PLAINFIELD — The “One County One Book” series culminated this week with an event dubbed Canine Crossing at Hummel Park, ending a series of events starting in early September aimed at getting youth across the county interested in sharing their reading experiences for a good cause.
Participating libraries are the Avon-Washington Township Public Library, Brownsburg Public Library, Clayton-Liberty Township Public Library, Coatesville-Clay Township Public Library, Danville Public Library, and Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library.
Last year, the event raised more than $800 toward the education of underprivileged Afghan children.
This year’s book selection was Mornings with Barney by Dick Wolfsie, chronicling the story of a beagle and his adventures. Dog food was collected at the county’s six libraries to be donated to the Hendricks County Humane Society, and for those who cannot afford to buy food for their pets.
The Canine Crossing event featured pet contests, competitions, and even a shepherding seminar with live sheep.
Bill Reed, who is on the committee for the One County One Book event, said he hoped that people not only enjoyed themselves, but got to understand the array of different things each of the libraries offer in conjunction with one another, including reciprocal borrowing.
”I think it’s a community wide rallying point, trying to get cohesiveness among the six libraries,” he said. “It brings out more awareness in terms of what we do, because I think a lot of people are one dimensional in terms of what the library does for them. There’s the philanthropy side, general involvement, and obviously reciprocal borrowing.”
Christie Sinclair, another committee member, added, “We hope this is encouraging people to branch out to different libraries.”
Joanna Carter of the Plainfield public library noted that this year’s involvement in the program was outstanding, in part due to the fourlegged friends in attendance.