Focus on Indiana Libraries:
Volume 71 Number 6,  June 2017
ILF President's Column

Well, I was asked a question the other day that gave me opportunity to stop and think. Think about books that I’ve read and re-read multiple times. These books have made an impact on me, and I have and continue to find them good reads even now. Yes, I have several of them in paperback, the remains of a college class years ago. Read More

With Libraries and Justice for All - Aug. 27-28
Children & Young People's Division (CYPD) Conference

Join us August 27-28 for the 2017 CYPD Conference With Libraries and Justice for All. Keynote speaker and popular author and illustrator Bob Shea will headline the two-day conference packed with quality content targeting those who work with pre-K, school-age and teens in public and school libraries.  Check the website to register or learn more. 
  ILF - CYPD Pitch This! Challenge
Do you have a great idea to advance services for children or teens in your library?
 Propose it in our “Pitch This! Challenge.” Selected finalists will be allowed up to 4 slides and 4 minutes to propose an innovative project to increase engagement or to improve services in your children’s department, teen department or school library. Attendees will vote on the spot using their mobile devices. The winner will be granted funds by ILF to implement their strategy by spring 2018. Apply Now!
DEADLINE: June 30 to nominate yourself, your library or colleague for  ILF Awards, Honors and Scholarships.
Indiana Library Federation offers awards, honors and scholarships to recognize the outstanding contributions of Indiana's:
* libraries
* librarians
* library staff
* supporters and champions
* partners and collaborators.

If you plan on submitting a nomination please contact Tisa Davis ( as soon as possible.  
Pre-K expands to 20 counties
The Indiana General Assembly added 15 counties to the five existing counties (Allen, Jackson, Marion, Lake and Vanderburgh--red at right) in providing pre-k scholarships to low-income four-year-olds.  The new counties (in aqua) include Bartholomew, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Harrison, Howard, Kosciusko, Madison, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe and Vigo. 

What does this mean for libraries? Community partners may need help in identifying low-income four-year-olds who meet the eligibility criteria. Learn more about the On My Way Pre-K program.
Great Things Are Happening in Indiana Libraries

Muncie Public Library has been Selected to Receive the 2017 Library of the Future Award
The Muncie Public Library (MPL) in Muncie, Indiana has been selected to receive the 2017 Library of the Future Award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today Inc. publishing company. The library was selected for its innovative “Digital Climbers” program that motivates and inspires children ages eight and up to experiment with technology and master skills that contribute to learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Read More

Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.® Honored La Porte County Students and Spark Labs 
Throughout April, Northwest Indiana has been celebrating World Creativity and Innovation Week 2017. Sponsored by the Center for Creative Solutions, "Dream BIG!" has been the theme for many community events. Read More

Woodrow Wilson Middle School wins Battle of the Books title
The Vigo County School Corporation Middle School Battle of the Books was held at Ivy Tech Community College on April 13.

Students from Honey Creek, Otter Creek, Sarah Scott, West Vigo and Woodrow Wilson middle schools have been studying for the competition throughout the school year by reading the 20 books from the Association of Indiana School Library Educators’ Young Hoosier Book Award list. Read More

AISLE Members Awarded Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Donna Rummel, media director at John Glenn High School, Lena Darnay of Pike Township Freshman Center and Kathleen Rauthmedia specialist at Center for Inquiry School 27 in Indianapolis for being awarded Teacher of the Year in their school districts. Congratulations, ladies!
Legislative Update
Thanks to advocacy by ILF and key partners, Indiana's libraries and schools will receive additional funds to support internet connectivity for 2017-2019 budgets. INSPIRE will be sustained. Thanks to all the library champions who contacted their legislators and supported our advocacy successes this year.

Interim Study Committees will include topics such as ESSA, TIF and rural broadband, which your ILF Legislative Committee, Staff and Advocates will monitor. Top issues covered by the media will likely include permitless carry of firearms and alcohol sales.
Inviting Legislators to your Library
Summer is a Great Time to Schedule a Legislator Visit. A few state and federal legislators expressed interest when we followed up with them after spring visits.

Examples: Pulaski County Public Library invites legislators to give awards at the end of summer reading. A member of Congress wants to learn about STEM activities in libraries. A legislator wants to learn more about adult literacy, e-government or senior programs at the library. 

Contact us if you are willing to host a visit in your library in July-September.
Quick Links
So much is happening at ILF . Here are a few quick links:
* Calendar - note that you may print a month 
* Strategic Visioning - Check out new docs!
* Renew Join  (only if never a member), or Donate

Note that several of the links go to "members only" documents. 

Upcoming Events
* CYPD Conference 8/27-8/28
* IPLA Conference (TBD late Sept/early Oct)
* Legislative Fall Forum (TBD, following IPLA)
* Annual Conference 11/13-11/15

Lost & Found

The ILF office has several items that have been left behind at some of our conferences. If you believe you may have left something behind, please contact Tisa  or Lucinda .
Silent Auction

What might you donate to the Annual Conference Silent Auction? Proceeds support ILF's Scholarship program.
Silent Auction Donation Form
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This is an exciting time to be a part of Indiana Library Federation! Changes are happening in the library field, and we are actively working to serve and lead Indiana’s libraries into the future. Your ILF actively advocates for funding and policies in support of Indiana's libraries.

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