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Time out For Reading events asks everyone to put their nose in a book

Northwest Indiana Public School Study Council members don red noses in a show of support for "Put Your Nose in a Book" efforts, front row from left, Dr. Peggy Buffington, School City of Hobart; Dr. Mark Sperling, Merrillville Community School Corp.; Edward Schoenfelt, Northwest Indiana Service Center; Dr. Richard Weigel, Portage Township Schools; Jan Flores, Lake Ridge School Corp.; middle row, Dr. Stacey Schmidt, Porter Township Schools; Dr. Debra Howe, Tri-Creek School Corp. in Lowell; Brian Smith, School Town of Highland; Dr. Teresa Eineman, Crown Point Community School Corp.; back row, Dr. Nate Kleefisch, MSD of Boone Township at Hebron; Cindy Scroggins, School City of Whiting; Dr. Larry Veracco, Lake Central Community School Corp.; Aaron Case, Kankakee Valley Community School Corp.; Thomas Taylor, Hannover Community School Corp. in Cedar Lake; Dr. Jeff Hendrix, School Town of Munster; and Dr. Tom Cripliver, Lake Station Community School Corp.

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The Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition and Books to Bridge the Region made annual presentations to area school superintendents last month at the Northwest Indiana Public School Study Council meeting held at the Merrillville Administration Center.

The superintendents were asked to once again support the annual Time Out for Reading literacy promotion that encompasses seven Northern Indiana counties and grows every year.

Dian Reyome, president of the NWILC and Centier Bank's financial capabilities officer, and B2BR's Linda Swisher, public information coordinator for the Hammond Public Library, spoke to study council members about the 20-minute reading event and its importance in raising awareness about reading.

The duo also promoted NWILC’s Photo/Video Recognition Awards which will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Lake County Public Library in Merrillville. The deadline for these entries is Oct. 21. More information can be found at www.nwiliteracy.org/events/tofr/tofr.html.

Each superintendent was given a “Literacy Kit Bag” which contained “Put Your Nose in a Book” materials including red clown noses, bookmarks, details on the B2BR literacy events and information on observing Time Out for Reading at 10 a.m. Oct. 3. 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 ongoing literacy effort.

“Thanks to all the parents, teachers, and supporters of Time Out for Reading in Northwest Indiana. The extra tools and these resources will help our schools and communities again this new school year,” said Ed Schoenfelt, executive director of the Northwest Indiana Educational Service Center and executive secretary of the Northwest Indiana Public Schools Study Council.

NWILC and B2BR volunteers are in the process of delivering “Literacy Kit Bags” to all schools, libraries and organizations as requested.

They contain books provided by B2BR in their effort to connect Northwest Indiana communities through reading. “This year’s B2BR theme is ‘Everyday People; Extraordinary Deeds.’ We think this year’s selections really reflect that theme, and will appeal to readers,” Swisher said.

The adult book is "Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend" by Matthew Dicks; the young adult selection is "The View from Saturday" by E.L. Konigsburg and the children’s book is "Heartprints" by P.K. Hallinan.

For more information about TOFR, contact George Finney at georgeqf@gmail.com or (219) 873-5808, or Reyome at dreyome@centier.com or (219) 755-6140, ext. 1832, or visit www.nwiliteracy.org or www.books2bridge.org.

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Annette is Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for two decades. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.