Westfield Washington Public Library
333 West Hoover St. Westfield Indiana 46074
317.896.9391 phone | 317.896.3702 fax

Recognition for Awards & Grants

Flag Etiquette Award 2012

The award was presented to in recognition of exemplary patriotism in the display of the American flag. [Read more...] [A guide to flag eduaction from the VFW]


LSTA Technology Grant 2011

Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Westfield Washington Public Library has been awarded $7200 to purchase two new child-friendly internet computers. They are loaded with educational games and a child-friendly, safe internet browser. This internet browser software is available to our patrons to install on their home computers. We will usling this opportunity to teach children about how to stay safe online. More information available at the 2011 LSTA Grant page.



Thaddeus Rex Program Sponsored by Target

We received a $2,000 check from Target to sponsor a performance by Thaddeus Rex, a PBS veteran. Thaddeus Rex’s educational rock concerts show kids specific benefits of becoming a frequent reader. This sounds like a wonderful program and we are very grateful to Target for this donation.

[UPDATE 11/01/10]: Join us at the Westfield High School Auditorium on Saturday, December 4, 2011 at 10 a.m., for this free concert featuring Thaddeus Rex and his best friend Rock. See the program that’s inspired over 250,000 kids across America to get reading. With songs inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Captain Underpants, Green Eggs and Ham, and more, kids can experience the connection between reading and songwriting. The WestfieldWashington Public Library is able to present this award-winning musician thanks to a generous grant from Target.  



LSTA Technology Grant 2010

The Westfield Washington Public Library has been awarded $6000 to purchase new public access computers and wireless access points. More information will be available once the necessary equipment has been obtained and installed.

[UPDATE 03/01/11]: The new computers arrived and are being installed. They are have Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010. Check them out in the Sumner Room.




Picturing America

Westfield Washington Public Library is one of 4,000 libraries across the country selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) to receive free hardcover editions of 17 classic books as part of the We the People Bookshelf grant program. The award is part of the NEH's We the People initiative, which supports projects that strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.

The theme of this year's Bookshelf is "A More Perfect Union."

The We the People Bookshelf on "A More Perfect Union" contains the following books:
Kindergarten to Grade 3:

"Tico and the Golden Wings" by Leo Lionni
"When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson" by Pam Muñoz Ryan
"A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution" by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
Grades 4 to 6:
"César: ¡ Sí, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can!" by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
"Darby" by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
"Eagle Song" by Joseph Bruchac
"The Great Little Madison" by Jean Fritz
Grades 7 to 8:
"Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson
"Hitch" by Jeanette Ingold
"Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered" by Barry Denenberg
"Warriors Don't Cry" by Melba Beals
Grades 9 to 12:
"American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic" by Joseph Ellis
"Carver: A Life in Poems" by Marilyn Nelson
"Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara
"Lincoln in His Own Words" by Milton Melzer
"Twelve Angry Men" by Reginald Rose
"The Souls of Black Folk" by W. E. B. DuBois
"The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns"
"The Civil War: An Illustrated History" by Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Ken Burns
"Declaring Independence: The Origin and Influence of America's Founding Document" edited by Christian Y. Dupont

Betty Overman Grant

A generous grant from the Betty Overman Westfield Washington Public Library Endowment Fund, a fund of Legacy Fund Community Foundation, will be used to create an award winning children's author collection & a special reading area. Comfortable chairs and shelving have arrived and soon will be filled with books by Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King and Young Hoosier Book Award Winners.

Additional funds from the Betty Overman grant will be used to purchase books from Scholastic Publishing Company to provide as reading incentives for the popular Children's Summer Reading Program. Westfield Washington Public Library had 1,698 children participate in this program in 2008.

Who was Betty Overman?
Overman was a rural letter carrier and postmaster of Westfield for 32 years, as well as being named 1994 Westfield Citizen of the Year. She also served on the Library Board of Trustees until her passing in 1997.


Information Technology
LSTA Technology Grant 2005
- "Virtual Classroom" $5000

LSTA Technology Grant 2006
- "Smart Board for use with Virtual Classroom" $2000

LSTA Technology Grant 2008
 - "Wii Are Community" $3905

LSTA Technology Grant 2010
- "Updating & Expanding Public Access Technology" $6000

LSTA Technology Grant 2011
- "Providing Children with Internet Access & Online Safety Information" $7200

Children's Services
AWE Computer Project Grant 2008
- "Early Literacy Stations" $5000

Picturing America 2009
- A More Perfect Union Bookshelf

Sponsored by Target 2010
- Thaddeus Rex Concert $2000

Information Services
Hamilton County CDBG English as a Second Language (ESL) Literacy Grant 2012
- ESL Program $4320

Hamilton County CDBG ESL Literacy Grant 2011
- ESL Program $4741

Dollar General Adult Literacy Grant 2008-2009
- ESL Program $9210

Dollar General Family Literacy Grant 2008-2009
- ESL Program $9500

Hamilton County CDBG ESL Literacy Grant 2006-2007
- ESL Program $5549

Dollar General Adult Literacy Grant 2006-2007
- ESL Program $9210

LSTA Diversity or Special Populations Outreach Grant 2006-2007
- ESL Program
- Senior Life Stories Workshop
- Home School Outreach

Gannett Foundation Grant 2006
- ESL Program $1000

Hamilton County CDBG ESL Literacy Grant 2005-2006
- ESL Program $6000

Wal-Mart Community Literacy Grant 2004-2005
- Started ESL Program at WWPL $1500