Thanks to a grant from Cal Humanities, our library and community are participating in the statewide California Reads II program, "Searching for Democracy" this fall. The book we are reading is Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's Farewell to Manzanar, the true story of a 7-year-old Japanese-American girl's experiences in a detention camp here in California during World War II. Throughout September, October and November, join the library and our community partners for film, lectures, discussion groups and programs on this chapter in our country's history:
Sept. 24 (Mon.): Library's Bidwell Forum; 6:30-8:30pm: Survivors for WW II's 442nd Army Unit will be on hand to share their experiences, along with a brief documentary, members of the M.I.S. (Military Intelligence Service) and discussion; sponsored by the Glendora Historical Society, Azusa Pacific University;
Sept. 29 (Sat): Library's Bidwell Forum, 2-4pm: Farewell to Manzanar movie and discussion;Oct. 6 (Sat): 10am-3pm: Trip to Japanese American National Museum; coordinated and sponsored by the City's Community Services Dept;
Oct. 13 (Sat): Lib. Bidwell Forum, 2-4pm: Dr. Bryan Lamkin from APU and Glendora's own The Donut Man Jim Nakano, will discuss issues of citizenship and democracy that surrounded the events of the Japanese-American detention camps and the personal experiences of the Nakano family; Sponsored by APU and Library;
Oct 24 (Wed): Library's Friends Room, 5:30-7:30: book discussion on Farewell to Manzanar with guest speaker Jim Nakano;
Nov. 3 (Sat): Lib. Bidwell Forum, 2-3pm: singer and composer Jerry Burgan presents The Life and Works of Woody Guthrie.
Special programs in our Glendora schools, curriculum support for our Glendora teachers, and in partnership with APU will also be held.
Check out our website for more information: www.glendoralibrary.org