Hundreds of activities — reading and discussion programs, author talks, oral history collection, story-sharing projects, art-making activities, community forums and dialogues, presentations and panel discussions, film screening, and civic engagement and community service projects to support veterans and their families continue to place across the state this fall at libraries, campuses, schools, and community organizations.
Continuing through the end of November, all these programs related to our statewide read of best-selling novelist, Marine Corps veteran, and Rhodes Scholar Karl Marlantes’ book, What It Is Like to Go to War (Grove/Atlantic 2011) and the War Comes Home initiative.
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
Combat Paper – Veterans’ Experiences Through Art – Carmel Valley
Through papermaking workshops, veterans use their uniforms worn in service to create works of art. Participants use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniforms as art and express their experiences. Exhibit of their artwork will be on display at the library from late October through November 30. Deployed by Drew Motott
Dearest Mother – Children’s Program – The program begins with live performances of songs from World War II and how it took everyone working together to fight it. Ross Moore will read excerpts from a soldier’s letters and from magazines of the period. The letters and articles deal with issues of life during the war — both for soldiers and the folks at home.
So Say We All – An inaugural showcase series of Veteran Writers, featuring men and women across several generations of military service detailing the poignant, surprising, and darkly funny struggles, missteps, and unforeseen pitfalls that come with transitioning from military to civilian life.
COMING THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16:
Karl Marlantes tour of Southern California! Meet the author and join the conversation in Los Angeles, (Nov. 16), Simi Valley, (Nov. 17), Bakersfield, (Nov. 18), Santa Ana, (Nov. 19), Riverside, (Nov. 20), and San Diego, (Nov. 21). For details, click HERE
Please check our events calendar regularly for new listings, and be sure to visit your local CA Reads library website for complete information about upcoming programs. For a complete list of participating libraries and more information, visit us HERE.
Remember – we’ll be updating our eCalendar throughout the initiative, so keep checking back for more!