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Join the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library’s Summer Reading Program for “All Together Now” to celebrate friendship, kindness, and togetherness. Books are available to borrow from the library in braille, large print, and digital audio formats; participants can also download digital audio books and braille files from BARD at External link opens in new tab or window, or use the BARD Mobile app available from the iTunes app store, the Google Play store, or the Amazon App Store.

Any book borrowed from the library within the time frame will count toward a participant’s total. Note that only books borrowed or downloaded from the library will count towards a reader’s total. Every reader will receive prizes!

We will be sending out materials throughout the program including prizes, activity sheets, crafts, and more!

To enroll, please complete the application and email it to Abby Chumin at External link opens in new tab or .

Questions about this program can be directed to Abby Chumin, Librarian, by phone at External link opens in new tab or window317-232-3684 / External link opens in new tab or window1- 800-622-4970 or by email at External link opens in new tab or

TBBL JG 3-13-2023

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Indiana announces new state director and engagement coordinator.

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Melinda Brown (l) and Katie Mullins (r).

The Indiana State Library and The Dollywood Foundation are pleased to announce the hiring of Melinda Brown as state director of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Indiana and Katie Mullins as its community engagement coordinator.

Brown has an extensive history working in the nonprofit sector, most notably with Stayin' Alive, a Franklin County community organization that addresses substance abuse. Brown helped launch a local Imagination Library program in Franklin County in 2007 and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. With the Imagination Library of Indiana, Brown will manage all aspects of the statewide program, staffing, budget management and developing strategies for fostering and sustaining statewide Imagination Library efforts.

“Working with the Indiana State Library to implement Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda to reach children birth to 5 years of age, by gifting books through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is an invigorating honor!” Brown said.

Mullins has a comprehensive background in public libraries, including ten years of experience as an executive director, most recently with the Eckhart Public Library. During her time as an executive director, Mullins honed her leadership, librarianship and strategic planning skills, while instilling a love of reading in children. In her new role, Mullins will develop and maintain strong relationships with local and community partners, volunteers, and supporters statewide.

“This opportunity allows me to fulfill many of my passions - early literacy, philanthropy and building community partnerships in the best possible way, with books,” Mullins said.

In August, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the expansion of the Imagination Library of Indiana’s statewide book-gifting program. The goal of the expansion is to make books available to children ages 0-5 in every zip code in Indiana. Since the statewide launch, 16 new programs have been established bringing the total to 70 counties. The program is serving 89,278 children. The program will soon be available to more children in Indiana at no cost to families. The Indiana State Library is the State Program Sponsor and assists in the coordination of the statewide program and governs the state match. 

To learn more about becoming a community partner, contact Katie Mullins.

To enroll in this program and learn more as it expands across the state, visit the External link opens in new tab or windowImagination Library website.