Public school chiefs promote Time Out for Reading and Books to Bridge the Region

2013-09-09T00:00:00Z 2013-09-12T13:02:07Z Public school chiefs promote Time Out for Reading and Books to Bridge the RegionTimes Staff
September 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MERRILLVILLE | The Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition and Books to Bridge the Region made their annual presentation to area school superintendents at the Northwest Indiana Public Schools Study Council meeting last month.

Each superintendent was given a Literacy Kit bag which contained “Put Your Nose in a Book” materials including red clown noses, lapel pins, bookmarks, details on B2BR literacy events and information on observing Time Out for Reading at 10 a.m. Oct. 4.

They were asked to share the materials with all of their respective principals and staff, and were thanked for all of their support in the literacy effort.

Dian Reyome, president of the NWILC and Centier Bank financial capabilities coordinator, and Linda Swisher, public information coordinator for the Hammond Public Library and B2BR representative, teamed up to promote NWILC’s Photo/Video Recognition Awards Event at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Lake County Public Library in Merrillville. The deadline for Time Out for Reading entries is Oct. 21.

“This is a wonderful partnership that continues to be sustained over time,” said Ed Schoenfelt, executive director of the Northwest Indiana Educational Service Center and executive secretary of the NIPSSC.

NWILC and B2BR members are delivering Literacy Kit bags to surrounding schools and organizations that have expressed interest. The bags contain books provided by B2BR in their effort to connect Northwest Indiana communities through reading.

This year’s B2BR books are: (picture/easy) "Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship" by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, Paula Kahumbu, and Peter Greste; (middle reader) "I Survived Hurricane Katrina" by Lauren Tarshis; and (adult book) "Ashfall" by Mike Mullin.

Contact George Finney at or (219) 873-5808 or Reyome at or (219) 755-6140, ext. 1832, or visit or

The school leaders were told that the Time Out for Reading literacy promotion continues growing each year, with seven Hoosier counties, 56 cities and towns, and 435 schools and libraries now involved.

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