Henry County Reads

book_cover.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 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.

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

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Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

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See the book trailer

Reader's Guide



Talk about The Book Thief with your friends & neighbors. Book talks will take place at the following times: 10/15, 12 pm– Bring lunch & enjoy Café Royal coffee (Board Room)

10/22, 8:30 am– Meet Pam at Stacks Pancake House

10/25, 2:30 pm– Coffee & conversation (Paperback Atrium)

10/27, 6:30 pm– Girls Night Crafts/Book Talk (Mtg. Rooms A & B)



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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