The theme for the 2017 Community Book Read is being a change maker.

  • “Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters,” by Laurie Ann Thompson, is about social entrepreneurship. Although directed at a teen audience, it is also relevant for adults.
  • The book “Kids Who Are Changing the World” follows 45 children and describes what they have done to make the world a better place.
  • The picture book “Emmanuel’s Dream,” for young children, follows Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah and his quest for equality for the disabled community in Ghana.

To kick-off the Community Book Read, rock-painting parties will be held at the libraries in Columbus and Hope from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, co-hosted by Columbus IN Rocks, a group that paints, then distributed rocks with inspirational messages.

“The women who organized Columbus IN Rocks have become change makers in our county by putting joy in the hearts of people who have found their rocks,” said Mary Clare Speckner, community services coordinator for the Bartholomew County Public Library.

All participants in Saturday’s program will be encouraged to paint some rocks and then hide them for others to find. All necessary supplies will be provided.

On Saturday, 30 copies of all Community Read Books will be available at the library locations — 536 Fifth St. in Columbus and on the historic Hope Town Square. As in past years, people are encouraged to read the books and then pass them on to others or return them to the library.

Special October programs will tie in with the changemaker theme.

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