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In This Issue

  1. Nominations Sought for Indiana Authors Award

  2. Application Deadline Approaches for LSTA Grants

  3. February is Library Lovers' Month

More Library News

Anderson Herald Bulletin

Library begins winter program

Auburn Evening Star

Letter: Volunteers make Eckhart Public Library a success

Elkhart Truth

Goshen Public Lib board OKs ID system

Elkhart Truth

Digital initiatives make Elkhart Public Library more 'e-ccessible'

Fort Wayne Daily News

What is the future for paper books?

Huntington County TAB

Andrews library seeking volunteers to help with expansion project

Indiana Daily Student

Monroe County Public Library Bookmobile to be unveiled Friday

Indiana’s NewsCenter–TV (Ft. Wayne)

Huntington Library Debate May Change Budgets Across The State

Indianapolis Star

New library honors the chapters of Vonnegut's life

Indianapolis Star

Johnson County hires architect to explore library options

Indianapolis Star

The world is coming to Zionsville library

Indianapolis Star

Carmel Library Now Offering Downloadable eBooks

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Roadshow to display WL memories

Logansport Pharos-Tribune

Personal remembrances

Muncie Star Press

Book 'em, Judy

Northwest Indiana Times

Library celebrates love with sheet music

Northwest Indiana Times

Raising a book baby

Perry County News

Library merger committee pushes ahead

Seymour Tribune

Chess Club draws dedicated players

Shelbyville News

Read a story, learn history

South Bend Tribune

St. Joe Co. library: No more cuts, for now

South Bend Tribune

19th Science Alive! in South Bend

South Bend Tribune

Love of reading shared at Prairie Vista session

Warsaw Times-Union

Children's Author Day Planned At WCPL


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Nominations Sought for Indiana Authors Award

Indiana Authors AwardThe Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation is now accepting nominations for the second-annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award through March 25, 2011. This award seeks to recognize the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation, and is funded by The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Any living published writer who was born in Indiana or has lived in Indiana for at least five years is eligible for nomination. A statewide panel will select a national, regional, and emerging author from nominations sent in by the public. Winning authors will each receive a cash prize ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 and will be able to designate their hometown Indiana public library as the recipient of an additional $2,500 grant.

On October 29, 2011, the Library Foundation will honor the 2011 winners at an Awards Dinner at the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis.  More information about this event, the nomination process, and other program activities and resources is available at

Best Books of Indiana Entries Due March 31, 2011

The Indiana Center for the Book will be accepting entries for the Best Books of Indiana Contest through March 31, 2011. Unlike the Authors Award, which honors a writer's body of work, the Best Books competition recognizes the top books written in the previous year by a Hoosier author or about

Application Deadline Approaches for LSTA Grants

2011 LSTA Grant OpportunitiesApplications for LSTA Technology and Digitization grants are due on Friday, February 11.  The 2011 LSTA sub-grants for Indiana libraries and historical organizations include:

Technology Grants
Tech Grants help Indiana libraries provide their users with the new and improved technology necessary to meet their residents’ ever-changing needs for library services and access to information. Visit the Technology Grants webpage to learn more.

Digitization Grant
The  theme for the 2011 Digitization Grant Program is "Indiana and the Civil War: The Soldier’s Experience." While adherence to the theme is not required, projects incorporating this theme are especially encouraged. 

Ongoing Grant Opportunities
Ongoing grants have rolling deadlines and are not due February 11. This includes Innovative Library Technology Grants and Information Access for the Unserved Grants. Learn more on the open deadline LSTA grant opportunities webpage.

If you have questions about your eligibility, a grant application requirement, or anything else concerning the 2011 LSTA grant opportunities, please don't hesitate to contact the Library Development Office at or (317) 232-3697, or visit the LSTA homepage.

February is Library Lovers' Month

Library Lovers' MonthLibrary Lovers' Month is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation's libraries will continue to serve.

Learn ways to host Library Lovers' Month events at your library online or check out this letter from Kathy Stutzman of the Warsaw Community Public Library.

Indiana Library Jobs

View job postings from around the state via Jobs in Indiana Libraries on WebJunction Indiana


State Library
Job Opening

The Indiana State Library is looking for an individual to fulfill a dual role coordinating efforts for both the Evergreen Indiana Integrated Library System and INSPIRE – Indiana’s Virtual Library.  Click here for job details and application instructions.



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

Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale
When: February 10, 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM (Live Online)
When: February 24, 2:00 PM - 4:15 PM (Live Online)
When: March 29, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Indiana State Library)

Library Reading Incentive Programs for Summer and Beyond
When: February 15 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Live Online

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

Summer Reading Workshops
When: 9:00 AM - Noon
Where: Multiple Locations
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

Teen Tech Week
When: March 6-12

Money Smart Week
When: April 2-9

View free LEU opportunities from LYRASIS & WJ-IN


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