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March 2018

Hometown Heroes: Books...and more
Lynn Hobbs and her staff have transformed the Pendleton Community Library into a food pantry, an after-school club, a community garden, and even a fitness center. Read More

BEGCPL invites Frankenstein fans to fun event
The classic novel ‘Frankenstein’ turns 200 in 2018, and the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library (BEGCPL) will celebrate the event this Saturday at 2 p.m. with a book discussion moderated by WFIU’s George Walker. Read More 

Hancock County Library releases 120 years of history
The Hancock County Public Library has put together an illustrated volume of its 120-year history (cover pictured), co-written by county historian Joe Skvarenina and librarian Paul McNeil and researched by librarian Cindi Faunce. Read More 

Warsaw teen qualifies for Poetry Out Loud nationals
Warsaw Community High School student Joshua Fisher has been named the 2018 Poetry Out Loud Indiana State champion. Fisher made it through the final rounds of a statewide competition Saturday. Read More

‘Friends of the Library’ has deep roots in community
Are you a bibliophile? If you love books, then the Clay County Friends of the Library is looking for you. Read More

Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology salvaging endangered data
Archaeologists spend days, months, even years at digs sifting through mud and dirt searching for artifacts that will lead to an understanding of another time and place. Read More  

Muncie Public Library featured in national magazine
Muncie Public Library is featured in the January/February edition of Computers in Libraries, a publication of Information Today, Inc. Read More 

STEM Learning grants to benefit local programs
A $25,000 grant to the Greene County Foundation through Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI) will support five local STEM educational programs in Greene County. Read More 

Cordell Collection acquires its oldest word book
The newest addition in the Cordell Collection at Cunningham Memorial Library is also its oldest. Read More 

Computer science class is a hit at St. Joseph County library
Inside downtown's main branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library last week, 10-year-old Aiden Johnson dragged and dropped a few color-coded blocks on his computer screen into a command prompt. Read More 

Mosaic project aims to bring Geneva community together with art
City officials, library personnel and environmental experts are hoping to bring kids and adults together through the magic of art. Read More 

Foellinger Foundation announces $1M grant to Allen County Public Library for Summer Learning Program
The Foellinger Foundation on Tuesday announced a $1 million grant to provide three-year support to the Summer Learning Program. Read More 

New hanging sculpture in University Library's atrium
For 15 years, usually in the fall, the atrium in IUPUI University Library gets adorned with a newly created sculpture. Read More

Stress relief event in Herman B Wells Library features dogs, snacks
Students going to study at Herman B Wells Library Wednesday night encountered a de-stress event sponsored by IU Libraries and the IU Health Center. Read More 

Library's valuable, says official
The Fayette County Public Library figures that it added more than $3.5 million in value to the community last year. Read More  

Library holds last Crackerbarrel before Indiana Session ends
Dozens of concerned citizens came to the Vigo County Public Library one last time to discuss important topics with their lawmakers. Read More 

Time Travelers focus on local women
In honor of International Women’s Day, Eckhart Public Library held an event Wednesday afternoon at the Teen Library featuring well-known women in DeKalb County and around the world. Read More 

Notre Dame receives Mellon Foundation grant to develop software platform to help universities access library and museum holdings
The University of Notre Dame has been awarded a $455,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a Unified Preservation and Exhibition Platform — a software solution that will enable universities to access museum and library holdings through a single online portal. Read More

Featuring Literary Carousel by April Givens
Middlebury Library and Middlebury’s Then and Now Committee have partnered to bring a new exciting and fun event to the town of Middlebury. Read More

February 2018

Milford Public Library offers Virtual Story Time

The Milford Public Library started Virtual Story Time sessions this past fall and post one every week after a Story Time sessions.

Staff started these virtual sessions as a way to reach children who don't attend Story Time and to encourage children and families to attend. During these videos, staff  introduce themselves, talk about what they will do at Story Time that week, read, and invite the children to come.

Additionally, they have started doing a passive program in their children's department each week they do Story Time. For instance, when they had a "Pirates" Story Time, they set up a treasure chest and allowed kids to dig for buried treasure to increase their fine motor skills. They've also done matching games, Alphabet games, etc.

