Focus on Indiana Libraries
July 23, 2019 | Vol. 73 No. 14
Annual Conference: Early Bird Rate Ends NEXT WEEK
Register for the ILF Annual Conference by next Wed., July 31, to receive the discounted early bird rate. The premier conference for libraries in Indiana features keynote author Jason Reynolds, Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka, luncheon speaker Meg Medina, an exhibit hall of familiar and new vendors, 70+ sessions, trivia night and more. Check out our highlights video from the 2018 ILF Annual Conference!
IndyPL unveils ‘Black History, Indianapolis History’ digital collection
Family photos and memorabilia from generations of Indianapolis families are the latest additions to The Indianapolis Public Library’s growing collection of local historical materials that can be viewed at  

Depression-era voter registration books donated to Crown Point library
The Lake County Board of Elections is giving a historical gift to the Crown Point Community Library — Great Depression-era voter registration records that were discovered accidentally in the basement of a local American Legion post.
A clipping from the Indianapolis Recorder in 1971 shows newly-elected Indianapolis City-County Councillors, including Indiana Pacer player Roger Brown. Brown was elected as a Republican at-large member of the council. (Submitted photo)
Volunteering with Indiana Library Federation
Indiana Library Federation relies on volunteer leaders to serve on Committees and the Board of Directors, on leadership teams for Divisions and Affiliations, with special projects and at conferences. Commitments range from a few hours to two-year terms. We are already planning for volunteers at the ILF Annual Conference Nov. 3-5, for special projects, and for leadership terms that begin January 2020. If you are interested in serving with ILF, please complete this form. A staff member will be in touch to discuss your skills and interests.

The Monroe County Public Library , in partnership with the City of Bloomington, invites the community to bring in an item for repair free of charge at their second annual Fix-It Fair on Sept. 21! Local professionals and volunteers will provide repairs and be available to coach attendees interested in learning how to make their own fixes. The program aims to reduce waste by fixing broken items; teach new skills; connect the community with fixers and makers; and provide exposure for local community groups and businesses.  

Last year there were nearly 180 participants who brought items which needed to be repaired. Repairs included assistance with sewing, electronics (including appliances), bicycles, tool sharpening and lamps. Survey responses were overwhelmingly positive. See video .
Indiana Library Staff News
Don Crankshaw will be retiring after over 11 years with Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL). His last day will be August 30, 2019.

Beth Treaster retired in June as the director of the Centerville-Center Township Public Library.

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