The New Castle-Henry County Public Library is celebrating its centennial year. The library’s original building was made possible by funding from Andrew Carnegie. He was distributing his wealth to cities for the purpose of erecting libraries to give the general public access to books to better themselves and their position in society. New Castle qualified for funding and opened its doors on January 17, 1916.

Throughout this centennial year, the library has presented events, programs and showcased a pictorial history of the library as it has evolved through the years. Make plans to attend this month’s event, Heritage Day, on August 20 from 10 am-1 pm.

A little over a hundred years ago, in the late 1800s, our nation was still a new democracy. The United States participated in the World’s Fair and stunned the nations of the world with its technological and educational exhibits. The United States’ achievements were directly attributed to an educated society. The literacy rate was high and education was readily available. Basic education in most other countries was for the privileged and financially out of reach for the common person.

One hundred years later, our education system is still available and is required for the young. Occasionally, however, some students move into adulthood with low reading skills. Reading and comprehension skills are necessary to be productive and functional in today’s high-tech world. These students often simply need individual tutoring to improve their skills. Tutors at the Adult Learning Center help adults make positive changes in their lives, for themselves, their families, and their community.

If you want to make a difference in your life or another person’s life, contact Robin at the Adult Learning Center at (765) 575-5441 or send an e-mail to robinr@nchcpl.lib.in.us.