Wednesday Word │December 12, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Library Director
Alexandria-Monroe Public Library

Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library

Adult Services Assistant (part-time)
Delphi Public Library

Librarian (part-time)
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art

Genealogy Librarian
Pike County Public Library

Children’s Librarian
Westfield Washington 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

Christmas Party at the Hartford City Public Library
Hartford City Public Library

Medora celebrates Christmas with annual parade, festival
Jackson County Public Library

Library, arts hope to keep center contracts local
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

Muncie Public Library receives grant to expand digital STEM program for kids
Muncie Public Library

Indiana authors to speak around the state as part of Novel Conversations speakers program
Paoli Public Library et al. 

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State library blog


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InfoExpress state holiday service interruption reminder


The Indiana State Library would like to remind InfoExpress users that courier service will not be available on the following days: Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

For those libraries receiving courier services that will be closed additional days during this period, please inform the state library of these closures. Closed dates and replacement requests  must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. 

Users can submit their own closure or rescheduling requests by logging into their InfoExpress account, opening their user profile and selecting "Days Unavailable." Enter the date of the holiday or closure by selecting “New Unavailable Date” or “More Than One Day” as applicable, and provide your requested replacement date. Libraries receiving only one to two days of service per week may request alternate pickup days for service dates affected by state holidays. Only one day per week may be rescheduled. The state library will follow up if they are unable to accommodate the requested replacement date. 

Email InfoExpress with any additional questions. 

Vision Expo returns in 2019


After a year off, the Indiana Vision Expo is returning to the Indiana State Library on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. The expo will feature a variety of vendors and speakers.

The Indiana Vision Expo, which is now a biennial event, was started as an opportunity for people with vision loss, and their friends, families and service providers, to learn about resources available to them that help promote independent living.

Visit the Vision Expo website for updates on the event as they become available. Contact Maggie Ansty, of the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library, with any questions.

Poetry Out Loud state finals to be held at Indiana State Library


For the second year in a row, the Indiana State Library will host the state finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition. The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.

The state champion receives a $200 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in April. The state champion's school receives a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books.

A total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends will be awarded at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship awarded to the national champion.

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program encourages the study of great poetry by offering education materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high school students across the country.

The Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana State Library are partners in presenting the Indiana Poetry Out Loud competition. For more information about the Indiana Poetry Out Loud competition, visit the state library’s Poetry Out Loud website. For general information about the national program and competition, visit the Poetry Out Loud website.

YALSA grant deadlines approaching


Two grants from the Young Adult Library Services Association's Summer Learning Program are available, awarding $1,000 to 25 libraries each. Applications are due Jan. 1, 2019.

The Summer Learning Grant funds summer learning programs in libraries serving teens who speak English as a second language, teens in socio-economically challenged communities, and teens who are at risk of failing school.

The Teen Summer Intern Program Grant provides funds for hiring summer teen interns to assist with summer reading activities. 

Questions regarding the grants can be emailed to Taylor Crossley.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

A Universe of Stories! CSLP 2019 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Dec. 14, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Aurora Public Library - Dillsboro Branch

A Universe of Stories! CSLP 2019 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Dec. 17, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Anderson Public Library

A Universe of Stories! CSLP 2019 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Dec. 18, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library

30 Ways to Make Your Small Library Extraordinary
When: Dec. 19, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Just the Facts - Reporting in Evergreen
When: Dec. 21, 2018, 10 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.

Bill of Rights Day


National Archives Museum, Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom

Bill of Rights Day is Dec. 15, 2018 and celebrates the first 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The ideas in the Bill of Rights are based on those found in several earlier documents, including the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the English Bill of Rights and the Magna Carta. The Constitution had been ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures on Sept. 25, 1789 and a joint resolution was immediately passed proposing twelve amendments to it.

According to the National Archives, the Constitution might never have been ratified if the framers had not promised to add a Bill of Rights. Article III through Article XII were ratified as additions to the Constitution on Dec. 15, 1791, and became amendments one through 10. The Bill of Rights gave citizens more confidence in the new government and contain many of today's most valued freedoms. Learn more about America’s Founding Documents from the National Archives.

IndyPL’s Michigan Road Branch to open December 15


The entire community is invited to the grand opening of the newest branch of The Indianapolis Public Library, the Michigan Road Branch at 6201 Michigan Road, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Festivities will include a special ribbon-cutting followed by guided tours, music, magic, face painting and other activities for all ages.

Identified as a branch to fill a large geographical service gap on the near-northwest side of Indianapolis, the 20-thousand-square-foot Michigan Road Branch will offer new and engaging spaces for children, teens and adults; increased access to computers and new technology; group study and tutoring rooms; and a large community room. Patrons will find new materials on display in the branch marketplace and easy access to a large collection of 60,000 books and other items.

The $7.4 million Michigan Road Branch project is funded from bonds approved by the Indianapolis City-County Council to be assessed with no increase in the library’s debt service tax rate. The project’s architect was krM Architecture+ of Indianapolis. The construction contractor was Stenz Construction Corporation of Indianapolis.

The Michigan Road Branch joins already-completed renovations at the Warren, Southport and East Washington branches; future renovations at the Lawrence and Wayne branches; new branch buildings planned in Perry Township and at Fort Benjamin Harrison; and replacement libraries planned for the Eagle, Brightwood and Glendale branches as part of IndyPL's current lot of building projects. All projects will be completed by 2022 with the purpose of maximizing accessibility to the library and its services.

Citizens can learn more about the library’s capital projects here.