Ivy Tech book launch to benefit youth in Centerstone program

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech is hosting a book launch and reading of Bobo Books 1.1.1 Volume 2 to benefit teens in Centerstone’s Stepping Stones program who are experiencing homelessness. Each book sold provides one bus pass for one teen in the program, to help with transportation to school or work. The event will be held Thursday, November 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ivy Tech Waldron, located at 122 S. Walnut St.

Bobo Books is a project of Ivy Tech English professor, Emily Bobo, Ph.D. Volume 1 was published in July 2016. Both volumes involved collaboration between Ivy Tech students and the community to benefit a local organization.

For Bobo Books 1.1.1 Volume 2, student poets in Ivy Tech’s ENGL 214 class taught people in their communities to write poems in response to art. Students then selected poems to feature in the volume, and the poems were edited by Dr. Bobo. In addition, some students in the IU INSPIRE living-learning center contributed poems to the volume. The volume features photography by Charity Heggestad at The Joy of Film.

A previous Bobo Books project, Bobo Books 1.1.1 Volume 1, benefitted the Monroe County Community School Corporation’s Reduced Lunch Program. To-date, volume 1 has raised enough to provide 1,500 free lunches for children in the program.

Bobo Books 1.1.1 Volume 2 can be purchased at the event or at Amazon.com for $14 each.

Bobo Books 1.1.1 Volume 2 is a collaborative project between Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, Stepping Stones, a program of Centerstone, The Joy of Film, and Hemlock House Press.

Book launch reservations are requested. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP online at https://donorlynk.com/centerstone/bobo-books/.

About Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones is a non-profit organization located in Monroe County that serves youth ages 16 to 20 years old who are experiencing homelessness. Stepping Stones provides transitional housing in a safe environment and supportive services that aid in the care of present needs, but also in preparation for the future. The program is designed to provide youth with the skills necessary to become self-sustaining, successful adults.

 

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