Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 31, 2012

Read with ‘Reads’

2012 Editorial Agenda: Community development


Tribune managing editor

— Candidate endorsements soon will fill our in-box as the primary election approaches. Yet there’s another poll under way you shouldn’t miss.

And Howard County Reads is waiting to hear from you.

The program was introduced in 2004. Its goal: To cultivate a love of reading and to promote a sense of community.

Starting in February, county residents began nominating a favorite book for consideration as this year’s Howard County Reads selection. Jamie Ford’s “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” was last year’s choice, so you won’t want to recommend that one.

Other past selections were “O Pioneers!” by Willa Cather, “Cold Sassy Tree” by Olive Ann Burns, “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith, “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara, “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

Both libraries have made it easy to participate. To nominate a book for consideration, you can do it online at howardcountyreads.org, or fill out a nomination form at any library branch.

The most important part of Howard County Reads, however, is to get involved in this community activity. Once this year’s selection is announced, read it and join one of the program’s book discussion groups, or form your own among friends and co-workers. Howard County Reads will even provide your group a discussion leader.

If you want to host a book discussion, let organizers know by calling 765-454-4710 or emailing read@

howardcountyreads.org. And if you are interested in joining the committee selecting this year’s book, call Margi Bontrager at 765-628-3534 or Trisha Shively at 765-457-3242.

Participate in Howard County Reads. This could be the best year yet for the program.