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Archived Great Things

April 2019

History programs feature unique stories
An exciting lineup of programs is scheduled for the Franklin County Public Library District's Hooked on History series, which begins this month. Read More

Honda gives library $12,000
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) recently awarded a $12,000 grant to the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library for their 2019 Summer Reading Program. Read More

Library raises $36,751 in one-day fundraiser
Eckhart Public Library joined a coalition of libraries to raise funds Wednesday through the International Library Giving Day campaign, and the local library succeeded well past its goal. Read More

Library hosts 'Talk to a Lawyer' event May 1
In honor of National Law Day, the Wabash Valley Volunteer Attorneys will be conducting a “Talk to a Lawyer Today” program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1 at the Monticello-Union Township Public Library. Read More

KHCPL bookmobile celebrating 60 years of service: Library has two bookmobiles catering to schools and public
Twelve U.S. presidents have served in office during that span, and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling wasn’t even born yet when the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library bookmobile began rolling out its services to the community in 1959. Read More

New Southside Lafayette Library Breaks Ground
The Tippecanoe County Public Library broke ground on its newest location Tuesday. The southside Lafayette branch is now the third neighborhood library a part of TCPL. Read More

Digital Scholarship team gives blind students unique senior portraits
Dressed in their emerald green graduation gowns and mortarboards, the 19 graduating seniors from the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired lined up for their class pictures. Read More

Alexandria library gives out trees for Earth Day
An area library celebrated Earth Day early by handing out two tree saplings to all interested over the weekend. Read More

Art Spaces, Vigo County library announce sculpture inspired by work of Terre Haute native Dreiser
Art Spaces, Inc. and the Vigo County Public Library have announced a new public sculpture inspired by the work of Terre Haute native Theodore Dreiser. Read More

The case for the public humanities
Two weeks ago, Lilly Endowment Inc. gifted a $10.9 million grant through the IU Foundation to support renovations to Lilly Library. Read More

Kristi Palmer named dean of University Library at IUPUI
Kristi Palmer has been named the founding Herbert Simon Family Dean of University Library at IUPUI, subject to formal approval by the IU Board of Trustees. Read More

Oxford puppet touring Indiana libraries
A puppet from the Oxford Public Library has embarked on a trip to hopefully visit all the libraries in Indiana. Oxford Public Library Director Brittany Hays spoke about what led to the puppet’s state-wide travel plans. Read More
Keller Albums still on display at Nappanee library through April 30
Just before the turn of the nineteenth century, John Keller began the task of photographing Nappanee. Read More

Girls have fun with information and technology at KHCPL: Library hosts Girls in ICT Day with robots and virtual reality
They posed for pictures in Paris and Hollywood, made melodies with musical keyboards and computers and navigated through a virtual world. Read More

IU receives $10.9 million grant from Lilly Endowment to renovate world-renowned Lilly Library
Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded the Indiana University Foundation a $10.9 million grant to support renovation of the university's internationally renowned Lilly Library, IU President Michael A. McRobbie has announced. Read More

Union City Public Library awarded grant
The Union City Public Library is pleased to announce that it was awarded one of the twenty-five Indiana Humanities Council’s “Indiana Authors Award” grants for 2018-2019, to participate in the “Novel Conversations Speakers Program.” Read More

Otterbien Public Library receives scanner, holding local history swap meet
The Otterbein Public Library has received a new scanner and laptop by the Indiana Genealogical society. Read More

MCPL Sensory-Friendly Films Mean No ‘Shushing’ Allowed
With the lights up and the volume down, the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) Autism & Sensory-Friendly Movie program flips all expectations of what it means to go to the movies. In this theater, talking and movement are not only allowed, they’re expected. Read More

Bachelor of Science in applied data and information science
IUPUI will offer an undergraduate degree in applied data and information science for students to learn about data curation, management, analysis and dissemination. Read More

Libraries' collaborations knit community closer
Today starts National Libraries Week. And this year's theme is Libraries = Strong Communities. At the Allen County Public Library, we play an important role in the life of our community. Read More

Literacy Center Launches New Partner Program
The Literacy Center has launched a new program to support adults who struggle with literacy. Read More

