602 F Street
LaPorte, IN 46350
Phone: 219-362-3102 Fax: 219-324-2142

Principal: Mr. Ben Tonagel
Associate Principal: Mr.Scott Upp

Book Award Program

The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award) is chosen annually by students across Indiana in grades nine through twelve. Students at participating high schools who read at least five of approximately 20 nominated books are eligible to vote for their favorite. The votes are tabulated each April, and the winner is announced.

The author of each year’s award-winning book is invited to receive the Rosie Award in person at a special event sponsored by the Association for Indiana Media Educators and the Indiana Library Federation.

The purpose of the Rosie Award is to encourage high school students to read for fun. It also promotes cooperation between school administrators, media specialists, teachers and public librarians in broadening reading programs. Rosie promotes reading across the curriculum.

"Rosie Awards"

The library staff would like to give you a heads up on a great program coming your way

Beginning with the next school year, 2006-2007, the library will be offering the "Rosie Rewards" program. What is the "Rosie Rewards" program? It is a great opportunity for all LPHS students to read some great books and earn a chance to win some great prizes including an iPod, gift certificates to restaurants and store in the LaPorte area and many others. Read a book from the list of Eliot Rosewater "Rosie" nominees. After reading each book, simply return the book to one of the library staff, answer a few simple questions about the book, pick up a "Rosie Rewards" punch card and when you have seven punches on your card, you are entered into the drawing for our great prizes. Any student that has read 14 books and filled out 2 punch cards by May 18, 2007, will be entered into the grand prize drawing for an iPod. Many of next years "Rosie" nominees are already available for check out and and will be available soon, so get a head start on next years list now. See and library staff member for a list of these nominees and further details about the "Rosie Rewards" program.

Who is Eliot Rosewater?

Eliot Rosewater is a recurring fictional character in Kurt Vonnegut's novels. Vonnegut is a famous Hoosier author who grew up in Indianapolis. This award is named to honor him and al Indiana writers.

How Nominees are Selected

Each year a committee of Indiana high school students, media specialists, and English teachers compiles a list of nominated titles. A book is eligible for nomination if it:

  1. Is appropriate for students in grades 9-12
  2. Is in print at the time of the nomination
  3. Has not been nominated within the past three years.

To suggest a book for the Rosie nominee list, fill out the Rosie Favorite Books for Consideration form and return it to the Indiana Library Federation office

Who May Participate?

Any school in Indiana serving students in grades 9-12 can participate if they:

  1. Sign up to participate in the program by December 1
  2. Make sure at least twelve of the nominated titles are available to students
  3. Provide voting forms for each student who has read at least five of nominated books
  4. Tally their students' voting forms and report the results to the Rosie Committee by April

To sign up your school to participate in the Rosie program, fill out the School Registration Form and return it to the Indiana Library Federation office. It is not necessary to enroll each year. Once your school is enrolled, it will remain the Rosie Participating Schools database. As information concerning your school or personnel changes, please send updates to the ILF (www.ilfonline.org) office using the Rosewater Registration Form. You must click on programs the Eliot Rosewater.

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