Miscellaneous
Indianapolis book club celebrates 40th anniversary

Several months ago, a book club reached out to our staff who manages the Novel Conversations lending library for book clubs. The club inquired about donating some books to the collection in honor of the 40th anniversary of their group’s founding. We were interested, of course, so we asked them …

December 23, 2020
Miscellaneous
Novel Conversations 2020 Recap

  These titles were the next 10 most requested book kits after our top title. Check out what our clubs are reading! Top row: Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, Fredrik Backman, Ann Patchett, Sandra Dallas Bottom row: James Patterson, Kristin Hannah, David McCullough, David Baldacci, Amor Towles   Check out your …

December 23, 2020
Press Releases
Monthly science-themed book club opens with “Ready Player Two” virtual discussion featuring local experts

A book club for the scientifically curious that was created in the wake of the March for Science has announced it will be back for another year and is starting with what is likely to be its most popular book ever: “Ready Player Two” by Ernest Cline. The book club—called …

December 15, 2020
Indiana Humanities awards 31 nonprofits with nearly $125,000 in grants  
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Indiana Humanities awards 31 nonprofits with nearly $125,000 in grants  

Dozens of schools, libraries and other organizations across the Hoosier State have received grants from Indiana Humanities to provide public humanities programs in their communities. Projects supported with Indiana Humanities grants include a reading-and-discussion program in Gary that focuses on a Martin Luther King Jr. speech, a project in Mitchell that digitizes and makes available historic artifacts related to Spring …

December 2, 2020
Indiana Humanities 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
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Indiana Humanities 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

The Indiana Humanities team offers our own suggestions for gifts this holiday season: Keira– Memberships to local cultural organizations make a great gift and provide essential support to this vibrant part of our community.  In many ways it’s the gift that keeps on giving providing the recipient with activities throughout the year including exclusive …

December 1, 2020
The Future of Rural with Ryan Schnurr
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The Future of Rural with Ryan Schnurr

This November, Indiana Humanities is focusing on our One State / One Story selection, Jean Thompson’s The Year We Left Home. The Year We Left Home explores ideas of rural, urban and suburban experiences, the American Dream and how we connect to a place. To help us explore these ideas further, we’re connecting with Hoosiers who …

November 27, 2020
New Advancing Racial Equity Book Collection in Novel Conversations Library
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New Advancing Racial Equity Book Collection in Novel Conversations Library

Earlier this year, Indiana Humanities awarded 150 grants to Indiana libraries to fund collection development in the area of advancing racial equity, thanks to funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. This funding also allowed us to purchase several new book kits in this collecting area for Novel Conversations, outlined below. Recipients …

November 25, 2020
The Farm Crisis of the 1980s
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The Farm Crisis of the 1980s

On December 10, 1985, farmer Dale Burr of Lone Tree, Iowa, walked into the Hills Bank and Trust and killed his banker. Before leaving for town, he had shot and killed his wife. When he returned home, he shot and killed a neighbor, then killed himself. His wasn’t the only …

November 23, 2020