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Ripley County Libraries present “One Book, One County” reading and discussion program

In celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial in 2016, the public libraries of Ripley County will host a One Book, One County initiative. One Book, One County is a county-wide reading and discussion program that encourages all our residents to read the same book to create a county-wide book club. In honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial in 2016, the book selected is Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana by James H. Madison.
Two centuries ago, on the Indiana frontier, these people called Hoosiers were settlers who created a way of life they passed to later generations. They came to value individual freedom and distrusted government, even as they demanded that government remove Indians, sell them land, and bring democracy. Down to the present, Hoosiers have remained wary of government power and have taken care to guard their tax dollars and their personal independence. Yet the people of Indiana have always accommodated change, exchanging log cabins and spinning wheels for railroads, cities, and factories in the 19th century, automobiles, suburbs, and foreign investment in the 20th. The present has brought new issues and challenges, as Indiana's citizens respond to a rapidly changing world. James H. Madison's sparkling new history tells the stories of these Hoosiers, offering an invigorating view of one of America's distinctive states and the long and fascinating journey of its people.
All community members throughout Ripley County are invited to join their neighbors and friends for book discussions and special events presented from January to September, 2016. One Book, One County will culminate with a special visit from the author, James H. Madison, at the Milan V.F.W. on Saturday, September 17, the day that the Bicentennial Torch will pass through Ripley County.
Other scheduled events include:
* A Book Discussion covering chapters 1-7, at Tyson Public Library in Versailles, on January 27.
* A program on the Underground Railroad in Indiana, at Osgood Public Library, on February 23.
* A Book Discussion covering chapters 8-11, at Osgood Public Library, on March 29.
* A program and concert on Indiana Jazz Legends, at Batesville Memorial Public Library, on April 16.
* Another Book Discussion and Program are being planned for the summer months prior to the September 17 event in Milan. Details will be announced later.
Five copies of Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana have been given to each of the four public library locations in Ripley County, in Batesville, Milan, Osgood, and Versailles, thanks to a generous grant from the Ripley County Community Foundation and through the efforts of Jerry Wilson. Anyone with a valid Evergreen Indiana library card may borrow one of the books from any of the four public library locations mentioned. Readers are encouraged to check out a copy of the book soon, to be prepared for the first Book Discussion on January 27, 2016.
One Book, One County, an officially endorsed event for the Indiana Bicentennial, is presented by the Public Libraries of Ripley County with support from the Ripley County Tourism Bureau.

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