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. The library is proud to have representatives that serve on the committee and to support the programming. (View the 2018 Shelby County Reads Chosen Books)
2018 SHELBY COUNTY READS SPONSORED EVENTS:
A morning to celebrate all things Anne will be held in the Old Streets of Shelby! Children (and adults!) are cordially invited to participate in an Anne of Green Gables party with fellow kindred spirits in conjunction with Shelby County Reads. Join us for an hour of activities and sweet treats. Root beer floats will be served at noon. RSVP Required.
past 2018 shelby county reads events:
This is a book group geared toward those in 3rd-5th grades. We meet on the third Thursday of each month in the youth department! We’ll talk about The Real Boy by Anne Ursu on October 17 at 4pm (…and maybe talk about some other books that you like too!).
The orphan trains moved over 200,000 homeless children from Five Points, NYC to the farms of Midwest farmers who fostered or adopted them. Shelby County Reads is happy to sponsor storyteller and author Cleo Lampos to visit the Shelby County Public Library to talk about this part of American History. The presentation will be held on Wed., October 16 at 7pm in the Indiana Room (located inside the library's annex).
This is a book group geared toward those in 3rd-5th grades. We meet on the third Thursday of each month in the youth department! We’ll talk about Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff on September 19, 2019 at 4pm (…and maybe talk about some other books that you like too!). *This is a featured Shelby County Reads selection!
Shelby County Reads is honored to host Robin Benway on Tues., September 17. Robin is the author of Far from the Tree, the 2019 Shelby County Reads’ high school book selection. She will be giving two presentations to high school students (closed to the general public). Take advantage of the opportunity to meet her and get your books signed at a Meet & Greet at Queen’s Cafe and Dining at 6pm. $10 will cover your dinner cost. Space is limited. Please RSVP here.
FIRST FRIDAY FUN! Stop by First Friday to help us kick off Shelby County Reads! Take part in themed activities based on The Boxcar Children Series, say hi to Chase from Paw Patrol, and learn about pet adoption with the Shelbvyille/ Shelby County Animal Shelter.
The Shelby County Reads Writing and Art Contest is back! The theme for Shelby County Reads 2019 is ‘Adoption and Family.’ All ages will respond to the same question: “What makes a family?” The responses can be an essay, a story or a work of art. Prizes will be awarded to five age groups. View entry form.
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE: We are pleased to announce that B.A. Shapiro, author of Shelby County Reads main book selection, The Muralist, will be joining us for a special presentation on Thurs., Oct. 11 at the First Presbyterian Church. The author presentation (free ticket required) will begin at 7pm. A Q&A and book signing will follow the presentation.
FILM: Big Eyes is a 2014 American biographical drama about the life of American artist Margaret Keane who became famous for drawing portraits and paintings with big eyes. It follows the story of Margaret and her husband, Walter Keane, who took credit for Margaret's phenomenally successful and popular paintings in the 1950s and 1960s. Free Event.
FILM/CRAFT 6PM: Lust for Life is a 1956 American biographical film about the life of the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. An excerpt of the film will be shown followed by an impressionist art activity directly afterward. Free Event.
FILM/CRAFT 2PM: Lust for Life is a 1956 American biographical film about the life of the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. An excerpt of the film will be shown followed by an impressionist art activity directly afterward. Free Event.
DOCENT-LED TOUR! Take advantage of this unique behind-the-scenes collections tour of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. See and learn about WPA artifacts in this docent-led tour. Thank you, Shelby County Reads, for making this event possible!
FILM: Woman in Gold is a biographical drama released in 2015. Sixty years after fleeing Vienna, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish woman, attempts to reclaim family possessions that were seized by the Nazis. Among them is a famous portrait of Maria's beloved Aunt Adele: Gustave Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I." Free Event.
BOOK DISCUSSION: Upper Elementary Book Discussion Group. Join us each month to talk about books and have fun!
DOCENT-LED TOUR! Learn about modern art in a docent-led tour of Newfields - Indianapolis Museum of Art. Thank you, Shelby County Reads, for making this event possible!
FIRST FRIDAY FUN! Stop by First Friday to help us kick off Shelby County Reads! Take part in art activities, say hi to Pete the Cat, and meet artists/authors Gabriel and Jamie Kay Lehman.
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