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Gwinnett Reads presents 'To Kill a Mockingbird' events

Gwinnett Reads is back with a book that's not only a Pulitzer Prize-winner, it's one of the most popular Southern novels of all time.

This year's pick is Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," a tale set in Alabama during the Depression and told through the eyes of the young Scout Finch. Presented by the Gwinnett County Public Library, the county reading initiative will offer residents a variety of events and activities, including an appearance by Mary Badham, who portrayed Scout in the 1962 film version of "To Kill a Mockingbird."

For more information, call 770-978-5154 or visit www.gwinnettreads.org.

The following is a schedule of events:

•Feb. 22: A group discussion of the book will be held at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at The Forum, 5141 Peachtree Parkway in Norcross.

•Feb. 24: Senior citizens will discuss the novel and its historical context at 10:30 a.m. at the Dacula Activity Center, 125 Old Auburn Road in Dacula.

•Feb. 25: A screening of "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be held at 1 p.m. at AMC Discover Mills Mall, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.

•Feb. 28: "More on Mockingbird: Beyond Boo" will discuss the themes, context and characters in the book at 7 p.m. at Gwinnett University Center, 1000 University Center Parkway in Lawrenceville.

•March 1: A group discussion of the book will be held at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at The Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive in Buford.

•March 3: Phoenix High School students will perform a re-enactment of the novel's pivotal courtroom scene at 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St. in Lawrenceville.

•March 4: Mary Badham, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Scout in the film adaptation of the book, will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett University Center, 1000 University Center Parkway in Lawrenceville. Books will be available for purchase from Barnes & Noble. Tickets are $7. Coffee, tea and dessert will be served at 7:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 8 p.m.

•March 7: Actors from the New London Theatre will perform scenes from the novel at 4 p.m. at the Lawrenceville library branch, 1001 Lawrenceville Highway.

•March 8: A group discussion of the book will be held at 7 p.m. at Starbucks, 4825 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.

•March 14: A movie screening of "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be held at 7 p.m. at the Suwanee library branch, 361 Main St.

•March 15: A group discussion of the book will be held at 7 p.m. at Starbucks, 4615 U.S. Highway 78 in Lilburn.

•March 16: Actors from the New London Theatre will perform scenes from the novel at 4 p.m. at the Peachtree Corners library branch, 5570 Spalding Drive in Norcross.

•March 17: Proyeccion de la pelicula "Matar a un Sinsonte" - A movie screening of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in Spanish will be held at 7 p.m. at the Norcross library branch, 6025 Buford Highway.

•March 18: Actors from the New London Theatre will perform scenes from the novel at 2 p.m. at the Buford library branch, 2100 Buford Highway.

•March 18: Children can make a keepsake treasure box at 10:30 a.m. during a craft program at The Children's Arts Museum, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. Parents can take home a souvenir photograph.

- Compiled by Kristen Cox Roby, lifestyle editor