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The 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 like 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 Cambridge City Public Library 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 so excited to receive this great set of book about Indiana and from Indiana authors! They will be a wonderful addition to our collection,” said Director, Vicki Melek.


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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.

The Cambridge City Public Library has been 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 Cambridge City Public Library was chosen to receive one of 55 sets awarded in 42 counties across the Hoosier state.

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