Howard County Reads 2014


Howard County Reads
is sponsored by:


Kokomo-Howard County
Public Library

220 N Union St
Kokomo, IN 46901

Phone: 765.457.3242
Fax: 765.457.3683
Contact: Trisha Shively


Greentown Public Library
421 S Harrison St
Greentown, IN 46936
Phone: 765.628.3534
Fax: 765.628.3759
Contact: Margi Bontrager

Howard County Reads 2014: Events




Howard County Reads Irish FUNdraiser – Get Jiggy with it!

Friday, Oct. 17th 7:00 to 9:00 (Doors will open at 6:30)

Dance an Irish jig, enjoy music by the Irish band Ennis Clare, and savour Irish cuisine at the Elite Banquet & Conference Center, 2820 S. Lafountain St., for a fun-filled evening. There will be a silent auction showcasing the Howard County Reads Top 15 Titles for 2014. Many of the baskets will include copies of the book signed by the author. Great for a girls’ night out, date night, or group get-together! Tickets are $20 per person in advance and $30 at the door, and will be available at any KHCPL location or the Greentown Public Library beginning September 8.

For more information, call 453.4150 or 457.3242.

Book Discussions

Topic: Orphan Train

Monday, November 3rd, 6:30 pm Greentown
Wednesday, November 5th, 6:30 pm Main Library

Join us as we discuss the Orphan Train book and have a brief history lesson on the Orphan Trains in Indiana.

Thursday, December 11, 6:30 p.m. South Branch Library
One of the most frequent requests we have received from people who have attended the Howard County Reads Author Event is to have a book discussion after you have had a chance to hear the Author speak. This is your chance! Join us at the South Branch library to talk about the book.

Topic: Whistling Past the Graveyard

Thursday, November 13th, 6:30 p.m. South Branch Library Indiana Author, Susan Crandall will be joining us in person as we discuss her book Whistling Past the Graveyard one of this year’s top 15 titles. She will be signing copies of her books after the discussion. Books will be on sale at the event.

Astronaut Wives Club Tea

Sunday, November 9th 2:00 pm Greentown Public Library

Enjoy an afternoon tea as we take you back to the late 1950’s early 1960’s, when first lady Jacqueline Kennedy had “Afternoon Tea” with several of the Astronaut wives. Have a nostalgic “Life” magazine cover photo shoot, and enjoy some entertainment at the Greentown Public Library. Registration is required.

Call 628.3534 for information and to reserve your place.


In support of continuing higher education, Howard County Reads is pleased to offer a college scholarship essay contest for a chance to win $500 towards the college of your choice!

To Enter, submit your three page essay that discusses the following:

In Orphan Train, Molly Ayer’s teacher discusses how historically the Wabanakis Native American tribe had to carry their canoes and everything they possessed across land from one water body to the next. They had to think carefully about what to keep and what to discard. The teacher asks students to interview someone – a mother or father or grandparent – about their own portages, the moments in their lives when they’ve had to take a journey. And we would like you to do the same.

Talk to someone significant in your life about when they’ve had to take a journey, literal or metaphorical. Ask them the same questions: “What do you choose to bring with you to the next place in your life? What do you leave behind? What insights did you gain about what’s important?” Discuss how these ideas and this concept of portage relates to the journey of the characters in Orphan Train and also how it connects to your significant person and to your personal journey as you prepare for college.

For more information, please visit The Howard County Reads Scholarship Page

Stocking Stuffer Campaign
September 8 through December 11

Orphan Train focuses on children who were up for adoption. In light of that, the Howard Couty Reads Committee would like to give back to the community, in particular those without parents. The Villages, Indiana's largest not-for-profit child and family services agency, is in need of "stocking stuffer" supplies for older children, children currently in the foster system. Each KHCPL location, the Greentown Public Library, and the Indiana University Kokomo Library will serve as drop-off locations to help us "Stuff the Stockings."

Although most events are free, we highly encourage you to bring a Stocking Stuffer item to any Howard County Reads event.

Suggested Items include:

  1. 1. Teen books
  2. 2. Restaurant gift cards
  3. 3. Movie tickets
  4. 4. Sports team items
  5. 5. Male grooming items
  6. 6. Female beauty items
  7. 7. Gloves
  8. 8. pocket-sized lotions and hand sanitizers
  9. 9. Earbuds/earphones
  10. 10. Art Supplies
  11. 11. Socks
  12. 12. Pens and pencils
  13. 13. Scarf {fashion or cold weather)
  14. 14. USB drives
  15. 15. Decks of cards

Orphan Train Author Visit

Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. at IU Kokomo Kresge Auditorium

Orphan Train author Christina Baker Kline will talk about her novel and answer your questions. She will sign books after the event. Bring yours with you or pick up one at the Author Event. Tickets are free, but you must have one to attend. Pick up your tickets beginning October 6 at any KHCPL location, the Greentown Public Library, or the IU Kokomo Library.

For more information, call 457.3242.