Books to Bridge the Region matches up with literacy effort

2009-09-28T00:00:00Z Books to Bridge the Region matches up with literacy effortMarlene A. Zloza -, (219) 662-5340

Hammond Reads Inc. will conduct the seventh annual Time Out for Reading kick-off from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday at the Hammond Federal Courthouse. The kick-off features a continental breakfast, a performance by Books, Brushes and Bands for Education's music program and a keynote address by Michael Griffin, clerk-treasurer of Highland.

Members of the Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition and Books to Bridge the Region will explain how they partnered to deliver 450 "bookcases" filled with books, red noses and reading materials to schools and public libraries in seven Northwest Indiana counties. Hammond Reads will present this year's Face of Literacy Award to the Northwest Indiana Reading Council.

To make a reservation, call (219) 852-6515.

Following the kick-off, a special observance of TOFR will include the reading, at 10 a.m., of The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution in several languages.

NILC and Hammond Reads urges everyone to take Time Out for Reading and join thousands across Northwest Indiana to "Put Your Nose in a Book" between 10 and 10:15 a.m. Friday.

Meanwhile, the third annual Books to Bridge the Region promotion continues through October to promote literacy and create conversations across the area. Books at three reading levels were chosen around the theme "Family Matters."

The children's book is "A Day with Wilbur Robinson" by William Joyce. Families may have seen the film version, "Meet the Robinsons." This story follows a boy who visits an unusual family and encounters one wacky relative after another in search of the grandfather's false teeth.

The young adult book is "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963" by award-winning author Christopher Paul Curtis. While the book uses humor to tell the story of the Weird Watsons of Flint, Mich., it also talks about a serious subject - the tumultuous Civil Rights Movement.

The adult book is "The Ride of Our Lives," a humorous yet moving account of "Today Show" correspondent Mike Leonard's cross country trip in an RV with his parents and grown children, and is a celebration of familial ties as well as the community of people one can meet across America.

Leonard will visit the region Oct. 22, for a 2 p.m. presentation at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, and a 6 p.m. program at the LaPorte County Public Library. Both programs are free and open to the public.

In addition to Leonard's visit, libraries and other organizations plan a variety of programs ranging from book discussions to film showings. Information may be found at local libraries, or via e-mail to

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