New Castle County Reads

2018: The Orphan Train
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2018

The New Castle County Reads selection for 2018 is The Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline. Set in present-day Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, The Orphan Train highlights the real-life story of the trains that between 1854 and 1929 carried thousands of abandoned children from the East Coast to the Midwest. It’s the story of two women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and a troubled teen with one last chance at redemption. As they get to know each other, they find unlikely common ground and together are able to undo the emotional knots of their troubled pasts.

Local book groups are invited to register with NCC Reads. Groups may register online at https://tinyurl.com/BookClubRegistration2018, as well as in person or by phone at any New Castle County library. Remember: Even if you signed up last year, you still need to register again. Your registration does not automatically continue from year to year.

Or you can check out the book from your library. There are over 65 copies in the catalog, in all formats.

Visit Christina Baker Kline's web site to learn more about her and her bestselling book.



NCC Reads 2018

Meet The Author!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Chase Center On The Riverfront
815 Justison St.
Wilmington DE 19801
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Related Programs At Your Library

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Orphan Train Riders Of America
Hear a first-hand account of this “social experiment,” now recognized as our country’s first foster care system.
Presented by Donna Aviles and Delaware Humanities

Sunday, April 8, 2 p.m., Bear Library
Wednesday, April 11, 6:30p.m., Appoquinimink Library
Friday, April 13, 7 p.m., Newark Free Library
Monday, April 16, 6 p.m., Wilmington Library
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30p.m., Brandywine Hundred Library
Wednesday, April 18, 7p.m., Woodlawn Library
Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m., Claymont Library

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Orphan Train Riders Of America - Youth Program
Travel back in to the 1900's and learn the origins of the Orphan Train Movement.
For ages 9+
Presented by Donna Aviles and Delaware Humanities

Monday, April 2, 6 p.m. at Route 9 Library
Wednesday, April 4, 1 p.m. at Kirkwood Library
Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m. at Hockessin Library


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The 2018 NCC Reads program is the 14th annual event in our series, which started in 2005. Beginning in 2010, the New Castle County Reads series began to feature an author talk at St. Mark's High School, so that a large number of community members could enjoy not only reading the book, but hearing the author. Each year since then, this highlight event has attracted more than 500 people to a free event presenting talented writers and an opportunity to meet the author during book signings. As participation has expanded, the author talk moved to the facilities at the Chase Center On The Riverfront, beginning in 2015.

The NCC Reads committee has also reached out to area book groups in an effort to create a true community reading event. To date, at least 50 area book clubs, with 560 members, have registered to be part of the NCC Reads experience.

Libraries have hosted book discussion programs as well, so that all readers have an opportunity to share their thoughts on each year's featured title. Additional programs relating to each title have added to the breadth and depth of understanding and sharing about the themes and ideas found therein.


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