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Great Things are Happening in Indiana Libraries

Archived Great Things

January 2020

Monroe County Public Library Celebrates Bicentennial with Fine-Free Initiative
At their meeting on Wednesday, January 15, the Monroe County Public Library Board of Directors approved a policy to eliminate overdue fines, effective March 1. Read More

#DiverseReading2020 issued at the Frankfort Community Public Library 
The Frankfort Community Public Library is inviting patrons to broaden horizons by reading stories about diverse characters and places with a new Reading Challenge. Read More

Area library gains 3D printer for residents' use
The West Lebanon-Pike Township Public Library has a new addition along side its book and computers for visitors to use. Read More

Pendleton library hosts film screening in honor of Kor
The Pendleton Community Library has been selected as one of the many Indiana libraries participating in the commemoration and celebration of the life of Eva Kor, by hosting a screening of the film “Eva: A-7063.” Read More


Local organizations awarded funds to host ‘The Year We Left Home’ community read
The Ripley County Reads Community Partners are once again joining forces to host community reading events in 2020.  The partnership consists of the Batesville Memorial Public Library, Osgood Public Library, Tyson Library, and the Ripley County Tourism Bureau. Read More

Polis Center at IUPUI collaborating on new web-based 'Encyclopedia of Indianapolis'
Information on the development of Indianapolis over the two centuries since its founding will be freely accessible in an updated, digital "Encyclopedia of Indianapolis," currently under development and scheduled for a launch date in December. Read More

Huntingburg Library hosting Eva Education Day
The Huntingburg Public Library is hosting a special event in honor of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Read More

Library transitioning to reusable bags
Vigo County Public Library will transition to reusable bags in an effort to reduce waste in the community. Read More

Activities Across the State to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

On Jan. 16, 1920, the Indiana General Assembly ratified the 19th Amendment. In August of that year, the U.S. Congress finally approved it—nearly 70 years after the first women’s rights convention in Indiana. Read More

Library project focuses on community outreach: At the Jasper-Dubois County Public Library, the staff is all about making connections.
That emphasis led staff members to develop the Community Engagement Project, an ongoing community outreach effort that partners the library with community organizations to help meet the organizations’ needs. Read More

City Limits Spotlight: MCPL Friends Of The Library Bookstore
A listener suggested the Friends of the Library Bookstore on the first floor of the Monroe County Public Library should have been included in a City Limits story aired and published in December. Read More

Kokomo middle school gets facility dog to benefit students
Students at Northwestern Middle School in Kokomo have a new tool to help them with everything from emotional distress to reading literacy. Read More

‘Human Library’ Celebrates Diversity
What is a Human Library? Like all libraries, this one is filled with books. The difference in this library is that all of the books are humans with lived experiences and compelling stories. At a Human Library event, books and readers come together at a specific time and place to engage in dialogue. Read More

IU Reveals New Strategic Plan to Guide Care, Preservation, Use of More than 220 Collections

Indiana University has revealed its first University Collections Strategic Plan to guide the care, preservation, and use of more than 220 collections of material objects entrusted to IU, such as those in the Lilly Library of Rare Books, the Eskenazi Museum of Art and the Kinsey Institute. Read More

Hoosier writers to speak around the state and offer writing workshops as part of Indiana Authors Awards programs
Forty organizations will host Indiana authors during 2020 as part of a statewide speakers bureau and writing workshop program offered through the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards. Read More

Grant to help with mobile makerspace: County librarians will soon be able to bring the library to you.
The Jasper Public Library recently received a $120,000 Ready Communities Implementation grant from Regional Opportunity Initiatives to bring a mobile makerspace to the county. Read More

Carmel Clay Library Prepares for $40M Renovation
The Carmel Clay Public Library is getting ready for a major renovation project. Read More

Knox County Public Library: You’re Missing It! Get Connected
Our digital world is awesome. Last week I was able use the technology awarded to the Knox County Public Library through the library’s new initiative entitled, “Eyes of the Wabash.” Read More

Wakarusa library to host statewide 'Community Read'
Wakarusa Public Library has been awarded a Community Read grant of $750 from Indiana Humanities to participate in a statewide read of Jean Thompson’s “The Year We Left Home.” Read More

Winter is subject for ‘Walk and Read’
It’s official…winter is here. Love it or hate it, it comes every year (hey, that rhymes!).
“Winter is Here” by Kevin Henkes depicts what winter looks and feels like, and things people do in the winter. Read More

DePauw Library to Undergo $30M Renovation
DePauw University's Roy O. West Library will be undergoing a major transformation. The university the 62-year-old library is slated for a $30 million renovation to begin in March. Read More

Author Gary W. Moore visited Avon High SchoolAuthor Gary W. Moore visits AHS library
Thanks to the Avon Education Foundation, Author Gary W. Moore visited the AHS Library to talk with us about writing and how to get published. He spoke about perseverance and how being optimistic about what you are doing makes a difference. The Avon Education Foundation also donated Mr. Moore's books to the AHS Library and provided three additional books that were given as prizes for those who attended.  






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