ICA and the Inyo County Office of Education (ICOE) collaborate every year on this seasonal program that encourages literacy and community involvement through events centering on books with the same theme each year. The program begins with a kick-off celebration and continues with workshops, school assemblies, art days, recreational activities, book discussions, movies and plenty of free books! Community Reads has been a strong Inyo County program since 2008.
Community Reads 2018 celebrated ten years of promoting literacy and community through reading and art. The 2018 theme was “Kindness Counts: Celebrating Kindness, Civility, and Service in our Community.” The program featured a Community Dinner with local service organizations, events hosted by our partner service organizations, film screenings, and other free events like the Community Dinner in Lone Pine featuring storyteller Michael Katz, Family Art and Story Times, and a Storytelling Workshop. In addition to the many free community events offered, ICOE sponsored performances by storyteller Michael Katz in county schools, and purchased books for every classroom in the county.