Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hammond Public Library hosts teen programs in February

The Hammond Public Library cordially invites teens in grades 7-12 to attend four programs during the month of February. All programs are free. For more information, please call Ms. Aysha Haq, teen librarian at the Hammond Public Library, at (219) 931-5100, ext. 351 or visit the library's website at

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Follow Oliver P. Morton to the Library Media Center via Facebook

The Morton High School Library Media Center's Facebook page features:
  • library news and programming information; 
  • coverage of library events;
  • Morton Book Club happenings; 
  • book and author highlights; 
  • OverDrive/Sora updates;  
  • and here and there, a quirky post or two of literary interest.
"Like us" to stay connected! Blog note: Kudos to library student intern Bianca Roman for her help in designing the library's Oliver P. Morton Facebook flyer.

Monday, January 7, 2019

18th Annual Hammond Reads Essay Contest gives a nod to courageous literary characters

Favorite stories usually mean favorite characters. Atticus Finch, perhaps, To Kill a Mockingbird's determined attorney and loving father, or maybe the brave Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. A character who lingers in our minds long after we finish reading the story deserves certain recognition. Whichever character that is for you, it's time to sing their praises in 250 words or less. 

The Hammond Public Library is now accepting entries for the 18th annual Hammond Reads Essay Contest. The contest is open to any student in grade levels K-12 who lives in or attends school in Hammond and to any adult or senior adult who lives in, works in, or goes to school in Hammond. This year’s theme is “Tell us about your favorite character from a book who acted courageously, and why you like this character." Entries must include the book title and author. 

Teachers are encouraged to make this a class project and may submit the top three entries from each class. Entries submitted from schools must include school name, address, teacher’s name, and grade.

All entrants receive a certificate of participation. Winners are awarded in the following categories: Kindergarten; first through eighth grades; high school; adult; and senior adult. Entries may be submitted to the Hammond Public Library, 564 State Street, Hammond, IN 46320 or to the School City of Hammond Administration Building, 41 Williams Street, Hammond, IN 46320 by Friday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. Judging will take place in February, and winners will be invited to read their essays at an awards ceremony in April.

Details are on the Hammond Reads Facebook page. Contest flyers are available in Morton's Library Media Center. Interested writers also are invited to contact Linda Swisher at the Hammond Public Library directly at (219) 931-5100, Ext. 310 or

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Senior interns share their time and talents in the Library Media Center

Library Media Center student interns (left to right) Christina Evanich, Keaira Miller, Nueletzy Escorza, 
and Bianca Roman relax next to their holiday book sculptures.
Another group of students is earning an elective credit by working as interns in the Library Media Center during the first semester of the school year. Seniors Nueletzy Escorza, Christina Evanich, Keaira Miller, and Bianca Roman have spent the term performing a variety of tasks, including supervising the circulation desk; helping create and dismantle book displays; providing collection management support; transporting equipment around the building; maintaining Chromebook carts; and addressing various requests for technical assistance.

Bianca Roman's friends initially questioned her decision to become an intern. "They thought it would be boring in the library," she said. "But it's not. There's something different to do every day." One of the tasks Bianca has been assisting with is building next year's new book order. The task requires researching newly published young adult books, adding them to a book list for future purchasing, and keeping track of which books are part of a series. "I enjoy reading about new books and organizing the information I find, she added."

Nueletzy Escorza puts the finishing touches on the Library Media 
Center's Banned Books display. 
Prior to working in the Library Media Center, Christina Evanich said she had not really visited the library that much. "I had no idea how many books we had or how much work is involved," she added. "Interning here has changed my perspective. A lot goes into keeping up the Library, but it is well worth it to see kids still reading books. It also has been an enjoyable experience working with Ms. Hladek and Mrs. Z."

Nueletzy Escorza said she did not realize how much assistance the library provides to the rest of the building. "Whenever there are problems with any kind of technology...a Chromebook, a Promethean board, STI...people always call or come to the library," she added. "I enjoy working at the circulation desk, checking books out and in. It's not that hard to return books. Students can always renew them if they're not finished...before they become overdue." 

Keaira Miller said she enjoys helping people, too. "There's a lot to do," she added. "But I enjoy working on the displays the best. That's where my creativity comes out. I would recommend the internship to other students."

Library media specialist Ms. Kelly Hladek is very pleased with the interns' efforts. "We try to make sure our interns get one step closer to being 'career ready' after spending a semester with us," she said. "These students are some of Morton's finest. Any employer would be happy to have them on board."

Friday, December 7, 2018

Morton HS Governors code alongside students at Harding and Hess elementary schools

Morton HS Governors Jessica and Jennifer Martinez (back row, to the right) helped students at Harding 
Elementary School earn their Hour of Code certificates. 

It's been Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 3-9, 2018), and schools around the world have been celebrating the field of computer science by encouraging students to participate in one hour of coding activities. Hour of Code is sponsored by the non-profit organization and is supported by a number of other corporations, including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. The annual movement spotlights the importance of computer programming in today's society.

Governors (and former Hess Hawks) Adan Huerta, Hugo Patino, and 
Ernesto Rojo returned to their elementary school to help students earn 
their Hour of Code certificates. 
Five Morton Governors participated in this year's Hour of Code on Thurs., Dec. 7 by helping younger students at nearby Harding and Hess elementary schools write some basic lines of code. The Governors included Adan Huerta, Jennifer Martinez, Jessica Martinez, Hugo Patino, and Ernesto Rojo. They remember participating in Hour of Code when they were in elementary school!