Central Indiana Literacy Council

A local council of the Indiana State Literacy Association

Hello, Central Indiana Educators!

Central Indiana Literacy Council membership includes membership to Indiana State Literacy Association, Indiana's International Literacy Association affiliate.

  • Network with literacy-minded professionals at Council events
  • Stay on top of publishing trends in children's and young adult literature
  • Enhance your resume by aligning yourself with the International Literacy Association
  • Earn professional growth points
  • Enjoy a discounted rate to the Indiana State Literacy Association 2021 Conference

Our Leadership Team

  • Heidi Brinkman, Carmel Clay Schools
  • Melissa Wright, Westfield Washington Schools
  • Emily Cespedes, Hamilton Southeastern Schools
  • Mayce Hopkins, Westfield Washington Schools
  • Kristin Patrick, Noblesville Schools
  • Beth Anderson, Hamilton Southeastern Schools

Our Mission

To initiate and support just, equitable, and sustainable policies and practices that advance literacy in the state of Indiana

2021-2022 Program Calendar

Dates and times are subject to change. Bookmark this web page.

Indiana State Literacy Association 2021 Conference

Thursday, Sep. 16th, 6pm to Saturday, Sep. 18th, 1:45pm

This is an online event.

Conference schedule

Registration link

  • $20 for CILC/ISLA members -- Enter your email address as a promotional code
  • $35 for non-members
  • $20 for undergraduate and graduate students
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Central Indiana Literacy Council Meetup

Saturday, Sep. 18th, 3-5pm

8594 East 116th Street

Fishers, IN

Let's meet up on the new Parks Place Pub Outdoor Patio to talk about our new learning from the conference and to make new connections. Look for the table with the copy of Starfish by Lisa Fipps on display!
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Hooking Readers

Tuesday, Oct. 5th, 7pm

This is an online event.

With Stephanie Dale

Learn Stephanie's secrets to hooking her most non-eager readers.

RSVP here to receive the Zoom link in advance of the event.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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4th Grade Student Essay Competition, Indiana’s Great Outdoors!

Why are nature and Indiana’s waterways so important? Fourth graders! Write an essay, and you could be honored at a virtual Statehood Day celebration!

First Place: CollegeChoice 529 Deposit of $250!

2nd, 3rd, and 4th Place Winners: CollegeChoice 529 Deposits of $150!

Entry forms are available here: http://www.in.gov/library/statehood.htm


  • The competition is open to any Indiana 4th grade public, private, or homeschooled student, in the 2021-2022 school year.
  • A panel of judges will choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners.
  • Essays must range from 100 to 300 words, handwritten or typed.
  • Essays must be submitted with an entry form.
    • Individual entries should use the 2021 Individual Entry form.
    • Class sets should use the 2021 Group Entry Form. The following information should be included on each essay for class sets: student name, teacher name, and school name.
  • All Entries may be mailed OR emailed.
    • Mail your entries to: Indiana Center for the Book / Indiana State Library / 140 N. Senate Ave / Indianapolis, IN 46204
    • Mailed essays must be postmarked by Friday, October 22, 2021.
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Writing Prompt: Indiana’s Great Outdoors! Why are nature and Indiana’s waterways so important? Essays should be well organized and reflective of the theme. Judges are looking forward to seeing your students’ interpretation of the theme. Some ideas to help them include: Why is nature important? How do you enjoy nature in Indiana? Why are water and other natural resources important? What outdoor recreational spots in Indiana are special to you? Why is nature important to a great state?

Winners of the essay contest will be honored on Friday, December 10, 2021 in a ceremony that may be in-person or may be virtual. The winners will be expected to record their essays for a virtual ceremony. In-person ceremonies may take place at the Indiana Statehouse or other locations, pandemic permitting.

Questions? Email youngreaderscenter@library.in.gov.

This contest supports the following Indiana Educational Standards: 4.W.3.2, 4.W.4, 4.W.6.1 all, 4.W.6.2 all. The Indiana Center for the Book hosts this essay competition to commemorate Indiana’s 205th Statehood Day.

Keep, Store, Donate, or Trash: Cleaning Up Your Classroom Library

Sunday, Nov. 7th, 7pm

This is an online event.

With Kristin Patrick

For the past decade, much attention has been given to the acquisition of relevant and culturally responsive classroom library materials. These materials can't shine, however, if they are buried under outdated books and torn magazines. Kristin, a huge reader and a former school librarian who has weeded dozens of classroom libraries, will walk you through her methods for deciding what to keep, what to store, what to donate, and what to trash!

RSVP here to receive the Zoom link in advance of the event.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Mock Caldecott Workshop 20022

Saturday, Jan. 15th 2022 at 9am


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Central Indiana Educator Shopping Event

Barnes & Noble River Crossing

Spring 2022

Date and time to be determined

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Do you have an idea for a CILC program?

We always welcome program proposals! You choose the date, time, and format. Pitch an idea to Emily Cespedes at ecespedes@hse.k12.in.us
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Write for Indiana Literacy Journal

Indiana State Literacy Association is relaunching the Indiana Literacy Journal this fall with some new content. One specific area is Voices from the Region. They are specifically interested in submissions from practitioners who can share tips and ideas about what is working in their context, why they are engaging in these ideas, and how others could do this, too. Their goal is to hear from a range of practitioners in and around the state who are interested in literacy.

Here is the call for proposals and the Voices from the Region is 750-1500 words.

Deadline is October 1st.

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Past events

Virtual Exchange on Collection Development

Wednesday, Sep. 8th, 4:30pm

This is an online event.

The Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE), the ILF Youth Services Division, and the Indiana State Literacy Association are hosting a virtual exchange on Sept. 8 to address the burgeoning issue of collection development and challenge policies. It is at 4:30 p.m. ET.

In addition to sharing examples of policies, the exchange will also invite a dialogue on the issue. Those who have been through the process will also share their experiences.

You can also register here.