What We Do

Family Programs

Community-Wide Book Read

A Community-Wide Book Read has provided an opportunity to focus on a themed adult book across the community. In conjunction with the Bartholomew County Public Library, an adult book is selected for recommended reading to residents, along with 1-2 recommended children’s books.

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Book Express is a literacy outreach program that began in 2007. A classroom on wheels, the literacy bus travels to neighborhoods and community programs to share ideas/activities/materials that support parents in helping their children to become readers. The bus also makes appearances at many local events such as the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair, Family Fest at Mill Race Park, CYD Drive-in Movie Night, Hope Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration and more. Free books are distributed at each event and neighborhood stops.

Meridian Kiwanis Club of Columbus has adopted Book Express as a signature project. Collection boxes are being placed at all Kiwanis events and in businesses around Columbus where people are urged to donate new or gently used children's books.

Make a Difference Day

A Make a Difference Day event was organized with a focus on literacy. More than 10,000 books were collected to be given away to at-risk youth throughout the year. Gently used books can be donated at any time. Drop off sites are found at all BCSC elementary school offices.

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Literacy Festival

A Literacy Festival, in conjunction with the Bartholomew County Library is held each May. The festival features entertainment, activities, and games that promote literacy.

Put Your Nose in a Book

Put Your Nose in a Book is held across the community every September. All residents are encouraged to stop activities at 10:00am and read for 20 minutes.

Read Across America

Read Across America is a community-wide celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. In addition to school wide activities, parents are encouraged to “Pull the Plug” on TV and read to their children at home.