Beaufort Branch Library Celebrates 50 years of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a captivating coming-of-age tale set in a fictional southern town poisoned by prejudice. Since its first publication on July 11, 1960, this classic novel has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis of an Academy Award winning movie, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country.

To celebrate the legacy of Harper Lee’s first and only novel, the Beaufort Branch Library is hosting a To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Party at the Beaufort Branch Library on Monday, September 13th from Noon to 1 p.m.

This 50th Anniversary party, which is free and open to the public, includes dramatic readings of selected scenes, book discussion and a sampling of delicious Alabama Lane Cake (as mentioned in the novel). Guests will also have the opportunity to share their favorite To Kill a Mockingbird memories and sign a “Thank You” card to be sent to Harper Lee.

As a special treat, Harper Lee biographer Charles J. Shields will phone-in to moderate the book discussion portion of the party. Having spent four years researching the elusive Harper Lee to write Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee (2006), one of the only biographies of Lee to be published, Shields is uniquely qualified to lead our discussion of this timeless classic.

Bring your friends and family to this fun daytime event, and help celebrate what librarians across the country voted as the best novel of the 20th century.

For questions regarding the events listed above, please contact Amanda Brewer at (843) 255-6458 or by email at


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