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Shelby County Reads 2012...

The Shelbyville-Shelby County Public Library is pleased to participate in Shelby County Reads.

This nonprofit organization was established to encourage literacy and to celebrate community. By bringing in authors, hosting events, and selecting different genres of material each year, it is Shelby County Read's purpose to expose the community to a broad range of literary material as well as support discussion of the chosen books with engaging programs.

Shelby County Reads will be celebrating its ninth season this winter. Each year we choose books around one theme for all ages in the community to read and discuss. These books are then donated to the schools for libraries and classrooms to use. Related events are scheduled throughout February and March.

blue river community foundation

Shelby County Reads is sponsored in partnership with the Blue River Community Foundation. Thousands of books have been distributed to the schools through Shelby County Reads. Thank you for your support!


We are proud to announce that October Sky by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. (originally published as Rocket Boys) has been selected as the main adult 2012 selection
. Join us this February and March in a series of events that focus on astronomy.

These events will feature a special visit from NASA Astronaut, Jerry Ross, and his wife, Karen, Manager of Food and Product Support with United Space Alliance on March 14, 2012 at Shelbyville High School. Karen will present at 6pm in the SHS Golden Bear Room (next to the library and near Breck Auditorium). Jerry will speak at 7pm in the SHS Breck Auditorium. A free ticket is required to attend each presentation. They will be available on a first come, first serve basis at the following locations: Shelby County Reads' events, the Shelbyville-Shelby County Public Library, and Three Sisters Books and Gifts. NOW REGISTER TO ATTEND ONLINE!

Eva Mozes Kor

Check out more scheduled events:

Complete 2012 Shelby County Reads Event Schedule

The 2012 Shelby County Reads Selections

One title for each age group is selected around a common theme each year. All books will be available for purchase at Three Sister's Books and Gifts or for check-out here at the library.

8th Grade and up: October Sky by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. (originally published as "Rocket Boys")

4th-8th Grades: George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy Hawking and Stephen Hawking

2nd-3rd Grades: Floating in Space by Franklyn Branley

1st Grades: Rockets and Spaceships by Karen Wallace

Pre K - Kindergarten: I Want to Be an Astronaut by Byron Barton

Thank you for your continued support!

If you would like to donate to Shelby County Reads, please direct monies to:

Shelby County Reads/Blue River Community Foundation 54 W Broadway, Ste. 1 Shelbyville, IN 46176 317-392-2270

Donations are tax deductible.

We have been thoroughly impressed with the community's response to Shelby County Reads. Read through these student testimonies from the 2008 season...

‘Shelby County Reads is a great program that can help kids read good books, and get to meet the talented people who wrote them.’

‘Our student community is lucky to have the SCR program. I think the books promoted positive attitudes about life.’

‘I enjoyed having the author come and discuss his opinions and thoughts on the book and writing. It is a good way to get people to read if they can have the author come and talk about the novel afterward.’

‘I enjoyed listening to Chris Crutcher speak. I could really see his personality in the characters of ‘Deadline.’

‘The SCR program is awesome, I love reading, but it is hard to find good books, so a referral to a good book is a great help. SCR should come out with a top 10 book list for people to read and possibly get authors here again.’

‘We as teenagers in high school can relate to the character of Ben Wolf and many of us were touched by it,’

‘Shelby County Reads is an excellent program. By bringing in the author to discuss the book, students will be drawn to read and support the program.’

‘Shelby County Reads is a positive attribute to our society. I think it is nice that we have a program that is willing to contribute to our school.’
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