Andrews library hailing Indiana bicentennial with homegrown prizes

Readers willing to read 200 books — or read for 200 hours — during Indiana’s bicentennial year can earn some of the Indiana-made prizes displayed here by (from left) Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library staff member Dee Kochensparger; ADTPL Friends of the Library member Sandi Denney; and library Director Nancy Disbro.
Readers willing to read 200 books — or read for 200 hours — during Indiana’s bicentennial year can earn some of the Indiana-made prizes displayed here by (from left) Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library staff member Dee Kochensparger; ADTPL Friends of the Library member Sandi Denney; and library Director Nancy Disbro. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

What do Sechler’s Pickles, Hurst Beans and Dad’s Root Beer have in common?

Besides being the makings for an unusual meal, they’re all made in Indiana.

And they’re all prizes that will be given out by the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library during 2016 as the library and its readers celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial year.

Anyone can sign up for the library’s 200 Club, says library Director Nancy Disbro, and a chance to win Indiana-made prizes.

The overall goal will be to either read 200 books or read for a total of 200 hours by the end of 2016. Each time a reader reaches a milestone number of books or minutes, he or she will receive a prize — and all the prizes are made in Indiana.

“It’s really been a collaborative effort,” Disbro says of the 200 Club. The Friends of the Library floated the idea of a reading club, and the library staff pitched in to give it an Indiana flair. The reading challenge is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The 200 Club is one of two projects at the Andrews library that are endorsed by the state as Bicentennial Legacy projects, making them a part of Indiana’s official bicentennial celebration.

The second project in Andrews is Hoosier History Happenings, which will feature programs at the library featuring presenters on local history topics. Programs will be held in February, April, June, August, October and December of 2016, with details to be announced.

Anyone, not just Andrews library cardholders, can sign up for the 200 Club. While the challenge starts on Jan. 1, new participants can sign up at any time during the year.

Monthly celebrations will be held, giving Club 200 members a chance to chat with fellow members of the club and pick up their prizes. Parties will be held on the third Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. at the library, and the December 2016 party will be a birthday party for Indiana.

Readers can sign up for the adult division or the children’s division, and teens can choose to sign up for either division. All of the prizes for adults are made in Indiana, and about half of the children’s prizes are Indiana-made, Disbro says.

Reading 200 books in a year works out to about four books a week, or a book every day and a half, she says.

Those who sign up to read 200 hours will make that goal if they read 45 minutes a day, seven days a week, Disbro adds.

Participants are not limited to books from the library. They can read print books or ebooks from any source, newspapers, magazines and other reading material — as long as they track what they’ve read in the booklet they receive when they sign up.

Participants don’t even need to be one of the Andrews library’s 700 cardholders, Disbro say — although, she adds, cards are free for all 2,000 residents of Dallas Township.

The library’s Knotty Habit Club has provided hand-made dish scrubbers as a prize for one of the levels.

Additional Indiana-made prizes donated by their manufacturers include root beer from Dad’s Root Beer, in Jasper; spice blends from Best Boy & Co., in Roanoke; honey from Sweet Life Honey Farm, in Huntington; and 15-bean soup mix from Hurst Beans, in Indianapolis.

Also, candy from the Albanese Candy Factory, in Merrillville; goat’s milk lotion from Bass Farms, in Shelbyville; Red Hots cinnamon candy from Schimpff’s Confectionary, in Jeffersonville; gluten-free modeling dough from Soy-Yer Dough, in Bloomfield; gift certificates from The Party Shop, in Huntington.

Also, pickles from Sechler’s Pickles, in St. Joe; a Duncan yo-yo from Flambeau Plastics, in Columbus; and, for those who make it to 200 books or 200 hours, a commemorative 200 Club Indiana paperweight from Half Moon Limestone, in Bedford.

Additional children’s prizes include pencils, stickers, magnets, books and more.