This fall, Hamilton East Public Library (HEPL) will introduce a new community read initiative – Books Build Bridges. HEPL serves two vibrant communities – Fishers and Noblesville.

The aim of Books Build Bridges and the two books selected (one for adult audiences and one for teen audiences) is to build community through shared experience, to provide diverse reading opportunities, and to engage our communities with noted authors.

The featured novels for the inaugural Books Build Bridges Community Read are An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and Dear Martin by Nic Stone.

Here are 5 things that teens can do to before the virtual author visit with NYTimes bestseller, Nic Stone on October 1:

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1. Read Dear Martin, by Nic Stone

Nic Stone’s debut bestseller Dear Martin is the teen pick for the library’s inaugural Books Build Bridges community read. You can pick up a free copy (while supplies last) at the Fishers or Noblesville Library!

2. Visit Nic Stone’s Website

Learn more about the author and her other books on her website.

3. Explore Similar Themes

The library has several books for teens that explore similar themes of racism and injustice. Check out the list of read-alikes in the library’s Discover Guide.

4. Sign Up!

Make sure to visit the library’s online calendar of events to register for the author’s virtual visit! Information on how to join the live event will be sent to those who are registered.

5. Prepare Questions

Be ready with some questions for the author. Nic Stone will be answering questions about her writing from the audience at the end of her visit. What do you want to ask this New York Times best-selling author?