Balloting has begun for Clinton County Reads 2021, the annual county-wide reading program entering its 16th year.
Each fall season, the community votes for a book for our county to read together. The voting will last until Dec. 31, and the chosen book will be announced after the first of the year.
In the spring, the Clinton County Reads steering committee will host local book discussions and related programs.
Titles appearing on the 2021 ballot are: “The Bluest Eye,” by Toni Morrison; “The Girl with the Louding Voice,” by Abi Daré; “Heavy: An American Memoir,” by Kiese Laymon; “Homegoing,” by Yaa Gyasi; and “Nickel Boys,” by Colson Whitehead.
Brief descriptions of the books appear on the ballot, printed in the News Journal. Participants are encouraged to vote based solely on interest in a book — reading each book before voting is not necessary.
“While we still do not know exactly what Clinton County Reads will look like in 2021, I think the committee created a ballot filled with titles that should spark important conversations about how we can make the world a better place for all,” said Chris Owens, director of the Blanchester Public Library and chair of the Clinton County Reads Steering Committee.
Ballots from the newspaper can be mailed, dropped off at, or phoned into the Blanchester Public Library, the Sabina Public Library and its New Vienna branch, and the Wilmington Public Library and its Clinton-Massie branch.
Ballots are available at all of the above locations, and readers can vote by email at ClintonCountyReads@yahoo.com, through the Clinton County Reads Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ClintonCoReads, or by calling your local library in Clinton County.
Clinton County Reads 2021 book discussions and other activities will begin in March. Events may be virtual, depending upon situations related to the pandemic.