Twenty-five libraries in Indiana were named as lively small-town libraries in the 2021 Hawthorne recognition program. Selections were made by editors and authors at Hawthorne on the basis of open library policies during the pandemic, programming offerings, and their communication with individual communities.
News releases were sent to each library’s local newspaper announcing the selection and describing the program initiative connected with the selections: International Women’s Day is March 8. The book donated as a result of the recognition is a novel about a woman’s struggle for recognition and self-fulfillment: Sandra Hurt’s Priestess of Pompeii: The Initiate’s Journey Book I.
“It’s our hope that the library may use this day to discuss women’s drive for self-fulfillment,” Sandy Hurt the author says.” We’ve enclosed author questions for book clubs or posting in the libraries. My heroine, Rufilla Istacidii, was a real person living in the time of Julius Caesar. It was a world of men’s achievement in politics, warfare, and business. Rufilla became a priestess in the city of Pompeii and her villa has been excavated in modern days. Nothing more is known of her, so I have researched for 20 years to find out, and write about, what her life might have been as a talented woman seeking to fulfill her unusual destiny outside the home.”
Those libraries selected are those at Dunkirk; Flora; Sellersburg; Bristol; Batesville; Knightstown; Crothersville; Kendallville; Rising Sun; Paoli; Poseyville and Winnamac. Also Milan; Knox; Libertyville; Salem; Cherubusco; Franklin County; Monon, Wiinchester; Crawfordsville; Fortville and Hagerstown.
The New Castle Courier Times had this to say about the selections as it announced the Knightstown Library recognition: “Twenty-five small-town libraries in Indiana will be recognized with the book donation and program to coordinate with the United Nations Celebration. The last program-enhancing award featured a 2018 book with Civil War local focuses.”