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  1. Free Guides Available for Local Reading Programs

  2. OCLC Explores Changes in Library Usage

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Anderson Herald Bulletin

Health writer's plan: No more banned foods

Associated Press

Library e-books easier, but still hassle

Batesville Herald-Tribune

Library concert series to begin

Bourbon News-Mirror

Library program focuses on youngest readers

Evansville Courier & Press

Amy Musia's art comes in many forms

Fort Wayne Daily News

Library merger just the tip of the iceberg

Gary Post-Tribune

Show-and-tell for history

Hendricks County Flyer

Organizers planning Civil War festival

Hendricks County Flyer

Download a book or song ... free and fast

Indianapolis Star

Library supporters turn out to show support for more funding

Indianapolis Star

Tax issue hangs over Franklin lib. project

Indianapolis Star

Architect chosen for new Franklin library branch

Kokomo Perspective

Library books fly off shelves to e-readers

Kokomo Tribune

Proposal suggests retaining students

Lafayette Journal & Courier

White Co. libraries team up for 'One Read

Logansport Pharos-Tribune

Personal remembrances

Muncie Star Press

Bookseller offers cheap reads to literature lovers

Muncie Star Press

Yorktown library teams up with Muncie

Northwest Indiana Times

Meetings didn't make quorum, state rules

Northwest Indiana Times

Hobart library offers patrons free books for blog reviews

Northwest Indiana Times

Crown Point Lib. helps to raise book babies

Shelbyville News

Shelby County Reads is back

South Bend Tribune

Science Alive! countdown

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Books are books — even if they eSmell differently

Vincennes Sun-Commercial

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Free Guides Available for Local Reading Programs

Free Big Read MaterialsThe Big Read, a national “one-book” program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts is offering educational materials that accompany the program’s selected books free of charge to your the Indiana Center for the Book. If your library is interested in receiving materials available for 22 classic titles, contact Drew Griffis

Please send requests by January 31, 2011. The materials will be shipped for arrival in early March 2011. Please note, we cannot guarantee you will receive every item requested. Copies of the books themselves are not included, but many titles are available through the Indiana Humanities Council's Novel Conversations program.

Once you select your titles, these materials are available:

Reader's Guides: 16-page booklets containing an introduction to the book, historical context, and discussion questions.

Audio Guides: 30-minute programs featuring interviews with notable literary and public figures – such as Robert Redford, Colin Powell, Tim O’Brien – about the book for radio and classroom use.

How could these items be used?

  • Libraries (book clubs, displays, summer programs)

  • Schools (classrooms, libraries, after-school programs)

  • Local festivals and community events

  • Military bases, hospitals, or correctional facilities with educational programs

Please keep in mind that these materials are NOT for libraries or organizations currently planning a Big Read program. You will receive these materials directly from The Big Read. Rather, these items are available to any library looking for an inexpensive option to enhance their current reading initiatives, whether it is a community-wide one book program, language arts class, or a small book club.

On a side note, libraries interested in applying for the next round of Big Read grants should do so by February 1, 2011. This round is for programs hosted from September 2011 to June 2012.

OCLC Report Explores Changes in Library Usage

OCLC: Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context & CommunityOCLC recently released Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community, which is now available for print ordering and free download. This follow-up report to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources provides updated information and new insights into information consumers and their online information habits, preferences and perceptions. Particular attention was paid to how the current economic downturn has affected information-seeking behaviors and how those changes are reflected in the use and perception of libraries.

Specifically, the OCLC membership report explores:

  • Technological and economic shifts since 2005
  • Lifestyle changes Americans have made during the recession, including increased use of the library and other online resources
  • How a negative change to employment status impacts use and perceptions of the library 
  • How Americans use online resources and libraries in 2010
  • Perceptions of libraries and information resources based on life stage, from teens to college students, to senior Americans.
The report is based on U.S. data from an online survey  by Harris Interactive conducted on behalf of OCLC. OCLC analyzed and summarized the results in order to produce this report.

Schedule Released for Summer Reading Workshops

Each workshop will last from 9:00 AM - Noon (local time) and is worth three (3) General LEUs.

2/17: Muncie PL
2/23: Brownsburg P
2/24: Bloomfield PL
3/08: Pulaski County PL
3/09: Noble County PL
3/11: Jackson County PL

Registration is limited. Click on the links above to register for your selected date and location.



Microsoft Donation Program: Licensing & Benefits
When: Thursday, Jan. 27
Where: Live Online @ 3:00 PM.

Join TechSoup
When: Friday, Jan. 28
Where: Live Online @ 2:00 PM

Outreach & Programming Roundtable
When: Friday, Jan. 28
10:00 AM - Noon
RSVP by Jan. 24)
Where: New Castle Public Library

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

Deadline for Big Read Grant Applications
When: February 1

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

Programming for Babies
When: February 15 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Lowell Public Library

Library Services for Homeschoolers
When: February 15 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Lowell Public Library

Teen Tech Week
When: March 6-12

Money Smart Week
When: April 2-9

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