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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...

Why I Love the Gathering of Writers

Barb Shoup is the 2012 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Regional Author Winner and the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center. She is the author eight novels, including "Night Watch," "Wish You Were Here," "Stranded in Harmony," "Faithful Women," "Vermeer’s Daughter," "Everything You Want," "An American Tune" and "Looking for Jack Kerouac" and the co-author of "Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process" and "Story Matters." Her short fiction, poetry, essays and interviews have appeared in numerous small magazines, as well as in The Writer and The New York Times Travel Section. Her young adult novels, "Wish You Were Here" and "Stranded in Harmony" were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults."Vermeer’s Daughter" was a School Library Journal Best Adult Book for Young Adults. She is the recipient of numerous grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, two creative renewal grants from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the 2006 PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. Continue reading...

Bring Me & Other Indiana Authors to Your K-12 School!

Kelsey Timmerman is the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Emerging Author Winner and an active public speaker. He is the New York Times Bestselling author of "WHERE AM I WEARING? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes" and "WHERE AM I EATING? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy." His writing has appeared in places such as the Christian Science Monitor and has aired on NPR. Kelsey is also the cofounder of the Facing Project, which seeks to connect people through stories to strengthen community. He has spent the night in Castle Dracula in Romania, played PlayStation in Kosovo, farmed on four continents, taught an island village to play baseball in Honduras, and in another life, worked as a SCUBA instructor in Key West, Florida. Whether in print or in person he seeks to connect people around the world. And he wants to connect with you! Read below for more about how authors like Kelsey can come to your school. Continue reading...

The Indiana Center for the Book and the Library of Congress

The Indiana Center for the Book and the Library of Congress The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award partnered with the Indiana Center for the Book to create the 1816-2016 Indiana Bicentennial Literary Map. The map is a great reminder of all the literary talent, past and present, we have in Indiana. Schools across our state think so too! Read below for more about the literary maps and the many other programs the Indiana Center for the Book offers to Hoosier families. Written by Suzanne Walker and Christy Franzman, co-directors of the Indiana Center for the Book. Continue reading...

Contra-dancing and stealing Shakespeare at the Library

Abbey Brill joined the Foundation in January 2016. In her role as Stewardship Assistant, she serves as the primary point of contact for Library staff concerning donor recognition and financial tracking for the Library programs which receive financial support from the Foundation. She also assists with the preparations for the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Dinner and coordinates the evening's silent auction.She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Media, Culture, and the Arts from The King’s College in New York City. Below, she reflects on how her childhood at the library has helped her grow into the person she is today. Continue reading...