California Reads: War Comes Home at the Library

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The Watsonville Public Library is pleased to announce a grant award from Cal Humanities to participate in its California Reads 2014 program. California Reads: War Comes Home will be a collaborative project in which the Watsonville and Santa Cruz Public Libraries form partnerships in our communities to explore what it means to come home from war, and what it is like to be a veteran. We will engage veterans and non-veterans through reading, discussion and other creative forms of programming and expression. At the heart of this initiative will be a community-wide reading of What It is Like to Go to War by best-selling novelist, Marine Corps veteran, and Rhodes Scholar Karl Marlantes.

Our community read will take place this fall, beginning with a program for all ages on Saturday, September 27, and running through November, 2014.

Programs will include:

•   Oral history collection and documentary projects

•   Interpretive exhibits

•   Online veterans’ resources and e-books

•   Film screening and discussion programs

•   Participatory or interactive programming and digital media projects

•   Film screening and discussion programs

•   Poetry reading and performances

•   Civic engagement or community service activities

•   Presentations by veterans, scholars and authors

What do we owe to those whom our country has sent into harm’s way? How can we build bridges of understanding between those who have served and those who have not? To begin the conversation, we invite our residents to read the book, What It Is Like to Go to War, by Karl Marlantes. The Main Library and Freedom Branch will have a number of copies available to enable us to begin exploring these important themes, and we look forward to your involvement in helping to make the programs a great success! For more information, please contact Watonka Addison, Senior Librarian, 831-768-3445.

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