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  1. Three Weeks Remain to Submit Big Read Applications

  2. St. Mary-of-the-Woods Awarded NEH/ALA Grant

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Anderson Herald Bulletin

Library volunteers unite in love for books

Associated Press

Library of Congress exhibit to visit Indiana

Evansville Courier & Press

BMV move to online renewals worries social service agencies

Evansville Courier & Press

Captain Comics: 'Boy Commandos' shines; 'Ditko' dull

Evansville Courier & Press

Children's Corner: Caldecott, Newbery contenders emerge

Evansville Courier & Press

Nothing like a real book to hold

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Library treasure-trove

Gary Post-Tribune

Wii rockers jam library

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

Library starting 2011 with new events

Greene County Daily World

Stuckey hopes to bring new ideas to library position

Indianapolis Star

IPS sets sights on teaching via video

Kendallville News-Sun

State commits $50,000 to merger of Noble libraries

Muncie Star Press

Muncie Public Library offering eight computer classes this month

Muncie Star Press

Therapy dogs: More than man's best friend

Northwest Indiana Times

State to save $200K by ending mailings of paper tax forms

Shelbyville News

Library filling Internet access need

South Bend Tribune

Library of Congress exhibit on way

Terre Haute Tribune Star

A new year’s resolution for genealogy

Washington Times-Herald

How valuable is a library card?


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Three Weeks Remain to Submit Big Read Applications

Big Read Deadline: 02/01/11The Big Read is accepting applications until February 1st from libraries seeking funding to conduct month-long, community-wide reads between September 2011 and June 2012. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Organizations selected will receive a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, access to online training resources, educational and promotional materials, inclusion of your organization and activities on The Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national program. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected by a panel of experts.

To review the Guidelines & Application Instructions, visit The Big Read website. For more information, contact Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or

St. Mary-of-the-Woods Awarded NEH/ALA Grant

Rooney Library at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods CollegeCongratulations to the Rooney Library at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College on being selected as 1 of 30 libraries nationwide to receive a $2,5000 grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Grant funding will support five reading, viewing and discussion programs featuring the documentary “Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women” and the companion biography of the same name. The program is part of NEH’s We the People initiative, exploring significant events and themes in our nation’s history and culture and advancing knowledge of the principles that define America.

Louisa May Alcott is recognized around the world for her novel “Little Women,” but Alcott is scarcely known as the bold, compelling woman who secretly wrote sensational thrillers, lived at the center of the Transcendentalist and Abolitionist movements and served as a Civil War army nurse. The film, biography and library programs will re-introduce audiences to Alcott by presenting a story full of fresh insights, startling discoveries about the author and a new understanding of American culture during her lifetime. The 30 selected libraries will present five reading, viewing and discussion programs focused on Alcott, her body of work and her era. Libraries will enlist a lead project scholar with expertise in 19th-century American history or literature to help present and plan programs. For more information, visit

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10:00 AM - Noon
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Advanced Cataloging for Evergreen Indiana
When: Friday, Jan. 14
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: State Library

Advanced Cataloging for Evergreen Indiana
When: Friday, Jan. 14
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Paoli Public Library

Evergreen Indiana Admin/Reports Training
When: Thursday, Jan. 20
10:00 AM - Noon
State Library

Indianapolis Youth Literature Conference
When: Saturday, Jan. 29
8:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Indianapolis-Marion County Public Central Library

ILF Legislative Day
When: February 8, 2011
Where: Indiana State Library

Teen Tech Week
When: March 6-12, 2011

Money Smart Week
When: April 2-9, 2011

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