2013 Community Read:
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
Ms. Diffenbaugh visited Hancock County on March 15th during CommunityREAD month for a public presentation at Winebrenner Auditorium.
The book, Diffenbaugh’s first novel, creates a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others as she struggles to overcome her difficult youth in the foster care system and adult homelessness. Copies are available at the public library. For a list of read-a-like books and book discussion questions, click here.
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:
The 2013 YouthREAD books:
Flower Garden by Eve Bunting (grades K-2)
The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jen Wojtowicz (grades 3-5)
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett (grades 6-8)
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.