There’s a local poll that closed last week. And Howard County Reads soon will announce its results.
The program was introduced in 2004. Its goal: To cultivate a love of reading and to promote a sense of community.
County residents nominated a favorite book for consideration as this year’s Howard County Reads selection. Suggestions were accepted online or at all county library branches through Feb. 28. Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was last year’s choice.
Among 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, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford, “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” by Beth Hoffman and “Out of the Easy” by Ruta Sepetys.
Ben Montgomery’s “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk” — a biography of the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, and the first person to walk it three times — was the 2017 selection. Montgomery visited IU Kokomo that September to answer questions and sign books.
The most important part of Howard County Reads 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participate in Howard County Reads. The program gets better with each passing year.