Inside the World's Only Public Collection of Mechanical Puzzles
Calling all problem-solvers and puzzle masters: A library in Bloomington, Indiana, is home to the world's only public display of mechanical puzzles. Read More

Veedersburg library gets ready for summer reading program
The Veedersburg Public Library is gearing up for summer with its annual summer reading program. Read More

IU Day gift helps Herman B Wells tell his whole story
Indiana University Press was founded by Herman B Wells in 1950. Since that time, the Press has become the largest publisher in the state of Indiana and showcases internationally acclaimed scholarly and popular books. Read More


March 2019

Library to offer 3-D printing, Digital Den for teens, adults
The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library will begin offering 3D printing for patrons. Read More

Author Visits with Brownsburg students
Brownsburg sixth-grade students were treated to an author visit and were recently able to spend time with bestselling writer Rob Buyea who spent two days in their classrooms. Read More

Loogootee Breaks Ground On New Library
The small city of Loogootee broke ground Thursday on a new library that will be three times the current facility’s size. Read More 

Indiana Schools Excel in STEM, Thanks to State Support
The modern classroom looks a lot different today than it did even five or 10 years ago. Read More

Rural America in spotlight at Marshall Library: Traveling Smithsonian exhibit to include local component
A traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit about a century of change in rural America will feature a local component on a health care initiative having an impact halfway around the world.  Read More

PRESERVING PAINTINGS: Library’s Hoosier Art Collection dates back to 1905, valued at nearly $700,000
In addition to housing an extensive book collection, the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library also is the home to an extensive art collection that’s valued at nearly $700,000. Read More

Family Literacy – A Holistic Approach to Lifelong Learning and Student Success
It can be tough to plan programs that engage the whole family. Finding a format that can appeal to both children and adults isn’t easy.  Read More
Jasper County Library gets IPEP safety grant
The Jasper County Public Library had received its 2019 safety grant award, according to Indiana Public Employers’ Plan Inc. officials. Read More

University Library's Pop Shop offers tabletop games
Noting the popularity of the Gen Con event and other gaming, University Library has introduced tabletop games into its collection. Now you can check out games like you would a book from the Pop Shop on the second floor. Read More

TURNING 100: Greentown Library celebrating anniversary with facility makeover: Director says library is the only one like it in the state
When the Greentown Public Library was first established in 1919, it was housed in a small area inside the town hall. Read More

Community Library Offers All Kinds Of "Things"
The Pendleton Community Library had been looking to create a library of things since their reference librarian Chris Bellesis saw the library of tools in Berkeley, California. Read More

Pioneer Grant to Reduce Library Barriers for Domestic Violence Survivors
After years of working in west coast bookstores and developing a specialty in rare books, Shannon Bowman-Sarkisian is now studying to be a librarian at Indiana University and working as an Information Assistant at the Library. Read More

Seed library added at BMPL
The grand opening of The Library of Seeds at Batesville Memorial Public Library was celebrated Jan. 31 with a presentation by Michigan farmer Ben Cohen. Read More

The Library is Sparking Imaginations This Spring and Summer
The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library (HMMPL) is all about sparking the imaginations of not just children but adults these spring and summer seasons. HMMPL is adding more services and programs to its already expansive menu after an incredibly successful 2018, a record-breaking year in fact. Read More

Carmel Clay Public Library is So Much More Than Books
Modern-day libraries are so much more than books, digital files and databases. They are also active community centers that offer an array of services, programs and events for people of all ages. The Carmel Clay Public Library (CCPL) is always looking for ways to connect the library to the Carmel community.  Read More

Mike Lunsford: 'The Big Smoke' lives on in 'The Big Read'
Indiana’s poet laureate, Adrian Matejka, told an enthusiastic audience at the annual “Big Read” kick-off party and keynote at the Vigo County Library 10 days ago that he had boxed a bit when he was younger, but added, “Something about being hit in the face didn’t appeal to me.”  Read More

The Studio provides a maker-space at Greenwood library
Being creative has never been so easy. Inside the Greenwood Public Library, people will be able to create fabric art on a loom, use pastel chalks or craft an architectural masterpiece using Keva wooden planks.   Read More

