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Great Things are Happening in Indiana Libraries

Archived Great Things

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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