What 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 2014 Henry County Reads title: "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak.
It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel Meminger’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger’s Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up and closed down.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
For the past 8 years, the library has encouraged the community to read a book together during the month of October. The first three years, we participated in “The Big Read” and read classic literature. Then we started “Henry County Reads” and read more regional literature. Now we are somewhat returning to a literary-based program with the 2014 selection: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.
Eva Kor is a Holocaust survivor and founder of the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. She will share her story of survival and forgiveness during the Henry County Reads opening event on Monday, September 29, at 6:30 pm in Bundy Auditorium.
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