CommunityREAD

  “Only Child” has been chosen as the featured book for the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library’s 2019 CommunityREAD. Rhiannon Navin, author of “Only Child”, will visit Hancock County on Thursday, March 28 during CommunityREAD month for a public presentation at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.  

     “Only Child” is a heartbreaking, yet hopeful debut novel about grief, healing, family, and the wisdom of children, narrated by a six-year-old boy who reminds us that sometimes the littlest bodies hold the biggest hearts, and the quietest voices speak the loudest.
     Squeezed into a coat closet with his classmates and teacher, first grader Zach Taylor can hear gunshots ringing through the halls of his school. A gunman has entered the building, taking nineteen lives and irrevocably changing the very fabric of a close-knit community. While Zach's mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter's parents, holding them responsible for their son's actions, Zach retreats into his secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could possess, Zach sets out on a journey towards healing and forgiveness, determined to help the adults in his life rediscover the universal truths of love and compassion needed to pull them through their darkest hours. 
     Rhiannon Navin grew up in Bremen, Germany, in a family of book-crazy women. Her career in advertising brought her to New York City, where she worked for several large agencies before becoming a full-time mother and writer. She now lives outside of New York City with her husband, three children, and two cats. 
     Copies of the “Only Child” are available for loan at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and will be provided to area school libraries. Tickets for the March 28th event will be available on January 7, 2019 by visiting the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts ticket office or via the website at marathoncenterarts.org. All tickets will cost $10 and will feature reserved seating.   
   CommunityREAD is a month-long community event that encourages reading and promotes the benefits of literacy.  Originally created by the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation in 2003, the administration of CommunityREAD was assumed by the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library in 2012. Each year, a different book is chosen and read by community members during the month of March. Various events are planned throughout the month at the library and throughout the community.  CommunityREAD 2019 and Rhiannon Navin’s presentation are funded by a Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation grant, business and private sponsors, and the library’s general fund.  For further information about CommunityREAD, visit www.findlaylibrary.org or call the library at 419-422-1712.      
 
YouthREAD books: PreK-Grade 3- The Rabbit Listened  by Cori Doerrfeld / Grades 4-5- The Distance to Home  by Jenn Bishop /
Grades 6-8- Lost in the Sun  by Lisa Graff
    

Community READ History

Community READ was started in March 2003 as a way to celebrate the Community Foundation’s ten-year anniversary, bring attention to the fact that illiteracy is an issue in Findlay and Hancock County and help promote the HancockREADS endowment fund.  Local residents were asked to read and discuss a book and its related themes with friends and family during March of each year. Over the years, selected adult and children’s books have included:       

Previous CommunityREAD Selection

  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and The Fall of Freddie the Leaf  by Leo Buscaglia (2003)
  • The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews and The Traveler’s Gift by Mark Kimball Moulton (2004)
  • Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam and Blueberries for the Queen by John and Katherine Patterson (2005)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson (2006)
  • Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde and Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed written by Emily Pearson (2007)
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis and The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern (2008)
  • Marley & Me, Marley, A Dog Like No Other, and Bad Dog, Marley! all by John Grogan (2009)
  • Teach with your Heart by Erin Gruwell, The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg, Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco and Don’t Be Silly Mrs. Millie by Judy Cox (2010)
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Best Friends Forever by Beverly Patt, A Place Where Sunflowers Grow by Amy Lee-Tai and Yoko’s Paper Cranes by Rosemary Wells (2011)
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova, The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox (2012)
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett, The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jen Wojtowicz and Flower Garden by Even Bunting (2013)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine, Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton, and Raul Colon and Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds (2014)
  • Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff, I Survived: Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Lauren Tarshis, I'm the Scariest Thing in the Jungle! by David G. Derrick, Jr., Jungle of Bones by Ben Mikaelsen (2015)
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez, Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart, Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown (2016)
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids collection by Sean Covey (2017)
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo, Maddie’s Fridge by Lois Brandt, Wish by Barbara O’Connor, Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson (2018)

 

In December 2011, The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation approached the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library about assuming the administration of CommunityREAD in 2013 with the understanding that the Community Foundation would continue to support CommunityREAD through the grant process.  In January 2012, the library Board of Trustees approved the library becoming the program administrator.

 

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