The videos have done well on their Facebook page and both activities seem to be popular with the kids. Staff hopes that the passive play and virtual videos will allow their Story Time sessions to grow.

Take a look at their videos!

Artist's books at the Lilly Library revel in nuance
Rebecca Baumann, assistant librarian at the Lilly Library, unzipped a red zipper on a white book sleeve that read “Lay text.” Inside was a garment bag with two soggy, drooping latex gloves. Baumann raised up the book inside, a collection of six leaves of wax paper suspended on a hook. Read More

Greenwood Public Library integrates multisensory techniques into their programming
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity states dyslexia affects as many as 1 in 5 people and represents 80-90% of all learning disabilities. Early screening is vital as children need appropriate intervention for phonologic deficiencies before 3rd grade. 

Greenwood Public Library has staff trained in the Orton Gillingham approach which is a mulitisensory, language-based, structured, sequential, cumulative system which has proven effective for dyslexic students.   GPL also hosts an annual dyslexia conference partnering with the Indiana Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, Decoding Dyslexia Indiana, the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, and the Rooney Foundation each fall.  The GPL preschool story time classes have integrated multisensory techniques into their program and librarians have lobbied the Indiana state legislature for early screening. Newly introduced bill: SB217 provides for all students to be screened for dyslexia and will also train teachers in multisensory, systematic, and explicit phonetic interventions.

Tina Baich appointed director of faculty mentoring
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Margie Ferguson has announced the appointment of Tina Baich as director of faculty mentoring, which became effective Jan. 1. Read More

Historic Vincennes mural moves to Knox County Public Library
A 160-year-old mural of the Wabash River front of historic Vincennes has moved to a new home in the Knox County Public Library. Read More

Goshen Public Library gives students space to create
Once a month, students come to the Goshen Public Library to try their hand at arts and crafts. Teen Services Coordinator Emily Stuckey Weber runs the maker space in the basement of the library every Monday. Read More

Bartholomew County Public Library to roll out voice activated app.
LIBRO, a voice activated app, will be rolled out in mid-February. This exciting technology allows library users to access library account information with voice commands. This includes searching for items, placing holds and renewing items. App will be available for Android and Apple in their app stores.  

IU's Lilly Library home to famous authors' hair
Although the antiquated tradition of people sending locks of hair to their loved ones died out in the 20th century, the Lilly Library has acquired notable locks of hair since the library's establishment in 1960. Read More

Indiana University Libraries expands potential of 3D and VR technologies in grant-funded, multi-university partnership
March 2018 kicks off the first of three national, grant-funded forums focused on pioneering new ways of interacting with digital content, thanks to an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership grant awarded to a multi-university partnership in support of three-dimensional visualization and virtual reality technologies. Read More 

Goal of VR plan is to let students explore careers
The Bedford Public Library received an $8,000 grant from Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation to use for virtual reality equipment to add to the various technology opportunities the library already supplies to its community. Read More

IUPUI Library opens Virtual and Augmented Reality Lab
The IUPUI University Library recently opened a Guided Virtual and Augmented Reality Lab. It offers the experience of VR with a guide to walk you through this exciting new technology. Read More


Former IU journalism professor receives Lifetime Achievement Award
James Alexander Thom, a former IU School of Journalism professor and lecturer, received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indianapolis Library Foundation, according to a January press release. Read More


