shelby county reads

Shelby County Reads is our One-Community, One-Read program. Each year a committee meets to choose a book title for the community to read and to develop programming that enhances the theme of the book. Titles for our younger readers are also selected that relate to the main book. We are currently reading to choose the 2018 title. Stay tuned for details! Look forward to programming in the fall of 2018. 

The library is proud to have representatives that serve on the committee and to support the programming. 

past titles:

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 I & II by Art Spiegelman
2012: October Sky by Homer Hickam
2013: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2014: The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts, Whip Hand by Dick Francis, and Half Broke  
by Jeannette Walls
2015: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
2016: Indiana Authors & Books (Bicentennial Year)
2017: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear  

supporting Shelby County Reads

Planning for Shelby County Reads is a year-long process requiring many hands and funding. Volunteers to plan and staff events are welcome and deeply appreciated. If you are interested in being on the Shelby County Reads mailing list or receiving updates, please contact us. Monetary donations are tax-deductible. Donations may be directed to their fiscal agent, the Blue River Community Foundation:

  • Go to the 'Donate' section of their website (Scroll down)
  • From the dropdown of 'Youth & Education Giving Options,' select "Shelby County Reads" 
  • Blue River Foundation
    ATTN: Shelby County Reads
    54 W. Broadway St. Suite 1
    Shelbyville IN 46176
  • Checks payable to: 
    "The Blue River Community Foundation" with "Shelby County Reads" in the memo line