Howard County Reads 2012


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


About Howard County Reads


To cultivate a love of reading and to promote a sense of community, the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library (KHCPL) and the Greentown Public Library are working together again to create “HOWARD COUNTY READS 2014”.


Each year KHCPL and the Greentown Public Library work together to sponsor Howard County Reads. Members of the public nominate their favorite books. A committee of librarians and community volunteers evaluates each title and narrows the list to the top 15 books that are well-written, character-driven, not too long, interesting for a wide variety of readers (from high school students to senior citizens) and available in paperback. Then the committee chooses one title from the top 15 to be named the Howard County Reads book for the year.


In 1998, the Washington Center for the Book introduced the concept of “One Book” projects across the U.S.A. and around the world. Since 2004, thousands of people have participated in Howard County Reads, the annual community-wide reading program sponsored by the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and Greentown Public Library.



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

Past Howard County Reads selections include:



The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library (KHCPL) will be joining forces once again with the Greentown Public Library to promote Howard County Reads to cultivate a love of reading throughout our community.

Nominations for the 2014 Howard County Reads book were accepted Feb 1st through April 1st, 2014.


At the close of nominations, a committee consisting of community members and library employees will narrow down the selections. They will be looking for books that are well-written, character-driven, not too long, interesting for a wide range of readers (from high school students to senior citizens), and be available in paperback.

If you are interested in being a part of the committee that narrows down the list, please contact Trisha Shively at 457.3242 or Margi Bontrager at 628.3534.


The following criteria are considered for nominated books for Howard County Reads: