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IU Northwest Early Literacy Academy to distribute 9,000 free books

The IU Northwest Early Literacy Academy, in conjunction with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), will be distributing 9,000 free books to children from Gary, September 24-30. Pre-registration is not required. All parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children, from newborn to age six to a distribution site of their choice to receive a free book. Children must be present to pick out the book of their choice. There will also be additional distribution days in October and November that will be announced at a later date.

The goal is to attract 200-250 preschoolers and their parents to each distribution site. Each site distribution event will last approximately 2 hours with one to three book distribution sessions per day.

Distribution locations for the month of September are as follows:

Saturday, September 24, 2005, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Genesis Convention Center, 1 Genesis Plaza

Monday, September 26, 2005, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

IUN Child Care Center 3400 Broadway

Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Geminus Head Start, 3880 Jackson St.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tradewinds Rehabilitation Center, 5901 W. 7th Ave

Wednesday, September 28, 2005, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Gary Methodist Hospital, 600 Grant St.

Thursday, September 29, 2005, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Banneker Achievement Center, 1912 W. 23rd Ave

Friday, September 30, 2005, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Gary Neighborhood Services, 300 W. 21st. Ave

Friday, September 30, 2005, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

US Steelyard & the Gary Railcats Stadium, 201 E. 5th Ave

Volunteers are also needed to help distribute books, as well as to read books, conduct literacy activities, help with registration, and assist with set up. Volunteers are asked to work one day or for the entire series. This is an opportunity for community members to help place quality books in the hands of young children and begin to build a love of reading.

For more information on volunteering, or for a complete list of distribution sites, please contact Deborah Culver at 219-980-6586 or e-mail

The Indiana University Northwest Early Literacy Academy, launched in 2002, works to address the literacy needs of northwest Indiana in an effort to break the low-literacy-poor-economy cycle through developmentally appropriate early intervention needs assessment and literacy training. The Early Literacy Academy focuses its resources on parents and caregivers of newborns to six-year-olds. It’s a developmentally appropriate, interdisciplinary approach to advance life-long learning, improve school performance, enrich family bonds and elevate the standing of the entire community through intense on-site trainings convenient to parents and caregivers.



Media Contact:

Michelle Searer
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