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Frankenstein: One State, One Story

A guide to celebrate the 200th publishing anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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Indiana State Library Project

One State, One Story: Frankenstein is an Indiana Humanities program and has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book.

Frankenstein was selected to be the very first "One State, One Story" book for Indiana, because the novel raises such big questions about science and its role in society. Hoosier participants were challenged to use the text of Frankenstein as a starting point to answer questions about how to decipher what is right and what is wrong and how we choose to live in our world.  Libraries across the state are hosting book discussions, lectures, movies, crafts, and a variety of programs centered on Mary Shelley's classic work.

Books to Bridge the Region

Books to Bridge the Region is a reading initiative encompassing seven Northwest Indiana counties: Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, and Starke. Funded in large part by Purdue University Northwest, the coalition is made up of librarians and educators with the united goals of promoting literacy, creating conversations among families and communities, and fostering critical thinking related to a theme.

In Collaboration with Indiana's One State, One Story project, Books to Bridge the Region's 2018 theme is "Frankenstein."  Books were selected in three reading level categories and, with the help of dozens of volunteers, over 400 Lit Kits were distributed to all schools and libraries within the seven county area.  This year's books are:

Adult/Teen Selection
Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel by Mary Shelley (Script Adaptation by Jason Cobley)


Middle Reader Selection
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka

Children's Selection
Frankie Stein by Lola M. Schaefer