Adams Public Library System Celebrates 10 Years
 Rural Adams County lies south of Allen County with a population just over 34,000.  Until 2008, three public libraries served the people of Decatur (pop. 9405), Berne (3999) and Geneva (1293) – the Decatur Public Library, the Berne Public Library and the Geneva Public Library. On February 22, 2008 after several years of planning, Geneva and Decatur Public Libraries merged to form the Adams Public Library System. 
Support for the consolidation initially came from community-wide discussions forged through the local United Way-sponsored 4Community Project in 2005 and 2006.  In this project, the United Way undertook a community-wide assessment of strengths and needs in the county, and then set in motion local forums to discuss these needs and develop a strategic plan. Access to resources – including library service – was identified as one of the broad categories of concern. Comments concerning library service indicated a desire for a countywide library district, and at the very least, countywide service through multiple libraries.
Although the discussions started in 2005 with the local assessment of needs project, several other factors influenced the move toward consolidation. Statewide discussions on library structure and minimum district population figured prominently in 2006 and 2007 with the Taskforce on Unserved Areas, the Kernan-Shepard Commission and the Library Coalition. In addition, financial difficulties of the Geneva Public Library were a factor for Geneva.
Immediate positive results of the merger included the sharing of collections enjoyed by patrons from both locations; budget stability and an increased book and non-print materials budget for Geneva; and savings in database subscriptions, various contracts, and supplies purchasing. In addition, staff members in Geneva who were devoted to accounting and cataloging were able to devote that time to patron services directly enhancing patron services. Circulation and programming increased significantly across the library system. Finally, full-time staff members from Geneva also received benefits for the first time.
Intangible results of the merger include a feeling of cooperation across the communities in Adams County and, for the patrons, expansive ownership: “I now have two libraries I can call my own!” Overall, the merger has been very positive for the libraries and for the communities.
For more information or discussion about the formation of the Adams Public Library System, contact Director Kelly Ehinger at 260-724-2605 or

Robotics teach the future
Excitement, activity and, most importantly, learning was what the students at Coesse Elementary School experienced Wednesday afternoon.

The students were visited by Beth Gaff, technology trainer at Peabody Public Library. She brought with her several activities for a robotics program at the school.

Gaff said that she had been visiting several of the Whitley County Consolidated Schools to give students a chance to learn hands-on, but also get a peak at the robotics classes taught at the library.

“The goal is to gain experience,” said Gaff. “So we take our robots out to the schools and in the library.”

On Wednesday, Gaff set up six stations, each with different robots that allow students to practice different skills. She noted that technology continues to expand and grow, particularly in the robotics field.

“We are trying to prepare these kids for the future,” she said. “The more we introduce these items, the better opportunities they will have in the future, and they might find a whole subject they want to pursue as a career.”

One of the missions of WCCS is to prepare students for life after graduation, and school leaders are continually searching for new ways to put these lessons into practice and partner with the community. The robotics program provides one such opportunity.
“It’s a great way for our students to get 21st century skills,” said Laura Schmidt, media assistant at Coesse.

Gaff said that the program so far has garnered positive feedback from the staff and students. Some of the most popular robots are “Cosmo” and “BB-8,” a robot children recognize from the popular “Star Wars” movie franchise.

The robotics program at the library takes place at 6 p.m. every third Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. the last Saturday of the month.

These are open to students of all ages, and each month they work with a new robot and subject. This month’s topic will focus on optical illusions.

“Sometimes we build a robot that they can control with their Iphone, and other times we do a make it and take it where they can take their robot home,” said Gaff.

Gaff said she hopes to continue to take these robots to the classes as a fun way for students to learn.

David W. Lewis Named 2018 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year
David W. Lewis, dean of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library, is the 2018 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the YearRead More


January 2018

Library renovation wins award
The interior renovation of the La Porte County Public Library’s main location at 904 Indiana Ave. has won designer MKM architecture + design a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architect’s Fort Wayne branch. Read More

Vincennes library to digitize records
An Indiana library has received a state grant to digitize county records dating to the early 1800s. The Vincennes Sun-Commercial reports the Knox County Public Library has been awarded a state Heritage Support Grant for the second straight year. Read More

Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive New Home for Decades of Award-Winning TV Commercials, Dozens Now Streamable Online
Thanks to the recent acquisition of a complete and well-documented archive, the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive is the new home for tens of thousands of television commercials competing for the former Clio Awards in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Read More

Free Legal Aid Clinic to be held at library
The first Free Legal Aid Clinic in Decatur County will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at the Decatur County Public Library. The clinic, which is offered to low-income residents, will be held from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

The Legal Aid Clinic and Pro Bono Program utilizes local volunteer attorneys, offering free legal consultations to low-income individuals for the provision of legal advice and assistance in furtherance of equal access to justice within our community whom might not otherwise be able to afford the counsel of an attorney. Read More

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