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The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and 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 to participate in The Big Read 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.
Gale completed the iPhone app trifecta with its recent addition of AccessMyLibrary College Edition to its suite that already includes similar applications for school and public libraries. The new app will enable students of registered academic institutions (of which all Indiana-based schools are eligible via INSPIRE) to free, unlimited access to a college's complete offering of Gale online resources, even when not on campus. The College Edition application is simple to use, requiring only a one-time log-in using their library’s password. This app can be downloaded for FREE in the iTunes store and Android market.
While not quite yet available for the College Edition, Gale also released the AccessMyLibrary Public Edition mobile app for Android. The Public Edition uses GPS to find public libraries within a 10-mile radius of the user's location, then gives them free, unlimited access to your library's online Gale resources - without the need to authenticate.
Gale's Power to the User service provides all types of AccessMyLibrary promotional materials to assist your library in boosting database usage and promoting this convenient service.
Children's/Young Adult: Crossing Stones by Helen Frost (Fort Wayne). Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, NY
Fiction: Love finds you in Liberty Indiana by Melanie Dobson (Colorado Springs, CO). Summerside Press, Bloomington, MN
Nonfiction: I Love You, Miss Huddleston by Phillip Gulley (Danville). Harper Collins Publishing, New York, NY
Poetry: Black Leapt In by Chris Forhan (Indianapolis). Barrow Street, New York, NY
Each category's winning title and author will be engraved on a plaque in the Indiana Authors Room. One copy of each finalist entry will remain housed in the Authors Room indefinitely. Three copies of all 2010 Best Books entries have been added to the State Library's collection. Two copies of each entry will circulate. Indiana citizens can borrow any Best Books of Indiana title at the State Library or request a copy via interlibrary loan at their local public library.
The Indiana Center for the Books administers the Best Books of Indiana contest annually and accepts entries from Hoosier authors or books that have an Indiana theme or setting. The competition accepts books published between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year and consists of four categories - children's/young adult, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A complete listing of this year's finalists and judges' comments, as well as past years' winners and finalists, as well as the 2011 contest application and guidelines, may be found on the Indiana Center for the Book's website.
Indiana Genealogy Fair Coming Saturday
Genealogists, history buffs, and anyone interested in learning more about their Hoosier heritage is invited to attend the second-annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the State Library.
The Fair is free and open to the public. Attendees will receive a 20% discount (25% for libraries) on purchases from the Ind. Historical Bureau book shop, which will have many new books available just in time for the Fair.
UPCOMING EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
Genealogy & Local History Fair
Kapco Book Repair Workshop
Kapco Book Repair Workshop
Bookkeeping & Annual Report Workshop
Rock the Night 2010 ILF Welcome & New Member Reception
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