The Herald Bulletin

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Local Education

July 24, 2010

Library announces 'Big Read' project

NEW CASTLE — For the past three years, New Castle-Henry County Public Library has worked with community partners to successfully present “The Big Read.”

This year, the federal funds for “The Big Read” were reduced significantly. The library is using these circumstances to launch a locally focused community read called “Henry County Reads.

This project will launch on Oct. 1 and will continue throughout the month.

The selection for the inaugural “Henry County Reads” project is a non-fiction book about Henry County during World War II called “The War Comes to Plum Street” by Dr. Bruce Smith. This book follows the Smith and Moles families through life in the 1920s into the 1940s.

“Virtually everyone who has lived in Henry County will be able to relate in some way to this book,” noted Winnie Price, Library Director. “The book not only contains thousands of local references, but also important elements of American history.”

Smith wrote the book while working on his doctorate degree at Notre Dame University. The book is personal for him, as it involves his own family. Smith will be very involved in the “Henry County Reads” project, making himself available for every book discussion via Skype video conferencing.

He will also visit the library on Friday, Oct. 29, for the wrap-up program. During this visit, he will discuss the book and also sign copies.

Other featured events during “Henry County Reads” include:

• A Kick-Off Open House on Friday, Oct. 1, from 3 to 5 p.m.

• A concert featuring Kevin Stonerock on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.

• A World War II movie series.

The library is working in partnership with the Henry County Historical Society, the City of New Castle, other county libraries, and Friends of the Library to present this project. There are book sponsorships available. If you are interested in becoming a book sponsor, please call Winnie Price at 529-0362, ext. 301.

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