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Rediscovering Reading: The Secret Life of a Book Awards Judge

Florrie Binford Cooper is the current Chair of Board of Directors for The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. She founded and recently retired from Patria Press, Inc., which publishes the award-winning Young Patriots Series for children. A 25-year veteran of the publishing industry, Florrie has presented programs at more than 30 conferences and book festivals. Florrie was named by Book Business Magazine as one of the Top 50 Women in Book Publishing, and is the past Executive Director of IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association. She served on the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award panel from 2012 - 2014 and rediscovered her love of reading in the process. Continue reading...

2017 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award - Book Reviews from the President (Pt. 3 - Regional Author Winner Lori Rader-Day)

Roberta Knickerbocker Jaggers is the President of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. A graduate of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Roberta holds a Master of Arts degree in Philanthropic Studies and a Master of Public Affairs degree with a concentration in nonprofit management. In her role as President, Roberta solicits and stewards gifts from a wide range of individual, foundation and corporate donors and works closely with the Foundation's Board of Directors. She has been with the Library Foundation in various capacities since 2002. Roberta has been poring over the works of this year's winners and finalists, and has lots to share! See below for her thoughts on Regional Author winner Lori Rader-Day's novel, "The Day I Died," and its impact on her as a mother: Continue reading...

2017 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award - Book Review from the President (Pt. 2 - Genre Excellence Author Winner John David Anderson)

Roberta Knickerbocker Jaggers is the President of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. A graduate of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Roberta holds a Master of Arts degree in Philanthropic Studies and a Master of Public Affairs degree with a concentration in nonprofit management. In her role as President, Roberta solicits and stewards gifts from a wide range of individual, foundation and corporate donors and works closely with the Foundation's Board of Directors. She has been with the Library Foundation in various capacities since 2002. Roberta has been poring over the works of this year's winners and finalists, and has lots to share! See below for her thoughts on Genre Excellence - Middle Grade Fiction (Chapter Books) Author winner John David Anderson and the themes in his book "Standard Hero Behavior": Continue reading...

2017 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award - Book Review from the President (Pt. 1 - National Author Winner Kekla Magoon)

Roberta Knickerbocker Jaggers is the President of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. A graduate of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Roberta holds a Master of Arts degree in Philanthropic Studies and a Master of Public Affairs degree with a concentration in nonprofit management. In her role as President, Roberta solicits and stewards gifts from a wide range of individual, foundation and corporate donors and works closely with the Foundation's Board of Directors. She has been with the Library Foundation in various capacities since 2002. Roberta has been poring over the works of this year's winners and finalists, and has lots to share! First up, her thoughts on one of National Author Winner Kekla Magoon's books for tweens and teens: Continue reading...

What is Middle Grade Fiction?

Janet Spaulding began her Indianapolis Public Library career in 1997 as a page. Spaulding has served the Library as a children's librarian, supervising librarian and currently as collection development librarian for juvenile and teen materials. In this role, she works with staff, community contacts and vendors to create a diverse collection while staying on top of new trends and titles in children's and young adult literature. Below, Spaulding shares what we mean when we say “middle grade fiction” and some of the features of great middle grade fiction books. Continue reading...