|Clinton County Reads 2018|
Sadly, the number and scope of school shootings continue to increase. There already have been more than a dozen school shootings this year, and the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida, was the most deadly high school shooting ever in the United States.
The previous most deadly high school shooting in American history took place at Columbine on April 20, 1999, when 13 people were killed and 24 wounded by two students.
Sue Klebold is the mother of one of the shooters and the author of the 2018 Clinton County Reads selection, A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy.
We invite everyone to read the book and come together to participate in this year's event to better understand and, hopefully, work to prevent such tragedies in the future.
"I would gladly give my life to reverse what happened that day, and yet I know that nothing I can do or say could ever atone for Dylan's choices, choices that I have spent the last sixteen years trying to understand," Klebold writes. "Although it is very hard for me to share my story−to lay bare my heart and the inner workings of my family−I feel a moral imperative to share the insights I have gleaned to help other families see the signs when their children need help."
The library currently has multiple copies of the book available for checkout.
Clinton County Reads is a month-long event beginning March 12 featuring various programs and book discussions in order to bring the county closer together.
Clinton County Reads
will wrap up with a dinner at the
General Denver at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 11. The featured speaker is Curt Bradshaw, who is the Coordinator of Gifted Services for the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center. The title of his talk is How to Keep Our Kids from Falling Through the Cracks.
Here is the complete schedule of events for Clinton County Reads 2018:
March 12 – Kickoff/Discussion, Jen's Deli, Marla Stewart & Joyce Kelly, 28 W. Main St., Wilmington, 7 p.m.
March 19 – School Safety, Eric Magee, East Clinton Local Schools Superintendent, New Vienna Branch Library, 6:30 p.m.
March 20 – Taking Action to Prevent the Next Tragedy, Annie Stephens, Sandy Hook Promise Ohio Outreach Coordinator, Blanchester Public Library, 7 p.m.
March 22 – Be Alert – Stay Safe, Sgt. Ron Fithen, Wilmington Police Department, Wilmington Public Library, 6:30 p.m.
March 23 – Book Discussion, Sabina Public Library, 10:30 a.m.
April 4 – Book Discussion, Wilmington Public Library, 6:30 p.m.
April 5 – Book Discussion, Blanchester Public Library, 7 p.m.
April 11 – How to Keep Our Kids from Falling Through the Cracks, Curt Bradshaw, Southern Ohio ESC Coordinator of Gifted Services, Dinner, $15/person, General Denver, 6 p.m. (Call 383-4141 for reservations by April 6)