2018 Youth Literary Day & Award Ceremony


All Indiana Letters About Literature semifinalists and finalists are invited to the Indiana Youth Literary Day & Awards Ceremony presented by the James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation on April 28, 2018. Over 100 young Hoosier writers have the opportunity to engage in creative writing workshops presented by notable Hoosier writers, and will be honored at a ceremony following the day’s activities. All students in attendance will receive free books and are invited to an exclusive book-signing and reception.

Preliminary Schedule

  • 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM: Writing Workshop One – Students Only
  • 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM: Writing Workshop Two – Students Only
  • 12:00 PM -   1:00 PM: Lunch with Indiana Writers – Students Only
  •   1:00 PM -   1:15 PM: Awards Ceremony Check In – Students & Family
  •   1:30 PM -   3:00 PM: Awards Ceremony – Students & Family
  •   3:00 PM -   4:30 PM: Author Signing & Reception

Resources & Instructions

  • SUSAN G. KOMAN RACE FOR THE CURE AFFECTING ARRIVAL We have recently learned that the city of Indianapolis will be hosting a large run/walk on April 28th very near the Indiana State Library. The 2018 Komen Central Indiana Race for the Cure will affect arrival for those of you attending the writing workshops. The city has told us that Letters About Literature traffic will be a challenge and that after about  9:15 a.m. roads near the library will get crowded to the point that no vehicle traffic will be able to cross over - until about 11a.m.  Families who arrive before 9:15 should not have too much trouble (according to the city). After 9:15 it will be difficult to cross over New York Street and families will probably need to park north of New York street or east of Capitol Ave and walk, however they may still have a challenge to get across the street by walking. See this map for more details.

    The State Library encourages families to arrive at the State Library before 9:15 a.m. if at all possible. Enter the State Library through the Senate Street door to get children checked in early for the writing workshops. If you cannot make it to our parking options (see below) before 9:15 a.m., the Downtown Indy parking site might be helpful. We are aware this might affect your planning. Be aware that our first writing workshop begins at 10:00 and our second workshop begins at 11:00. All children will be allowed to participate in workshops no matter what time they arrive at the library. We are aware of the race/walk. No one will be considered “late” to Letters About Literature.

    FOR YOUR INFORMATION:  Students may choose to participate in the whole day of activities (see schedule above) or the Ceremony and Reception only.  Either is fine.  You will communicate your preference to us through the online registration form which was mailed to your student at school or to the address we have on file. Please email us at suwalker@library.in.gov if you need the online registration link.

  • WHAT TO WEAR: Letters About Literature concludes each year with a formal ceremony. We frequently hear the question, “what should students wear?” Students are not required to dress up but they should strive to look neat. Students usually wear pants, collared shirts, dresses, skirts, neat jeans, long shorts, or an outfit that they might wear to a formal family event. Students usually do not wear athletic apparel, revealing attire, tee shirts with slogans on them, or jeans with holes in them. That being said, we want your students to be comfortable and there is no strict dress code for the Letters About Literature ceremony.

  • NOTES FOR TEACHERS: Letters About Literature Teachers are welcome to come to the event on April 28. Seating is very limited at our event. Teachers are limited to bringing themselves and one guest. Teachers should register for the event using the online registration link that was emailed to you. Please email us at suwalker@library.in.gov if you need the online registration link.

  • ARRIVAL FOR WRITING WORKSHOPS: Students getting dropped off for the writing workshops can enter the State Library via the east entrance on 140 N. Senate Ave. 

    Students will be welcomed, checked in, and shown to their writing workshops upon arrival. Parents are welcome to assist their students with the check in process, but only the students should remain for the writing workshops and for lunch. Writing Workshops start at 10:00 AM. Please arrive by 9:45 AM so students can get checked in and shown to their workshops.

  • LUNCH AT THE STATE LIBRARY: Students attending the morning writing workshops will have lunch with the authors at the Indiana State Library as part of the Letters About Literature event and will be supervised by the Indiana State Library Staff. Lunch is from 12:00-1:00. Only students who attend the morning workshops will be able to join the authors for lunch.  After lunch, these students will be checked in for the Ceremony and will be shown to the Ceremony by Indiana State Library Staff.

  • ARRIVAL FOR THE CEREMONY: Guests may enter the State Library via the east entrance on 140 N. Senate Ave. or through the main entrance at 315 W. Ohio St.  Click here for an interactive map of downtown Indianapolis.

    Due to space limitations, guests should be registered ahead of time to attend the Letters About Literature Event. Instructions for registering have been sent to the teacher/parent of each respective semifinalist or winner. Upon arrival, student guests who have not attended the writing workshops will be directed to the Great Hall for check in between 1:00-1:15 PM. Please be aware that seating for the ceremony may be limited and that students will be seated at the front near the stage to assist in handing out awards in a timely fashion.

  • PARKING INFORMATION:  We are excited to be able to offer free parking for our event this year. You can park for free at the State Government Garage with entrances on New York Street and Senate Avenue, or in the flat parking lot located at New York Street and Capitol Avenue. The garage is directly across Ohio Street from the State Library and the flat parking lot is just diagonal from us to the northeast.

    Drivers should enter the garage using a lane that has a ticket kiosk. Both entrances to the flat lot have kiosks. When you approach the ticket kiosk, pull a ticket and park your vehicle. Do not park in any reserved spots. Bring your ticket into the library to get it validated. A parking validation station will be available in the registration area and can be done during the reception.

  • BOOK SALES:  Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore will be on site selling merchandise from our authors and other Indiana authors during the reception.

  • FOOD & FUN NEAR THE STATE LIBRARY: Downtown Indianapolis has many dining and entertainment options for families. Click here for a listing of local places visit prior to the Awards Ceremony. Also, visit the Indianapolis Downtown website, or check the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association website to help plan your day's activities.

    The Indiana Historical Society generously offers free admission to their Indiana Experience exhibits for parents and families of students participating in the morning writing workshops at the Library.  The exhibits open at 10:00 AM. The Indiana Statehouse is offering a tour just for Letters About Literature families starting at 10:30. As a reminder no weapons of any kind can be brought into the Statehouse.

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PDO SW 4/25/2018