Library prepares for first Women's Expo
March is Women’s History Month and a taste of spring in the air. Those two things sparked the idea for Monticello-Union Township Adult Services Librarian Candace Wells to give a women’s expo a try in Monticello.   Read More

The Untapped Potential of Public Libraries to Help Close the Justice Gap
There are more than 16,000 public libraries in the United States, offering free public access to computers, the internet, and to trained staff equipped to help library patrons access information. Read More

$1.25 million earmarked for broadband, library, park
One day, youngsters in the farthest, most remote corners of Indiana County will log onto the internet from their own homes and, at the same lightning-fast speeds already enjoyed for years by internet users in Indiana, do their research on state Sen. Don White’s service to the 41st District. Read More


February 2019

Morrison plans Brady Gang, Minneman talk at library
The Monticello-Union Township Public Library will host retired Indiana State Police Trooper, historian and author David Morrison as part of its Geneaology 101 programming series. Read More

Earliest records of fruit fly genetics research donated to Indiana University
As the site of three world-renowned resources on fruit fly genetics, Indiana University Bloomington has been called the "mecca" of fruit fly genetics. Read More 

Longtime WWPL Children’s Services manager to retire
Longtime Westfield Washington Public Library Children’s Services Manager Vicki Parker will retire after 35 years with the library. Read More

University Library to launch Books on Demand
Just like you would your own Spotify playlist, you will soon be able to contribute to building the book collection at University Library for yourself and the IUPUI community. Read More

Unusual Indianapolis museum will house $6+ million of treasures from 'Fahrenheit 451' author
Marrying science fiction, space exploration, intellectual freedom and the human heart is no simple feat. But 30,000 pounds of letters, photos, manuscripts, books and paraphernalia at the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies offer insight into how the "Fahrenheit 451" author accomplished it. Read More

Library offers sensory friendly films
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 16 percent of American children are on the autism spectrum. As these numbers continue to grow, many businesses and organizations are working to find ways to create safe and accepting environments for children and their families. One idea the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library is sponsoring is sensory friendly films. Read More

Dramatic Valentine's Day reading to bring love letters to life at IU's Lilly Library
A few of the several thousand letters held in the collections of Indiana University's Lilly Library will come to life this Valentine's Day at an event hosted in partnership with IU's Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance. Read More

Spacious new Sugar Creek library now open
For Jeanette Sherfield, the new building is both library and lighthouse. Sherfield, the manager of the Sugar Creek Branch of the Hancock County Public Library, noted the way the new 15,000-square-foot facility shines like a beacon, built the way it is to take advantage of natural light, and with lots of lights illuminating the shelves of books, magazines, public computers and seating spaces.  Read More

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills
ALA and Grow with Google launched a national tour of public libraries this week as part of a new partnership to expand resources and services promoting economic opportunity in cities and towns across the country. Read More

American Library Association Announces Caldecott And Newbery Medal Winners
At its annual conference in Seattle, the American Library Association gave out its prizes for children's and young adult literature. Its awards include the prestigious Caldecott and Newbery medals. Read More

January 2019

Greenwood library drops late fees
Greenwood book lovers who have stayed away from the library because of fear of late fees now have a reprieve.
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In Fishers, the public library has a free space for artists decked with an A/V studio
The college art project required a big measuring board, glue gun and good lighting.
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Aurora Public Library District To Host Smithsonian Exhibit In Dillsboro
The Aurora Public Library District has been selected by Indiana Humanities to host a Smithsonian-curated traveling exhibit called “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” as part of the Museum on Main Street program, which brings exhibitions and programs to rural communities.
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Library Raises $127,000 For New Facility
In August the Loogootee public library was full of chairs. The multi-colored seats were scattered throughout the building to help raise funds.
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Kokomo-Howard County Public Library to Host Space Exhibit
The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is hosting the second international tour of Discover Space: A Cosmic Journey, from January 14 through March 29. The Kokomo Tribune reports that KHCPL is one of nine libraries in the nation to be selected to facilitate the event.
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Merida returns as New Albany-Floyd County Library director
Melissa Merida's car was packed. She was heading north on Interstate 65, ready to begin a new journey.
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