Hammond Reads, Inc. is dedicated to the idea that reading and literacy are a vital part of life at every stage.

Hammond Reads strives to educate the community about literacy across the life cycle, from birth to the senior years, and our work includes information sharing, advocacy, and resource networking. We address all facets of literacy, including emergent literacy, English as a Second Language and family, cultural, financial and health literacy.

History of Hammond Reads

In 2001, then-Mayor Dedelow wanted to encourage literacy and reading in the City of Hammond. In early summer, representatives from the City of Hammond, the Hammond Public Library, School City of Hammond and the Calumet Area Literacy Council began to meet under the name “Hammond Reads Partnership,” an 18-month collaboration that would support existing literacy organizations.

Within months of our first meeting, we sponsored four Literacy Town Meetings in order to define literacy and discuss its efforts; offer Hammond literacy statistics; identify organizations providing services that encourage literacy, education or reading, and identify gaps in services.

After several meetings, it was obvious that literacy in Hammond was too important an issue to be addressed for only 18 months and the stakeholders voted to pursue incorporation. Hammond Reads, Inc. was incorporated in the State of Indiana on October 25, 2002 and received 501(c)3 status on March 23, 2005.

Board of Directors

PresidentLinda SwisherHammond Public Library
Vice PresidentMegan SikesLake Area United Way
TreasurerJoanne BroderickHammond resident
SecretaryJoe CoatesPurdue University Northwest
Isabel EscobedoCity of Hammond
Michelle Golden Books, Brushes & Bands for Education
Lina GordonEarly Learning Partnership
Toni JacquesSchool City of Hammond/Hammond Adult Education)
Caryn JanigaCity of Hammond
Cheryl JonesSchool City of Hammond
Sally OpolskiHammond Public Library
Phyllis SovolaHammond resident
Clint TurpenREGIONAL Federal Credit Union
Alice VockellHammond resident