CommunityREAD is a month-long community event that encourages reading and promotes the benefits of literacy. 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, schools, churches, bookstores, and throughout the community.
CommunityREAD also highlights the HancockREADS mission to promote the benefits of literacy in Hancock County. HancockREADS is an initiative of the Community Foundation which funds programs that focus on improving literacy and reading skills in our community. Every dollar donated to the HancockREADS endowment fund is matched with 50 cents by the Community Foundation.
Our CommunityREAD authors and books are listed below. All of the authors except Harper Lee visited Findlay as part of the CommunityREAD event.
2003: Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie)
2004: Andy Andrews (The Traveler’s Gift)
2005: Homer Hickam (Rocket Boys)
2006: Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird)
2007: Catherine Ryan Hyde (Pay It Forward)
2008: Jeannette Walls (The Glass Castle)
2009: John Grogan (Marley & Me)
2010: Erin Gruwell (Teach With Your Heart)
2011: Jamie Ford (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet)
2012: Lisa Genova (Still Alice)