Thursday, February 9

Novel Conversations Receives $30,000 Grant

Nearly $30,000 will support Novel Conversations, a statewide literary program

*** Press Release ***

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 9, 2012) – Novel Conversations, a free Indiana Humanities program that lends sets of books to book clubs across the state, recently received nearly $30,000 in grants to help increase Hoosiers’ access to books. The program received a grant for $10,000 from The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, as well as a $19,200 grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Novel Conversations is a free, statewide lending library with more than 375 titles in its collection. The grants will allow Indiana Humanities to reach readers in underserved areas of the state (including those without access to libraries), facilitate discussions with Hoosiers all across the state and fund events with Indiana authors.
Any Indiana resident with a book club can participate in Novel Conversations for free. Books are shipped via the Indiana State Library’s INfo Express service to libraries around the state, or picked up and returned at Indiana Humanities’ headquarters in Indianapolis. Residents of areas outside library districts may be eligible for free, direct shipping. All books must be reserved in advance, which can be done by either calling 317.638.1500, or by e-mailing Nancy Conner at nconner@indianahumanities.org.

For a complete list of books included in Novel Conversations, visit www.indianahumanities.org and click on the programs tab.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

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