Plant the Seed- READ!  Community Book Read    
Question:  “What if everyone in Kosciusko County read the same book at the same time?” 

Answer:  Members of the community would find new friends and neighbors with

whom to share a good book and stimulating discussion.

Goals of Plant the Seed—Read!: 

  • To cultivate a love of reading and to promote a sense of community.  
  • Illustrate many of the 40 Developmental Assets as defined by the Search             
  • Promote reading for pleasure.
 This year, 400 copies of Of Mice and Men are provided to residents of Kosciusko County in yellow bins placed at convenient locations in towns throughout the county.  Residents are asked to pick up a copy of the book, read it, pass it on to a friend, or return it to a bin, and discuss the book and the 40 Developmental Assets with friends and discussion groups.

Click Here to View the 40 Developmental Assets for Teens


Of Mice and Men

Published in 1937, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is a story of the American Dream gone awry.  George Milton and Lennie Small are two migrant ranch workers searching for employment in California during the Great Depression

Steinbeck drew upon his experiences as a bindlestiff (a transient farm laborer carrying personal belongings in a small bundle) working in the California countryside in which the story is set.  
Though most characters are composites of other people, the character of Lennie is based upon a real person.  Steinbeck worked alongside this man for many weeks until he killed a ranch supervisor who had fired his friend. 

The title is taken from the Robert Burns’ Scottish poem To a Mouse, which reads: “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley,” or “The best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry.”



Copies of Of Mice and Men are located throughout Kosciusko County.

Click Here to See Book Locations

Book Discussion at the Syracuse Library –
Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Book Discussion at the Warsaw Library – Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m.

Book Discussion at the Milford Library – Monday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Click Here for Plot Summary

Click Here for Character List

Click Here for Themes and Symbols

Click Here for SparkNote Quotations

Click Here for SparkNote Discussion Questions

Thank you to the Sponsors
The Kosciusko County Community Foundation
The Dr. Dane and Mary Louise Miller Foundation

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