Hoosier Family of Readers Update

News from AISLE's Reps on the Advisory Committee

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Indiana State Fair

The next big event for HFR is the Indiana State Fair, which starts this Friday 8/5 and runs through Sun 8/21. We could still use some volunteers to help at the IDOE booth in the Bicentennial Harvest building (near the Dairy Barn). We could especially use some help in the evenings and on weekends. Contact Jill Lyday if you are interested. We will be giving away books and brand-new HFR goodies! If you work at the booth, you will get free parking and free admission to the fair, plus great expressions of gratitude from the book recipients!

WFMS radio in Indy will be broadcasting via live remote from the parking lot of the new Meijer on North Keystone Avenue Thursday 8/4, from 4-6 p.m. Greg Bedan, Marsha Reynolds and Jill Lyday will be live on-air at the break-ins to promote Hoosier Family of Readers and our booth at the State Fair. We will be giving away our new HFR goodies to those who stop by, and WFMS will be giving away free tickets to the fair. If you live in Indy or are in the area, please stop by and visit.

Updates from Jill Lyday at DOE


· As of today 902,569 books have been distributed/read since January 1st. During the summer, Supt. Ritz increased our goal to 2 million by the end of the year!

· We have earned another truckload of 40,000 books from First Book. Also, we have partnered with the Vincennes Logistics and Training and Education Center in Plainfield, IN, to receive the shipments and deliver them to the 4 sites that will be hosting literacy/book giveaways in conjunction with the Bicentennial.

· Our HFR Advisory Council members in Bloomington and Ft. Wayne are coordinating these events. Vincennes University is working with the Bicentennial coordinator there to receive books and host an event.

· Hoosier Family of Readers and the College and Career Readiness team at the IDOE will be giving away books at the Statehouse for Hoosier Homecoming Day on Oct. 15. Vincennes Logistics and Training Center will park a truck there, and we will give away books right off the truck and possibly inside near Supt. Ritz’s office. Please feel free to join us if you’d like to attend this wonderful Bicentennial Day in Indianapolis!

· Check out the HFR website for the addition of a link to Andrew Luck’s Book Club. It’s really wonderful and very well-organized.

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Bicentennial Classroom Challenge

Superintendent Ritz & the Hoosier Family of Readers team challenge classrooms throughout Indiana to celebrate the Indiana Bicentennial by reading 200 books, either digital or print, before December 31, 2016!

When you reach the challenge goal, take a photo of your class with a visual that displays your accomplishment! Be creative! To share your progress, complete this form, upload your photo, and click Submit. You can also share your classroom’s progress with us on social media by mentioning the Hoosier Family of Reader’s Twitter account or the Hoosier Family of Readers Facebook page. AISLE's own Leslie Sutherlin is responsible for many of the participants so far!

New License Plate Can Support Your District, Promote Reading

Did you know you can have your own Hoosier Family of Readers License Plate? It is listed as Indiana Department of Education. You can select it from this BMV page. $15 of the fee goes to a school district of your choice.

Hoosier Family of Readers Advisory Council, Partners, & the IUPUI Soccer Team

Council members held their most recent meeting at the IUPUI Surplus Warehouse, witnessing first-hand a distribution of thousands of books as part of the First Book Program.
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