Hammond Reads is accepting entries for its 17th annual Essay Contest. The contest is open to any student in kindergarten through 12th grade who lives in or attends school in Hammond, and to any adult or senior adult who lives, works or goes to school in Hammond. This year’s theme is “Name a book that makes you happy, and tell us why.” Entries must include book title and author.

Teachers are encouraged to make this a class project, and may submit the top three entries from each class. Entries submitted from schools must include school name, address, teacher’s name and grade.

All entrants receive a certificate of participation. Winners are awarded in these categories: Kindergarten; first through eighth grades; high school; adult; and senior adult. Entries may be submitted to the Hammond Public Library, 564 State St., or to the School City of Hammond Administration Building, 41 Williams St., by 4 p.m. Jan. 26. Judging takes place in February, and winners will be invited to read their essays at an awards ceremony in April.

Details are on the Hammond Reads Facebook page, or at HammondReads.com. For information, or to receive a flyer with official rules, contact Linda Swisher at 219-931-5100, ext. 310, or swishl@hammond.lib.in.us

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