Wednesday Word │October 24, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Teen/Adult Department Head
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library

Regional Coordinator  - Librarian 1
Indiana State Library

Monroe County Public Library

Community Engagement Librarian – Adult Audiences
Monroe County Public Library

If you would like your Indiana library job posting to be listed in the Wednesday Word, the position, and its description, must be submitted to the Indiana State Library. Click here for submission guidelines and to submit.

In the news

Indiana Library News

Librarians engage kids, make impact during storytime
Allen County Public Library

Library hosting local author fair
Avon-Washington Township Public Library

Library to embark on $1.2 million renovation
Huntington City-Township Public Library

'Life of Zarf' author and Zionsville librarian interviewed by Zionsville Monthly
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library

Genealogy and local history fair returns to Indiana State Library this month
Indiana State Library

2018 Indiana Authors Award celebrates four outstanding authors
Indianapolis Public Library

'Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' author and family come to Indy
Indianapolis Public Library

Library board adopts budget
Jackson County Public Library

KCPL to host 'Making a Monster' series for children, teens
Knox County Public Library

Human Library event allows visitors to ‘rent’ people
Monroe County Public Library

Celebrating 200 years of 'Frankenstein'
Sullivan County Public Library

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State library blog


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Final “Bison-tennial” celebration book now available for purchase


The final Indiana Bicentennial project book, “Indiana’s ‘Bison-tennial’ Project: A Celebration of Hoosier History, Artistry and Creativity,” is now available for purchase for $39.95 from M.T. Publishing Company, Inc.

This 144-page, full-color, 9” X 12” hardbound book celebrates The Bison-tennial Legacy Project, a project with the end goal of decorating and displaying five-foot-tall fiberglass bison in each of Indiana’s 92 counties. Explore how different counties creatively decorated their bison to represent city, town, county and state history and heritage. This project was part of a larger celebration administered by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission “aimed to honor [the] state’s 200 years of history, and to do so in a modern way that engaged all 6.5 million Hoosiers and left a lasting legacy for future generations.”

A copy of the book may be purchased here. A digital edition is available for an additional $9.95 with the purchase of the standard hardbound edition. The book is also available for purchase in the bookstore of the Indiana Historical Bureau located on the first floor of the Indiana State Library. 

Akron library patrons get into the swing of things with mini golf


On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, patrons of the Akron Carnegie Public Library enjoyed a family-friendly night of mini golf. With tee times and three courses from which to choose, participants could play the course that best fit their personalities.

The first course, Picture Book Putt-Putt, was themed around children's books such as "The Rainbow Fish" and "Charlotte's Web," and featured muffins, an alligator and a barn. The second course, Fore: Library Happenings, showcased the library's monthly workshop classes and included items and obstacles related to knitting, crafting, cooking, outer space and Legos.

However, according to ACPL, the most popular course was Frankenstein's Lab. Located in the library's basement, it was inspired by the Indiana Humanities' One State/One Story: Frankenstein, an ambitious statewide read offered in partnership with the Indiana State Library. With lights low and glow-in-the-dark sticks outlining the course, each hole brought to life pieces of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." Obstacles included tombstones, bones, eyeballs, transformers, chains, laboratory beakers and more. The event proved to be so popular that the library kept the courses up for an additional day and a half. Keeping with the crowd-pleasing theme, on Oct. 25, 2018, ACPL is partnering with Akron Elementary School to present "The Science of Frankenstein." 

Visit ACPL's website here. Click here for more information about One State/One Story: Frankenstein.

Alexandrian Public Library seeks local artists


The Alexandrian Public Library has issued an open call to all Posey County artists. The library will host an exhibition of artwork from local artists on Jan. 22-24, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Ohio and Wabash rooms. The exhibit, "Art: Posey Style!," is open to all artists living or working in Posey County, Indiana. This is a non-juried exhibit.

Watercolors, pencil, charcoal, photography, oil, sculpture, digital art, clay, fiber, jewelry, glass, metal, paper, wood or any combination of craft media are acceptable for this exhibit. All original artwork must be framed or on a gallery-style canvas. Watercolors, drawings and pen and inks must be framed in glass. Photography may be framed in glass or mounted or printed on a surface that may not exceed 20” by 20” and must be ready to hang or install. Three dimensional art submissions are restricted to a weight limit of no more than 75 pounds.

Each artist is limited to one entry from any one of the media. Please include a white, standard-sized business card containing the artist’s name, medium represented and price sought if applicable. A 10 percent commission will be retained from all work sold during the exhibition to benefit programming at the library. Entry deadline is Jan. 17, 2019.

Interested artists may email Stan Campbell for more details. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Make Do Share: Hands-on STEM Workshop
When: Oct. 30, 2018, 9:30 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Mooresville Public Library

Evergreen Indiana Basic Cataloging
When: Oct. 31, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Make Do Share: Hands-on STEM Workshop
When: Nov. 1, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Muncie-Center Township Public Library

Make Do Share: Hands-on STEM Workshop
When: Nov. 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Kendallville Public Library

Make Do Share: Hands-on STEM Workshop
When: Nov. 5, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Central Time
Where: Jasper County Public Library - Wheatfield

Evergreen Indiana 3.2 Upgrade Training
When: Nov. 7, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Basic Circulation
When: Nov. 8, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Government Information Minute

Welcome to the Government Information Minute. Every week, government information librarians at the Indiana State Library cover current resources on governmental data at the state, national and international levels; all to keep the public well-informed. Follow the Indiana State Data Center on Facebook and Twitter and feel free to leave comments and suggestions.

National Geography Awareness Week


National Geography Awareness Week is coming up next month on Nov. 11-17, 2018. For those planning library geography programs, stay aware of these dates and resources:

GIS Day Conference at the Indiana Government Center
When: Oct. 30, 2018
Register here

National GIS Day
When: Nov. 14, 2018
Find more information here.

Geography Awareness Week
When: Nov. 11-17, 2018
Find more information here and here

The Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana (GENI) is located at IUPUI and serves geo-spatial professionals and students throughout the state. A schedule of geo-events, as well as access to geography lesson plans and the ability to borrow giant traveling maps of Indiana for library programs, can be found by visiting their website.

The Indiana Geographic Information Council is the state’s network of GIS professionals which includes members from government, private industry, educational and nonprofit groups. Its web map, IndianaMap, makes over 200 layers viewable to the public, including demographics, hydrology and community infrastructure like interstates, railroads, schools and libraries.

Indiana’s State Data Center Program at the Indiana State Library makes historical maps and data available for public use. The data center has a team of librarians that can help bridge the gap from the past to the present.

Contact any of the above-mentioned organizations for help with research assistance and the planning of library programs.

Letters About Literature submissions begin next month


Submissions for Letters About Literature, a nationwide essay contest supported by the Library of Congress for students in fourth-grade through 12th-grade, begin on Nov. 1, 2018. For the competition, students write a letter to an author, living or deceased, and express the difference in their life that the author's work has made. 

All Indiana Letters About Literature winners will be invited to the Indiana Youth Literary Day & Awards Ceremony sponsored by the James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation on April 13, 2019. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in creative writing workshops presented by Indiana writers and will be honored at a ceremony following the day’s activities. All winners in attendance will receive free books and will be invited to an exclusive book-signing reception following the ceremony. The Indiana winners' letters are also compiled into a book and the first place winners move on to compete in Washington, D.C.

Visit the Indiana State Library's Letters About Literature page for more info, including the official rules, permission form for students under 13 and the call for student entries. The submission deadline is Jan. 11, 2019. Please email the Indiana Center for the Book with any questions.