Wednesday Word │August 19, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

Youth Services Library Assistant (part-time)
Hancock 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

Is your library making news?

Jeffersonville library hosting virtual genealogy program
Jeffersonville Township Public Library

Small rock creates big problem for library's AC
Kendallville Public Library

Bright Young Librarians: Seth James
Vigo County Public Library

Survival and Salvation: Ed Howard, once a POW, shaped Terre Haute's library system
Vigo County Public Library

*Please consult local news sources and library websites for the latest information on the closures and re-openings of libraries and the cancellations of scheduled library events and programs in relation to COVID-19.

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State library blog


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New library gaming Listserv open to join


The Indiana State Library has opened a new Listserv dedicated to gaming in libraries. Indiana Games Roundtable, known as INGamesRT, is a discussion list for librarians and library staff who manage or support games and gaming in libraries. The list is a forum for exchanging ideas and dealing with issues that relate to all aspects of games in libraries.

Details for all Indiana library Listservs can be found here. Those interested in joining INGamesRT can subscribe here

A wiki page dedicated to gaming in libraries is also currently being constructed and will be made available at a later date. 

Please contact George Bergstrom, Southwest regional coordinator at the Indiana State Library and INGamesRT moderator, with any questions.  

Hammond Public Library to host FanFest; seeks panelists


On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Hammond Public Library will host its annual FanFest, an all-day event featuring live demonstrations, trivia, escape rooms, a cosplay contest, livestream panels, vendors and more. This year's fest will be held virtually via Facebook, YouTube and Zoom. 

Prior to FanFest, on Friday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. Central Time, the library will host "FanFest/LibCon 101." The panel will be an open discussion for librarians to talk about how their library's small comic cons have sparked interest in their communities. Event organizers are currently seeking panelists for this discussion. Those interested in being a part of the panel may contact Jenny Bean, head of resource services at the Hammond Public Library.

Click here to learn more about FanFest. Click here to register to watch the "FanFest/LibCon 101" panel. 

FanFest is sponsored by ABDO, hoopla, the Hammond Public Library Foundation and Top Cow.

IndyPL’s 2020 summer readers log 97,000 hours of reading


The Indianapolis Public Library’s 101st summer reading program, “Imagine Your Story,” attracted 12,477 children and families during the nine-week program that ended on Aug. 1. Young readers devoted 97,209 hours to enhancing their literacy skills and experiencing the joy of reading while earning a variety of prizes generously donated by community sponsors. This year’s presenting sponsor was the Indianapolis Indians.

This year’s program broke with past tradition by asking participants to keep track of the amount of time spent reading instead of the number of books read. Prizes such as books, backpacks and passes to movies, parks and amusement venues were awarded at one-hour, five-hour and 10-hour levels of achievement. There were 7,762 children who completed the 10-hour reading goal.

The program also saw participants complete a combined 18,114 fun and educational activities that entered them into drawings for special prizes, including bicycles awarded to a lucky winner at each of the library’s 23 locations courtesy of Meijer. All registered summer readers also were automatically registered to win a CollegeChoice529 savings account. Winners of these special prizes will be announced later this summer.

By encouraging family involvement, the summer reading program allowed younger children unable to read to have their parents, siblings or caregivers read aloud to them to log reading minutes and earn prizes. Older children could log minutes for themselves by reading to younger ones.

Also new in 2020, IndyPL’s summer of fun included more than 120 live and recorded virtual storytimes, art programs, magic shows, live animal demonstrations and more.

Read more about IndyPL's summer reading program here

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Tackling Racism in Classic Children's Literature
When: Aug. 25, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Webinar

What's Up Wednesday - Basics of Cataloging
When: Aug. 26, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana 3.4 New Features
When: Sept. 2, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Training Tuesdays - Construction and Your Collection
When: Sept. 8, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Difference is You Conference
When: Sept. 18, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Evergreen Indiana Training Tuesdays - Communication Styles
When: Sept. 22, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Impacting Lives: A New Approach to Teen Services
When: Sept. 24, 1-2 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.

100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment


2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Passed by Congress on June 4, 1919 and ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. The 19th Amendment, which declares “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex,” went into effect Aug. 26, 1920

Achieving this right took decades of work. In October of 1851, the Indiana Woman’s Rights Association held its first statewide convention in Dublin. This group is widely considered one of the first state-level suffrage organizations. The amendment was first introduced in congress in 1878, and after several generations of women and their supporters organized, lobbied, marched and picketed for voting rights, on Jan. 16, 1920, Indiana was the 26th state to ratify the 19th Amendment.

The Indiana Suffrage Centennial Committee has a list of resources to help people learn more about the state’s role in the fight for women’s suffrage.

The National Archives has more information about Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment, including related primary sources for teachers. From the National Park Service, one can discover the stories of women and men who fought for women’s suffrage rights. They also have resources for children and adults, including essays on suffrage and lesson plans. Those interested can also check out Instagram and Twitter to see 19 stories from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian and National Archives about voting-rights history drawn from all three institutions’ collections. Every weekday from Aug. 3 through Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, a new story is featured. Follow these accounts on social media to gain access to the stories: Library of Congress @LibraryCongress on Instagram and Twitter; Smithsonian @Smithsonian on Instagram and Twitter; and National Archives @USNatArchives on Instagram and Twitter.

Teachingbooks unveils new teaching tools for educators


TeachingBooks, a database of resources for children's and young adult books and their authors and illustrators that is available to Indiana residents via INSPIRE, has recently released some new teaching tools for educators.

New teaching tool categories include: literacy and standards connections, booklists and collections analysis, virtual teaching ideas, diverse books, professional exploration, library programming and book promotion. Click here to explore the new tools.