New Castle County Reads

2020 Selection: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

New date, October 22, 2021, for NCC Reads Event

We are pleased to announce that the New Castle County Reads event with Pachinko author Min-Jin Lee will take place on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 7:00 pm, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

Please share the news with your book group members and mark your calendars now. Even though this is a year from now, time will pass so quickly that it will be here before we know it. Look for some outstanding related programs happening next spring in our libraries as well.

We will update this website in the coming months so be sure to check back for additional details.  For information about Pachinko and Min-Jin Lee, visit

Thank you for your ongoing support of NCC Reads and your New Castle County Libraries!

Have You Read It?




Orphan Train


The Twelve Tribes of Hattie


The Boys in the Boat


The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

The 2020 NCC Reads program is the 16th 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.


The Silver Linings Playbook




Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


The Art of Racing in the Rain


Bel Canto


A Walk in the Woods


The Glass Castle


Digging to America




Riding the Bus With My Sister