The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett was selected as the CommunityREAD 2014 book. Ms. Stockett visited Hancock County on March 28 during CommunityREAD month at a public presentation at the Koehler Center on the campus of the University of Findlay.
The Help, published in 2009, has sold over 10 million copies and has been translated into more than forty-one languages. A 2011 film version was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
The Help tells the story of three ordinary women who are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child and Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.
Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her family. The Help is her first novel.
CommunityREAD 2014 and Ms. Stockett’s presentation was funded by a Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation grant, business and private sponsors, and the library’s general fund.
For further information about CommunityREAD call the library at 419-422-1712.
Middle School Chapter Book: The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine.
Grades 3-5 Book: Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton
Early grades: The Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds / Floyd Cooper (illustrator)
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 Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
- 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; Flower Garden by Eve Bunting; The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jen Wojtowicz; The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett (2013).
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.