Shelby County Public Library



Shelby County Reads Books

We encourage you to read with our community during the twelfth season of Shelby County Reads. Books will be available at the public and school libraries or purchase a copy locally at Three Sisters Books and Gifts

Books for all age levels are chosen each year and are distributed to Shelby County Schools. The 2014-15 titles focus on the theme "courage."


MY BRAVE YEAR OF FIRSTS: TRIES, SIGHS, AND HIGH FIVES by Jamie Lee Curtis (Pre K - Grade 1)

WAGON WHEELS by Barbara Brenner (Grades 2-3)

THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX by Kate DiCamillo (Grades 3-5)

DIAMOND WILLOW by Helen Frost (Grades 6-8)

INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer (High School - Adult)

UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand (High School - Adult)


Shelby County Reads is sponsored in partnership with the Blue River Community Foundation. Thank you to all of the donors who support Shelby County Reads!

Send donations to:

Blue River Foundation 
ATTN: Shelby County Reads
54 W. Broadway St. Suite 1
Shelbyville IN 46176
317.392.7955

Checks payable to: 

Blue River Foundation with ‘Shelby County Reads’ in the memo line

For more information: 

Sandy Learned 317.392.1956
or Laura Guenin 317.398.7121 

SHELBY COUNTY READS' MISSION

The mission of Shelby County Reads is to encourage literacy. By bringing in authors, hosting events, and selecting different genres of material each year, it is Shelby County Reads' purpose to expose the community to a broad range of literary material as well as support discussion of the chosen books with engaging programs. (Check out the 2014-15 Event Schedule)

PAST SELECTIONS

2004: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom

2005: PAY IT FORWARD by Catherine Ryan Hyde

2006: THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini

2007: GETTING OPEN by Tom Graham and Rachael Graham Cody

2008: MY SISTER'S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult

2009: SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by David Guterson

2010: FOLLOW THE RIVER by James Alexander Thom

2011: MAUS 1 & 11 by Art Spiegelman

2012: OCTOBER SKY by Homer Hickam

2013: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

2014: HALF BROKE HORSES by Jeannette Walls (Adult); WHIP HAND by Dick Francis (Adult); THE EIGHTY-DOLLAR CHAMPION by Elizabeth Letts (Adult)

2015: UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand

HOW DO WE CHOOSE THE BOOKS?

Each spring, committee members pore over various titles paying close attention to reviews from quality sources respected by professional librarians and educators across the nation.

SUPPORT

Shelby County Reads is a year-long process requiring many hands and funding. Volunteers to plan and staff events are welcome and deeply appreciated. Monetary donations are tax-deductible.