Bremen Public Library logoBremen Public Library has been awarded a Community Read grant of $1,000 from Indiana Humanities to participate in a statewide read of the classic novel Frankenstein


“By receiving this grant, it will further expand the scope of outreach and flourish as a center for knowledge and learning,” said Young Adult Librarian Chris Scandling. “I’m excited to take part in One State/One Story as it’s another tool for libraries to engage with patrons. In a time when many debate the need for our institutions, we must continue to evolve and show relevancy.”


Bremen joins more than 60 other communities in reading the book as part of One State/One Story: Frankenstein. Written by teenage Mary Shelley in 1818, “Frankenstein” tells the story of a young scientist who created a grotesque living creature through a scientific experiment and was horrified by what he had made.


Bremen_1Book1State“’Frankenstein’ is a powerful book that raises big questions about right and wrong, how we treat other people and the relationship between science and society,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “That’s what makes it such an important book to read as a community and as a state. We want to catalyze those serious conversations, but we want Hoosiers to have a little fun with the book, too.”


Bremen Public Library will host at least three community programs tied to the book during 2018, including a book discussion. Details on the programs will be released in the coming months.


One State/One Story:  Frankenstein is an initiative designed by Indiana Humanities, in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book, to encourage Hoosiers to read the classic novel as it turns 200 in 2018. More than a dozen programs — including a digital gaming workshop, a sci-fi and horror writing festival or teens, community reads and read-a-thons, and college and university partnerships — will bring Frankenstein to life all over the state. This program has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at