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March 28, 2011

Howard County Reads seeks book suggestions

Titles must be nominated by April 11

Kokomo — Book lovers of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and the Greentown Public Library have until April 11 to nominate a favorite title to be the 2011 Howard County Reads selection.

Trisha Shively, head of adult and teen services at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, said the Howard County Reads program is returning to its traditional format, with voters nominating favorite books and a selection committee choosing the book for the year and planning programming to go with it.

In 2010, the selection committee narrowed the choices to 10, and voters picked the Howard County Reads book. The voting process replaced programming. Shively said the change was because the main library was in a temporary site during renovation, and the move back into the downtown location took place during the usual programming window.

Shively said so far, there are about 25 books nominated, and usually, there are about 100 nominations.

Patrons may nominate books at any Kokomo library branch or the Greentown Public Library, or online at www.HowardCountyReads.org.

The selection committee looks for books that are well-written, character-driven, not too long, interesting for a wide range of readers and available in paperback.

Those interested in being part of the selection committee may contact Shively at 765-457-3242 or Margi Bontrager, Greentown library director, at 765-628-3534.

Bontrager urged patrons to nominate a favorite book.

“We really would like people to be making nominations,” she said.

• Danielle Rush is the Kokomo Tribune education reporter. She can be reached at 765-454-8585 or danielle.rush@kokomotribune.com.

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