Central Indiana Literacy Council

A local council of the Indiana State Literacy Association

Hello, Central Indiana Educators!

Please consider joining Central Indiana Literacy Council for the 2020-2021 school year. Council membership includes membership to Indiana State Literacy Association, an 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 2020 Conference


Our Leadership Team

  • Heidi Brinkman, Carmel Clay Schools
  • Melissa Capin, Westfield Washington Schools
  • Emily Cespedes, Hamilton Southeastern Schools
  • Mayce Hopkins, Westfield Washington Schools
  • Kristin Patrick, Noblesville Schools
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2020-2021 Program Calendar

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

Indiana State Literacy Association 2020 Conference

Saturday, Sep. 12th, 9am

This is an online event.

Conference Registration


  • $20 for CILC/ISLA Members, Enter your email address as a promotional code
  • $35 for Non-members


Conference Schedule

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Author Event - Jennifer Reardon McSoley

Thursday, Oct. 8th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Come meet local author Jennifer Reardon-McSoley. Jenn is the author of three picture books (soon to be four!) in the League of Invisible Abilities series.


Zoom link tbd

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Make Time for Grownup Books

Thursday, Nov. 12th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Shari and Kristin met at NerdCamp Michigan in summer 2018 and haven't stopped talking about books through Goodreads ever since then. Shari is a Staff Developer with Chicago Public Schools and a Contributor to Choice Literacy. Kristin is Past President of Indiana State Literacy Association and a Technology Team Member with The Educator Collaborative. Both are Teacher Consultants with the National Writing Project.


Join them via Zoom to hear their picks for best grownup books of 2020. Be sure to bring a paper and pen. Your to-read list will grow as you prepare for winter break reading.


Zoom link tbd
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#BlackLivesMatter in Black Children's & Young Adult Literature by Dr. Jones

Wednesday, Feb. 10th 2021 at 4-5:30pm

This is an online event.

Join Dr. Darolyn "Lyn" Jones from Ball State University and her students as they offer book talks on Black Children's and YA Lit.


Zoom link tbd
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Read Aloud Magic with Stephanie Dale

Wednesday, April 14th 2021 at 7pm

This is an online event.

Hop on the read aloud train with Stephanie Dale! Participants will leave with a fantastic list of titles and hear about the importance of read alouds. As a bonus, Stephanie will also demonstrate her way of reading aloud which is pure magic!


Zoom link tbd
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Our 2021 Spring Book Club Selection:

A Queer History of the United States: For Young People

Let us know you are reading with us by posting a photo to social media. Be sure to add the hashtag #CentralIndianaReads


*Book Discussion date, time, & location - TBD

Central Indiana Literacy Council

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