EL CAJON LIBRARY TO HOST JAPANESE CULTURAL EVENTS FOR CALIFORNIA READS READING AND DISCUSSION SERIES
October 3, 2012
This October, the El Cajon Library, 201 E Douglas Ave, will be hosting events related to the classic memoir Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, the story of a young girl in a Japanese internment camp in California during WWII. Thanks to a California Reads discussion series grant, library users will be able to check out copies of the book, meet and hear the stories of internment camp survivors, and all ages are invited to attend a moon-viewing party.
On Wednesday October 17 at 6 p.m., San Diego natives Yukio and Mitsuko Kawamoto will discuss their experiences while living at Arizona's Poston Internment Camp during World War II. Attendees are encouraged to read Farewell to Manzanar and come with questions for the Kawamotos.
On Thursday October 25 at 6 p.m., the library will host a family moon-viewing party. Guests will be able to view the moon through a telescope, write haiku, and taste traditional Japanese foods. The Buddhist Temple of San Diego's Taiko group will also give a performance of their exciting high-energy drumming style.
San Diego County Library received a $15,000 grant from Cal Humanities (formerly the California Council for the Humanities) to host a reading and discussion series based upon the books Farewell to Manzanar, Lost City Radio, and the Penguin Guide to the Constitution. The library received the grant as part of Cal Humanities' Searching for Democracy initiative, designed to animate public conversation on the nature and needs of democracy.
Through a wide range of public programs leading into the 2012 elections and beyond, students, families and people from all walks of life will explore - online and off - what discoveries and lessons about democracy lie in works of fiction and nonfiction, provocative cultural exhibits and public conversations.
"Public libraries are essential and serve as sanctuaries for democracy," said Library Director José Aponte. "Our doors are open to everyone, and we encourage civic engagement and candid dialogue among all ages."
Branches across the county will be participating in California Reads, with various book discussions, guest speakers, related movie screenings, craft programs, and other programs being offered now through November. Visit www.sdcl.org or contact your local library for program information.