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  • Registration Now Open for 2013 Our Heroes' Tree Program

  • Homework Hotline Opens for the New School Year

  • Group Rate, Special Discount Offered on AWE Computers

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Registration Now Open for 2013 Our Heroes' Tree Program

Our Heroes TreeRegistration is now open for the 2013 Our Heroes’ Tree initiative through October 11, 2013. Our Heroes’ Tree is a national initiative founded to recognize and honor sacrifices made by the families of current and past service members. The goal of the project to support the efforts of military members and their families while providing military related programming for all ages. The popular program is hosted by the Indiana Center for the Book with support from the Indiana State Library Foundation and Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.

The core aspect of the program is to display a tree in a visible location within the library and encourage patrons to hang ornaments featuring family members and loved one who have served our country past or present. Celebrations typically take place in the days leading up to Veterans' Day and last through Thanksgiving weekend.

The Our Heroes' Tree Resource Guide for Indiana libraries lists several programming ideas and was created by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University. This guide contains programming ideas, templates, marketing materials, ornament-making tips, and other items to help you implement the program. Whether your library is joining the program for the first time or is an OHT "veteran," the resource guide is designed to help you develop the very best program possible.

Additional programs that have been implemented by libraries throughout Indiana include adopting a soldier or platoon, assisting military families to set up a family blog, patriotic crafting ideas for children, writing letters to veterans, and hosting workshops for veterans to interact with the community. Participating libraries are also encouraged to check out these Our Heroes’ Tree reader recommendations.

Homework Hotline Opens for the New School Year

Rose Hulman Homework HotlineRose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Homework Hotline opened for the school year on Sunday. Tutors are now taking calls at 877-ASK-ROSE and online requests from students seeking help with math and science homework. The Hotline hours of operation are Sundays through Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) through May.

According to an official factsheet, last school year the Homework Hotline answered nearly 40,000 calls and over 1,500 online requests from Hoosier students grades 6-12.

Group Rate, Special Discount Offered on AWE Computers

Early Literacy ComputersIndiana libraries can now take advantage of a multi-state group special for both the Early Literacy Station™ and AfterSchool Edge™ through September 30th. As an added bonus, the Indiana State Library will kick in an additional $499 per unit subsidy for participating libraries. This means that an Early Literacy Station - English edition will cost a net amount of $2,000 plus $50 shipping.

The Early Literacy Station™ (ELS) is a dynamic all-in-one digital learning solution for early learners, ages 2-8. It is available in English and Bilingual Spanish. The AfterSchool Edge™ is designed for students 6-12 years old. The educational programs, which are correlated to Common Core and state standards, span all seven curricular areas. The educational titles are pre-loaded on the computer as part of a complete solution that features engaging graphics, intuitive menus, usage tracking, and administrative functions. No Internet connection is required to use either of these products.

This special pricing and bonus subsidy will be available through September 30th, 2013.  Click here to view more information about the group special, including purchasing information. For questions regarding the Indiana State Library  reimbursement program, please contact: Suzanne Walker, 317-234-5649 or

AWE has also announced the initial dates for its 2013 live webinar series. These free webinars cover What's New in Version 10 & General Overview and are scheduled throughout the next two months. Webinars last approximately 30-40 minutes, including time for questions. They are perfect for new customers and existing customers alike. Click here to sign up for a webinar.

Register Today for Story
Time Boot Camp

Register today for Story Time Boot Camp. Space is limited and many locations may fill up quickly. Visit the WebJunction Indiana Online Calendar to secure your spot. Locations:

Vermillion Co. PL: 9/12 @ 9:00 AM
Allen County PL: 9/17 @ 1:30 PM
Ohio Twp PL System: 9/18 @ Noon CDT
New Albany Floyd Co. PL: 9/26 @ 10:00 AM
Mooresville PL: 10/3 @ 9:00 AM
Jay County PL: 10/18 @ 9:30 AM
Remington Carpenter Twp PL: 10/30 @ 9:30 AM

Upcoming Workshops,
& Important Dates

Health Literacy and ACA @ your library
When: September 17 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Live Online

2013 SAMS Conference
When: September 19 & 20
Where: Pendleton Public Library

Banned Books Week
When: September 22 -28 @ 10:00 AM

Read Governor Pence's Proclamation

Consumer Health Literacy and Affordable Care Act Resources
When: September 23 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Pike County Public Library

Intellectual Freedom and the Library Bill of Rights
When: September 24 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Live Online

Indiana Vision Expo
When: September 28
Where: Indiana State Library

ILF Annual Conference
When: October 22 & 23
Where: Indiana Convention Center - Indianapolis

Ind. Genealogy & Local History Fair
When: October 26
Where: Indiana State Library

Indy Author Fair
When: October 26
Where: Indiana Public Library - Central

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