Community Reads

Inyo County Community Reads, now in its 10th year, celebrates and promotes literacy and community through reading.  This year’s program focuses on the theme of Kindness. In addition to the community events listed below, the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools office is sponsoring events in county schools and providing classroom sets of books for schools throughout the county.

See Below for the full schedule of public events.

Visit us on Facebook for event updates and more:  



Community Dinner – Fri. 3/9 – 4:30-8pm – Tri-County Fairgrounds
A fun and free community dinner with art projects, raffle/book giveaways, and an opportunity to get to know some of the organizations doing good work in our community! Enjoy dinner and entertainment while you learn about how you can help make positive change in our community! Get your ticket in advance at ICA to reserve your spot.

Ralph Lazo of Manzanar: Kindness Personified – Tues, 3/13 – 6pm – Inyo County Free Library, Bishop Branch
Rocio Gomez, Latino Heritage Intern at the Manzanar National
Historic Site, will present a talk about Ralph Lazo, a Mexican Irish
American teenager who voluntarily joined his Japanese American friends and classmates in the Manzanar Camp.

Gallery Show: Love, Flowers, and Kindness – Through 4/13 – ICA*
The ICA Gallery features works by Eastern Sierra artists exploring the theme of flowers, love, and kindness.

IMAH Courtyard Makeover – Sat. 3/17 – 9am-noon – IMAH Thrift Mall
IMAH’s courtyard needs a makeover! Help paint, clean, and plant drought tolerant plants. RVSP by 3/14 to or 760-873-8668 to participate! IMAH is at 371 S. Warren St. in Bishop.

Altrusa Foundation Tea – Sat. 3/24 – 11am – Bishop Methodist Church
Traditional tea fundraiser for the Altrusa Foundation – supporting service and literacy projects! For tickets, call Gail at 760-920-7497.

Lone Pine Community Dinner – Featuring Storyteller Michael Katz! Tues. 4/3 – 4:30-8pm – Lo-Inyo Multi-Purpose Room
A fun and free community dinner in Lone Pine – featuring art
projects for all ages, dinner, and a special public performance by
renowned storyteller Michael Katz!

Indian Education Summit – Friday, 4/6 – 9am-4pm – Cerro Coso Bishop
The OVCDC Indian Education Summit provides information for parents, educators, and community members to work together to enhance and share skills, realize resources, and help children and families be more successful! RSVP at 760-873-6547.

Spellbinder Book Club – Wonder – Tues. 4/10 – 7pm – Spellbinder Books
Discuss “Wonder” with the Spellbinder book club. Readers of all ages are welcome to this thoughtful discussion of the book.

Family Art and Story Time – Two Events:
        Wed. 4/18 – 4:30pm – Big Pine Library
        Thurs. 4/19 – 4:30pm – Independence Methodist Church Social Hall
Join Inyo County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lisa Fontana for an evening of family fun with art projects, storytelling, and snacks!

ICA Student Art Show Reception – 4/20 – 5:30pm – ICA*
The Student Art Show features works by students across the county. Stop by the gallery and support our young artists! The student show runs from 4/16 through 5/18, with a reception on Fri. 4/20 at 5:30pm.

Storytelling Workshop with Wild Roots – Sat. 4/21 – 9am-Noon – ICA*
Learn the guidelines and structure of storytelling and practice these techniques together as a group. Expand your imagination, learn to talk in pictures, and build the confidence to become a storyteller! Space is limited – Please RSVP to ICA at 760-873-8014.

“Wonder” Screening – Sat. 4/28 – 1pm – ICA*
After you finish the book, come see the movie at our special free screening! All are welcome to this free matinee at ICA.

* The ICA Theater and Gallery are located at 137 S. Main St. in Bishop.


Book List:


Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni








  • 2017.03.01 CR Kick Off Party Erin's photos 01
  • 2017.03.01 CR Kick Off Party Erin's photos 04
  • 2017.03.01 CR Kick Off Party Erin's photos 05
  • 2017.03.01 CR Kick Off Party Erin's photos 07
  • 2017.03.01 CR Kick Off Party Erin's photos 16
  • 2017.03.01 CR Kick Off Party Erin's photos 19
  • 2017.03.01 CR Kick Off Party Erin's photos 20
  • 2017.03.01 CR Kick Off Party Erin's photos 21
  • 2017.03.01 CR Kick Off Party Erin's photos 24
  • 2017.03.01 CR Kick Off Party Erin's photos 26
  • 2017 CR Kick off Kelly and Spirit from Kim
  • 2017 CR Kick off Cindy and Razzle from Kim
  • 2017 CR Kick off June with Wings from Kim Mitchell
  • 2017-02-28 15.37.43
  • 2017-03-01 10.33.08