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. We move past events to the bottom.

Virtual Mock Caldecott Workshop 2021

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 7-8:30pm

This is an online event.

See if you can predict the next Caldecott Medal Winner!


In order to participate, you'll need to sign-up before Monday, January 18th at 5 p.m.


  • Go to http://wellscolibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar.
  • Go to January 21st. Then click on the correct program.
  • Click on the "View More" bar on the pop-up screen.
  • Register each participant individually.
  • You should receive an automated confirmation email after you register.
  • You will also receive information via email from Susan about some pre-workshop discussion and balloting.
  • Registration will be limited to 15 people.


We will be using Zoom. Susan will send a link for the workshop a few days before the event.


I would prefer that each attendee has their own device so everyone can participate easily. Please make sure your device has a microphone. Susan's daughter Stefanie Kipfer, who is a children's librarian at Bluffton, is providing the technical support for the workshop. The chat feature will be live and she will be monitoring it; however, the workshop will function better if we talk to each other.


It would be wonderful if your device also has a camera. We're planning to start with everyone introducing themselves, where they work and approximately how many Mock Caldecotts they attended. Then we'll start discussing the books.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 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 Young Adult Literature.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Looking for Love in all the Right Pages

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 7-8pm

This is an online event.

Sit back and relax with some chocolate and coffee, tea, or red wine for an evening of book talks with librarian and bookstagrammer Laura Peden Jones.


Laura will book talk her recent favorite romance books. She will include a combination of adult and young adult titles, and her goal is to hit most of the the romance subgenres: regency/historical, contemporary, Hallmark/feel-good, romcom, fantasy/paranormal, romantic suspense, YA, and what Laura calls steam-fest!


Laura Jones is a librarian and Northwest Regional Coordinator with the Indiana State Library’s Professional Development Office. She writes book reviews on her blog (librarianlaura.com) and IG bookstagram (@laurapedenjones). Laura reviews for both School Library Journal and Library Journal. She is the past Chair of the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award Selection Committee. Prior to her role at the Indiana State Library, Laura was a K-12 School Librarian with Argos Community Schools and a Public Librarian with Culver-Union Township Public Library. She holds a BA in English from Purdue University and a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University. Her favorite genres to read are Romance and Thrillers. When she isn’t reading or trying to finish writing her first novel, Laura loves to spend time enjoying nature with her husband, 2 sons, and 2 Labrador retrievers at her home in Northern Indiana. She also loves to sew, cross stitch, and crochet.



Eventbrite registration link -- Free for Members, $15 for Non-Members


Members: Enter your email address as a promo code to attend for free

Read Aloud Magic with Stephanie Dale

Wednesday, April 14th, 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:

Unpack Your Impact

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

Indiana State Literacy Association 2020 Conference

Saturday, Sep. 12th 2020 at 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 2020 at 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

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Keeping It Simple! Routines and Read Alouds That Support Learners in All Settings

Tuesday, Oct. 27th 2020 at 7pm

This is an online event.

In our hour together, we will explore structures and routines to streamline and simplify students' literacy learning in any setting. Maria will also share a wealth of picture book titles to add to your read aloud collection. Maria is the author of The Ramped-Up Read Aloud (Corwin, 2018) and co-author of The Literacy Workshop (Stenhouse, 2020).


Eventbrite registration link -- Free for Members, $15 for Non-Members


Members: Enter your email address as a promo code to attend for free

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Make Time for Grownup Books

Thursday, Nov. 12th 2020 at 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.


Eventbrite registration link -- Free for Members, $15 for Non-Members


Members: Enter your email address as a promo code to attend for free

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Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is a letter writing contest for students in Indiana in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or deceased) about how the book affected how they see themselves or how they see the world. Indiana students in grades 4-12 are eligible to enter the Indiana Letters About Literature reading and writing contest.



Deadline - January 11, 2021 – This is a great activity for remote learning!

Prizes in Indiana are awarded to the following winners in each level:

  • First Place: $100.00
  • Second Place: $50.00
  • Third Place: $25.00
  • Indiana Author Letters (Awarded to the highest scored letter written to an Indiana Author): $50.00
  • Teacher Prize: $150 (Awarded annually to a teacher who has gone the extra mile to support their students in entering our contest


There are three competition levels:

  • Level I: Grades 4-6
  • Level II: Grades 7 & 8
  • Level III: Grades 9-12


All Indiana winners will be announced in late March, 2021 and will receive an invitation to the virtual Awards Ceremony as well as a prize pack (including free books!) mailed to their home. All Indiana winning letters are published in a booklet that is distributed for free to the winning students.


LAL supports educational standards established for reading and language arts.


The 2020-21 Letters About Literature contest for young readers is made possible by the James and Madeleine McMullen Family Foundation and the Indiana State Library Foundation.


New this year: Because we are not using an online platform for this year’s contest, we no longer require parent permission for students under the age of 13 to simply enter the contest. Parent permission will be sought after winners are chosen. We hope that this will allow more teachers in grades 4-7 to submit class entries.

Grades 4-12 / Enter the Indiana Letters About Literature Writing Competition!

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