Read More

Grant to help with mobile makerspace: County librarians will soon be able to bring the library to you.
The Jasper Public Library recently received a $120,000 Ready Communities Implementation grant from Regional Opportunity Initiatives to bring a mobile makerspace to the county. Read More

Carmel Clay Library Prepares for $40M Renovation
The Carmel Clay Public Library is getting ready for a major renovation project. Read More

Knox County Public Library: You’re Missing It! Get Connected
Our digital world is awesome. Last week I was able use the technology awarded to the Knox County Public Library through the library’s new initiative entitled, “Eyes of the Wabash.” Read More

Wakarusa library to host statewide 'Community Read'
Wakarusa Public Library has been awarded a Community Read grant of $750 from Indiana Humanities to participate in a statewide read of Jean Thompson’s “The Year We Left Home.” Read More

Winter is subject for ‘Walk and Read’
It’s official…winter is here. Love it or hate it, it comes every year (hey, that rhymes!).
“Winter is Here” by Kevin Henkes depicts what winter looks and feels like, and things people do in the winter. Read More

DePauw Library to Undergo $30M Renovation
DePauw University's Roy O. West Library will be undergoing a major transformation. The university the 62-year-old library is slated for a $30 million renovation to begin in March. Read More

Author Gary W. Moore visited Avon High School
Thanks to the Avon Education Foundation, Author Gary W. Moore visited the AHS Library to talk with us about writing and how to get published. He spoke about perseverance and how being optimistic about what you are doing makes a difference. The Avon Education Foundation also donated Mr. Moore's books to the AHS Library and provided three additional books that were given as prizes for those who attended.  






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