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Indy Library Board approves merger of Beech Grove Library

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indianapolis Public Library and the Beech Grove Public Library are merging.

The Indianapolis Public Library of Trustees unanimously approved the merger Monday. It goes into effect June 1.

The approval follows a unanimous vote on April 12 by the Beech Grove Public Library Board of Trustees.

The merger will give Beech Grove users access to more materials and services through the Indy Library. There are currently nearly 1.7 million physical items, 200,000 eBooks and digital audio-books, as well as a wide variety of online databases. Some of the online databases include digital magazines and streaming of movies and music.

Beech Grove members will be able to receive notifications on holds and overdue items by text and or by email.

“Through our prolonged research that included a tremendous level of community input, it became apparent that consolidation provides mutual benefits for each library district,” stated Dr. David W. Wantz, President of The Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees. “It eliminates gaps in access to resources for all residents on the city’s Southside while achieving greater efficiency and sustainability in operations.”

In addition, four members of the Beech Grove Public Library Board of Trustees will join the current IndyPL Board through 2016.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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