Title chosen for this year’s Community Read

Each year, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s Community Read encourages county residents to engage through reading and discussion of a single, outstanding book. The title selected for 2018 is Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust by Michael Hingson.

Blind since birth, Hingson was working in his office in the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. This is the story of how his guide dog, Roselle, led him and others down 78 flights of stairs to safety moments before the building collapsed. Thunder Dog debuted on the New York Times bestseller list in its first week of release.

The highlight of the Community Read will be a visit by the author. Michael Hingson will speak at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Seneca County Opportunity Center. An open house and tours of the Opportunity Center begin at 5:30 p.m. This visit is made possible by the Tiffin-Seneca Library Foundation and generous donors in the community. The event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. The author’s talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing. Books can be purchased at Paper and Ink, and a limited quantity will be sold the night of the event.

The Community Read includes public libraries and schools within Seneca County. Younger students are reading Running with Roselle, also by Hingson, and My Brother Charlie, which is about a boy with autism. Thanks to a grant from the White Family Trust of the Tiffin Charitable Foundation, we were able to purchase copies of the books for area schools and libraries. Copies of the books are available now for checkout at the library. Thunder Dog is also available as an ebook and audiobook through the Ohio Digital Library and Hoopla.

Prior to the author’s visit, we will host programs to create awareness about physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities and celebrate the abilities of people with disabilities. All events will take place at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library unless otherwise noted.

Book discussions of Thunder Dog:

Feb. 20, 2 p.m. – Autumnwood Care Center

Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. – Kiwanis Manor

March 1, 6:30 p.m. – Seneca East Public Library

March 6, 6:30 p.m. – Tiffin-Seneca Public Library

Programs and Panel Discussions – Thursday evenings at 6:30

Feb. 8 – Jenny Barlos of Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence will talk about types of assistance dogs, the training process and public access rights.

Feb. 15 – A showcase of types of assistive technology used by people with disabilities.

Feb. 22 – People with disabilities will share their experiences living and working with a disability.

March 1 – A panel will discuss issues and topics affecting people with disabilities.

March 8 – A staff member from Special Olympics of Ohio will share the history and mission of the program, and local athletes and coaches will talk about their sports participation.

Sunday Film Series – 2 p.m.

Feb. 11 – The Miracle Worker

Feb. 18 – Temple Grandin

Feb. 25 – How to Dance in Ohio

March 4 – The Loretta Claiborne Story

March 11 – Disability Visibility

Other Events

Feb. 17, 1-4 p.m. – Autism Puzzle Day – People of all ages are invited to put together puzzles to create awareness about autism.

Feb. 10, 10 a.m. – Tweens ages 9-12 will discuss Running with Roselle, do related activities and enjoy snacks

March 5, 3:30 p.m. – Teens in grades 6-12 will participate in simulations and hands-on activities to experience what it would be like to have a disability.

For more information about these events and additional resources, visit the Community Read web page, www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org/community-read or call the library at (419) 447-3751.

Trinity Lescallett is adult services manager for Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.