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The Indiana Center for the Book is currently seeking judges for this year’s Letters About Literature competition. Letters About Literature is a national reading-writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in cooperation with the Indiana Center for the Book, and in partnership with Target Stores. Students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre, explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves. This program promotes reflective writing.
Approximately 1,500 Indiana students enter the contest annually. However, judges will only be required rate semifinalist essays in one category, which averages 30-35 essays per level, per judge. The deadline to submit essays for this year’s contest is December 12. Judges will receive their semifinalist essays and judging materials in early February and submit their winners the following month.
If you are interested in being a judge for the 2009 contest, Contact Drew Griffis at email@example.com or 317-650-6158. Visit the Indiana Center for the Book's website learn more about Letters About Literature and other Center programs.
Over 850 people have registered for the ILF Annual Conference in November! Have you registered yet? Visit the Conference website for more information and to register. Registration deadlines are November 1 for mailed or faxed applications and November 5 for online registration.
ILF relies on its volunteers for help at the conference. Assistance is still needed for the silent auction, conference store and especially registration on November 15, 16 & 17. The shortest shift is an hour. Please consider volunteering your time and contact Kay Martin or Mary Clare Speckner.
PLA Accepting Applications for Annual Awards
The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for the 2011 PLA Awards. Members can nominate their colleagues and libraries for PLA Awards through December 1, 2010.This year PLA is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity, and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium; please visit the website for awards details.'
Library Journal Seeks Best Small Library in America
Library Journal's annual award for the
Best Small Library in America, cosponsored by the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was founded to encourage
and showcase the exemplary work of these libraries. Now in
its seventh year, the award honors the public library that
best demonstrates outstanding service to populations of
25,000 or less. The deadline to apply is November 5, 2010.
ALA on Lookout for High-Tech Libraries
The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is once again soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology. Last year, OITP’s America’s Libraries for the 21st Century Subcommittee launched the “cutting-edge” contest to showcase libraries that serve their communities with novel and innovative methods and to provide the library community with some successful models for delivering quality library services in new ways.
Nominations should be sent to the American Library Association, Office for Information Technology Policy, 1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW, 1st Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 or to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1, 2010. Details for the nomination process are available on the OITP website.
2011 LSTA Guidelines Delayed Until Dec.
The 2011 LSTA grant guidelines and application materials are expected to be available in mid-December. Libraries interested in applying for a LSTA sub-grant may refer to the 2010 guidelines to prepare 2011 applications.
UPCOMING EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
National Friends of the Library Week
Indiana Circulation Training
Genealogy & Local History Fair
Kapco Book Repair Workshop
Kapco Book Repair Workshop
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