Titles selected to spur conversation

By Catherine E. Porter
marketing and communication ’16

JAN. 11 – The Trine University LINK Sponsel Library was selected to receive the Next Indiana Bookshelf, a collection of 13 titles designed to spark conversation during the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial. In a competitive application process, the LINK was chosen to receive one of 55 sets awarded in 42 counties across the Hoosier state.

Next Indiana BookshelfThe Next Indiana Bookshelf was created by Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Center for the Book and is designed to encourage thinking and discussion about the present and future of Indiana. The collection features 12 books including Hoosier classics such as “Raintree County,” the writings of Kurt Vonnegut and the poetry of Etheridge Knight, as well as contemporary books like “The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf” and “Invincible, Indiana.”

Additionally, the LINK received a poster of “The Indiana Chant,” written for the bicentennial by South Bend, Ind.-based children’s author April Pulley Sayre. Teachers and librarians are encouraged to use the chant for readings and performances in the weeks and months leading up to Statehood Day on Dec. 11, 2016.

“We are making a number of plans for the bicentennial in collaboration with the Department of Humanities and Communication, so we are thrilled to receive the Next Indiana Bookshelf. We hope to use the bookshelf not only in a bicentennial library display, but also in a Next Indiana book club to talk about who Hoosiers are, how Indiana is changing and how we envision our state going into the future,” said Heather Howard, information services librarian at Trine. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to see the books at the LINK in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center, 720 Thunder Drive. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The library will be closed from Jan. 16-18, March 5-13 and March 25-27.

The Next Indiana Bookshelf is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.