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Yesterday, the Indiana Center for the Book received the 2009 Boorstin Center for the Book Award for innovative reading-promotion efforts. National Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole presented the Boorstin Award to Roberta L. Brooker, Indiana State Librarian, and Drew Griffis, Director of the Indiana Center for the Book, at a lunchtime reception during the annual Center for the Book meeting and ideas exchange at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Cole praised the Indiana Center for the Book for its resurrection of the state program that has grown markedly over the past two years.
“The success of the Indiana Center for the Book shows the importance of top-level support for the program,” said Cole. “We are expecting big things from the Indiana Center for the Book in the future.”
The revitalization of the Indiana Center for the Book has been a top priority for Brooker since her appointment as State Librarian in July of 2007. Since then, the Center for the Book has grown its two primary programs, Letters About Literature and The Best Books of Indiana Competition, and added two more statewide programs. The Center has also partnered with local and statewide organizations on many other projects. The Center for the Book is currently developing several major initiatives, such as the Indiana Literary Map, and partnering with national organizations like River of Words to enhance statewide programming.
“Receiving the Boorstin Award is an enormous honor for the Indiana Center for the Book and it’s also a great surprise,” said Griffis. “We are still a year or two away from being one of the top Center’s in the nation, which is why it’s very special to be recognized for building this solid foundation for the future.”
The Boorstin Award includes a $1,000 cash stipend to be used for Indiana Center for the Book projects and initiatives. Funds to support the awards were donated to the Center for the Book by Ruth F. Boorstin, wife of former Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin (1975-1987). Boorstin, who passed away in 2004, established the Center for the Book in 1977.
“The Boorstin Award is the highest award any state Center for the Book can receive,” said Brooker. “We look forward to exceeding the high expectations set by ourselves and others by continuing to offer literary programs that touch Hoosiers of all ages.”
Check out the Indiana Center for the Book's website for more information about participating, promoting, and partnering in Center programs and initiatives
Social studies and art teachers (K-12), media specialists, and children's librarians are invited to a free one-day workshop at the Indianapolis Museum of Art that will help them use Picturing America resources in their classrooms and programs. Picturing America, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. Over 1200 Indiana schools and libraries received sets of the quality reproductions. Through this innovative program, students and citizens can gain a deeper appreciation of our country's history and character through the study and understanding of its art.
Participants will receive a stipend of $75 to offset expenses, and lunch will be provided. Teachers can earn 2 CRUs. More information about the workshop, including downloadable registration forms, is available on the Indiana Humanities Council's website.