Thursday, February 23, 2006

Children's book characters on snail mail

Have you seen these brilliant new postage stamps featuring some of our favorite children's book animals?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Best Books of Indiana Competition 2005-2006

Time is running out to enter nominations for this Indiana Center for the Book competition. Go to The Indiana State Library web site to find the entry form. Four copies of the book must be sent along with the entry form by March 3, 2006.

International Edible Book Festival

This is a fun idea! The Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis is hosting a special event called the International Edible Book Festival. This unusual book/culinary/artistic event will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2006. "The festival challenges bibliophiles of all ages to illustrate their favorite tales using food." Go to the Eiteljorg Museum's web site for examples and for more about this event and the festival.

Katrina Report

The 379 page report on Katrina, A Failure of Initiative: The Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina, is available at

Monday, February 20, 2006

Libraries-- those hip, cool places.

As you may or may not know, librarians do a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth about keeping libraries current, cool, and in the forefront of the public consciousness. We hear a lot about how the latest technology is bound to make us obsolete, and sooner, rather than later.

With that it mind, it was with great interest that I noticed that no fewer than three different commercials airing during the Winter Olympics contain images from libraries.

There's a DHL commercial set entirely in a library, a Visa commercial with the image of a young woman walking through the stacks of a library, with the words "Life takes... exploration" on the screen, and an ExxonMobil commercial that shows a little boy peeking at us over the top of a cart filled with library books. (Sorry, I can't find links to view these commercials online, but if you watch an hour's worth of the Olympics, you'll see at least two out of three.)

Aren't ad agencies full of young people with their fingers on the pulse of America, the better to select images that will grab a consumer's attention? We must be cooler than we think.

Mastodons on Parade book

Mastodons on Parade: Fort Wayne's Community Art Project 2005 is available at several library locations. This book covers the project with vivid photo documentation.

With the success of Mastodons on Parade and with talks such as the Percent for Art program at the Fort Wayne Museum on Art recently, plans for Art on East Main from April 26-May 8... there is so much to be excited about the arts in the Fort.