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SoIN Big Read Kicks Off with Press Conference

Regional, community event entails reading of “Ella Enchanted” 


New Albany, Ind. (Oct 5th, 2022) – The Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana (AASI) along with various regional partners will hold a press conference to kick off the SoIN Big Read at 10 a.m. Oct 5th at AASI, 820 E. Market St. in New Albany.


“We are thrilled to kick off the SoIN Big Read with our partners, The Floyd County Library, Jeffersonville Township Public Library, Harrison County Public Library, Jeffersonville Public Art Commission, and Community Action of Southern Indiana,” said AASI Executive Director Brian Bell. “The SoIN Big Read will promote a regional community reading event of Ella Enchanted”


Over 1,000 copies of This beloved Newbery Honor-winning story about a feisty heroine is sure to enchant readers new and old will be distributed at no cost at locations throughout Southern Indiana. Each SoIN Big Read partnering organization will host book-related programming, movie events, book discussions, workshops, and podcasts with the intention of fostering engagement and discussion of the book.


This beloved Newbery Honor-winning story about a feisty heroine is sure to enchant readers new and old. 

At her birth, Ella of Frell receives a foolish fairy's gift—the “gift” of obedience. Ella must obey any order, whether it's to hop on one foot for a day and a half, or to chop off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not accept her fate...

Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse forever.

A tween favorite for 25 years—now shared with today's young readers by moms, teachers, and other adults who remember the pleasure of discovering this fun fairy-tale retelling themselves! 


For more information about the SoIN Big Read, visit


Jeffersonville and Clarksville Library locations:

Royal Ball- Wednesday, Dec. 7th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Clarksville location


Family Read In- Wednesday, Dec. 21st from 3:30-4:30 ( We have reserved all our meeting rooms and we are encouraging families to bring a blanket, pick up their copy of Ella Enchanted and read together as a family. We will provide snacks and drinks)  at the Clarksville location


Princess Party December 28 4:00 p.m. at the Jeffersonville location


Ella Enchanted movie screening December 29, 10 a.m. to noon. At the Jeffersonville location 


Family Book Discussion of Ella Enchanted January 9th 6pm at the Jeffersonville location

Join Library Director David Seckman for a book discussion of  Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. 


Obedience and the Happily Ever After January 12th at 6pm virtual program

At the time of her birth, Cinderella of Ella Enchanted receives the gift of obedience, allowing the book to peer into the dark side of a personality trait that our society usually values. Many people are urged from childhood to obey parents, teachers, and other authority figures and unquestioningly accept that obedience is always a good thing. But some would disagree, including the moderator of this discussion!

In this discussion, we’ll examine how obedience has shaped our lives, and we’ll talk about several prominent works that question the value of automatic obedience, including Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience,” Stanley Milgrim’s work of psychology “The Perils of Obedience,” Philip Zimbardo’s social experiment “The Stanford Prison Experiment” and Gail Carson Levine’s young adult novel Ella Enchanted.

Contact discussion moderator Diane Stepro, 812-285-5641 for more information.

Harrison County Library locations:


Harrison County's first SoIN Big Read 2022 event:


Ella Enchanted Movie (2004)

To Kickoff the SoIN Big Read!

Saturday, October 15

Showings at 10 am and 2 pm in the Harrison County Public Library, Children's Activity Room, 105 N. Capitol Ave., Corydon, Indiana.

January 9-14 at the Palmyra Branch - Ella Enchanted Escape Room

January 23-28 at the Corydon Branch - Ella Enchanted Escape Room


The Lanesville Elementary School will be holding small group discussions about Ella Enchanted in their classrooms under the direction of Martha Beckort

New Middletown Elementary School will be having a Ella Enchanted Book Discussion Group with Shannon Burke.


I know there will be a Just Desserts book club session for adults 18 and older in January featuring "Royal Treats" in honor of the Ella Enchanted Big Read.  Date TBA.


More Harrison County Public Library in person and virtual book discussion events coming soon.

Floyd County Library locations:


SoIN Big Read Books are bring distributed at Harvest Homecoming at the Floyd County Library Booth. 

Central Branch

  • Book Discussions:

    • November 14 (with Danielle Archer) & 16 (with Shelonda Darling) @ 5:30 pm

    • December 12 (with Courtney Lewis) & 14 (with Luke Elliott) @ 5:30 pm 

  • Lego Challenge-December 27 @1 pm

  • Movie-December 29 @ 1 pm

Galena Branch

  • Starbooks Cafe (read aloud of the book w/Ashley)

    • November 7, 9 , & 11 from 5:30-7 pm

  • Book Discussions:

    • November 15 (with Ashley Martin) & 22 (with Donna Shaw) @ 5:30 pm 

  • Movie-December 28 @ 1 pm

  • Princess & Knight Party-January 3 @ 1 pm

More Events coming soon...

Check out photos from the Ella Enchanted Escape Room and the Taste of Ella Enchanted Experience. These programs help support our Big Read Initiative!

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