The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien has been chosen as this year's book for the annual Read On events.
According to Kentucky Gateway Museum Education Curator Dr. James Shires, the book was chosen because it is one of the classics and easy to enjoy.
"We have a list given to us by the National Endowment for the Arts every year," he said. "The list contains classic novels, which we will normally pick from. This year, however, our planning committee all agree The Hobbit would be a good book to use. It's a classic and very popular."
Over the years, book chosen have included Age of Innocence, Prose and Poetry by Edgar Allen Poe, Maltese Falcon, Wizard of Earthsea, and Fahrenheit 451.
Shires said throughout the month of October, there will be events held relating to the book. Those events include:
-- "The Hobbit" movie showing at 6:30 p.m. at the West Second Street Mall on Oct. 15.
-- The Carmuese Lime Exhibit opening on Oct. 12 at the KYGM, with a seminar on how to research and publish a book at the research library at 10:30 a.m.
-- A viewing of "The Hobbit" movie from 5-7 p.m. at the Fleming County Public Library, ghosts in the graveyard at 6:30 p.m. at KYGM, and a Hobbit scavenger hunt at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, all on Oct. 18.
-- Hobbits and Herbs at the FCPL, on Oct. 22, with a time to still be decided.
-- A Hobbit party at the Maysville Community and Technical College, on Oct. 23, with a time to still be decided.
-- Elevens at 6:30 p.m. at the Mason County Public Library on Oct. 28.
-- An invitation to the Hobbit Hole from 7-8 p.m. at the FCPL on Nov. 5.
During the month, there will also be a spine book poetry contest and a Hobbit house art contest.
According to MCTC Library Director Sonja Eads, the book spine poetry contest is only open to MCTC students. In order to enter the contest, students must stack up books and use the titles along the spine to make a Hobbit related poem. Entrants must take a picture of their poem and submit it to the MCTC library.
The first place winner will receive a Kindle, second place, $75, third place, $50 and honorable mention, $25.
The Hobbit House Art contest is open to all, according to Shires. Entries can be a replica of a Hobbit house or a painting.
"They can use anything they want, as long as it is a Hobbit house," Shires said.
The deadline for both contests is Oct. 30.
Shires said this is the sixth year for the Read On events.
"It began and still continues to be a program to help get people interested in reading, especially in reading the classics," Shires said.
The first two years were called "Big Read" and were a part of the National Endowment for the Arts program.
The third year, the name was changed to "Read On" and has been funded through the Scripps Foundation and the Hayswood Foundation.
"Over the last six years, we have given out over 6,000 books," Shires said. "This month alone we have handed out over 1,500. We have to order more books next week."