CommunityREAD 2017: 

      “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by the late Stephen R. Covey, has been chosen as the featured book for the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library’s 2017 CommunityREAD.  Accompanying YouthREAD titles are “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” and “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids”, by Sean Covey.  Sean Covey will visit Hancock County on Thursday, March 16 during CommunityREAD month for a public presentation at 7 p.m. at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.  This year’s selection is part of a unique partnership between the library, the Raising the Bar Hancock County, a local workforce coalition, and city and county schools to bring the concepts of the 7 Habits family of books to Findlay and Hancock County.            

     “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is one of the bestselling business/self-help books ever published. We welcome the opportunity to utilize CommunityREAD to advance the dialogue regarding life skills, leadership skills, and the impact of education on the workforce of tomorrow”, says Jeff Winkle, Director, Findlay-Hancock County Public Library.

    Tony Iriti, Director, Findlay-Hancock County Econimic Development states “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” will be an integral part of our workforce initiative Raise the Bar Hancock County.  If we can instill leadership qualities in our children at an early age, they will develop the soft skills necessary to be part of a productive workforce.”

     One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” has captivated readers for 25 years, selling over 25 million copies in 40 languages. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations. 

     Sean Covey is the Executive Vice President of Global Solutions and Partnerships for FranklinCovey and has led the development of many FranklinCovey’s organizational offerings, including: FOCUS, Leadership, The 4 Disciplines of Execution, The Leader in Me, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Mr. Covey oversees all of FranklinCovey’s international partnerships, which cover more than 140 countries.

    Mr. Covey is also FranklinCovey’s Education Practice Leader and is devoted to transforming education around the globe through bringing leadership principles and skills to students, educators, administrators, and parents alike.  He is a New York Times bestselling author and has written several books, including “The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make”, “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids”, and “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”, which has been translated into 20 languages and sold over 4 million copies worldwide. He is a seasoned speaker to children, teens, and adults and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows.  Mr. Young graduated with honors from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in English and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. As the starting quarterback for BYU, he led his team to two bowl games and was twice selected as the ESPN Most Valuable Player of the Game.

     Copies of the CommunityREAD and YouthREAD books are available for loan at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and will be provided to area school libraries. Tickets for the March 16th event will be available early in 2017 by visiting the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts website at All tickets will cost $8 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, 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 2017 and Mr. Covey’s presentations are funded by a Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation grant, business and private sponsors, and the library’s general fund.  For further information about Community Read, visit or call the library at 419-422-1712.


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 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

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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