Henry County Reads

to kill a mockingbird.jpgWhat if everyone in Henry County read the same book?  What conversations could we spark?

Each October the New Castle-Henry County Public Library selects a book and invites the community to read it and connect through a shared reading experience. We are excited to announce our 2015 Henry County Reads title is "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. This award-winning American classic features themes that continue to resonate more than 50 years after its first publication. We're giving away more than 1,000 books and planning many events to enhance your journey through this unforgettable story.

Featured Events (all located in the auditorium):

Henry County Reads Kickoff Event- Thursday, October 1, 7 pm- Auditorium doors open at 6:30 pm. Pick up your copy of "To Kill a Mockingbird," and stay for an evening of refreshments, readings from the book, and music by a Ball State University jazz group.

Henry County in the Mockingbird Era- Sunday, October 4, 2:30 pm- Elizabeth Edstene, Executive Director of the Henry County Historical Society, presents a look at Henry County during the time of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Join us for this free event, and take a trip back in time.

Take a Stand 101- Tuesday, October 6, 6:30 pm- LaJuana Warren of Tapestry Solutions for Inclusion talks about diversity in both the workplace and life, providing tips on how to relate with and stand up for others. She brings a relaxed, comedic approach to this hot-button topic, which is of interest to anyone wanting to foster a world where everyone feels welcomed and valued.

History Comes Alive: The Great Depression- Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 pm- Watch the latest in the History Comes Alive series of documentaries. Seven residents of Senior Living at Forest Ridge will share their memories of a time gone by.

"Hey Boo– Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird"- Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 pm- Discover the backstory of "To Kill a Mockingbird," and learn about the fascinating life of author Harper Lee. Lee’s sister and friends, along with a wide range of authors and celebrities, share their insights. See how the film influenced history during the Civil Rights Movement. Afterwards, we will talk about what we’ve learned and how this book has impacted us. 

Dinner and A Movie- Thursday, October 29, 5:30 pm- You’ve read the book, now watch the classic movie starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm, and the movie starts at 6:30 pm. Reservations required for dinner. Make your reservations by clicking here.

Thank you to our sponsors for making Henry County Reads possible.

New Castle-Henry County Public Library Board of Trustees

Friends of the New Castle-Henry County Public Library

HC Hospital logo


pce-logo-FINAL.JPG Ed_Jones_Logo.jpg full_size_altrusa_international2.jpg



to kill a mockingbird.jpg

Harper Lee's signature novel is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature. We're giving away 1,000 of these books starting at the kickoff event on October 1. Our staff has created this companion guide for the book.

Reader's Guide



After any of our Henry County Reads events, stay afterwards to have a casual conversation about your thoughts surrounding "To Kill A Mockingbird."

Join us for tea and talk on October 13 & 27 at 2:30 pm in front of the fireplace in the Ratcliffe Room.



We're planning many events designed to engage the community about the book and the themes surrounding it. Check out our October calendar, which is packed with special events related to "To Kill A Mockingbird."

Link to October calendar.


NCHC Public Library

376 South 15th Street
New Castle IN 47362

Phone: (765) 529-0362
Fax: (765) 521-3581

Library Hours

Mon - Thu: 9am - 9pm

Fri: 9am - 6pm

Sat: 9am - 5pm

Sun: 1pm - 5pm

Quick Links