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July 22, 2010

Get involved with ‘Reads’

Perhaps you recently returned from vacation and caught up on some summer reading. You discovered a real page-turner you’d like to share with others.

Howard County Reads wants 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.

Planners from the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and Greentown Public Library have taken community-building a step farther this year.

Between now and July 31, county residents – as in previous years – can nominate a personal favorite for consideration as this year’s Howard County Reads selection.

A committee of residents and library staff will winnow the nominated titles to a “top 10.”

Beginning Sept. 1, residents will have until Oct. 31 to vote for one of the 10 books they want to read as the Howard County Reads selection. The winning title will be announced Nov. 11.

Both libraries have made it easy to participate. To nominate a book for consideration, or vote for a title among this year’s top 10, you can do it online at howardcountyreads.org, or fill out a nomination form at any library in the county.

The most important part of Howard County Reads, however, is to get involved in this community activity. You can 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 e-mailing read@howardcountyreads.org. And if are interested in joining the committee selecting this year’s top 10 books, call Margi Bontrager at 765-628-3534 or Trisha Shively at 765-457-3242.

We believe this will be the best year yet for the program.

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