Winter reading program takes on German theme

GREENFIELD — Family time and community service will be key elements in a German-themed winter reading program kicking off this weekend at the Hancock County Public Library.

The HCPL hosts a winter reading program for children, teens and adults every year to beat the winter blues with special events and prizes. Throughout February, the New York Times bestseller, “The Book Thief,” will be the focus of the program, with an emphasis on reading together as a family and giving to others.

With prizes for volunteering, attending German-themed programs and spreading the word on social media, participants will be encouraged to do more than just crack open a good book.

“We want to do something besides, ‘just read the book,’” said Barbara Roark, HCPL assistant director. “We’re trying to do different things to get people involved. Not everything has to be reading lots and lots of books.”

Nazi Germany during World War II is the setting of “The Book Thief.” The novel details the story of a girl who learns how to read and “borrows” books to share with others.

HCPL staff chose the book because of its popularity among both teens and adults and because a movie released in theaters late last year could boost interest in the winter reading program.

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