Shelby County Public Library

The 2013 book titles focus on the theme, with justice for all.

by Stan & Jan Berenstain (Pre K - Grade 2)

GLORY BE by Augusta Scattergood (Grades 3-6)

WONDER by R.J. Palacio (Grades 4-6)

OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon Draper (Grades 6-8)

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee (High School-Adult)

  • AUGUSTA SCATTERGOOD AUTHOR VISIT: We are scheduling school visits with Augusta Scattergood, author of Glory Be, for the spring 2013. If you are a teacher who plans on using the book with your classroom, please make sure to let your librarian know so we can include your students in the visit.

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 Suite 1
ATTN: Shelby County Reads
54 W. Broadway St.
Shelbyville IN 46176

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 looks forward to working directly with the schools each year. If you are a teacher (including home-school teachers) or librarian in Shelby County, here are a few ways you can get involved with this year's programs.

  • GET A COPY OF THE BOOKS: Each school librarian in Shelby County was delivered one set of the selected books. In the past, teachers have used these copies to read aloud to students. Depending on available funds, Shelby County Reads has also been able to sponsor class sets of the books on occasion. Please contact Carolyn Statler at Three Sisters Books and Gifts (317-392-2270) if you would like to request additional copies of a particular book to circulate to students.

  • ENCOURAGE STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN THE WRITING CONTEST: Writing contest topics are based on this year's theme "with justice for all". Teachers often use this contest as a classroom assignment. Last year, we had over 900 entries! Awards including gift cards to Three Sisters Books and Gifts are presented at a special ceremony at Shelbyville High School. Entries are due on Friday, March 22. The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, April 8 at 7pm at Shelbyville High School's Golden Bear Room - with a meet and greet session with author, Augusta Scattergood.

  • ANNOUNCE THE AUDITIONS FOR THE SHELBY COUNTY PLAYERS' PRODUCTION OF "TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD": Shelby County Players will be holding auditions for their production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" on January 7 and 8 at the Strand Theatre.  


    • (1/26/13) SCR KICK-OFF AT GROVER MUSEUM:  The open house (2-4pm) will feature actors in the museum's "Streets of Old Shelby," tasting food made from recipes used during the depression era, children's activities, and a special storytelling performance by Lou Ann Homan at 2:30pm.

    • (02/18/13) DOCUMENTARY AT THE LIBRARY: The library will be showing the documentary, "Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird," on Monday, February 18 at 6:30pm in the library's Carnegie East Wing. Containing never-before-seen photos and letters, “Hey, Boo” features insightful interviews with friends and an exclusive interview with Lee’s sister, Alice Finch Lee (age 99 at filming). —from the PBS American Master Series. 

    • (3/03/13) MOVIE & SKYPE VISIT WITH MARY BADHAM: The film, To Kill a Mockingbird, will be shown at 1:30pm at the Strand Theatre. Following the film at 4pm, Mary Badham, who played Scout in the film will be joining us virtually through a Skype visit. Free tickets for this event are available at the library and Three Sisters Books and Gifts.

    • (FEBRUARY) BOOK DISCUSSIONS: To Kill a Mockingbird will be discussed at
    • (MARCH) SCP PRODUCTION OF "TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD":  Shelby County Players' performances of "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be held at the Strand Theatre on March 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24. A free performance for students will be held on Wed., March 20 at 7pm. NEW! Check out the promotional video for the production!