April 26: Lobby Bake Sale for “She’s the First” – noon – 4pm

She’s the First is a national non-profit organization that provides scholarships to first-generation girls, in developing nations, to attend school from elementary school through high school. At the moment, they are still working on creating more scholarships to help these young women attend college, but as of now the scholarships are only for the K-12 level of education.

The young women who are given an opportunity to receive this free education, are also taught other skills to help them become “Global Citizens”. Some of these skills include: how to further develop their communities, managing money and finances, being an independent and critical thinker and many more. A lot of these young women tend to avoid abusive relationships, and endless cycles of poverty because they receive this education. And this shows the true importance of an education.

The STF chapter here at Indiana State University collects money each semester through various events (mainly monthly bake sales), and at the end of the semester we donate all the money to the main organization in New York. The bake sale are the most important parts of our semesters, because She’s the First began through simple bake sales where the founder raised money through selling tie-dye cupcakes.

#BakeAChange

More info: at ISU contact tchakanyuka@sycamores.indstate.edu

 

May 15: ISU Library to host Indiana Library Federation Regional Conference – Register now!

REGISTER

We are pleased to announce the content at regional conferences. Dr. Godwin Charles Ogbeide will offer the keynote on Exercising your Hospitality Intelligence at four regional conferences. Dr. Vanessa Allen-McCloud will offer a keynote on Implicit Bias and the Welcoming Library at the Northwest Regional Conference. All five regional conferences will feature hands-on skills training in computer labs and conversation among public library directors. Other sessions vary by region. 

With the exception of the directors’ session, all sessions are designed for and open to ALL staff of all types of libraries. Learn more and register today. Note that some sessions are being finalized. Group registration forms are posted. Members attend for $40; nonmembers may attend for $50.

·        Wed, 4/4 in Ft. Wayne, Allen County Public Library, main branch

·        Fri, 4/13 in Merrillville, Lake County Public Library

·        Fri, 4/20 in New Albany, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library

·        Tues, 5/15 in Terre Haute, Indiana State University

·        Fri, 5/18 in Kokomo, Indiana University-Kokomo

 Tisa M. Davis,  Communications Manager,  Indiana Library Federation, 941 East 86th Street, Suite 260, Indianapolis, IN 46240-1853 – 317-257-2040, ext. 104

April 19: Theodore Dreiser Visiting Writers Series featuring poet Maggie Smith

6:30pm – Margaret L. Boyce Recital Hall (Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts)

Internationally acclaimed poet Maggie Smith will be reading at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 in the Landini Center for the Performing and Fine Arts, Margaret L. Boyce Recital Hall as part of the Theodore Dreiser Visiting Writers Series. The reading will be followed by a question and answer session and a book signing.

Maggie Smith is the author of three books of poetry – Good Bones (Fall 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison [ISU Library PS3619.M5918 A6 2015], winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; and Lamp of the Body [ISU Library PS3619.M5918 L36 2005 ], winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award. She is also the author of three prizewinning chapbooks.

Smith’s poems have appeared in the many other journals and anthologies. Her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and was named the Official Poem of 2016” by the BBC/Public Radio International. In April 2017 “Good Bones” was featured on the CBS primetime drama Madam Secretary, and to date the poem has been translated into nearly a dozen languages.

Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, among others.

This event is sponsored by the Indiana State University Center for Community Engagement and the College of Arts and Sciences.