This April: Buena Park Reads Together!

This April, the Library will be holding its third annual community wide event

This year’s selection is When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. Told from five different points of view, it is a novel chronicling the internment experiences of a Japanese American family during World War II.

This program is designed to get the entire community reading and discussing the same book.  It is our hope that the community will gain an understanding of this event from our nation’s history, and relate it to our present lives by considering our treatment of and compassion towards the “other” in our society.

Check out a copy of this unforgettable story today and join us in April for book discussions, performances, crafts and games, movie screenings, and a special panel discussion with former internees…

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 – Teen Event: documentary 9066 to 9/11* (Community Room)

Friday, April 12th at 3:00 – Fantabulous Friday Event: Japanese cultural games and crafts (Community Room)

Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30 – Family Event: Flights of Fantasy storytellers present Asian folktales and fables (Community Room)

Thursday, April 18th Farewell to Manzanar film*, two showings:3:00-5:00 and 6:00-8:00 (Community Room)

Saturday, April 20th at 2:00 – Panel Discussion with former internees (Community Room)

Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30 – Family Event: Magician Allen Oshiro (Community Room)

Thursday, April 25th at noon – Documentary on the Japanese American internment* and book discussion on When the Emperor was Divine (Board Room) (light snack will be served: please RSVP at 714-826-4100 to reserve your spot)

Thursday, April 25th at 6:00 – Documentary on Manzanar* and book discussion on Farewell to Manzanar* film (Board Room)

Saturday, April 27th at 1:00Farewell to Manzanar* film (Community Room)

*Thank you to the Japanese American National Museum for donating the DVD Farewell to Manzanar and providing the viewing rights for this film and the documentary 9066 to 9/11.


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